About Us

Patrick Hynes, Founder

As a young Australian from the tiny town of Gumeracha in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia, Patrick’s thirst for travel and a new life took him around the world. He settled briefly in Vancouver, fell in love – and eventually landed in California.

However, memories of an idyllic childhood and love for the Australian Way of Life have convinced him that a NEW American Dream does, in fact, now lie in that “lucky country” Down Under.

He is dedicated to spreading the word that Australia does offer the best of all worlds – a place to re-invent your life. A place like home … but better. Safer. Less crowded. And brimming with possibilities.

This website is a GATEWAY to exploring the exciting possibilities offered by this new Work and Holiday Visa. But there are other visa opportunities, too. Whether it’s a quick trip, work and play, education, retirement or a successful new career and family life, Australia may be the answer !

Patrick Hynes is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and the University of Oregon. He has worked as a reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, an information officer for the Australian Consulate-General in San Francisco and a Public Relations Director for an international hotel chain. He currently resides in Orange County, California, but harbors plans of fulfilling his own New American Dream in Australia … perhaps, the Last Frontier.

Alberta Miculan, Visa Consultant

Alberta Miculan was engaged for 15 years as a Senior Immigration Officer at the Australian Department of Immigration in Los Angeles. Alberta’s extensive first-hand experience at implementing Australia’s immigration policies has helped her to provide excellent visa advice and assistance to Americans traveling “Down Under”.

She now works as an independent Australian immigration and visa specialist based in Southern California.

Alberta is richly experienced with all required visa application forms, including the new Australian Work and Holiday Visa. Her expertise often results in “fast –tracking” the paperwork requirements … and a less stressful pathway to getting the final visa.

Alberta grew up in Melbourne, Victoria, and is a graduate of La Trobe University and holds graduate credentials from Australia’s Deakin University.