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Hi is there any South Africans, or people outside of the designated country list for a working holiday visa in Australia that had any luck in A) getting a working visa or B) managed to work and travel in Australia. Any help would be greatly appreciated . . .
Hello all.We are a party of 4 adults and 2 children (aged 6 and 2), who are looking to drive from the Gold Coast to Fraser Island over 10 days in Feberuary. I am looking for some advice on how best to get around. I am trying to hire a 6 seater 4WD from the Gold Coast airport and drive this onto Fraser Island, finally dropping this car off at Hervey Bay airport. Does anyone have any suggestions - I am struggling to find a vehicle. If we cannot find one suitable does anyone know if we can hire one from Fraser Island. Do they accommodate a 2 year old..? Also transfer fees seem pretty steep to and from the island without a car so just wondering if anyone has done this trip with small kids without a vehicle. Thanks in advance. . . .
Hi everyone My name is Eric and I am doing a bit of backpacking/self-planned trip survey for one of my university research project. Please have a look and help me complete the survey if you are interested in backpacking~! The link to the survey is shown below: https://goo.gl/forms/gS83WnfpqFXLvQEJ3 Thanks for your time and interest! Happy backpacking! Cheers, Eric . . .
Hello fellow travelers, So my girlfriend and I are thinking about road tripping from gold coast to SA, we want to go cross country there and come home the coast way. Any advice or recommendations would be hugely appreciated. Would also like to fit in as much of the SA loop. . . .
G'day, I am taking a trip across to Birdsville, starting Brisbane, with my eldest son in a few weeks. Going in we will be heading to Goondawindi, Yowah, Dig Tree, Innamincka and then Birdsville. On the way back we will pass through Betoota, Quilpie etc. If anyone has any . . .
Hi there, I'm writing a novel which is partly set in The Kimberleys (with my main characters travelling the Gibb River Road via 4WD/Jeep from Broome to Darwin). My partner and I did the trip when we were backpacking around Oz in October 2008 and although I have very sharp m . . .
Hello, We are moving to New Zealand for 1-2 years and are looking for somewhere to store our (deregistered) Toyota Hiace 2000 commuter van. Thanks . . .
Hi all, we are a family of 2 adults and 1 baby (2 years 5 months old). We are planning to rent a campervan/motorhome for a 7 days drive from Melbourne to Sydney following the coastal line. May I ask for some pointers as we are kinda confused with the search results that we h . . .
Heading to Rottnest in August with a few friends. Can anyone suggest a hotel or resort? Must have; swimming pool, good food, gym, and an open outdoor area. It’s a special occasion, so we’re looking at luxury rooms as well. Any help on this would be great! Thanks . . .
Hi my fellow travellers. Though I might give everyone travelling from Brisbane to Melbourne the heads up on our relaxing travel journey. Steve and I usually travel on the coastal route to Melbourne but this time decided to take the inland highway as the scenery on the coast . . .
Hi all, I'm spending a month travelling from Melbourne to Brisbane later this year and my planning has stalled as i am totally confused! Because of other fixed dates (flights and visiting friends), i have 8 days to travel (likely drive) between Sydney and Brisbane. I was th . . .
Hi, we are leaving Adelaide late August and un-decided which way to travel, West, East or go up the middle, we have a car, caravan and dog and will be traveling for about 1 year. Any thoughts or advise would be very welcome . . .
Hi, I am going to be taking a roadtrip from Sydney to Cairns in mid January for about a month. I'll be traveling solo – 29yo male – in my small car. The plan is rather ad-hoc; I want to stick to the coast as much as possible and find nice towns along the coast to . . .
Hi all, I am new here and would like some advise from experienced travellers. :) I am planning a see queensland during Christmas and would appreciate your expert advise. Here's my initial thoughts that may give you an indication of what I am aiming to do. I live in Syd . . .
Looking for storage for our Motorhome for approx. a year from Mid December, 2015 Prefer undercover with power to charge battery but outdoor would be acceptable Motorhome dimensions are 8.5 m long X 3.3 High X 2.5 wide Motorhome is roadworthy, registered and insured Regar . . .
Hey everyone, My partner and I are traveling next February / March time and are just needing any advise that you would love to give us. We're going to Thailand on the way out for around 10 days and then flying over to Melbourne. I have family friends that we'll be staying w . . .
Hi! I need an advice about an excellent au pair agency in Australia. Because I want to work as an au pair, but I don't trust in website, I prefer have a support of an agency if I'll have a problem there. Someone could please help me? Thank you very much . . .
Hi there, Can someone help with suggestions as to which was to go around Australia. Me and my partner are planning on leaving the end of March/beginning of April next year (2016).We originally planned to start in Melbourne (our home), then go to Adelaide, and up through th . . .
Hi everyone, I'm looking into stories of people who have had trouble claiming travel insurance. If you've had this problem, let me know! I'm doing research for media . . .
Hi, This is my first post :) We are planning a trip around Australia (family of 5). My husband is a draftsman and can do his work from anywhere as long as he has his computer & internet. He is planning on working normal 8 hour days ( he can choose to take some time off . . .
Hi all,I am planning to travel the east coast in July for 3 weeks. As I am studying one semester in Adelaide and fly back to Germany from Brisbane, I have a lot stuff to carry and no comfortable backpack. So, I booked a flight to Brisbane and will continue in Cairns driving . . .
Hi everyone! Me and a friend are planning to spend a week travelling the north, we have a flight booked to Hamilton Island mid-June, and we're hoping to do Whitsundays and Cairns in a week. We're on a bit of a tight budget at the moment; I will be able to put forward around . . .
