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1. Posted by Amy7785 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

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Hey guys,
I'm planning to go to Australia in early 2007 with my boyfriend for a year working and travelling but as neither of us has really done any travelling before we dont know what we're doing. Does anyone have any advice on whether to do it with a package like bunac or Realgap or to just get flights and visas and do it ourselves? Any input would be much appreciated
Amy xxx

2. Posted by Rossco (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

Hi Amy,

I live in Adelaide (South Australia) and am pleased to help you with your planning. To best assist, what type of work are you hoping to get when you get to Australia? Australia is quite easy to move around and travelling arrangements would largely depend on what you wanted to see, experience and offcourse, what sort of work you would be after.

Regards,
Ross

3. Posted by Amy7785 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

With regard to types of work anything I can get. I have experience in waitressing and bar work so probably something along those lines. Things I want to do and experience...as much as possible! Hoping to spend some time in New Zealand also, though I have no idea if I'll need different visas and things to visit there..help please :)

4. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 8y

Hi Amy,

Some packages are good as they take care of everything for the first week or so. But after a week you should be ok as the job companies advertise all over the place. For the price I don't give BUNAC any credibility at all; you can get what they offer for much, much less. Ozintro is a good first week package if you want to meet lots of people and do lots of activities; NomadsWorld also offer a good one. Realgaps cheaper product (I think just over 100 quid) is also good value, but the expensive one might not be for a couple; its better for single travellers.

The most important thing is to shop around or at least book your first 3-4 days accommodation before you arrive. You can do that through this site.

Cheers

5. Posted by Amy7785 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Thanks majito, ive been chatting to some people at ozintro and that one looks pretty good, if theres anyone that has used ozintro id really like to hear from u and see if u recommend it

6. Posted by Emmett70 (Travel Guru 536 posts) 8y

For travelling around Australia I'd wait until you get to Australia before booking your trips/travel arrangements.

Like Majito says though, it's probably worth booking your first 2 or 3 nights accomodation before you get to Australia. Once I was there I found that in lots of places you could just turn up in a town/city and easily find a hostel to stay, but once I went down the East Coast I found the further South I got the busier and more booked out it got, so in certain places it's best to phone ahead to book a hostel (maybe a day or two ahead).

For New Zealand I didn't need an advance visa - I just got it at the airport. I'm not sure how long it lasted but I was there for two months.

7. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1044 posts) 8y

Quoting Amy7785

Hey guys,
I'm planning to go to Australia in early 2007 with my boyfriend for a year working and travelling but as neither of us has really done any travelling before we dont know what we're doing. Does anyone have any advice on whether to do it with a package like bunac or Realgap or to just get flights and visas and do it ourselves? Any input would be much appreciated
Amy xxx

Check out Travellers Contact Point as well. They have their main office in Sydney (with mail holding/forwarding, job & accommodation search with temp agency representative, travel agency. It's who I used, and was a pretty good price.

They can also pick you up from the airport, prebook first 2 nights accommodation, and a few other things thrown in on their Working Holidaymaker package. You're largely on your own (mix between total DIY and package), but all the essentials are within the package, including advice on getting a TFN and medicare card. http://www.travellersuk.com/ Looks like current cost for the Sydney arrival package is AU$255 (approx £100 or so)