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21. Posted by Crane (Budding Member 22 posts) 5y

[quote=Allysa81]Thankyou GWalker99 :) Goodluck when you go back to Australia! Yes 31 is the new 21! I was asked for id the other week which was really encouraging! he he I'm hoping my career break isn't refused, hopefully it wont be. How long are you planning to stay in Australia this time?

Can i ask what was your favourite city or area in Australia? (I'm planning on having Perth as my base after doing a Contiki 18-35 tour form Darwin to Sydney) One i'm in Sydney my plan is to stay there for a week maybe then fly to Melbourne and stay for upto a week then onto Adelaide for a week then fly to Perth to look for a house share and job (hoping either a couple people that i met on my recent american holiday will let me stay with them for a couple weeks to sort that out)

I'm heading out next week with no set return date, but intending to stay 4/5 months and perhaps come back to England springtime. But it very much depends how I get on. From the cities I visited last time round, Melbourne was my favourite. It had the 'worst' weather ie not brilliant sunshine all the time, but in terms of the atmosphere and the people it was the best. Possibly as there seemed a lot of people living there who were not from Melbourne originally, so were extra keen to show off their experiences and knowledge of the city. I would definitely allow at least a week there, maybe more if time permits you.

I found Sydney the most breathtaking city, with the bridge, opera house, trips on the river particular highlights. There were still loads of friendly people there, but it was the only place in Oz that felt like really a busy bustling city, so was not as relaxed as the rest of the country. Or maybe I'm not so keen as I didn't get ID'd there! Definitely plenty to see, again a week would be an absolute minimum to see everything, and more if you can.

I loved Adelaide as well, but it is plenty smaller so you can see everything in less than a week. It was a great city to relax and chill in though, but if it was a straight choice I would recommend spending a day or 2 less there and adding time onto Melbourne & Sydney. Apart from the 1000s of churches, a trip to Glenelg on the tram is a must. Also, without a doubt the best way of getting from Melbourne to Adelaide is to drive the Great Ocean Road, rather than flying. I did it over 4 days with 3 nights accommodation along the way, it was brilliant. I'd probably say take an extra couple of days than that so you can enjoy what is on route.

Perth was the first city I visited, and there seemed a lot of Brits there who had arrived several months earlier with the intention of travelling across the country but had changed their plans to stay there. It's more of an Adelaide in that it is probably done in a week in terms of the sights, but obviously if you have contacts there and have it as your base then it is a great place to be as well.

On a different note, I had my career break turned down last September, but took the decision to leave to do the trip of a lifetime in December anyway. I have absolutely not one regret in leaving work, but in hindsight I was pretty sick of my job anyway. Good luck with your request anyway!

22. Posted by Allysa81 (Budding Member 35 posts) 5y

I'm heading out next week with no set return date, but intending to stay 4/5 months and perhaps come back to England springtime. But it very much depends how I get on. From the cities I visited last time round, Melbourne was my favourite. It had the 'worst' weather ie not brilliant sunshine all the time, but in terms of the atmosphere and the people it was the best. Possibly as there seemed a lot of people living there who were not from Melbourne originally, so were extra keen to show off their experiences and knowledge of the city. I would definitely allow at least a week there, maybe more if time permits you.

I found Sydney the most breathtaking city, with the bridge, opera house, trips on the river particular highlights. There were still loads of friendly people there, but it was the only place in Oz that felt like really a busy bustling city, so was not as relaxed as the rest of the country. Or maybe I'm not so keen as I didn't get ID'd there! Definitely plenty to see, again a week would be an absolute minimum to see everything, and more if you can.

I loved Adelaide as well, but it is plenty smaller so you can see everything in less than a week. It was a great city to relax and chill in though, but if it was a straight choice I would recommend spending a day or 2 less there and adding time onto Melbourne & Sydney. Apart from the 1000s of churches, a trip to Glenelg on the tram is a must. Also, without a doubt the best way of getting from Melbourne to Adelaide is to drive the Great Ocean Road, rather than flying. I did it over 4 days with 3 nights accommodation along the way, it was brilliant. I'd probably say take an extra couple of days than that so you can enjoy what is on route.

