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Throw Another Shrimp On The Barbie Video

By |January 17th, 2014|

Yay. It’s Friday. I hope you’ve all had a good week and are ready for the weekend ahead?

Its forecast to be a steamy one here in Perth this weekend. Since the crazy weather we had last weekend the weather this week has been quite pleasant with cool nights returning and day time temps in the […]

Surviving Armageddon

By |January 13th, 2014|

So, we made it. Perhaps Armageddon, a term often used in a generic sense to refer to any end of the world scenario might be pushing things a little, still this weekends weather events were a little obscure to say the least.

Apparently this weekend, the Western Australian Bush was the hottest place on earth. Temperatures […]

Perth Weather – What A Scorcher

By |January 10th, 2014|

So this weekend it’s going to be hot. How hot? On Saturday its forecast to be 44 Celsius or 111.2 Fahrenheit in old money.. In the shade… like…hot.. super-hot!!

On Saturday night the temperatures will ‘plunge’ to a sticky 26 C or 78.8 F..! :wacko:

“Oh its hot” or “Gosh its unbearable” or “I need to get […]

Apply For Wanted Down Under

By |January 10th, 2014|

Wanted Down Under, the TV show from the BBC is airing again and as usually happen, I get quite a few emails and comments from people looking to apply for Wanted Down Under thinking that Getting Down Under is somehow connected to the BBC’s TV Show.

I’ve been following Wanted Down Under since I wrote about the […]

Heading Back To Blighty

By |January 9th, 2014|

So it’s been a while since I’ve posted a ‘blog entry’ and I think it’s fair to say that the focus of my posts in the last 12 months or so has been the latest immigration news effecting wannabe migrants.

This is something I’d like to try and address during 2014. I’m hopeful that the entries […]

Tap, tap, tap – Is this thing still on?

By |February 8th, 2013|

Hello out there and best wishes for 2013 everyone!

Our regular visitors will have noticed it’s been a very quiet time here at GDU. Christmas is always a quiet time for Australian Immigration and on the flip side it’s been a very busy time in Mark-ville so apologies for the lack of updates.

Christmas was HOT (approx. 40 degrees) and split across two days. We had a traditional English Christmas on Christmas day with a Turkey and all the trimmings. Then on boxing day we flipped over to the other side of the world and enjoyed a good old Aussie Christmas with a delicious mix of barbequed prawns, snags (sausages) steaks and other meats (with a hint of salad on the side).

2013 may well see some changes here at Getting Down Under. We have a lot of information but the more we write the more difficult some of this information is to find so we’ll be looking at a complete overhaul (and redesign) of the site in the first half of this year. I have a few ideas, I just need to work out how to change my scribbles into reality so watch this space. […]

Weather In Perth – Forecast To Be Hot

By |January 25th, 2012|

I’ve not ‘blogged’ about the weather for ages so I’m sure for those of you freezing your ‘bits off’ in other countres around the world, will be delighted to read that here in Perth we’re set for a record breaking week of very high temperatures (remember it is summer after all).

Perth is bracing itself for extreme temperatures over the next week with 40 degrees being the expected average top temperature.

The minimum temperature forecast won’t bring much relief either hovering around the mid-20s overnight. […]

Wanted Down Under back on the BBC

By |January 3rd, 2012|

Wanted Down Under is into it’s 6th Series on the BBC and it looks like the popularity of the show isn’t wavering.

Wanted Down Under follows the ups and downs of families as they make one of the biggest decisions of their lives – whether to start a new life on the other side of the world in Australia.

The idea for Wanted Down Under came from a BBC producer who lived in New Zealand for a while and considered making a permanent move but she spent ages trying to work out if it was the right thing to do. […]

Happy New Year

By |January 1st, 2012|

Well guys, it doesn’t seem two minutes since I wrote my last new years post but alas, another year has been and gone and we’re now into 2012.

For many of you, 2012 is going to be a life changing year, for others, it may be a time for frustration and tears. Either way, I wish […]

Merry Christmas

By |December 25th, 2011|

Hi guys, well it’s 22C at 7:30 am and the forecast is suggesting that we’ll be hitting highs of 32 Celsius later this afternoon.

Just a short note to wish you all the very best for Christmas, wherever you may be.

Christmas in Australia is always an amazing time of year and as an Englishman it still blows my mind a little that it can be so sunny and hot at Christmas time. […]

Is Australia Too Boring For Ping-Pong Poms?

By |November 17th, 2011|

Quite an interesting artice over on the Guardian Website about the number of English people who emigrate to Australa only to move back to the UK some later.

The article by Patrick Barkham does talk about the wonders of Australia, such as the benefit of not having to wear socks :) but also cites how studies have shown British men in particular suffer loneliness in Australia because there was less of a culture of going to the pub after work.

It makes an interesting read but I’m definitely one of the ‘each to their own camp’


Merry Christmas Everyone

By |December 27th, 2010|

Hey guys, a little on the late side this year but I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best during this festive period :)

Christmas down under this year was a very hot yet fun filled affair. The temperatures on Christmas day were hovering around the 40C mark so we were geratful for the air conditioning and copious amounts of cold drinks!

The ‘has Santa been’ alarm worked well, resulting in us all getting up at around 5am with the kids (yes.. 5am) to open the presents. Then  turkey Christmas dinner with all the trimmings followed by a dip in the pool to cool off and work off a small portion of the 6 million calories I’d previously consumed! […]

Domain Name Expiry and General Rubbishness!

By |September 25th, 2010|

Hi Guys, So a few of you (OK, probably a few thousand of you) may have noticed that GDU was offline for a few days earlier this week.

I got an email from  a GDU visitor earlier in the week asking me if there was anything wrong with the site as she was not able to access the site (although bizarly her husband could access the site from the United States).

I checked the site, saw that we were still chugging along and wrote myself a note to respond at the weekend.

Over the next couple of days I got a couple more emails from folks struggling to access our site and when I checked again, logging into I got a nice page full of ads!!! […]

Gardening In Australia – Two Years On

By |April 6th, 2010|

So I thought I’d write a quick update today for those readers with fingers of the green variety.

Just over two years ago I wrote an entry titled gardening in Australia in which I wrote about the challenges of the local soil and the sheer lack of experience I had growing exotic plants such as the Lemon and Orange trees which are readily available at our local garden centre.

Well, 24 months after writing this entry, I’m pleased to say that I’ve taken to gardening in Australia pretty well and to say that the Australia weather suits plant life out here would be somewhat of an understatement. […]

Perth Weather – That’s what you get for gloating!

By |March 23rd, 2010|

I know I can often be a little romantic about the wonderful weather we receive here in Western Australia.

Perth is the sunniest capital city in the world at the end of the day so it’s often very easy to gloat when the weathers so damn nice all the time.

Yesterday it would seem was payback time for that three years of gloating when the worse weather experienced in Perth in over 10 years hit the CBD and surrounding areas.. VERY hard!! […]

Wanted Down Under Series 5 – How to Apply for Series 5 of Wanted Down Under

By |February 9th, 2010|

Wanted Down under Series 4 and Wanted Down Under revisited have finally come to an end and like many other episodes of Wanted Down Under its caused a bit of a stir with our visitors.

As Getting Down Under sounds similar to the title of the popular BBC show I’ve found that many of our visitors get ‘website blindness’ resulting in emails being sent to Getting Down Under HQ asking how they can appear on the next series of the BBC’s Wanted Down under program.

In an effort to try and reduce the number of enquiries we receive in relation to this show, we contacted the BBC to check if Series 5 of Wanted Down Under was on the cards and at time of typing I’m please to say that it is. […]