The first 6 months

It’s been an amazing adventure so far. We moved out to Australia at the end of June 2016, and have been enjoying the uniqueness of this place ever since.  It’s hard to believe 6 months have gone by so quickly. I wanted to record our adventures since we’re so far from home. The first 6 plus months of our journey to Australia were recorded on Blogspot, and since I am not sure that will be around forever, I am transitioning to wordpress.  I am going to replicate those first pages here, starting with my first post – “You’re going to Australia”.

“You’re going to Australia”

1 May 2016.

What’s your first reaction when your boss calls you and tells you “You’re going to Australia?” For me, it was one of sheer excitement and disbelief. From application to interview to decision, less than a week had transpired. Hard to imagine that your life can change so much so quickly.

Life is starting to come into focus for our Outback adventure, but there are a million things to accomplish before the move.

The first major thing to research was how to bring Bella, our 11 year old cat. Australia isn’t quite as easy as England, where I was able to do the “quarantine” ahead of time. In Australia, it appears she’ll be subjected to the same rigorous pre-processing, but then she’ll also have to spend a week in actual quarantine when we arrive in Australia.  Oy.

A few quick facts:

  • Alice Springs is in the middle of the Northern Territory. It’s also in the middle of the country.
  • It is 930 miles to Darwin, 1155 miles to Melbourne and 1253 miles to Sydney.
  • It is 13.5 hours ahead of EST, and they do not participate in DST.
  • Summer is from October to March, and it can get as hot as 40ºC; in the winter (May to September), it can get as low as 7ºC.
  • Flights from the east coast are approximately $2100, and around 30 hours of travel time.
  • The best time to visit is apparently from Feb to April. Tourist season is full on starting May.
The tour is for 3 years, with a possible option to extend for one year.
So, stay tuned as we embark on this next journey!