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

An Australian beach shot - welcome to Smart Steps to Australia

Welcome to Smart Steps to Australia

Thanks for popping by. I just wanted to say a quick ‘hello’ and welcome you to my new website – Smart Steps to Australia. At the moment you’ll see some areas are still in development – if you subscribe to my email list I’ll keep you up to date when I launch new phases as there’s loads to come. READ MORE

A picture of a business meeting - finding a migration agent

Expert interview: Veronika Hurbis – Migration Agent at Sort Out My Visa

Have you been agonising over whether you really need to use a migration agent? Or are you wondering what a migration agent actually does all day? If so, read my interview with Veronika Hurbis, a MARA registered agent from Sort Out My Visa, who is one of the experts I handpicked to include on my Trusted Experts page. 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 a new life in the sun? Stop making excuses. You can emigrate to Australia in six easy steps. READ MORE

Ultimate Emigration Checklist on iPad

The Ultimate Emigration Checklist makes moving to Australia easy (includes launch giveaway!)

When I first launched my Facebook group a few weeks ago, I started to get messages from people asking if I had a migration to-do list. So I went away and created one. My Ultimate Emigration Checklist has just launched. READ MORE

Recent Posts


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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