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271. Posted by jj1 (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

Soundslike an amazing trip

272. Posted by Happy_Days (Inactive 36 posts) 6y


Trouble - backpack wise I can't remember what size it is. I actually can't find it at all at the moment, guess it's in the loft. I'll try and dig it out and let you know. I do remember tho that it has a zip off front mini backpack which I know some people aren't keen on but i figured it could come in useful for day trips, coach etc. The whole bag was fairly roomy without being too cumbersome or heavy tho. I got it massively reduced in the january sales so that kinda influenced me too.

If you're worried about your shoulders and even if you're not, best thing is to go into a shop and speak to some one around the backpacks who should be able to help you try them all on, get it sitting right on you etc.

rduff - your plan sounds good. Mine is fairly similar, when my boyfriend leaves I'll be really looking for a job while i'm staying in a hostel and then i'll look at flat shares etc. depending on the job and how long it is, what it is. I am having a little look see at some jobs/places before i go but i doubt very much i'll be able to get sthg sorted. I think i actually want to base myself in Melbourne first for a bit but I don't know if it'll be easier to get work in Sydney.

Time is flying tho...can't wait! :)

273. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 6y

Only just skimmed through this thread, and having just finished a nine month RTW trip, South-East Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and now back to Oz, then I can only say I'm very jealous of the adventures you are all about to embark on!

I've been back in Sydney around a month and I got a decent job after two weeks, if you are looking for work just put your name down at a load of agencies, and you'll get something.

Oz is very expensive, and you need to budget around £1,000 a month (and that really is being tight and hardly ever going on a big night out and cooking at hostels all the time).

Oh and get used to drinking goon, that is the cheap and efficient way of getting drunk!

274. Posted by Louise80 (Full Member 106 posts) 6y

OMG I can't believe how expensive it is, looks like I won't be hanging around being a beach bum for too long at £1000 month!!

I've shortened my trip now to about 3-4 months, but will still have to find a job to keep me going. Glad to hear there's work around if you put some effort in to find it.

Roll on Sept 20th, can't wait to begin the adventure!

275. Posted by Happy_Days (Inactive 36 posts) 6y

Hi Steve,

Is it just Sydney you'd say that was the kinda budget for, or all over?

Have noticed some trips we wanted to do in northern territory are really expensive so re-thinking that part already.

276. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member 330 posts) 6y

From my experience Sydney and Perth are the most expensive cities in Oz, and the further north you go it does get slightly cheaper, but on the whole that would be a general budget for Oz - roughly that is what I spent. Most of my money went in Oz, and that was despite being pretty frugal!

Hostels cost somewhere around £15 a night, and when you add travel expenses, food, alcohol, and all the other little bits and pieces it all adds up. NZ is slightly cheaper, but not significantly so.

As an example, on arriving in Perth in December last year for my first night in Oz after three months in SE Asia, a girl in my hostel was going to the pub for a beer and asked if I wanted to join her. So we went to the pub and I ordered a pint, and it cost $10 (around £6!), bearing in mind my last drink had been in Indonesia a couple of nights before and cost about 50p it came as something of a shock!!

That said if you do get work out here then the pay matches the expense, I am getting paid more for temping in Sydney then I ever did at home.

277. Posted by Happy_Days (Inactive 36 posts) 6y

wow, that's a lot for a pint! Thanks for your advice Steve. I'm hoping to do temping/admin work so fingers crossed.

278. Posted by rduff1983 (Budding Member 23 posts) 6y

hi all

1 min im as confident as hell the next im quite worried! i think we will all be grand, we might get sucked in here and there when we first arrive but once we have found our feet, we will know where to go to make things easier on the pocket!!!
68 working days to go lol- this summer is gonna drag for me but i cant wait!!!

279. Posted by Happy_Days (Inactive 36 posts) 6y

49 for me!!!! :)

280. Posted by rduff1983 (Budding Member 23 posts) 6y

well thats also including my 6-10 sick days (paid)