I am going to australia in June and am thinking about going on a trip called oz intro (1 weeks trip around sydney) has anyone heard of it, if you have do you think its worth doing?????? thought it was a good idea because i am going on my own but i'm not sure now so would be good to get anyones opinion on it...
Also i get there 4 days before it starts so i might have already met people i'd rather stay with...????
Where is this tour going around Sydney? The public transport in Sydney is pretty good (at least compared worldwide I'm told) so most touristy locations you can reach yourself.
I'm off to oz in september for 3 months and i've been considering the oz intro package staying at surfside backpakers in coogee beach for the first week...yeah it looks a good way to meet people in the same situation and get a taste of oz but i've been told its quite expensive for what it is and if you just book to stay in surfside backpackers anyway you can still book all the activities when you get there.....i think thats what i'm gonna do,at least then your not stuck to their timetable and you an do what you want at your own leisure....i suppose it takes all the hastle out of booking stuff when you get there.....any way good luck on ya trip.....
I have already booked with Oz intro and arrive in coogee on 3rd of april. I think it's a good deal mainly due to what they offer you - takes so much hassle out of it all. They provide you with the WHV, sim card, bank account, Medicare card Tax number. And it sounds like a week of fun when you first get there.
I wouldn't book any activities until you get here for one reason: choice, lots of it. I think its a good idea to pay a company to take care of the basics like arrival stuff and tax and banking, but not for 400 quid. And like Dannybyrne says its a timetable of things that you may not want or need. Nomads have a package that takes care of the basics for $299, which is about 120 quid leaving you about $700 to do what you choose to do. http://www.nomadsworld.com/productlist.asp?backpack=Working+Holiday+package. The thing is if you don't like the hostel, go to another. And as for meeting people, you will. Sydney is a backpackers Mecca.
Don't get me wrong, packages are good, even some of the more expensive ones are good. I just don't think the ones that are loaded with "activities" are of much use or value nor do they give you the independence to choose.
just check it out for yourselves.. www.ozintro.com
we reckon it's great value. and a great way to meet some people. have some fun. and experience some things you normally wouldn't.
and that's what travelling's all about.
I don't think there's anything in it that you wouldn't experience or couldn't experience yourself. Not unless Oz intro have the sole rights to the Blue Mountains or Coogee Beach. But I do think its a good first week itinerary for those who want really don't want to spend time choosing.
Hey, I've just been looking at your comments about OzIntro and thought i'd let you know that I joined them this year in January to start off my few months travelling around Oz. For me it wasn't about whether I could see and do the activities on my own when I got there, it was about starting off in a group and having fun to settle me into my time away. I looked into other companies and they just seemed to offer the general things like visa's, bank accounts etc but it was all expensive and still I'd be doing it on my own....they didn't look fun. I met some great people, who I ended up travelling on with and the week was great, fun, relaxed and I did end up doing stuff that I probably wouldn't of on my own. I'd recommend it to anyone thinking of going on their own.
Sounds like a great week, Sarah. Do you get free Internet all over Australia? Or just in the hostel in Sydney?
I've never heard of Oz Intro but I just checked out the website & it looks pretty good (if a bit more than I want to pay but whatever).
How exactly does it work? Do you book a flight to fall on one of the days listed?