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1. Posted by SXJ (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y

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Hi all...
I'm a 30 year old chap taking a career break heading to Sydney on Christmas day. Have not told the parents yet but hope they understand. Sounds fairly straight forward apart from the fact that i have not organised anything yet... Have provisionally booked my flight for Christmas day to Sydney.. But have no accomodation sorted!
My travels will certainly have to be on a budget basis and i think i will definately need to do some work. Not mind what i do - Any ideas or contacts and i would certainly owe you one. Also how much money would i need, i know this is a how long is a piece of string questions, but just worried about not having enough funds!
I wanted to ask a few experianced travellers wether i'm mad making the journey on xmas day or should i leave it until the end of Jan. Also how easily i could find work and accommodation. I want to stay in hostels to meet people but i'm worried i have left it too late to get a booking.
In addition to increase my chances of finding work i'm thinking of qualifying for a RSA - It can be done online before i travel. Any thoughts re this would be great -

Have no real plans what to do just gonna see where the wind takes me .... Cheesy
Deffinately wanna see some of the outback, loads of sand & sea, Barrier Reef etc. Bit worried about the snakes & spiders though.
Would really appreciate any comments even if it is to say i'm nuts.
Steve

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 2, 2008, at 12:15 PM by SXJ ]

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 7y

Quoting SXJ

Have provisionally booked my flight for Christmas day to Sydney.. But have no accomodation sorted!

That... might be a bit of a problem. Christmas & New Year's are the absolute busiest time of the year in Sydney, and almost everywhere is booked solid months in advance.
*does an accommodation search*
I actually see there's still a few places in Sydney with rooms available (private rooms only, looks like) for Christmas, but they won't be cheap, and definitely won't be the nicest hostels out there. You'll probably want to get out of Sydney as soon as you can afterward, as New Year's really is completely booked.

Also how much money would i need, i know this is a how long is a piece of string questions, but just worried about not having enough funds!
I wanted to ask a few experianced travellers wether i'm mad making the journey on xmas day or should i leave it until the end of Jan. Also how easily i could find work and accommodation. I want to stay in hostels to meet people but i'm worried i have left it too late to get a booking.

For Sydney, for New Year's, you have. But of course there's a whole lot more to Australia than just Sydney, and although the fireworks in most other places won't be quite as spectacular, and the crowds not quite as big, they'll still be really nice places to be at for New Year's. You're definitely not mad for wanting to go out there; backpacking through Australia and New Zealand was one of the best things I ever did in my life, and I suspect you'll feel just the same. Go, and have fun!

Finding work is usually considered quite easy (though backpackers jobs rarely pay well), and you otherwise you should be fine. There's a ton of hostels around, and almost all the time you'll be fine with just booking them a couple of days in advance, if at all. Lots of other people to get to know and hang out with.

For funds, average spending when staying in dorm rooms, buying supermarket food to cook your own meals, and travelling on to a next destination by bus once a week or so, would be about $60 (AUD) per day. Some people scrounge by on $50/day or even less, and many do a ton of activities or tours or go out at night, and easily spend $90/day or more. But $60 is a good base target that you should be able to hit if you pay attention early on wrt living frugally, and can then pretty much "rely" on.

Bit worried about the snakes & spiders though.

Honestly, I spent over a year in Australia on two separate visits, and never saw a single poisonous snake or spider. Yes, they exist - but you won't see them while staying in the cities, and even if you go out camping in the outback, you have better than even odds of never even knowing they're there.

Hope that helps. :)

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 2, 2008, at 12:38 PM by Sander ]

3. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 7y

Just look at all the big hostel booking sites, like the one on here, and maybe book 3-5 days at a time as you may not like the hostel your staying in and therefore can move elsewhere if not after a day or two.

Just a tip though that the longer you book a hostel for the cheaper it gets, like if you will probably get 7 days for price of 6 if you book a week, same kind of discount with a month etc...

As for money, accommodation and food really minimum, so $150 - $200 per week there about, then all the rest and that is on the cheap side.

It is weird about the spiders and snakes, no doubt there, you will probably be checking your bag and bed a bit for the first week or so and then you'll forget about it.

The weird thing is thats it's very hard for our minds to truely accept that there are dangerous creatures out there as it's all so new to us, it's like dream at times, for example you could be up in Cairns on a boiling hot day and pass the local river and think, "nice lets go swimming" and it totally slip your mind that there could be 14 foot crocs in the river etc...

Or you could be walking through the forest and take and sit down only to find a few redbacks crawling all over you.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 2, 2008, at 1:00 PM by andy11 ]

4. Posted by SOMV (Budding Member 57 posts) 7y

If you are booking your own flight don't forget your visa! You can't go to Australia without a tourist or working holiday visa.
If you need help on this front, let me know.
Cheers,
Veronika

5. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 7y

I think you're far from crazy... or if you are, you're my kind of crazy!

Like the others have said - accommodation at that time of year in Sydney is heavily booked and won't be super cheap, but you can always save by going super budget later on. If it was me, I'd enjoy Christmas and New Years in Sydney, then to save money get out of Sydney as soon as possible after this.

In addition to increase my chances of finding work i'm thinking of qualifying for a RSA - It can be done online before i travel. Any thoughts re this would be great -

If you are planning on finding work in a bar or restaurant, then definately do your RSA. In NSW everyone who handles or serves alcohol has to have an RSA by law. Most places in Melbourne also expect you to have an RSA. On this basis, having the RSA will make it easier to get a job. If you run out of time to do it before you arrive, the course is only 1 day and can be done easily in Sydney, although I'm not sure what dates it would be running over the Christmas and New Year period.

Go on, take the plunge and fly out on the 25th! Message me if you have any specific questions about the RSA or Hospitality Industry here in oz.

[ Edit: Edited on Dec 2, 2008, at 5:26 PM by KoalaGirl ]

6. Posted by SXJ (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y

Thanks guys & girls for all your support & advice. Great to hear from so many of ya's who have had great times and adventures. Anyway decided to slightly alter my plans and start in Melbourne. Booked my ticket this afternoon last week in Jan. Can't wait but got so much to sort before i leave.
Anyone fancy catching up around this time so that i can pick your brians or even partake in an adventure together???

Thanks again everyone
Steve

7. Posted by divaboy (Full Member 75 posts) 7y

I'm flying out early Feb but to perth so a bit far to come and meet you for a beer or 3

8. Posted by SXJ (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y

Don't temp me.... Anyway who knows where we''l end up. Whats yor story/plans?

9. Posted by divaboy (Full Member 75 posts) 7y

Story is wanted to do it for years , just been int he positon to do it now , so got my money saved up just waiting for the flight now.

Plan so far is to work in Perth until wet season has finished then work my up to broome and then Darwin. Maybe work there for a bit then its anyone's guess

10. Posted by SXJ (Budding Member 29 posts) 7y

Like it Divaboy. See where the wind takes ya! Me too, always wanted to do it & now i am. Just need to pull my finger out and book my ticket! You got any work plans or contacts?