Hey guys! Im Jayne, Im travelling to Syndey on the 7th of Feb 2008 staying there for awhile then travelling up the East Coast via the Oz bus experience. Any1 in Australia around the same time? Travelling on my own, so cacking myself a bit.....would be cool to chat/meet up with people in the same boat as me! Any advice and info is Welcome! lol. x x x
Hey I am gonna be out there begging of march. was planning on heading up the east coast dunno how yet, prob just sus it out when i get there. How long you staying for?
Ive booked the Oz bus experience cost about £200 but takes u from Sydney through to Cairns u ca just gave them a ring when u plan to move from the town ur in! Going for 6 months.....wanted to go for 12 but couldnt get anymore time off work! How about u? x
I am going sydney with Ozintro for first week, then will see. I dunno how long I am staying for, I left my job to do it as i would not be able to get time off. I dont have to much money to go with so will have to find work i think. ...but should add to the experience and be a laugh and a change.....
I know...I cant wait! Am a little worried about going on my own though and not knowing ne1 there?! Gonna be an amazing experience though......only taking about £1000 so im gonna put my working visa to good use! lol. x
What sort of work are you planning on doing? I am a bit worried doing it on my own to, but I'm sure it will be fine..
Well, bar work, fruit picking and office work has been recommended but ill pretty much doing nething that pays tidy-ish! lol.
Im going to Austalia on the 7th too! Are you flying with Qantas? Would love to be on the same flight! My friend who was supposed to be coming has just told me shes not sure anymore. Great. Think im going to do the Ozintro thing too (Feb11th) seems really good idea especially as they do all the hard work like visa and bank account stuff! No plans further than that first week. Eeeek im so excited already, i need some sunshine!!
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 30, 2007, at 12:53 PM by KrissyM ]
they do all the hard work like visa and bank account stuff!
Those aren't hard work at all. Besides a fee of AUD 170, it takes you 15 minutes answering easy questions online on the immigration website (the actual starting point is here), and maybe 10 minutes of filling in a form after walking into the first bank you come across, needing to carry nothing but your passport (assuming you do this in the first few weeks after arriving in the country) and an initial AUD 50 deposit.
[ Edit: Edited on Nov 30, 2007, at 1:13 PM by Sander ]
Being an Aussie and having done the same thing but in reverse..... you have nothing to worry about. Its very similiar to Britain,... just a whole lot warmer........
As for a Bank Account..... feck paying an agency or (middleman - as we call it) to take his cut to get a problem sorted for you... Unfortunately as a naive, first time traveller to Britain.. I did that myself... and forked out 120 AUD for really nothing!!!!.... I could have walked into Barclays or HSBC and got an account opened like that... providing I had the necessary documentation....
I didnt make the same (minor) mistake when I arrived in Canada... just walked in and 10 minutes later..... bank account opened.... you only have to have an address of where you are staying like your Hostel and you are sweet.....
as for Oz Experience... well having work for the similiar set-up in Turkey as in Fez Travel... the Hop-On Hop-Off concept has its upsides and its downsides too.... the downside being that you could probably do it a little cheaper by Greyhound (Public Buses).... only natural I guess for a private operator... But the upsides far outweigh the extra cost involved......
Firstly they arrange and guarantee your accomodation in advance for that particular day when you get on the bus and secondly you meet so many likeminded travellers on the Ozexperience bus.... so eveyone is doing something or going somewhere.... its like anywhere you travel.... but do try to meet and hang out with my people as we are the most welcoming and friendliest people you will probably meet in the world (Biased of course)
Public Greyhound Buses -----The same as Turkey... you travel with locals on local buses.... but at least you'll meet loads of Australians (probably students, umemployed or the elderly who cant afford a car or those who choose not to drive!!). And the last thing.... God bless your country... we all speak fluent English...albeit with an Australian Slang which might take a little bit getting use to.... but you will go back to Britain (maybe!!!!...if you can handle the good weather all year round!!!) with a tad of Aussie inya!!!!
Dont stress..... we are all friendly and more than willing to help you out.... There is crime in Oz but thats inevitable everywhere but its very safe..... We are not called the 'Lucky Country' for nothing....
You should be able to get office work no problem in every major city... Check out Melbourne.. tho ... its such a cool city .... (Totally Biased again as I grew up 3 hours east of there)
Enjoy... have a great time