3 months.....worth waisting visa?

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

Hi All,

I am thinking maybe I should not waste my working visa on a two month (was three but problems) trip I have managed to get £2000 together do you think that I would be able to last on this? As obviously I know I cant work.

I wanna be able travel east coast specially to Cairns

Please help bit confused dont wanna miss the big year trip next time round


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5297 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

£2000 is roughly $4300 (AUD), so that would give you a budget of $70 per day over a two month trip.
In my experience, you can very comfortably travel as a backpacker on a budget of $50-$60 per day when you stay in small four bed dorms in good quality hostels (can be much cheaper if you go for larger dump in less nice hostels), buy supermarket food and cook your own meals (splurging on a restaurant maybe once or twice a week), and travel on to the next destination by bus or train every 5-7 days. You then have $10-$20 per day (or $70-$140 per week) wiggle room for going partying, doing expensive activities such as a bridge climb, daytrips, great barrier reef snorkeling, etc (careful with these, as they add up very swiftly).

And yes, if you have the desire to at one point do a whole year in Australia, I'd really recommend not doing this trip on the WHV.

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

It does sound do-able but what I was thinking was taking roughly £2000 and working doing harvesting my first month to support myself and then the second month travel down from Cairns to Sydney and see all the attractions with my £2000

That way get best both worlds I am some what strangley attracted to the idea of harvesting (i do realise how hard it will be)

I definateley wanna be able to snorkle barrier reef and sky dive, white water raft and all that.

Dont know I got to think bout it carefully.

ALSO, if I wanted the 2 year visa could I go on my 2 year visa and do the 3 months seasonal work or do you have to do that in your first year?

I might try New Zealand next year any thoughts on that?


4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5297 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

A month is a pretty short time to do the entire East Coast. You'll either have to miss big attractions, or really rush your way through.

You have to do three months of seasonal work on your first WHV, otherwise you're not eligible for the second WHV. And they're really strict with this: 89 days of work is not good enough.

New Zealand is a gorgeous country, and I can highly recommend spending a year there on a WHV. Culture wise it's quite similar to Australia, but it's much more compact, and the natural beauty there is much more obvious and accessible.

[ Edit: Edited on Mar 31, 2008, at 6:57 AM by Sander ]

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

Cool thanks for the help.

I got allot of deciding to do this week I think as I am applying for my visa on Saturday night.

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

can the 3 months of harvest work be spred out over the year or does it have to be in one go?

7. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5297 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

It can be spread out.

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

Thanks for all the advice guys I have no made other arrangments to go on a tourist visa instead because I want to keep my 1 year visa for when I can fully use it. What sorta trip does anyone reckon I should do as I am only going 2 months. I def wanna see cairns


9. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5297 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

I'd say for a rough itinerary: spend a week in Cairns, spend a week in Sydney, and spend six weeks bussing the coast in between, staying wherever takes your fancy. You can get a Greyhound Mini Traveller Pass for $321 (that's the discount rate with a backpacker card like a membership of YHA or VIP (or ISIC, I think)) from Cairns to Sydney (or vice versa), allowing you to travel that distance at your own pace (getting off wherever you like) during a period of 45 days. Assuming you're flying in and out of Sydney, you'll want to book a one way plane ticket as well, which shouldn't cost you more than $150-$200. (Check qantas, virginblue and jetstar for the best rate.)

10. Posted by LusciousLu (Budding Member 72 posts) 10y Star this if you like it!

Having just been here for only 3 weeks, and not been too bad with my money, it is still just too damn easy to literally piss it up the wall. If you are easily swayed by big nights out and those happen daily, you could see your money disappear very quickly indeed! I have witnessed kids who have arrived with only a one way ticket and only 500 quid in there pocket and quelle surprise are broke already within a week!

If you can budget well and not drink the bar dry each evening then 2k may last a reasonable while. I have blown nearly that in only 3 weeks and I have not exactly been partying, just living a nice life in Sydney but when a nights session beckons and you are not used to the exchange etc, its easy to say goodbye to $60 a night without realising what is happening before its too late.

Dont want to freak you out, just letting you know how it is sometimes. Tourist visa is deffo the best option initially though. Have fun up the East Coast.