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11. Posted by KaleyDavenport (Budding Member 19 posts) 1y

Okay great! 😄

12. Posted by holleebee12 (Budding Member 16 posts) 1y

I'm looking to book my flights and sort my visa next week or the week after. Hopefully for around the 5th of Jan. Are you going to book a hostel before you go out?? Think I'm going to book one for like 5 days to a week to get my bearings of the city and then make some sort of a plan from there. X

13. Posted by KaleyDavenport (Budding Member 19 posts) 1y

Quoting holleebee12

I'm looking to book my flights and sort my visa next week or the week after. Hopefully for around the 5th of Jan. Are you going to book a hostel before you go out?? Think I'm going to book one for like 5 days to a week to get my bearings of the city and then make some sort of a plan from there. X

We should be booking around the same time then.. I'm considering doing a tour with a company called Ultimate Travel, its a 7day tour of Sydney & they also help you get an Aussie bank account, taxfile number etc, and they have lots of good reviews.. then after that maybe stick around in the hostel to try and meet some people! Hopefully that will work out!

14. Posted by holleebee12 (Budding Member 16 posts) 1y

Ooooh that sounds interesting, I'll have to have a look into that. How much is it? I'm hoping that once I get to the hostel there will be people there with good advice on what to do, as they would have been in the same boat sorting out things like that out when they arrived. Hopefully they will also have great advise on where to go and where not to go.

15. Posted by KaleyDavenport (Budding Member 19 posts) 1y

Its around £440 I think altogether! You should definitely look into it. At least then you will meet a few like-minded people on the tour. They also do a 30 day east coast one that looks AWESOME but that kinda defeats the object of doing it by myself..!

16. Posted by holleebee12 (Budding Member 16 posts) 1y

Yeah I'll have a look into that, im not sure if i would prefer to explore on my own terms. Its a difficult one. My friend went over to Sydney a few years back alone and she said it was dead easy to set up a bank account and tax file number. I'm going to have a right good chat with her in a couple days, so Ifshe gives me some good tips I'll let you know. 😊

17. Posted by KaleyDavenport (Budding Member 19 posts) 1y

Yeah that would be great, thank you! I would be a lot more relaxed about doing it alone if I knew there was gonna be someone in the same place as me that wants to do the same- so it's good to know you're around too!

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

FWIW, I can confirm that getting a Tax File Number and a bank account on your own is dead easy. (And if you have any questions about such things, we'd be very happy to help you with them on this forum.)

For the TFN, see this, and apply once you've arrived in Australia.

For the bank account, you have to pick a bank, and can either (for some of them) apply for an account online beforehand (then upon arrival you just walk into a specific bank branch with your passport for confirmation, and get your debit card right there), or in the first few weeks after arriving just walk into any bank branch, tell them you want to open an account, fill in some forms, show them your passport, give them AUD $50 as an initial deposit (not certain that's still necessary even), tell them not to send you any bank statements, and give your hostel's address to send the debit card to (or they might even offer pick up as well?)

For picking a bank, ANZ, CommonWealth, NAB and WestPac are the ones with the biggest ATM networks - if you have specific places outside the cities you want to stay at for a long time (for example if you already have a destination for fruit-picking lined up), research if there's an ATM from your chosen bank actually there. Otherwise it doesn't matter much. Sometimes some of these offer a very basic account for completely free, as long as you can budget well and stick to just 4-5 ATM withdrawals per month. If that's you, it's worth researching. Otherwise, for basic backpacker purposes, they're all indistinguishable. (All other things being equal, I'd recommend staying away from WestPac, just because they astroturfed these forums many years ago, and it amuses me for this to have a trivial lingering negative impact on them.)

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Aug-2015, at 14:18 by Sander ]

19. Posted by rmchugh93 (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y

Hey!
I've been looking at doing the 7 day Sydney tour with ultimate travel aswell! In January then heading up the east coast travelling and maybe a bit of work in between to get some more funds, hoping to meet people as I'm going solo an it's my first time

20. Posted by KaleyDavenport (Budding Member 19 posts) 1y

Hiya, awesome what date have you been looking at?! Have you booked your flight yet? I'm supposed to do mine this weekend so hope to know which tour to book onto also. I'm also going solo so the more people I meet the better 😄