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1. Posted by MasterMole (Budding Member 17 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hey to all, I'm heading off to South East Asia on my own on the 28th of December, after I've travelled around for a bit I'm pretty certain that I'm gunna go to Aus on a working holiday visa, has anyone else done this and if so could you give me some advice on what jobs are best and prices :-/ it's all a bit daunting, and exciting!

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5174 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Count on an average daily budget of AUD $75/day, which would allow you to stay in small dorms in good quality hostels, travel to a next destination by public transport about once a week, buy supermarket food to cook your own meals, and do the occasional (no more than once a week) paid activity (think platypus spotting rather than skydiving).
This is a very general estimate, which differs vastly from person to person. Watch your expenses; many people end up spending twice as much without feeling they're splurging. (It's also possible to live more frugally - especially when working for a while and staying in a share house - but you really have to work on it.)

As for job: Depends entirely on your skill set. Most popular jobs amongst backpackers are probably fruit picking, bar work, and general office work, but if you happen to have experience in IT, or healthcare, or mining, or ... you can do quite a bit better than that.

See the official site of the Australian Department of Immigration for WHV details (including actually ordering it; don't go through a third party!) Note that one of the eligibility requirements is that you enter the country with at least AUD $5000 in available money (which at the above budget would last you a bit over 2 months).

3. Posted by Kirstyonwroot (Budding Member 10 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

My boyfriend and I found that a lot of the time work for accommodation was the only work available. Although that doesn't make you money, it preserves some of your savings and and if you work in hostels you can meet a lot of people. When we arrived in cairns we got a list of all the local hostels, phoned up asking all of them for wfa and within one day we were working at nomads for free accommodation, free breakfast and free dinner for three hours work per day! They totally understand when you get paid work too so you can use this to tide you over while you apply for jobs which is what we did and it was a real safety net when work was hard to find on the east coast. Generally aside from that, we have found jobs on gumtree, and sales jobs are easy to find but be careful as some will pay you commission only. If you can promise an employer 6 months you also have a much better chance of employment. Oh and Queensland is the place we found cheapest for tours, food and night life so may be a good place to start.

4. Posted by MasterMole (Budding Member 17 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Wow thanks guys, very useful tips and advice. I was hoping to maybe do some fruit picking for a few months to try save some money out there is possible. How far in advance do you have to sort accommodation and work or is it best to wait until I get there?
Didn't realise Australia was so expensive day to day, thanks for the heads up!

5. Posted by Kirstyonwroot (Budding Member 10 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I would recommend that around New Years, Christmas and Australia Day you book a little over a week in advance, but don't book for longer than 3 nights at a time if you are looking for WFA. Work is difficult to organise until you are here but we found that looking on gumtree and setting up interviews as well as emailing prospective employers around a week before we arrived in each town meant that we had all of our interviews lined up for when we arrived, and all we had to do was hand out resumes and ask around in between interviews.

6. Posted by jrivers (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

Hi I'll be based in Sydney for about 3 months from December onwards and looking to work for that amount of time to pay my way. I've booked a hostel for the busy Christmas and new year period but I'm not really sure what would be best in terms of work/accommodation for the rest of the time.
Should I live and work in a hostel? Or should I just live in various hostels for that time with a solid job behind me? Or is renting somewhere an option (I've heard its just expensive and hard to find). For that amount of time could anyone help?

7. Posted by MasterMole (Budding Member 17 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

That's the problems I'm having, work in a hostel and get free accom or look for other jobs and pay for accom, I've heard jobs are quite sparse at the mo?
Just go for whatever you can when you get there, it's hard to judge before you're there.
I think farm and fruit picking jobs pay the best but it means you can't travel for that amount of time. I'd love to know more about those type of jobs..

8. Posted by jrivers (Budding Member 3 posts) 4y Star this if you like it!

I looked up fruit picking and farm jobs but many of them are way outside the city, like outback areas. Ideally I want a little job in the city which means I can work and do everything right there, especially if I'll be staying in a few different places along the way.

People say jobs are hard to find and I guess you won't really know until you get there. I've looked on Aus job sites and there are plenty of things on there. I'm also going to contact the hostels I'm planing on staying in to see if they know vacancies for backpackers in the local areas.