Hi I'm a female aged 25 with very little experience of travelling - thats why I've decided to head of to Sydney in August - Mad I know!!!
Is it best I book a hostel before I arrive or will I be safe to sort accomodation out once I get there?? I arrive in at 6am. Also how do I go about setting up a bank account once there? Regarding looking for employment should I take original certificates + references over or how can I prepare for this?
Any help would be appreciated
In August you will be fine without booking any accomodation in advance. But if you want a piece of mind of having somewhere etc then you could always book your first couple of nights somewhere.
As for your bank account just pop along with your passport. I had my card and pin number sent to the hostel I was staying at. But I think you can also arrange to collect this from the branch.
I speant 15 months in Oz and I head back next week for a months "holiday" so feel free to drop me a line if you got any questions etc.
I know what you mean about feeling clueless and travelling on your own, its alot to worry about
I kind of cheaped out, and signed up with an intro tour. Its not too expensive if you already have your visa, and they will have a SIM card, a week of accomidation including air port transfers, and your bank account waiting for you.
If you are booking through a travel agent, you can always ask them about the best way to get things set up as well.
As for resume and references, I'm keeping mine on a file hosting server so I can just log in and print it when ever I need it
It'd probably be best to book just your first night or two. If you didn't you most likely wouldn't have any problems finding somewhere, but it would give you the peace of mind knowing you have somewhere to stay and it will also mean that you'll have an address to put down on the arrival card that you fill in on the plane. Alternatively you could just have an address or two before you go and write one of them down and then you wont get a lecture over not having anywhere to stay yet.
As for looking for work Brisbane and the Gold Coast are areas with loads of work due to the lazy locals rather spend the day bludhing at the beach than work for their money. Living expenses are also cheaper up that way than in Sydney for the most part. As for taking original certificates, I never show any original things when I've gone for interviews, I just have a folder with colour photocopies of certificates and black and white copies of references etc so if they want it they can take the photocopy.
I can't comment on the bank account, because I know for me being an Australian resident it is easy to open up an account, but for overseas people it would be somewhat harder I'd imagine.
You wouldn't need an OZ Introduction tour like Del007 said especially being from UK. Apart from New Zealand ,people from the UK are make up the highest individual percentage of Australia's tourism market so their will be plenty of your fellow people here in OZ. Anyone from Australia who goes to the UK feels right like they are at home because things are so alike (except the crappy cold weather most the year round in the UK). People from places liek Canada and America also don't need such things for the same sorts of reasons I am talking about. If you want to get to the outback it would be hard without going on a tour unless you get a 4WD but on the main touristy routes along the East Coast you don't need to waste your valuable money on those tours you'll be fine here in OZ with nothing to be scared of.
Have a great trip.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 1, 2007, at 1:22 PM by aharrold45 ]
You seem to have almost everything covered by the number of replies you have received. However a few points. Customs will probably ask you where you are staying. You have to fill in a form on the incoming flight telling where you will be staying in Australia. Obviously if it is a number of places then you just put down the first till whatever date and tell them you don't know the rest because you haven't decided yet where to stay. That means getting accomodation for a day or two at least before you arrive. There is an airport hotel and plenty in the Sydney metropolitan area if you are coming in through Sydney. Look up Sydney motels in Google Australia and probably look more towards those in the immediate airport area at Mascot. At 6am in the morning after a long flight all you will want to do after clearing customs is go and lie down even if you cannot sleep and at least freshen up. Moneywise customs may ask how much you are bringing into the country. Huge amounts are questioned but so too are minute amounts destined to have Customs thinking you are going to be in trouble without money to call on. I would change your currency into Australian dollars...at least a few hundred before you leave. That then gives you something to pay the accomodation, transport and meals before you settle a bank account etc. Hope this also helps.