Do you have to have a Clear Itinerary for Australia?

Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Do you have to have a Clear Itinerary for Australia?

1. Posted by Marcus1 (Full Member 129 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

If you were looking first to get to know people or a job, would you be better to start on the East Coast?
Do you have to have an exact plan of what you want to do or do you just find yourself going along with people?

2. Posted by Steve_ell (Budding Member 39 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I live in Oz and have travelled it extensively and prefer spontenaity. The backpacker trail and temporary work procurement are long established. It is really easy to get work as our unemployment is at a 30 year low. I know the east coast cities have agencies specifically catering for low-skill jobs for travellers. Perth is benefiting from a huge mineral boom and just can't get enough workers. It is just as easy to get to any of the multitude of attractions via many alternative modes.
While here you will probably stay in backpacker hostels so you'll tap straight into the grapevine and find many potential travel mates all with heaps of info.
Whatever you do don't set a time limit. Oz is huge and many of the spectacular places (Karrajini, Uluru, Ningaloo, Kakadu, Kimberleys, etc) are far, far away.

3. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Of course you'll always have ideas of things you wanna do/places you'd like to visit.......but as for a planned itinery, I'd advise against it!! From the first other backpacker you meet in Aussie, you'll be hearing stories of cool places, you'll read ads for jobs you might wanna try out. Basically, by not planning, you leave yourself open to so many more possibilities :) And I'm sure you'll enjoy the freedom of being able to make these choices on the go as opposed to following a plan!