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

Plenty of people travel alone, it's perfectly safe if you have your wits about you, having already been to Australia and New Zealand on my own, as well as round europe and Canada.

I'm heading out in October, in the same boat - need to save as much as possible to go. Happy to meet people before I head out though! :)

43. Posted by Peter (Admin 5791 posts) 3y

Quoting Fee_90

Plenty of people travel alone, it's perfectly safe if you have your wits about you, having already been to Australia and New Zealand on my own, as well as round europe and Canada.

Quite right. That genebernice user was just a spammer here peddling useless advice. Probably advising not to travel alone because they run a tour company.

44. Posted by asloversgo (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y


I'm in the same boat as you guys. Have my heart set on heading out in September, probably arriving in Sydney, but would like to get a harvesting job swiftly enough to save, and get 3 months out of the way (hopefully somewhere warm, and near a beach which shouldn't be too hard in Aus).

I'm a 22 (soon to be 23) year old female, and have never travelled alone. So this is quite daunting as well as exciting. I was thinking of booking my flights through BUNAC and stopping over in Hong Kong, and maybe a few stops on the way back - but I'm not sure. Obviously money is a big issue - I'd like to have some haha.

It's nice to see other people worrying about the same things.

45. Posted by EJG86 (Budding Member 21 posts) 3y


So good to hear from people going out about the same time!

I am thinking the same way, planning on getting some fruit picking under my belt (maybe not the full three months as I heard you could spread it out) before maybe travelling a bit to another city to find work over summer before all the jobs are taken... This city is still undecided but I hear Melbourne is amazing?

I have never traveled alone for this amount of time either, hoping I am not going to be alone for long though - totally up for finding travel buddies en route!

In regards to BUNAC etc, I am trying to plan it all solo - cut out the middle man as it were, though I e-mailed a fruit pickers hostel the other day and didn't hear back... But that might be because I am e-mailing in April when I don't plan to arrive til September!


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

Hi Elles,

I'm planning the harvest work and have read on the government website that as long as you do your 88 full days (full days being whatever is normal for that industry) then you are eligible for your 2nd visa.. so even if you hate a farm and last 2 days.. that's still 2 days! Keeping this in mind, I plan on moving around unless I find somewhere amazing (near a beach). Just make sure you are working somewhere classed as "regional". I found a good map: Go to Visualise, then click MAP. All the red parts are the areas which wouldn't count towards your visa. I didn't make this map, someone else has used the list of postcodes form the government website to make it.

I loved Melbourne, but also Brisbane! No idea where to start. I think you're right to cut out the middle man.. I've done some travelling and know that everything can be arranged yourself if you are organised and have the time.


47. Posted by kay 123 (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y

Hi Everyone,

I am leaving for Melbourne in June 2013. Planning the same as everyone else to live and work. Ideally want something that I can look towards a relocation option. Therefore, if anyone has any handy tips/advice they would come in handy. I have left everything until last minute as there have been a fair few complications since booking my visa last year. Ideally I would have liked a little longer to plan and organise but I have to be in the country before June 18th. Therefore, I am going with the bare minimum.

Does anyone know what the job situation is like over there at the moment and if it will prove difficult. I am heading to St. Kilda firstly then hopefully get some info off locals when I arrive.


48. Posted by orzie (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y

Hi Fee,

I am not too familiar with Brisbane. I do know the biggest amount of harvest jobs are in the South, a lot in Barossa Valley, but they do fill up quickly. However, I am sure there are rural options around Brisbane, and if not, there are plenty of Outback options in Queensland or nearby that are probably easy to arrange out of Brisbane. You are right that you really just need to arrange things once you get there--you can't really get much done before hand job-wise. However, your time frame seems ok, you aren't going at a time where its super busy. I didn't do a harvest job myself, I actually did hospitality work in the Outback so I am not a great source about specific harvest jobs. Google and forums may be your best bet with that--they often have links and suggestions for places to try. One thing to try would be a cattle ranch if you would be up for it--but i heard it is difficult and the pay is not great. Unfortunately, in order to get that 2nd year visa you will have to suffer through those 3 months of not-so-fun jobs, but I think it is well worth it in the end!

I am no longer in the south, but i would highly recommend the Great Ocean Drive. It is spectacular! Make sure you break it up into 2 days. We made the mistake of trying to do it in 1 and there just isn't enough daylight ;) Ofcourse Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is a must do, but we unfortunately have not found the time!!!

All the best! Hope you love it in Oz!!