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11. Posted by emmad (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hey everyone,
came across your posts and they're all very relevant to my situation so thought i'd join up to tell you some stuff i know and also find out more :) me and my boyfriend (both 22, scotland) are leaving to go to australia in Nov via Thailand. We're flying to bankok then hopefully going over to vietnam for a bit then down to malasyia (spending almost 7 weeks doing this) then flying from singapore to sydney in Jan.
We booked our flights a week and a half ago... all very exciting! We done it through trailfinders, found them very nice and helpful (also a branch in newcastle sarah) or guess you can do it online instead. We decided we wanted to spend a full year in oz so have only booked flights to there for now because if you do a round the world trip you have to return home within the year.
We have our working hol visas and would defo reccommend doing it yourself aswell as its really quick and easy and saves you money. I found -snip- really useful for finding out about visas and bank accounts etc. Still got loads more research to do though!

Emma

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

12. Posted by Trentinoz (Budding Member 3 posts) 6y

Hi guys, this is Trent in Sydney. My girlfriend and i have been here for a bit over 3 weeks and loving it. We are planning to start work in the next few weeks. To give you and idea on prices, we are paying $160 per week for a bedroom in a furnished apartment. We are living with 4 other travelers, 2 girls and couple from Brazil who are studying in Oz.
We are not living the high life but we are spending about $300 a week on our living expenses including drinks and food. We think we will take home about $800 a week when we start work, I'm a carpenter and Kate is a teacher so are hoping to save about $1000 a week.
Commonwealth bank is good, we moved our account over the them after the one that STA set us up was costing a fortune.
I wouldn't bother doing the oz intro thing. I have heard some really bad stories about it although if you are into getting drunk every night it may work for you.
I would defiantly recommend pre booking your first few weeks accommodation, we move out of the really dodgy hostel STA booked us into and we found it hard to get into some of the bigger hostel as they were booked out.
I hope this helps.
Trent

13. Posted by Lewwy (Budding Member 56 posts) 6y

Hey Trent,
Very interested in more information on this how you came to share an appartment with people.

It might be a little different for me, because there are 3 in my party. But say we get fed up with the hostels etc and we want to live in a place like this, how did you find it?

Thanks for the other figures, aswell.

14. Posted by EmmaLou33 (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Hi Guys! Yet another Emma joining this thread :) I'm 22 and from Sunderland in England (but don't hate me for it Sarah!) I arrived in Sydney last week on a WHV, just starting to settle in and start to look for work. TBH guys theres not a whole lot within the cities unless you have a barista qualification or the RSA qualification that you need to serve alcohol here so if you could do either of those before you get here you will probably find it a lot easier to pick up work as soon as you need it. As far as accommodation goes I'm splitting my time with friends in the city and family on the North Shore which is great to save money but because I have that base I'm finding it difficult to meet likeminded travellers, I think you really need to be in that hostel environment (which i'm planning on joining when I head up to Melbourne next week) and for that reason I think the Oz introduction could be well worth your while.

p.s. Flexicover do backpackers insurance for 120 pounds, just search google for the discount code - it's usually readily available. And you can set up your NAB bank account online from England free of charge, plus they offer you a high interest I Saver if this helps.

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

Hiya Emma

I'm not an emma but I'm also from the north east! Heading to Australia in Sept, travelling round for a bit then heading back to Sydney early October to look for work. What kind of jobs have you been looking at? Not sure whether to stop on in Sydney or head to Melbourne to be honest. Was going to try and get adminy temping work if there is any.

Not long to go :)

16. Posted by seanlinds (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y

Hey guys,

sounds like everyone in this topic is a similar age to us, with similar plans. We're a couple from Sheffield, 23 & 24. We arrive in Brisbane on November 10th, flying from Manchester. We just booked our NYE hostel in Sydney, couldn't believe just how booked up it is, THIS early. Madness! We'll be working hopefully, either doing what we do in UK, chef and waitress, or get some fruitpicking work. Up for a meet up with people, feel free to message me.

Sean & Lindsey

17. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 6y

Quoting seanlinds

We just booked our NYE hostel in Sydney, couldn't believe just how booked up it is, THIS early. Madness!

For NYE in Sydney, the proper thing to say is, "I couldn't believe you still managed to find a NYE hostel at all, THIS late." (Really. We advise people to book before June/July, usually.)

18. Posted by seanlinds (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y

Quoting sander

For NYE in Sydney, the proper thing to say is, "I couldn't believe you still managed to find a NYE hostel at all, THIS late." (Really. We advise people to book before June/July, usually.)

Wow, guess we did ok then. Some of the prices we seen at places available were insane, like £100 per night each, in a 10 bed dorm! Ended up paying £25 per night, staying for 14 nights

19. Posted by Lewwy (Budding Member 56 posts) 6y

Does anyone know the score further up the east coast?

We have accomodation in Sydney till the second of January, then we are moving up the East Coast via Greyhound (We think), will we find it difficult to get places in a hostel on the way up from 2nd Jan onwards?

Thanks,
Lewis.

20. Posted by seanlinds (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y

Quoting Lewwy

Does anyone know the score further up the east coast?

We have accomodation in Sydney till the second of January, then we are moving up the East Coast via Greyhound (We think), will we find it difficult to get places in a hostel on the way up from 2nd Jan onwards?

Thanks,
Lewis.

Seems like we're heading in opposite directions. Maybe we should recommend hostels to each other?!