Living in Australia

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    Feb 27, 2010 10:35 PM GMT
    Wondering about Sydney, AUS, from those who currently live there or who have done a working holiday there. Decisions need to be made on my end, fairly soon and I have a visa that I'm considering using to go to AUS from Canada. Anyone out there?
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    Feb 27, 2010 11:00 PM GMT
    When I was backpacking Australia, I stayed at a YHA hostel in Sydney, just one block from the main city station, for nearly two weeks in 1997. At reception there was a desk advertising temporary jobs for travelers. It wasn't just for fruitpicking, but as I recall, office jobs as well.
    The best thing to have before arriving in Australia is a visa which allows you to carry out temporary work.
    Good luck.
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    Feb 27, 2010 11:04 PM GMT
    Thanks for the response! A hostel is definitely something I need to think about using when I get there but I'm afraid of bedbugs, theft and privacy.

    I already have the work permit so that's all good!

    Thanks for chiming in.
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    Feb 27, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    I live in Sydney (out in the burbs)
    Anyway, I know of a hostel in Sydney that's pretty damned awesome, a mate who came out to sydney stayed there fo about a week, it was really nice and had everything you could possibly want.

    Can't remember the name but I can find out and get back to you by the end of the day if you'd like.

    What specific things are you looking to find out?

    If you find your self wanting to stay you will need to be working for a larger company who can sponsor you to stay on and keep working, it's not to difficult but it's not easy either.

    People are nice but somewhat "self focused" ie, they walk around with blinkers on most of the time.

    Weather is nice but it's cooling down and quickly too, it's Autumn and soon winter, our winters in Sydney aren't cold as in you get covered in a foot of snow, but they can be nippy.

    Sydney has like the largest gay population and you'll find TONS of us about here, oxford street is the "gay beat" in Sydney you'll find tons of gay bars down that street.

    We have food from everywhere and everything, anything you want you can find in Sydney and if you like seafood we have some of the worlds best.

    You can eat cheaply here and well AND healthy and it's not to difficult to find really nice places (there is a book you might wanna get if your interested called cheap eats of Sydney, it's THE guide to have to finding good and cheap places to eat)

    Anything more specific?
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    Feb 27, 2010 11:19 PM GMT
    Guy that's exactly the kind of info I'm looking for. I'm gonna PM you and ask some more. Thanks a bunch!
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    Feb 27, 2010 11:30 PM GMT
    mk2000 saidThanks for the response! A hostel is definitely something I need to think about using when I get there but I'm afraid of bedbugs, theft and privacy.

    I already have the work permit so that's all good!

    Thanks for chiming in.


    Not in any YHA (Youth Hostel Association) hostel, where I stayed in many all over the world. Sure, there was only one (in the USA) which was substandard, but that was the exception, not the rule. Hostelling International have the toughest standards imposed by the organisation to all hostels for inclusion into membership. This includes daily bedsheet change by the staff, lockers for all valuables, and compulsory labelling of all foodstuffs bought by the client, or else removed and destroyed by a staff member. Members kitchens are always spick & span, and are often closed for part of the day for cleaning.
    You are right about privacy, though, as you would share a dorm with at least one other traveler (athough in San Diego I had the room to myself, the second bed being vacant). But staying in hostels as a backpacker always presented the opportunity to make friends.
    HI-YHA Sydney Central was one of the best hostels I ever visited, and tops for cleanliness, security and client respect.
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    Feb 27, 2010 11:32 PM GMT
    Maze backpacker is one the places I've stayed; heaps of info at the info counter! And many travellers like yourself stay there.

    Good luck!

    http://www.mazebackpackers.com/about-us.html
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    Feb 27, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    http://www.wakeup.com.au/

    is the place I was talking about, I've never stayed in a hotel before but even I was impressed with the place.. although people stay there who "like to watch" *coughs*