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Solo year to Australia, Any advice or tips?

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


I'm off to Sydney in June and looking to stay in Aus for the full 12 months I've got my Working Holiday Visa all sorted and my flight booked.
Just hoping for some advice or tips about working whilst over there? I'm going over with about £5000 ($9000AUD) Hoping this is will last me a good 3 months, including hostels, food ETC?

Anyone have an idea of the best way to get causal/season work? What type of jobs?

Any advice would be great thanks,

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

Any tips on good Hostels? Wake up and YHA ive heard mixed reviews anyone been to either?

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Mar-2014, at 11:45 by Dan90 ]

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5159 posts) 3y Star this if you like it!

AUD $9000 could last you nearly four months if you watch your budget (counting backpacker travel style of small dorm rooms in decent quality hostels, cooking your own meals, and travelling by public transport; excluding going out at night or doing organized activities).

I'm generally a fan of YHA hostels; I like that they tend to have a more diverse range of travellers (with both children and people aged 60 or above being regular sights), are more quiet (I'm just not the type for party hostels), and have good minimum standards for cleanliness and facilities. In Sydney I used to be a big fan of the Glebe Point YHA, which is not nearly as large as the other flagship YHAs, and has a lot of character, plus is set in the wonderfully bohemian neighbourhood of Glebe. (I say I used to be a big fan, as the last time I visited, cleanliness had gone quite a bit downhill, and the kitchen was rather badly understocked. So now I'm just a fan.) :)
I found Sydney Central YHA to be somewhat impersonal, but absolutely top-notch facilities, and absolutely excellent location if you're arriving late or having to leave early. (Right next to Wake Up! and only beaten out by the railway square YHA which is actually 'inside' the train station.)

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

Good for you! I did something similar in 2005 with only $5000 even less! I ended up being able to stretch it out by doing things like WWOOF (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) and (it was all free back when I did it).

I had great experiences and it was a nice change than just doing tourism stuff. You got to know people and it was really "life rewarding" so to say. I did also do touring, of course. But it helped saved loads of money and I never got a job.

Good luck!