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Going to Australia in January 2014 to work!

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1. Posted by SophieBull (Budding Member 4 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi :)

I'm planning on heading out to Sydney mid january 2014 with a working holiday visa to work for a year before going on to travel Bali, Thailand, Cambodia etc.

Just wondering if anyone is in a similar position to me?! I'm going alone so it would be great to know a few people before I go, to meet out there!!

2. Posted by Naomi1234 (Budding Member 24 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sophie,

I'm going in July on a working holiday visa :) If you haven't moved out of Sydney it would be great to meet up with you when i get there

3. Posted by Chelseasanders5 (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sophie!
I'm also flying out to Sydney at the start of January on my own and would be grateful if I was able to meet up with people when I get there as I'm petrified haha!

Chels xx

4. Posted by LucyPlym (Budding Member 5 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi Sophie, I will be in Sydney around the beginning of February and will be looking for work, friends and adventure hopefully!! Would be interested in meeting up with people in a similar position! X

5. Posted by Megan_3 (Budding Member 66 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


I'm flying out on the 23rd Jan to Sydney - would be good to meet up with anyone around the same kinda time?

Megan x

6. Posted by JakeBea12 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


Im looking to fly out to sydney in january .. Im hoping to be out there in the middle of january but will be looking for work.. im in a similar position as you! I will be flying from glasgow to sydney

Thanks Jake x

7. Posted by DanEvans22 (Budding Member 63 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys,

I'm also flying out to Sydney soon, I arrive on the 6th Jan and I'm staying at wake up. Anybody around that wants to meet up and grab a drink or two, feel free to give me a shout :)

Dan x

8. Posted by mrmattd (Budding Member 2 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I'm already here, but if anyone wants a guide, drink or any information/help when they arrive, just hit me up. I can understand the apprehension going it alone as I've been here 4 weeks also on my own.

I didn't stay in hostels, so can't really help on that front, but I did jump straight in at the deep end into flats/apartments all throughout the city. I've been here a month and have stayed south by the airport, inner west (Newtown), inner Sydney (surry hills), and currently slightly further east in Paddington, so can help in those areas and everything else that comes with getting around, shopping, food, phone (go for Optus $2 days if you need data, but NOT If you want to text or ring home, it's Australia only calls and texts - great for whatsapp, iMessage, Skype or Facebook though), bank (go for NAB, they set my account up in 10 minutes!) etc.

If you're staying in hostels though I'm sure you'll meet people the instant you arrive, I wouldn't be nervous about flying it solo if you're getting yourself straight into an environment where 90% of the people there have the same feelings! I wish I'd done a week in a hostel just to meet a few people, but think I've learnt a whole bunch more in my 4 weeks renting about the city itself (outside of the tourist areas and bars...), it's people and general life here than I would have in a hostel.

I couldn't count the number of times I've been walking around the harbour or botanic gardens and seen someone slightly nervous, on there own snapping away. A quick hey, want me to take a picture of you and fancy a buddy for the afternoon conversation and they feel better about being here alone, and so do you. You can spot them a mile off (the solo travelers) and they're probably thinking the same thing you are. Some say no, but hey that's cool, you'll never see them again!

One thing I will say is that getting around is seriously easy. Just get google maps on your phone and fall back to that if you ever find yourself lost (but that's half the fun right!), but buses and trains are regular and simple.

[ Edit: Edited on 28-Dec-2013, at 05:27 by mrmattd ]