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Old 01-20-2011, 10:28 PM
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Hi everyone,

my name is Nick, I was born in Germany but lived in the Netherlands for the last six years, I am 19 years old.
I arrived in Sydney last week Wednesday (alone) on a Working Holiday Visa. I have some family here who I'm stayind with in the north of Sydney.

My plan was to get a job and a car and then after a month of maybe two start driving around Australia. Through a lucky coincidence I will probably soon have a car however the job search is really not going that well.

I hope to get hints, widsom or really any sort of comment on my job problem here and maybe get in contact with some other travellers (I don't plan on driving through the outback or along the coast all on my own).
So I hope I've come to the right place for at least one of those


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Old 01-21-2011, 04:24 AM
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Hi Nick,
And having family to live with for a while is a bit of a bonus re costs but it also takes you a bit out of the mainstream of travellers and especially the younger ones like yourself on WHVs and planning on travelling/working around Oz.

I'd make sure of at least getting yourself into town, perhaps getting the train or whatever in rather than driving and check out a few of the main backpacking hostels up around Central Station for starters.
There's two YHA Australia Hostels - YHA Australia ones right near the station, Central and Railway Square, both easy enough to find and between where the two are, right on the north side of the main intersection out a bit from the Railway Square yha and directly across from the railway station is another big one.
There's a heap more in the area and a few down near the harbour or over near Bondi or Manly and you can find addresses/locations on sites like BUG - the Backpackers' Ultimate guide to budget travel in Australia , BUG even having a transport section too.

But in having a look around a few of the different areas, pop into the hostels for they all usually have notice boards with notices on them, sometimes people looking to share rides and once you are sorted yourself with wheels and a bit of a plan, you may want to put a notice up on which direction you plan on heading in and get yourself a mobile phone or leave an email address so people can contact you.
That's how you get travelling buddies, though often through staying in hostels so you may want to try a couple of them out a couple of days at a time too so you can get chatting to some other travellers.

You may not get a traveller with a plan or personality matching yours but you could get different people sharing different parts of travelling with you but do not be too alarmed about doing some travelling by yourself either.
Do not head up north at the moment, nor for at least about three/four months because thewet season has barely started and could be cyclones and more flooding in northern Queensland to contend with and also very humid and little work.

Think about NSW, Vic, SA, and Tasmania for the next few months and have a look at Harvest Trail - Harvest jobs - Australian JobSearch to get an idea of where to find some work and if you want three months regional seasonal work for a second WHV you can also consider WWOOF Australia Official Website
If you want to help green the planet and earn some money while you do it and do not mind some hard work, try Outland Resources - Australian Tree Planting in Australia treeplanting contractors

Once you get out working in a few places you'll meet other people doing the same and maybe meet someone for travelling together a bit.

Another aspect if you want to hang about Sydney a bit is that you'll find plenty of employment agencies in the CBD and even notices for work in hostels too, and some free magazines, TNT and The Word being a couple with agency adverts so get along to a few if you haven't found a job via a hostel.
But if you do that or get some work somewhere so you are in Sydney for six months, it can make a big difference to the ammount of taxation you need to pay - have a look at Australian Taxation Office Homepage re being residential for taxation or some threads in our travel section where you'll also find some good info.

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Old 01-21-2011, 04:50 AM
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Wow! Thanks, that must have been the most awesome reply I ever got to a post.

I have signed up for travellers at work, a website that supposedly helps you find jobs however so far it hasn't helped much so I will definitely check out some hostel notice boards.
I already applied to for the tree planting (found it in your job section) and I'm going to apply to WWOOF too if I do not find a paid job soon. Just though it might be best to make some money first.

Again, thanks you.

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