"A superb guide to everything a Pom needs to know about this huge island! They may look the same, speak roughly the same language, drive on the same side of the road and claim to play cricket as well as us, but there's an entire minefield of potential slip-ups here in Australia. Didgeridoos and Didgeridon'ts unravels them all from tax to travel, sayings to sport and shopping to sickness. By the end of it you may even understand Aussie Rules Football...in fact, no way bro! A must read for anyone considering relocating or those who are already here" Ben Southall, Winner 'Best Job in the World' Island Caretaker - Queensland Tourism Ambassador "A highly amusing and well-organised book, written by a British expat who has experienced the emotional rollercoaster of migrating to Oz first-hand. Vicky Gray's wry look at the highs and lows of building a new life Down Under offers all kinds of useful 'insider' knowledge, tips and facts. With this invaluable guide to hand, any would-be escapee will be armed and ready for that first year Down Under." Joanne Mullen, editor Australia & New Zealand Magazine "Congratulations Vicky Gray. Your book combines priceless how-to advice with a wealth of real-life learnings that could save many Brits a painful experience in paradise. This book is exactly what Her Majesty ordered." Andrea Martins, director and co-founder www.expatwomen.com "Don't want to stick out like a brand-new expat? Didgeridoos and Didgeridon'ts gives you the lowdown on life Down Under that you won't get anywhere else. A British expat, Vicky Gray has written an entertaining and informative book that includes diary entries, top tips, and official statistics, delivering what you really need to know about life in Australia. Whether you're thinking about relocating or just visiting, if you only read one guide, make sure it's this one!" Toni Summers-Hargis, author, Rules, Britannia: An insider's guide to life in the United Kingdom "Vicky Gray leaves no grey areas in this solid, practical and personal how-to book on how to emigrate to Australia. With her wicked sense of humour, a real knack for noticing things and her accessible writing style, this is the only book I'd buy if I had the good fortune to be under 45 and could move there myself." Jo Parfitt, author of 28 books including A Career in Your Suitcase, www.joparfitt.com
From the Author
I have come across this quote a couple of times since I started writing this book, I thought it so appropriate:
"No matter where you go, there you are."
If you found you were unhappy with certain situations in the UK, you'll probably find that you will still have matters arising in Oz that you aren't happy with. Somehow though, problems always seem to feel better in the sunshine, unless you have photosensitivity of course.
What I am trying to say, in a very English roundabout way; is be realistic about your Aussie adventure. Try not to start off by becoming a whinging Pom; by comparing everything to Back Home and try and embrace Australia for what it really is, Australia.
I'll leave you with this last story - it happened just a few months ago.
I had been walking along the beautiful coastal boardwalk, by the sea near our home. I got chatting to a fellow Brit along the way, who told me he had experienced many problems settling in when he first arrived several years ago. So I asked him the big question: had he ever seriously thought about moving back to the UK?
He paused for a moment with his head down; then breathed in a long, deep lungful of air, opened his arms wide as if to fully behold the glorious beach in front of us, and said, "I'd rather gnaw my own leg off."
I rest my case.