with Karen Bleakley

Helping UK families
navigate their way
to a dream life
in Australia.

Anything in life worth doing is tough…
otherwise everyone would be doing it.

Thinking about moving your family from the UK to Australia? Packing up and moving to the other side of the world is daunting, terrifying and exciting. As an experienced project manager, I found the best way to tackle it was by breaking it down into chunks and tackling it one step at a time.

Life’s full of opportunities and the only
thing limiting them is you!

I set up Smart Steps to Australia to help families who are interested in moving to Australia. Whether you’re at the difficult decision making phase or you’re already headlong into the Australian visa process, this site will walk you through everything you need to know about emigrating to keep your stress levels to a minimum.

“We contacted Karen for advice about a move from the UK to Australia, particularly regarding the logistics of making the move with children! She provided excellent guidance and support and as someone who has made the move already was able to draw on her experiences to help us have a smoother transition for us.”

– Jen & Shim

Top Blog Posts

A wrapped leaving gift for somebody moving to Australia

Christmas gifts and leaving gifts for someone moving to Australia

I remember our last Christmas in the UK. It was SO difficult knowing what to buy each other as we knew whatever we gave would need to come with us to Australia in our shipping container. Our family had real trouble deciding what to get us too – we ended up with mostly chocolates and booze as people knew we’d be able to consume those before we left the country! READ MORE

Australia road scene

Why use a migration agent?

When you’re emigrating, there are a lot of costs involved. Some of these are essential costs (visa fees, medicals, flights…) – these are things you HAVE to pay to make the move. READ MORE

Lady and dog on a beach in Australia - emigrate in six easy steps

How to emigrate to Australia in six easy steps

Dreaming of moving to Australia for a new life in the sun? Stop making excuses for why you can’t emigrate. You can migrate to Australia in six steps. READ MORE

A world map with money on it to hightight transferring money to Australia

Want to know the best way of transferring large sums of money to Australia?

When you are going to transfer large sums of money abroad, it’s essential that you not only get the best money transfer deal but also that you get a great service as some money transfer companies are definitely more reliable than others. Moving abroad soon? Have you organised your one-way travel insurance yet? READ MORE

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About Karen Bleakley

Karen is a beach-loving travel writer, non-fiction author, experienced project manager, online marketing junkie and Founder of Smart Steps to Australia. She moved from Hampshire to sunny Brisbane with her hubby and three insanely energetic kids under five in September 2014. READ MORE


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Recent Travel Posts

  • What to do in Noosa

    What to do in Noosa

    If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I’ve recently been on a little Noosa getaway with one of my good friends. I was doing research for a travel article for Australia and New Zealand magazine, so the weekend break in Noosa involved lots of eating out and lots …Read More
  • Top tips for attending Oktoberfest Brisbane with kids

    Top tips for attending Oktoberfest Brisbane with kids

    Last Sunday, I shared some photos from our family day out at Oktoberfest Brisbane. I’ve had so many people messaging me and stopping me in the school grounds to ask me what it was like for kids, so I thought I’d write an Oktoberfest Brisbane review. Even if you aren’t based …Read More
  • Best weekend trips from Perth

    Best weekend trips from Perth

    Best weekend trips from Perth is a guest post by Keri of Our Globetrotters. This site contains some affiliate links. Perth is one of my favourite cities in the world. We *almost* moved there and I know we’d have loved it as we really enjoyed our time travelling around Western …Read More
  • What to do in Rainbow Beach

    What to do in Rainbow Beach

    “How is it possible that we’ve never been to Rainbow Beach,” I ask Matt as we look out at the waves crashing on the deserted stretch of golden sand. We’ve travelled around Australia a lot over the last few years, yet we’ve only just discovered this gorgeous corner of the …Read More

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