Planning trip to OZ in Dec 07

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


I am planning to go to OZ in Dec 07 on a 12 month working holiday visa.
This will be my first time travelling and am going it alone so would be grateful for any advice anyone can give me. :)
Thanks for reading


2. Posted by Neily03 (Full Member 110 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi funkystar, i'm planning a similar trip (alone) but i'm going to NZ in october for 3 months then onto Oz in January '08. You'll find plenty of good info and advice on here. Welcome.

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

Hi Neily03,

Thanks for replying, my sister lives in Gisbourne, in New Zealand and is always raving about it so Inthink you will have a fab time.
Maybe will bump into you in OZ in Jan 08


4. Posted by Neily03 (Full Member 110 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting funkystar

Maybe will bump into you in OZ in Jan 08



5. Posted by Steve_ell (Budding Member 39 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I live in Oz and have done 4 trips of more than 6 months there as well as countless smaller ones. I can't speak of Tasmania as I haven't been there but my family loved it. Work is easy to get - there are many agencies in the major cities placing backpackers. Farmers adore them for seasonal work. Living in the major cities can be expensive though the hostels are cheap especially if you tolerate dorms. My 17 year old daughter backpacked last year (for 2 weeks only) from Sydney to Mackay (2000kms north) for < $A1000 all up including flight to Mackay, 2n/3day on boat in Whitsunday Islands, 2n/3day 4-wheel drive on Fraser Island & loved it. She & her girl friend had a ball. I've trvelled here via yacht, motor home, caravan, car & moke. All were fantastic. Scenic highlights, not ranked, Ningaloo Reef, Karrajini, Bungle Bungles, Ayres Rock/Olgas, MsDonnel Ranges, Katherine Gorge, Mataranka, Kings Canyon, the Kimberleys, Barrier Reef, Monkey Mia, Whitsundays, Great Ocean road, ewast coast beaches, Brook islands, Kangaroo Island, Cape Tribulation.... Favourite experiences, not ranked, swimming with manta rays, turtles, sharks, etc at Ningaloo, swimming with seals & dolphins at Baird Bay, swimming with cuttlefish at Whyalla, the friendly people, the food, surfing the east coast, white water rafting, the wildlife everywhere (I love the multitude of parrots), the climate, the safe travel environment. Inspired yet?
My preferred transport is my own vehicle with tent - I love flexibilty - the ability to pull off the road, put up my tent & watch the sunset & stars. This is still possible almost anywhere in the western 80% of Oz. Work little, play much in your 12 months. I will be joining the 'grey nomáds' (Oz retirees) in a few years to
wander this amazing land for a long time. Hope this helps.

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Depending on where you go, work can be easy to get, however in some places it can be difficult. For example in Tasmania it can be a long and hard process to pick up work, except over Easter and from about September-October where the big department stores put on loads of casual staff for the Christmas period. At least for locals, in my personal experiences with them, the employment agencies do bugger all for you rarely getting you an interview and when they do they are looking for the unrealistic. The only way in my times of unemployment after trips that I have found work, is doing the hard yards myself and canvasing places and applying in newspapers. Maybe that differs for foreign tourists on working holiday visas, but I know in Tasmania the employment agencies are useless in general.

If you find that you are having difficulty getting work like some people on working holiday visas have experienced, get your way up to Surfers Paradise in Queensland. I have been up there at least 6 times over the last decade and it doesn't seem to matter what time of the year I go, they always seem to have help wanted signs up in almost every single shop window. Mainly due to the young women intent on getting a nice tan along with a skin cancer from the 200+ days a year of sun, and some lazy younger generation males who like surfing on any one of the nice beaches in the vacinity, all of which are bludgers who do nothing for their money except leach off the government and Australian tax payers money. Don't spend a lot of your time in Sydney, because your living expenses are a lot higher than anywhere else in Australia. About the closest would probably be Melbourne which would be about 3/4 of the living expenses that Sydney has.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 3, 2007, at 3:36 AM by aharrold45 ]

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

Brilliant thanks everyone for your great advice that's really given me loads to think about.


8. Posted by meeg (Budding Member 44 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

if you have any q's on Tassie, i'm a local yokel so happy to help out

9. Posted by lenacanada (Inactive 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hey funkystar,

I am planning a trip in Dec 07 as well, I am so stoked to be going, I am planning for a year and will be flying into Brisbane. I am going alone as well so i dont have to much advice except dont plan to much, take it as it comes, and save enough cash!!!!!!!!!

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

hey hows u??

im heading over to Australia in december aswell, although going o sydney for new year to stay with my sis , then after that im on my own!!!

Know im gonna be spending the majority of my time in Oz, but am thinking about Morrocco,Goa,Thailand aswell...

hope everything works out for ya..

send me a message, let me know how u get on