Australasia & Pacific - Australia, New Zealand & Antarctica
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My boyfriend and I are arriving in Melbourne in September. Both on work holiday visas.
We would like to do our regional work first to qualify for second year visa.
I'm aware of Harvest Trail website but looking for recommendations on farms, orchards etc.
Has anyone done regional work in Victoria and could recommend a farm or orchard? Or a backpacker hostel that's assist with finding regional work?
Some people have also acquired housekeeping jobs on mines. Is this an option in Victoria???
Any contact details or direct links are really appreciated!! 😁
Also, I'd Victorua is not ideal state to find this type of work, where is best place?
Can't wait to start our adventure ✈
Alright so I'm working for this awesome team of folks in Australia with good pay and the work isn't back breaking. They also buy me lunch everyday! I know it's a dream job for a tourist. But anyways I would like to know if there are any LEGAL ways around this 6 month employer limitation that's getting me down so much. There probably isn't too many options out there for me but I would like to know all of them if you can think of any. Really what it comes down to is the Australian Business Number. All I have to do is change that so it says that I'm working for someone else for the last 6 months of my second year visa because i have the first 6 months to continue working for them. What I was thinking is getting my own ABN and applying for it and just using that... Is this possible? I could sub-sub contract under them somehow and keep working with the good crew I have right now. Any other... more »
Has anyone used antarcticaxxi.com or Victory Adventure Expeditions? Their websites are:
If you've used either one, can you tell me what your experience was? Was it good or bad? Did you have any complaints? Were they reliable? Slow in responding?
I'm interesting in doing a fly/cruise/fly, where I fly to King George Island, cruise to Antarctica for a few days, then fly back.
I know there are sometimes delays due to weather, and I'm also wondering how both companies handled the delays.
I can't find a lot of customer reviews for either Antarctica XXI or Victory Expeditions.
Any opinions or words of experience are appreciated. Thanks in advance. more »
I was just wondering how public swimming pools in Australia work. I'm Canadian and have lived in Sweden and Iceland over the last few years -- all the swimming pools I've encountered have generally been the same with a change room leading to a big shower room that then leads onto the pool deck. I just went to a pool in Sydney and was utterly confused.
I got to the change room which was typical, as I was changing some guy dripping wet came out of a doorway that I assumed was the showers... so I strolled over there once changed only to find a shower room with no exit. It was just a square with showers... as far as I could tell, you need to then leave the change room the way you came in, and walk to the pool through the more 'public' area. Is this typical? wouldn't this get water all over the place? I ended up just leaving because the showers didn't have any constant hot wat... more »
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My husband and I have just under 4 weeks in New Zealand in June as part of our RTW trip. We know it will be winter but are thinking of hiring a campervan so we can have a bit more freedom (5 months of buses in South America!). Is this crazy? Should we just do this for the North Island and then hire a car and stay in hostels/motels in the South Island?
Any thoughts/recommendations for our itinerary would be appreciated!
I have a question, maybe someone else has been in my position and can help me...
I am finishing a 1.5 year Master's course in Australia. I'd like to stay here after the course, but because my course wasn't 2 full years, I'm not eligible for a post-school visa (they require a program that was 2 years to complete). Because I'm just over 30, I also can't get the working holiday visa. My plan was to extend my student visa to a tourist visa and look for a job.
Does anyone know where I can go for questions about visas/migration in Melbourne? I called Immigration but they're really unhelpful, so I'd like to speak with someone.
My other question is - what is your advice for getting work sponsorship? I am trying to make contacts and network but also thought I should just apply to jobs that are online. What is the best approach for explaining my situation (that I need work... more »
I am going to Australia in a few weeks with a WHV and recently got a job offer at the Voyages Ayers Rock resort.
Understanding that it is a remote location, I just wanted to see if anyone has had experience living/working here before. How was your experience? Did you find the remote location hard to cope with? What was a typical day like? ANY information at all about working/living there would be great as it's been really hard finding substantial information about this topic.
I'm an American female in my mid-20s. So it would also help to get information on the general demographic in the area. I have been told that the community there is largely comprised of resort staff members. I would love to get information on how the social scene / general vibe is over there.
We are planning a road trip from perth to darwin in July-August and we are wondering is we need a 4 wheel drive or if a normal car is enough. We are thinking about renting a car in perth and the price is at least doubled for a 4wd in comparison with a station wagon.
So we were wondering if it's worth having a 4wd knowing the price is twice/three time more expansive and the fuel consumption will be way higher too?
By the way we are only 3 people at the moment so we will have a spare seat in the car if anyone is keen to join us !
so yesterday was my first time taking the tram in melbourne cbd. we bought a 2 hour ticket n while we were on there i noticed that tons of people were just getting on/off n not using the ticket or myki machine. i mean not everyone, but maybe around 90% seemed to get on/off as they pleased without paying fare. is that common? are people just manipulating the system? tram driver didn't seem to take any notice n it just seemed the norm. can someone provide any insight? btw, i wasn't on the free circle tram.
I am going over to Australia on a WHV in November, my plan is to travel the east coast before i settle in Melbourne, I was wondering if anyone could suggest any cool places i could spend the christmas period on the east coast.
Dear TT members,
I'll be in Sydney for business reasons end of May. Luckily enough, I have to stay over the weekend, which leaves me time to explore something. As I have been to Sydney before, I wanted to see either the Blue Mountains or the Royal National Park. I can't bring a tent with me, so I need places to stay overnight which are not campsites but rather hostel/YHAs.
Given the time of the year, will it be more advisable to see Blue Mountains or RNP? I know there are plenty of opportunities in the BM with Katoomba as a good base. I have also read about the Coastal Walk in RNP. I assume that the RNP gets the better weather (=less chilly) than the Blue Mountains, so normally I would fancy the Coastal Walk rather than the Blue Mountains. Nevertheless, the Coastal Walk is a two-day trek and as the Garie Beach YHA is closed (their website says so), I don't really know where I wo... more »
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