Hi Everyone, As I am going to enjoy my three weeks holidays in Australia, I just wanna know Is there any way to make cheap calls from Australia to Greece. I am having a lot of trouble finding a mobile connection that can allow me to make cheap calls. IS . . .
hello we are thinking about our future. we love travelling around and thinking to invest to a motorhome or camper trailer to travel first for our holidays with kids and also when we retired and live in it for a long period. what do you think? what brand anyone got the same e . . .
Hi Everyone! I'm a newbie in this forum and I'd like to thank you all beforehand for the help you'll be able to give me :) My boyfriend and I are on our second WHV, currently living and working in Brisbane.We own a 2006 Ford Falcon wagon (NSW plated, we're getting a QLD plat . . .
Hi everyone. I am planing to travel through Australia for a longer time with no specific goal or destination in the first place. As I am new to Australia and do not have my own property, trustworthy friends or relatives here, I was wondering where I can direct and store any . . .
We have a small motorhome and will be looking for secure/clean long term INDOOR (preferred) or COVERED storage from April 2015 to January 2016 in the Sunshine coast Qld area or Perth WA area. (still undecided which way we will travel from Melbourne) Motorhome:- 6.5m long 2.2 . . .
as it's a general discussion and tips/ideas forum, so i just wanted a advice from you guys i am travelling from 2 months and had been visited many places in africa, europe and saudi countries and right now in india. but just wanna ask my next destination would be sicily (ita . . .
A male kangaroo is called a boomer A female kangaroo is called a flyer A baby kangaroo is called a joey The word kangaroo derives from the Guugu Yimithirr word gangurru, referring to grey kangaroos. The name was first recorded as "Kangooroo or Kanguru" on 4 August 1770, by L . . .
How can I get Mail while travelling, if their is no resources? . . .
Hey! My girlfriend and I have been thinking about travelling up the east coast of Aus next October. Q's: We were thinking about buying a van at the start of the year and decking it out to travel and camp in. Are there any good sites to look at van customisations? *kombi va . . .
Free Camping Where? We intend to do a caravan trip strarting at Kerang, than onto : Swanhill, Mildura, Broken Hill, to the Flinders Ranges, visit Rawnleigh Park, Arkaroola, Leigh Creek, Quorn, then on to Peterborough, Port Augusta, Port Lincoln, Victor Harbour then home vi . . .
Hi everyone, First time posting, apologize in advance if this is in the wrong section. Me and couple of mates are driving to Perth from Melbourne across Nullarbor and back over 13 days. We are taking my Ford Territory, there isnt a lot of boot space to pack all our gear. . . .
Hi everyone, My boyfriend and I are planning a road trip from Ballarat VIC to Newcastle NSW. We are travelling with a 4WD and we are looking for the best places to camp on the way up there. Preferably free campsites with 4WD tracks around and nice scenery. Do you have any s . . .
Does anyone know of a towing company that will tow a 5th Wheeler? I plan on spending 6 months at a time at parks along the east coast of Australia and I don't want to buy a vehicle for the job. Thank you... . . .
Hey..im looking at doing some roadtrips..and im after advice on the best portable tv antenna ??? Need it to be digital..and if possible the antenna could get power via my usb plug on my vans tv ok so if anyone knows a simple solution to accessing digital tv while outback...p . . .
Does anyone have any Dog friendly suggestions for accommodation between Holbrook and Goulburn. . . .
Hello, is there anyone who comes from local South Australia? My father and my mom are planning a trip to Kangaroo Island and they want to experience the fishing trip, but I have heard there are a lot of sea areas that need a fishing license. For a traveler it could be more d . . .
Hi I'm a single mum with 4 kids. Son 12, daughter 10, twin girls 5. My son is meant to be starting high school this year and my twins primary school. But last year was an awful year with my husband leaving us. I am renting and thinking of selling all our furniture and car an . . .
I have heard of some caravaners having trouble with ants eating electrical cable, can anyone confirm this? Also if yes is there anywhere to research. regards Steely . . .
Hello people. We are thinking of buying a Jayco 2005 Heritage 23ft for our first van. Does anyone have anything that we can lookout for when purchasing? Thank you. Mark . . .
Anyone suggest how to find a good facility to leave a car stored safely while I'm overseas for 6 weeks. . . .
Hi there, was wondering if i'm traveling from Melbourne to Cairns is it hillie and if so which would be the best way to go cheers. Phill. . . .
Hi we need to store a 19ft caravan between holidays somewhere near Pendle Hill from March 2014. . . .
I'm a 21 year old male from Vancouver wanting to move to Gold Coast Australia for a year. I just wanted to get a better idea on how expensive it is, how easy work will be to find ( I will be getting a year long work visa ) and how easy it will be to find a place to live for . . .
Hello, my family and I will be heading to Sydney and we wanted to know about some family attractions? Thanks! . . .
Hello Everyone, I am coming to austalia soon for my gap year and I was looking to doing a welcome package (one such as UltimateOz) I was wondering if anyone has done their program. It has a welcome package and they it says they will help you find work and have good travel de . . .
Hi all, greetings from Nuremberg ,i had planned a trip to melbourne next month, but due to the tight budget, I really need to be fully prepared to keep myself from starving, so i did some research about living cost in victoria and then I found this interesting data, is there . . .
Came across a nice free app for finding campspots & caravan parks across Australia. It even has hostels & petrol stations included which is handy. Being able to get directions through the app & also see where they all are was great + it was free. I found it on . . .
Hi me and two friends are leaving Perth and driving to Cairns, we are going via Alice Springs that route. It is a long way so I was wondering if anyone had some tips, like good places to stop and see and also if there are any we have to avoid. Any advice would be helpful. th . . .
Backpackers! I'm doing a study about backpackers for my master's thesis. Please help me by filling the questionnaire that follows this link: http://edu.surveygizmo.com/s3/998327/Backpacker-Research Thanks! . . .
