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1. Posted by bolton81 (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

:)g'day, sorry just getting some practice in.Im travelling to oz with two friends in april/may and would like some beginers(virgin) questions answered if anyone can help.

firstly,flights to oz. Im not sure which is the best option to take.My friend reckons that the best option is to buy a rtw ticket that lets you use up to 29000 air miles in one year and costs around £650 and his argument is that it gives us the option to visit some countries on the way there or on the way home.(but if i just wanna go to oz and home it seems like a waste)The other option would be to buy a one way ticket to oz and then buy the return when we decide to leave.(which i think works out dearer than the rtw!)We will be applying for a working holiday visa, will this allow us to enter without a return ticket purchased before we go?.As we are not sure when we will be leaving we dont want to book the retun flight just yet.I would like to go for the option which is the cheapest but also the most practicle.

Secondly,as we will be going in april/may time i think this will be near oz autumn/winter and as we are going to the east coast first i would like to know which would be the best route to take to catch the best weather.Ive spoken to a few people who tell me to start up north and work my way down south,but i've also been told to start south in sydney and work my way up north im a bit confused as i want to make sure i pick the correct route to get the most out of our trip.

We will all be taking about £4/5000 how long roughly will this last in oz,we will try and budget the best we can but want to make sure we have enough to last for some time,i dont wanna work too soon!.

Thanks alot if anyone has any other info that could be ueful to us it would be much apreciated;)

2. Posted by DannyUK (Budding Member 13 posts) 8y

G'day mate!

I'm travelling to Oz in July on my own starting in Cairns and working my way down the east coast, i went with a one-way ticket as i didnt know when i wanted to return home, i think if you've got a WHV (working holiday visa) you can enter Oz on a one way ticket-as long as you have proof of funds showing you can afford a trip home!! tho if your after the cheaper option a rtw ticket would prob save you more dollars! As for the weather your right about the seasons but im sure there weather is as unpredictable as ours!

Hope this has helped!!

Good luck!! ;)

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 8y

Quoting bolton81

We will be applying for a working holiday visa, will this allow us to enter without a return ticket purchased before we go?

As Danny also said, yes, on a WHV you're allowed to enter the country without having a ticket out of the country, just as long as you have the funds to purchase such a ticket (above the regular requirement of sufficient funds) - although they never check up on this.

Secondly,as we will be going in april/may time i think this will be near oz autumn/winter and as we are going to the east coast first i would like to know which would be the best route to take to catch the best weather.Ive spoken to a few people who tell me to start up north and work my way down south,but i've also been told to start south in sydney and work my way up north im a bit confused as i want to make sure i pick the correct route to get the most out of our trip.

North to south or south to north doesn't matter all that much, just as long as you make certain you're not in the north between December and March, as those are the wet months.
The weather for almost all of Australia is quite nice during the winter; Melbourne and Tasmania get quite cold (just above freezing) at night, but during the day it's still usually 10-15 degrees, and in Sydney this is already as high as 15-20 degrees, with sunshine often making it feel even warmer.

We will all be taking about £4/5000 how long roughly will this last in oz

£4000 is roughly $9000 (AUD). At an average budget of $60 (AUD) a day, that'd last you five months. $60 a day is a reasonable budget if you stay in small dorm rooms in decent hostels, buy your food at supermarkets and cook your own meals, and travel by bus to the next destination about once a week. (Buying a greyhound pass in advance, and then spreading out the cost of that over your days.)
Many people can live very comfortably on that budget. Many others find they spend easily twice as much because they like going out partying frequently, and do a ton of activities and various day trips. It pays to carefully keep track of your expenses during the first few weeks so you have a better idea of how much you personally are spending.

4. Posted by bolton81 (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y

thanks for your replies they have been helpful.:)

5. Posted by Paul_wsm (Budding Member 11 posts) 8y

I have been looking into flight tickets as well, as I am planning on flying out there in May to do work & Travel. I decided against starting out on the east coast as I would like to be over there during the summer months and also found it a lot cheaper to fly London to Hong Kong and then catch a ferry to macau to catch another flight to Perth where I will start my Aussie adventure (pretty cheap if you are prepared to put up with cheap airlines).

That way I get to see a couple of other places before I make it to Oz. I suspect that I'll end up seeing the Northern Territory last after I have sampled the likes of Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane and then fly out from Darwin maybe passing through some other places in Asia on the way back. So I think I'll buy a one way ticket initially so my plans can be flexible. I'm sure once I get out there I'll have changed my mind about my plans anyway. Best not to plan things too much!

Ill probably try and get some work in Perth maybe for a couple of months to keep funds quite high in case I struggle to get work later in my trip. Guess I'll get a feel for what kind of work will be available when I get out there. Then I'll probably slowly make my way east, but as I'm in the early stages of planning that could all change!

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 29, 2008, at 1:16 PM by Paul_wsm ]

6. Posted by emylou101 (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y

Hi Paul, Bolton! and i kno u DannyUK ;) !

I was originally planning to fly to sydney,thinking it was the cheapest, ...... i also looked at RTW flights, but only interested in Oz and no idea when i'm thinking of coming home, the single flight won it!

- but due to following the drier seasons and climate around Oz,(i 'm avoiding rain as much as poss!) i'm now startin in Perth (arriving 2nd march) staying for a while, then heading thru the middle (Uluru/Alice Springs) on the way to cairns no earlier than the start of their dry season May/June-ish onwards, then gently working south onlong the coast to be arriving sydney for the start of their summer, and eventually round to melbourne....adelaide at their best times of the year ..... and yeah, i'm defo doin this with my own wheels! :)

with a WHV to top up funds as i go when needed = in theory it should work out !!!

flying to perth defo saved me money, a single flight with singapore airlines for £475, with only 90 mins at the connecting airport, i'm chuffed!!

I hope my plans, which have evolved thru much research, can give u at least some ideas! :)

7. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 8y

I also looked into the RTW tickets but i decided to go with the Single trip. My plan was to mabey go somewhere on the way back from Oz if i had the money. Im lucky because the time off work isn't a problem for me so i can take as long as i like.

I was going to fly into perth as well to save money, but while checking one day i found a cathay pacific flight, with a 3 day stop over in HK, for £442.

So if you can find a single flight for the right price and you dont know when your going to return then i think its a good way to go.

8. Posted by snudge (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

Me and a mate are arriving In late April. Got flights with Emirates for £479 which we thought was not bad thats changing at Dubai. We plan to work our way round Australia Clockwise from Perth to Cairns and hopefully ending up in melbourne for Christmas. Is anyone else planning somethign simmilar or have an opinion on what we are doing? any inout appreciated

9. Posted by Ollie21 (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

I leave this wednesday 12th of march for Melbourne on a return flight from Heathrow, changing at Singapore..... im 19 and going alone.... definately the biggest/scariest/amazing thing i've ever done, but well ive not really lived yet.... so yeah.... if anyone wants to add me to meet up or any tips let us know yeah?!]

plan is Melbounre all the way up through to cairns, then either fiji to NZ or just straight to NZ then back to melbourne to go home...!

ollie x

10. Posted by snudge (Budding Member 24 posts) 8y

check you pm mate