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1. Posted by mark1980 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

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Hi Everyone!

Please help us with our Australia travel plans. We are heading to Sydney on December the 28th (2008) and staying in Oz for 8 months on a WHV, then travelling back to England via Asia.

We are thinking a good route to take would be Sydney - Melbourne - Adelaide - Alice Springs area - Cairns - then back down to Sydney on the coast. The biggest concern we have is whether we will be able to get work in these places, neither of us have done anything like this before so please advise us! We will be taking about £3000 in savings each but will need to work aswell as we want to save some for travelling back in Asia. We are most concerned that we will not be able to get work, especially for shorter stays? Incidentally, we both worked for McDonalds as students - anyone think this would be an option? (Although we would rather do something other than this).

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 8y

Quoting mark1980

Please help us with our Australia travel plans. We are heading to Sydney on December the 28th (2008) and staying in Oz for 8 months on a WHV

Make certain to book your accommodation for your first few days in Sydney no later than May or thereabouts (and earlier is better) - as everything will seriously start to be booked full that much in advance for New Year's.

We are thinking a good route to take would be Sydney - Melbourne - Adelaide - Alice Springs area - Cairns - then back down to Sydney on the coast.

Sounds like a good route for eight months, although I'd recommend lingering over the Sydney to Adelaide bit for quite a while, so that you get to Uluru and Alice no earlier than late March. That way you avoid being there for the very hottest part of the year (though March will still be plenty hot), and will consequently also not be bothered by the wet season up north (running from December through March).

The biggest concern we have is whether we will be able to get work in these places, neither of us have done anything like this before so please advise us! We will be taking about £3000 in savings each but will need to work aswell as we want to save some for travelling back in Asia. We are most concerned that we will not be able to get work, especially for shorter stays? Incidentally, we both worked for McDonalds as students - anyone think this would be an option? (Although we would rather do something other than this).

It's always hard to advice on finding work, as some people have no trouble at all, and others just can't seem to get a break. Generally speaking, the longer you're willing to stay somewhere, the easier it is to find a job. Of course, you'll generally won't want to stay long in places where there's not much to do, which means you'll prefer to work in the big cities - same as everyone else, which makes the competition for the jobs fiercer. Might be a trade-off you'll have to make. Experience in fast food places might be a definite plus in getting work there (as they won't need to train you very much), and those type of places do always seem to be looking for people.
You should be fine with finding work, generally. Just don't wait too long with looking. What's also always good in a pinch is cleaning hostels - 2-3 hours of work gets you the bed for the night for free. Most hostels are looking for a commitment of you staying there for at least three weeks (otherwise they keep having to retrain people), but that's still a very low barrier, and it's a great way to stretch your money while you're checking out a new place.

3. Posted by coxytj (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

im goin to oz in a month and going via thailand etc, but we're basically following the temperature range and goin places when they're hot, best get sydney and melbourne in the summer months, and brisbane etc will still be quite warm as you go up, even during the winter months!

thats what im doing anyway, but sure we might see ya in december!

4. Posted by Erik85 (Respected Member 274 posts) 8y

Quoting mark1980

We are most concerned that we will not be able to get work, especially for shorter stays? Incidentally, we both worked for McDonalds as students - anyone think this would be an option? (Although we would rather do something other than this).

There would be no harm in asking maccas, but generally if you're older than say 16 it may be hard unless you're permanent/full time etc. I could be wrong, even though they'd have a lot of staff turnover, not sure if maccas is designed for short term work from those overseas. Ie. they might still want a tax file number etc. (equivalent of UK social security number or whatever it is).

You might be better off going through an organisation that sets this up with people from overseas and is linked with employers (eg. bar work, fruitpicking, hospitality etc.). Other tourists who have worked in Australia should be able to inform you on the names of these organisations! Oh and of course your engish skills and previous hospitality/customer service experience (maccas) should help in this kind of work too.

Erik

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 4, 2008, at 11:15 PM by Erik85 ]

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 8y

Quoting Erik85

Ie. they might still want a tax file number etc. (equivalent of UK social security number or whatever it is).

Everyone will want this anyway, and having one is near-essential for travellers, otherwise companies are required to charge the 45% tax rate. (You'd get it back as a tax refund at the end of the year, but meanwhile it's not really helping with the whole "earning your way as you go" concept.)

6. Posted by mark1980 (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

Many thanks for the replies so far, very much appreciated!

Another question...How much do we need to have saved really?
I know we are supposed to have AUS$5000, but in reality is it possible to survive without dipping into this money too much (as we will be working)? We intend to get out of Sydney asap as I have read a lot of threads that say it will suck us dry of our savings fast and is it possible to work and save money to then travel on with for a while and not have to dip into our savings?
Any advise is so so much appreciated, thanks!!!

7. Posted by LusciousLu (Budding Member 72 posts) 8y

Just put every spare penny away. Then when you have more than planned then you can do more than you have planned! And book your hostel NOW...apparently Sydney is usually already booked up months in advance for New Year.

Or perhaps, as a treat to yourselves to get started, find a New Year hotel deal so you have guaranteed New Year accommodation. I saw one the other day at a reasonable rate but unsurprisingly cant remember where I saw it! Sorry!

Work in the Jan period in Sydney is also apparently quite difficult to find as its the middle of the Summer break and all the Aussie students are vying for work as well over the 2 month break. But you know this already.

My sis managed to live in Sydney for 8 months (3 years ago) and save, but she was on a secretary's wage ($25+ p/h)

I am going out on £3000 ish but staying in Syd with a job already (hopefully) guaranteed so I cant say much about the work, save, travel thing but I am sure you'll be fine whatever happens...and hope that the exchange rate improves by the time you arrive!