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Old 09-04-2009, 01:11 PM
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I have just found this wonderful site and am finding it very informing and insightful. I am originally from NZ and have moved over to Australia with my partner. We lived in Sydney for 6 months and have now moved to Melbourne. We have been here for nearly 3 months now. We are planning on doing a massive round Australia trip towards the end of next year (December). We are starting to plan it now and are just throwing some ideas together. So if anyone has any information, tips, etc please let us know. What we have brainstormed so far is that we are going to budget for about 10k Aus each, travel for about 4 - 6 months and pick up some odd jobs along the way. If anyone has done a similar trip or has any advise at all, again please let us know.


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Old 09-06-2009, 12:49 PM
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Hi Breaker,
Welcome to the forum and Australia, Melbourne not being too bad a place to live, not really viscous winters though you had some storms a week back when Queensland was having a winters day of 35C, 37C inland.

Just on your trip, I'd give yourself abother few months [save a bit more money] and think about leaving around the end of March and that way the weather will be getting a lot better up north, cooling down, less humidity and chance of floods etc.
Even if you went CW, say across towards Perth first you'd still have hot weather for about three/four months heading that way in December and leaving say mid March and perhaps giving yourself a couple of months to get to Broome, if you're going to be looking for some work as you go, good chance to get work in pearling industry at Broome from about May on.

I'd not leave it to much after July/August though to make it to Darwin for main attraction of Kakadu starts to dry out a fair bit by then, even August being a bit late.
And then you could head down into the centre and depending on what sort of vehicle you'll have [you do not really need a 4WD] you could head tha back way over to Queensland Coast, Plenty and Donohue Highways and from about September on, or earlier actually, there'll be a lot of agriculture picking/packing type work about and it'll kep on as you head down the coast and weather warms during Spring, make Sydney for Xmas/NYE and your ten months is nearly up, January for back through southern NSW to Vic.

Unless you have friends in Sydney and want to be there for Xmas/NY, pay to get accommodation booked by mid year.

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