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1. Posted by caljames (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, my girlfriend and i have finally decided to get up and go to oz in april 07 for 12 to 18 months at least 10 months in oz and the rest in other places (yet to decide) we are saving like mad! Hope to have £3000 each. We have a few contacts like family,friends who stay in oz. We plan to go to perth get work there for up to 4 months and save more to fund the rest of the trip i am a tradesman (a plasterer) and used to be a chef for a few years,so i here getting work is not a problem?
We have a place to stay in perth so thats that sorted!
The other thing we plan to do is go to NZ for a month or 2 as my gf has family over there then go do the South East Asia thing and i really want to head back to the UK thru the US.
If we could afford it we would buy one of the RTW tickets but instead we are gettin a one way ticket to oz and save over there then buy our tickets for the rest of the places we would like to visit? Has anyone done this sort of thing if so could you pls give me a wee bit of advice and what would be the best routes to take?
Thanks guys!!!

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 14, 2006 12:32 AM by caljames ]

2. Posted by Dantcol (Budding Member 9 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, not sure if this would help. You would prob be looking around $500 from Perth to Syd each one way...Syd to NZ $300-400 one way depending who you fly with. The courier to travel with from OZ to NZ that may save you money is Only if booking from Australia. The other couriers for flights in Australia and New Zealand to check out that u already may know is,,, & Perth has alot of work available so I would not panic if I was in your position, also Sydney has work available from waiters, chefs or labrourers. Good luck to you both.

3. Posted by bidbaxter (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was in Perth late last year and there is a years waiting list to get a house built as there are not enough builders to keep up with demand. Plastering is one of the most sort after trades at the moment according to my friends that live there. Don't sell yourselve short I am sure you can earn good money no worries!! I have been to Aus a few times and have done the east coast but really wish I had done the West coast. It is a young beach crowd on the east so depends what your after. RTW ticket will probably be the cheapest option although many if not all are only valid for 12months so might be worth thinking about. NZ is amazing 1 month in each island seems to be a popular time frame. Enjoy.

4. Posted by angelab (Budding Member 14 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Great decision coming to Perth first!! definitely the way to go. Fly in here - work your butt off and save more (and yes there is apparently LOADS of building type jobs around here for qualified trades people)
Once you've saved some money - don't fly around Oz, go on the ground and SEE it all. You'll have wicked experiences all the way!! Do a figure 8 around the country, so, from Perth head North to Darwin, down the middle thru the red centre to Adelaide, Melbourne Sydney and then fly out of Cairns (or maybe get a quick cheap flight back to Sydney for your flight over to nz). Not much backtracking in that plan and you get to really experience what Oz is all about!! Regional areas of WA especially are fantastic with the locals you meet and the beaches you can tan yourself on!! Its stunning!!
Check out the Jump On, Jump Off tour bus passes as they let you travel independently (jumping off at a town to explore before jumping back on the tour) as well as not having to do all the driving yourselves!
Have fun - you'll love Perth! I do!!

5. Posted by Elissy (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


Perth is a great place to start. It's where I started and then came back and settled!

There is plenty of building jobs here. Houses are popping up left right and centre so you'll have no problem finding work. Your best bet would be to find an employment agency specialising in that area. I also started off working for a marketing company that did events for charities. Companies like that always employ outgoing backpackers and theres good money to be made if you like to talk! Mine was VMG.. now Pulse Promotions (+61)892283782 which might be an idea for your g/f. But I cant vouch for any others... I hear some do door to door

I also agree with the above poster about checking out the country from the ground. Alot of guys stick to the cities which is a shame because Oz has some incredible landscapes