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Gold Coast in January on WHV, first time abroad alone.

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1. Posted by TracyOz2012 (Budding Member 9 posts) 4y

Hi all, just wanted to come on share my plans and see if anyone in a similar position or has any good advice for me :)

I will be travelling from Scotland to Gold Coast, Australia in early January 2012. This is my first visit to Oz and first time going away myself. Ive been planning to go for the last year but no matter how hard i try to convince my friends none of them are up for sharing the experience for various reasons. I have decided to bite the bullet and go it alone. I have read on here and other forums that this can be the best way of meeting new people and having great new experiences.

The main advice i am after is as follows:

- Best company to fly with from the UK, for comfort and price.

- Is there a best site to use to apply for my visa, should i go through the government website? Or 1 of the various sites which offer deals. Ive heard of some offering a weeks accommodation in a backpackers hostel?

- My funds are limited so im hoping to spend my first week in a hostel while trying to find a job and a share house. Anyone have experience of this?

- Im hoping to find a safe place to stay, perhaps on southern Gold Coast, which can offer me access to the beach and scenic walks but also the opportunity to find work and meet new friends. I think i would feel unsafe in Surfers and also im not into living in a built up area but obviously will have to make compromises to be successful in my trip anyone have much experience living on the Gold Coast?

Sorry for the long post but as you can imagine im getting nervous about going it alone. At the same time i cannot wait to get away and experience a whole new country and lifestyle :) Any help would be much appreciated, thank you in advance.

2. Posted by jeanie99 (Full Member 155 posts) 4y

You do realize you'll need a working Visa, this could take time to get!!
If you are caught working that if you can get a job without one you will be in trouble.

You should apply online we got our tourist Visa this way it was straight forward.

Flights check out Thomas Cook they will research all the airlines for you and try for a discount they can say no but you might get something knocked off.

You don't say how long you are going for and how much you have saved.

Limited funds doesn't sound good, OZ is not a cheap country, what happens if you can't find work?

Traveling is not just about taking your passport and a backpack you need to think this thru being without sufficient funds is not a good start whatever people might say.
In the 1960s I hitched round Europe and had to sell my blood to get money it's not a good situation to be in take it from me.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 4y

Quoting TracyOz2012

- Is there a best site to use to apply for my visa, should i go through the government website? Or 1 of the various sites which offer deals. Ive heard of some offering a weeks accommodation in a backpackers hostel?

Use the government website. All other sites basically prey on the uncertainty of travellers who don't know how easy it is to get the WHV yourself, or to set up a bank account and similar things yourself in Australia, charging you a hefty premium for letting you fill in a web form with the same information on their site, rather than on the official site.

- Im hoping to find a safe place to stay, perhaps on southern Gold Coast, which can offer me access to the beach and scenic walks but also the opportunity to find work and meet new friends. I think i would feel unsafe in Surfers and also im not into living in a built up area but obviously will have to make compromises to be successful in my trip anyone have much experience living on the Gold Coast?

I know your funds are limited and all, but I'd strongly recommend travelling around at least a little bit to find out which places of the country you like for yourself, rather than relying on recommendations from people who might have a completely different set of priorities and likes than you do.

Quoting jeanie99

You do realize you'll need a working Visa, this could take time to get!!

Most Working Holiday Visas are approved within 24 hours; it never takes more than a week nowadays. (Yes, a regular Work Visa takes forever, but on this forum, almost everyone is going to Australia under the age of 31, and going for a WHV.)

4. Posted by TracyOz2012 (Budding Member 9 posts) 4y

Thanks for advice i will definately be getting my WHV from the government website, just waiting on my passport being delivered.

As for travelling about more. My plan was to set up base in gold coast and try get settled in a share house, i can always take small trips from there.

I plan taking about $4000 and going for at least 5 months

5. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4810 posts) 4y

Quoting TracyOz2012

As for travelling about more. My plan was to set up base in gold coast and try get settled in a share house, i can always take small trips from there.

Yeah, I'm just saying: maybe the Gold Coast wouldn't be your preferred location within Australia to stay for a longer amount of time, once you've seen a few other places. I know it wouldn't be for me, but I also know that tastes in this differ wildly. And $4000 isn't that bad on the money front. You should be able to travel about for 4-6 weeks before having to decide where to settle down and start working.

6. Posted by TracyOz2012 (Budding Member 9 posts) 4y

Yeah, I'm just saying: maybe the Gold Coast wouldn't be your preferred location within Australia to stay for a longer amount of time, once you've seen a few other places. I know it wouldn't be for me, but I also know that tastes in this differ wildly. And $4000 isn't that bad on the money front. You should be able to travel about for 4-6 weeks before having to decide where to settle down and start working.[/quote]

Thanks for advice :) I have researched quite a lot on where i think i could settle most. My take on southern gold coast makes me think i would like it there. Lovely beaches, coastal walks, hot climate and not too built up and a more relaxed style of living i.e. away from city life but with enough round about for entertainment and work purposes. Do you think this is a fair assessment? I would take any advice on board, as i am keen to get a good understanding of where i will call home in 2012 :)