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      1. Hello so I've recently lodged a citizenship application and one of the pages required me to fill out any possible future travel, with exact dates (which I assumed was for emergency/urgent travel that was deemed absolutely necessary). I've heard rumours of how "you're not allowed to leave Australia in the timeframe between your application lodgement and the response date (AKA the date when they organise the test)". I wanted to know if this was true? - The Department of Immigration site isn't too clear and only stipulates that you can't travel before your ceremony, as your PR will be cancelled thus requiring you to return to Aus on a RRV (correct me if I'm wrong). It's been over 4 years since I left England, I'm becoming very homesick and 10-14 months is an awfully long time.
      2. aussie bank account for trip?

        Has anyone got any ideas on opening a bank account in Australia for holiday purposes as I don't fancy paying loads of charges when I use my cards on a holiday?
      3. 457 travel restrictions

        Hi Are there any restrictions on 457 visa? My agent told me that I can only leave 28 days? However, I can't find any rules about this. I have to go back to my country for about 3~6 months, cuz my grandmother is very ill and my family wants me to stay with her. Need some advice, help! Thanks very much.
      4. Travel Buddy UK

        Hi, ive been a member on here for a while now and I'm seriously considering travelling to Australia. I'm willing to go alone however it would of course be lovely to have a travel companion and gain a new friendship! if anybody is interested in going to Australia from the UK please message me so we can discuss! im from Cheshire, UK. thanks
      5. Hey, my friend and I are both thinking of moving to the bay next year even though parents aren't happy so the won't help us find the information on the bay. We would like to know is it worth it for a year fresh out of school? Can we study there? Is it expensive? Will we find work? Are the bills manageable on a teen wage? Is there financial support there? Is it recommended for two best friends who want out of home?
      6. Hi guys, first post here! Okay, so basically, I'm wondering what the best way to do this is. I would like to apply for a partner visa subclass 309 (the one which ends with permanent residency after 2 years) so I can live in Australia with my girlfriend (she's the Aussie) and also be able to travel back and forward to the UK without having to get a different visa each and every time. We are both currently in the UK, and she has until June 30th 2018 until her UK working holiday visa expires and has to go back to Australia, and obviously I want to go too! Problem is, on the Aussie immigration website, it says the current processing time for the 309 temporary visa is 70% completed in 13 months, and 90% in 16 months. June is only 10 months away. What's the best way to go about this? Is there a different visa I can get to go to Australia in June next year and apply for my Partner Visa? Am I even allowed to travel to Australia on a separate visa whilst my partner one is being processed? Or is it better to go to Australia on a 6/12 months visitor visa, then apply for my partner visa whilst I'm there (if that's even allowed)? Thank you so much in advance! This is a confusing and slightly stressful process, but obviously so, so worth it.
      7. Hi there, We moved to Sydney in Sept 2016 with a Maxi Cosi Pebble infant car seat and isofix base only to hear they weren't complaint in Oz. If you or anyone else is moving to the UK and need a min condition system for $150, drop me a line. We're in Fairlight, Sydney. Thanks. Jason
      8. First off I just want to clarify that writing isn't a massive hobby of mine, quite the contrary being a dyslexic I detest the thought of having to write, so hopefully no one here will judge my poor writing skills..! To give yourselves a bit of a background about myself, I hate spending money on anything that doesn't involve adventure, enhances my experiences in life or travel. I don't understand why you need to spend money on anything else...! As of current when writing this blog post, I'm currently residing in Melbourne, Australia, and this is how I'm currently living... Bedroom picture 1 Bedroom picture 2 Bedroom picture 3 Bedroom picture 4 Not including the chair or desk, this is how I currently live. Some might look at this and say, "WHAT! How can you live with so little?", whereas what they should be saying is... "Wow, that's how you can afford to go on all those adventures!". You'll see from my Youtube channel "jackcranelife" (where I upload my daily travel vlog's) that I'm constantly doing activities, exploring new places... aka: Always being out of the house. I purely see this setting as a place to rest my head, nothing more. When I first arrived in this apartment, there was an empty wardrobe, chair and desk. All I needed to get was a cheap mattress, pillows, duvet, a plate, knife & fork, hangers and laundry tub... So I ventured into the wonderful shop known as Ikea, spent around $200 getting everything I needed and plodded back home and started booking trip arounds Australia like crazy! Because I spent so little, I was able to spend the rest of my money on the following... - Cairns for $1000 which includes... Flights, accommodation, skydiving, bungee jumping, full day of white water rafting and full day of great barrier reef snorkeling. (Coming up on the 17th - 21st May 2015) - Flights to Adelaide for $150 (staying with a friend for this one) (12th - 15th June 2015) - 2 day tour of the Great Ocean Road for $250 which included... 1 hour surfing lesson, parrots landing on me and eating from my hands, see wild kangaroos, 12 apostles, amazing sights, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, 1 breakfast, being driven round with a group and an overnight stay in an american style teepee (You can actually check out a 4 part video vlog I did on this to see what I was up to... click on a part to see each section Part 1 (surfing), Part 2 (parrots), Part 3 (12 apostles), Part 4 (Secret beach) I've also got planned to visit Perth to do some Whale Shark swimming (searching round for some good deals at the moment) and other various activities... So what would I say to those of you who want to travel, explore and live an adventure? Don't spend all your money on thing's that won't bring true value to your life, only get the needed essentials, don't spend frivolously. This is the motto I live by and keep saying at the end of every single video I do on my Youtube channel, and I hope it resonates with you... "Be remarkable... Keep your life exciting." All the best, Jack
      9. Hello all, we have about 50 days in July-August to chose the city we want to live in... any advice on cheapest way to see Perth, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide - is it worth hiring a camper van for the East Coast, are there plenty of campsites, approx cost of campsites, will we get enough time to sight see properly if we drive from Brisbane to Adelaide? Travelling with a five year old... any advice on cheapest options that don't involve tents... we have friends in Perth to stay with but the rest we need to pay for! Flight/drive/accommodation suggestions? Thank you!
      10. Travel Insurance for our move

