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Travelling alone to the beautiful OZ in Feb - March 2012

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1. Posted by letmectheworld (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Hey people!

I'm a 23yr old from Singapore and am intending to go backpacking alone in OZ, (as many of my friends are working or in uni and can't get the time out :( )probably around feb - march/april (?) 2012! Anybody have any idea where's the best place to start and what's the best place to immerse myself locally? Farms or such? Also, is it safe to go alone in Oz as I'm a girl and kinda petite....

Man this is kinda daunting going alone seeing that I've never even been to the movies alone! Hope I can meet up with some like-minded backpackers there! *cross my fingers*

2. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru 1831 posts) 5y

A dozen years ago I flew from Sydney to Perth. It took six hours. Australia is a huge place and much of the towns and such are around the edge, with not a lot in the center.

Australia is fairly expensive and many, many people go there each year expecting to find work on farms. There are few jobs, hard work and minimum wages so don't count on it.

The best place to start is on the east coast. You might want to start from Cairns in NE Australia and work your way down the coast.

Australia is quite safe provided you use a bit of common sense. Be careful of your money, of going out at night in big towns, of trusting anyone who seems too friendly (they may just be friendly but maybe not) and so on.

I would advise buying a copy of the Lonely Planet guide to Australia, and maybe a good map.

3. Posted by ReannaEdwards (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y

Hi I am 21 and am also planning on going to Australia in Feb alone and I am pretty nervous and excited. Where are your planning on travelling to? I haven't booked my flights yet so I am just trying to sort my trip out x

4. Posted by letmectheworld (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

I was thinking of heading to the east coast.. Starting from cairns maybe? Or probably sydney..i'm actually fine with anything so long as I can cover the east coast and nt miss out much of the events they have there like the music festivals or something like that and I havent book my air ticket yet too! Add you on fb? Which Reanna edwards are you?:)

5. Posted by GavinP (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

hi im 25 im going in july i feel a bit old well works giving me a year out so I thought y not im starting in darwin it be nice and warm in july then i cant wait saving like mad,im going to work the fruit farms

6. Posted by carloz (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

Australia is safe enough.
I travelled alone when I was 21 and worked on fruit farms, gardening etc.
Why not try some bar work.
I would start East coast and work my way up, you keep the warm weather then. Save Darwin til the end of your trip as it will be winter in July but still hot,.
How l:)ong are you going for?

7. Posted by ReannaEdwards (Budding Member 7 posts) 5y

Yes I am really excited. Yes I haven't really planned much yet so would nice to discuss plans. Reanna Edwards Barnstaple, Devon. My profile picture is of 3 girls. Add me :) What is your name if you have no luck finding me I will try and fine you x

8. Posted by carloz (Budding Member 2 posts) 5y

My name is Carl Murray.
Couldnt find you but will look tomorrow.
Let me know what advice you need and I will see what I can do.

9. Posted by littleangie (Budding Member 90 posts) 5y

hi I'm 22, planning on going in march for a year. Going to start in Melbourne and work my way up the east coast, hopefully finding work as I go along (fingers crossed) I haven't brought my ticket yet, but do have the visa. Quite nervous about doing it alone but excited about the prospect of doing it x

10. Posted by mylesclarke (Budding Member 57 posts) 5y

hey everyone, not long now for u all. wats every1s plans when they get to oz i arrive 5th feb next year so if any1 is about sydney that time let me no intrested in meetin up an stuff