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1. Posted by Lucym777 (Budding Member 19 posts) 2y


I'm planning to take a 1 yr break in August and am hoping for some helpful suggestions on route, advice, tips etc.

I plan to work for a few months in either Sydney or Melbourne and then travel Australia. I also want to try and visit Cambodia, vietnam, Singapore, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

I have budget for flights not a huge budget for spend when I'm there hence the plan to work first off.

An idea on accommodation prices would be useful,


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4930 posts) 2y

Check the Australia accommodation section here on travellerspoint for some ideas of prices. Note that the very lowest budget prices you see ("$18" e.a.) tend to be huge dorm in really crappy hostels (you get what you pay for) - in general the big cities are expensive, and can easily cost you AUD $30 for a bed in a dorm room. An average "total" backpacker budget is AUD $80/day while travelling around (giving you a small dorm room in a decent quality hostel, supermarket food to cook your own meals with, public transport from destination to destination, and an occasional activity (things like "platypus spotting" rather than "sky-diving")). You can reduce this quite a bit while working long-term by not needing transport, and staying in a share house in one of the suburbs, rather than in a hostel.

[ Edit: Edited on 16-Feb-2015, at 10:54 by Sander ]

3. Posted by Adz2012 (Budding Member 62 posts) 2y

If you are looking to work in Sydney, I can recommend a place that i worked at, payed $22 ph :)

[ Edit: Edited on 18-Feb-2015, at 17:09 by Adz2012 ]

4. Posted by Mikea. (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y

Hi guys,

Im also traveling to australia for 1 year.

Would like to work in sydney for a while,


What kind of job did you do? 22ph sounds really nice.

5. Posted by Adz2012 (Budding Member 62 posts) 2y

Was a call center raising money for various charities. Sounds soul destroying but it really isn't. One of the best jobs I had and I'm now working on getting a sponsorship back with them. Also $22 ph is what you start on

6. Posted by Mikea. (Budding Member 12 posts) 2y

Haha I think I will be able to handle something like that, got myself some experience in call centers..

What is the name of the company?

Maybe I can send them an e-mail.


7. Posted by Adz2012 (Budding Member 62 posts) 2y

They are called 2evolve. And are located near central station in Sydney so it's easy to get to.

8. Posted by sophiehbh (Budding Member 26 posts) 2y

Hey, I'm also coming to Aus in October to work and then travel- that job sounds pretty good, is the hiring process for jobs out there relatively easy for back packers?

9. Posted by Adz2012 (Budding Member 62 posts) 2y

Yea pretty easy, a lot easier than the UK for sure! Better pay too, the real challenge is living cheaply. But I was on enough money to pay rent, but weekly shop, go out at weekend and save $200-$400 a week!

10. Posted by sophiehbh (Budding Member 26 posts) 2y

that would be amazing!! Did you rent with others you met there? Any advice on how to meet people?