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1. Posted by gfin (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

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Hi all,

Found some really useful info on the forums so far so hoping you can help me with a quick question...

I'm planning to travel around the East coast of Australia for 3 months, whilst traveling I'm hoping to continue working on my online projects, mainly web design, my question is if I'm working for clients based in the UK and getting paid to my UK bank account will I need a working visa? I'm pretty sure I don't as it's all still based in the UK but just wanted to double check!

Also was considering getting my laptop signed up to the wireless broadband (with http://www.unwired.com.au/) has anyone else used them? Would this kind of thing be suitable do you think?

Thanks in advance!
GFiN

2. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

Hi GFIN

I did this myself a few years ago - basically the rub is that as long as you're being paid in the UK (and indeed paying tax on the earnings in the UK), you don't need to worry about a working visa - it's pretty much as if you're working in the UK only via a very long network cable!

3. Posted by gfin (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Great thanks for your reply magykal1
That's as I'd hoped, just wanted to be sure.

Has anyone had any experience in using wireless internet connection in the East Coast?
Looking at either a wireless card service like Unwired, or using the WiFi hotspots the Big4 Camping parks have...

Thanks again,
Greg

4. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 7y

It does depend when you require access to the internet. If only in caravan parks or built up areas wifi will probably suit so use that when you first arrive. Unwired seems to only work in cities and from my friends experience in Melbourne CBD area, it was not reliable and technical service requests not helpful !

For full national access while mobile consider Telstra, Australia's prime carrier who provided 3G coverage in urban, rural & remote areas with less likleyhood of drop outs.

Telstra's Next G network (3G) enables access the internet with download speeds of 4 -6Mbps (although a theoretical speed of 21Mbps is achievable under ideal conditions) Check costs as this convinence may be expensive!

Telstra - http://www.telstra.com.au/
Telstra forum - http://www.nowwearetalking.com.au/

Also have a look at this independant web site and the forums. One discusses wirless ISP's
Whirlpool - http://whirlpool.net.au

Enjoy Oz.
Mario ;)

5. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 7y

Hey, if you're going to be staying in cities/built up areas you might be able to supplement whatever plan you choose with free wifi. I noticed that there is a big list of McDonalds restaurants that now offer free wifi so you can work while downing a burger.

Next G is supposed to have pretty good coverage but is expensive, so you'd have to watch your monthly download limit fairly closely. The coverage for unwired is limited to major cities, I think there is a coverage map on their site.

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