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1. Posted by Lee Jeffs (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello Everyone,

Im about to book my first ever travel experience and though id start by doing Australia.

Anyone advise who has been there and how much they budget for?

Im looking at working out there and will be getting the yr visa.... but not sure how much of a budget i should think i prob start work asap!

As i have not got a clue im looking at maybe using ozintro for the first week to get me settled (they seem the best by far) i know this is an expensive option because you can do it all yourself but im still unsure if i should just book a flight and some accomendation for when i get there and go from there???

Also im looking at going in November so would i be best booking accommodation for xmas and new yr or should I be ok?

I know people comment on budget such as hostels etc in $ but can anyone tell me how much they brought in sterling with them and if they spent it all quickly or it lasted! i know everyone experience is different but any help me greatly appreciated!

Sorry for list of questions! just one more!

Anyone else looking to go around this time ? :)

Many Thanks


2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

I'm a Kiwi so can't help you with a budget in pounds, but I can offer you a few pointers :) First being, DEFINTELY book accommodation for over the Christmas/NY period, especially if you'll be in one of the main cities, which I assume you will (Sydney, Melbourne etc?). I think you could do it on your own rather than use Ozintro, Aussie has a big backpacker market that's geared up to accommodating, employing and transporting young foreigners...but this being your first trip you might like to have the security of some things being a sure thing when you first arrive. I met many British travellers while I was in Aussie, they were by far the predominant group of any hostel! So you won't be alone which ever way you choose to do it. While it would be ideal to get a job asap, budget for the fact that it might take you a bit longer to find work than you'd want - definitely take more money than you think you need. In fact just take as much as you can!

3. Posted by Lee Jeffs (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Monkee!

I have made enquries with ozintro it does seem a decent week to do with them!

I also enquried about flights best quote i found was £881 return from sydney and i can pick my return flight through out the year so sounds alright but cant seem to find any cheaper!!

Alot of people seem to say book new yr xmas and that! so you know any decent places to be ?? i think it be nice to be on the beach xmas day haha!

I was thinking of taking around 5k but some people say they gone through that straight away!!

If i do it alone how far is the airport away from anything would i need to arrange pickup or just turn up get a taxi or walk etc ? :):)



4. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Airports are never close to the CBD. Theres always shuttles going though, for all the main city airports and some of the smaller ones too, so you'll be able to find a lift into town that suits your budget whichever city you're flying in to.

Theres plenty of options for a beachside Christmas, you could do Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, or maybe Cairns up the top of the East Coast. Even if you stay in Sydney the beach is pretty accessible :)

5. Posted by Missy__Mo (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi Lee,

You will be fine with 5k, I went out to oz with only about 3k and yeah you can go through it quickly but its fine if ya dont blow it all before you find work. I think I spent 1k in the first month I was there and that was without having to pay for accom as my sis lives out there so crashed at hers.
Then after that I had started admin work, I got a 6month temping post so then I was getting a wage every week and didnt really need to touch the rest of money I brought with me until we went traveling up ther east coast for 6weeks.

Sydney is great at xmas time, I lived in Bondi and just moved into a room in a house full of randomers when I started working so once you get work you will have no trouble finding accom, I used as they always advertising rooms for rent.

I am so jealous, wish I was going back as I totaly loved the place - I had the best 2 years of my life there. Am heading to NZ for a year now at end of sept, am pancking a bit about my budget too as havent really saved that much but hopefully I will get work straight away!!! Happy travelling


6. Posted by Lee Jeffs (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Monkey and Missy_Mo on the advise, it good to hear ill have enough hehe

I have changed my plans slightly im leaving to go bangkok on 11th november to arrive for 12th and going to travel laos - vietnam - camodia -then back to bangkok and down to singapore - then fly into cairns and plan to spend 6months in oz so hopefully ill get some work then im off to newzeland and then fiji before home

Miss_Mo where you going to be in NZ?



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8. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Sounds like a great trip :) Like I said above, I'm a Kiwi so any NZ advice you're after I'd be happy to help!

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10. Posted by Lee Jeffs (Budding Member 16 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks Monkee,

when im getting close to going out there i may prob need some advise