Year abroad in Australia

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    Jan 12, 2012 8:06 PM GMT
    So I've decided to make a major life change and try for a working holiday visa for Australia which will allow me to live and work there for 12 months and if I work 3 months in rural Australia I can extend for 12 more months. I lived in Montana for quite awhile so I think I can stand 3 months in another small town.

    Any suggestions as to what city I should live in? I've narrowed it down to Melbourne and Sydney since I want to mainly live in an urban area and was told to rule out Brisbane, Canberra, and Perth. So many questions to ask like what city has the nicer people, what city is more welcoming to foreigners, what city doesn't judge Americans by government I couldn't vote for, of course what city might have the nicer maybe cuter gay guys hey I'm a sucker for that accent what American isn't and I wouldn't mind having my first boyfriend be an Aussie and bring him back with me haha, and so on....basically suggestions please haha. Oh and what area of the city should I live in remember only there for a year so I probably won't have a car unless there are year long leasing options for a foreigner plus I will completely end up turning wrong and head into traffic if there are no cars and I get distracted easily. Thanks guys.
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    Jan 12, 2012 9:06 PM GMT
    My advice is just try out a few different places. As always, it's more about the people you meet than the where you are.

    I personally loved my 3 months in Brisbane. Sydney and Melbourne were also awesome, but I just didn't meet the right group of people.

    Sydney and Melbourne have pretty developed gay scenes so if you choose either one of them you'll be fine.

    Unfortunately, being from US people will make cheap jokes but don't take it seriously.
  • jpk090

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    Jan 12, 2012 9:12 PM GMT
    I lived in Melbourne for 6 months and it was awesome. I went to Monash University, so I lived on campus--can't really help you out with location insofar as apartments, etc. But I never ran into any prejudice or unpleasantry because of the fact that I am American... Australians are really friendly, in my experience at least, and you should have an amazing time. I lived there with a few of my American friends and I know more than one of them are considering moving to Australia for good after graduation. Haha, you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Australia is a bit expensive, though, so I'd keep an eye on my finances if I were you. I spent way too much while I was there.

    Good luck! I'm sure it'll be awesome.
  • josephmovie

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    Jan 12, 2012 9:14 PM GMT
    Cities are cities pretty much wherever you go, but with your time I would split it between two places, but make Sydney one of those choices. Then go for either Melbourne or Brisbane. Brisbane may not be a huge buzzing metropolis for the visitor it is close the some of the most amazing places in Australia, such as Cape Tribulation and the whole far north area. It is spectacular.
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    Jan 13, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    What about gyms and public transport though since I won't have a car? What city is better for the carless haha.
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    Jan 13, 2012 4:51 AM GMT
    UofMGrad saidWhat about gyms and public transport though since I won't have a car? What city is better for the carless haha.


    Sydney's transportation is pretty reliable. It's mostly buses if you're traveling within the main city. The only thing that threw me off at first was that they don't announce what the next stop is. So you basically have to ask someone to tell you when your stop comes up until you get use to it.

    Not sure about Melbourne, a lot of things you could walk to and we rented a car for the week we were there.

    Like someone said, it's pretty expensive though. But that's mostly due to import tariffs. New Video games (in Canada) cost around 60-80 bucks. In aus, new video games cost $120AUD. But also, minimum wage starts at $15/hr and increases as you get older (whereas minimum wage in Canada is a flat $10/hr). So in nominal terms it's relatively more expensive but the standard of living is about the same imo.

    Enjoy australia!
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    Jan 15, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    I really liked Melbourne. The downtown has many European-style alleys filled with cafes.