Hi Just wondering if anybody can recomend websites that sell 4wd accessories such as snorkels, roof racks, uhf radio, annex etc. Thank you . . .
Hello everyone. So, my visa has been granted & I am itching to get my flight booked so I can look forward to it but do not want to rush into anything in case I make a bad decision. My plan is to book a flight to Perth for the end of February & visit some relatives &a . . .
Hi guys does an anyone know if it is possible to drive from Broome to Cairns in a sedan? Most forums I read say you can for most parts but what am I supposed to do in another parts. I am moving to Cairns and need to get my car across. Ideas would be really helpful, planning . . .
Hi All! So a little background. I have now travelled to over 30 countries (going backpacking again for a year in January) and there has always been one little struggle throughout this… 'do I need a visa for country X, Y or Z?' I always had conflicting information and . . .
First time travellers, 2 parents,14 and 16 year old kids. Planning to travel and see the Great Ocean Road, we have 3 weeks to do the trip. This will be a summer trip due to work commitments. We have done some small trips but nothing like this. We need some help and advise on . . .
We require storage for our 21 ft caravan when not travelling. If anyone has storage facilities on acreage or private home close to Burleigh Heads it would help us greatly. We have been broken into at a storage facility and are apprehensive to store again at these facilitie . . .
Hi I am looking for cheap undercover storage for my 24ft caravan for approx oct-june yearly. I would like somewhere in Vic or Murray area. I'm in Hobart but wish to store the van when I am not using it. Would appreciate any ideas where I could get reasonable rates and safe . . .
Having begun backpacking at the age of 27 and travelled fairly extensively I now am wondering at what age one becomes too old for backpacking. I mean feeling just as fit and in some ways stronger at the age of 39 I can't help wondering if I would be perceived as being too ol . . .
Hi, I want to know some activities that I can do in Melbourne or any other city in Australia. I also need recommendation for good Informatics University. Thank you. :) . . .
Hi all, The mrs and i have just decided to up and leave everything and travel australia for roughly 18 months to 2 years. 20 and 21. We want to see it all and experience it all. We will be purchasing a van and kitting out etc for the trip. Roughly 2008 toyota hiace or simi . . .
Hi all! I am about a year away from finishing my RN degree, I plan to work for a couple of years then travel Australia, once we have some money behind us (I'm married with two kids). My question is - is it easy to pick up casual work as I travel? I'd love to hear from any . . .
Ok- I'm a bit tossed on what to do. My son (6yo) have set our sights to travel this great country in 2013- which leaves many decisions to be made. I currently have a 2007 Toyota Aurion on a fixed secured loan until the end of November 2012. No caravan as yet. Scenario 1. . . .
Hi there, We are considering selling everything, House and contents to be able to travel Australia. We love stopping in the freebie sites all around this country but would love to hear from other caravan campers who have done this and never regretted their desicion. The most . . .
Hi all, we have a Lemair washing machine in our van that we have been using for nearly two years. I have never used the function to clean the washing machine, and as I can't find my instruction booklet I am wondering if anyone can tell me what I have to do? Thank you. . . .
Am wanting info on caravan storage for approx 6 months in Perth West Aust. Thanks Shirley . . .
Hi guys! I am not sure where to post this, I hope I will get some help within this thread. My girlfriend and I are living in Melbourne for one year, doing our Master in this fantastic city and are going to do a road trip from Brisbane to Melbourne, starting in two weeks. I . . .
Hey guys! So I know that there is certain stuff I need in order to come to Aussie... things like a TFN (tax file number), and a working visa. When is a good time to apply for these things? And is it true that you have to book a round trip to aussie? I was hoping to just bo . . .
We are heading north from brissy in march 2012 for a trip around oz with no time constraints. Selling house, business and bought caravan justvwaiting on birth of number 3 before heading off with kids 4and3. Would be great to have a network of other families doing a similar . . .
All dog owners, once and only warning, please pass onto anyone travelling. Dogs are our pets and a beloved family member, but when travelling along the Eyre highway and rural and remote areas of WA and within perth city limits etc, please be aware, 1080 wild dog and fox bai . . .
I need to store my caravan, can anybody suggest places around that offer this service at a reasonable rate. . . .
Hi all, We are very keen to upgrade from our camper trailer to a caravan but do not have the storage space at our home to keep it with us. We are looking for some long term storage in the Brisbane area where we can keep it regularly. Something that is reasonably priced. An . . .
We are looking for advice from anyone who has travelled Australia with a dog/dogs. We have two small staffys who are really well behaved and quiet. We are looking at travelling for about 12 months, trying not to work but we may have to. Has anyone travelled with dogs, how . . .
Is anyone knows if this type of cassette LPG bottle is available in Australia? If yes, where can I buy it? In common supermarket or hardware store? I want to use this for my camping light Thanks . . .
Hi, I am writing a book for parents traveling with babies and small children. As well as practical health advice I'm keen to include some stories and tips from parents. I'd love to hear from you if you have: (1) A travel story you would be happy to contribute (500 words) . . .
Hello to all of you living the dream, I have designed and painted over 200 motorhomes, over 3000 boats and alot of repairs..lol. 95% of those where over 28ft long and around the Gold Coast area. Some of you I have had the pleasure to meet and work on your motorhomes. Some of . . .
Hey, This is Ben and I've been travelling in Australia for around 4 months and have fallen in love with this place. I heard somethind about getting a visa extension but don't know how long or where I can work. Does anyone know about where to find jobs for farm work? B . . .
Hi guys, I am coming out to Oz in about 4 months and heard there are companies that help you out when you get there? Someone mentioned something about some guys called oz intro? I don't know whether places like this are worth it or not, but i heard they help you out with . . .
