Australasia & Pacific - Australia, New Zealand & Antarctica
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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
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Our current tenants are moving back to France later this month. Might suit someone on a working holiday or student visa. Sorry, nothing shorter than 6 as it is too much mucking around with bond lodgement etc. Please reply through the gumtree ad rather than here if you are interested. http://www.gumtree.com.au/m-my-ad.html?adId=1031267790
I am considering driving from the Sydney area to the Gold Coast on Christmas Eve (starting very early am). I know the road very well, travel it regularly, have driven it a couple of times on Christmas Day (very little traffic on that day), and would never consider Boxing day, but I am not sure what to expect on Christmas Eve.
Does anybody have personal experience of the road on that day? My intuition tells me that people will largely be at home preparing for Christmas and that with an early start I should miss the bulk of those heading off to spend the 25th with Granny at Port Macquarie. Am I naive in this assumption?
Koalas - does your "driver reviver" experience cover this?
please I want to ask for your support and your experience.
Actually I am going to work with my girlfriend to NZ and we are applying for the work visa. We sent it already out but there was an issue and now we have to sort this out, won't be the problem, but now we are running out of time!! The new visa application will need 25 days to proceed but we are flying within those 25 days to NZ already.
We booked our flight tickets on the same day we sent out the application the first time. Now my plan b..
We are flying in to NZ applying for a tourist visa, which we will get on our arrival. I know we have to stay under 3 months and have to show them the date we will leave, so a ticket to wherever and outside of NZ will be necessary within this 3 months to get this one. I know also that we can´t start to work but this won't be the issue with our employer. Our fam... more »
I plan to work for a month in Australia in the New South Wales area in April (2014) and was wondering if anyone could give some advice as to a good place to either contact directly or as to a website that can help?
I'm mostly looking for farms, harvest/farming/planting, but I'm not that picky about it.
Could it be harder to find work since I only plan to stay for a month?
Grateful for answers!
Hey guys! I'm heading to Melbourne in a couple of weeks from the States on a Working Holiday visa. I have a room settled to sublease for a few weeks but I arrive a week before the room is ready for me. Looking to stay in a hostel for a week to get my feet under me and meet people (since I'll be doing all of this solo). Anybody have recommendations for a great hostel to stay at for about a week? I'm in my late twenties...not that this really matters but maybe it would play a role in your suggestions. Thanks so much for any feedback and thoughts!
I am traveling to NZ in a few weeks and wanted to get recommendations for safe, fun, clean hostels in both Auckland and Queenstown.
Should I book these in advance since I will be traveling from Dec 18-25th and I assume many people will be on holiday or is it best to wait? Are prices affected?
There are two in my group. I am 33 and my brother is 22 so we are pretty flexible, and comfortable in going to a place that is "off the beaten path" but worth the experience.
Thanks for any feedback
Hey there. I'm embarking on a working holiday to New Zealand starting in June 2014. Followed by SE Asia and then a year in Australia.
Is anybody else doing a similar thing or have done in the past. Any advice or chat would be welcome.
I'm starting with around $8000 nz dollars which will hopefully be enough and I'll hopefully work my through. I'm a qualified mixologist and I have been bartending for over 6 years.
I'm dead excited. x
I'm thinking of heading to Western Oz for xmas and NY mostly for wildlife at Monkey Mia and Coral Bay.
I had a look at backpackers bookings for both -.........it looks pretty booked up.
I usually like to wing it and book a few days ahead as I go but it looks like those locations will get full over the busy holiday season.
Anyone got experience of those? Do you usually need to get all booked up weeks/months in advance?
(ps am usually more organised than this!!)
Any advice appreciated
I will be in Melbourne for xmas but haven't decided where to go for nye. I will be travelling by myself on nye so what is the best travellers destination where people are in similar situations?
Hi TTers! I'm flying into Ayers Rock Airport on 5 Feb 14 (arriving around 10am) and flying out again on 7 Feb (at 12:30pm). I'd like to do an overnight camping tour starting and ending in Ayers Rock. I've found one through Lost in Australia (http://www.lostinaustralia.com.au/ - 2 day overnight Uluru/Ayers Rock tour), which has a groovy website and was very prompt and forthcoming when I emailed with a question - but there's no feedback I can find here. Bit gunshy to book based solely on info from the internet. So: anyone heard of LIA? Good/bad experiences? Can people recommend other tour companies? Anything local to Ayers Rock, maybe through the resort?
Rachel from Boston, USA
PS, In case it's useful, I'm a solo traveler and just turned 40. Looking to experience the place and culture while checking out the stars and meeting new folks (not drinking or hooking up... more »
I have a Canadian passport, and won't be returning to NZ after I leave. My destination after NZ is USA. If I call immigration to advise them of my overstay what reason should I provide that's suitable for them. I am overstaying by 2 days because there is no flight to where I am going until 2 days after my expiry, or 5 days before it. I am doing a massive trip around NZ and need as many days as I can get it, also the price on the flight is $200 cheaper 2 days after my expiry.
I fly into Melbourne on 21st December on a Virgin domestic flight, landing at 15:15 and wondered if i would feasibly have time to catch a Tiger airways flight to Adelaide at 17:15, or whether a two hour window is cutting too fine. There is a virgin flight flying out at 18:40, however as i am flying from the UK and will have been travelling around 36 hours, i'd rather get there sooner. The difference in price is also about £150. I just don't want to book the Tiger flight and then not make it!
Any thoughts would be appreciated
Unfortunately LP kicked out all the information on Eungella NP in the latest edition :-(. Could someone help me out with any recent information on where to stay? We go there mainly to see Platypus. I've checked the hotel options on the internet, but first-hand information and recommendation which of them is best would be great. We'll probably rent a car, but not yet sure if it will be a normal (sedan) car or a 4x4. Thanks so much for your help!
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We'll be going to Fraser next April for some days. As we are not so much into travelling with a group we'd love to explore the island on our own. Does anyone know if a Toyota RAV 4 is approriate for this purpose or would we need a bigger/more powerful car for the dunes? How do you get there from the mainland (both by car or public transport)? Is there any good 4x4 rental on the island? Also glad for advice on where to stay, what to see on the island, etc. Thanks so much in advance for any information that might be helpful.
Does anyone out there know if Kalgoorlie to Perth is doable in one day in mid-February 2014 in a compact car without reaxching Perth as a stressed out wreck? 600 kms is a long way if the road is full of road trains and roos as I've heard, or are they few and far between? Any idea of the speed limits for most of the trip, and can you do the maximum for much of the time? Any info much appreciated. Tony
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