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Away We Go - It's The Final Countdown

We're looking to relocate our family and have narrowed down our options (with the help of Metafilter) to Buenos Aires (Argentina), Toronto (Canada) and Melbourne (Australia). We've done our due diligence with on-line research, but we'd like to hear some personal anecdotes/experiences from people who've lived, worked or traveled to any of the above. [more inside]
posted by givennamesurname on Nov 16, 2016 - 16 answers

What can I do about my decade-old credit card debt in Australia?

Almost ten years ago I moved from Australia to a European country. When I left Australia I had about $5k in credit card debt. What can I do about it now? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 14, 2016 - 4 answers

Australians and New Zealanders, what do your kids watch?

I’m specifically looking for reasonably recent TV shows or films for kids that are made in Australia or New Zealand. I have boys in the 6 to 12 age range. Thanks.
posted by guy72277 on Nov 10, 2016 - 12 answers

Last minute Australian/NZ wine recommendations, please

We're finishing up our lengthy vacation Down Under; tomorrow is our last day in Sydney before flying back to Toronto, and one of our planned stops is the Oak Barrel, a really great and well stocked independent bottle shop. We've already bought a few very nice New Zealand wines (thanks to a few days on Waiheke Island) but we'd also like to bring home some good Aussie wines that aren't so easily obtainable overseas (IE no Yellow Tail or Jacob's Creek or other widely distributed wines). [more inside]
posted by mightygodking on Nov 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Could it be that my cabbage was never capable of cabbaging?

I am in Sydney, Australia. In the last week of April I planted seedlings that the garden centre had labelled as cabbage. They produced big beautiful leaves, but never headed. I assumed it was because it never really got properly cold. I was planning to rip them out soon, but they got taller and taller, and now they have started to produce thingies on the stem that look a lot like brussels sprouts. Could it be a mix-up with the seedlings? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Sep 16, 2016 - 5 answers

Looking for an eye mask that was sold in Australia

I'm looking for an eye mask. I bought it in Australia several years ago. Only the surface was knitted and design was just like this [PDF] with the same color. Could you tell me where I can get it again on the internet? I really want it now!
posted by mizukko on Sep 11, 2016 - 3 answers

Tasmania vs Big Island of Hawaii vs NZ South Island

I have the chance to spend 1-2 weeks on one of these 3 islands. It would be in December or January regardless of the choice. We like hiking, but are not highly skilled adventurers. We would be interested in amazing natural sights over everything else. Which to choose? [more inside]
posted by pekala on Sep 9, 2016 - 12 answers

What is a colloquium?

I have been asked to run a 'colloquium' at an Australian university. I have never been to a colloquium at any university. I need to know what usually happens in one. Interested from a student perspective as well as the perspectives of those that have delivered/organized/participated in one. What makes a good one? What makes a bad one?
posted by MT on Sep 1, 2016 - 8 answers

More stories like Holes by Louis Sachar

We can't teach Holes anymore. What novels do you recommend for Year 8- hopefully with a female protagonist and an Australian setting (or author.) [more inside]
posted by freethefeet on Aug 31, 2016 - 17 answers

An adorable baby koala...costume

If I wanted to purchase an Australian animal costume (any! Kangaroo, croc, echidna) for a baby/toddler somewhere in Townsville, Cairns, or Sydney, where would I go? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on Jul 26, 2016 - 13 answers

Snorkling Recommendations for Great Barrier Reef

We're seeking recommendations on snorkeling locations and outfitters/tours on the Great Barrier Reef, north of Cairns. [more inside]
posted by Mngo on Jul 10, 2016 - 13 answers

Hope me shop: new skin, new beauty products! (Australia edition)

Tell me your favourite winter/stress oily acne-prone skin care products. I’m going into Sydney CBD tomorrow. I know there’s a Kiehl’s, a Body Shop, a Lush, and a well-stocked Priceline. I need new face wash anyway, and probably new… lotion? What do I need? (Reasonably priced is always good too!) Help, I hate shopping and have no idea what I'm doing or looking for! [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jun 2, 2016 - 7 answers

