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1. Posted by sharp10 (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I am going out to sydney on a work/holiday visa in 4 months time and stayin in Oz for a year on my own and i am intending to look for work while im over there.

As i am a virgin to all of this travelling malarky i was wondering if any of you fine travelled young people could give me a bit off advice?

Whats a reasonable amount of money to save before i go out if i am looking to gain work over there??

Is it worth going with the package tours that put you up for 7 days and help put you in touch with employers or go solo and stay in hostels and meet people that way?

Is it easy to gain picking..???

Any advice is mucho appreciated and if you want drop me an e-mail thats tickty-boo too.

Happy travelling



2. Posted by Del007 (Budding Member 38 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hey Alan

Travelling around Oz is really easy :) that being said, I did and intro tour when I got here, and was glad I did. Basically, instead of getting here and knowing absolutely no one on my first travelling experience I instantly had like 17 friends to hang out with for a week.

its all based on your own personal preference though. I know some people who found it alot more exciting to arrive without any real plan.

As for getting in touch with employers ... that too depends on the person and where you plan to be at. I can tell you there are tons of jobs right now in Cairns, Ayr, Bundaberg, Airlie Beach, and possibly Surfers Paradise and Byron Bay. Havent been to Sydney in ages though, so I cant help ya there. Bar work is pretty easy to pick up, though in some of the more ... touristy places like Cairns you need to fit a certain look. Just get your RSA if you plan to work in bars up the coast. Most people will tell you that its not needed past Sydney, but its easier to get a job if you have it up the coast.

Oh yeah, and for office work, just head to an employment agency and they'll let you know what opportunities are out there for you.

good luck!

3. Posted by scarlette (Budding Member 19 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I personally perfered doing it by myself. Australia is a very easy country to travel in, when you get to your hostel you'll have a lot of other travellers/staff who can help you out and point you in the right direction. Most people I knew in Australia found work in a week (if they actually tried). But If you perfer a little more peace of mind, and don't mind spending the extra money go for the organized tour. The only thing I'd say is research it carefully, I knew one girl who did an organized tour, and paid for a more expensive flight/accomodation and all she got when she arrived was a 2 day job and directions to a recruitment company.

As for money, I came here with very little, but I was very good the first couple of months with my money. I worked in a hostel and had a part time job, so I didn't have to worry about accomodation and food, didn't go out drinking every night and was able to save. But the more money you save the better. I"d say 1000$ minimum, but 3000$ would be better.

You'll have no problems finding work in labouring/hospitality ect. if you have experience.

4. Posted by leedslad82 (Budding Member 48 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Some good tips here,

I too am in the same situation but I'm looking to head over there on my todd around November time,

Can anyone point me in the right direction for these organised tours? only found 1 so far & that was £300+ Ideally I would prefer to find a good hostel where you can meet varying types of people anyway..........

& on the job front, I like the idea of Fruit picking? seems nice & easy and not too strenuous, So what would be the best area to head for this kind of work? hopefully not too far from a beach..............;)

5. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

i'm off to aus on Nov 5th on a WHV, ive looked at these package things, and all the stuff they tell you about you can find out from other travellers or the internet or this site, I see them as a waste of money, for example.. mobile phones, or sims, go to voda aus website, if you sit in front of your pc or mac in my case, you can find out all the stuff without shelling out $300 i think i saw one for, I will be going it alone, and taking things as they come :)

6. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

About fruit picking yes there is plenty of that around and quite often they organise you a accommodation as well. But being easy no way. It depends "what" are you picking? Expect long days, in a scorching hot sunshine, back ache from bending up and down all day... Great experience to meet other travellers, but definately not as easy as it might seem.

7. Posted by chilled147 (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

heyy jasonh2015
im going out on november 5th on a one year WHV where you flying from?
i decided the same thing i thought the package offers are a waste of time, my sister has been out there since october 06 and she did it all off her own back and got on better then most, those package offers can restrict you to specific dates aswell so i would favour taking things as they come too...take it easy guys, good luck travelling hope to see you all out there!!!


8. Posted by sharp10 (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the advice it's much appreciated.Im flying from Glasgow in may so trying my best to save all the money i can.

Does anyone know if the Oz Alcohol license is worth getting as would be a lot easier to pick up random bar work out this a prerequisite to gaining bar work or not needed?

I f anyones heading out then drop me an e-mail if you want to meet up for a beer or 3?


Mon the scots 1-0 in France

9. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

The RSA "responsible service of alcohol" is very much needed if you will be in sydney doing bar work, and my friend said you need it there to get a job. It's also good to have it if you plan to do bar work anywhere else in Australia, but not a requirement. As for me im flying out of LHR, found the best fare with singapore airlines :) Only 497.00 one way :)

10. Posted by hmclehto (Full Member 142 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi we flew with Malaysian Airlines and it was 550 sterling open return from LHR...