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11. Posted by navensr (Budding Member 55 posts) 5y

Quoting Leanne s

hiya billy, when do u land in cairns?

im flying from heathrow to cairns june 30th, flying by myself but meeting up with some
friends a few days later so i'll be in cairns by myself.

You got any idea what hostel ur going to be staying in!! i know theirs loads of people that go out by themselves but still dont fancy the idea of it.

Got a year wh visa so hopefuly be out their for the whole year. Cant wait to have some proper fun, still have 3 months of waiting and its killing me, soooo excited!!

Leanne xx

hi, i land in cairnes on the 25th jun,e im not 100% what hostel im staying in yet ill book it the week before or mayby 2.iv heard from alot of people that its good on your own but extra company's always good especially if its your first time traveling! are you traveling with friends? and cheers ev1 for the advise hopefully be able to go to all of them!

12. Posted by Leanne s (Budding Member 12 posts) 5y

hiya

aw goodgood, where u flying from?

apparently gigillians is a good place to stay. yeah im going to book mine closer to the time!!

well my friends flying end of the month so going to meet her a few days later when i arrive depending on where about she is.

you going with friends or by yourself.

So excited just wish it would hurryyy up x

13. Posted by navensr (Budding Member 55 posts) 5y

im flying from heathrow on 24th may n spending a month in thailand then going on to oz from there. i was going on my own but i got a mate coming thailand then ill be in oz on my own. at least you have an extra 2 months to save a bit more money!x

14. Posted by aspirants2011 (Inactive 6 posts) 5y

hey,
i have been to Australia twice and it's a good place to enjoy.
Moreover £4000 is a good amount to take with you. And there are certain places where you can enjoy in that only...
Some places where you can move around are-

Sydney Tower Restaurant Buffet
Spirit of Melbourne Dinner Cruise
Sydney Sightseeing Pass: See Sydney Card and Attraction Pass

Hope you will enjoy there.:)

Ankit Jha

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16. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 5y

The best time to go to the Whitsunday Islands is when it's not jellyfish season, but sorry I can't remember when that is! Even if you go in jellyfish season it's still brilliant - it just meant that when I was there and I was snorkelling there'd randomly be a jellyfish that would pop up in front of my face which was a bit unsettling. They give you stinger suits but they don't cover your face.

Yeah, it's good to have a rough idea of what you want to do but don't decide for definite til you get there so you've got the right strategy.

17. Posted by Leanne s (Budding Member 12 posts) 5y

Quoting navensr

im flying from heathrow on 24th may n spending a month in thailand then going on to oz from there. i was going on my own but i got a mate coming thailand then ill be in oz on my own. at least you have an extra 2 months to save a bit more money!x

Aww i was thinking of going thailand whilst im out their but just gna see how it goes! yeah i know, im trying to be good with my money, trying to save as much as possible, so hard trying not to spend money but will all be worth it!

what are your plans for australia, u got things booked and that or just going to go with the flow? x

18. Posted by Nicholelb (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Hi Rosina,

Like others have said, 4000 pounds (roughly $6500 AU) should be plenty to start you off when you get here :) My name's Nichole. I live on the Gold Coast (also known as Surfers Paradise.. 1hr drive/train trip south of Brisvegas)

One thing you should take into consideration when looking at your budget is that generally, our groceries are a little more expensive than they are in the UK. And at the moment fresh produce is hella expensive due to floods etc in northern QLD earlier this year.

For example, bananas alone used to only cost $2 something per kg. Which is about 1.9pounds(at the moment). Since all the devastation has occured to the crops and farms, bananas are now around $15 per kg (which is nearly 10 pounds! Ridiculous, I know. Luckily I hate bananas haha). So some of our produce has gone up massively in price, but the usual apple and ordinary veggies are still cheap and easy :)

Another thing you should consider when arriving in Brisbane (if you don't already have plans, i.e buying a car), you should look into maybe grabbing a 'Go Card'. Basically it's a prepaid card that we use for transport services in Queensland like trains, buses and in Brisbane, the 'citycat' (ferry). You get a discount on the fare if you use the card as opposed to just paying cash. If you want to read up on it or need bus/train/ferry timetables, this is our states public transport website: www.translink.com.au (Translink).

If you ever go to the Gold Coast, check out our beaches, perhaps have a dinner & show package at Jupiters Hotel & Casino or even Draculas (my favourite place in the world!), & have a look at our theme parks like 'Wet'n'Wild, Movie World, Sea World (sea world is mainly for shows as opposed to rides.. Like dolphins, seals & polar bears etc) and of course Dream World.

If you have any other questions you feel you might benefit from asking a local, please don't hesitate to ask :) Good luck and enjoy your stay here!

Nichole x

19. Posted by navensr (Budding Member 55 posts) 5y

thanks for the advise nichole, definatly wont be buying any bananas while im there then! so whats brisvegas like iv never herd of it before now i want to add it to my itinery! how much do the passes cost?x

20. Posted by Nicholelb (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

No worries :)

Sorry! Brisvegas is slang for Brisbane ;) The 'Go cards' (which i should point out only work on public transport in Queensland.. each state has their own public transport system in place) are free. All you have to do is go into a translink office or ticket office at any train station to pick one up :)

It works sort of like 'pre paid phones' or i think people in the uk call it 'pay as you go' mobile phone sim cards. You just upload whatever amount you like to the card when you pick it up :)

You can also check your card online (amount left, how often you use it etc) and if you run out of money, you can simply log on and add more cash via credit card or just pay more at a ticketing office.

Nik x