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Off to OZ November 08!

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Off to OZ November 08!

1. Posted by trash08 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

My best friend and I are 18 and have just finished college so are taking a year out to go mooch about Australia for a bit. I have family in Adelaide so we are going there first,hoping to stay there a few months then move to Sydney, and then to Queensland staying in both for a good few months.
We hope to get working visas although we havent yet got them. We have booked our flights and are just saving up!

Does anyone have any advice about
a) working in Australia
b) accomodation...(hostels/flat rentals..what is best?)
c) how much money we should be planning to take!

just general australia chat is welcome too! we are SO excited!!!:D

2. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y

You can easily get sick of hostels after a week or so but obvioulsy good for meeting like minded people??.

Depends what you want, but do a bit of research as they vary quite a bit, for example they can be a bit run down, have no TV room or even kitchen and/or be massive and can be a bit like being in a 1 star hotel....Or can be modern, well set out, swimming pool, clean etc. I think the Arts factory in Sydney is good. Trendy, well layed out.... But pick your hostel carefully if staying in hostels, very good bit of advice.

If you get your own flat then after a few days / weeks the tempation to just sit around all day can become a factor, it will just be like being at home but with decent weather to boot.. But then that would still be a good holiday by any standards, what you have paid for?

Another very good bit of advice, asap, open a AUS bank account(Commonwealth Bank of Australia for ex), you have to be in AUS to do it and will need a fixed address(like that of your friend you are staying with at start, just say your living there) before you can do so. This will save you a lot of hassle. Will take a week or so to process.

If you are changing all your money into AUS dollars before you go, keep check of the exchange rate and try and get a good deal...you would e suprised at how much you can lose or gain here.

Hostels are pretty cheap, you can get a discounted weekly/monthly deal for about £30 - £40 p/week make sure you get a deal per week/month then move onto another hostel if you get tired of it.

Well staying in hostels for 6 moths could cost you £800-1000. You can easily waste money on junk food and eating out, be careful there from day one, its really easy to do.

£30 per week on food = £720 for 6 months and thats your own cooking.....

Pasta, veggies and potatoes are cheapish(the obvious), you will find your always stocking up on things like toilet stuff, clothes, suncream, shoes, and then you have flights within Aus...... Check out virgin blue and jetstar for happy hour deals, you really need to keep your eye on the ball if you want to catch a happy hour deal but can be done, if your say flying from syndey to cairins or where ever.

Then any extra you want for recreational activities.....

WOW this is a lonely planet guide in the making!

Allways respect the sun.

Oh yeh and remember to stock up on anti-venom for the funnel-web bites ...ouchya

3. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

Hi Trash, you'll find Australian Immigration will answer your questions re working in Oz etc. Click on "Visas & Immigration", and then click on "Workers" for info about WHV.
For hostels try YHA Australia. Suggest you purchase a hostel membership , YHA/Hi cards have discounts for Oz services/goods and can also be used overseas. Amount of money is usually AUD$5,000.
If you're considering fruit picking, find out about it here:

All about The Harvest Trail - seasonal work, where to harvest what & when...

Going by bus from Adelaide along the coast and the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne and then up the east coast is a popular route with backpackers and travellers and you'll meet lots of other backpackers.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 8, 2008, at 11:00 AM by Whistler 2 ]

4. Posted by trash08 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

have you been backpacking in australia yourself?
how easy is it to get a job that isnt fruit picking? like bar work and stuff?

will everyone be nice to us? we are dead friendly!!

5. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

Quoting trash08

have you been backpacking in australia yourself?
how easy is it to get a job that isnt fruit picking? like bar work and stuff?

will everyone be nice to us? we are dead friendly!!

LOL. I'd rather you were "alive" friendly! I have been backpacking around Oz yes, and yes we will be nice to you. You will probably come in for a fair bit of leg pulling, you'll hear "He's a bloody Pom" or "Crikey, a whinging Pom" and stuff like that, more so perhaps in certain areas than others. But, don't take it to heart, it's just something some of us do - I don't, but some will. Best advice? Cop it on the chin and give back as good as you get, and do it with humour. Because most of that sort of stuff is said as humour.

You won't get a job working in a bar unless you have an R.S.A. Certificate. - Responsible Serving of Alcohol. Each state offers them. The hospitality industry is a good place to look for work. In WA there were a number of fruit pickers, and I was told it was "hard", but it depends too on the type of fruit, the place etc. There's a YHA hostel Barmera Backpackers YHA which is a workers hostel, the manager acts as a labour contractor. Place is 220kms S/W of Adelaide. It's only a small hostel having 25 beds, if you were interested you'd need to check vacanies. A number of hostels will offer a free dorm bed in exchange for working around the hostel. Also, keep an eye out for the "Free" shelf/ves which many hostel have, you can get some good stuff.

Melbourne is much bigger than Adelaide and has many bars/pubs/cafes and is know as the "Food & Wine capital" of Australia. Barfinder is a guide to Melbourne's bars and there is an employment section up the top. School holidays start about a week before Christmas until the end of January. Cairns is in FNQ which is tropical, which has two seasons wet and dry. Wet season is from November/December to May and the Top End and northern parts of WA are also tropical. Weather will be very hot, very humid and wet! But you get beaut lightning storms especially over Darwin.

Oops, sorry _ "She's a Pom."

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 8, 2008, at 3:29 PM by Whistler 2 ]

6. Posted by trash08 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

he? im not a he!

7. Posted by leedslad82 (Budding Member 48 posts) 8y

Well as you will arrive in summer finding work won't be a walk in the park but I'm assuming you will want to have fun before you decide to work anyway. I came to Oz last November managed to go 6 months before my cash ran out (I brought between 4-5k)

But then I hit financial rock bottom...moved to Sydneyand had a job within days I found November a good time to leave the UK as it's cold there and your coming into the start of an Oz summer and by the time you run out of cash it's winter & there's plenty of work about.

and on the hostel front it's really 50/50 but in my experience I met some great guys & the occasional girl staying in hostels who I ended up travelling with but now I'm working I must admit it's good to have your own space ;)

8. Posted by trash08 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y

yeah thats what we thought about leaving in november
i cant imagine we will want to work straight away but as we are incapable of saving money im presuming we are only going to start with about 2-3k :S
when does winter start for the ozzielanders? we want to be in adelaide to start with so would we be best to head to sydney as winter draws in? like is this the best time to find jobs?

someone told me australians are really mean and the most friendly people are actually the travellers. did anyone find that this was true ?

9. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

Quoting trash08

we are only going to start with about 2-3k :S
when does winter start for the ozzielanders?

someone told me australians are really mean and the most friendly people are actually the travellers. did anyone find that this was true ?

Winter is 1st June to 31st August.

Um. actually no. Australinas are not really mean neithe are we mean. I don't know where you heard this, but we are a nation of people with a very good sense of humour (we must be. look who our pollies sre!) and we like to "ham it up" a bit. You're the first person I've ever heard say that, and I've met a lot of different nationalities.

Anyway, enjoy my country and have a great time.

[ Edit: Edited on Jul 10, 2008, at 5:14 AM by Whistler 2 ]