As some of you may have seen from a previous post im seriously looking at WHM visas and coming to Oz for a year or so. The hard bit is finding out where to go and what to see.
I do like exploring and seeing all a place has to offer but at the same time im a city boy too and i like my bars and cafes etc etc. Now im off to California for 9 weeks in september so thats where ill spend alot of money so when i arrive in OZ although i plan on having enough to survive for a couple months i will need to work at somepoint.
Now ive heard and i stress HEARD that other than perth theres not a whole lot to do in Western OZ but when you get further east you get alot more to do and see such and Adeilade Melbourne Sydney Brisbane etc etc So basically im after some advice?
Remember id be arriving in the Australian winter (march)
Would you say, visit perth just to say youve seen it but after say 3 weeks as the money starts to get lower head east and find a job? Or should i stick with the east althogether? With the time of year im arriving ive heard i wont find a fruit picking job because of the season but thats ok because im happy to get an inner city job, pulling pints or waiting at tables etc so in that sense which city is best?
Any advice at all will be greatly appreciated
Remember id be arriving in the Australian winter (march)
It's gonna be one the hottest winters you've ever had if you come to Perth
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 8, 2008, at 9:22 AM by wotthefiqh ]
Don't go to Perth in the winter!!! Seriously, I am here now and it is SO BORING!! I can always find stuff to do, but it seems to me that you need to be here in summer to appreciate it at all. I really wouldn't bother coming for three weeks just to say you've been here either, cos honestly there is nothing to do, unless you travel up along the west coast, which is supposed to be great. I'd stick to the east coast at that time, Melbourne would be good to start in in March because it won't have gotten totally freezing by then, then you can work your way up along the east. OR you can make the most of what sunshine is left up the north, and work your way down the east coast, ending up in Sydney, which is just as mild as Perth for winter, but has SO much more stuff to do (I know because I landed there in July last year)
I reckon nichuie2 should go for a job working for the Perth Tourism board.....
Don't go to Perth in the winter!!!
March in Perth ain't winter!!!, so perhaps Urban08 might like to gain a skerrit of knowledge about season-reversal before he/she makes assumptions about weather conditions.
It can be fecking HOT HOT HOT and perfect for surfing, sailing, barbeceuing, chilling, sucking beer, eating al dente, etc etc.
Good choice coming to Aus for a year. I met my now husband in Sydney when he came here backpacking form Canada. He stayed in Sydney where he got a job with his trade and he lived in a backpackers accomodation for the first couple of weeks in Bondi Beach. He then moved out with a few other backpackers into a nice high rise apartment and worked and saved.
If you start out in a big city like Sydney, then you will be able to get work anywhere like you said, pouring beer etc. There is always labour work available if you go around to different job sites as well. (maybe get a little experience before you go) Some of the backpackers he knew were waiters, tradesmen and others worked in call centres and all of the jobs paid well.
We met so many other travellers who had the same idea as us. Buy a van in Sydney, travel up the east coast to Cairns and then if you can still afford it, fly over to Perth or travel all the way back down to Sydney and go from there.
And like some others have written, March is not winter here and would only be cooler down far south. Once you pass north of Rockhampton it's hot all year round though and you would probably still be able to find a fruit picking job up north. June, July, August is our winter.
G'Day Urban, firstly, you would not be arriving in winter! Our seasons are:
Summer - 1st December - 28th February
Autumn - 1st March - 31st may
Winter - 1st June - 31st August
Spring - 1st September - 30th November.
February and March are (usually) our hottest months.
Even down in Melbourne, March is usually what we here call "stinking hot", and we refer to days like that as "a stinker." Sometimes the temperature does not drop below 25 °C at night. Both Melbourne and Sydney are great for jobs.
WA has 12,000 kms coastline and very good surfing. Margaret River is the surf capital of WA and is in the S/W of the state.
FNQ, the Top End and the northern part of WA are tropical which means there are two seasons wet and dry. Wet season is from Nov/Dec to May and the weather is very hot, very humid and wet. June - August is peak season.
Quote:Now I've heard and I stress HEARD that other than perth theres not a whole lot to do in Western OZ but when you get further east you get alot more to do and see such and Adelaide Melbourne Sydney Brisbane etc etc
Um there is a lot to do in WA, but it depends on what youre interests are. If you're into surfing, wines, national parks and forests, then the southern part of WA is up your alley. If you head up north, there's dolphins, dugongs, pristine beaches, surfing. Further north there's outback, the Kimberley, Bungle Bungle, camel riding at Broome, you learn what the meaning of the word "remote" means.
Adelaide is the most boring city in Oz, once youve "done" the Barossa, Hahndorf, and Victor Harbour, just about the only thing to do is sit in Rundle Mall, sip your Gloria Jean's and people watch. Adelaide is a nice city to visit if you're approaching retirement or envisage a long period on life-support.
Melbourne has it all and is known as the sports capital of Australia, the fashion capital of Australia, the food and wine capital of Australia, and the arts capital of Australia. We have what is known as "kafe kulture" with many areas devoted to this. The nightlife is excellent and you can go on pub crawls from the night before to 5 o'clock in the morning. Heaps of things to see and do in Melbs.
Sydney has the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House, Darling Harbour is spectacular and Circular Quay is where all the ferries depart.
NOTE: Quay is proncounced "key" people in Sidders call it "the key". If you do a ferry trip take the Manly ferry - it's the best. Get a Day Tripper ticket cost AUD$16. You can use this on all ferries, buses and trains up to about a 70km radius and it's valid until 4am the following morning. A trip to Katoomba and the Blue Mountains - catch the train from Sydney Central. Train takes about 2 hours and catch the double-decker "Explorer Bus" in Katoomba. It's a hop-on hop-off bus and will take you all around, you'll see the Three Sisters, Leura ad heaps of places.
The east coast is a backpackers heaven and from about Byron Bay onwards you'll have sounds. surf, sex and sand. Byron Bay is full of backpackers and a whole lot of fun. Cairns has a good nightlife and the "Shed" is um known for well anything's available there.
Darwin also has a great nightlife and there's always something happening. Mitchell is where it all goes down. Kakadu and Arnhem Land is a fantqastic experience.
Alice Springs and Ayers Rock is something not to be missed. Not all Aussies have seen "The Rock", but we all know it's there. there's something magical about sitting in the middle of the desert under the Southern Cross at night with an inky blackness overhead and the stars shine brighter there than anywhere else in Oz and listen to the lone sound of a didgeredoo. the Outback Pioneer has YHA there with drom beds around $40. Good night life especially on weekends, barbies, live music weekends.
[ Edit: Edited on Jul 10, 2008, at 4:32 AM by Whistler 2 ]
Great advice guys much appreciated