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Working Holiday May-August: review my plan!!

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1. Posted by stueyyy (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hello everyone! First off, this board is extremely informative so I appreciate your response.

My girlfriend and I are planning a trip to Australia for May to August (summer vacation). We're planning on a working holiday, but I'm not sure how realistic our plan is. I've done a lot of research and I'm in the middle of preparing a document to summarize this.

We both still live with our respective parents so "convincing" them will be an essential milestone in the plan. In order to do that, we have to communicate an idea of stability. What we would LIKE to have is to rent one apartment in one city for the entire tenure of the trip. I'd love to backpack but it doesn't seem realistic to tell our parents we'll be "around" Australia somewhere!

I've seen reasonable 1-bedroom apartments for <$100/week. I decided that Melbourne was a good choice because it's significantly cheaper than Sydney. We would likely stay in a hostel for the first week until we secure a place, although we'd get an idea of the listings just before we leave Canada. We would sign with an agency to get some sort of retail or office work preferably (I've heard agencies recommended often, but sometimes they're ridiculed as ineffective).

The idea of living in one apartment without traveling around for three months seems unusual compared to the other posters.

So...
- have you done this before?
- how much do the associated costs (heating/electricity) come to with renting?
- can you give a better idea of monthly costs for living (my estimates are around $300 to over $600)

2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 10y

Personally I think it would be a shame to set out on an adventure just to stay in the one city the whole time! I'm a Kiwi who did a working holiday in the States a couple of years ago and you've really just got to get out there and make the most of being in such a great situation. Have you thought of joining the Harvest Trail? This way you'd be employed in fruit/vineyard work for the duration of your stay (the element of stability to satisfy your parents lol), but you'd have the freedom to move around as and when you felt like it. Apparently Melbourne is a great place to find this kinda work year-round, and while it's definitely not office/retail work, I can gaurantee you'd have lotsa fun and get time off to do some sight-seeing too.

3. Posted by chel (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y

u could prolly get a one room place in melb for 100-150 a week. i reckon if you put another 20 aside (aus dollar) each week then that would cover electricity,water etc. Maybe not a phone but u might not need one of them

Place to live in melb that are handy to city and good for transport are brunwick, fitroy, stkilda..places that that.
www.realestate.com.au is a good one to loook at.