My boyf and I are leaving for Aus in a month but I am feeling a little nervous. We ahev about £5000 behind us, but out of that need to buy a car of some decription. I rented last time, but this time I think it will prove more economical to buy this time. Does anyone have any experience of buying in Adelaide? Like perhaps the places to look for the best deal, where to avoid etc?
Also, while I am picking your brains, does anyone have experience of finding casual work? I was fortunate enough to have a job to go to last time having finished bumming about the outback, so will be entirely new to casual working. we do not plan to stay in hostels, but could anyone offer some advice of where to find casual jobs? Everyone talks about the notorious fruit picking, but how excatly does one go about actually finding these vacancies???
Thanks so much, any input would be gratefully received as I am starting to worry a little about finding work!!
I have some friends in Oz who say that findin casual work is easier than you think and that smaller businesses are the ones to go to...think that may be dependent on the work you are lookin for tho.
There are a few car dealers who will sell you a car and buy it back from you at the end of your trip aswell?
I found some info on these on gapyear.com and sure I read something in a lonely planet to?
we are headed to OZ in a few months,
Wonderin about the best way to see the Northern territory....Tour? drive yourself? etc etc
I've already travelled abit and found that its best not to book to much until you are actually there? can I assume that this is right for the Northern territory to? also if you have any tips I'd be most grateful....cheers good luck with your travels!!
To be honest I only spent about a week in NT last time, mostly Uluru, Kings Canyon, usual tourist traps. We sometimes camped, other times hostels and never booked a thing. The only places in the whole of Oz I had difficulty getting a cheap bed were along the Great Ocean Road and St Kilda in Melbourne. Everywhere else I just rocked up and hoped for the best. That said, I did have a van which takes the urgency out of finding a roof!
With regards to mode of travel, I opt for self-drive every time where possible. I joined a tour when I travelled NZ and it was a huge mistake...I felt rushed and there were loads of places I would liked to have stopped and had a nose about but wasn't able.
Hope this helps! 21 days to go and I can't wait!!
[ Edit: Edited on 20-Aug-2009, at 03:00 by trixibelle ]
I think you 'd have more luck buying in Melbourne than Adelaide, cars tend to be cheaper in Melbourne and Sydney. Have a look at the tradingpost and carsales to get an idea of prices. You could always check out ebay australia for a bargain.
Where you be travelling will determine the type of work you can get, I know when I travelled through north western australia there were heaps of shops/roadhouses with work available signs in the windows.