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1. Posted by david june 22nd (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

hey guys!

i am david and i'm going to be travelling to australia on june 22nd 2011. there was origionally 4 of us going but my 3 friends have all backed out and left me in the deep end. i have a 12 month working visa, and £5000 english pounds so i should have enough to start me off.

i have my first week in sydney booked with a company named ozintro i have my first week booked/planned out. the problem is, there doesnt seem to be anyone in my group or even anyone travelling in june! i'm guessing because its winter?
im just worried that i may be the only person there at that point and im a pretty quietperson and not very outgoing so im very worried i may not meet anyone while im there or how i will meet anyone.
also worried about how i will get around, moving on from place to place?

if anyone can give me some kind of advice or just what you did while there on your own and how you met people and how you found your way around.

thanks alot!


2. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi David,

I can't help you as far as getting around as I've never been to Australia. Others will have advice for you.

I can say you will meet people - if for no other reason than you are on a 'working visa' which means looking for work. You have to talk to people when trying to find a job.

As for others in your group not traveling, you will be staying somewhere at night. Don't hide in your room or behind a book. If it's a hostel, go to the common area. You may be a shy person but, just being physically in an area where there are other people allows them to make contact with you. A simple "hello" has created some great friendships for us when we've least expected it.

Other people have posted their same 'fears' about the same subjects. So far, I haven't seen one come back and say they didn't make any type of acquaintances. More often than not, they are overwhelmed with the number of people they meet without even trying.

I've move this thread to the Australia Forum so people can answer your 'getting about' question.

Just go with the flow - or as my best friend now says "flow with the go".

3. Posted by david june 22nd (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

okay thanks

allot for the advice. i think i just have it in my head that there wont be anyone else there since its winter and so cold and i'll be the only one there haha

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I doubt that - the 'anyone there and so cold' thing. Come to Illinois in the winter and you'll see people still show up here. Winter is just a matter of perspective depending on your native location. What's cold for one may be t-shirt weather for me and many other people traveling.

5. Posted by david june 22nd (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

haha okay well i'm going to look more into it and see if i can make a plan of action!

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 6283 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Don't worry, there are plenty of people around in winter. Backpackers largely come on a 12 month visa and a lot of them make use of the full 12 months. And June is holiday period in the northern hemisphere, so a lot of people come then because that's when they have a few weeks off.

There are certain parts of the country that are more popular at different times of year too. It being colder in the south of Australia during July, the north is where a lot of people go that time of year.

Then again, if you want to find work and are looking for the kind of work that all the other backpackers would want as well, then maybe going somewhere a little less crowded will be a bonus ;)

Finally, in case you have any intentions of being in Sydney for New Years (almost everyone does it seems :)) - be aware that you should book that accommodation now! It gets booked up a long, long time in advance and your options will become very limited the closer you get.

7. Posted by lee123 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hey David Im in the same boat, 24 and got a WHV, staring in Sydney next month.

I have my first 4 nights sorted with STA, then just gonna take it from there, no solid plans yet. im not really that outgoing either when i first meet people but like others have said im sure it will be fine!

Im going in winter, as in my blind optimism i think it will be quieter and easier to find work also ease me into OZ summer !!!!

I looked at travelling which seems to be pretty easy on the east coast, by bus - look at greyhound - internal flights seem reasonable check out virginblue and jet star.

I go June 12 - if you coming later and want any advice before give me a shout or if you fancy meeting up! ?


8. Posted by david june 22nd (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

hey lee

yeah i just changed my ozintro starter week to the 4th of july so i'll be in sydney for a little longer than planned but thats no big deal!

do you have any idea where you plan to travel to once there or do you have any coach tickets booked? i saw a company that sells a 12month pass thing for maybe like 300 pounds and you can get on and off the coaches to anywhere you want as many times as you want.
ive not properly looked into it but may be worth looking at something similar?

yeah i'd love to meet up if we'rein the same area at the same time! do you have facebook or anything?

9. Posted by lee123 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!


wow July 4th i will have been there a few weeks then - so should know my way round.

I have know idea where im going after Sydney, i now think that may be a bit naive, but heyhoo, ive not made solid plans as want to keep it felxible, depends what i think of sydney and if i get work etccc....... but defo plans to travel around do ayes rock and stuff. whats your plans ???

ive seen the bus thing which looks like a good idea. going to see the travel agent next weekend so may pre-book with them.

yea add me on facebook Lee Bell.

10. Posted by david june 22nd (Budding Member 6 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

yeah well i actually land in sydney onb the 24th of june because i had a starter week booked for the 27th but thats been changed to the 4th of july now so just gunna keep my flight the same and will have to spend like a week on my own ha. tbh man i have no idea about anything. dont know how long i plan to stay in sydney or where im going after or how i'll get here or anything lol.

lots of planning to do!! and i looked on fb for lee bell but turns out there's more than just one in the world haha

thats my fb page so feel free to add :P