Australasia & Pacific - Australia, New Zealand & Antarctica
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I have two weeks left on my first WHV. I've done the three months' regional work so qualify for a second.
The only thing I can't find and answer for is do I have to do the second year straight away? I was under the impression I had until I was 31 (or 30, can't remember) to apply for my second visa. I'm 26 now, so figured I'd go travel a bit and then come back in a year or so. I can do this, right?
A few people have said you have to take up the second visa consecutively, but this seems stupid. Although these people are the same people who think WHV holders get all their tax back as well /rolleyes.
Hi there!! I am planning to visit Australia this summer, My idea is to be there for 45 days (month and a half), we are buying flight tickets this weekend. I´ve got a couple of doubts and I need your help, please:
- Is it worth renting an RV or is it enough with a regular car? are RVs cheap in Australia? I don´t think so...one of this friends I am travelling with spent the whole last summer in Alaska with an RV and he was soooooooo glad that he want to repeat the experience...so I need an advice!!
- Plan is Sydney, Blue mountains, Melbourne, Adelaide, then heading north to Ayers Rock and Uluru, Bungle Bungles, Kakadu NP, Cairns and the great barrier reef and heading south back to Sydney...in case we have some free time we might jump up to Tasmania island?? worth it for some days?
- Animals!! I guess Kangaroos and Koalas are easy to spot but what about Platypus, snakes, echidnas a...
I'll be passing through Australia for a week and only plan to go to Uluru from Brisbane June 3. Anyone wants to share a car/van? Any suggestion?
Thanks a bunch...
Just wondering how many of you have made claims over the years for lost/stolen goods on your travel insurance.
I have our travel insurance connected to my credit card, I am happy to abide by their rules of having to pay for flights and ground content on the credit card. Went to make a claim for the items I lost/where stolen and for this claim it just isn't worth the exercise.
Have to provide receipts, okay yes I do agree proof of ownership. Searched and found them. Happy (well sort of) with paying an excess BUT then lose 1.75% of purchase price for each month of ownership up to 60%.
My lost items amount to approx $1000, what I would get back is $300. Then there are the items I can't prove I had, the items I purchased within the airport and the receipt was with them. One lesson learnt, always keep the receipt separate.
I guess what I am really asking is, if I had another policy... more »
July this year I will stay for 5 days at Taveuni. Is it possible as well to do an excursion to Vanua Levu or Qamea.
Or is Vanua Levu to big for a day excursion from Taveuni?
I am heading to Auckland in August from London. I don't really have anything planned once i get out there.
Its getting closer and nerves and settling in.
I was just wondering if anyone else is going out around August time and if anyone has any tips or advice for me?
Hope to hear from you soon.
I'm looking to start a one (or two - if I successfully complete 3 months of agriculture work) year voyage around Australia, working to pay my way and hopefully save up. Ultimately, I'm looking for a job with a sponsorship opportunity so that I can remain in Australia permanently, or at least for a little while.
My question to you is, where is the best area for backpackers to go when looking for work in Australia? Is there any?
I am also looking to do seasonal regional work in order to be eligable for a 2nd year visa.
I'm looking to do any work. I'm quite young, and have experience in hospitality, retail, child care, volunteer work.
Would the Perth area be an ideal start? Or Sydney? I realize Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, all the big cities really, are all in the Queensland/Eastern Australia region. But I've also researched that backpackers are unable to co... more »
Hello, I plan on traveling to Auckland, NZ from California in mid-summer. I am hoping to hear from someone who lives there or has been there about what I might expect this time of year in terms of weather, events, nightlife, etc. This is my first time travelling outside of the country other than a brief trip to Canada. I expect to stay in NZ for one week. Any information or tips you can provide would be very helpful. :)
Hi, I've received an offer for a permanent job in Bendigo. I've never been there, and as it will potentially be my first permanent job after 2 years of contracting, I'm just a little anxious about whether it's a good place to stay for at least a minimum of 2 years. So far the only things I've gathered from a friend is that a) it's central to almost everywhere else in VIC, and b) it's got really extreme temperatures.
I'm an outdoor girl (specifically bushwalking) so I'm wondering what the rain is like, if any. The Parks Victoria website is running really slow for me and I need to be out the door for work in 5 mins, so can I also ask what the bushwalking opportunities are like?
I can get my cultural fix in Melbourne I'm sure, so not too worried if Bendigo itself isn't too cultural. Anything else I should know?
Thanks for your time!
I will be staying in Carins before and after my diving trip in November. I am looking for recommendations on places to stay. I have looked into the hostels somewhat, and most of them appear to cater toward the young party crowd. Nothing wrong with that, but it isn't my scene. I am 38yo and will be traveling solo. I plan on doing day trips and tours when I am there.
I am not opposed to hostels as they do seem like great experiences and are cheap. If I could find the right one, with single room accommodations that isn't geared to the party scene, then I would definitely add it to my list of possibilities.
I am thinking about a gap year (or 6 months), with a mate to firstly do a month in Thailand and then move on to Oz after that. It would mean giving up my job, which I enjoy but is never going to pay a mortgage (although its kinda related to my degree), Im currently 21 and living at home with parents after finishing Uni so savings pretty easy at the moment (saving approx £400 per month).
I've spoken to people about travelling and the response is always the same, 'Go! Its a once in a lifetime opportunity', or 'I wish I could do that, I wish I'd gone travelling'........I was basically wondering what people thought about the whole travelling situation and is it worth giving my job up for as I have seen a fair few negative comments about Oz (mainly the struggle to get work) however, I would obviously not be travelling to Oz to work but more to have 'the time of my life' and b... more »
I am heading to cairns in 10 days time for a 4 day trip. I am looking for a cheap but decent hostel and seen a few on line but just wanting some recommendations.
Also I am thinking of doing a couple of day trips out to the reef. I am just wanting to snorkel as I don't have a diving license but the ones I have seen online are coming up around $200.
I am pretty broke but don't want to miss out so any help people could offer would be great!
I intend to go Australia and New Zealand to try to find work, does anyone know what educational certificates need to be taken, I am from the UK, with a degree and some further professional qualifications, do I need to take my GCSE certificates etc, or will my university one and other professional qualifications be sufficient?
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