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1. Posted by Adammitchell (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hello all,

Me and my girlfriend have recently bought working/traveling visas for Australia. We are aged 19 and 21 both really outgoing and fun people, but unfortunately don't have a clue where to start. I have heard the west coast is a good route to travel but would like some feedback from people who know a bit more than me lol. We are looking at getting flights sorted for march. Could someone do me a massive favour and maybe give me ideas for somewhere to start, a direction to go and a route where we could find casual work and have alot of fun and nightlife along the way ??

Thanks :) Adam

2. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

The west coast of Australia is very beautiful because of its beaches and remoteness, not the best place to go if you want a nightlife ;)

You don't mention how long you're planning on staying in Australia for but with a WHV I'm guessing about a year. I think if you're looking for a decent nightlife and casual work you'd be best starting in Melbourne and working/travelling up the east coast, this is a pretty common route and the east coast tends to have more of a party atmosphere than the west coast.

If you have time after reaching Cairns I'd head over to Darwin and down through the centre of Australia and possibly over to Perth on the west coast after that.

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

I agree with Tim, for night life and casual work Melbourne would be the best all rounder,

Sydney and the gold coast are fantastic for night life...

to be honest i would start in mel then work your way up the east coast then make a trip to perth..

Perth is a very beautiful city especially during the summer time, its very clean, full of stunning beaches and good looking friendly people, work is pretty easy to get hold of because its a booming city due to all the mines around WA. Night life well... it could be better but can be still good if you know where to go... Perth is more for their Sunday sessions at the pub..

Any questions feel free to send us a message

have a good one mate..

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6. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2015 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

When I went several years ago, I started in Cairns, where I bought a 30-day bus pass, and used it to travel down the east coast and all the way west to Perth. Buses are quite nice in AU, and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip. The only trouble with the far west is it's remoteness - most of the action in AU is centered around the large cities in the east, and the coast of Queensland. After the crowding in my home, the USA, it felt a little lonely to be in such a sparsely populated land down under. I liked Sydney and Cairns the best (Brisbane and Adelaide the least).

7. Posted by Adammitchell (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Yes sorry I should have said we are planing on going out for the year. Thanks for the replys I have found them really helpful. About accommodation it looks like room sharing in someones flat is the cheapest option would I be right in thinking that ?? Also for traveling would you recommend buying a car to travel up the coast or public transport ??

8. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

When you're staying in a city for a period of time then room sharing will probably be cheapest. Buying a car/van would be personal preference and if you want independance this is probably the way to go. The other option would be getting a greyhound bus pass for the east coast and if you travel more hiring a van.

9. Posted by jeanie99 (Full Member 155 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

We traveled the East coast from Cape Tribulation to the Great Ocean road in three months during the Winter.
Mainly camping, hired a camper van and a car for some of the time, and some hostels and small budget hotels.
Small town Australia is very quiet we couldn't get meals after 6 at night and pubs closed down early if they weren't busy.

The camp sites are brilliant with great kitchens and we used the bowling clubs for meals. If you do camp always keep the tent door closed as there are snakes and spiders looking for nice warm places to sleep.

Beautiful beaches and amazing places to visit, we sailed to the Great Barrier Reef and snorkeled there it was amazing, visited The Whitsundays for a day another must do. These sort of outing do cost money but it's so worth it, that's what travel is about.

The larger towns and cities have everything you could want and are safe.

It can be as cheap or as expensive as you want clearly the large cities will charge more for food and accommodation.

We found lots of young people working in bars and on the land, land work can be hard sometimes working for 12 hours a day but the wages are good.

Australia is an easy country to travel in you'll not have any problem.

Best of luck


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