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1. Posted by mikemk (Budding Member 14 posts) 4y

Hey people! So I'm heading to Australia on my year working holiday visa as soon as I graduate this year which will be mid May! It's my first time travelling and I've decided to go it alone.
Not too sure on where to fly to though? I've heard the best things about Melbourne but I've also heard this isn't exactly the best time of year to head South?

But anyway, anybody got any hints on the best places to fly to this time of year, the cheapest return flights or good hostels? Would be greatly appreciated!

[ Edit: Edited on 23-Mar-2012, at 15:53 by mikemk ]

2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 4y

I love Melbourne, but its true that by mid-May they will be heading into winter. I found the winter there reasonably mild though (I'm from the bottom of the NZ), yes it rains etc but the temps don't get extremely low. If you wanted to head for the sun though, go further north - QLD probably. If you do head to Melbourne I can recommend Greenhouse Backpackers. The location is good, and they offer free or really cheap meals/activities of some sort every day of the week - pancake breakfast Sundays, walking tours on Mondays, a pub crawl for a few $ etc. Its a very short walk to Flinders St station and Federation square, so I found it really well located for getting around. I spent a few months in Melbourne so if you have any specific questions just let me know! I can also help with Sydney, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast so feel free to PM me

3. Posted by mikemk (Budding Member 14 posts) 4y

Awesome, cheers! Yeah I'm really looking for the sunshine haha so I'll probably look into Queensland and then head south along the cost for the year. Just gotta make sure it all matches up with thge harvest seasons because I'm most likely gonna go for the 2nd visa straight after :)

4. Posted by sarahem (Budding Member 27 posts) 4y

I arrive in Melbourne 3rd May and I'm planning to work there for a bit before moving on. Let me know if you decide on Melbs! xx

5. Posted by mikemk (Budding Member 14 posts) 4y

Will do sarah! you already in australia or coming from somewhere else?

6. Posted by sarahem (Budding Member 27 posts) 4y

I won't be in Australia until May, I live in Hertfordshire so I'm flying from Heathrow :) x

7. Posted by mikemk (Budding Member 14 posts) 4y

Well that's a coincidence, I'm actually studying at the University of Hertfordshire right now! haha

8. Posted by sarahem (Budding Member 27 posts) 4y

Quoting mikemk

Well that's a coincidence, I'm actually studying at the University of Hertfordshire right now! haha

Ah no way! You must be living in Hatfield then?? I'm about 15-20 mins down the road so not far from there at all! xx

9. Posted by mikemk (Budding Member 14 posts) 4y

Nope, I'm actually living with my parents in Luton as I can't afford accomodation this year :P had to save my money for this! :) I'm not coming over until like end of May/Very early June now though due to exams will deffinitely give you a shout if I do decide on Melbourne though!

10. Posted by djlest (Budding Member 6 posts) 4y

Quoting hey_monkee

I love Melbourne, but its true that by mid-May they will be heading into winter. I found the winter there reasonably mild though (I'm from the bottom of the NZ), yes it rains etc but the temps don't get extremely low. If you wanted to head for the sun though, go further north - QLD probably. If you do head to Melbourne I can recommend Greenhouse Backpackers. The location is good, and they offer free or really cheap meals/activities of some sort every day of the week - pancake breakfast Sundays, walking tours on Mondays, a pub crawl for a few $ etc. Its a very short walk to Flinders St station and Federation square, so I found it really well located for getting around. I spent a few months in Melbourne so if you have any specific questions just let me know! I can also help with Sydney, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast so feel free to PM me

Hey monkee - Great thanks for those recommendations

Im just looking at places to stay in Melb now as i will arrive on the 2nd May
I know its going to be cold but im sure a few drinks and coffee shop cakes will have us forget in no time.

Greenhouse Backpackers looks interesting
I was thinking about HabitatHQ but nothing booked yet, still thinking about things