Hi all, stumbled across this Forum/Site whilst googling all things Australia.. Come in very handy it has too.
Just wondering if £3000 was enough to get me started in Oz. I have a WHV and intend to ship off to Oz around the 1st week in November. Can't bear much more of the charms of Essex...
I don't really want to work straight off the bat, but i will do if necessary. Also I've not really decided where to start, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne? I'd like to be in Sydney for NYE.
How long do people normally stay in Hostels for?
It's also likely that I will be going on my own, lots of people say "Yeah, I'll come..." and then never mention it again.
Apologies if you've answered these questions 100's of times, all replies are much appreciated.
Cheers you Guys!!
£3000 is roughly $5500 (AUD). A good guide for average expenses as a backpacker is $60 a day (covering small dorm rooms in good quality hostels, supermarket food for self-catering all your meals, bus transport to a new location once a week, and the very occasional activity), which would mean that you could last three months on that amount of money before you'd need a job. So yeah, that's good enough to get your bearings and figure out what you want to do and where you want to go. (Although keep a close eye on your actual expenses once you're there; $60/day is a reasonable estimate, but there's lots of people who discover they blow through twice that without any problems, just by going out frequently and doing tours and activities.) I'd also recommend almost from the start inquiring at the hostels you stay at if they need cleaners; usually for 2-3 hours of work/day you get your accommodation for free, and so that's a really good way to stretch your money at times when you're not yet willing to really get a full-time job.
Being in Sydney for New Year's is going to be next to impossible, as accommodation has long since sold out. Although there's a large group of travellerspoint members going camping (see the stickied thread at the top of this forum), and from what I read last, they should still have space for a couple more people on the campsites which are reserved for them, assuming you don't wait too long. (You'd also need to arrange a tent and stuff.)
November/December is the start of the wet season up north (lasting until March/April), and I personally find Brisbane (which isn't really that far north) already really unpleasantly humid at that time of year. Better to stay south until later in the year. Maybe start off in Melbourne, do the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide, see some scenery there (some gorgeous hills north of Adelaide), then double back to Melbourne via the Grampians, hit Wilson's Promontory, Kosciuszko National Park and then slowly up the coast to Sydney for New Year's, and start looking for work in early January. Then come April/May you should've saved up quite a bit again and can head up the East Coast, over to Darwin, down the middle, and then hit the West Coast. (Or, y'know, something like that. No plan on that scale ever lasts very long anyway; you'll swap stories with fellow travellers on the road and discover what kind of things you like best on your own and constantly change your plans.)
As for staying in hostels: do so when you're on the move, and find an apartment for a couple of months when you're working. Wherever you are in Australia, there's always people looking for extra persons for a house-share. But don't fall in the trap of staying in one location for too long due to convenience; there's an entire continent to explore!
Awesome, just the sort of advice I was looking for. Thanks for the reply.
I have an Aussie mate who lives in Sydney so I might offer to take up residency on his sofa for the New Year period.
I need to start making some decisions, planning on booking my flight this week. I like the idea of the Great Ocean Road, seen some pictures on Facebook of some of my friends travelling that route, looke amazing. Guessing i'll need to buy me some wheels? How does insurance and the like work in Australia?
Sorry, more questions....
WOW, that was all increadably usefull and saved me a tonne of questions!
yeah i 2nd that thanks Sander great post there. Shame at the moment the exchange rate is so bad compared to 2 months ago where it was 1£ = $1.99.
Hello BrownCow, just wondering where in Essex you are as I'm in Southend. I'm off to Thailand for a month at the end of October and land in Sydney on the 2nd Dec with a mate both on working visas.
I'm in beautiful Basildon, off to Sydney on the 28th of October.... Not really sure where after that, see what sort of opportunities throw themselves up....
Ahhh really sweet, thats when we head to Thai. I was thinking of heading up to Brisbane and working my way down the East coast but not entirely sure yet. Got a few pals in Melbourne though....
You on facebook or anything?