Hey, how is it going? I am planning to travel from Adelaide to Darwin with some friends and was a bit unsure of how I should prepare myself before I go and what should pack for the trip. I will be using a 2002 Prado TD with a portable fridge. Thanks in advance! . . .
looking at travelling around wa with husband september 2011 to end of october 2011. wanting some advise on best camping places, hiring of camper van or should i go vehicle and camper trailer ? any helpful information would be appreciated. at this stage looking at flying f . . .
Hey guys Myself and a friend are travelling to Australia in April for a month. Landing in Cairns and making our way down the East Coast where we can drop the vehicle off at Sydney. We're looking at car or campervan hire depending on what is cheaper. Any links to websites o . . .
Hey guys, I'm planning to go camping in the red centre. Has anybody done that? Are there any camping tours there? Thanks . . .
Hi,we are thinking of going around OZ in Jan 2012! We would love to hear back from some families travelling who are working around, what sort of budget you have, do we home school or do distance ed? We have 5 kids 8,7,5,3 & 4weeks. We will be travelling around with a 4wd and . . .
Hi all, I'm new to the forum and have a question I would really apreciate someone helping me with. At some time in the New Year I would like to try and crew out of Australia to PNG, and would like to know the offical sea ports of exit and entry for both. Does anyone have a . . .
Hi Me my husband and two children age 6 and 4 will be living our dream and traveling Australia as soon as harvest is over here in W.A. Should be around the start of Feb with the way things are atm. We are travelling in a 08 Diesel crusier and a 08 Coromal lifestyle family v . . .
Clothing Tips - What type of clothes are best? This depends on the type of accomodation, your mode of travel and your destination. I will concentrate on a driving/touring holiday for now. In that situation, whatever is comfortable for car travel and that doesn't need ironin . . .
If you are looking for a great weekend activity, check out South Melbourne. There is a fresh food market with delicious produce as well as a stack of cafes serving amazing coffee, breakfast, lunch and snacks. Once you have had a look at the market and refuelled with breakfas . . .
Hello everyone! I'm from Sweden and me and my friend are looking to go to Australia from October-December. A 6-8 week trip all in all. A life-long dream for me has been to drive the amazing Stuart Highway from south to north coast and it seems that my dream might come true . . .
I was wondering if anyone out there has travelled around australia leaving from Perth WA and can advise on when to leave. We are wanting to capitalise on the best weather all the way round. I am planning the trip for next year and can leave any time. Thank you. Donna. . . .
Hi everyone, Im gonna start Backpacking Australia at the beginning of july and was wondering if anyone could give me some advise on what hostels to avoid and which ones to visit? all help would be appreciated. . . .
Hey all My sister and I are flying into Broome on 29th May and renting a campervan for 3 weeks. We are travelling down to Perth and I'd be really grateful if anyone can give us any recommendations of places we really should see/go, trips we should do, places to avoid etc. . . .
Hi Guys, Great site, I am looking for the closest camp site to Brisbane where I can find beautiful clear water (like great barrier reef). Thank you! . . .
Hello,we are leaving at the end of july for a trip around aust with our 10yr old daughter & would like to hear from anyone who is currently traveling & schooling there child/children as they travel & how they go about it. . . .
Hi Folks, We are selling the house and having a Van built. We will be living in the van full time and travelling with no fixed address - but will have a postal address (Daughter in Canberra) My question is - how do I get Van insurance. All the companies I contacted (AAMI, . . .
Hi, im from Melbourne planning on spending 9 weeks traveling around Aust from the 24th June till 18th Sept. Anyone interested in coming along and chipping in a little for fuel would be welcome. Planning on going to Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Arlie Beach, Ma . . .
Hi all I am packing up the Patrol towing a Jayco Hawk Outback and setting off with the wife and 2 kids, 1 and 3. I would love to hear about others that have done similar. We are planning to go for around 12 months and have no real plan except to not be up north for the wet . . .
Hi everyone we are travelling to coburg peninsula nt in july and were wondering if anyone has travelled there and whether it is worth extending the time we have booked to 2 weeks any suggestione would be helpful . . .
You have to be crazy to travel with no solar panels on your roof these days! Now you have no excuse.... You can now enjoy the freedom of being TOTALLY power self sufficient....for $2 per watt. Our buying network have new 280 watt panels available to every one. This is be . . .
I came to griffith with the promise of work from a local farmer. He guaranteed me and two others work and accomodation only to discover when we arrived here there was no work, only accomodation i.e. his friends house was available. We had travelled from Sydney to be here so . . .
Hello there! Does anyone have the idea on student accommodation on the Sunshine Coast? I just found this site http://www.studynstay.com.au and i thought i need to have suggestions before choosing a student accommodation group that will arrange my whole stay in Sunshine Coa . . .
We are looking into hiring or buying a 4WD camper and we saw this web site: www.nolimitscampers.com.au Did anybody try them? Can someone give us advise? . . .
can any one help me i will be driving from melbourne to gold coast in jan 2010 with my son and our dog and i want to know where we can stop over night with our dog i . . .
Hey Guys, If your thinking of coming down under anytime soon, and planning on staying for around 3 weeks or more, a Kiwi friend of mine... we dont all hate each other... got one of these discount cards from a place called Aussie Travel Saver. She has since gone back to New . . .
Hi, A lot of people still dont realise there are lots of places you can camp for free, save yourself a lot of money, We are heading south soon and will be camphosts for a month. you can see us on youtube. . . .
Abide by the laws, rules and regulations of the place you are staying.Respect local wildlife and local native culture. Always note the mysafetravel. . . .
