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Hi, I’m Lauren, and I LOVE being an expat in Sydney but am fed up with all the misinformed and useless expat guides out there, not only giving bad advice but also charging for it! So I created Sydney Moving Guide written by expats, for expats. Click here to read my story.

Five Reasons Why You Need Contents Insurance in Australia

This is a sponsored guest post, even so I think it's is very relative to everyone moving to Australia as it about something that...

How to Stay in Sydney After Graduating from University

Today's Mailbox Monday Question is from a student planning on moving to Australia for school but she wants to stay in Sydney after her...

Sydney Attractions: 30 Things to Do in Sydney

Thirty of Sydney's top attractions, not just the Sydney Opera House or Sydney Habour Bridge Climb, but dinner cruises, Taronga Zoo and more. If...

Secondary Schools in Sydney for Students with Temporary Visas

Is it possible to enroll kids in school before moving to Sydney?This week's Mailbox Monday post is from a mom of a 10th grader...

Should You Wait Until Your Children Have Taken the GCSE Back...

This week's Mailbox Monday post is about waiting for GCSE results before moving to Australia.This was a difficult one for me to answer,...

Work and Holiday Visa Subclass 462 Cost and Processing Time

This week's Mailbox Monday post is about the cost and processing time of a Work and Holiday Visa subclass 462.Alright, let's get...

Do You Need to Get Fingerprints and an FBI Report for...

This week's Mailbox Monday post is about getting your FBI background check and fingerprints for a 457 visa for the whole family.It's one...

Schools That Support Aspergers Children

This week's Mailbox Monday post is from a parent whose child needs special support at school.Sarah's question below is very specific to her...

How to Choose a School in Sydney Before You Know Where...

This week's Mailbox Monday post is about what do you start looking at first, schools in Sydney or suburbs.Megan's question below has an interesting...

Where to Watch the Super Bowl in Sydney

I’ve gotten a couple of emails asking where is the best place to watch the Super Bowl in Sydney this coming Monday. Yeah, I...

How Expats Secure a Mortgage in Sydney on a Temporary Visa

This is a sponsored guest post. If you are interested in contributing to SMG please read through my terms and conditions.There’s been a great...

How to Find a Job in Australia While Still in the...

This week's Mailbox Monday post is about securing a job in Australia while still overseas. Not an easy task.The question comes from someone...

Guide to Changing to a 457 Visa from a Tourist, Working...

I get heaps of questions about Australian Visas every day. I'm always very reluctant to answer these questions because I'm not a registered migration...

Do You Find the Australian Visa Application Process Daunting?

This is a sponsored guest post. If you are interested in contributing to SMG please read through my terms and conditions.Let’s face it, moving...

Australian Job Search Sites

Moving Back to Sydney Without a JobThis Mailbox Monday post is from someone who already lived in Sydney for a year from 2001 -...

Termination While on a 457 Visa in Australia

This week's Mailbox Monday post is from someone who already moved to Sydney, then after just four months, she was terminated. Now she and...

How to Prove De Facto Status Without Being Married

This week's Mailbox Monday post is from someone moving to Sydney with their partner, but they do not have de facto status.Today's Question:I'm Jamaican...

Where to Live in Sydney as a Student & Switching from...

This week's Mailbox Monday post is from someone moving to Sydney to study at the University of Sydney.Today's Question:I plan on doing a...

13 International Destinations All One Flight Away From Sydney

Part of the fun of living as an expat is the chance to travel more, not just in your new country but also to...

Is a 457 Visa Better Than a Working Holiday Visa?

Today's Monday Mailbox question is from a young couple wanting to move to Sydney from the UK but not sure if a Working Holiday...

8 Free Walking Tours in Sydney Everyone Should Do

6 Free Historic Self-Guided Walking Tours in SydneySydney Moving Guide's Very Own Free Walking Tour of Sydney's CBDThat's right, I've write my very own...

Preschools in Sydney

Topics I cover in this article are: finding a preschool, what age are preschoolers, the hours of most preschools, fees, waitlists, what you need...

Childcare in Sydney

Finding good, affordable childcare in Sydney is going to be a challenge.Not only is childcare expensive in Sydney (ranging from $75 - $160...

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Schools in Sydney

Guide to Sydney Schools for Parents Moving to Australia.This is a long post that covers all the information you need to know about schools...

Find Free Wifi in Sydney

Finding free WiFi in Sydney is fairly easy. All the McDonald’s, Starbucks and Gloria Jeans cafes in the city offer free WiFi. But those...

The Best Cafes in Sydney

One of the first things Australians say to me when they found out I am from the States is "American coffee sucks". It gets...

The Best Bars in Sydney

Sydney's nightlife has changed quite a bit since we moved here. There are many more small cocktail bars and neighbourhood water holes than before....

Sydney’s Best Restaurants

This is the short list of the best restaurants in Sydney, all are definitely worth the splurge if you have a special occasion to...

The Best Cheap Eats in Sydney

Finding an inexpensive restaurant in Sydney is not easy. Sydney restaurants are well known for being over priced, not just in comparison to the...

How to Find a Job in Sydney

Looking for a Job in Sydney? Before you start applying for positions take some time to go over your résumé (or CV, as it's more...

What is an Australian Superannuation?

Australia's Superannuation is a Hybrid Retirement Fund Similar to Both Social Security and a 401K.A minimum of 9.5% of your salary will be contributed...

Sydney Suburbs to Consider for Your First Apartment

If you are looking for houses to rent and are on a budget then instead of going more west along the train routes consider...

Student Health Insurance in Australia

Having private health coverage is a requirement for a student visa in Australia.The options for private student health insurance are usually limited, covering only...

Reciprocal Health Care Agreement

If you are on a 457 temp. visa and from UK, Sweden, Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, the Netherlands, Slovenia, the Republic of Ireland, or...

Making New Friends While Living Abroad

A big part of settling into life as a Sydneysider is having a network of friends. At first it kind of feels like being...

Expat Health Insurance in Australia

As of Sept 14, 2009 all 457 temporary business visa holders are required to have a minimum level of insurance that must remain up-to-date...