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1. Posted by kelly03 (Budding Member 10 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Im going to Oz this October, I'm 24 and travelling by myself. I am starting in Melbourne for a couple months then Brisbane and Cairns to live and stopping along the way to visit other places. I am from Canada and will be on a Working Holiday Visa. I was wondering what to pack, clothes wise...I am looking to work in offices or restaraunts, and not too sure of dress code. Also is furnished flats to share for a couple of months easy to find??? Any advice or tips will be appreciated! :)

2. Posted by leedslad82 (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Well you've chose a good place to start Melbourne is a great city we had to drag ourselves from there eventually, As far as working goes I found it quite easy to find work just sign with an agency such as Geoffrey Nathan, Hay's or FreeSpirit you'll find their contact details in backpacker magazines. or websites like or are useful

As far as clothing I brought nothing remotely work like with me but it can be picked up cheaply in Melbourne just head to DFO or Target ;) on the accomodation front I'd recommend

Other than that enjoy Melbourne

3. Posted by MaCe (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey! I'm also goin by myself to Melbourne in oct on the working visa. I already spent 2 months in Oz earlier this year,thats why I'm going back! Loved it so much!
I dont have any particular plans, so if u would like to meet up, that would be great!
Melbourne is really a great city!
When r u going?


4. Posted by kelly03 (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey Marianne,
That's awesome where in Australia did you travel before? My flight is booked for October 21, I think I arrive the next day in Melbourne. I don't really have any plans, I am going to find accomodations and a job when I get there. I am going through SWAP so my first two nights are in a Hostel organised by them. I thin kI am going to go to Sydney for New Years and travel up the Gold Coast! Probably live in Brisbane and Cains for a couple months, not too sure. I would love to meet up! When are you going?


5. Posted by MaCe (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I'm going october 15,arriving the 17th:) I got to know a couple of guys from Melbs when I was travelling in South East Asia,also catched up with them when I went to Oz later, but not sure if I'm able to stay with them yet. I'll see when I get down there:) No worries!
I went with my bestfriend from Sydney to Byron Bay on Mojo surfcamp,AWESOME by the way! Then we spent quite a time there before we rented a car and drove up to Cairns.
I'm not sure if I would recommend u to stay in Brisbane for a long time. Well we only spent a day there, adn I heard it's not that exciting as well:S But I dont know,maybe u'll get a great time there!
Byron bay,Airlie beach and Cairns just roooooock! So no doubt u will have an awesome time there;)
How long are u staying for?

6. Posted by kelly03 (Budding Member 10 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Hey Marianne,

That's awesome thanks for the advice. Yeah I am not too sure about Brisbane I have heard mixed reviews! I guess I'll wait and see when I get there. I am flying out of Cairns on May 27th, I want to live and work there for sure. Im in Aussie for 7 months. Can't wait!! I've gone on Gumtree website, they have postings for jobs and accomodations and stuff.

How long are you going for?

7. Posted by MaCe (Budding Member 16 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

My flight back is booked sometime in march, but thats just because they couldnt book anything later in the system,since its next year. BUt I think I'll stay till june or something. Thats the same time as I got back this year,and came back to summer,so that was really good.
Well we'll be there at the same time then;) I've to check out that gumtree site,thanks!
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