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1. Posted by Eric_z (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

So by september, I should find myself on australian soil. I know a couple people who have backpacked for long periods of time and it sounds fantastic, though by the sounds of it, they were more into hostelling and partying over anything else. I am interested in doing that too, and definitely will but for me, im REALLY into nature, being active and i love camping... so i want to find myself in the outback, going hiking and exploring the natural world, more so then getting drunk in cities. I have no one to join me on these adventures though so I suppose I will have to find some like minded people to do this with (I hope this is possible?) at some hostels. Am I a rare case, looking for this type of backpacking experience? Can anyone offer some wisdom and knowledge on camping life and places that are particularly beautiful that should be visited? I would love to hear some stories too if anyone has some to offer.

Are there certain tour guide companies around I should check out? Ones that take groups of people around for a week or two at a time?
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I plan to stay for quite some time, probably a full year, so this wont be the only way i will enjoy the country but i can see it being a big part of it. I want to scuba dive and surf, thats for damn sure, and i would love to be a beach bum too hahahaa.

Basically, i would just like to hear any thoughts you have after reading this, whatever they may be

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Apr-2010, at 21:10 by Eric_z ]

2. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 6y

Hi Eric, sounds good! I reckon you should visit WA and the NT for camping and remoteness, both are awesome places and I highly recommend the Kimberley region.

3. Posted by Eric_z (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

awesome, thanks ill look into the areas!

anoher question , about WHV... if I apply for a year long visa, when does the year start, once i land in the country or do i have to set a date when I apply for it?

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4811 posts) 6y

Quoting Eric_z

anoher question , about WHV... if I apply for a year long visa, when does the year start, once i land in the country or do i have to set a date when I apply for it?

Once you arrive in the country, with that that having to be within a year from the date that the visa is granted.

5. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 6y

Just had another thought, if you're into hiking it'd be worth checking out the Overland track in Tasmania especially over summer (Dec-Feb) as the temperature is perfect. Some more options for hiking are the Larapinta Trail in central Australia, but I'd only attempt that in winter (Jun-Aug) as it's too hot other times in the year. I've walked sections of it and the terrain is awesome. Another good track is the Cape to Cape track in the Leeuwin Naturaliste NP, I've only walked part of it and the beaches were very beautiful.

An option I've always wanted to try is hiking Fraser Island, there are some good camp sites that are only accessable to hikers and it'd be something different. The Blue Mountains in NSW also offers some amazing hiking and camping options.

6. Posted by Eric_z (Budding Member 15 posts) 6y

Quoting timtravels

Just had another thought, if you're into hiking it'd be worth checking out the Overland track in Tasmania especially over summer (Dec-Feb) as the temperature is perfect. Some more options for hiking are the Larapinta Trail in central Australia, but I'd only attempt that in winter (Jun-Aug) as it's too hot other times in the year. I've walked sections of it and the terrain is awesome. Another good track is the Cape to Cape track in the Leeuwin Naturaliste NP, I've only walked part of it and the beaches were very beautiful.

An option I've always wanted to try is hiking Fraser Island, there are some good camp sites that are only accessable to hikers and it'd be something different. The Blue Mountains in NSW also offers some amazing hiking and camping options.

Excellent, thanks a bunch... will I be able to find information about these places and tracks online? Or anywhere in the area once I find myself there? ALso, what are the dangers when it comes to wild animals?

ANOTHER QUESTION

Once I Find it necessary to work... is it possible to find jobs in construction? Roofing and framing for example or anything like that? I realize I would have to stay put in wherever it is I find this job but is it possible to be hied for this type of work? If not what jobs are best to look for?

7. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 6y

You should be able to find all of the places and even the hikes using google. The only animals in Australia that might bother you while you're hiking are dingos/wild dogs and crocodiles but these will only be in certain areas. Crocodiles are mostly in the far north of Australia and you'll need to be a bit careful camping near rivers and the ocean, usually there are warning signs in the area if there is known to be crocodiles around. Dingos and wild dogs mostly hang around outback towns and shouldn't be near any of the places I've listed, there aren't a huge number of them so you should be ok. Other than this the only things that will drive you crazy are the flies and mosquitoes, especially in tropical areas - you'll want to pick up some repellant.

I think you'll be able to find some form of construction work while you're over here, you can check out some online job sites likeseek and mycareer then when you get over here have a look in the local paper. You never know, you might be able to get work building mining housing which will take you to some very interesting places, just make sure accomodation is included or you've checked it out because often in mining towns it's very expensive!

8. Posted by mssmuppet (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y

Hey Eric, that sounds pretty much the same as me. As much as i enjoy a party and a good time im not a mad big drinker n dont plan on spending my time living in the city getting wasted every night. I could do that at home if i wanted. Would much more prefer to be active and enjoy the surrounding while i can. Oh an thanks timtravels, ur the first person iv saw to be able to answer questions on the hiking side :) Cheers

9. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 6y

No worries, let me know if you need more info!