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    Hi, basically I can see myself not hitting the grade's I want to get into my particular course, therefore am already considering a gap year.

    I would want to go to Australia for 2-3 months. But I have no idea how the hell I look into it.

    I don't know whether to look into companies that offer it, or look at flights/youth hostel's to stay in.

    The kinda thing I want is visited most of Aus, and spending maybe a week in each place. Are there companies that transport you around.

    Oh and has to be kinda cheap. I know flights won't be

    Thanks
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    Okay well my sister did this and I'm doing it next year so I'll try answer some questions! Firstly if you want to work in aus then you'll need a working holiday visa- http://www.visabureau.com/australia/...iday-visa.aspx - , but you only get one in your life, so you might not want to waste it on a trip that's only 3 months (you can stay for up to 12 months on it).

    Try air asia for flights, if you fly in early Nov for example then you can get a one way flight London - Kuala Lumpur - Gold Coast for £200. That's a sale though that you have to book before tomorrow but they are pretty cheap non-sale anyway.

    For getting around, many people like to do it on their own, without a company & buying/renting a car, campervan etc. But if you want a tour kind of thing then there is Oz experience - www.ozexperience.com - (which has a bit of a reputation as a party bus) and my sister says wasn't worth it but it sorts out all accommodation etc for you. You could also get the greyhound bus around if you wanted - http://www.greyhound.com.au/ - and you can get passes which means it works out fairly cheap.

    For hostels etc you won't need to book far in advance, just pick up a guide book (lonely planet/rough guide etc) and book them the day before or something.
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    (Original post by lm0492)
    Okay well my sister did this and I'm doing it next year so I'll try answer some questions! Firstly if you want to work in aus then you'll need a working holiday visa- http://www.visabureau.com/australia/...iday-visa.aspx - , but you only get one in your life, so you might not want to waste it on a trip that's only 3 months (you can stay for up to 12 months on it).

    Try air asia for flights, if you fly in early Nov for example then you can get a one way flight London - Kuala Lumpur - Gold Coast for £200. That's a sale though that you have to book before tomorrow but they are pretty cheap non-sale anyway.

    For getting around, many people like to do it on their own, without a company & buying/renting a car, campervan etc. But if you want a tour kind of thing then there is Oz experience - www.ozexperience.com - (which has a bit of a reputation as a party bus) and my sister says wasn't worth it but it sorts out all accommodation etc for you. You could also get the greyhound bus around if you wanted - http://www.greyhound.com.au/ - and you can get passes which means it works out fairly cheap.

    For hostels etc you won't need to book far in advance, just pick up a guide book (lonely planet/rough guide etc) and book them the day before or something.
    Wow, it's not normally my luck getting some-one like you who is in the same boat as me. Thanks, I just briefly checked out some links. Will look into it more later.

    Thanks again, you have been great help
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    I'm off to Aus in February for 6 months so have done A LOT of research.

    For general research look at these sites- http://www.pure-australia.co.uk/ http://www.australia.com/index.aspx http://goaustralia.about.com/ http://www.australiantraveller.com/i...rticle&id=2804

    For cheap flights go to STA and sign up for the £10 pom offer, you're too late to get a WHV arranged in time to get a £10 ticket but if you sign up you're eligible to get a £500(ish) return which is pretty good.

    As Im0492 said, greyhound are good for getting around, or alternatively rent a camper from somewhere like travellers auto barn or wiked campers- may seem more expensive short term but it would double up as your accommodation as well and give you loads of freedom.

    Unless you're planning on getting some internal flights 3 months really isn't enough time to see all of Aus, I'm stretching it planning to drive round in 6 months!
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    (Original post by d.b.asf)
    I'm off to Aus in February for 6 months so have done A LOT of research.

    For general research look at these sites- http://www.pure-australia.co.uk/ http://www.australia.com/index.aspx http://goaustralia.about.com/ http://www.australiantraveller.com/i...rticle&id=2804

    For cheap flights go to STA and sign up for the £10 pom offer, you're too late to get a WHV arranged in time to get a £10 ticket but if you sign up you're eligible to get a £500(ish) return which is pretty good.

    As Im0492 said, greyhound are good for getting around, or alternatively rent a camper from somewhere like travellers auto barn or wiked campers- may seem more expensive short term but it would double up as your accommodation as well and give you loads of freedom.

    Unless you're planning on getting some internal flights 3 months really isn't enough time to see all of Aus, I'm stretching it planning to drive round in 6 months!
    Too late? Oh well. And I won't know whether I'm taking a gap year til results day... Thanks again for the help though. I will 100% look back at this thread for the links etc if I do decide
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    (Original post by bigbhoy91)
    Too late? Oh well. And I won't know whether I'm taking a gap year til results day... Thanks again for the help though. I will 100% look back at this thread for the links etc if I do decide
    Unfortunately yeah, you have to go and queue up for one (there's only 145) on the 5th of August and they'll only sell them to people who have already got their WHV confirmed.

    I'm off to the travel agents today though so I'll update this thread later if I find any other good deals.
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    So STA were pretty useless, turns out the £679 ticket has set travelling dates and it's not when we want to go.

    They managed to find us a £795.50 flight with Etihad so unless we find any new deals looks like we'll be getting this.
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    (Original post by d.b.asf)
    So STA were pretty useless, turns out the £679 ticket has set travelling dates and it's not when we want to go.

    They managed to find us a £795.50 flight with Etihad so unless we find any new deals looks like we'll be getting this.
    Did you read the post of the first person to answer this thread? About going via Asia to get cheaper flights. Take a look at that (if you haven't already.
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    Don't know how much use this will be but I'm coming to the end of my gap year and spent 3 months travelling around Australia.

    Flew out at the end of Feb with Singapore Airlines, Manchester-Adelaide, cost around £800 return.

    Travelled up the East Coast with Oz Experience, it was really good between Adelaide and Sydney, like a proper tour and everyone got really close but between Sydney and Cairns it was basically and expensive greyhound, so for that stretch I'd suggest using greyhound.
    Flew out from Cairns to Darwin which cost about £50 then did another tour with Adventure Tours from Darwin back down to Adelaide, that was fairly expensive but definitely worth it.

    Hostels usually booked a few days before although a few times we did just turn up and always found a bed somewhere. The only time you really need to book is if theres a big thing in town on, the melbourne grand prix was on whilst we were there which caused some accommodation problems.

    Hope that helped a bit, Australia is an awesome country, definitely one of the best things I've ever done
 
 
 
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