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1. Posted by canuck10 (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

Hey. I am plannin on headin to Sydney from canada in late nov. early december. I won't have a whole lot of money saved up by then (not from lack of trying, but i still have to live) i figure i will be arriving with somewhere around 3000 AUD. I will be going on a working holiday visa, and i plan on staying for 6 or 8 months. I want to travel around the east coast, and do that cheaply. I will be hosteling, tenting, and staying anywhere free I find along the way:). I know it says on the visa forms I will need to have 5000 but do they really check that?? And if they don't, is it reasonable to figure I could get by the first part until i find some type of job? and just live on what I make, much like i do in Canada? Is this do-able/done by others? any info would be much appreciated.


2. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 11y

Hi Canuck,
very rarely do they check. After all, its a working holiday visa. Working to afford to travel is part of the gig. The reality of it is you must have enough money for the first part of your stay - say, first few weeks; or enough for an onward airfare if you are coming oneway

This is the text from the Govt website "They should have a return ticket or sufficient funds for a return or onward fare as well as sufficient funds for the first part of their stay."

$3,000 is a good start, and the job market is good just now.If you need help with the job stuff just holler.

Happy travels

3. Posted by canuck10 (Budding Member 16 posts) 11y

majito, thanks alot for the offer. I think some job info would be great. or even some wage info. What is the Australian minimum wage? and then what are some of the wages for jobs that a typical backpacker could expect to get? any job oppourtunities or hookups would also make my day . thanks alot.