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1. Posted by Rach-252 (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y


I have just booked my flight from Manchester to Sydney on 2nd October. I'm going over there by myself on a 12 month working holiday visa. I've not done anything like this before so I'm feeling nervous! I'm 26 and been living in Cambridge for the past few years, it's nice but I feel like its time to experience something different.

My current plan is to stay in Sydney until the new year and then head up the east coast to cairns. I'd love to hear from people in the same situation and get advice on hostels in Sydney.

Rach x

2. Posted by gilly1 (Budding Member 21 posts) 3y

Hi Rach we seem to have the same-ish plans, well except im majority struggling to find anywhere to stay in Sydney for new year... everywhere is fully booked :( im considering either celebrating in another city :/ hhhmmmm or leave UK bit later!! So confused. Ooh im travelling solo too so need some friends :) ha x

3. Posted by MattyBarnes (Budding Member 10 posts) 3y


I'm flying out to Sydney on the 13th December, and staying on a WHV with a view to heading up the coast whilst finding work here and there. I've booked my hostel over Christmas and New Year in Sydney pretty recently, as they seem to be filling fast! I've booked two weeks at WakeUp hostel from the 22nd December, but had to e-mail them directly to get the dates I wanted. It seems to get decent reviews, and looks to be pretty lively - perfect for Christmas and New Year!

Similar to yourself really, I have a pretty good life here but I feel like its time to go and experience something else, where every day brings something new!


4. Posted by mollieb (Full Member 108 posts) 3y

Hey Guys,

Sounds like we all have similar plans.

I'm planning on flying into Melbourne in November and working there for a month, before heading to Sydney for Xmas and New Year, need to find a hostel to stay in though.

From Sydney, I'm planning on going to Byron Bay, Gold Coast, Brisbane, Fraser Island, Whitsunday Islands before finishing in Cairns at the beginning of April and moving onto SE Asia.

I'm travelling alone and am a bit scared about the whole situation, so would be great to meet you on the way!

Mollie :D

5. Posted by nick_touhey (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y

Hey Rach,

My plan is very similar to yours except I fly out a week earlier. Also not sure how long I'll stay in Sydney, I'll just take things as they come. As for hostels I've not booked one yet but was thinking either woodducks g'day or base if anyone has heard of those ?

Let me know if I can help with anything. Be good to speak to people in a similar position.

Nick x

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

Hey all....

I have no plans other than I'm looking to head out sept/ oct time.

Looking for travel buddies to make the whole thing that little less scary :)

If anyone has any advice, guidance or interested in a pal on their travels then give me a shout!! X

7. Posted by Rach-252 (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y

It's reassuring to know there's so many solo travellers out there!

I hadn't even thought of booking a hostel for new year. I was kind of hoping by then I'd be able to go into a flat share with people.

Is anyone doing Oz intro? My mate who went to Oz a couple of years back reckons that I won't need to do it because its just as easy to meet people in the hostels so I'm not sure what to do!

How much money is everyone trying to save? X

8. Posted by nick_touhey (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y

Hey guys,

Seems like loads of people are going on oz intro. Think I might go with a sta travel work & play package just to get things off to a flyer & there are a couple of trips involved so should be good.

I wouldn't worry too much about looking for travel buddies coz there's just no way you won't make friends once you get to oz. So many people will be wanting to do the same thing. If you wanted to add me on Facebook though then please do.

Should have 3.5k to take but I'm owed 2k from my bros business so good luck to me ha

9. Posted by Rach-252 (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y

Ha, will you need to send the heavies around to your brother?!

I'm hoping to have about 3.5 / 4 too. I hope that's realistic.

Need to think about booking hostels for when I arrive, anyone with any ideas? X