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11. Posted by DanEvans22 (Budding Member 63 posts) 3y

Ah well you've got plenty of time to think about things and make your decisions at least. I'm not really planning anything until I'm out there, all I know is I'm starting in Sydney, I've got a few ideas about what to do after but definitely nothing concrete. I've heard Brisbane is pretty cool, and there all loads of backpackers in Melbourne and Cairns as well, all good places to consider!


12. Posted by Jordanmr1990 (Budding Member 87 posts) 3y

Thats true i think i will be starting at Perth as ive looked into a lot more im applying for my work visa at the end of this month do you know how long it normally takes to be accepted? because i plan on booking my flights the following month so i have less to worry about. i have so many questions haha


13. Posted by DanEvans22 (Budding Member 63 posts) 3y

The visa shouldn't take very long to get sorted, a couple of days perhaps if you apply online. It's a fairly straightforward process. Just take a look at the aussie government website, Don't apply for a visa through a third party because you will get ripped off (it should cost $365). Also STA Travel has pretty good deals for flights. Anything else you want to know, just ask and I'll do my best to answer.

14. Posted by Jordanmr1990 (Budding Member 87 posts) 3y

thanks dan i will have a look at them. on an estimate how much money would be enough to last one until i get a job? i will be looking for work as soon as im out there.

15. Posted by DanEvans22 (Budding Member 63 posts) 3y

No worries dude. Just save up as much as you can, Australia isn't cheap. One of the visa requirements is that you have $5000 to support yourself, but the more money you have the better. Having said that, once you do get a job the wages are supposed to be excellent!

16. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 3y

Sydney's job market offers the depth and breadth of that of any large city. Unemployment here is low, so generally speaking I think "backpacker" type jobs would be fairly easy to come by. The pay might be pretty crap though.

17. Posted by Jordanmr1990 (Budding Member 87 posts) 3y

A coupe of people have told me that the requirement is $5000. I just have one more question im sorry to be so annoying haha but have you booked a one way ticket? where is it your traveling from by the way?

18. Posted by DanEvans22 (Budding Member 63 posts) 3y

James- Thanks, that's good to know. Also, as a Sydney local what would you recommend to see/do around that is more off the beaten track, so to speak. I don't want to just visit the same sort of places as everyone else!

Jord- Yeah I'm pretty well prepared at the moment. Visa, flights and hostel have all been sorted! I used STA to book a one way flight from Gatwick. Didn't see the sense in getting a return as I have no idea when I'm going to be coming back haha! I'm from Sussex so I'll be flying from Gatwick.

19. Posted by Jordanmr1990 (Budding Member 87 posts) 3y

do you have one of those Arrival Package? your actually helping me a lot thanks Dan this is much appreciated.

20. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 3y

Dan, don't forget there's nothing wrong with visiting the usual tourist attractions. Off the top of my head (and I'm typing on a phone here sitting on a train, so I can't be too comprehensive in my answer), I'd consider.

- day at Cronulla beach. South of the city, easily accessible by train. Good couple of beaches and cool beach vibe (although not as cool as Manly)

- catch ferry to Watsons Bay (at the entrance to Sydney Harbour) and hang there for the day. There's a couple of city beaches (no surf) within walking distance of the ferry, and the scenery is spectacular. It's uber cool also, in a low key way.

- if you get a car, drive to Jenolan Caves. It'll be a long day, but well worth it.

- go to Bondi and take the coast walk to Bronte. It's about a half hour walk each way, and again the scenery is spectacular. Great to do on a warm day, and very popular.

Hope that helps as a start.