I will be leaving for Australia the second week of september on a whv for four months. I will be arriving in Sydney. I was wondering if i should head up north to Cairns right away and then work my way down. I think that will be better for the weather. Also how easy is it, or hard, to get a job bartending? If i have enough money when i leave i will try to buy a car when i get there. What will i need to drive there?
After Australia i plan on going to NZ and maybe fiji. I would really like to go to thailand. Is that easy to do from australia?
sorry about all the questions. any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
in terms of whether to go to Cairns straight away, I'm not sure, depends, you might get to sydney, and want to stay a little while and look around before heading to cairns and then on your way down the east coast just by-pass sydney. Yeah the weather will be nice in Cairns, but as it will be spring, it should also start to become more pleasant weather further down the coast (but not as warm as up north of course).
If you have experience bar tending or hospitality experience I shouldn't see why you should have any troubles. If you stick to main cities where there are heaps of bars I'm sure finding work will be easy.
With driving, do you mean a drivers licence? I think if you have a licence you can use that one for up to 3 months before you need to sit for your licence here (thats what i heard from international students studyinghere, but not too sure)
Travelling to NZ, fiji /asia in general is quite easy, lots of flights as it is close to australia. I'm sure you can plan this once your here.
Mike... you might need to check out if you will need to do a responsible service of alcohol course (RSA). Dont know about other states but in NSW all people working with alcohol must have an RSA certificate...
I think you will probably have to do an RSA course. This is not difficult, takes one day, approximately 6 or 7 hours I think. Also there is a multiple choice test and it costs about $85 or there abouts. You might want to check out the Dept. of Gaming and Racing website for info on NSW or the following link for a list of approved course providers: http://www.dgr.nsw.gov.au/HTML/LIQUOR/course_providers.html
Courses run everyday and arent hard to get into at short notice...
Please note that I can only speak with any certainty for NSW and not any of the other states... Good luck
Bear in mind the distances in Australia - it's as big as the US.
To avoid 'doubling back' you might want to fly into Cairns and then work your way down, ending up in Sydney when the weather is warmer. You will definitely want to stay a while in Sydney.
Also, bear in mind that Thailand is completely the wrong direction for Fiji or NZ. If I was you, I'd go to Thailand first, then fly into Cairns, work your way south to Sydney, and then fly out to NZ and then Fiji.
Or vice versa.
Its also easy to fly around australia as no-frills budget airlines (jetstar and virgin blue) are taking on routes around the country. If budget is important this would probably end up being more cost effective in many cases... especially as fuel prices are rising pretty rapidly over here... of course you wont have the flexibility or see as much of the country...
Thanks for all the input everyone. I have to fly into sydney b/c i got my visa through work travel company. I'll probably be a tourist for a while then get a flight up north and look for a car there...and a job.
Thanks again, i appreciate it!