        Can anybody recommend a company who does travel insurance for the move out to Oz. So far I'm drawing a blank as we don't have a return ticket. I just want to get some cover for the flights and the 1st month we have in a hotel. many thanks
      11. WHV Biddy wanted!!

        So the person I was meant to be going travelling with has bailed on me!! Im heading out at the end of March and would be nice to have someone to travel with at least and possibly spend a little bit of time with out there!! If anyone is also looking for a buddy then message me and we can exchange info and see where it heads!! Cheers guys Daniel
      12. So after spending almost a year in NZ we eventually hopped the pond to Australia. Taken from my blog 'Yorkshire and Beyond', here's how the first 6 months went... You know the feeling – you’ve been sat in all evening contemplating a takeaway. There’s plenty of food in the house, but something’s clicked in your mind and you won’t settle for anything less than greasy, filthy, life-shortening ‘food’, served up in a polystyrene box. You cave in to temptation and imagination, everything starts well but you remain seated a few hours later filled with guilt and self-loathing. Fortunately, my arrival into Australia was nothing like this. It was great. We turned up with about $2,500 (about £1,300) between us. In Sydney. A less than preferable start to proceedings, but we were optimistic. A hotel room and a taxi to the hotel room later (usually, a dorm room in a hostel would have sufficed but availability was still feeling the brunt of New Years’ fever) and that’s about a tenth of our money gone. Within an hour. At this rate of spending we’d have been gone quick enough to not have to worry about another night’s accommodation, at least. Obtaining a car was our sole aim, and that we did on our second day. A few calls here and there and we had ourselves a $1,300 (about 700 quid) Holden Commodore. ‘Executive’ model, I should add. It looked ****, but it was cheap and had a bed (camping mattress) and camping equipment (some dodgy cutlery in a box). That was it, just a bit of lying about where we lived and we were set! The following week or so, before we really decided to make a plan, was probably the most surreal week of my life so far. Driving up the East Coast of Australia, sleeping wherever the hell we wanted to, and generally having the most care-free of times (in between remembering we’re skint). The car was going as well as we could have expected given it was cheaper than some phones, but we needed money. 2 people can only live on cereal bars for so long. We were in Brisbane by this point, and without money or working air con, we needed work for the sake of our health if nothing else. The first job we were offered turned out to be anything but a job, it was some bollocks ‘scheme’ or whatever, and it’s one I advise you to remember should you ever get out there yourself. We agreed to join a company who offered work towards your 2nd year visa, costing us a mere $100 each (the company was legit), was given the location of a tomato farm and subsequently set off on a 14-hour drive up to Bundaberg. About half an hour away, we rang to confirm the address to be told we have another $800 or so to pay before we can start work, this would cover accommodation expenses/travel expenses/a ‘job bond’. A what!? Any particular reasons why this wasn’t mentioned before we essentially drove the equivalent of England to Liechtenstein. **** creek, no paddle. My 21st birthday was a few days later, spent sat in a car park with Lauren and a few warm beers. She’d done her best to lift spirits by putting a candle in a muffin. Times were hard. This whole series of events would turn out to be what I regard as the most educating experience I had while away. We quickly learnt that the more you dwell and feel sorry for yourself, the worse things get. The arguments get more intense and the hatred for everything you own becomes slightly worrying (slow phones, a shaking car and a 10L water drum with the shittest lid ever made). We had only one option, and that was to get off our arses and find a job. We drove back down to Brisbane with an exhaust pipe tied on with the drawstring from my shorts, we’d been in better situations but at this stage we didn’t care. We soon found ourselves with a stop-gap of a job, Lauren nannying 5 children and me being employed essentially as a handyman/bitch for a family with quite a lot more money than us. A couple of weeks in and we were overjoyed, we were watered, fed, had somewhere to settle for a while and most importantly had money hitting the bank. The house was on the outskirts of Toowoomba, the biggest inland city Australia has to offer (it’s still rubbish), and was situated overlooking a huge valley. Outdoor pool, the lot… What we didn’t know, was that the mother of the satanic little bastards Lauren had to somehow try and tame throughout the day, was a passive-aggressive lunatic who sacked us after a month, with 2 hours notice, because we watched TV a lot while the kids were at school. Yes. That happened. Work came thick and fast after this, after leaving her house we both had jobs in Brisbane within the week, and spent about 6 weeks living the city life. We lived just above South Bank, and it was breathtaking. I worked on boats once more (bigger, more expensive, more ****) and Lauren in a café. It was great. We didn’t spend a great deal of time in Sydney but I think I’d prefer Brisbane regardless. It was smaller, quieter and had a beach right smack in the middle of it. What more could you want? Oh, and they had a half-decent football team and a pub that sold proper beer and showed Leeds games. Oh aye. Times were great, and even when we inevitably left our jobs and hit the road again, we did so knowing money was there. We could afford the finer things in life, like a sandwich (possibly), or clothes that fit. I felt like a