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Sometimes it seems that everyone has been to Australia on a working holiday visa and to be honest I can’t blame them. I know from experience that Australia is an amazing Country and doing a working holiday visa in Australia is an incredible travel and life experience. Here are a few reasons why you should consider it to!
It’s easy to apply for the visa!
- For the majority of us it’s possible to go online and apply for a working holiday visa instantly by completing a form and paying a fee. Entry into Australia on a working holiday visa is valid for a year from when you first apply so you have time to plan and save money before going!
- Although sometimes it doesn’t seem like it with the Australian’s strong accent, English is spoken everywhere so if its your first trip away, there’s no need to worry about the language barrier.
- Flights to Australia are so common now so if you look properly and are flexible with your dates you can get a decent priced, non stop flight all the way there with no hassle.
For more information on how to get the visa and what it’s like when you arrive in Australia see- Getting a Working Holiday Visa in Australia.. All your Questions Answered!
Wages are high!
- Yes Australia is expensive but the average hourly wage makes up for this I can assure you! The average wage is around $20-$28 an hour, this will apply for a bar job, a call centre job, labouring work etc and if you’re lucky and in the right place in a skilled job the pay can very much exceed this amount!
Amazing friends are out there just waiting to be met!
- When you first leave home to go Australia you may be a bit sad about leaving your friends from home but there are so many more friends to be met and you will meet them in Australia! Whether its through work, living in hostels or through friends of friends, you will meet people who are very like minded and up for a good time!
- Sometimes you will be friends with someone for just a few weeks whilst working at the same place. Other times you’ll meet friends that you just click with and decide to keep travelling with, and sometimes you might just be friends for the night while staying in the same hostel but either way they will leave a lasting impression on you and who knows where you’ll end up meeting up next!
If you’re new to hostel life, these posts should give you some handy tips!
Did someone say the best beaches in the World??
- Not all of your time will be spent tanning on the beach (as I learnt from living in Melbourne during Winter) BUT they do have some of the best beaches in the world!
- Whether you’re living in Sydney and have Bondi beach on your doorstep or you’re working your way down the East Coast there’s plenty of nice (and iconic) beaches to see.
If you’re planning a trip along the East Coast, which I suggest you do! Here is my recommended itinerary! – The Perfect East Coast Itinerary for Australia.
- There are many articles that say if you visited a new beach in Australia every day it would take 27 years to visit them!
It’s not hard to get around!
- Australia is one big Island and getting around may seem like hard work but if you keep an eye out on flights you can get some great internal flight deals. Subscribe to Jetstar and Tiger Air so you can get emails when they have sales on!
- Australia also has buses like the Greyhound which can take you to and from most towns and cities and duration can be anywhere between 1-30 hours (note for the longer journeys it may actually be cheaper to fly!).
There’s so much to see!
- As I said, it’s a big ol Country so there’s a lot to see! As well as it’s amazing beaches Australia has so many types of terrain. Firstly theres the awesome Cities– Melbourne is definitely my favourite and has been rated one of the top places to live in the World for many years running.
- Then you have the jungle and rainforest, whilst on your East Coast trip you can take a trip right up North into the rainforest.
- If you head into the centre of Australia or inland anywhere really, you will soon hit roads where you see nothing but red for miles and miles.. They don’t call it the Red Centre for nothing!
- And lastly, it’s Islands.. Fraser Island was probably my favourite trip over my 2 years spent in Australia but there are also other islands you can visit whilst going down the East Coast which include the Whitsundays and Hamilton Island. South from Melbourne there is also Phillip Island which is most famous for it’s Penguins but its also a really nice little sea side town. And of course there is Tasmania which is part of Australia and actually fairly big compared to some Countries but to get there you need to fly or take the ferry.
You might not come home!
- Lastly, if you really love it that much it is possible to be sponsored by your job and stay out there for good! Your job will need to be a fairly high skilled job and on the list of jobs that they need but I know quite a few people who have done it (I’m very jealous of them too) and within 2 years it’s possible to get permanent residency and another a few years after that you can apply for citizenship and be the holder of an Australian Passport! I know a few British people who now have passports!
- If living permanently in Australia isn’t for you, you will have still experienced a year (or two) away from home, living independently, having to find work and new friends and its likely this will be the start of your travelling adventures, just like it was for me!
A few more reasons to visit Australia are:
- Goon.. you’ll know what I mean when you get there!
- Hostel Life.. it really cabe be a lot of fun!
- Sunday Sessions.. the aussies love these!
- Tim Tams… the best chocolate biscuits!
- The Weather.. its better than the UK, thats for sure!
- Did I mention the MONEY??
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Here are my other blog posts on Australia which you might find useful!
After you’ve visited Australia, why not head to South East Asia with all that saved money?
You can see my South East Asia adventures & tips here!