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11. Posted by laurawickers (Budding Member, 11 posts) 15 Mar '13 02:52

wow thanks meganjane, thats really helpful!

Once I arrive is it easy enough to find hostels?

Are you originally from the uk? im hoping to stay as long as possible out there, what kind of visa's etc do I need to ensure I can stay/ work in oz for a while?

I am just keen to get away from this horrible, grey weather, I dont really mind where I go and am happy to just go with it. but the tips on places to visit are great thanks!

The great nightlife def appeals to me, hoping to meet lots of new people.

is the weathe rin Melbourne nice in jan/ feb time?

Be great to meet up with you when I get there, thanks so much for help! :0)

12. Posted by meganjane03 (Budding Member, 48 posts) 15 Mar '13 03:06

No worries :)

I'd book hostels a little bit in advance just in case.

Here's our main hostel website for hostels all around the country:

https://www3.yha.com.au/

There are also a few backpacker hostels in St. Kilda, I'm not sure what they are but I could find out.

I'm from Australia originally. Definitely need a visa, here's the website for visas:

http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/

I believe a working holiday visa would be best if you want work

Melbourne weather is notoriously unpredictable, we can experience four seasons in one day here. In fact, it is currently Autumn here and we just had a two-week heat wave where the temperature barely dropped below 30 degrees. Now we're just over 20 degrees and have rain predicted for the weekend. Here's our weather website:

http://www.bom.gov.au/vic/forecasts/melbourne.shtml

Jan/Feb is our summer, so for the majority it should be good weather. I think we had our hottest January this year, but I also remember there being rainy cool days as well. There's numerous beaches nearby too.

Yeah, night life is great. Backpackers generally go out in St. Kilda more. Chapel St. is also really good, there's bars, pubs, clubs all on the one street, along with many restaurants and good shopping. Everything can be reached via tram within half an hour or so. You'll need to buy a myki for the public transport. I think it's similar to the cards you have in the UK, where you put money on the card and scan it when you get on/off transport.

I may not actually be here, I'm actually travelling from October this year til January next year and then won't have a home in Melbourne anymore! But you'll meet plenty of lovely people once you're here.

For jobs, a good website is Seek:

http://www.seek.com.au/

How exciting!

13. Posted by laurawickers (Budding Member, 11 posts) 15 Mar '13 03:15

no i live further south.

14. Posted by jigarjagz (Budding Member, 36 posts) 15 Mar '13 03:17

Okies....i wud be cumin to edinbirgh...and then london..hope to meet u sumwhere there...:)

15. Posted by laurawickers (Budding Member, 11 posts) 15 Mar '13 03:19

thats brilliant, thank you so much!

i feel a bit better about travelleing solo now, i've heard melbourne is an extemely lovely area and everyones so friendly! cant wait til get over there now!

I hope you have fun on your travels!

Laura

16. Posted by Steve79 (Respected Member, 326 posts) 15 Mar '13 04:52

Melbourne is lovely, just don't stay at Coffee Palace Hostel in St Kilda!

17. Posted by jona20 (Budding Member, 3 posts) 21 Mar '13 19:17

Quoting laurawickers

Hi all

I am thinking of going travelling jan/ feb time 2014, I have never travelled before and will be travelling alone. Unfortunately none of my friends are in a position to jet off travelling.... would prefer to meet up with a few people in the same boat as me.

little bit nervous about it all, any tips?

thanks
Laura

I can relate to that.. i am a solo traveler and the first time i did that was when i was still in college. Don't worry you will surely find someone who you can talk to ON that boat your in. Just enjoy the ride and the sceneries :))

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