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Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific ANYONE TRAVELLING TO OZ SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2013????


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31. Posted by kmwain (Budding Member 77 posts) 3y

I haven't booked anything yet... Wanted to secure my visa first so I knew I was allowed in the country lol.

32. Posted by 1Paul1 (Budding Member 13 posts) 3y

Have you done your visa already? This may sound stupid but when i went to do mine on friday it came up asking for a proposed date of entry or something and wasn't sure if you had any leway on the dates you put so held back lol

33. Posted by danimal190 (Budding Member 3 posts) 3y

Hey kmwain.. figured id throw down my travels to give you some idea.. I just booked my flights today!! Will be landing sept 2 and doing a week with oz intro then up the east coast. Starting off in Sydney. Gunna be fucking awesome. Let me know if your going to be in sydney at that time, would love some travel buddies as am going solo

34. Posted by kmwain (Budding Member 77 posts) 3y

I literally have no plans so am open to meeting up with anyone heading out a similar time!! :)

If anyone fancies chatting, just add me on FB... Kellie Wain :)

35. Posted by benny1314 (Budding Member 109 posts) 3y

Hi Kmwain,

Few tips:

- To get into Australia on a WHV you need $5,000 AUD and a return ticket before you even step foot into the country.

I booked my flights about 2 months ago and that cost me £1,300 (Included 4 stops and 2 nights in a hostel)

The cost of living is massive out there so make sure you have enough money and try to secure a job before you go!

36. Posted by Fee_90 (Budding Member 13 posts) 3y

Not entirely true - you need $5000 which they see as proof that you can afford your flight home. I took a return flight from manchester for £850... took 37 hours but still!

37. Posted by benny1314 (Budding Member 109 posts) 3y

How much did you take over with you Fee?

As I read on the Aus Government page you need both to access the country... To support living etc.

38. Posted by Fee_90 (Budding Member 13 posts) 3y

I have been and come back on the return flight - that was a holiday.

I'm going on my whv in October so I havent entered the country on those terms if you get what I mean. I've just re-read it and you're right it seems you need both.. but yeah you don't have to have your return flight booked I dont think? Just the extra funds to cover it!

I have a friend who is in Melbourne on a whv and the didn't even check her bank statement on entering (it's not sensible to wing it, but I wouldnt panic too much about it) It all depends how good you are with money tbh, it isn't a cheap place in general, but there are ways to live cheaply, self catering etc and I did notice that groceries can be bought cheaply, eg buying australian produce. sorry I know this isn't much help.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Apr-2013, at 07:36 by Fee_90 ]

39. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4933 posts) 3y

You indeed need both 1) AUD $5000 as a minimum, and 2) a flight out of the country or the funds to be able to buy one.
These limits are mostly there to protect you, as the vast majority of all backpackers end up spending at least that much (and most quite a bit more, even with working). No one who has ever reported about it here on travellerspoint over the last 8 years (myself included, on a one way flight into Australia) has ever been asked to show proof of funds when entering Australia - though of course, if an immigration official is in doubt about your ability to support yourself, they could ask for that proof.

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Apr-2013, at 09:44 by Sander ]

40. Posted by stacey081988 (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y

hi guys, sorry to butt into the convo- I am from the UK and am planning to travel to Perth in October (currently saving, have 5,000 gbp all ready to go! )

I am also heading out alone so would be good to make some friends before I jump on the plane!

Stace x