Australasia & Pacific - Australia, New Zealand & Antarctica
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Information about Immigration and Working in Australia/NZ can be found in our All You Need to Know about Immigration, Working, Holidays and Visas thread.
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Extensions to visas for seasonal work, studying in Australia, extending your stay, Australian citizenship, where to find fruit picking/harvesting jobs (a link from the Working Holiday Makers page) can be found at this website
Tip - use the menus along the top. It's all quite straight forward and user friendly. link for NZ WHV more »
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Hi! I'm turning 31 in a couple weeks and I know it's a lot harder to obtain a work visa after doing so. Does anyone have any advice on what options I have in order to stay out there. I'm thinking of staying for 2-3 months at least and kind of taking it from there. My background is gemology so I was thinking of possibly working for the Lightning Ridge or Argyle Mines, but I'm also open to other fields of work.
I have been reading a lot of posts about the requirements for the 2nd year WHV... I have just been granted my first one and intend to travel to Aus in Feb 2014- i know it is a long way off but i need to book flights so i get them as cheap as possible!
I am currently therefore looking at where to fly into, i am going to do my regional work to obtain the 2nd yr whv straight away so that I can relax and not have to stress about it later in the year- plus i figured it would be a great way to see parts of aus that i might not have done otherwise- i.e victoria, South Australia or Western Australia- which is where i'm thinking of doing my regional work- fruit picking etc...
I have family in Melbourne so was hoping to base myself there, but having looked through the downloadable doc from the Harvest Trail website and looking at the eligible postcodes i'm not sure its goi... more »
I’m working on a New Zealand itinerary and I can’t seem to find an inexpensive way to get from Waitomo Caves to Hamilton airport. The wrinkle is that I’m interested in something leaving Waitomo in the morning. Naked Bus runs a service to Hamilton, but it doesn’t depart Waitomo until 1730 hours. Anyone out there have any suggestions on how to get from Waitomo to Hamilton airport departing at around 0800 or 0900 hours without spending a fortune? Many thanks!
I'm searching for someone kindly sharing his/her car for a (return) lift from Brisbane to any surf spot during the week-ends :) . If you are a surfer, I'd be glad to share you surf sessions too (5 years of surf for me). :)
The lift would be during the day (I can wake up early if needed), the deal is that we share the gas cost so everyone wins!
Thanks, see you!
Martin (23 yo french easygoing guy :) )
Myself and my boyfriend are arriving in melbourne on the 3rd June from singapore and have got 2 weeks to travel up to Sydney. We were going to hire a campervan to do it so we could travel along the coast but there seems to be loads of extra costs involved which has put us off a bit. We want to make the most of our time but are worried the greyhound or trains will miss out a lot of places on the way. We are looking for any advice on a cheap but good way to travel up any help would be really appreciated. Thanks!
I'm planing to migrate in Australia. I'm taking course for IELTS tests at the moment, and researching the way for legalize my diploma ( master degree). I'm from Macedonia but I finish my education in Bulgaria. I'm an architect working in Bulgaria with more than 6 year work experience. When I'll take my IELTS ( with the rating I need) and legalize my diploma I should find a job, get a job and after that I can apply for visa. I'll be very grateful if someone is going to give me any kind of information how to find a job as an architect. Thanks in advance!!!
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We're overnighting in central Auckland prior to flying out. I'm going mad trawling through the likes of Tripadvisor, Menumania and Dineout trying to find somewhere for dinner.
Does anyone have any favourites they could recommend? I like Prego, but as they don't accept bookings, would prefer somewhere we could book. Budget not an issue
Thanks in advance.
I am planning my trip to australia (august) and want to go to Fraser Island, I am travelling alone and preferd to walk the island instead of a 4wd tour.
I have seen a recommendation of a walking tour with footprintsonfraser, I haven´t been able to contact them or open there web page, has any one done it? any other company I can arrange this type of trip?
Also would need to decide between whitsunday or kepple island, I am budget so need advise. Also like to see kakadu so if you have any recommendation it would be great.
I'd like to hire a cruiser on the Hawkesbury River for a 5 day midweek hire in mid July this year - two people. It's something that I used to do quite regularly once, but things have changed; the charterer I once used (Halvorsens) no longer seems to be in existence and the very nature of the boats seems to have changed.
I don't need a "flybridge" stinkboat - I'd love a Halvorsen 26 or 30, but suspect that they no longer exist, I'd consider a "houseboat", but know very little about them (I'd want something capable of around 8 knots) and would greatly appreciate advice from people with personal or shared experience from the last couple of years.
And yes, I do know about google but would nonetheless appreciate internet links that might be useful, as there are almost certainly good ones that I have missed.
Nautically yours ........
Road trip in early August 2013. We love scenery and looking at a good photography opportunity during this trip. Would love to squeeze some time for bungy/tandem skydive/jetboating
Will be arriving at midnight and checking in a nearby motel till morning for collection of car.
Day 1 - arrive at CHC, depart to Fox Glacier through Arthur's Pass in the morning (1 night)
The drive might be a little tricky during winter season? No experience in driving on snow/ice. Googled and it says it will take about 5hrs for a 400km drive. Anyone has experience on this? This is my most worrying part.
Day 2 - Fox Glacier half day walk (read good reviews on it)
Depart for Wanaka - puzzling world
Depart for Queenstown after or should I stay at Wanaka for a night?
Day 3 - Queenstown (bungy?skydive?jetboat? we saw a combo deal at combos.co.nz !)
Day 4 - Milford Sound? Te Anau?
Day 5 -... more »
There are 6 of us doing a road trip from Adelaide to Alice in a total of 4 days. Does anyone have any worth seing sights on the way up to Alice, bearing in mind we are on a tight schedule?
We are planning on driving as much as possible so we can spend one evening at Uluru and watch the sunset and sun rise there, as well as going to Kings Canyon.
Any tips will be greatly appreciated :)
As it stands I'll be looking to travel to Alice Springs Darwin on or around the 12th June this year. One plan is to travel overnight on The Ghan train, though that only leaves on the 12th. It's slightly difficult however as my girlfriend it flying out of Alice Springs on the 16th before I head east.
Ideally we'd like to spend at least one night camping in and around Uluru and we have a possible tour in mind. The problem is simply timing. In order to do the tour we have in mind we would have to be at the Ayers Rock centre to be picked up in the early afternoon, with the tour finishing in the early afternoon the next day.
If this were to be the tour we'd choose then there is a flight eary enough from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock, though the return trip is a problem. There only seems to be Quantas that flies from AR to AS and it leaves too early in the morning. As such I'd be look... more »
I keep getting conflicting answers. Would my Canadian iPhone work in Australia? Debating if it's worth getting it unlocked and taking it with me.
i'd to visit the Ayer's rock in that period but somebody tell me that it's too hot in December(i 'll fly in Sidney or Melbourne one month and half travelling)with a young children and considering that isn't a economic destination i don't know what i have to do....Exploring just the coast from Sidney to Melbourne?There is enough to see in one month and half?Is itworth while really Ayer's rock in that season?
Thank you so much
I've got a working holiday visa for Australia and I am hoping to do some fruit picking to obtain a second working holiday visa. I'm just wondering what is the best way to get a fruit picking job?
I've been told a working hostel will be useful. Does anyone know of any? Preferably in Queensland or the Northern Territory?
Or does anyone else know of any other ways? There are a few websites but so many people look on these all the time that I think this would be a difficult way of finding a fruit picking job.
Any info/advice would be great. Thanks.
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