I'm looking for some advice on when to head to Australia for someone doing a WHV. In particular, i'm looking for a job where I can meet other travelers and backpackers looking to take a break from their usual life. People tell me that fruit picking is a great way to do so and I was just wondering what kind of harvest jobs are most enjoyable/available. I do also have a bit of working experience in restaurants, and I intend on getting my RSA before I leave - is there a good time to look for restaurant/bar jobs in Australia (Maybe when school starts and students lose summer jobs?).
In any case, if anyone has the same intended departure reply here and we can talk
Thanks in advance,
I applied for my WHV on 1st Jan and have until 1 Jan 2012 to use it, therefore with the help of savings would like to go Oct/Nov time but I hear September is a good time too. I'd rather head out with good funds though so not in a major hurry and have time.
I'm wanting similiar too in terms of meeting like-minded peeps and work in fruit fields etc as I hear the money is alright-despite the hard work.
By the way what's a RSA?
Oh by the way I have just googled fruit picking in oz and theres a site called Harvest Hotline Australia along with a few others.
and I intend on getting my RSA before I leave
I would wait till you're in Australia to get this, as it's not a given that they'll accept the accreditation from your home country. They are also pretty cheap in Australia. I think you should be able to get it for under 200AUD...
The RSA is the responsible service of alcohol certificate. It costs $75 according to jobaroo. I think it'd be useful if looking for jobs in the hospitality/restaurant industry.
Do you know where you will be landing Caz? I was thinking of starting in QLD and hanging out in hostels in Sydney while looking for work... but I think it would probably be cheaper if I just went straight to a place where I know I can find work.
Ahh nice one- I do have bar/restaurant experience but guess I can get one of those out there.
No, i'm afraid I don't have an exact idea just yet of where i'm landing but was thinking of starting at the top of the East coast - perhaps Cairns and work my way down and around-hoping to up to Ayres Rocks too though. I would like to make sure I get the best weather at all times too so need to see if starting on the East is the best option? I really have no idea so need to get my research started. Agh!