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1. Posted by mary95 (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y

Hi everyone!😁

I'm thinking of going to either Sydney or Melbourne sometime in Febuary 2016 for one year on a working holiday visa. I'm still soo undecided on which city to start off in.. So if anyone could give me some advice it would be much appreciated!! I don't think I'm going to do any of the packages to be honest as it seems easy enough to do all that stuff yourself.

I'm going solo so if any of you are going around the same time let me know!!?

By the way, I'm from London and I'm 20.

I look forward to hearing from you


[ Edit: Edited on 10-Oct-2015, at 05:51 by mary95 ]

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 1y

It doesn't really matter much where to start. They're both great cities which you should enjoy tremendously.

Both cities are quite expensive (with Sydney being slightly more so). Both have tons of work, but also tons of people competing for that work. Sydney has the bigger international airport, and so has even more backpackers arriving. Melbourne is frequently declared one of the most "liveable" cities, with superb infrastructure and a very friendly environment. I personally love the music scene in Melbourne. Sydney has the more appealing attractions and sights, though, and (outside of the insane peak summer heat) a slight edge in weather conditions.

For both places I'd recommend not lingering in the city for too long. Go out and explore the rest of the country before settling down somewhere to work.

3. Posted by mary95 (Budding Member 7 posts) 1y

Thank you! That's really helpful to know. I'll defiantly travel around and make the most of it when I'm there, I'm very much looking forward to it!

4. Posted by Victoriahinch (Budding Member 5 posts) 1y

Hey guys!!
I'm victoria I'm 26 also travelling to oz in Feb. I'm travelling with an old school friend and we've booked a camper to drive down the east coast. We're starting off in cairns and stopping in Sydney. We're doing that over 6weeks, I'll be returning home afterwards to plan more travels but my friend will be staying out there to do working visa. It'll be nice to meet people along the drive if anyone has the same ideas or would like to meet along the way. 😊

5. Posted by TomClarke6 (Budding Member 4 posts) 1y


I'm also travelling in Feb, flying out to Perth on the 17th from Manchester. Looking to travel up the east coast city to city.

Not booking any packages, looking to do it off the cuff and explore as you don't know how long you want to stay at a certain place.

Tom, 22. Manchester

6. Posted by shekyc (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y


I'm keith, 22 form Hong Kong. I'm going to Melbourne in early Feb on my own too! Actually I have a friend living in Melbourne and like what sander said, she comments Melbourne as a "liveable city" when comparing with Sydney.

But I'm not going to stay in Mel for the whole year, really looking forward to explore the amazing oz and meet people from anywhere! :)

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8. Posted by Emma91 (Budding Member 29 posts) 50w

Hey everyone! I'm planning to move to Australia in April 2016! will be heading to Sydney first to visit some family, but I will be heading off soon again to travel and hopefully meet other people along the way :) If anyone is going around the same time shoot me a message would be cool to have a travel buddy :D

9. Posted by Chels10xx (Budding Member 8 posts) 49w

Hi All

I am Chelsey 26 to from Surrey,I land in Aus end of March, solo traveller as well and I can't wait to meet new friends and share bloody amazing experiences!!!!

Chelsey x

10. Posted by ryannhall95 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 49w

Hi Everyone! :)

I am flying from London to Sydney on March 13th for a year on a working visa! Absolutely buzzing and cannot wait to get out there! I am 20 from Essex but will be 21 by the time i'm out there. Would be nice to bounce ideas of each other so drop me a message and we can arrange to meet while were out there too!

Ryan, 20 Essex :D