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real deal on sydney? what you on about!

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1. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

im getting a tad bit frustrated. anytime i read anything on australia / sydney everyone says HOW EXPENSIVE it all is.

expensive in comparison to what?

i come from dublin and the euro is naturally stronger than the australian $ and i imagine a lot of people from europe, america etc would find that australia is quite cheap. i also imagine the vast majority of people on these forums is from north america and europe.

so what gives? expensive to thailand? etc

ill be working in australia myself and when i look up some jobs i can earn just as much as i earn in ireland...! and everything seems to be much cheaper too in australia...

so what is everyone talking about?

i am currently in dublin but i lived in london too! two of the most expensive citys the world...well they would be in the top 5! thats for sure...

to survive 1-2 months in much would i need? forget about accommodation...


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Expensive compared to everywhere else in Australia and New Zealand.
Where a four bed dorm in a good hostel would cost $20-$25 in a mid-sized town, it'd be $30-$35 in Sydney.
If you have accommodation taken care of in Sydney, stay in Sydney itself (don't go off to the Blue Mountains e.a.) and don't do expensive activities (bridge climb and such), your only expenses should be public transport (cheap, assuming you're in the red zone and buy weekly passes - less than $40/week I think) and food ($6-$10/day if you buy it in supermarkets and cook all your meals yourself, $30+/day if you eat out in restaurants).
For 1-2 months... well, do the math. :)

As for earning just as much as in Ireland: well, you are in IT, so yes, maybe (I did pretty well for myself, although I easily earn twice as much in Europe) - but you'll have to search very long and hard for it, and be quite lucky to get started. Travellers are gladly given the lowest wage jobs, but locals have an edge on travellers for "real" jobs, simply by being around for longer (you'd be moving on again after a few months, while the locals can build up a longer-lasting relationship with the company, and thus be useful for future projects again). That means you have to be really good and promote yourself very heavily to get average jobs (or, which happens quite often, actually: get someone hiring who is/was a traveller himself). :)

3. Posted by oslaue (Full Member 571 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

thanks sander! that feedback will be very helpful in the next few months for me.

now i know were everyone is coming from when they mean how expensive australia is.

i get mixed impressions concerning work but what is important is that i dont underestimate! but over estimate and put myself in the worst case scenarios...i think everyone should in that respect.

eg in ireland / uk i can find work within 3-4 weeks. but in australia i have to anticipate that i may not find work of course in my field for 2 months!

i happen to earn very good money but i also spend a lot of money! i blame drink, travelling and women! as usual!

i just want to take the caustious approach before i go mad in australia! not go mad and then realise whoops cash is low....and then phone up daddy! wire me a few grand over...i swear ill pay you back!