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1. Posted by grannelly (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Hi there, going away the end of August, jus wondered if anyone wants to chat about travellin an stuff. ha ha! a bit general.I'd reallly appreciate it. This is the first time i'll be away from home (travellin alone i mean). Im 19 and will be flying into adelaide at the end of august. thanx.

2. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Good on you. You'll have a great time. Fabulous wines in Sth Australia.. make sure you come to NZ as well

3. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 11y

Hey-you make me laugh!! lol!

I am in exactly the same position as you-totally-maybe even worse-well i have just been to Scotland (only for 4 days)-first experience ever!!!

I am going to Oz alone in October-sacry but now i have sampled a hostel i really, really can't wait!!!

4. Posted by grannelly (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Hey there. Do any of u know how 'easy' it is to open an australian bank account while in australia? i don't know whether to jus take some travellers cheques with me.

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 11y

grannelly: very easy when you just arrive. (Within the first two weeks? the first month? something like that.)
Just bring a passport and AUD50, and you can open it no problem.

After that time you need more identifaction, none of which a traveller would have iirc (that is, I think an overseas drivers license wouldn't be accepted, only an australian one), so it'd be a lot more hassle.

They'll want you to give an address where to send the bank card and the monthly statements to, so think about that beforehand. (Poste Restante, hostel, something like that.) It's technically possible to have no address in the system after you've received your bank card (I know because I've had this), but it might be a bit of a hassle convincing them of this. Easier might be just to tell them to only send bank statements every six months or so.
You can always get free bank statements just by walking into a bank branch and asking for an 'interim statement'.

Australian banks are even suckier than European banks by charging for pretty much everything, but if you're good with planning ahead money-wise, I'd recommend getting an ANZ Access Select account, which gives you the ridiculously low amount of six free electronic transactions per month, but doesn't charge you any bank fees whatsoever otherwise.

6. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 11y

hi granelly,

i'm sure you'll have a great time in australia- it is a beautiful place with beautiful people after all (not that i'm biased!!). feel free to message me or ask any questions about Australia.

have a great time and good luck with all your planning.

cheers,

p.s- australia is a good place for your first travelling alone experience- most people here are very hospitable, and from what i've heard you'll have a great time in aussie hostels!!

7. Posted by grannelly (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Hey people, thanx very much for the advice. Im stayin with relatives for a few weeks so i can them to send my card to their address. I can't wait to go!

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Been checking out the hot spots ,granelly ?

9. Posted by grannelly (Budding Member 31 posts) 11y

Hey guys. I bought me rucksack today form millets. it's great, it's an 80 litre. But no sure on shoes, i seen a good pair, a mix between a walkin shoe and a trainer. they were 50 quid. but i feel like it's all slowly coming together now.

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I thought you were already in Australia