I have recently arrived in Queensland (from the UK) to visit family and plan my move over. After a stay at Hervey Bay backpackers this week I plan on staying on the Sunshine Coast for a few weeks. Any tips on the best / cheapest place to hire a small car there for 3 weeks or . . .
Me and my girlfriend came over 3 months ago to Perth, but we have gone our separate ways and I want to start travelling on January first. I know no one here apart from the guys I work with and was wondering were you find out were people who are travelling and want some compa . . .
Hi My friend and I are very keen to go to Australia! We have never travelled before so dont have a clue where to start. We would like to stay out for 3 months. We wont be going until i finish my universtiy course in may, after which I will need some time to save up. Also i . . .
We are staying with our 96 year old Nanna while our house is being built. We need the use to of a caravan or camper. We will store it in her back yard so we can escape now and again. When you need the caravan just let us know and we will make sure it is looking like new. We . . .
Hey all Planning on Traveling now, what are some good tips with take the basic gear when traveling on the road, Heading South of Perth first. Two persons. . . .
Hi Everyone, Have u any idea.... . . .
Is it safe for a woman, elderly parent and young children to drive in the outback of Australia? plan on driving from Sydney up the most inner highway into Qld, turn left then on to the Sturt Hway, up to Darwin, then back down to Alice Springs, Uluru, and then the quickest w . . .
We are leaving in 13 days for our 2nd trip to the NT (can't wait) This time however we are going to Ayres Rock and surrounds. Can anyone tell me of some slightly cheaper activities? I would love to go on a camel with the kids but the prices are ridiculous. I did read som . . .
If anyone is going to the gold coast, Australia please do not swim in the canals they are full of bull sharks and my friends dog was taken while swimming in a canal. . . .
Hi people of Australia ;-) I am going to travel with my friends from Poland to Singapore on motorbikes. One day I thought: When we will get to Singapore why do not go further and visit Your beautiful and amazing country full of extraordinary people ;-))) So my question is: . . .
Hi Guys, we are planning a family trip around Australia next year and are flexible with the times we go. We have an on road caravan so we need to be cautious about weather conditions. We will be starting from Melbourne and are looking for advice on the best time to leave he . . .
I am looking at installing a Lemair washing machine in my caravan, 2.2 capacity but could some advise who has one the amount of articles that will fit in the bowl eg 2 towels ??,are you able to fill bowl to top of bowl with items and what laundry detergent you recommend and . . .
Hi everyone. I am looking for a reputable resale company to sell my Diamond Resort points. Could anyone give me any pointers to who to use ? . . .
Interested in this festival. Any thoughs/comments regarding worthyness since it is several hours south of Sydney and we only have 2 weeks in NSW. Cheers. . . .
Well, my hubby and I returned from our first big 8 week 'nomad' trip away. What a laugh - I think for your first adventure, everything that can go wrong will go wrong! However, I wanted to share something my daughter shared with us. A mystery shopping company helped us pay . . .
Hi, I live on the Tweed Coast of NSW and have a large, secure yard. We are looking for a caravan for our nanny to live in while she stays with us. We would ensure your caravan is well maintained and secure at all times and it would not leave our premises. The caravan would . . .
I went to an excellent Dentist in India (www.expatdental.com) and had Damon braces fitted. I need to see a dentist to get them adjusted. Can anyone recommend an orthodontist in Melbourne? . . .
Hi all. My husband and I with a 13 and 11 are off around australia but am worried that we might pull into a caravan park that is not as good as some and not know it. Are there any places in australia that aren't safe to stay the night thanks sharon . . .
Hi me and my best friend are thinking of travelling around the whole ef Australia. we are starting from Sydney. Any idea how long it will take roughly and how much money will we need? thanks. . . .
Any suggestions for a single traveller arriving in Brisbane who wants to meet up with other travellers? . . .
Buying a caravan and upgrading the 4wd and plan to go around OZ with our kids next year for 6 months. Does any-one no where I can locate an existing travel plan with stops/camping grounds. Raewyn . . .
Gday, My girlfriend and I are going to drive around all of Oz, heading north from sydney and going anti-clockwise next august in my toyota Hiace. We will be pretty much sticking to the coast as much as possible and are just wondering what a rough estimate per week in dollars . . .
Hi there I am writing an article about families travelling around Australia for long periods. I would really love to hear some of your experiences if you have done this recently (or in the past). Things I am interested in specifically are: 1. Funny stories / adventures 2. Ha . . .
I plan to move interstate (One and half day trip) and want to take my 3yr old cat in the car with me. Do you have any suggestions as last time I took him in my car just for a short trip he made a mess in his pet carrier. Is there some kind of travel pill for cats. M Th . . .
Hi! Just wondering/hoping if there's anyone out there who would be able to store my Winnebago motorhome, or know of some cheap storage facility, in or around Melbourne? Its measurements are: length 6080 width 2050 heigh . . .
My partner and i are travelling around oz starting early next year, leaving from Brisbane and going north. We plan to go for 6 months to start and see how we go. We have an 1978 Landcruiser (it's in great condition) which we plan to use. We plan to install a dual battery sy . . .
my boyfriend and i will be arriving in sydney next week. we plan to spend a year working and travelling around the place and want to buy a van/big car to drive around, sleep in and generally live out of. any suggestions as to how to go about buying a van? i've heard about . . .
Are there any campsites in central coast of NSW area which allow 16 year olds without parents? Thanks . . .
While traveling through Brisbane recently I came across Riverlife Adventure Center. I spent the day kayaking along the Brisbane River and rock climbing up Kangaroo Point Cliffs, which looked over the river! It was one of the most fun things I did while in Australia!!! They . . .