Playing it by ear in Queensland

We're going to Australia this summer (late July-early August) and would prefer not to book rooms in advance, but will that be a disaster? [more inside]
posted by goodbyewaffles on May 8, 2016 - 7 answers

Validate my itinerary! Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland

My partner and I are flying from the US into Melbourne on the first of July and leaving two weeks later. The arrival and departure flights are booked, and now we're looking to lock down our travel schedule within Australia and between Australia and New Zealand. How ambitious is this itinerary? [more inside]
posted by treefort on May 1, 2016 - 15 answers

Suburbs to live in Melbourne

I'm moving to Melbourne from overseas in early May. While househunting I've been told that my list of suburbs is too long and I should choose about 4-5. Which 4-5 to choose? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Mar 29, 2016 - 17 answers

Where can I get hold of the tv series Black-ish from Australia?

I saw a few episodes of Black-ish on a plane recently and liked it a lot. I am subscribed to Netflix, and a VPN service, but it's not on any region there. I have an iPad and an android phone, but it's not available from iTunes for people in Australia, and I even downloaded the Amazon app, having heard it was an Amazon exclusive, but the bastards say "not available in your region" when I try to purchase it. They also seem good at getting uploads removed from the not-so-legal sites. I don't have a DVD or video player. Am I completely out of luck?
posted by lollusc on Mar 10, 2016 - 8 answers

Australia, ho! Help sort out my kitchen.

I am preparing for a move to Sydney. I will be burning an askmefi question a week for awhile so here is question one: what to take from my US kitchen? I have a lot of equipment. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Mar 9, 2016 - 33 answers

I tried to do a nice thing.

I am trying to put together an itinerary for my parents who will be spending a week in Melbourne before my partner and I arrive. My mom really wants to see the penguin parade and I booked tickets for her - before looking into transportation to/from the island. Oops. Now I'm wondering if there's a way to fix this. [more inside]
posted by gursky on Mar 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Looking for the new old Byron Bay

My in-laws live in Sydney and are looking to move to an area within NSW, Queensland or Victoria which fits their beach-loving, eco-conscious young family. Details within: [more inside]
posted by timshel on Feb 20, 2016 - 4 answers

Temporary housing in Canberra

My sister-in-law and her family (hubby and 2 kids < 3 years old) are going to be in Canberra on sabbatical this year. Help us find somewhere to live! [more inside]
posted by greatgefilte on Jan 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Can I have my medical records destroyed in Australia?

I would like my medical records held by a private general practice destroyed. I am in Queensland, Australia. How can I do this? Is it possible? There are no insurance issues and I am in complete charge of my own legal affairs and a private citizen.
posted by esto-again on Dec 25, 2015 - 9 answers

Two final questions about Australia

Before my wife and I leave for Australia on Jan 2... [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor on Dec 24, 2015 - 22 answers

Help me find an old jeans ad

I'm trying to find a humorous commercial for Levi jean that I haven't seen for years. Difficulty: 90's Australian TV. Google is failing me and this is driving me crazy!! Details inside... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Dec 20, 2015 - 2 answers

Reliable demographic information on tertiary students globally

I need to find out accurate information showing the quantity of university/tertiary/higher education students and lecturers, by age, for Australia and internationally. [more inside]
posted by b33j on Nov 8, 2015 - 2 answers

Help me find that song

I'm trying to locate a Latin/Spanish song from a few years back with almost nothing to go on. Here's what I remember... [more inside]
posted by ninazer0 on Oct 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Travel: Itinerary for a week in October alone based around Sydney?

Figured this North American who's never been to Australia could take a week to travel before meetings start. What's fun? How far to roam?
posted by VeniceGlass on Oct 9, 2015 - 9 answers

Looking for high quality moisturisers with sunscreen

It looks like I'm starting to develop skin cancers on my face. Ugh. I've always been careful to slip, slap and slop when outside playing sports. But probably not as careful for daily activities. That needs to change. [more inside]
posted by michswiss on Oct 5, 2015 - 17 answers

Help watching Australian "All 4 Adventure" show online?!

