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1. Posted by Colm B (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

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I'm heading to Melbourne on the 18th of Jan 2010 and was wondering if anyone else was doing the same? Im heading on my own, and have never been to Oz before so if anyone could suggest places to go and see around Melbourne or up the east coast I would be grateful!! Plus if anyone else is heading alone give me a shout and we can grab a pint or 12!



2. Posted by char101 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Hey ya, Im going around the same time! : ) Im yet to book flights though as I'm still in the... flexible stage lol Have you sorted out any where to stay when you get there or how long you plan to stay in Melbourne? Im staying with some friends for a bit then gonna be heading up the East Coast as well x

3. Posted by oz_dudley (Budding Member 26 posts) 7y

id be up for apint or 12! going to Toronto end of November, then il be in sydney for new year with the gathering on here, then im easy on whatever! see where the place takes meon the east coast!

4. Posted by Colm B (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

Char101-- Well i got a hostel booked in St kilda in melbourne suburbs for my first week then im just gonna play it by ear!lol when do u reckon u'l be booking your flights?? You any idea how long you're gonna be in oz for?? I plan on staying 6 months to a year so i plan on heading up the east coast like you said. Im easy on where i go so i'm open to suggestions, so if you need a travel buddy give me a shout!!

Oz dudley-- I like ur attitude lol I'm just gonna see where life takes me when im over there as well so would good to meet up with you guys. That NY gathering looks gd but unfortunately i wont be over in time! How long are u staying in oz for?? Pints on me!!

5. Posted by roisin85 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hey all!!

Hoping to go around the same time as ye! Was ment to be going with friends but you know how things happen.... im ready to take the plunge and cant be arsed waiting any longer! Love having a few pints but not by myself so would be great to meet with others who are up for a laugh and a whole lot of travelling! I havent booked flights yet but am hoping to head off mid Jan and see where the open road takes me.....

6. Posted by Char72 (Budding Member 39 posts) 7y

Hey I am hoping to book flights for the 8th Feb into Sydney, from there I was looking at doing Oz intro to meet a few people and then work my way along the East Coast.......that is as far as I have planned and like Char am flexibile atm with dates etc as nothing is booked, but would like to book within the next month! How long are you staying out there for? Is it just Oz you are doing? Are you getting your working visa too?

7. Posted by Colm B (Budding Member 18 posts) 7y

Hey roisin That happened to me 2--was meant to go with mates but they pulled out so sometimes ur better off on ur own!!You any idea when ur booking your flights, and where u want to go first?

Have u nothin booked either Char? Yea i got my visa there last month so im all set!Im gonna be in Melbourne for the first few weeks and then in Sydney hopefully by mid feb if anyones around then?? How long are u planning on staying in Sydney? I cant wait for the madness to start!lol

8. Posted by roisin85 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hey all again!! Well I havent booked anything yet either. Def need to book something soon so I can actually believe I am going!!! I was wondering how much money ye were thinking of bringing?? Also are you booking yer flights through a student agency like usit or going solo?? God soo much planning, soo not in my nature....... ;)

9. Posted by mat p (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

thinking of heading out end of feb and hittinh ozintro, anybody heard any feed back about that place yet? web site looks good. mat

10. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4926 posts) 7y

Quoting mat p

thinking of heading out end of feb and hittinh ozintro, anybody heard any feed back about that place yet? web site looks good. mat

The general impression about oz intro amongst many of the regular members here on travellerspoint is that they're asking a whole lot of money for lots of things which you can do yourself for free. I remember a few people who started out with oz intro and then did the rest of the year on their own, reporting back here that they wouldn't do it again and could've spent that money in much better ways. (But of course we've had so many oz intro threads here that I can't refind that specific thread anymore.)

However, it also seems to be true that oz intro does employ people who're generally very helpful, and you'll likely have a pretty good time with them.

Maybe you feel that you'll really benefit from the handholding, and that's perfectly okay. But speaking as someone who just figured things out on his own without any trouble (on my first major trip on my own), I'd recommend taking a good long second look at what they offer, how hard it'd really be to do those things yourself, and if that's really worth that much money. There's literally tens of thousands of backpackers arriving in Sydney each year, and so at any given moment it's really easy to meet up with other people who're in the same boat as you are, at any random hostel. As for the other services such as getting a tax file number, bank account, etc: those really are trivial to do yourself for free (and people here on this forum are always happy to help you with instructions for them, too). So then that leaves the activities like surf lessons, bbq, etc. Do you really want to be paying for those?