Hey there, Il be arriving to Sydney on a WHV on October the 8th and want to spend around 2 weeks living it up before I find work to fund the rest of my travels around the east coast. Anyone recommend good places to go day or night?
Staying in the Wake Up! hostel for 5 nights on a gap360 package and then looking to get an apartment with my friend and others
Also let me know if you fancy hanging out if your around the same time :)
see ya there!
I arrive the week before.
I lived and worked in Sydney for 3 months and I loved it! Scruffy Murpheys is a great pub that often has live music playing and Maloney’s often has some really cheap meals going. When I was there in 2009/2010 there was an infamous backpacker bar called the gaff but I think it’s closed now. You’ll soon find some great places to go, it’s a great city. If you’re looking for somewhere to live, there is a decent amount of cheap accomodation in Glebe which is about a 20min walk from the city centre.
Great thanks for that info.. Il be sure to check them out and look into an apartment in Glebe
What kind of work did you do in Sydney and was it easy to find?
I’m a beauty/spa therapist and I managed to find a job in a top spa in bondi junction in just 3 days! I was really lucky! If you want to work in a bar then you have to do an RSA course (responsible service of alcohol). Most of the work going when I was there was hardcore sales jobs where your pay is comission based only, but there are obviously lots of everyday jobs like retail etc but it’s good to already have some experience and make sure your CV and cover letters are the best they can be!
Oh that sounded like it went very well for you, yeah i’ve heard its best to avoid the commision only jobs just encase you don’t do so well.. I’ve been doing retail for over 4 years norlw and I have a degree in IT so i should be ok i hope :) thanks for the info
Well there is no point stating the obvious ones, but if you don’t want to climb the bridge (it is expensive) then pay $10 (or whatever it is) to go up the plyon tower helping keep the bridge up, the view from there is pretty good and you can take pictures! Or go up the revoving tower.
Easy to find accomodation - gumtree or leaflets on lamposts. A lot of apartments in the city have a pool and gym. ;)
Go to Sydney market for fruit and veg - super cheap compared to the supermarkets.
My advice would be to either live in the city and work elsewhere or live in the suburbs and work in the city. You get the best of both worlds there. :)
That sounds good will be sure to do something on the bridge lol. Thats great to know that some apartments come with a gym as I love keeping fit over here and it was a worry of mine not having my gym comforts lol
That sounds like good advice would probably plan to live outside and work inside the city.. My brother stayed in Coogee beach and reccomends it! Can you easily/cheaply bus or train it into the city?
I stayed there when I did OzIntro and loved it too. I would have loved to have lived there, though probably has a higher price tag than other suburbs. Another place near to Coogee is Randwick, I really liked it and it’s not too far to walk to Coogee Beach from there. It also had a really cheap cinema.
Yeah mostly. Coogee you have to get the bus, Bondi too. Manly there probably is a bus but the best way is the ferry. Everywhere else has a bus and train. I lived in the city and caught a bus to North Ryde (over the bridge every day!) where I worked which took about 40 minutes. Then a local station opened so I caught the train instead.
Oh thats good to know i think I will definatly have to look around at the suburbs to find a place.. Hopefully 1 near a beach lol
I can’t wait now this is my first gap year.. Going to be a long two months leading up to it lol
Before you know it it there will be two weeks left and will be panicking lol. Are you going with a friend or by yourself?
Lol im trying to get as prepared in advance as I can! I know I can’t get an exact answer for this but what is a rough amount of money I will need to take? I recon I could get around £5,000 spending money before I go
And yes im travelling with a friend who has family in Perth so may finish up around there
Oh definitely. Well depending on how long you are planning on working. I took £2000 in November 2008 and spent six months working and six months travelling or in one place looking for work. Bear in mind the exchange then though.
Well thats reasurring! I was reading some threads that were really offputting saying you would need £1000 per month! I guess they just had expencive taste lol
But that figure is if you are not working and I would put it at higher if you are travelling around. I took £2000, I had a week in Singapore on the way and then I was in Sydney from December, starting work in February. I forgot though that half-way through the trip I did have to borrow some money from home. But with the figure you are taking you will be fine.