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Old 10-21-2003, 02:01 AM   #1
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Hi everyone
Im a 18 year old male living in Canada and Im planning on going to Aussie next september (by then im 19) With a friend, we are planning on staying a year packin, and working. I have 3 questions that concern me the most.

1. Working Visas, what are they and how do I get them.

2. What is the minimum ammount of money I should be heading over there with so I can get situated and going

3. What is there to consdier when i pack my pack? Do I need utensils, tents etc... Im planning on staying in hostels.

Thats the three main concerns I have, I cant wait to go I have done lots of traveling before but never really with just a pack and a few bucks. Im really open minded and wouldent complain at all if I somehow ended up in Asia somewhere during my journey. So thanks all info would be greatly appreciated.
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hey dude,

try these websites for info on working visas:

Australian Immigration Department - follow the visiting Australia menu

Visas

As far as bringing utensils, tents etc... not if you are staying in hostels

hope this helps a bit... and welcome to the boards
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Old 10-21-2003, 08:20 AM   #3
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To Da Boards newbiepacker...


As a Canadian, here is the info you will require from the Australia High Commission in Ottawa

Working Holiday Visa Australia

All the rules and requirment for Canadians are there, Make sure when you are researching you are searching specifically for things that aply to Canadians, because we are a Commonwealth country, there are some differences then say an American looking for info.

As for money, I do beleive they will not let you have the 1 yr Visa, unless you can prove you have 5000$ in you bank account, this is to be sure while you are traveling through the country, you do not become a burden on there social services. So $5000 is the least you will need.

My guess is you will have to find a job while you are there, and if your working, then you will not be staying in tents on a camp site, you will have to have a room somewhee where you can shower and keep you cloths...nothing worse that goning to work smelling and wearing wrinkled cloths...

I always travel with fork/spoon/knife, thats way i know they are clean when i start to use them.
For other ideas on what to pack check this thread started a while back...

What Do You Carry In Your Pack

That should help you some..
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thanks for all the info, that helped quite a bit.
Im also wondering about 2 more related things
1. How does one go about getting a job once your there, do you just walk into a restuarant or sometihng ad say "Hello, im from canada travelling through Oz, Can I get a job here ?" Or do you need to show them some form of resume ?

2. are sleeping bags needed or do hostels provide you with sheets and such ?

Thanks again all, after these 2 questions I think I should be good, Really pumped about going, but also very nervous hope it turns out too be a good trip
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Provided you've got a valid working visa, getting a job should be as simple (or hard, depending on the job you are after + your skills/qualifications) as finding one, be that looking in the newspaper or walking into some place and seeing if they are putting anyone on at that time.

Guess it depends on the sort of work you are after but i'd would definitely suggest you bring a resume with you as most places will want to see what you have done/can do and indeed may even want to call anyone you have listed as a referee that can vouch for your skills/work ethic etc...
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Like cliffo said, you with a valid visa, you should be able to apply for any job...

Here are some Australia job search engines to see what is available...

ZDnet

Career One

Job Search ( Goverment Web Site )

My Career

This should give you a basic start to your search.

As for your sleeping bag??? Most hostels will provide you with sheets and a blanket, but i would call ahead to be sure. Alot of hostels do not let you use you sleeping bag because thats how Bed Bugs are spread.

I would bte you will not be staying in hostels for a year, you may find as time goes on the opertunity will come up that you will share a flat with one or more people, your sleeping bag would come in handy then. So I would say leave it at the start,, but if it turns out you need it, get a family member to send it over in the post. This is more of a personal opinion than a suggestion

And we are always glad to help around here!!! Don't every be shy to ask questions, especially here, there is always someone who wants to help out!!! The only silly question is the question that is not asked! :D

