im 34 and i love to party lol you will find all sorts of people in your hostels ok the first 2 i recommend to you is Wakeup that the best in sydney with an bar down stairs and you can sneak drinkd in to your room normal price 33$ a night next is WestEnd backpackers party party party good hostel not as clean as wakeup smaller rooms but own bathrooms and that 27-30$ ish per night and both of them is were it all at like the bars and that hang out spot dont stay at maze very bad and i think it might be cheaper to book on line but trust me book soon to get the best rate as when i was there i seen people having to sleep in the tv rooms as there was no beds anywere oh yes all hostel over that time will wont you to be there for 7-11 days
Glad to hear there are other first timers. I have researched and have a sorta plan, but want to fly by the seat of my pants. I am ready to book my flight in the next few weeks, commitment !!! I wish there were other seniors backpacking and doing more active things, but they all seem to be shopping when I have traveled a few years back. Here i go again this time solo,, I bet in OZ it will be a ball. If anyone has any input pls let me know, I will be going for the month of Oct, give or take a week.
Hey, it's really refreshing to have somebody on here that's done it and can help out. I'm planning on going on a whv next january for 12 months and am half excited but half dubious. I'm going alone and have never travelled before. I'm most worried about how much money is reasonable? I am a qualified nurse but was thinking of not nursing over there..would you recommend me to register as work would then be better paid and perhaps more obtainable or stick to temp and farm jobs for the experience? I was planning on not making much of a plan so i can go with the flow but would you recommend making loose plans? (i want to follow the sun really to keep warm). Thanks for any help, Ema.
Similarly to Hench I've just completed a RTW trip and ended up back in Oz, living and working in Sydney. Similarly to Andy was 30 when I left home and had never backpacked before either, but it was without doubt the best thing I have ever done.
I travelled from Adelaide to Melbourne to Sydney and then all the way up the coast to Cairns. I also did Perth and a tiny bit of the west coast and Tasmania. It was fantastic.
Not sure which hostels in Sydney are the best, as when I was here I stayed with a friend for most of the time and then a couple of nights in BASE. BASE was ok, but no more, the BASE hostels generally tend to be party hostels, and how much you enjoy them depends on who you get in your room.
In Oz I tended to go with the YHA hostels 90% of the time. You know what you are getting, as they are generally cleaner and better equipped than any of the other hostels. I've heard the new YHA hostel at the Rocks is meant to be very, very nice as is the Sydney Central YHA (the only 5 star YHA in Oz I believe), I've also heard good things about Wake-Up.
Ema, I can't help you too much with your questions, except for the fact that a girl I met in Indonesia who was a qualified mental health nurse came back to Sydney to work for the health service over here and really didn't enjoy it, she said it was very behind the times, and she quit her job after 3 months. But I don't want to indite the whole Oz health service on the back of one persons opinion! I'm sure you'd have no problems picking up temp/farm work over here.
Oh and the best plan is not to have one - you will have a fantastic time. But if you are over this side of the world make sure you go to New Zealand, as it is an amazing country, and I preferred it to Oz in most ways, and don't forget to stop off in Fiji. The two weeks I spent there were the best of my entire nine month trip - it is paradise.