Perth was the first city I visited, and there seemed a lot of Brits there who had arrived several months earlier with the intention of travelling across the country but had changed their plans to stay there. It's more of an Adelaide in that it is probably done in a week in terms of the sights, but obviously if you have contacts there and have it as your base then it is a great place to be as well.

On a different note, I had my career break turned down last September, but took the decision to leave to do the trip of a lifetime in December anyway. I have absolutely not one regret in leaving work, but in hindsight I was pretty sick of my job anyway. Good luck with your request anyway!

Hi GWalker99, thanykou for all you input! I've heard that about Melbourne as well and to be honest it was either Melbourne or Perth i was thinking of making base anyway. Im going to give Perth as my base a go but i can always relocate. And experiancing it for at least a week will give me a fair idea. Where will you be based? I hope you ahev firends out there that can help and it's really good that you seemed to have visited a fair few places, we forget just how big Australia is.

Sydney sounds amazing, i can't wait to go there and see it all, climb the bridge, see the opera house, go to Landmark tower (think thats what it's called), river cruise, so many things to do. Any other tips of places or things to do in Sydney? Did you stay at a Hostel? Any nice ones?

I'm a very late starter and only just recently appplied for a provisional licence to learn to drive as i know it will help in Australia so i may see about the Great Ocean Road Drive! But i'd like to be a little experianced in driving in the UK first so in a rush to learn and pass my driving test!

That's a really good sign that people decided to stay in Perth!

Yes at the moment i can identify with you in the job thing but i don't want to burn my bridges so need the career break to be agreed. I think it will as I have good reasons to go so i can always push for it because of that. What did you do when you got back? Just think of the experiance this has/will give you and it says a lots to future employers about outloook and drive and that's a very good thing.

Go to America if you want to be id alot! ;) I was enjoying it whilst it lasted, it's becoming alot lot rarer back home to be id lol

23. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 5y

Just piggybacking onto this thread with a few questions:

How long does the visa last from the time you apply? For example - if I am 30 years old in January, but wont want to go to Australia til Jan 2013 (by which time I'll be 31) - will it still be valid?

Reason being I'm going travelling in January for 11 months - but there's a potential I might want to go to Australia and work afterwards. But then again I might not. I just don;t want to be restricted to not being able to!!

How much does a visa cost?

Also - if you have a professional qualification, will that get me into Oz??

24. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4834 posts) 5y

Quoting Beckiboo

How long does the visa last from the time you apply? For example - if I am 30 years old in January, but wont want to go to Australia til Jan 2013 (by which time I'll be 31) - will it still be valid?

Yes. The visa allow you to enter Australia within 1 year of the visa being granted (and from that point onward is valid for one year). Just make certain you actually do enter Australia within a year, and not after 366 days.

Reason being I'm going travelling in January for 11 months - but there's a potential I might want to go to Australia and work afterwards.

Note that the visa starts when you first enter Australia after the visa having been granted. So you'll have to avoid Australia during that year of travelling, or only apply for the visa after leaving Australia again (and before turning 31 of course).

How much does a visa cost?

Currently AUD $270.

Also - if you have a professional qualification, will that get me into Oz??

Not by itself. It might be useful for getting a regular work visa, but if you have the chance to get a WHV, get that instead. Much, much easier.

25. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 5y

So technically you could get it at, say 30 and 11 months, but not actually go there until you're 31 and 11 months? Sweet!

270 AUD! Blimey... better make sure I definitely want to go there :)

26. Posted by Rogo (Budding Member 36 posts) 5y

Hey

Im 30 next year. Like you im very close to my family. i live with my dad and bro and we are very close nit.
I never thought id get through a year without seeing them and i did. Im planning to take a WHV to NZ next year also.

Skype is a wonderful thing! x

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