real backpacker, driving around not giving a **** about ‘no camping’ signs or whether we had enough petrol to get to a town that I couldn’t pronounce the name of. We drove around for a while, meeting people, drinking with people and then meeting more people. It actually becomes difficult to live in a way where you see it as perfect, I’d find myself over-excitable at the smallest of events and struggled to keep a level head in Hungry Jack’s when I saw a Frozen Coke was a mere dollar. It wasn’t always easy, however, and it wasn’t always roses. I did miss parts of home after a year away. Apart from the obvious pairing of family and football, I missed being able to get a bath, being able to put beer in a fridge and I missed owning socks. The adage of not knowing what you have until it’s gone can certainly be classed as applicable when it comes to not being able to lay down in bed without thoughts of Wolf Creek or even worse, a council fine. Our next discovery was Airlie Beach… Where do I start? This place was our final stop on our post-work tour (we had a few other jobs here and there to top ourselves up, but work had become something we could somehow afford to turn down) and would be my favourite by a considerable distance. It was everything I imagined when I thought of Australia, everything we were yet to see, and everything I had started to the existence of. Known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it was picture perfect. Beaches, palm trees, islands all complimented by water which I can only describe as looking a bit like Listerine (the blue one, obviously). The weather was incredible, we’d already met some great people, and we weren’t leaving without a fight. We arrived well and truly out of season, and despite the whole town still offering a lively backpacker vibe, with bars full every night, there weren’t much work available on the mainland. We whittled ourselves down to pennies once more through the costs of survival, beer and a spot of sea fishing (I won). Never more desperate for a bit of luck, it arrived in the form of a job offer on one of the nearby islands. We’d gotten good at last ditching it. The job was the same for us both, housekeeping for One&Only, a company regarded as providing the most prestige hotel resorts and locations in the world. This wasn’t right, I barely made my own bed, let alone someone else’s! I won’t go into depths about the job or the location, I’ll let the pictures do that. However, I certainly don’t think island work, “works”, at least not for me. Island fever is something I thought existed in films, but no, it makes people go a little bit mental. There were a few people we worked with who’d had screws loosened whilst there, several potential fights, a few stolen golf carts and the odd knife threat. We’d met a few cracking people, and work was a breeze, but being told how to brush my hair and tie my shoelaces was enough to sway the both of us and 4 others to perform an impromptu disappearing act about a month into the job. Homesickness had start to creep in, and doubts were there as to whether we wanted to continue searching for work. Our car was quickly running out of registration and we’d have had to start again, not something we could afford without a decent stint of work. We couldn’t really be arsed, and after a day of strawberry picking, we all but confirmed we couldn’t be arsed to go through it all again so soon. We had a chat and realised we both had similar feelings, and within 12 hours of doing so, we were on a plane home. Spontaneity seemed to be the one thing we kept consistent. A couple of short stays in Kuala Lumpur and Sri Lanka to mix things up en route and then Heathrow. Where had the last 16 months gone? I didn’t really know whether this was ‘the end’, I didn’t know how I was gonna feel when I got home. I half thought this was the time to get back and get into a job, saving traveling for the odd week off work. Part of me wanted to think that it was “out of my system”, but no. Far from the case. I loved seeing family, I loved being back on home turf, but within a day or two I had itchy feet. I'm now back in Australia and have been living on an Outback cattle farm for the last 6 weeks. No regret in sight! One thing I have left out of this is a massive thank you to the people we met who helped us out along the way. It’s cliché but we really couldn’t have managed it without them. I hope a few will be reading this, I’m sure you’ll know who you are – cheers, we owe you! From the strangers giving us lifts to those pretty much making us family expecting nothing in return. People are awesome! Feedback, advice and discussion are fully welcome!
      13. I'm still in the middle of saving at the moment but it's definitely a goal of mine to live and work in Aus and maybe some day move out there permenantly. I haven't taken this lightly and are working hard towards it, however I'm thinking next year I will be finally ready to go, more towards the end! I was wondering if there was a buddy that had similar plans/ideas. I have nothing solid right now, but it would be great to hear others' ideas and talk to someone in the middle of planning like me!
      14. Hi Guys, I was wondering if you might be able to shed some light on this? I have just applied for my partner visa (820) and have received the receipt and acknowledgement including confirmation of Bridging Visa A. The details surrounding this are a little misleading on the form. As I understand it, my bridging visa doesn't kick in until my WHV ends (Nov 2nd 2014)? So can I still travel outside of Australia on the conditions of the WHV until November or will that have an impact on my Bridging Visa when I get back even if it hasn't come in to effect yet? I plan to travel back to the UK in July for 2 weeks and am now in a bit of a panic that I won't be able to get back in! Thanks in advance for your help. Catherine
      15. travelling to nsw

