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1. Posted by Lau-Oz-07 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hey guys [im a newbie to all of this] never been travelling by myself before hoping to go to australia nxt yr! ive been told to check out (the ultimate aussie package) anyone know if its worth going for as a beginner!? replys would be much appreciated!


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2. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi lau,

You should put this post on the Australia section.

Have you shopped around for other packages? I for one always get at least 3 other quotes or prices. That way I'm sure about what I'n getting and what is a good deal or not. A 6-month insurance policy with World Nomads is 119 pounds; A 1-year policy is 200. A working holiday visa is 80 pounds. 759 pounds seems a lot when all you really need as a beginner are the basics. Its nearly $1800 Aussie dollars.

Have a look on the Tourism Australia website: under "plan your trip."

If you need any more help just email


3. Posted by SamR (Budding Member 16 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


I'm also going travelling on my own for the first time in May/June this year. RealGap were the first company i saw which offered that sort of package and it does seem really good but dont book anything until you've looked around. There are loads of other sites which offer similar packages.
I'm now thinking of doing it on my own but using the help of STA travel as the staff there have all travelled themselves so can help you with a lot.
The main thing that drew me towards realgap was that they can arrange group flights which is obviously a great thing if your worried about being on your own when you get to oz. But ive been on loads of site where just about everybody has said all yuou need to do is go into a hostel or a bar and your almost guaranteed to make friends straight away.
Another thing im looking at doing is using the oz experience buses, ive had mixed reactions to the company but the main thing that i like is that your bound to meet people on thier who are in the same boat and alo the drivers are trained guides so they know just about everything about where to go and where not to!
Im really excited about going but still nervous about going on my normally a big wimp but i think arranging it myself will make it even better!

Sorry about the massive reply but it sounds like your the same as me, i was set on going with realgap until i looked around at the better deals and then looked into doing it myself!

Good luck


4. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

There's companies on this site that get you sorted for 1/4 of the price. Look at this way, all the money you save you could spend going on a pub crawl or a day tour or a night out somewhere. At all of these places you will meet people just like you. If you stay in a hostel you'll likely be sharing a room with 4-6 others - sleeping wiht people is a good way to get to know people. If you don't like them you don't have to marry them, just move on. Its hard to believe but about 7,000 backpackers arrive in Sydney every week - you'll meet people and when you do you'll wonder what all the fuss was about :) If nothing else buy a basic package. I am bias, but I think the cheaper ones a worth it for a degree of comfort.

5. Posted by Lau-Oz-07 (Budding Member 2 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all your advice guys much appreciated x

6. Posted by chris1 (Budding Member 42 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Does anyone know what hostel real gap use for their Ultimate aussie package ?

I have searched their website but can't seem to find which hostel it
is all it says is that you get 5 days accomadation at a hostel.

7. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hi Chris, if its the expensive package its Base in Kent st if its the cheaper package its WAKE-UP.

8. Posted by chris1 (Budding Member 42 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I searched their website for ages and just couldn't find anything on what hostels they used.

I was wanting to check out some reviews of the hostels they used, before deciding if I wanted to book with them.

Thanks for the information.