Hello, me and a friend are working in Perth for about 6 months coming up in mid august and then we plan on traveling for 2 or three months and then heading over to NZ for a couple weeks. I was wondering if in such a small amount of time if we should look at booking tours to . . .
Hi I'm new to these forums so I'm hoping someone from Hobart is reading here. I'm travelling to Hobart on the 9th of July, first time visitor, so I will feel like a total tourist...lol. I am staying at Port Arthur on the first night then heading back to Hobart to spend the . . .
Hi I am driving to Sydney on this Weekend on Friday, I was hoping someone going the same way to come along for company, they can pitch in a small amount to help me cover the cost of travel. I wont be driving back since i am dropping off the car at my brother's . . .
My Husband & I are about to head off around Australia in less than 2 months with our Jack Russell. We have a 4wd dual cab with canopy and a Camper Trailer. We plan to work along the way. I was wondering if anyone had any advice on how long it might take us to travel around . . .
I live in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and I am prepared to store a van for 3 months free if you need to: June - August. We hope to have a German Exchange student and one of my teenage children would sleep in it. The van would be kept securely in our garage. Anyone inte . . .
Hey guys, my fella and I are looking to go to australia for 6-9 months, how much money ideally do you need to take we were thinking 3,000 pounds each is that enough? We will be working as well, how easy is it to get employment? We'll take anything! Is it better to plan t . . .
We recently purchased a 30' yacht and are thinking of travelling around Australia by it but need to find out where safe ports of call are that are not too difficult to get into should the weather change. We would be interested in hearing from anyone who may have already done . . .
There will just be me and my girlfriend driving up the east coast to cairns, just wanted to know how safe it all is and what to watch out for! Thank you very much! . . .
Hello people, planning on driving up the east coast with my girlfriend in the next couple of weeks. We are goin 2 buy a car in queensland, but in the uk I am band from driving but still hold my uk driving license card (pink one). Just wondering if iI would still be able to d . . .
This is just a Topic for everyone that has travelled australia. I'm looking at heading off in 2 months for my first time and was curious to know where everyone goes, whats good and whats not. Anything to steer clear of and places definitely not to miss. Any info would be g . . .
I used to have a "shower" that looped around your neck and the tube went down to a foot pump. You could stand in a bowl of water with a shower curtain around you and happily shower inside a small caravan. Now I'm back in the caravanning scene and can't find this handy tube s . . .
Hi All, We're looking at buying a 2002 Quintrex 5m Seabreeze (wide beam) and would be VERY interested in hearing from anyone who might have one, or had one, and your thougts and experiences with this boat. Look forward to hearing from you. . . .
Hey, I'm coming to Queensland from Victoria for a holiday in about 6 weeks and was wondering if anyone could let me know of the best spots to go deep sea fishing? Cheers . . .
Hi there, I went to Australia Zoo in mid 2006 and it was amazing. There are great shows there plus oppurtunities to hold koalas, snakes and even baby alligators. There is also a baby animal farm which is great for kids. Visiting Australia Zoo was one of the best experiences . . .
we are a family of four in the planning stages of a trip around Australia. My biggest concern is the schooling of my soon to be 13 yr old who will be missing year 8 whilst we are travelling. Has anyone homeschooled teenagers on the road? I have heard that 'Distance Educat . . .
Hi, Im planning on taking a working holiday to australia in sept 08. I can either fly into Sydney or Melbourne, and then go from there. I am at a loss of where to go. Im young and looking for a fun year, surrounded by beaches and hopefully other young people. Im also hoping . . .
We are going over east around Mid January. We are waiting for our house to settle around then, but are not sure where we can stay, and what we should take, other than water from what I've read. We are going in a 4wd Prado with 2 kids. So could someone help me out with where . . .
Hi, I am heading off travelling downunder after X-mas and would like to get some advice on what the bare essentials I should be packing into my backpack are? Apart from shorts and sun tan lotion I am at a loss??? . . .
My husband and I are about to set off on our trip around oz and we plan on seeing as much as we can.... however certain parts are only 4WD accessible and obviously you can't take a van everywhere... any ideas on where you can safely leave your van for a couple of days at a t . . .
Hi, my partner & I are trying to plan a 12 month working / caravaning trip around Australia with our dog & would love to hear from anyone who has done the same. We already have the Holidaying with Dogs book but would like to hear from anyone first hand regarding idea . . .
I'm doing a project on australian english and i'm from Russia, so it's difficult to find some good info here, so I need some help from australian people. I'm interested in australian slang, jokes and all that sort of stuff. I will be very grateful if you be of any help! Tha . . .
I'm coming to Australia on a working holiday visa. Does anyone know of any seasonal employment that would allow for me to keep my dog? Fruit picking seems as though it'd be rather difficult to care for my dog, unless any one knows of some farms that allow dogs? CHEERS! . . .
I am considering heading north to the cape from cairns next year. Have a Honda CRV and wondering if anyone can give me an idea of whether I am kidding myself or whether the Honda will get there OK. I am getting mixed messages as to whether I need a bigger 4wd. Will defini . . .
I do this personally before travelling and find it puts my mind a bit at rest. Photocopy your passport, licence, all credit cards back and front take a copy with you and leave a copy of these with a friend at home. Saves some drama and panic if any of these are lost. . . .
Im am living in Dublin, Ireland. I am looking to travel to Australia hopefully after the new year so around the start of 2008. Is this a good time? I am also looking to know how much money I will need, how to go about getting a bank account sorted. I am looking to start off . . .
Hi, I will be in Cairns in November these year and I want to do some snorkelling. But now I have heard you can't because of the Irukandji jellyfish. Can somebody tell me something about that? Greetz Eleanor . . .
