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Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific Advice...PLEASE!

1. Posted by richie222 (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Hi All,

I am going to Australia 1st June by myself backpacking for three months with £1000 in my pocket.

My question is, I am planning on working (picking fruit etc) would picking fruit give me enough money to pay essentials (accom, food, etc) plus hopefully a bit to travel up east coast and see attractions and do things?

I am so nervous that I will go there and have to cut the trip short because I will be dry on funds?

Also has anyone been during the OZ winter I keep hearing mixed feelings I have been told that its better to go that time year cause less humidity but then others saying I should pack very warm clothes????

Thanks all

Any advise would be appreciated

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Fruit picking is not a well paying job. Especially when you're inexperienced, you won't be saving a whole lot of money per day. It wouldn't surprise me at all if you'd need to work for a full month of your three months in order to be able to pay for the full three months. (Your £1000 will likely last you about 4-6 weeks, depending on how frugal you are.)

Also: I assume you have (are intending to get) a working holiday visa in order to be able to do this work? Working without a visa is a bad idea, as Australian immigration is very strict; if they catch you, you'd not only be kicked out of the country, but also not allowed back in for the next five years. (Plus finding work would be hard, as employers risk major fines.)
Yet it seems a shame to me to "waste" the one in a lifetime working holiday visa for just a short three month trip, of which you'd be working a significant part. I'd really try working extra while at home (where it's always easier to earn more money) and trying to save up another 500-1000 pounds so you can go on just a 2-2.5 month trip without needing to work.

Australia is a huge country, so what clothes to pack depends on where in Australia you're going. Down in Melbourne, daytime temperatures will probably be 10-15 degrees, but nights can hover just a few degrees above freezing. Sydney will be 15-20 degrees during the daytime already, and up in Cairns you can expect 25+ degree days. That time of year is definitely the best time to go far north, as it's the dry season.

3. Posted by nicki_xx (Budding Member 22 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

hey, not really got any advice for ya, but i'm heading over there on June 21st, only got 5 weeks so my schedules gonna be a bit crammed trying to fit everything in, but maybe we could meet up over there is we are in the same place, travel buddies are always good.

nikki x

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

And I can add, it will be cold in the mornings and in the evenings, because houses are not built like eg in Europe. You can feel the wind through the windows and no central heating, but winter can be good time too. Less crowded in most of the places....just get those Uggs when you'll get here. Good luck with your planning!

5. Posted by snudge (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Do you reckon that its ok to go for a year with £1000 to start if you are planning to work for up to a few months at a time?

6. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Quoting snudge

Do you reckon that its ok to go for a year with £1000 to start

No. One of the requirements of the Working Holiday Visa is that you have at least $5000 (AUD) in available funds. That's roughly £2300.
There's some people who manage on half that of course (as there generally is no checking up on this requirement), but far more who discover that you really do need that much money, and some who're unlucky enough to really not have that much money who will have to preemptively abort their trip.

7. Posted by snudge (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

i have access to more funds than that but in general could that be done?i mean limiting to spending that if possible and making the rest to spend rather than dipping into my other funds

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5235 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Well, that depends entirely on yourself. There's people who do fine, working two or three jobs at a time, or being incredibly lucky and finding something well paying with hardly any effort. So yes, it's possible - but it's definitely not guaranteed.
For most people, £1000 would last about a month - so you'd want to go look for work right away (since you're not guaranteed to find any right away), and either move into a cheap apartment right away, or always try to do cleaning in hostels to pay for your accommodation for the night. But then you have to be careful not to get stuck just in the city where you first arrived, as you'll really regret not having seen much of the rest of the country (that's a very common trap for people who arrive with little money).

9. Posted by snudge (Budding Member 24 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

If i got work on a farm somwhere fw months should that not enable me to acmulate a nice bit of money for next part of trip as i wouldnt be spending much out on a farm id imagine? really i want to pay for the trip on the trip, that was the idea to have an experience and fund it by doing so

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 31, 2008, at 6:01 AM by snudge ]