Thanks for visiting Dreaming of Down Under, my Australian travel and migration blog! This site now contains over 150 blog posts to help you travel or move to Australia.
This page will help you navigate my content and find the information or inspiration you’re looking for. To head straight to a topic or destination, use the search bar below. Otherwise, scroll down and explore!
If you're planning a trip in Australia, choose a category below to get started. You'll find the whole route from Perth to Brisbane via Adelaide, Melbourne, Tasmania and Sydney mapped out in my drive itineraries. For individual destination guides, try exploring by state or browsing my city guides. The travel tips section will help you plan factors such as cost and accommodation.
Move to Australia
Are you planning on moving to Australia long term or studying at university here? I previously lived in Australia as an exchange student and returned in 2016 as a permanent resident. I've also visited every state and territory over the years and lived in Sydney, Perth and Brisbane. Browse the categories below to plan your big move, or click the button to see all posts.
I've lived in Sydney since 2016 and explored this beautiful city from top to bottom by house sitting. Browse the categories below to discover things to see and do in Sydney, my advice on where to live and amazing trips you can take within New South Wales. To peruse all Sydney posts, click the button.
House sitting saved me over $50k in rent and travel accommodation costs during my first few years in Australia. When I moved to Sydney long term, I switched to paid house sitting and registered my own business. I still take on short, local house sits near my home now!
To learn more about staying in locals' homes for free while they're on holiday (in return for looking after their pets), or to find out how to book a house sitter, take a look at my guides below. To see all my guides on house sitting, click the button.
Featured House-Sitting Posts
Featured House-Sitting Videos
Plan Your Trip – Best Travel Resources
If you're planning a trip in Australia, here are the travel companies I'd recommended using. Please note that if you book through these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you, which helps me to keep producing free content for this website. Thank you!
HotelsCombined compares all the big hotel comparison sites and displays the cheapest offers for each hotel. You'll find a wide range of accommodation types too, including hotels, hostels, apartments, holiday parks and homestays.
If you'd like to stay in a local's home for free while they're away, in return for looking after their pets, house sitting is a great option. I secured plenty of house sits through Aussie House Sitters when I travelled Australia.
Rather than scour different tour companies, just search for your destination on Get Your Guide. It'll bring up a compilation of available activities and tours, so you can compare what's on offer and pick the best option for you.
For worldwide house sitting, I'd recommend Trusted Housesitters. You can even choose a membership that includes house-sit cancellation insurance and accident and third party liability protection.
For foreign currency transfers, I'd recommend using an online currency specialist to avoid hefty bank fees. I've been using Wise since I moved to Australia, as they're transparent with rates, simple to use and your money moves across quickly.
If you need a local person to take care of your pets during your holiday, use this link or the discount code LISA2754 to receive $10 credit towards your first booking with PetCloud, whether that's for a house sitter, pet visits or pet host.