Join Date: Apr 2001
Location: London, UK
Re: Working Holiday Visas in Australia - Has Anybody Done This?
Been in Melbourne (which is better than Sydney btw) in 2007 for the whole year.
Started with the AO then did some travelling (I recommend the West, best times I had all year were spent there!! WA is fantastic). Perth, Darwin, Adelaide, Sydney, Gold Coast..
Getting a job was tough in Melbourne. They mostly had retail jobs and they would always offer the jobs to students. Mentioning the Holiday Visa was not an advantage that's for sure! Speaking another language, totally useless!
Anyway I somehow managed to get a job as a customer service assistant in a computer shop. It was okay but stayed only 3 months cos I couldn't be bothered anymore.
Good thing there is they never ever checked my passport or visa. Many employers have no idea about the Working Holiday Visa and its restrictions.
Anyway I'd recommend to anyone to go spend some time in Australia. I had the time of my life, my friends actually stayed there and I hope to go visit someday!