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If your concerned about needing a resume, ( Which you will most likley need) don't carry it with you, it will get ruined fo sure...If you have online email, send it to yourself, that way you an print it off when ever you need it.
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well thanks again all.
Im really feeling good about this trip now, im thinkin that this advice is really gonna help. I dont know if I said wha my exact plans were but I am planning on going for about 6 months, Im starting to wonder if thats too long to be living off just a pack even though I have talked to people who have done it, but I do plan on moving around quite a bit, also wondering if thats too long a time to be staying in hostels, but whatever I think is possable. Im planning on moving around the east coast alot, with occational jumps to the west if something there sounds worth checkin out, and jist heading up the coast workin when my cash runs low and seeing all that Oz has to offer. So thanks again all I appreciate it
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Hey Newbiepacker, I'm in exactly the same situation as you, I'm from the UK travelling to Oz in just 8 days! Ahhhh! Its my first ever travelling expedition on my own and I'm the same age as you will be when you get out there. I just gotta say, I was in the Dominican Republic last November, I met a load of Canadians out there and you lot rock! I've never partied so hard in all my life! They're from Turonto and I was supposed to going over there to stay with them for a few weeks last June, although it had to be cancelled because of the SARS outbreak, was dissapointing but we're still in contact. Anyway, I'll keep you posted when I get to Oz and try give you a few pointers cos if your anything like I am at the moment, I really dont have a clue what to expect!
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Old 10-26-2003, 04:55 PM   #11
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Cool
Thanks a million, glad you had fun with us canucks lol, as for keepin me posted that would be great. Have a super trip
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Old 10-26-2003, 05:10 PM   #12
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Hey newbiepacker WELCOME TO THE BOARDS!

I don't think that there's anything else that I can add to the above tips and suggestions to help you out.

I was going to add the Bartending gig for extra money link that Cdude started a while back, but looks like you already got to it !

Some hostels you can negotiate with - you work for them in exchange for housing and some pay. You can try this anywhere you will be staying at for any great length of time. It's all about selling yourself!

Check out this guy- Getting paid to party til dawn

Hayley, women bartenders always make the bank at the bars that I've seen them at. Could be something to think about for some extra cash!


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Will definately be trying out some bar work TP, apart from it being good fun, I thinks its gonna be a great way to meet people.
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hey there
I read that guy on gettin to party until dawn and he said most bars cater to women or EU citizens. I was just wondering if this is true because I have a German passport and talk German and all that jazz so technicaly im a EU citizen, I also have a Canadian pass (dual citizenship) Will this help me finding a job or should I best just leave the German passport at home ??????
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same here...male backpacker virgin looking for the same advise as u do...apprecriate all the comments...sounds like fun
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Hey all

If you're thinking of travelling up the east coast look into seasonal picking...

Ummm tent and sleeping bag... theres some nice places to camp if you want to get out under the stars otherwise yeah most of the places along the coast have hostels with sheets and cosy doonas

I meet some guys camping that had just tent pegs and a tarp.. it was very funny but not very good for the mosquitos so i lent them my tent for the rest of their trip and they very nicely sent it back to me when the flew home... so yeah maybe if anyones after a camping experience while they're in Oz.. send me an email id be happy to share my tent and a blanket with anyone

hmmmm.. okay cant think of anything else at the moment but hey just yell my way if you want to know anything.. i'll try to help out.. btw im in NSW... but have travelled some of vic, Tassie, NSW, and some of QLD... oh yeah and NZ

Im going to try and use England as my base for next yr... also hoping to stay a bit with friends in France and Holland too.. so yeah im a little concerned about 12 mths but im getting very nervous/excited about my first big step into the world
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Hey,

I live in Melbourne and if you're coming here, I will tell you it is very easy to find work. I've worked in hospitality for several years and have seen travellers come in and out of pubs all the time. There's a great pub in South Melbourne that employs travellers frequently, for bar work or kitchen hand. I worked there for a couple of years and met heaps of travellers. And they love Canadians!

If you do go to Melbourne, the pub is called The Cricket Club Hotel.

Good Luck!
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Hey newbie,

I live in Australia (Adelaide) and from what i hear if you are up for a little bit of physical work you can do what Kazza suggested, seasonal fruit picking.

In South Australia you have the Barossa Valley (1hr from Adelaide - wine area, used to live there) and then you have Riverland (2-3hr from Adelaide - its a wine and fruit area). Both places hire pickers - i hear more hired in Riverland (@ Berri & Waikerie). A mate says fruit season there is from december - feb. Grape season begins March-ish from memory.

I know the owners of the backpacker hostel in the Barossa - very nice ppls.

I have also heard that there is plenty of seasonal picking in Queensland, up along the coast - all different types of fruit. But i don't know many details on it sorry.

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Here in Aus u need some kind of certificate to work in a pub or something. It is very democratic here..
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waaaaaaaaaasss uuuuuuuuupppppppppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Hey was up Newbie, I think traveling Europe is an awsome idea, I am 19 and am in the same situation as you, i'll be traveling in september by myself for the first time and from what I gather it is pretty easy to find work if your a traveler. Any way I hope you and your freind have a awsome time and maybe well meet up in London or something. Plus if you have any tips you've pickedup please E-mail at mcmees@hotmail.net.
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