Hi, I am spending 12 days in Australia. The first 5 and last 1 day in Sydney. In between I will have 1 week (Mon-Fri) to drive / fly / experience Australia. I was thinking of Driving Sydney - Melbourne - Adelaide and fly back, alternatively Drive Sydney - Cairns and fly bac . . .
If youre in Hervey Bay, Qld I'd recommend the Spice Shop in Scarness. I had been travelling forever in search of a good, healthy vegetarian CURRY!!!! I was desperate. Here I found manna from heaven. You wont be disappointed. . . .
Hi. Im coming to Australia in June. I have heard that Australians use a lot of slang. What are some phrases I should know before I arrive? . . .
I am about to depart on a 6 month holiday travelling around Australia with 2 kids aged 18 months and 3 years. Does anyone have any suggestions to make the trip even a LITTLE bit less stressful! . . .
I am looking at buying my first caravan and would love to hear some hints from caravan owners with regards to what I should look for . . .
I am thinking about setting off on my first caravan holiday soon. Can any seasoned caravan owners please offer me some hints for my first trip away? . . .
Im embarking on a year long caravan adventure in May and am looking for any suggestions for caravan accessories that might make my journey more comfortable/practical. . . . . .
Has anyone got any camping tips they would like to share with a first time camper? . . .
Im going on my first camping trip in 2 weeks and am trying to write a checklist so I dont forget anything important. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should add to it? . . .
Im departing on my first 4WD holiday in the coming months and need all the help I can get! Does anyone have any hints for 4WDing? . . .
Does anyone have any suggestions for what spare parts I should take on my 4WD holiday? . . .
I am a clumsy 4WDer who always gets himself stuck in the mud. Can anyone give me any hints about vehicle recovery and what I should have onboard to get myself out? . . .
I'm taking my dog camping soon and want to know if anyone has any tips about camping with pets...? . . .
Hi. Im taking my pet on holiday and want to make sure I am prepared for if he gets injured. What first aid equipment should I take? . . .
I'm looking at taking my pet on holiday in a few weeks. Does anyone have any suggestions about how I can prepare my animal, do I need to be concerned about Ticks etc, what I should consider etc? . . .
Hi. I am going on holiday in a few months and have to leave my pets behind (cat and a dog). I'm starting to look into a kennel for both pets. Does anyone have any tips about what I should look for, avoid etc? . . .
Hi everyone. I will be taking my 4 year old dog on holiday with me in the coming weeks. We will be in the car for approximately 4 hours. Does anyone have any tips for making the journey comfortable and safe for my pet? . . .
Hey everyone. Im a keen but not so successful fisherman. I'm looking for tips about other peoples' favourite/most successful fishing styles? . . .
Hi my family and I are looking at getting into boating this summer. Does anyone have any tips on how to get started? . . .
Hi everyone. My family and I have recently bought a boat and are having our first boating holiday soon. Does anyone have any hints for additional safety equipment to take onboard? . . .
Hi, I am looking at buying a boat for my family in the coming months. I'm interested in any tips from boat owners with regards to what I should look for, avoid etc. . . .
Alright i'm going to land in Sydney Feb 1st 2008. I dont know what to bring. What needs to be planned. Im going by myself and I dont have a clue about anything. Any advice would help. I heard u can get this ticket to a bus that travels all around the country and u can s . . .
What fastfood/takeaway stores are popular in Australia? . . .
Hi. My husband and I are considering immigrating to Australia. We have children aged 4 and 6. What age will they start school in Australia? . . .
Im a 16 year old whose parents are looking to move to Australia. When can I get my licence over there? What side of the road do you drive on? . . .
I am a 20 year old male coming to Australia for a year or so and I'm looking at getting involved in a sports club. What are the most popular team sports in Australia? . . .
I am booked into travel around NSW and QLD in June/July of this year. Will it be very cold? . . .
Is it safe to swim in the sea in Australia? Is there lifeguards on the beaches? . . .
I am travelling to Australia in 2008 and will have minimal funds. What are some fun, free/cheap activities to do in Australia? . . .
I will be travelling to Australia later this year and want to get from Brisbane to Sydney. What is the best way to get there? Do any airlines do cheap fares interstate? . . .
Hi im a young traveller looking forward to visiting Australia in the near future, just wondering what is the legal drinking age there? . . .
Im thinking of going skiing while holidaying in Australia. Are there any good ski fields? Where? When's the best time for snow? . . .
What season is it in Australia during December? What sort of weather should I expect? . . .
Im looking at travelling around in Australia in 2008, I won't have a vehicle so I was wondering what the public transport will be like in the city. Will it be easy for me to get around? . . .
My friend and I are coming to Australia for a holiday and were wondering what the nightlife's like in Australia? . . .
Im looking into buying a caravan/camper trailer. What should I look for? What sort of price range should I expect? . . .
I am a single female looking at travelling around Australia, do you think it is safe for me to travel alone? Should I drive, bus or fly to the different destinations? . . .
Im a backpacker from Canada, I was wondering if anyone could answer a question for me? What is the name of the town or village where it is legal to smoke marijuana? Thanks to whoever can answer my question . . .
I found a site with useful info about travel tips and tricks, and would like to share with all of you. Happy Travel! http://traveltipsportal.com . . .
Before travelling overseas, I've found it useful to scan all document information (passport number/travellers cheque numbers,credit card numbers etc) and email it to yourself (probably at a hotmail address)... If the worst happens, you can usually access email with few prob . . .
Hello, I will move from the small country Luxembourg to Australia in October, I will write about the wonderful trip... later on. Waiting this, if you have any good recommendations, I will appreciate. Thanks. Charles . . .
Hi, Im planning a trip to Oz, arriving end of Dec and our plan is to drive from Adelaide to Cairns in about 5 and a half weeks. Does anyone think it's totally unrealsitic, like are we just going to be driving non stop or do u reckon we will have enough time to stop off plac . . .
