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1. Posted by saema (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y


I fly into Sydney the end of Jan 09, I have a year open ticket and a WHV I plan on staying as long as poss so will have to work. I cant decide on where to book the hostel, near the beach or centrally? Is there much difference? I don't really want to spend loads of money but am planning to take my laptop so lockers would be a good thing.

Any suggestions?

Also is it easy finding work if you have no permanent address?

Any advise would be great thanks :)

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Stay by the beach. If you are in the eastern suburbs (Bondi, etc) you are fairly central anyway so you will have the best of both worlds. Plus, Jan and Feb are good months to be at the beach.

Shouldn't be too much drama getting work without a permanent address I wouldn't think.

3. Posted by saema (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Thank you for the reply much appreciated, it's a bit scary but exciting at the same time traveling alone!

Thanks again

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

Yeah I definitely agree with James - go for the beach. It's an awesome atmosphere around Bondi and Coogee in the summer. Just think you can wake up, stroll out of bed, have a swim in the surf then jump on a bus and be in the city in about 10 minutes! Life is good hey?!
And no, you won't have trouble with the permanent address and work. Most employers will understand you need a regular income/job before you can afford to move to something more permanent (eg renting). Perhaps go for hostels that offer "long term" accommodation so that you can have the hostel fun life but also have some quiet time if need while working.

5. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1831 posts) 8y

Consider Manly as it's an easy commute on the ferry. Near a subway or train station would be good if in Sydney itself.

6. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 8y

Manly is a great spot and it has a great beach. It's just not the easiest place to get to and from, particularly late at night.

I wouldn't rule Manly out, but I'd favour Bondi/Tamarama/Bronte/Coogee

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

Living by the beach although being a good idea in principle, if your objective is working in Sydney then might not be the most practical option, I'd consider Sydney suburbs such as Glebe or Newtown with a comfortble straight forward commute into the city. They both hold a lot of character and charm but safe enough away from the hustle and bustle of the CBD.

Then is the beach ;) I'm only jealous as it's not yet been weather worth living by the beach for,

8. Posted by saema (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

Thank you all so much for your help :)

9. Posted by catspellma (Budding Member 9 posts) 8y

i'll be in sydney this time aswell so i hope it isnt too hard to find work or i will run out of money:(

10. Posted by Bettinamc (Budding Member 21 posts) 8y

go the beach. Great atmosphere. Casual. Easy to get to the city. Coogee