Advice for first time WHV guy.
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Dec 8, 2012 1:41 AM Last Post By: spiritintheeyes
Dec 5, 2012 11:01 AM
Advice for first time WHV guy.Hey, all!
I'm going to Australia around June 2013 on a working holiday visa. I know it's a way off from now, but I'm saving as much as I can and preparing as much as I can. Plus I'm getting a drivers licence before I go. It's been a dream for many years and after Australia I'm going to keep travelling the world and working, recording music on the road and living that unpredictable life I've always had a heart for! I'm seeking advice/tips from folks that have done it! I'm not fussed at all at the kind of work I do. I'm there to see the country, water sports thrill seeking and experience the culture and the wildlife. Is it easy to pick up bar work, warehouse work, cleaning and so on?
I know you need a licence thing to work in a bar in oz and I will have one once I'm out there. I'll be starting in the south and travelling up the east coast to Darwin. I want to do it the cheapest way. Has anyone got any suggestions for good cheap hostels, caravan parks, good places to find work and so on...? Food wise, I have heard from a couple of people online (not here) that food is expensive? I know the wage is a lot higher than the UK. So I guess it doesn't really matter. Right?. Also, has anyone had good experiences on working farms?
You hear many horror stories about being ripped off, not paid or slaved on some farms. You guys got any suggestions of farms ran by nice people who don't rip you off ant treat you like a slave?
Thanks everyone so much!
Dec 5, 2012 2:28 PM
1The people being ripped off are often accepting payment in cash as well so they avoid paying tax. In some ways they deserve it I guess. Its hard to say, yes costs are high, wages are relatively high, but its probably as easy to live here as it would be in Europe.
Dec 5, 2012 3:00 PM
2Glad to hear you are not fussed about the type of work you do, unlike another recent poster who, despite little experience in any field, specified exactly what type of work he would or would not do and even what type of boss he was prepared to work for, and the weather he would prefer while doing it. I'm sure you'll be fine, have a great trip.
Dec 5, 2012 3:29 PM
Dec 5, 2012 3:37 PM
Dec 5, 2012 3:57 PM
5For seasonal farm work have a look at the Harvest Trail website. The harvest trail website and downloadable document that gives an excellent overview of fruit picking and farm work across Australia depending on the time of the year.
They also run the National Harvest Telephone Information Service 1800 062 332 for information on harvest jobs, working conditions or accommodation. When you get here I suggest give them a call to get up to date info.
The Harvest Trail are a government funded NGO set up by the Australian government to effectively deal with seasonal labour shortages on farms. They are based in Mildura and have extensive networks with farm sectors across Australia; they have several people available to talk to about what work available – that is their role. They are in constant contact with industry sectors and employers around Australia so have a good idea of local conditions and where there are current shortages.
It’s important to understand that the demand for labour for harvest work will vary depending on the seasonal conditions for a particular year.
Gumtree is also widely used for backpacker type jobs
If you haven’t done so already get yourself a Lonely Planet guide. Very useful for planning your trip as well as when you are on the road in Australia.
Dec 5, 2012 6:25 PM
6Your gpoing the wrong way. Start in Darwin (great weather June) end up in the south for Summer. Darwin at Christmas is very, very hot and humid.
Dec 6, 2012 4:15 AM
7Just some quick advice on food expenses. They can be high, particularly restaurants and "local" stores. If you're trying to keep it cheap you can get decent RSL or pub meals for about $10, particularly at lunchtimes.
Plan your grocery shopping and although it's good to support independent, local grocers, you'll probably end up spending a lot less if you stick to the majors Woolworths, Coles & Aldi for general items and check local papers to find out when farmer's markets are on. If you head to a Farmer's Market in an afternoon, you can get some great deals on fresh foods.
Although they may not look fancy, avoid small grocery stores if you need to save money. They're always more expensive and you'll probably end up paying more to buy the ingredients for a meal, than you would if you went to a nice restaurant.
It's probably not too different to the UK really.
Dec 7, 2012 2:32 AM
Sounds like a good journey you’re about to have! I’m travelling to Melbourne in January and travelling up the east coast too and have a WHV visa. As the person said above if you’re not fussy work wise I don’t think you’ll have a big problem! If you’re friendly, hard working and willing to get your hands a bit dirty I’ve heard you can pick up temp jobs and things like that reasonably easily. With you’re question about accommodation, I spent ages researching them and YHA seem pretty good. They’re cheap compared to a lot of other hostels and are reputable. I’ve booked 7 nights in one for about £120. I guess prices change for the time of year, and being that I’m going in January it would be even cheaper later on in the year. But that’s like £17 a night which is pretty good. Once you meet people you’ll probably spend nights camping in places too which is cheap but if youre sticking to one place for a certain amount of time and have a job there etc your better off renting a room. I rent a house with two other girls here in the UK south east and pay £425 a month (all bills included) which is cheaper than most hostel’s in Oz for a month so that’s worth looking into! Get yourself a YHA membership card, costs about £8.95 for a year (if your under 26) or I think £11 something if you’re over 26 and gives you discounts in all YHA hostels (they have 4,000 worldwide) and off loads of activities. There’s loads more hostels obviously than just YHA but I’m new to travelling too and they seem like a trustworthy company to start off in! Hope this helps! xx
Dec 8, 2012 1:41 AM
9Thanks for the advice guys. I will be starting in Darwin an travelling down the east coast after all. Thanks for the heads up on YHA hostels too :). I do want to buy a car out there, I figure buying a second hand car in good condition would be a lot easier than renting one. Have a blast Abbie and Sophie thanks for the food advice that was a biggie!
Thanks everyone who helped me out!
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