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Old 08-01-2011, 01:51 PM
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G'day people

flying into perth from scotland on 10th october 2011 on a WHV. Just thought i'd join the forum and try and get some info etc. I'm travelling alone but have a friend who stays in perth who is putting me up when i get there but eventually i want to travel round oz to the east coast of the country as well. bit nervous about doing this i really hope i can find some work. i worked in America last summer for 3 months at a children's day camp and that has made me want to go travelling again i had the time of my life and now can't wait to get to oz!!


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Old 08-22-2011, 06:32 PM
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Don't worry, PERTH IS FANTASTIC!

Hello there!

Ok, first of all you will LOVE Perth! I was there in 2009 and I am going back out there in September for a year on a WHV ... it's my last chance as I am now 30 years old!

I'm mega scared, mega nervous, going on my own, feel sick etc... but it's cool, WA'ers are the most friendly people I've met and it's overwhelming at first how helpful and nice they are.. People actually talk to each other in the street there. (Something that doesn't happen in the UK anymore (eyes down on the train etc!).

I'd say head to the City (also called the CBD (central business district), walk around meet people, smile, hand your CV over and you'll find a job no problem.

Oh one thing about Perth is it's MASSSSIVE, but everything closes by 5.30pm. No late night shopping, no Sunday openings. Also, it's a massive place, but strangely quiet!

When you want to do some travelling, grab a tour bus tour such as OzXposure and definitely head up to Exmouth and Broome. Also Margaret River and Esperence are great too. You will meet lots of solo travellers on these tours and make friends for life. You will also have the time of your life.

It'd be great to meet you once you're out there, so drop me a line or two and keep in touch.

If you have any questions, just shoot.

Couple of travel essentials...

A large padlock with a combination lock (i.e. no key) (to lock personal items away in hostel room lockers - they don't provide locks).

Some pegs. Always handy to hang up washing anywhere anyhow.

Some karabeenas. Always handy to hook things onto your backpack with.

A UK band card that doesn't charge international fees (Halifax and post office)

A small but BRIGHT torch. Even better if you got a head torch.

A good Lipbalm. Lips go dry in the UK cos of the cold... Lips go dry in Australia cos they get sunburnt and dry!

Hand gel / sanitizer. Or soap leafs (M&S do a good travel set). Outback toilets are surprisingly clean, but there's no water or bubbly soap!

A pack of antihistamine tabs (Claritin etc) For bites and rashes.

A good sarong. Not for covering your bits on the beach, but a good sarong has a multitude of uses - beach towel, scarf on cold plane, curtain over bunkbed, etc etc.

A trek towell. Fast drying, flat packing - doesn't take up any roooooom!

A good pair of lightweight trek sandals (Ecco do a good pair) Treking and walking on rocks is painful business on your tootsies.

Ok, that's enough from me.

Enjoy!

Angie x


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Hi Angie,

Thanks for the reply. Did you go for a year in 2009? And did you go by yourself the last time? I'm actually getting so nervous about it now haha!

At first I'm actually getting picked up from my mate who is living in Bunbury which is an hour n a half outside Perth but I've been told that I'll probably want to move up to the City asap as that's the place to be!

Thanks for the tips, I will try and make sure I do these trips you have recommended.

You sound well clued up on everything, thanks for all this advice. What's your plans, do you know people out there from your last visit?

Where are you from?


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Old 08-22-2011, 08:50 PM
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Hi there!

In 2009 I was out there for just under 6 months. I did the whole travel thing around the world and didn't work last time no... it was all travel and play! This time I'm kind of ready to work though as I've done the whole backpacking thing, and so I'm ready to work and then travel a bit from my hard earnings. I didn't do much of the top end of Aus last time, so I really want to do that at some point and also go to Byron Bay as didn't make it there either. Oh and Sydney for New Years! (but EVERYWHERE is booked up so might have to re-think that one).

I travelled completely by myself last time yep, I am female and I was surprised at how many female solo travellers I met - there are loads of us and you make friends so easily and so quickly. Even when you're travelling by yourself, you're very rarely by yourself, you just need to rock up to a hostel and start chatting to someone. I usually pounce on people in the communal kitchens over breakfast or dinner... Which reminds me, always have some sweets with you - it's a great way to make friends and everyone wants sweets or chocolate! (apart form aussie chocolate which take it from me takes like cr*p.. they put something in their chocolate to stop it from melting and it's not nice. At all. I got my mum to send me over chocolate i got that desperate!).

Bunbury is a really quaint and nice area.. but it's pretty quiet. I'd recommend getting into the CBD pretty soonish as this is where you will meet like minded travellers and make friends. It's a few hours drive outside the city too.

I'm from the south of the uK.. near to Bristol.

And don't worry, it's completely natural to be scared - I've done it before and I'm still scared, but every big new step in anything is scary to begin with, you'll look back and think ' what was the big deal?'. Plus it's going into Perth's summetime... which is just freekin awesome! It's a beautiful sunshine place! Plus Christmas there is great!

Let me know if you need to know anything else.

Angie x


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Ps - yes I know a few people there still, but lots of the friends I made when I was there have now moved on as they too were travellers, some have stayed, some have relocated to Sydney with work etc. So I will be a newbie again too in many ways


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Angie thanks very much for all your help and little tips, I'll make sure I take them on board.

I reckon I'll probably head to CBD pretty soon then, my mums cousin stays in Perth as well and has a spare room I can stay in if Bunbury is too quiet for me.

That's what I've been thinking, it will be starting to go into winter in the UK and over in Perth the summer will be coming in which is good! I have a mate who's in Sydney too and I was going to try and get an internal flight to Sydney for the New Year as well but I heard everywhere is sold out but I might still go there if I can get a cheap flight once I arrive in Aus.

You thinking of moving out to Aus for good? I'm wanting to work as well and hopefully make a bit of money while out there, don't want to just go there and have to come back to Scotland in a year's time with no money or no job if you know what I mean. You gonna try and get any particular kind of work or are you just gonna do anything as long as it gives you money to travel to different parts of Aus? x


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