Hey everyone, I just had a few questions about Australia. I just graduated from highschool (I'm 18), in Vancouver, Canada, and I'm really not sure what I want to do for the rest of my life, so I'm not rushing into College. I would like to spend some time in Australia (6-12 months) but I really don't know where to begin. Would I find a job off the internet here and then go down? Or find one there? I suppose living in Sydney would be the coolest, also the most expensive, however. Could anyone tell me what the average price of a crappy one bedroom apartment is?
What you'd do is apply for a working holiday visa, which allows you to work for up to six months at the same job, and stay in the country for a year (and if you did work like fruit-picking e.a. for more than three months, to apply for a second year on the same terms). The main purpose of your stay in the country must be a "holiday", with the work designed to earn you enough money to actually do that for a year. You need to be between 18-30, have AUD $5000 in funds (which allows you to live comfortably for just over three months, assuming you stay in dorm rooms in hostels and cook your own meals) and not have a criminal history, and if so, it's pretty much apply on the internet and automatically get the visa within a week (after which you have up to a year to actually travel down to Australia, with the visa terms starting upon entering the country).
Then once there you look for work on hostel job boards or work search engines. Note that it's relatively slim picking for backpackers, so you need to have some really high demand skills to earn more than basic minimum wages (those are readily available though).
I don't know about appartments, but share-accommodation should be between AUD $100-$150 per week. (It was close to $100 in Melbourne when I looked, but is probably closer to $150 in Sydney.)
You could theoretically (if you had the skills) find a job in Australia first and then travel there on a regular work visa, but with working holiday visas as readily available as perfectly suited as they are, I wouldn't even bother looking into that option.
thanks alot for the info, exactly what I was looking for, thanks again!
have you thought about living somewhere in queensland i.e the Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast?
Good choice on travelling! Just arrived from Calgary a few weeks ago, and everything is great. It is an easy adjustment. You should have no problem with finding work, but dont get your hopes up on making a lot. Am currently living on the Gold Coast and it is beautiful. You should definately do your research on where you want to base. Whatever your lifestyle is, Australia has a home for it. It is a big diverse country, find your spot. Have a fantastic trip.