FAQ, Hot Tips, Useful Links - up for the challenge?
Replies: 301 - Last Post: Dec 2, 2013 4:10 PM Last Post By: petersumpters
Jun 18, 2012 1:05 AM
285For byron bay accommodation, you can go through Byron Beach Resort
Jul 10, 2012 9:32 AM
286A tip for Brits using Westpac's London branch
When you call up the London branch you'll hear an automated message giving you the following options:
1. To open an account
2. To find out our SWIFT Code
3. If you're a current customer requiring assistance
Whenever I've pushed 3 I end up on hold for 30 minutes, give up and try again later in the hope that I'll have better luck.
Instead of pressing 3, press 2. You'll be played an automated message telling you their SWIFT Code. When that ends you'll be immediately connected to an operator.
I've tried this twice now and it's worked both times. On both occasions the operator either answered my questions or transferred me to someone else who could help me.
I found this out by accident. I don't know if it always works but it has for me so far. Hopefully some of you will find this useful.
Sep 30, 2012 12:56 AM
287For all states except Qld and WA (Aust), on the morning of Sunday 07Oct2012, clocks need to be moved an hour forward.
If you don't you will be late.
2am becomes 3am.
Those of you outside Aust also have to take note of this.
In other parts of the world, they would change their clocks and go backwards.
Oct 31, 2012 10:23 PM
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290Question: Where is the best waterfall in Australia?
Nov 30, 2012 12:06 AM
Dec 18, 2012 8:17 PM
292I've heard that about Jim Jim Falls and it sounds amazing. I did a bit more research and found Gunlom Falls in Kakadu, Russell Falls in the Mount Field National Park Tasmania, Milla Milla Falls in Atherton North Queensland and MacKenzie Falls in the Grampians National Park. Now I just have to get to them all!! Any more?
Dec 19, 2012 12:46 AM
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Jul 8, 2013 9:10 PM
296This one for Aust, esp those here or coming on the WHV...
In regards to super, some employers or payers have a minimum monthly income you have to earn before super is paid on your behalf by them.
Super is a proportion of your income, but it comes from the employer/payer and is not taken from your wages/salaries.
The minimum amount you have to earn, before super starts is Aud$450 a month.
This is stated in legislation.
So, if your super fund shows zero balance, and your payslip shows on a monthly basis earnings less than $450 (Aust-in Aust earnings), with one employer, you know why.
If you had more than one employer/payer, and earn $200 with one and $300 with another in that one month, also no super.
Aug 20, 2013 5:12 AM
first of all sorry for my English, I'm an Italian woman who is going to Australia for 25 days next October. I know, it is a short time, but that's what I have.
I will drive on my onwn and I will travell alone so I think to go to Darwin, Brisbane and Sydney visitng the sorrounding area with excursions maybe.
I read there is the possibility to go by train from Darwin to Alice Springs, am I correct? Or where is the best train trip to do consedering the three towns I mentioned?
I also think to have accomodaton using Couchsurfing, that I usually do. Do you know if there are there also cheap accomodations like guesthouse here in Europe?
Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 20, 2013 7:04 AM
298Ciao... Signora, you do know how big Aust is, and driving the whole time, while possible, will be tiring.
Its not so bad if you are going to fly between the cities, but driving between them, wow!!!
Yes, only 2 days a week, you can get the train from Darwin to Alice Springs. There is only 1 train service doing the route, from Darwin to Alice Springs to Adelaide, but the train does not link anywhere to the east coast, except via Adelaide. www.gsr.com.au You can bring your rental car on the train, but its not a cheap option.
We do have more so hostels for backpackers, than guesthouses. There is also the www.gumtree.com.au website, where you might be able to find cheap share housing, but this is usually longer term. www.airbnb.com.au is also another one to try.
Though you will find hostels in all the cities in Aust, about Aud$30 a night.
One more thing, we drive on the opposite side of the car to what you do in Italy/France, we drive on the side of the road as in the UK. So to check for oncoming cars, at a junction, you have to look right, left and then right. Heh, but I guess you know that already.
O, uno more thing, Scoozi, we tend to do a new post with questions, on the open branch, rather than on this one where posed your question.
Edited by: daycat
Aug 20, 2013 11:16 AM
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