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1. Posted by clare bear (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

Excitement is not the word. I can't wait! I have handed my notice in to work and I am jetting off in June 05 for a year with friends. We are heading to Bangkok, Bali, Sydney & New Zealand. We hope to stay in Australia for about 8 months & work as well as travel up to the Great Barrier Reef. I have never done anything like this before so I would really appreciate it if someone could give me a bit of advice on what things I will need to arrange before I go.

Any advice about travelling or travelling in the above countries would really help me as I literally don't have a clue.
Thanks!

2. Posted by aves1974 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y

Sounds very exciting...the first thing that comes to mind is getting your Visa info together.

This link may be helpful:
http://www.eta.immi.gov.au/

3. Posted by clare bear (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y

Hi Ava!
Thanks so much for your reply. The website is very useful! I have booked my flights through USIT. They did me a deal for my visa for Australia and my insurance both for a year. The two together cost 319.00 sterling. I thought this was pretty good! Lets hope I won't be needing to claim off the insurance!

4. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 12y


Hi Clare Bear,

Lucky you !!!

When flying into Bangkok, head for the backpacker area at Khao San Road. Plenty of accommodation and travel info available there.

The main tourist area in Bali is Kuta. Lots of hassle from street vendors. The money-changers are very good at ripping you off. Legian is a bit more upmarket. Jimbaran Bay has excellent fish restaurants. the tables and chairs are actually on the beach itself. Lots of information available for day tours and the like in Bali. Ubud is cool. I definitely don't like Sanur, but each to his own.

If you get a chance, I'd recommend a ferry over to Lombok, the next island east of Bali. The small capital of Mataram is nothing however from the ferry terminal, you can catch a local taxi up to Senggigi on the east coast. From there, you get a small boat over to the Gili Islands. Gili Trewangan is known as the Party Island. Local population is about 500, and there are no police on this island.

Have fun !!!

5. Posted by jessianne (Full Member 54 posts) 12y

Though I have never been to Bali my better half thinks it's the most beautiful place in the world.
I'm in Sydney at the moment and I"m loving it, though when you come in June the weather won't be so hot....I arrived in October and it rained pretty much every day for three weeks!

Sydney is fantastic, but don't get caught in the trap of staying there to long! Seriously, I'm just about to head off now to NZ after Christmas and have been told not to go near the Red Centre until after February due to the crushing crushing heat....
The climate around Darwin over the next few months is meant to be insane over 40 degrees every day with four hours of thunder and rain during the day....apparently if you stay in Darwin too long during this time of year you go a bit nuts, Darwinians call it ' going troppo'
Just thought this might be useful when planning your itinerary within Oz, as I had to completely change mine on advice from every single Australian I talked to about the weather...

You lucky lucky thing, enjoy every second!