Australasia & Pacific - Australia, New Zealand & Antarctica
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Hi i am going to spend 10 days in Australia. First 4 days i need to be in Melbourne and last 3 days i want to left for Sydney and Blue mountains. What about the rest 3 days ? Is it worth to visit Canberra ? or it is better to go to Tasmania or fly over to Cairns or Gold coast ? I reall dont know so will appreciate any advice.
Thank you guys
Hello! So I am a student in my last year of university in the states, and I am interested in study abroad/internship programs my school offers in various regions of Australia. I wanted to know, in general, the basic differences between cities such as Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane (Gold Coast?), Adelaide, or any other interesting places worth mentioning. I am studying a combination of international relations, environmental conservation, and public health, but I love the things that make life worth living (good music, good food, places to hike/camp, and friendly and outgoing people). I know any description of the cities would be an over-simplification of them, but I guess what are their general feel? If it is worth mentioning, I am as they say in the states "a person of color", but I don't know if that really is an issue in Australia.
Thanks for any help!
Need confirmation that I have or have not stuffed up. I fear the latter.
I will leave Australia 6 months prior to expiry and return 12 days after the six month period. Expires in December. Last week I checked validity in Europe and BKK and they seem to have shorter entry and exit requirements so I thought the 6 month rule was a figment of my imagination. Tried to google Passport info and only got info on how to apply etc.
Now I have found this statement
"Make sure your passport has at least six months' validity from your planned date of return to Australia. Carry extra passport photos in case your passport is lost or stolen and you need to replace it while you're away."
is the return policed or could I scrape it in.
so it looks like I may have to get an expensive replacement in a hurry.
Am I correct? Bugger. ... more »
If your a young Australian person planning on travelling abroad you should try to not behave like a bogan or risk being locked up in another country - or worst still beaten up and nearly killed.....
We spent 2 months, mid January to mid March, earlier this year travelling in New Zealand. We flew in and out of Auckland and hired an adapted Toyota Estima hatchback car, not a Motorhome or Campervan, more a camper-car. We spent a month on each island. I kept a travel blog during that time which is still available on-line. If anyone would like to take a look at it please PM me. Warning - it does go on a bit, more of a diary/journal! Or I could just send you a copy of our conclusions and thoughts about what we did and how we did it. Please bear in mind that we are 70s and not into bungy jumping, white water rafting etc.
I'm getting really confused as to whether my travel plans will effect me getting a working holiday visa for Aus and NZ.
I'm 26 and next month I head off to spend a couple of years travelling, working and volunteering through Asia. I'm aware by doing this my residency status in the UK may change from 'ordinary resident' to 'non resident'. I know that this is mainly for tax reasons and it doesn't effect my UK passport holding status but will it effect my chances of getting both Aus and NZ visa's?
After Asia I wanted to go to Aus for a year then apply for a second year then apply for a year in NZ, or maybe NZ first then Aus.
I think the first application should be OK but by the time I get to the third I will have been away from the UK for 4 years.
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I'm planning a trip this july starting of in Perth then thinking of trying the india pacific train down to adelaide and from there onwards travel to melbourne, sydney, gold coast then brisbane before taking a plane to NZ for my last week.
I am mainly doing this trip to try out new activities and my lodging mostly would be in friends' hostels or backpacker inns.
I need tips on the travelling from country to country in a cheap affordable manner. I am trying to limit my budget to 100 per day except splurging slightly on skydiving in byron bay.
Appreciate any inputs or tips to make my trip more fun in anyway at all
Im a 20 year old girl from sweden
In 2/10/2013 im arriving to Sydney!
I have dreamd about going to australia a long time!
Im going alone and i wonder if there are some other backpackers that are arriving the same day or week as i and would like to hang out or something ?
Im not planning to stay for long in Sydney im going north and want to find a job :) but i also want to do some extreems and some sport acktivities mabye diving, bungy jump or whatever (as long its fun or relaxing:)
im not coming to pary hard (mabye a little but its not my first prioroty) i want to explore the country, take some photos of tropical animals.
Im so fasinated of this country and i want to see every espect of it :)
Sorry for my english, i hope it will approve as well after a few month in Australia :)
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Does anyone remember this alternative magazine from the late seventies onwards?
Anyone know when it stopped production and does anyone have any back copies they may not want?
chicken shop WA
I Live in Newcastle, England and I'm wanting to backpack around Australia and New Zealand for six months starting April Next year. I'm thinking of doing Australia for four months and New Zealand for two. During my time I want to visit as many places and do as many things as possible such as a few weeks diving on the GBR at port Douglas,shark diving on the Neptune islands .. Etc i have saved £2000 so far and expecting to have about £7000 for the six months! I hope this will be enough ! Any suggestions on how much I will need and if that's enough ? Thanks guys!
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Just settled on NZ for december and the "bible" hasn`t arrived yet. Being pressed with Xmas crowds, we need to book soon, but not sure where to go yet. One of us is into horse riding, the other into surfing, both foodies and into nature & hiking.
So, rough plan is to start on south island (Queenstown?), hire a car and drive around, probably from one base (about 5 days?). Fly to north island, get a camper van and go to the east coast (where the surf is), do some horse riding and fly back to Sydney from Auckland (after 16-23 days?). Christchurch doesn`t seem to offer much for us to stay long.
Food, nature, hiking, surfing, horse riding is what we are looking forward to. Any ideas are appreciated! :)
Now, I'm on second holiday visa and have some problem with my super which I got membership while i was on the first one.
When I leaved Aus, I claimed all of it cuz I thought I'm not coming back even I was allowed to get the second one, but thing always change.
I'm Aus now and just tried to figure out that I'm still a member for the super or not....but I have no clue for that.
If I claimed the super, and it means I loose my membership?
Also, I heard a rumor which is if I have already claimed the super, then for second year, I can't claim my super even if I paid for it????
Doesn't make sense but there no information for that...
Dose anyone have experience like this???
Hi to all,
one question: what's it like Lord Howe Island in beginning of september in terms of snorkeling, swimming and more sea activities? is a neoprene required? planning to be there between the 4th and 9th, more or less. is the weather appropiate for short-sleeves? or it's still cool?
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