Hi, im new to this forum so not really sure how it works lol
Just wanted to ask if anyone could give me any information about travelling in Australia, i live in England at the moment but really have a niggle to travel....ive already read up on all the legal stuff...visas etc...
Now its just the other bits and bobs like finding work out there and accomodation, best places to work, worst places etc...
If anyone has any past experiences or information id really appreciate it.
Many thanks in advance
p.s i want to be in Oz for 12 months
nothin to worry about it's too easy travelling around there.
I got a greyhound pass when I was there and met heaps of people that way. every greyhound stop in every town is right near a few hostels. no worries there. I have two tips for you:
1. If I were you I would get a small bus pass maybe one between sydney and brisbane that way you can stop at all the little towns in between like byron bay, surfers paradise, coffs harbor. By then you will have an entourage of people...it's ridiculous how many people you meet traveling the coast and you will have an idea of what it's going to be like there. you are bound to make friends with someone who owns a car or willing to buy a car. then you can decide if you want to drive or take the bus again or get a job. check out greyhound.com.au to see prices
2. if you are going to do the big sight seeing things like whitsundays, fraiser island, great barrier reef then I suggest you book open ended dates for them all at the same time at one of those peter pan or wicked travel places when you get there. they'll give you all sorts of vouchers and discounts for hostels in every town.
as for work. you could probably be a waitress or bartender if you have experience. just walk into everyplace and just ask until you find someone that needs help.
It might sound ridiculous but there were times where I would arrive in a town or city not knowing anything about it. I would just get off the bus and start looking around without ever having looked in a guide book or at a map. Plus you'll meet people and exchange numbers and then they'll travel ahead of you and give you a heads up on what it's like or where to go....
Thanks for your reply, its really helpful....the main thing im worried about is staying in hostels as ive never done that before, especially on my own, are they safe?
Do you have any sites that have hostel information on them? Can you recommend any specific places to see in Australia? Spending money to take etc
many thanks in advance
hyii, check out 'stoned crow' website i found that really helpful. im going for a year also, workwise im going to do fruitpicking, this could be a great way to meet people if your travelling alone, but it's hard work i hear.
happy travels anyhow! :-)
Port Douglas is a nice place to live and work. Beautiful beach and a small town feel. Lots of restaurants and hotels to work at too.
Hostel life is glorious! When you first start off I'd go with those YHA ones, they are like cheap hotels, you can lock your stuff up in their lockers and every room is pretty secure. after a week or so of getting adjusted you're gonna want to get out of those hostels though...because really, they're boring.
Also if you plan on staying in any city for a good length of time you will probably want to get into one of the long term hostels.
most cities have a few of them. You'll meet people that have been there for 5 or 6 months and they become your roommates and best friends.
there was never a hostel I didn't feel safe in. In fact the two least secure places I stayed at were also the two best. "The Palms" in Sydney and "Lord's Lodge" in Melbourne. They were like houses with a bunch of people living in them. whereas some of the bigger YHAs seem like institutions and have very little personality.
Some other good ones that I remember:
Blue Mountains YHA - the one YHA I loved
Art's Factory in Byron Bay. It's like this little hippie village/mosquito factory
The Asylum in Cairns
I put some hostel reviews up on this site here:
As for places to see:
Melbourne/great ocean road
Fraser Island is a must
Whitehaven beach is a must
The great Barrier Reef
once you get there you will here all about heaps more from other people
I live on the gold coast, more of a touristy place to be though, i mean if you're into all that un-necessary tourist crap and you have the money to blow on it then that's fine and you'll probably really enjoy surfers paradise, but if you were going to visit here try other parts of the gold coast such as Coolangatta, Burleigh Heads... Less tourists, you get more of a feel for the beach life and you can actually see past all the high rises!
I might also recommend places along the great ocean road (Lorne, Torquay, Rye etc), the weather is a bit more straight forward down that way (hot in summer, cold in winter) and you can actually have a bit of peace and quiet.
you should join couchsurfing too. I've just joined and have been hosting for a little bit before i head overseas. the people i've spoken with (travellers) have had a great experience with the australian's they've met couchsurfing. its a great way to meet locals and do what they do... if you go to their website you'll find out all about it. just google it, there is also hospitality club but i haven't used it. My cousin has though and she loved it. of course there is a chance of meeting weirdos but thats why you pick likeminded ppl with lots of references