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11. Posted by fi2011oz (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y

tats a good idea, i think some of those hostels can organise transport from airport and all so tat would be one less thing to think about :-) was looking at spinners and governor ones on web.
when my friend came back from a year in Oz, she went to Thailand for a month and the pictures were fab, not sure if i saw pics of Phi Phi island but i can just imagine how nice it is there :-) i cant wait, wish i could go sooner but gotta save, am going work up until I go

12. Posted by aoife1986 (Budding Member 27 posts) 5y

Leona,

When u said that there were new jobs going up every hour, what site were you on??

Fi,

Def look into getting a hostel for the first few days, everything else will fall into place (says the one who has nothing done haha) :) if you decide to go to melbourne i was looking up hostels, the main place for backpackers is st. kilda base backpackers hostel! its meant to be the most outgoing and theres a bar and all downstairs so that will make it easier to meet people!

Im saving away the whole time and have picked the 2nd week in May to head off, prob the 8th or 9th im thinking!!

13. Posted by aoife1986 (Budding Member 27 posts) 5y

Fi,

I meant to say as well, 500 euro is a good price, its the best ive seen so far! Who was that with?

14. Posted by ciarag (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y

hi girls im from dublin too..leaving here mid april 4 brisbane..have friends whom will be there but as its 2 cpls, i dont plan staying with them...wats ur plans??
ciara

15. Posted by fi2011oz (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y

thanks aoife, ill look up tat hostel if i head to melbourne first. everybody recommends different cities so im really not sure where to head to first. i suppose i not too pushed, hopefully ill get to each of them during the time im there anyway :-)
found tat price on ebookers.ie, just put in shannon to perth, 10th May cos thinking of heading around that week and its 550 euros (one way cos i havent a clue of return date so maybe best just to get one way)
shannon is closer to me but im sure if you are going from dublin, the flights would even be cheaper - always more expensive to go anywhere from shannon :-(

hey ciara - great tat u will have someone to stay with when you first go out. tat would be less nerve wrecking, least they can give u some tips. do u know if Brisbane has much work going? i planning on heading to perth or melbourne. I ve heard alot of work in Perth but then again the other cities like melbourne, brisbane etc are nearer to each other, it wud be easier to travel from one to the other. are u going on a working holiday visa too?

16. Posted by leona866 (Budding Member 35 posts) 5y

hey aoife, fi and ciara! your nt allowd put up web pages on this forum so feel free to add me on facebook and il fill u in on da jobs site, ciara dats great dat u can stay with friends when u get there 4a bit, it will help u find ur feet. You'll find my details on my profile, 4 facebook, where abouts in dublin do you live ciara? You's wouldnt believe how nice it is to hear from u all, and to know were all going alone!! x

17. Posted by fi2011oz (Budding Member 10 posts) 5y

hey girls
ya must find out tat jobs site too, havent really looked into job sites yet at all but it wud be handy to know what kind of jobs are available.
have ye seen the Oz Intro thing? (just google OzIntro) looks great for ppl heading over on their own - they organise loads like bank acc, tax number, first weeks accom, plenty of things to do with other ppl who have just arrived. the reviews are really good and alot are saying they ended up travelling with people tat they met up with during tat first week. but so far, i can only find it for Sydney but not other cities.
Totally agree with u Leona, i was way more nervous before i heard from ye :-) so thx :-) its made me feel alot better about going

18. Posted by leona866 (Budding Member 35 posts) 5y

u shud pop in2 usit if u can,they do everything 4u tax file number,visa, insurance, sim card 4 Oz and flights,and there in sydney 2 if u need any help. Yea i lukd in2 oz intro,bt they jst do it from sydney (gonna use it as a bk up plan!!) if i dont like Perth!! My biggest fear is getten on dat plane alone,and walking in2 a new life bt its so exciting, talked about it 4so long, still cant believe my tickets bukd, really hav 2get saving now thou... Jst 18wks wednesday :) x x

19. Posted by aoife1986 (Budding Member 27 posts) 5y

Im actually nearer shannon as well fi, im from galway but just assumed id have to go from Dublin. Ill look into that later! Im the same, still havent decided where ill fly into!!

Leona, I think ill go with usit as well to be honest because at least ill know ill get everything sorted. What visa did u go for, was it the essentials package or the other one??

Counting down the weeks already, i love it :)

20. Posted by leona866 (Budding Member 35 posts) 5y

Hey Aoife

I went with the Essentials pack and one way flight, got it all for less than 1000 so i was delighted with that!! The basic package isnt enough and the more expensive had stuff I just dont need!!
June is as cheap as May, I just needed the extra month for saving, how much are you planning on bringing with you?
yeah ive my ticket pinned to my wall and a calander marking down the days, when I hung it up i had 24 weeks:( down to 18now
Helps me stay focused when my friends are going out and I need to stay in to save!!

Leona