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Travelling alone to Sydney end of March 2014!!

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

Hi, I'm Jacqui, 25 and from Manchester

So I finally bit the bullet and quit my job for a one way ticket to Sydney on 29th March... Scary stuff!

I'm planning on staying there for a month or so before heading west and was debating the whole Ozinto thing but not sure if its really worth it? I think the meeting people is good but not sure weather to just go book a hostel and save a bit of cash?

If anyone can offer any advice or is heading out the same time let me know :)

Thanks guys

Jacqui x

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5087 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

It depends entirely on yourself. People who go with them (or the similar ultimate oz) tend to have a pretty good time. But it sure is a lot of money for things you can do yourself for free, and/or don't really need.
I, being pretty introverted, and about as far from the most social person as you can get, had no trouble meeting and talking with people on my own. Just hang around the lounge of the hostel you're staying in, leafing through your lonely planet and drinking a cup of tea, and before you'll know it you'll be in a conversation. Same thing for when you're cooking dinner in the kitchen. Beyond that, I think it depends on how open you are for more, but just remember that most everyone else there is in the same position.

So, personally, I'd say just do it on your own, and use that money you save to travel longer. But if you do decide to go with one of those companies, I also don't think you'll "regret" it.

3. Posted by stemagik (Budding Member 14 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jacqui,

Im flying out 28th march heading to cairns though.
doing everything by myself.
Not signing up to any of these companies. once I get there I know I need, tax file number, bank account. Oz sim and sign up to medi care.
I just think doing it myself will save me a lot of money and be more independent.


4. Posted by Dan90 (Budding Member 39 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!


Im flying out to Sydney 20th June, hoping to stay there for a while and work my way up the east coast and up to Cairns. Hopefully find work along the way. I looked into them programs to on gap360, seems good but half of the stuff on there is already free and can be booked via the hostel. Only thing that interests me is the help finding a job, which will be the main thing for me to do when i arrive. Anyone got any tips for find work over there?


5. Posted by KellieBarnes (Travel Guru 813 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

Hi Dan,

The Getting set up in Australia article in the community section (bottom left) has some helpful tips and recruitment agencies listed. Also try the job sites listed in the work section of the Australia guide.

Good luck!


[ Edit: Edited on 28-Feb-2014, at 21:55 by KellieBarnes ]

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

Hi Jacqui,

I'm April, 27, from California, and heading to Sydney on the 23rd. I won't be doing the Oz Intro. Maybe I'll see you around!

Best of luck!

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8. Posted by Mim24 (Budding Member 6 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

I can't cope Australia is so vast I don't know where to start . I am thinking Sydney? And booking my flights friday :) i plan to be there the start of April . I am riding solo eek feel sick thinking about it but in a good way i am so excited. Looking to meet lots of friends, I plan on going for at least a year. I would like to do fruit picking and want to get my hands dirty so i am up for farm work not sure whether Sydney is the best place for this type of work tho. Any help will be greatly appreciated

Lot of love Mim 24 from cheshire xxx