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Is own transport a MUST for Australia???

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1. Posted by MattyRenshaw (Budding Member, 3 posts) 28 May '13 08:34

Hey everyone!

I arrive in Australia on the 20th September 2013 on a Working Holiday VISA with the hope of extending it to 2 years with harvest work etc

However, looking at jobs on Gumtree a lot of employers state that own transport is a must!!

Does that mean that I will have to buy a car once in Oz? Or there a ways of getting to work without??

Has anyone one here done any harvest work in Oz? and is own transport necessary??

Will be grateful for any tips!

Cheers, Matt.

2. Posted by jaMes89 (Budding Member, 8 posts) 30 May '13 10:49

im in the same position mate, i hope to arrive beginning of september, thats my only worry getting a job, hope someone with some experience can help.

3. Posted by robhallam (Budding Member, 24 posts) 30 May '13 17:33

If your looking for harvest work but don't want to buy a car then your best bet is to go to a working hostel as they usually provide transport. Check the harvest trail website and it will give you hostels you can contact

All the jobs on gumtree you are looking at are mostly rural farms and not assosiated with working hostels therefore it would be nessersary to have a car. Watch out for scams on gumtree. Don't hand over a deposit to secure a position at a farm because you will go there to find its non existant. Also there are many hundreds of people looking for farm work so you have to beat them all to it by Litrally glueing yourself to refreshing the page so you get to ring them first. Most farm job ads have 100 views within an hour. It's tough competition. Your best bet would be a working hostel so all the trouble is done for you.

4. Posted by MattyRenshaw (Budding Member, 3 posts) 31 May '13 01:31

Ah ok, that's made things a little less confusing!

Cheers Rob, nice one!

I don't suppose you know the best place to search for working hostels is then?

Also do you have to pay for a package deal or can you just turn up at one of the working hostels and expect to stay and work from then?

I'm coming straight from SE Asia so won't really have much time to prepare things before I arrive!!

Any tips would be grateful!!

Thanks

5. Posted by dagobert0583 (Budding Member, 37 posts) 19 Jun '13 16:35

Quoting MattyRenshaw

Ah ok, that's made things a little less confusing!

Cheers Rob, nice one!

I don't suppose you know the best place to search for working hostels is then?

Also do you have to pay for a package deal or can you just turn up at one of the working hostels and expect to stay and work from then?

I'm coming straight from SE Asia so won't really have much time to prepare things before I arrive!!

Any tips would be grateful!!

Thanks

A lot of rural work in oz have a camp set up.
You can live out of a swagg your own camp.
or get a motorcycle.
licence a must.

6. Posted by Cyberia (Travel Guru, 1730 posts) 20 Jun '13 13:47

Don't try driving coast to coast across southern Australia. I saw a programme where cars are abandoned because it would cost a fortune to have them towed to a very dstant garage in the hope they would be repaired. People then have to try and hitch a ride from someone.