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Gap year sole trip around Australia, any advice would be greatly appreciated. : )

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Looking for a little help and advice
7 years ago, January 28th 2013 No: 1 Msg: #165702  
Hi, my name is Ben and I am 21 years old (22 by the time I go travelling). My intention is to spend a year or maybe more travelling around Australia alone. This will be the first time I have done anything like this and certainly on my own. So I was wondering if any of you guys have any tips. I finish university mid to late June and then will spend a month or so getting everything sorted for my travels with this intention of leaving in either August or September. I have relatives in Sydney and therefore plan to stay with them for three or four days before moving on. I will be obtaining a working holiday via so that I can work as I travel and will be willing to do anything, fruit picking, bar work ect. However, as this is the first thing like this I have ever done my plans go a little hazy from here on. My reasons for travelling are that I would like to experience the real world, grow in confidence and find out what I want to really do with my life. I am a very active person and love the outdoors so see myself doing things such as scuba diving the great barrier reef or things like that but am unsure how would be best to build this sort of thing into such a long experience. Basically I know this probably seems like a very simple issue for all of you experience travellers but I was wondering what sort of way to go about planning a literary for this trip. What things must I see and do? What things must be experienced and what things will make me look back in 20 years time and say yeah I did that alone!? I would for my own peace of mind like to have a job sorted for when I get over there but how realistic is this? Anyway I realise I have rambled on a bit here but any help or advice would be greatly appreciated! It would also be great to hear from people who have done/ doing the same thing so I can have an idea of what to expect. Thanks : ) Reply to this

7 years ago, January 29th 2013 No: 2 Msg: #165713  
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Hi Ben,

Welcome to TravelBlog!

"...I was wondering what sort of way to go about planning a literary for this trip. "
You've already taken what is probably the best move - asking here in the forums :-)

I lived in Tasmania for 7 years and really liked the national parks. Favourite would be Freycinet NP on the east coast, then Cradle mountain. Would recommend using a hire car though as public transport isn't conducive to getting to 'out of the way' places.

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7 years ago, January 29th 2013 No: 3 Msg: #165714  
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p.s. congrats on the decision to travel. You may not arrive home at the end with all life's answers, but I guarantee you'll gain immensely in confidence, experience things you'll never forget, and probably make some life long friends on the way.

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7 years ago, February 9th 2013 No: 4 Msg: #166143  
Hi Ben, not sure where you are from but i'm in Australia so will try and help. The main job site for Aust is seek.com.au so you might be able to look on their now and see if they have work options for backpackers. I would also look at staying at a youth hostel of some sort as then you'll be staying with others int eh same situation and they'll have ideas and also possible job offers.

hope you have fun
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7 years ago, February 10th 2013 No: 5 Msg: #166187  
Hi Ben, I've just got back from spending a year in oz aand going back out soon.
To be honest the best thing you can do is to book into a hostel when you get there.. or once you've stayed at your relatives to get over jet lag as you'll meet so many people that way and you'll soon get an idea of what being a backpacker in Australia is all out.
Regarding the job i wouldnt bother looking before you get there because Sydney is huge and it will be best to get an idea of where everything is in the city first but gumtree is great for jobs once you're there and look for recruitment agencies to join and they'll be able to put you forward for jobs where the employer will know you're a back packer and cant work for longer than 6 months with an employer ect
Once you're there you can set up a bank account with any bank you see but again dont worry about it until you're there.
There are loads of travel agents around-peterpans, tribal and they can book all your trips for you and will spend time talking to you about everything and give you prices ect so you'll be fine! and you'll love it! Reply to this

7 years ago, February 12th 2013 No: 6 Msg: #166241  
Hi, thanks very much for the replies and the great advice everyone. I will certainly be checking out the national parks Jo.
Yeah that was what I was planning Ellie, just a few days with the relatives and then off to a hostel. I have read your blog and I see you set out on your travels alone as well. Did you find it really as straightforward as going to a hostel and meeting friends I can imagine it can get pretty lonely at times?
I was wondering how did you go about planning your route of where you wanted to go or did you just make it up as you went along? Also what did you find where the things you could not miss out on? Do you think you have changed much as a result of your travelling? I would be really interested to hear your thoughts. Thanks
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7 years ago, February 12th 2013 No: 7 Msg: #166248  
Everyone asked me if i was travelling on my own and i always thought i am but i havent felt like ive been alone since i got here, you see people in hostels and think because they're talking and look close they must be life long friends but once you start speaking to them you realize that they only met the day before or a few hours ago! so its just a case of breaking the ice and talking to people.
I would have a look at what there is to do but i decided where i was going once i was there and it all depended on work and money ect.
Diving in cairns was amazing and so was the trip around the whitsunday islands and the trip to fraser island, these are all arranged trip that you do as part of the 'east coast' which from cairns to sydney will take you about a month.
i would say plan as much as you need to to get out there and have ideas in your head but dont set anything in stone as its bound to change but it will be great! Reply to this

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