I'm trying to hunt down the All 4 Adventure show. Their YouTube channel just has short clips and compilations. I'm not currently in a location that they will ship their DVD's to. I've hunted around, but have come up dry. Thanks for helping!
posted by peripatew on Sep 24, 2015 - 1 answer

豪州

Can anyone answer the question posed in this blog post? Namely, what is the etymology behind the choice of kanji for the word for Australia?
posted by Quilford on Aug 26, 2015 - 6 answers

What am I legally supposed to do at this intersection?

I am a cyclist in NSW, Australia. At the intersection in this image, I am not sure what I am legally supposed to do (or what my best option is if the legal one is not safe, which I think might be the case). The red line represents off-road cycle paths separate from the pedestrian footpath. I am trying to get from where the first red line (left) ends to where the second one starts (right). Can anyone tell me what I should do? Or who do I contact to find out (or to lobby to improve the intersection for cyclists) - the local council? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Aug 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Three Questions about Australian food

Regional foods; Vegemite; Ribs [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor on Aug 6, 2015 - 39 answers

Help with tricky NZ and Australia trip itinerary

I need to be in Auckland one weekend and Melbourne the next, and I need help figuring out what to do with limited time before, after, and in between! [more inside]
posted by lettersoflead on Jul 25, 2015 - 7 answers

Road Trip AUS - Where To Stay?

Road Trip AUS - usually when I roadtrip (in the US), I'll just stop for the day when; somewhere particularly nice turns up; I'm tired and reach the next motel. Is this style of roadtripping possible in AUS? From the research I've done so far, I'm not too sure, and I'm concerned about hassles involving pre-booking hotels to ensure a place to stay each night: for me, in a roadtrip, I'm looking for the freedom of not having to make daily schedules. [more inside]
posted by forallmankind on Jul 4, 2015 - 13 answers

Best prepaid data SIM plan for Australia/NZ visit

What are my SIM options for a two week visit to Australia (Sydney) followed by a 1 week visit to NZ (Wellington then drive down west coast of south island to Queenstown)? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Jun 25, 2015 - 6 answers

Three questions about Australian English

Toward a better definition of "bogan;" gender differences in everday speech; an American tourist speaking without giving offense? [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor on Jun 21, 2015 - 33 answers

Help me become an Australian news junkie

I went on a news sabbatical while on holiday in Australia. Four years later (and still here!), I haven't picked up my news habit, and I'd like to start. [more inside]
posted by third word on a random page on Jun 15, 2015 - 9 answers

Two questions about Australia's animals

Going to Australia for its animals. Seeking advice re making conversation: [more inside]
posted by BadgerDoctor on Jun 1, 2015 - 50 answers

Is there a (non-alcoholic) drink that Australia calls its own?

I have been planning fun and cutesy little dinner parties just for two once a week for my boyfriend and I where I find new recipes for a meal, a drink, and a dessert. Seeking an Aussie beverage! [more inside]
posted by cristalina on May 16, 2015 - 18 answers

Bedazzle my advocacy resume, lexicon and (potential ) interview skills.

Today a casual social chat on the phone with an acquaintance had her asking me what kind of work I was looking for. I had mentioned that I wanted to do advocacy work as I believed it was something I was very good at and would enjoy doing. She then asked me what kind of advocacy and I said I wasn't really focused on any one type but supporting the voices of marginalised people was something I was passionate about. I was really just chattering on... then she told me she'd like to see my resume. Oops. [more inside]
posted by taff on Mar 31, 2015 - 1 answer

If kids born/raised in USA but dual Australian citizens,free college?

