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11. Posted by a.v.99 (Budding Member 83 posts) 5y

hey katie im gonna be arriving in sydney in a few days, should still be there in jan, get in touch if you wanna meet up.

12. Posted by Rachylou (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Hi everyone

I am 29 and spent last year in Australia on a WHV. I went alone and was nervous but excited at same time. Best thing I have ever done. Within a week of being in Sydney, I had moved into a shared flat and got a job, all done myself with the help of the internet ;). Some companies claim to help you but to be honest, you don't need them. Hostels are a brilliant way to make friends too, stay in a room with the most beds too, cheaper and more people to meet.

I loved it so much and met so many people that I am going back alone again on 31 December for 3 weeks since I turn 30 in January and I think of no better way than to celebrate than to be in Australia again.

Oh and I lived in Sydney for 8 months, which alot of people disapproved of but I loved it. Then I went up the East Coast to Cairns via bus stopping at all the locations in between then flew back to Sydney ready for home. Wish I had got to see more of Oz such as Perth and Darwin but its such a big place and hard to do everything.

If I can help anyone with anything then feel free to ask :)

13. Posted by pablo79 (Budding Member 34 posts) 5y

so guys is sydney a good place to start? I am travellling on my own sometime between feb and april. Not booked my tickets yet. Hope to stay for a year. Working and travelling as much as possible. What is a good route to take to travel and see australia. What is the wether like at that time of year. Which route should I take.

All advice greatly appreciated :)

14. Posted by Rachylou (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y

Quoting pablo79

so guys is sydney a good place to start? I am travellling on my own sometime between feb and april. Not booked my tickets yet. Hope to stay for a year. Working and travelling as much as possible. What is a good route to take to travel and see australia. What is the wether like at that time of year. Which route should I take.

All advice greatly appreciated :)

Most people start in Sydney but some choose to move on straight away unless they stay for work as it can be an expensive city (depends on what kind of lifestyle you lead in my opinion). February and March are still lovely weather months in Sydney. Can't really remember April much but I know it got cold in May time and by June, I was freezing and had to purchase a coat. Ha! Weather does not pick up again until about November time.

If you want to do harvest work or outdoor work then further up North will be better at that time as its the season for it I think but any normal everyday jobs are best found in Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Melbourne is a mixture for weather and Brisbane is pretty much warm all year round. Can't top Sydney for a fab place to live and work in my opinion though!

Most people do the Sydney to Cairns route via bus (Greyhound, Premier) or by Campervan. People go both ways but I enjoyed going up better as every place seemed better than the last and then I flew back down to Sydney from Cairns. The Red Centre is best accessed from Adelaide but I didn't go to either place.

15. Posted by Speakers (Budding Member 4 posts) 5y

I am also going solo to oz, in january, leaving a girlfriend and home comforts behind i hope to gain alot in terms of maturity, independence etc, more so than the travelling aspect, thats a bonus. I am 24 and feel I need to do the travelling aspect of my life before I accidently settle down with kids, home, career etc.

Some friends and family think I am crazy, but my plan is to plan as little as possible. I have been reading through the blogs for general info/advise but think I will gain alot from just landing in oz, and from finding somewhere to stay that night once im there. Is there anything you think I SHOULD KNOW? Talking about adventure... can it get anymore adventurous?

If anyone else wants as much of an adventure as I do, and the oppertunity to learn so much about yourself as I do, then maybe we can meet up somewhere. Will keep you posted on where I will be, probably perth as it seems to be the cheapest. Looking at the 17th Jan 11.

16. Posted by TiaCann (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Hi everyone,

I'm new on here, just joined but already feel welcome! I'm a 24 year old female, living in Dublin orignally from London. I'm in the early stages of planning my 3 month trip to Australia. Literally only decided 2 weeks ago that I want to go in 2011... So I am thinking of going in Sept/Oct time. I might start up north in Darwin as I have a friend there, then hoping to cross Alice Springs and then travel to the east and hit Brisbane and Sydney. Anywhere else worth visiting in a 3 month trip??This is a rough idea of my route. Any thoughts or information would be much appreciated... or if you are planning a trip around the same time even better again let me know!

17. Posted by elley (Budding Member 20 posts) 5y

Hi everyone,

I am from Ireland and hopefully heading to OZ start of March. I am also going alone and very scared but from talking to people its ment to be very easy to make friends.

I am thinking of starting in sydney, working for a while and then heading up the east coast. I was wondering about the main places to go?

Chat later :)

18. Posted by RubyTash (Budding Member 31 posts) 5y

Leaving in 9 days!!!! Hope I meet some of you :)

19. Posted by KeefN (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

Hi guys, Im already in Brisbane and heading down to Sydney on Jan the 10th to start my trek of the east coast/Gr-ocean road!

No plans set in stone yet but was thinking of hiring a camper for atleast a month after staying in Sydney for a week or so then when the money gets low look for a job!

If anyone wants to join or meet up in Sydney im travelling alone so would be cool to have a few beers etc!

20. Posted by MatTarrant (Budding Member 14 posts) 5y

Sydney is probably the most expensive place to start,

I know a lot of people have been starting off in Adelaide recently (especially UK Back Packers) as its a bit cheaper here, and plenty of jobs available.

If you decide to stay in Sydney, would strongly recommend coming to Adelaide in Feb/March for the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Awesome, awesome couple of weeks in Adelaide and the city really comes alive.

Let me know if your ever in town!