Hey, im doing the same, turned 30 and decided to go do it before it was too late, went on holiday in April to see friends and as soon as i got back i applied for my visa. I found Qantas the best price for me as bought one way as not sure when i will be returning.
I leave in Feb just before i turn 31 so will apply for my New Zealand visa just before i get to Australia and once my year is up there i can hop over to New Zealand as visa is valid for year.
Dont worry about meeting people as place is full of travellers in the same boat.
Thats exactly what im thinking of doing with a bit of se asia thrown into the mix! Trying to find a cheap RTW flight. Cant wait to get it all booked now!
I was going just before my 31st in april but found out that i can actually go after my birthday so heading out in june/july instead so ive got more time to save. Plus i figured its prob best to work during the winter and enjoy myself over the summer!
Im feeling alot more relaxed about meeting people after coming on here. cant believe how many people go out on their own!
Hey becki I got a lonely planet book on Australia its amazing will be a great help its got everything in it and stuff uve probably not even thought about
aw really!? i'll have to get myself one! did you only get one on Oz or did you get any others?
If you are coming to Australia - make sure you dont miss PERTH! (while being the most isolated city in the world) - Western Australia of which Perth is the Capitol is by far the most diverse and intersting place to Visit in Australia (I may be bias as its my home City)
From its pristine beaches, amazing deserts, great wine regions, the south west quaint country towns and up north to the mining and goldfield towns it makes for spectacular tourist stops all the way around - all with being the most laid back state in Australia.
Just some advice to keep in mind - Australia is a huge country which makes travelling by land quite time consuming so make sure you provide adequate travelling time between Cities.
Also the climate depending on the time you go can be polar extremes. The West Coast in summer its can get up to 42 degrees in the shade so be prepared if you are not used to the heat. Canberra on the East Coast can drop to -10 degrees in the Winter.
Good Luck to everyone planning trips to the 'Land Down Under' I am sure you will all have a lot of fun.
Hope you might take something away from this post that will help you all with your trip planning.