        I am a 24yr old irish male currently backpacking across Australia. At the moment I am in emerald VIC but no regional work available hereso hoping to move to nsw in next month to try and find work to extend my visa. I am looking for a backpacking hostel in nsw. I don't want to be near Sydney. Want a place where I can enjoy my stay and make friends. Any help would be appreciated?
      16. Hi there, Just looking for a bit of general advice really! We're looking to travel to the Gold Coast in November of this year, and will be taking our lovely, 4 year old male persian. To be honest, we've not done anything toward getting him there, but will be looking to get him his rabies vaccination this week at some point. Does anyone know how much it would cost? Is there a special vets we would have to go to? He hasn't been micro-chipped either. I'd also really appreciate any information on how to progress from here. I understand that he probably won't be fully ready to go in November, so we might have to go on ahead without him, and have him shipped on a bit after. Does anyone have any experience in this at all? Any advice would be very much appreciated :cute: Helen
      17. hi everyone. I am going back to the UK for more than 12 months with my son who currently only has his aussie pp. I was going to apply for his UK one when we get back. does anyone know if he will be allowed entry with me without a valid return airfare? as flights generally are only valid for 12 months I didn't want to waste money on a return fare. but not sure if it is a visa requirement for an australian entering the UK to have a return airfare even if it is a dependant travelling with a parent? (he's 22months old). Thanks
      18. Hiya, I'm Francesca, a 20 year old female, moving to Aus on my own at the beginning of September to Cairns - looking to travel for the year, probably starting down the East Coast! Has anyone else got similar plans?
      19. money...??

