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1. Posted by josh27 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 12 Mar '08 15:23

Hi guys

Me and a friend are planning to head out to Oz or New Zealand and get a WHV for a year to start out travels. Were both completely new at anything like this and are looking for any advice people have to give. Such as...

Jobs (how to get them and what to go for).
Accommodation (where to stay, and what to look for).
The best places to go.
What we need to take with us.
Where to go afterwards.

So yeah, just any advice and info anyone has to give would be an amazing help :)

Thanks

2. Posted by mouldyking (Budding Member, 24 posts) 12 Mar '08 15:59

Doing the same myself, So would love some advice of people to.

3. Posted by snudge (Budding Member, 24 posts) 12 Mar '08 16:55

As would I. One month to go. If you serach google there is lot of information to be found if you know what area you will be starting in and also there is alot if information in forums like this and others. Totally new to me aswell so any advice is appreciated

4. Posted by josh27 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 12 Mar '08 17:02

what have you guys got planned so far? if ya dont mind me asking :)

5. Posted by snudge (Budding Member, 24 posts) 12 Mar '08 21:53

So far landing in perth and getting our bearings for a few days. Plan to get tax file number look for work and begin around the perth area. The main idea is to work our way clockwise from perth to melbourne, visiting broome, cairns, brisabane, sydney & melbourne and lots of smaller places in between. We are just keeping it rough though to see what opetunites present themselves. Also my 21st on the 25th may so will be doing something in the perth area on the saturday night before it!

Its probably worth addign this aswell, found it on a site cant remember where but if you are lookin to do some fruit picking to get some funds dail this number 1800 062 332 and you will be given the nearest plantation to you. if you have any tips etc would be good to list them as helps everyone

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 12, 2008, at 9:02 PM by snudge ]

6. Posted by josh27 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 13 Mar '08 11:17

Sounds good! What kind of work are you likely to get? And will you be going from hostel to hostel or checking out any other kinda accommodation?

7. Posted by snudge (Budding Member, 24 posts) 13 Mar '08 20:19

i recko nthat it will be hostel to hostel but then again i cant say for sure. Thats the best part though freedom to do as we please more or less. Have you any plans yet?

8. Posted by josh27 (Budding Member, 5 posts) 14 Mar '08 02:47

Haven't really got anything planned other than were starting north and heading south and then onwards to anywhere from there really. Work wise i'm really not fussed to be fair, as long as I have the money to keep going and some spare time to get a real feel for the place And we were planning to do the same as you when it comes down to hostels, but ive heard some hostels have limits on how long you can stay? Dya know anything bout this? Even if it is the case then im sure there will be enough around to hop between!

9. Posted by snudge (Budding Member, 24 posts) 14 Mar '08 18:34

yeah i seen tht some only let you stay for limited time but im sure if you nice to them they will prob be flexable with it. aslong as the money is there i cant see a problem. cant wait to go now not long atall

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator, 4379 posts) 15 Mar '08 06:27

Quoting snudge

yeah i seen tht some only let you stay for limited time but im sure if you nice to them they will prob be flexable with it. aslong as the money is there i cant see a problem.

It differs. A lot of hostels use the maximum stay period as an easy way to get rid off troublesome guests, and indeed if you're not being a bother and pay your bed well in advance and get to know the people at reception, they'll often be fine with you staying there for a long time. But there's also hostels (especially at the more popular destinations) where they *know* they'll fill all their beds every night anyway and they (especially YHA-owned hostels, as the YHA is an ideological organization, not a for-profit one) then come back to their basis, which is to provide cheap short stay accommodation for travellers. You staying there means that someone else wouldn't be able to benefit from their services, and so after a week or two they'll politely but firmly say that you can't book for the next day anymore.
I've personally experienced this in New Zealand in Auckland and Wellington (where I needed to go talk with the manager to get an eighth night).

But for every hostel with a maximum stay, there'll be another one which'll give you a discount if you stay long periods of time. The atmosphere in these long-stay hostels is noticeably different, though - they cater to quite a different crowd.