Myself and cousin are off to Melbourne on 01 sept 12 and are just beginning to think in a panicked state.
we have no idea to what to expect and no amount of research seems to be helping.
our plans have taken us to from Portsmouth England to Melbourne, and now the preparation stops.
we have a working holiday visa for the year, as yet we have nowhere to stay but want to book at least 2 nights somewhere after we land.
is there anyone out there who is going the samish time as us and has maybe been a little more productive then we have.
any tips and/or reassurance would be gratefully received.
Which guide book are you using?
I didn't end up out at that end of Auz but thats pretty much how I did it! I flew into Perth, WA at midnight and luckily had a night at a hostel booked. Once you get there, you'll meet so many other traveller's and also the hostel staff who all have loads of information and ideas. Melbourne is supposed to be an awesome city, bummed I didn't get there. SO, don't worry, I personally think it's more exciting when you don't have everything all scheduled and sussed out. Just go with the flow! Booking a hostel for the first night or so isn't a bad idea though
Hi Terry, We are using the rough guide to Australia, east Coast. We have since Booked 2 nights in a Hostel in St Kilda, Pint on Punt, anyone been? seems super simple to get from the airport to the hostel so made up about that. I know it will be easy when we are there to get advice just want to be a little less nieve then we are.
Thanks for your replies
Remember that you're not going to Africa, the Indian Subcontinent or somewhere in Asia that is completely and utterly foreign to you.
You're going to a developed, modern western country where everyone speaks English and listens to much the same music that you do, sees the same movies, eats the same food, etc. Australia is in no way exotic or intimidating, it's just different enough that it'll be really fun and interesting.
Bottom line: Australia is SUPER easy to navigate.
Relax. Have fun.
There are plenty of hostels in Melbourne. And if you want to spend a little more, I recently stayed in Melbourne for 60 per night/person on Little Burke st at the BreakFree. It is an apartment style place so you can cook your own meals which can be handy.
I stayed in quite a flashy a hostel in St Kilda called Habitat HQ. We had to get the tram from the centre of the city and walk quite a way down the main street once at St Kilda, but like other's have said, Australia is a really easy place to navigate because you can always just ask for directions and help.
Once we arrived there was a bulliten board with part-time jobs aimed specifically at hostel dwellers, so you'll be able to find something I'm sure, and I don't think many people go out with a 'travellers job' lined up or anything.
Other than that, you should have a chippie on St Kilda beach at sunset - really nice