        How much money in general as everyone started off with when they first went to australia with a WHV?? just so i get general idea as i hear you have to have least $5000au dollars when you enter? have people taken less? Thanks
      20. Arrived in PERTH

        Hello, I arrived in Perth on 3rd October, i'm on a year working holiday visa and will be looking to go further a field in the new year. I'm looking to hopefully do my harvest work this way if i can get it. I'm currently staying with friends but It would be great to know if anyone else is based this way? I will then be going solo and would like to travel up the east coast and hopefully a trip to NZ too. It would be amazing to share the experience with as many people as possible, please do let me know if you are wanting a travel buddy
      21. 2 weeks in Queensland-where to go?!

        Hi My partner and I are flying nto Brisbane in April for 2 weeks. We need to come to validate our visa but only a fleeting visit as not got everything sorted to leave UK yet. Any tips and advice on where to go? We are slightly limited on money so can't do everything. It will also be our honeymoon so we don't want to be rushing about too much! Ideally we'd like to do some snorkelling on the reef, sunbathing and enjoying our honeymoon on a lovely beach, spend a couple of days in Brisbane too. Idea 1 was to fly up to Rockhampton and go out to Gt Keppel Island from Yeppoon for a couple of days, then travel by land back south along the sunshine coast, Idea 2 was to fly all the way up to Townsville and spend a week there then fly directly back to Brisbane and then drive up to Noosa etc and around there. Any suggestions on what to do/weather/where to go etc would be greatly appreciated!! C
      22. Hi there everyone, I'm a 27 year old, Intensive Care Nurse planning on moving to Australia around November of 2014. I previously went to Australia on a working visa 8 years ago and have always wanted to go back. I'm heading over there around November 2014, on my own with a plan to travel around for a number of months before starting my job. Has anybody else relocated on their own? Have you got any advice? How have you found leaving your family and friends? Is there anyone else with similar plans to me? Thank you, Lizzie
      23. Hi, I'm really new to this (first post) and wondered if someone can point me in the right direction? My husband and I are planning to move to Brisbane at the end of August and most of our personal effects will go to Australia on a container. I know we can get insurance for this. But, some of our personal effects (including jewellery) will be travelling with us (I thought it would be safer). But how do I get insurance for this? Normal holiday insurance does not seem to cover the value, nor is it a holiday so I assume they would find it a reason not to pay out if anything were to happen. Has anyone had to do this/found any policy that will work for us? Thanks! LD
      24. Hey My fiancé and I are doing a WHV from Nov'13, just trying to find out who is the best for Travel Insurance? Can any let us know who they went with, that not too expensive? Thanks Annabel
      25. Hi everyone, Hope you can help as my CO hasn't responded to my e-mails regarding this: I'm on a 485 visa that allows multiple entry that expires in Oct 2013.I'm also on a bridging visa A for a 190 visa.I'm going O/S in a few weeks and was wondering whether I need to apply for a BVB despite having a valid 485?I'll only be away for 3 weeks. Thanks.