Australia: The A to OZ of backpacking tips
Summer’s over, so it should be safe to look at your Facebook timeline. The photos of smug faces in sunny places should be gone by now…
As the evenings grow darker here, a new breed of bragging is emerging, with status updates like: “Breakfast in Bondi”, “@Ayers Rock”, “Melbourne baby!” And don’t even mention the tans.
Now that summer is finished on the northern hemisphere, more and more people are packing their bags for 12 months off to far-flung adventures down under. If you can’t beat them (and we can’t find any other way to beat 30 degrees in January) then you can join them.
Here’s the A to OZ of an Australian working holiday:
A is for Age:
the chance of a working holiday visa expires on your 31st birthday.
B is for Bank account: Get a local one as soon as you land – or even better, before you go. Don’t wait to see the outrageous ATM charges on an Irish card.
C is for Camper van: Never slept in a campervan? That’s about to change. Any van becomes a camper in the hands of a backpacker. The posh ones have VW on them, the not-so-posh are station wagons with sleeping bags. Embrace the back pain, you’re young.
D is for Drive: Driving your own campervan/car across Australia is the best way to see this massive place. Don’t underestimate the pleasure of painting ‘Irish On Tour’ on the bonnet either.
E is for Exchange Rate: Australia has a booming economy and strong currency (remember that?). You’ll make decent wages here, and people have been known to bring home savings.
F is for Fraser Island: Don’t miss the world’s largest sand island for a swim, camp, or trying to sand board.
G is for Great Barrier Reef:
Possibly the most incredible natural wonder on a continent filled with them. Don’t leave Australia without diving or snorkelling it.
H is for Hostels: You won’t survive without them. They provide an unlimited stream of potential friends, travel buddies and $15 beds. You’ll also save $ by using their cooking facilities instead of eating out.
I is for Insurance: It’s not cheap but it’s essential. Check your policy covers your camera, iPod and any extreme sports you do (looking at you, skiers).
J is for job-seeking: Do some groundwork before you go. Polish your CV, and tell everyone where you’ll be going and that you’ll be looking for work. You should get names and numbers of helpful cousins, friends and barmen to call when you touch down, which is how most people get their first job.
K is for Koala:
It’s not a bear, it’s actually a marsupial like the kangaroo family. But it’ll still look just as adorable in your photos.
L is for Libraries: Two words; free WiFi.
M is for Melbournians: The city of Melbourne is notorious for its inconspicuous, secret-door nightclubs that you’ll never find without a local’s help. Buy a Melbournian a drink as soon as you arrive or you might never see the inside of these clubs.
N is for Northern Territory: The best region to experience Aboriginal Australian culture and history. Don’t miss the 50,000 year-old rock art galleries in Kakadu National Park.
O is for OZ: Yes, this will probably be the best year of your life. No, you’re not in Kansas anymore.
If all else fails, U is for Unfriend: the only other way to deal with your timeline.
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Working Holiday Sarter packs with your working holiday visa, insurance and back account included
Flexi hostel passes
Arrival packages with 2, 4 or 7 nights accommodation, Membership to Job Search Australia and much more included
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