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11. Posted by Adz2012 (Budding Member 62 posts) 1y

Yea got a flat share with 2 people. I done this thing called Ultimate OZ, it's like an intro week thing where you're in a group of 15-35 people (depending on time of year) and you explore Sydney, go to a camp for a couple of days, plus they sort out bank account and tax number etc for you. Was a bit pricey but was worth it.

I ended up moving in with a girl off that group and a friend she made in the hostel. We spent 4 months in our flat and it was awesome. We had other friends we made in the first couple of weeks that were there the whole time with us. We partied, went to the beach at weekends, explorer the blue mountains. It was incredible.

It all depends on whether you have a plan you want to stick to or have a very open mind to just go with the flow. My advice is to find a good balance between the two.

12. Posted by sophiehbh (Budding Member 26 posts) 1y

That sounds ideal, I've got nothing booked yet just want to see what happens when I get there, although I know what I want to do so just need to book when the time is right.. So getting a short term flat share is ok? I know it's quite here and don't want to be tied into a long term thing which is unflexible.

Yeah have looked into the packages to buy before you go and definitely seems like a good investment as also a way to meet people.. Thanks this is all very helpful!

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Feb-2015, at 07:30 by sophiehbh ]

13. Posted by Adz2012 (Budding Member 62 posts) 1y

No worries, I know how confusing and scary it all is, so I'm more than happy to share advice.

If you don't want to be tied into anything, look for house/flat shares where you won't be contracted, some people advetise on gumtree rooms to let for a month or whatever. But if you go in September/October time, it's worth getting a place until after new year. Sydney's New Years eve fireworks are a must!

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

Thanks for the messages. Sadly this is a no go for me now as I'm over you 30 and I didn't realise you can only get a holiday working Visa if you're under 30 so it's back to saving up here and going on shorter trips as I have been doing for the passed few years rather than working away :-(

I'm glad this thread has helped others though!

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Feb-2015, at 07:57 by Lucym777 ]

15. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 1y

Quoting Lucym777

Thanks for the messages. Sadly this is a no go for me now as I'm over you 30 and I didn't realise you can only get a holiday working Visa if you're under 30 so it's back to saving up here and going on shorter trips as I have been doing for the passed few years rather than working away :-(

If you happen to be from the UK, there's a New Zealand WHV through Bunac that'd still be available until (and including) age 35.
*checks some of your other posts*
Yup, looks like you'd qualify for that! You'll want their IEP Work Exchange Visa. (And New Zealand is totally worth going to on a WHV. Better than Australia, even, I'd say. Plus of course ideally positioned for side-trips to Australia as well.) :)

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Feb-2015, at 08:36 by Sander ]

16. Posted by Adz2012 (Budding Member 62 posts) 1y

@Sander

Yup I was then about to suggest this. I'm currently saving for NZ and I have a friend who is over 30, so he's going for the IEP visa.

NOTE: this visa has a limited amount each year and is currently sold out for 2015, however if you contact bunac and put your name on a waiting list, there may be a second allocation around July time.

This visa only lasts 12 months so you can't extend it. But does enable you to work like a normal WHV

17. Posted by Mikea. (Budding Member 12 posts) 1y

Quoting Adz2012

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

Thanks man!!

I will check it out this week, hopefully I can arrange something, would be nice!!!

how did you end up renting a flat for so long? and what kind of rent can I expect ?

i'm also starting in a group with Dutch backpackers so I think I will meet some people that perhaps are interested in sharing a flat.

Thanks !

18. Posted by Adz2012 (Budding Member 62 posts) 1y

Well Sydney is very expensive city So rent is quite high. Our flat was around $800 per week and because there was only three of us that was around 260 each. Are we kind of got ripped off so you will be able to find somewhere a bit cheaper

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Feb-2015, at 10:25 by Adz2012 ]

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