My understanding is that Australian citizens get access to a much lower tuition rate at Australian universities, and that the way student loans are repaid in Australia basically means that the repayment pauses indefinitely as long as the Australian moves abroad after graduation. Does this mean that if my kids are born/raised in the USA (but have Australian citizenship through their Australian mother), I could send them off to Australian universities and have them receive their university education more-or-less for free (since they'd presumably be returning to the US after graduation)? Or are there additional residency/repayment requirements that I'm missing? [more inside]
posted by Televangelist on Mar 29, 2015 - 11 answers

Help me bring my cat safely to Australia

Hello Mefites: My girlfriend and me are seriously considering the possibility of moving to Australia permanently next year. If everything goes as planned, we will move in around 12 months from now. I have a 7-year-old adorable Norwegian Forest male cat I adopted in Spain 5 years ago and brought to Colombia (I have dual nationality) 3 years ago. I need to know what options are available to bring him safely to our new home down under. [more inside]
posted by Matrod on Mar 29, 2015 - 7 answers

Recommended Accountants in Sydney, AU!

I'm reaching out to my fellow Sydney-based Australians for recommendations on Accountants that are geared towards small business/consultancies. I've recently hung up my shingle as a consultant and would like to engage with an accountant that will grow with me and set me off on the right foot. [more inside]
posted by qwip on Mar 26, 2015 - 3 answers

Convince me that a 100-year old house is a bad idea

We are house-hunting at the moment in Sydney, Australia. I keep falling in love with federation-style houses. For example, my current obsession is this 101-year-old beauty but I also love this one and a variety of similar places. My husband thinks that houses of this sort of age are likely to be a total money-pit, especially if wooden, and even if renovated. Is this true? [more inside]
posted by lollusc on Mar 16, 2015 - 45 answers

A great Australian printing co?

I'm an NYC-based photographer who has been asked to send a print to Australia. My regular printer doesn't offer this option, so I was thinking that I might find a good lab there and send along my digital file, hopefully saving myself a boatload of cash in the process? I'm looking for a good lab that offers C-Prints, (specifically 11x14 and larger for now) located in Australia. Can it be that hard? Thanks!
posted by nevercalm on Mar 13, 2015 - 8 answers

How much of a danger/problem is the sun in Australia?

How much of a danger/problem is the sun in Australia? [more inside]
posted by sunflower16 on Mar 7, 2015 - 20 answers

NYC eats for an Aussie

My friend is coming to New York City from Australia this weekend. I'm a local, so I don't have any idea what sort of restaurants I should take her to that both say "New York" and that she wouldn't be able to get in Australia. Thoughts?
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Mar 5, 2015 - 30 answers

Viewing natural Australia around Sydney (without too much walking)

We have a couple more days in Sydney, and need a few suggestions for what to do with the rest of our time. I would prefer sights and scenes of nature we can't see anywhere else. The difficulty: my wife needs a break from walking. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Mar 2, 2015 - 11 answers

Using a Galaxy S4 in Australia

G'day Austalian mefites! I'm going to be visiting Australia, and I'm trying to figure out the best way to use my phone while I'm there. It's a Galaxy S4 from Verizon. [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Feb 4, 2015 - 10 answers

Seeking the title of a vaguely-remembered Australian suspense film.

Australian-made, possibly late 70's/early 80's, about a teacher (I think) who moves to a new school (I think) who encounters an evil child or children or community. One scene in particular has stuck in my head for the last 30-ish years, and I'd like to watch it again to see if it's as scary as I remember. (There is a fake suicide scene which I describe inside, so please be warned about a potential trigger.) [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Feb 4, 2015 - 3 answers

Day trips and hikes in and around Sydney & Melbourne?

Next week I am visiting Australia for the first time. Flying in to Sydney, spending a week there with relatives in Merrylands, then two weeks with relatives in Melbourne (Braybrook) and then another week in Sydney. I want to know what is the best way to spend my time given that I am primarily interested in nature and day hikes, so the most pressing question is really 'What are the best day trips and hikes within a two-hour radius of Sydney and Melbourne?' Other factors: [more inside]
posted by legospaceman on Jan 24, 2015 - 20 answers

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