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My first trip to Oz and I am already appalled at the cost of everything. My trip is planned in the period Dec. 5-25, and is half business and half exploration. After I am done with the business part in Sydney and Melbourne, I will have about 8-10 days to see some Australia, and here is where the painful kicks in, because everything seems so much more expensive than in the US. Flying to Alice Springs (from where I understand I will have to take a 6-hour bus or hire a car to get to Uluru) is out of the question, so I was considering renting a car (quotes I found online seem relatively reasonable) and driving all the way up. My questions are:
1. what is the cost of gas in Australia, as I am afraid I am in for a nasty shock, esp. compared to US gas prices
2. Rental quotes state they include insurances, but is there "liability" insurance in Australia? Over here liability insur... more »
I am about to graduate from a community college in Canada (studying computer science) and I wish to get a degree after I graduate. I was wondering which campus I should apply to for Griffith - Gold Coast of Nathan?
I have read similar posts regarding the two campuses and I am torn which one I should pick. Which one is best for technology studies, nature, green space, and food . I'd love to hear everyone's thoughts.
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We are travelling to Australia for the second time and have 18 days there. On our last trip we only did a bit of the east cost including Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and Fraser.
This time we definitely want to include Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. Other things we would really love to do are a train journey on the Ghan, Kakadu N.P. and Whitsunday islands. We are arriving in Sydney and departing from Cairns. I hope you have suggestions for my itinerary.
1-3 Arrive in Sydney, spend 2 days there, maybe a trip to Blue Mountains as we have already seen the city
4-8 Fly to Alice Springs, rent a car for 4-5 days to do Ayers Rock, Kings Canyon and maybe East-/Westmacs
9-12 Train to Darwin, rent a car for a daytrip to Litchfield N.P., 2 days in Kakadu N.P.
13-18 Fly to Cairns, renta a car and drive to the north including a trip to Great Barrier Reef
Like this we would m... more »
I have a friend who is coming over to Australia on a 417 (working holiday visa). She is a tatooist and works for herself in the uk so is planning on obtaining an ABN to do the same while on holiday. Now I know that if she was employed directly by someone she could work for 6 months on the 417 visa, but how long can she work for herself. Can she only use her ABN for 6 months? I cant seem to find the answer anywhere.
Does anyone know of a bar or hotel that carries the ESPN channel? My parents are traveling there this weekend and desperately want to watch the Oklahoma-Notre Dame game and I know it will be shown on the ESPN channel on Foxtel. My web searches haven't produced any results except a backpackers hostel, which isn't quite the best scene for my 60 year old parents. I'm looking either for a bar or hotel. I think they would be willing to stay in a particular hotel for the night if the room had ESPN. Thanks in advance for any assistance/advice you can offer.
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I am from Melbourne and I am planning a 1 week trip with friends (3 guys in our mid-20s) in November. We are looking for nice weather, great beaches, nightlife, etc. We are still hesitating about the destination though. We thought of Cairns but it may be a little humid at that time, and the sea full of jelly fishes :(
It'd be fantastic if you could suggest us any good plan (Gold coast?) !
My daughter is going overseas, for the first time and at the airport will need to change currency, but I can't remember for the life of me, what the name of the currency converter place is, I keep thinking money changers, but that is in malaysia. Can anyone tell me the name so i can tell her
me and two friends are flying out to Melbourne early December looking for work, currently we know two people working out there in a small town called Griffith about 6 hours (500km) on the train from Melbourne.
Does anyone have any advice in terms of whether we need to sort out work before we leave? Also if anyone has any experience with this kind of work then maybe which places to avoid etc and which places you might recommend for such work? And what this kind of work is generally like?
Thanks any info is much appreciated
I am headed to Australia mid Nov. I am going to pick cherries there on a working holiday visa. I am an experienced cherry picker and I am looking for advice on where to pick cherries. Where not to pick cherries? I have some general info already from the net and word of mouth, so some first hand experience could be very helpful. I am really looking to hear about specific farms. How was the money? Etc... Should I head straight to TAS? or work around VIC for a month or so, then head to TAS? I will also have a van and I am wondering how easy it is to stay on site at most orchards? Any advice would be wonderful. Cheers!
I'm interested to hear from anyone who has booked a flight with Flightfox out of Australia. I want to know if they actually do what they say they'll do, that is find the absolute best airfare deal around for a price lower than anything else on the market thru other providers. I've looked at their site, read their FAQ's but am still not certain about the way they work. If anyone can explain it to me "like I'm a two year old" I'd appreciate it. Any examples of how much $$ you saved by using Flightfox would also be great or, if you were able to save more with another provider, those details would be welcome.
Does anyone have any first hand experiences with culinary schools in Australia? Is there any difference (other than price) between the courses offered at TAFE and those offered at Le Cordon Bleu? I will be coming to Australia in January and will be attending culinary school. Becuase we will be coming on a student visa, I will need to pay for my two teenagers to go to school as well. Some states are more expensive for the kids schools so it actually adds up to be the same for Le Cordon Bleu in Adelaide or a TAFE program in another state. I can't find any info on the net and would appreciate any advice.
Hello, my family and I will be moving to Australia in January and we are not sure where we want to live yet. I will be attending culinary school and we will be coming on a visa. My husband is still working on locating a job so we don't have a city we have to go to based on that. We have two teenagers aged 13 and 15 who will be attending public secondary school. They both love to surf and play rugby but want to be somewhere where there is not a cold winter. We are coming from a cold city and want to get away from that. Overall safety of the city is also important. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!
I really wanna go travelling in Australia next year. I'm considering to start my trip by working in Melbourne for a month. By that time I will be 19 years old and I will travel on my own, therefore I would really like to meet other working holiday travellers while I'm there. Does anyone have tips on where I should live/stay to meet others to have a good time with? I have a small budget, so it can't be too expensive. And next to that, is it going to be worth it getting a WHV if I only stay a month?
please tell me . do you have to buy individual passes for each park you visit in eastern australia? or canit you buy a yearly pass to visit them all? it would cost hundreds of dollars otherwise. thank you
Hi folks, sorry if this post is in a wildly incorrect place, if so please point me in the right direction.
I want to get from Syd to Perth by car, be it rideshare or hitching, i'm not fussed as long i dont have to cheat by flying. Thus far, i'm failing to find any lifts that of such longevity, so i am more than happy to supplement it with hitching.
I'm chasing some tips or suggestions from people who might have done it or hitched in Aus before.
From what i gather, generally police might turn a blind eye to hitchhikers, and if i lurk at truck stops i might snag a lift.
So any thoughts, tips, hints and suggestions, please discharge all over this post.
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