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1. Posted by SarahH (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y

Im off to australia in august, flights booked and working visa obtained!! Im going on my own and leaving my loooooooooooooong term boyfriend behind!! Much to his disapproval, but I think it has to be done, at least before i turn 26! Needless to say, as a female, I have some concerns.
Therefore ANY words of wisdom and comfort would be greatly appreciated. I havent really got any set plans, as I think il wait till i get there before I decide what to do and where to go next. I am flying into Sydney at the beginning of August....Anyone who may be travelling to Australia around about that time and would like some company, then please let me know! Also, I would like to rent out an apartment or flat or whatever in Sydney...anyone know how to go about that or where the good but relatively inexpensive accomadation is?? Many thanks, and look forward to hearing from you...!

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5811 posts) 13y

Firstly, welcome to Travellerspoint.

Not having any set plans is a good idea I think for travelling in Australia. I live in Melbourne, so have to say that you should definately visit! Melbournians and Sydneysiders are constantly bickering about which city is best, but to the humble outsider it has to be clear that it is Melbourne ;)
Actually, I haven't been to Sydney so long I can't really say which is better, but Melbourne certainly does have a lot to offer and you would be doing yourself a disfavour to not visit while you're here.

I don't imagine you will have any problem travelling alone here.. it is a safe country (providing you don't go hiking through the desert solo) and you will undoubtedly make friends quickly. If you're looking to find others that will be in Australia then, check the 'Travel Companions' board - there is a thread going on there for about the time that you will be here.

All the best.. I'll let someone else answer accommodation questions, as I don't really have any idea about where to stay in Sydney.

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y

Sarah,

You have made a wise decision....even though your boyfriend might not like it!

Most people who travel to Australia do it solo so you are definitely not on your own! You will meet people on the first day, probably already at the airport in Northern Ireland who are on exactly the same trip as you! And if you are open to new people, within a week you will be partying like a rockstar with a bunch of new friends....guaranteed!

Now, cheap accommodation is always the biggest worry when getting to Oz but most people find a solution in the first couple of weeks. August is not the busiest time in Sydney because it is their winter (although still very moderate) so you will still find it reasonably easy to get a place I would think. I would recommend Coogee, Bondi, Bronte, Manly as beaches with a good vibe, even though they are run over by backpackers and students (this isn't necessarily a bad thing.... I loved living in Cooge for 9 months!). Finding a cheap place can be tough here though and get ready to share a room with at least one other person if you don't want to pay more than 110 AUD a week in Sydney (pretty much everywhere). There is a well known street called Hall Street in Bondi where there is a window plastered with accommodation offerings...I think it is 5 Hall Street. In Coogee there was a place next to the Mac Donalds which was run by a really nice guy and he rented out some of his houses and appartments to backpackers. Other nice places in Sydney to live are Glebe (heaps of students here) and Darlinghurst for example. These are more city central areas though and 95% of the backpackers prefer the beaches. Check out the Sydney Morning herald on Saturday for most accommodation listings. Wednesday is the other day I think they have accommodation listed. Besides that, hostels are a good place to find accommodation as most have notice boards that are readily used by other travellers. And don't forget the good old phone book where under real estate agents you will be able to find a grand selection of agents all over the city. The only problem with these is that they often require you to sign a lease for at least 6 months (usually a year) and most backpackers tend not to stick around for that length of time.....

Regarding work you should probably be ok as well at that time of year. I would stay away from places that charge you money and say they will get you work in x amount of days. They usually do offer you something but it could only be for 8 hours and then they have lived up to their end of the deal in their eyes while you are at least 200 bucks lighter. And these so called 'backpacker agencies' usually get the work from other employment agencies anyway. All other employment agencies don't charge anything and will have jobs going here and there for backpackers. Just make sure all of them (or a lot of them) have your resume so you get the calls when they get the work. Most people just tend to find something more permanent on their own though...bars, cafes, restaurants, hostels etc. are your best bet here. Oh, and call center work is always available!

Hope that helps....

Cheers,

Sam

4. Posted by SarahH (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y

Many thanks to Pete and Sam for their response to my questions!! Very much appreciated, and they have definately put some doubts I have been having to rest!

I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the Rugby World Cup that is going to be in Australia during October and November? I would love to get some kind of work, or tickets, at these events...particularly at any of the Ireland games!! If only to see them beating Australia!!! Any info about jobs there would be appreciated. I have been onto the website for the games but not much info is provided!.

Hope you can help!
Thanks,
Sarah

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 13y

I worked for Nike for a while and one thing I know is that there are going to be some pretty funky rugby outfits worn by the Nike teams!

Besides that, work at these events is always organized by the big agencies. At the olympics, most of the work was supplied by two companies that I know of. NOSH and Benson's....you try searching the web for these. They are both in the hospitality sector for events like this and might be able to help you out....

Oh, and I hear accommodation is especially tight there because of the rugby..... might want to book something in advance for a couple of days.

Cheers,

Sam

6. Posted by Paddy (Budding Member 13 posts) 13y

Ireland!? Rugby!? Win!?

3 words not normally found in the same sentence.

Thanks for the laughs.....

7. Posted by SarahH (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y

Oh paddy!! You will be eating your words about Ireland not winning any rugby by now im sure!!

8. Posted by JamesinOZ (Budding Member 2 posts) 13y

Hey Sarah,

It sounds like you're in much the same boat that I am.... I'm leaving for Aus for 6-12 months in July, and leaving my long-term gf behind who just can't leave the country(for work not anything illegal...... she's not thrilled about it, but knows I've been talking about doing this for a couple of years now. Anyways, I'm 28, Canadian, and have no plans whatsoever other than learning to surf..... If you're interested in chatting more drop me a line.....

Cheers,
James

9. Posted by SarahH (Budding Member 10 posts) 13y

hi everyone
I just wanted to ask if anyone is concerned about this SARS virus....I heard on tv that it had spread to australia and the government there is contemplating closing its borders to anyone coming from an infected country:(
Im sure this is slightly exaggerated but I would hate to think that i couldnt go to Oz because of this mutant cold!!!!!!!!
Im probably being paranoid about the whole thing!!! Right???

10. Posted by Peter (Admin 5811 posts) 13y

I wouldn't worry too much about being let in to Australia.. I haven't hear
of any closing of borders yet (apart from boatpeople, but I'm presuming
you're not coming that way ;)).

There have been SARS cases in Australia. Mostly people coming back
from Hong Kong or the likes.. where are you travelling from into
Australia?? Are you going via Asia at all? If you are only stopping over,
there is a chance that your flight might even be redirected, as I have
seen happen to some people already. You may also just be kept on the
plane while stopping over or something similar.

As I said though, I wouldn't worry too much.