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

hi all!

I am going to oz in june 2009, I will be starting at Cairns and working my way down to Sydney cause a few people have told me that if i follow that route i should more or less have sun all the way through my trip is this right??

I also only have £2000 to take will this be enough? I am going on a working visa so I intend to work harvesting or what ever I can get...

I want to travel with someone but not to stressed bout going by myself.

Anyways any help will be very very much appreciated! Thanks all!

2. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

About the sun, it wont be scorchingly hot you are in their winter during june, it's also tropical up there so you can expect some rain in the winter as well and it can pore, although the actual wet season is about jan-mar... Obvioulsy the further south you go the cooler it will get, Sydney in winter can be pretty cold in the mornings at times, like frotsy cold, then the sun kicks in and it's about 16-21deg, again in Sydney. But i wouldn't excpect paradise like sun everyday down the east coast during in winter, it an be cloudy, rainy and sometimes not that warm.... you might even want a jacket for Sydney at times..

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 18, 2008, at 1:40 PM by andy11 ]

3. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I'd be looking at travelling further than that in a year unless you stay in one place and work for a while. I'd say you could easily do the east coast in 3 months and then explore another area, there's heaps more in Australia!

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

thats a good point!

But is there enough work on the west coast and central of oz to keep me going? it seems to me that alot of the backpackers go to the east coast as its more catered for backpackers?

Would hostels be a problem west coast and centre oz?

My job in the uk is IT support analyst. Would it be possible getting temp jobs in IT?


5. Posted by freemee (Budding Member 46 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

As the WA saying goes West is Best... even the East Coast people i spoke to agreed. I would say defo head over West and follow the sun. I highly recommend Karijini National Park in WA and i recommend stopping off in Broome and then doing the Gibb River Road (although you will need a 4x4 to do this road... saying that we did it in a rusty station wagon would not recommend if you have heart problems lol)

In all seriousness i cant recommend WA highly enough... it has so much to offer.

As for work............. get what you can when you can.... dont over analyse

6. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

You could probably get temp IT work on the east coast and save enough for your trip out west. I work in IT and there are always IT rollout contracts which go for 3 months or so around capital cities which pay ok and would be fairly easy, you might even be able to get one in Perth on the west coast. Have a look on some Australian job sites for an idea of what to expect.

There is heaps of "temp" work in central and western australia but most of it is unskilled such as working in retail (checkout chicks, shelf stackers) shops in towns in the Northern Territory had signs in the window for work available.

I agree with freemee, west is best and you can probably do it fairly cheaply. Out west is much more hospitable to free camping and cheap camping in national parks. The Gibb river road is amazing, but Broome is fairly expensive and had the most expensive accomodation for my entire trip, the beach is worth it though. Check out my pics.

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

hi all!

Thanks for all the information and help everyone! I have seen a few good jobs in perth doing IT temp work pay is good to! Im set to go june the 22 :-) i will be stopping for a month in thailand before my big trip begins. Cant wait! Thanks everyone!

8. Posted by jenko2 (Full Member 123 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

deffo head over to the west coast there is loads of great hostels and work the west is most deff best

9. Posted by SXJ (Budding Member 29 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi all. Quality post & pics from Timtravels.
Richdarich sorry but gonna ask ya a personal question. I have similar funds as you & i would love to stop over in Thailad but am really concerned about running out of cash before setting up camp in Aus. Whats your plans and how do you proposed to afford the stop over.
Not have to answer, just really curious due to my similar position. Advice from others would be greatly appreciated.

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


Thats ok... I am only planning on spending £700 for the whole stopover in Thailand. I came up with this figure from talking to my mates and family and also people on this forum. It will obviously depend on what attractions I do to how long I will be able to stay in Thailand. I don plan on doing many tourist activities while I am there I would just love to see the country... I have managed to save up bit more now so when I go to Oz I will have £1500 which fingers crossed should be ok... Setting up camp with 1500 is easily done! Its just sustaining yourself that is the issue however since having got the great info above, I have managed to find hundreds of temp work mainly in IT paying good money so I shouldn really have any money issues. I will be doing the 3 months fruit picking because I want my 2nd visa! However I am not afraid of hard work so I am sure I can manage it. Lol.

I hope this helps, I know exactly how you feel I was so worried I wont have enough but after speaking to people that have done it I am much more relaxed. A mate mine took £500 and found work and managed perfectly fine for a whole year! Lol