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1. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 9y

ok so @ the end of this year i shall be Travelling the Wrold, and my main stopping ground midway through will be Melbourne, i plan to stay in Australia for about 6 months, but with my RTW ticket i have 2 internal flights within Australia. . .

but my main inquiry about Melbourne, is whats it like with regards to backpackers travelling, are there alot of Jobs avalible, here in England i work as a barman, so i have plenty of experience in that area, i also heard that in order to become a barman in Australia, you need to take some form of course??

Also whats the surf like in Melbourne, i absolutly love it, but if im honest, im a complete Rookie, but we all gotta start somewhere hey

so big swells wouldnt be a great idea, tho i would really love to winess some. .

Hostals: im not fussy what so ever, ive worked a few summers away in different countries and lived in some not so glamarous crack houses so cheap hostals are welcomed

many thanks for any advice given

2. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

Hi Macca -

You should find it not too hard to get a job in hospitality in Melbourne - we're thick with bars! Try to get an idea of the bar scene here.

You will need to do a course, called the Responsible Serving of Alcohol - almost all bars will ask to see your certificate in order to get a job there. Link for official course is here

St Kilda is a good place to find cheap hostels and is also pretty happening in terms of nightlife.

As for surf, there's none in Melbourne specifically (Melbourne itself is on a bay). There's good surf on the Mornington Peninsula (Portsea, Gunnamatta) and at Phillip Island - these are about 1.5 hrs south of Melbourne. The Victorian Surf Coast is 1.5-2 hrs Sth-West of Melbourne - Torquay etc. Great surf here and many surf schools that can help you learn.

Enjoy your stay!

3. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 9y

hey that info about the RSA course is very handy, thanks for that, tho when browsing the site,. it didnt indicate any idea of costs for this course, i was looking @ about $100 ???

you say Melbourne is on a bay, does that mean it gets no swell at all, and you cant surf there? i was really looking to be living somewhere weher i could wake up and not have to commute to far to be able to catch some waves. .

maybe someone could advise me on this one, as i havent booked my flights yet, so maybe setting up in Sydney would be a better option for the surfing side of things???

many thanks!


4. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

Yes you are correct, there is no surf in the Bay at all.
If you wanting a surfing holiday, Melbourne is not the ideal location. As Emmelina said, you have to travel a fair distance to get to a surf beach and without a car you wouldn't want to do it too often. (Plus the water is freezing).
Sydney (or Perth) is definitely the place to go if you are looking for surf on your front door.

5. Posted by Emmalineau (Full Member 94 posts) 9y

ikey is totally correct - Melbourne swell is at least 1.5hrs from Melbourne city and the places where you'll find good surf are not places you could really live and work during the off-season (winter). The tourists only flock in the summer, so this is the only time you can get good casual work.

Sydney has great swell on a number of inner-city beaches but you'd want to make sure you get some lessons first and get pretty confident as there can be some nasty rips and intense surf.

6. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

hey that info about the RSA course is very handy, thanks for that, tho when browsing the site,. it didnt indicate any idea of costs for this course, i was looking @ about $100 ???

You should definately be able to find a course for about $75-$110. The course only takes 1 day, but do check the content as the legal requirements for NSW and other states can vary a little. ie - If you're going to live in Sydney, do the course through a NSW provider - If living in Melbourne, use a VIC training organisation.

7. Posted by hellopanda (Budding Member 26 posts) 9y

Hi Makka,

Do you definitely want to be in a capital city like Sydney or Melbourne, or have you thought about maybe heading further north? The gold coast has beautiful beaches (as sydney does) but the cost of living is considerably less than sydney where housing is pretty expensive. Plus the gold coast weather is warm year round, so the water's nice even in winter. There's heaps of nightlife so i think you'd find bar work very easily too!