Hi everyone! I’m off to Australia in a year, and although I’m doing all the research I can on my own, there are still a few questions I’ve got in mind. I wonder if you can help me out a wee bit. My plan would go like this more or less:
- I plan to stay there for a year with a WHV. I want to travel around the country (all of it) doing wwoofing, and working in fruit picking, or whatever else like (youth hostels cleaning or reception work.., bar work, call centre…) to support myself a bit. Any suggestions and tips about that will be very welcome!
For the ones that don’t know about it, Wwoofing stands for: willing workers on organic farms (WWOOF). You work for about 4 to 6 hours per day and you get food and accommodation in exchange. It looks to me like an ideal way to travel around and get to know the land, nice people from all over the world but specially the locals as well. The website if you are interested: http://www.wwoof.com.au/
So, although I read a few things about it I’m wondering: have any of you done some wwoofing in Australia before?? What about the experience?? Is it easy to find Hosts available? Any suggestions/ tips on some Hosts or areas, or activities? I’m really interested in first hand experiences so I can know a little bit better what to expect.
Am I crazy in planning to travel around the whole country only doing wwoofing, travelling and working eventually?? The thing would be something like:
- 8 months wwoofing (2 weeks in each farm)
- 2 months travelling (in between)
- 2 months working (whenever, saving as much as possible)
This is not accurate, it’s only an idea. So, if I land in Australia with only 2000 Euros to spend (I know I need much more in my bank account but don’t know if this is to get the visa or to enter the country, and I don’t know how much would that be) = 1500 GBP = 3400 AUD, with my return flight paid, and the bus for the whole trip inside the country paid; do you think I could manage to survive?? Should I plan to work for much longer? How much do you get paid for about 8 hours daily work in a shitty normal job? I guess it’s quite essential to know that before planning all that stuff, so, if anyone knows, that would help a lot.
I read, that to be able to work I need a tax number, and to work as a bar tender, I need a training first. Anyone knows where and how to get both of those??
- At some point I want to go from Adelaide to Darwin, stopping at the usual points during the trip through the red centre. What do you advice: using Greyhound? Or is it much more fun to share a van or car with some other people? I think that would b maybe better cause you can stop when you want, and you share the experience with others, where as you can’t do the same in a bus. But the thing is: is it easy to find some people to share a car with?? And another thing is: I still don’t have a driving license so, would it be a good idea to get it before going to Oz just so I could drive as well ( I’m 26), sharing this as well as the fuel expenses??
Well sorry for the long, long message…. I think this is about everything for now.
Thanks in advance for any reply that I might get!