Hi there, Can somone help please. I have a 3 hour stopover in Syndey before traveling to my next place and had heard of a great shopping centre near the airport. I have no idea of the name of it though. Can someone, if they know, help me out!!! Cheers . . .
Im going to be in the gold coast and sydney for two weeks total. What am I looking at spending each day for food and accomodations, assuming i stay in hostels?? thanks folks . . .
Hey, Just found the coolest thing that I'd like to share! Are you thinking about going to Scandinavia? I just saw on Scandinavian airlines website that you can win a roundtrip to Scandinavia by putting together really silly and funny sentences in Swedish Norweigan Danish o . . .
My wife and I just got back from a 2-week trip to California and we scored the most amazing surf adventure. Instead of taking the normal route, renting a car and moteling along the route, we opted for the rental of a VW camper bus. What a cool way to go! We found this little . . .
We have English relations coming out for Xmas. We live on the Sunshine Coast (Tewantin) and they want to see a bit of the outback. Can anyone tell me the closest "outback" we could drive to. We will only be using a sedan, and the trip would have to be confined to a day or tw . . .
I'm traveling to Melbourne from the East Coast of the US. I arrive at 10:20 in the morning, which is 8:20 at night on the East Coast. Am I going to be worn out by travel and jet lag or am I likley to be up for seeing a few sights? Any input appreciated. . . .
Schapelle Corby drug smuggler gets 20 years in jail in Indonesia and a lot of discovery illegal goods and drugs in the luggage had raised the issue of security concern in every airport around the world. Luggagelock is a disposable tamper evident security seals designed for . . .
Hi, My name is Craig (20 from scotland). I plan to travel to australia in January for about 3 months (perth then sydney then brisbane). I would be grateful if anyone could help me with the following; * Is this a good time to see these places or would visiting over say nove . . .
Hi everyone, My name is Craig I'm 20 and come from Scotland. I'm travelling to Perth in January then to Sydney and then up the coast to Brisbane. I would be grateful if anyone could help me with the following; * Is it possible for me to book into hostels throughout these c . . .
Hi there, I'm taking travel and tourism for school and would just like to know what services are provided on the australian Qantas flight's please! thanks... . . .
I've been thinking of renting a motorhome to cruise around WA for a few weeks with my 4 grand children. Avabreak motorhome rentals seem to be the best deal for what I'm looking for. Has anyone hired one of their motorhomes? If so, any problems? Are they easy to drive, etc? . . .
Hi I'm over here backpacking so on a very tight budget and I really want to see as much of Australia as possible. I was over here 10 years ago and internal flights cost a fortune. It's all changed now - I've been comparing prices and I just can't believe how cheaply you ca . . .
Hi everyone, I found I save so much money by sending electronic postcards from this site rather than paying for a postacrd and stamps and stuff I can send a postcard from most location in Oz instead of sending emails. . . .
For all those planning to travel Australia here are some handy tips. Travelling by road: The best value is to buy a small van, a ford econovan or similar, decking it out is cheap and easy if you use your nut. Milk crates to support a sheet of ply board a gas cooker and an e . . .
Im driving to Queensland from Melbourne and have no idea what to stop and see in a week. I'll be driving the coastal route, so if anyone can feed me ideas that would be awesome. Thanks . . .
For anyone travelling to OZ from the USA, the Travel Australia Game is now available across America, it will assist you in your travels and adventures, you must play this great Aussie board game, don't leave home until you do! You can order the game from the USA agent by e-m . . .
Can anyone offer any advice. I have booked a holiday to Thailand for myself and a friend, the problem is that the tickets have been issued but there is a spelling mistake on one of the tickets. My friends first name is spelt Allen and on the ticket it is spelt Allan,we . . .
Hi Everyone, I'm 18 years old and from Ireland. I'd like to travel to Australia between September-December later this year. I've never done a backpack holiday before!! I am curious about the following: *How much money would I need? Ideally we hope to be there for 3weeks-1m . . .
Hey everyone, I am planning a trip to Oz from Canada, and will be arriving in November. I am planning on going to one place and staying there for the first 3-4 months. I have been looking into Ballina, the attractions being surf, and fishing...I was just wondering if some . . .
Hey people, me and my mate Rob, 25 and 23, are planning to go to oz for a year of travelling whilst working to pay our way round. We are thinking around end of March at the min and will need to start in Perth as that is where Rob has some friends we can stay at for a coupl . . .
Hi, My Husband and I are hoping to spend a couple of weeks in Darwin in August. But, we need to find accommodation that is a good standard and is pet friendly. Please help if you can. . . .
Hello, How do you get from Avalon airport in Melbourne to the CBD? I got some cheap tickets without realising how far away it is. Is there some kind of public transport? The idea of forking out $60 for a cab doesn't appeal. Thats how much I paid for the flights! p.s If you . . .
I am going to Austrailia in a year or two, and I am planning to start in Sydney, buy a car, and drive north and all the way around Australia. I wanted to see if anyone had any advice on what car to buy and where (I wanted a 4X4, maybe topless as an option, like a jeep, but i . . .
I am going to SE Asia in June and wondering if anyone knows the simplest and cheapest way to get a single entry travel visa for Vietnam. Who should I call or what website should I visit to find out all the details? . . .
I already have a phone and I'm slightly confused as to which company I should join? A few people in my hostel recommended virgin and isim but i'm not sure? help please? . . .
Hi there Im travelling out to Sydney from the UK in february and am hoping to stay for approx 10 months. Could someone give me some advice on whether it is cheaper for me to get a return fare (not keen as not sure when will be back) or to just book from returning to the UK . . .
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