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1. Posted by Con8722 (Budding Member 7 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Been thinking about it for a while and I have decided I want to go to Australia when I finish university.

Il be 22 years old and finish uni on the 8th of May and il most likely be free until September. Could possibly have a year but most likely be looking for a grad job September time. Il be travelling solo.

I'm a bit undecided as to what I should do in terms of should I travel or go for a working visa.

After flights il probably have £3000 to do whatever or 5000 Australian dollars.

I would like to travel up the east coast towards Cairns, not sure if it would be better to start at sydney or Melbourne.

I know it will be winter time in September, so would want to go to places where the sun is still shining.

Just wondering if anyone has an idea of what I could do with roughly 5000 dollars if I was just travelling and not working? How long would it last etc? Staying in hostels, some activities etc

Or on the other hand, if I chose to work, where's the best place to start and how difficult is it to find work, would most likely prefer a bar job.

Thanks

2. Posted by Con8722 (Budding Member 7 posts) 14w Star this if you like it!

Also have the possibility of applying for a working visa, and travel up or down the east cost looking for work here and there.

3. Posted by OzRocco (Budding Member 47 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Con8722,

Nothing is cheap, so a job will be very handy if you can get it.

If you want a bar job in Oz, you'll need RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) certificate and RCG (Gambling) certificate. Online courses exist - check em out.
Might also be worth getting yourself a "white card" - which enables you to get work in the construction industry - say as a labourer. Without it, you won't get far.

As far as the holiday bit, I think if you can fit it in, Melbourne is worth visiting, especially if you are remotely into sport/spectating. Go take in an AFL game at the MCG amnog other things.

Public transport in Oz (apart from Melbourne) is generally pretty ordinary, so I'd consider getting your own vehicle. That will likely take about 2-3k out of your budget, but if you get a station wagon it will give you a cheap accommodation option off the beaten track. A toyota camry wagon or an EA or EB Ford falcon wagon are usually a pretty reliable bet.

There's a lot to consider (and I don't have time to detail now) good on you for having a go.
Feel free to message me if you want more info an anything.

cheers,
Rosco.

4. Posted by Con8722 (Budding Member 7 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the reply !

Don't think il be getting my own vehicle, would take too much out of my budget.

If I was travelling the east coast with 5000 AUD I'd probs last for around 6 weeks !

What do you think about the group tours?

And do you think it would be worth getting a WHV if I was only staying for 3-4 months ?

Thanks

5. Posted by OzRocco (Budding Member 47 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Yep - Fair call about the vehicle - they can end up a money pit and a hassle.

I don't know much about the group tours. Best talk to someone who's been if you can.

WHV - hard to say. It's mostly about the coin.
My guess is you'll end up staying longer and wish you had one so you can earn legitimately.
When the budget gets thin, it can make it hard to do some things you'd like and you wonder why you're here.
Having said that, if you've got fairly set dates and something to return to then a WHV may be extra hassle and cost you need not bother with.

5k will disappear pretty quick at $30 - $60/day with nothing coming in.

6. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1168 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

I may be wrong, but it looks like one is only ever entitled to one Working Holiday Visa.

If you decide to apply for & enter Australia on a Working Holiday visa, it appears that you will not be able to get another visa like that unless you meet the criteria for a 2nd year Working Holiday visa.

So - if you are doubtful about your intentions, may not make full use of that type of visa or think you may go back to Australia at some point in the future, it might suit you better to just go as a tourist this time, without the right to work.

Just a thought.

Steve

7. Posted by Con8722 (Budding Member 7 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Il finish university with a degree in civil engineering.

So let's say I apply for a WHV this year, then maybe in 5 years time I want to apply for a civil engineering job in Australia, would I be able to ?

8. Posted by hasbeen (Travel Guru 1168 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Con8722

Il finish university with a degree in civil engineering.

So let's say I apply for a WHV this year, then maybe in 5 years time I want to apply for a civil engineering job in Australia, would I be able to ?

That would require a work visa not a Work Holiday visa .. different thing. So yes, that would be ok. Not to say it would be granted, that would be dependent on the rules at that time.

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10. Posted by Con8722 (Budding Member 7 posts) 12w Star this if you like it!

So I have decided il apply for the WHV.

Il be heading sometime in May, would it be best to start in Sydney or Cairns ?

Not sure if I should try find work straight away or just travel for a bit and see what happens!

Thanks

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Mar-2017, at 14:30 by Con8722 ]