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1. Posted by NewLife (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

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Hi all,

Myself and my girlfriend are off to Australia on a years WHV starting in Feb next year.We arrive in sydney and plan to stay there for a couple of weeks before moving on. I cannot wait to make it through this winter and be gone! :-)

Before we head out however I have a few questions that I'm hoping you guys can answer. Any answers would be helpful so thanks in advance.

1.) I am an IT consultant in the UK and was hoping to do a 3 month contract in order to top up funds. Can anyone see any issues with me doing this?

2.) Seeing as we arrive in Sydney we wanted to stay in a hostel for a couple of weeks to get to know some people and decide what were we are going next. We are late 20's and would like a place with a good atmosphere so we can meet some people. Any recommendations.

3.) We are hoping to buy a campervan to travel up the east coast in. Can anyone suggest how much we should allocate for this? I'm thinking Toyota Hiace or equivalent

4.) If we do buy a campervan how do we go about registering/ insuring it without an address?

5.) Does anyone have any pointers for setting up a bank account in australia? Is it worth doing or should I just draw money from my UK account as and when needed?

6.) I'm taking my netbook with me, anyone recommend a good PAYG 3G supplier?

Hope you can help!

[ Edit: Edited on 29-Aug-2009, at 03:18 by NewLife ]

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

Quoting NewLife

1.) I am an IT consultant in the UK and was hoping to do a 3 month contract in order to top up funds. Can anyone see any issues with me doing this?

No, other than perhaps with finding the contract; recruiters should be plenty interested in you if you have experience, though. If you want to work as a freelancer (more common in Australia than in Europe, though I guess it depends on what kind of consulting you do exactly), just register for a ABN (Australian Business Number) with the Australian Business Register when you're in Australia, write "tax invoice" on your invoices (no need to charge VAT probably, as working for only three months, you'll probably stay under the line where you can get away with not doing that (but look that up on the ATO website)), and that's about it. (Note: The tax year starts in July.)

2.) Seeing as we arrive in Sydney we wanted to stay in a hostel for a couple of weeks to get to know some people and decide what were we are going next. We are late 20's and would like a place with a good atmosphere so we can meet some people. Any recommendations.

Glebe Point YHA. Far smaller than the massive hostels around central station (YHA central, wake up, etc), and thus has a lot more atmosphere. Weekly barbecues, awesome rooftop terrace (with hammocks during the summer), and best of all, it's in Glebe, the most friendly and bustling neighbourhood in all of Sydney, with Glebe Point Road being lined with countless little cafes and eateries and used bookstores and things.

5.) Does anyone have any pointers for setting up a bank account in australia? Is it worth doing or should I just draw money from my UK account as and when needed?

Walk into any bank branch in Australia with your passport, say you're there on a WHV and would like to open up an account, despot $50, give them the address of your hostel to send the debit card to, tell them you don't want statements (or to set the frequency of sending statements to "yearly" if they don't do that) - you can get free "interim statements" at any bank branch using your debit card, and 15 minutes later you're done.
Note that after a couple of weeks, your passport by itself isn't enough identification anymore to open up a bank account (and you'll need a second form of identification of a kind which most travellers won't have), so don't let this wait too long.
When you have your account, transfer a large sum of money over from your European account - your bank will charge you a large fee, but it will almost certainly work out cheaper than withdrawing again and again.

6.) I'm taking my netbook with me, anyone recommend a good PAYG 3G supplier?

I don't have any recommendations, but are you certain you'll need/want it? WiFi is everywhere (like, every single hostel; usually against really decent rates), and where it isn't, there's plenty of internet cafes. If you do get it, be sure to check for and take into account coverage; there's truly gigantic parts of Australia without coverage (no one lives there, but you might be passing through).

3. Posted by NewLife (Budding Member 23 posts) 7y

Sander,

Thanks for this. Really useful info. Glebe Point YHA looks great too. :)

Anyone know about the campervan questions?

4. Posted by mojorob (Moderator 1047 posts) 7y

Quoting NewLife

Glebe Point YHA looks great too. :)

I agree with Glebe Point YHA as well - I've stayed there a number of times in the past, including when I was on a WHV.