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Some feedback for an American citizen moving to Australia

I'm an American citizen who was granted a work and holiday visa by Australian Immigration. Because I have never even been to Australia as a tourist, I admit to being full of questions.

If readers have some input for me, please reply here or via PM.

I'm arriving in Melbourne on the 10th, but I have yet to book accommodation. My visa allows me to work up to 12 months (max. 6 months with one employer), but there is no telling where I will get work or how long I want to stay in a given place outside of Melbourne. Being a huge tennis fan, I would love to be in Melbourne through the end of the Australian Open so that I can be a part of the tournament in some way- as a fan, a volunteer, a lines person, a food vendor, whatever. Even though that's the case, there's no telling if it will be financially viable to make it that long, especially if I don't find enough work. What do you suggest for accommodation? Might I find something for an "odd" amount of time like 4.5 months? Should I get a room at a youth hostel for a week and then look for something when I'm on the ground? I don't want anything pricey, just (preferably) something clean with a kitchen and bathroom.

Any tips on getting involved with the Australian Open in some capacity?

Might I be able to rely on public transit in Melbourne (perhaps with a few taxi rides thrown in) or is a car more or less a necessity? I would prefer to live car-less, but I also see the benefits of not walking 9km from your home to the nearest public transit location!

What are some effective ways of finding work? Is Craigslist a big deal in Australia or is it not used very much? I have quite a few years of experience teaching English as a foreign language (and certification), I'm certified as a Spanish teacher in my native state's public schools (and I've subbed for French/only lack certification from not having paid the money to take and pass the content area test), I am PTR certified as a tennis coach, and I play the piano for churches for mass and weddings (also have experience playing for my university orchestra and for musicians' auditions). I could write other skill sets and ideas, but those are the main ones that come to mind. I am open to different types of work- i.e. perhaps working with tourists once I know Australia better- and will also include my interest in dance and theater. If I could work even just part-time at a dance studio or theater or dance/theater school and get privileges such as free classes, I think I would be overjoyed!

I may have some more questions later, but I'll post these for now.

Many, many heartfelt thanks in advance for input.
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Accomodation wise, I'd suggest a youth hostel at first. They are pretty good, clean and cheap...plus you'll meet lots of people, tourists etc.

A car in Melbourne is not necessary, Melbourne probably has the best public transport in Australia...trams, buses, trains..it's great. You won't have any trouble getting around Melbourne.

You seem to have a fair a mount of experience, jobs shouldn't be an issue. Craigslist is used in Australia.

Also if you want a job at the Australian open, read this...it'll tell you what to do...http://www.australianopen.com/pdf/AO...ionprocess.pdf

Sorry I'm not offering a lot of detail, I'm not from Meblourne...so I'm not as informed as some others, hopefully someone from Victoria will come along that knows a lot more than me

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I'll try my best.

In terms of public transport it depends on where you live. Melbourne sprawls a ridiculous amount, but within the inner - middle suburbs the trams/light rail effectively work like a subway (except they get stuck in traffic ). Trains run pretty extensively, but its a fairly unreliable system for global standards. Most stations have a connecting bus. Melbourne doesn't have any tourist tickets for public transport, but you can get monthly and yearly tickets. It might be worthwhile getting a myki, the tickets are supposed to be cheaper. Its easy to get on trams for free...though ofcourse I don't advocate this
All info is here: http://www.metlinkmelbourne.com.au/

I don't know much of an issue money is, but I would stay a hostel/backpackers for the first week before looking for a place to stay. Obviously its always good to explore the area your looking to stay at, they usually have a one week maximum though, and we start getting a fair few tourists at this time of year. Footscray would be a cheap area considering its proximity to the city, but its an aquired taste. Run down, sort of bohemian area with a large african/asian community. I personally love it, but I know a lot of people think its dodgy.

For nightlife, look towards South Yarra, Pharan, Carlton, Brunswick, Richmond (lots of heroione though ), St.Kilda, Fitzroy, Collingwood etc. All within the outskirts of the CBD. A lot more exspensive, but if you have the money...definetely places to stay at. Try getting a backpackers around here for your first week.

Here is a good site for travellers looking for jobs in Australia. I think applications for jobs at the Aussie Open has ended. Personally I think jobs at the Aussie Open are shit, you don't get to watch much tennis and you stand around in the heat all day/deal with people who have been in the heat all day. 5 day ground passes are only about $100 and well worth the money. Access to all courts except Rod Laver and Hisence Arena. I believe you can upgrade later in the day if there is someone you want to watch, though you will be stuck at the top level, which still has a pretty good view. Transport to the tennis centre is as easy as it gets, its in Richmond and has a connecting train and tram line.
http://www.taw.com.au/DesktopDefault.aspx

Tram system - try and look for a place within these areas if you don't want to rely on a car.


Train system - you pretty much have to stay within zone 1 (yellow) if you don't want to rely on a car.

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Just a quick advice on booking your stay. First book a stay in a hostel and when you're already in Melbourne look for a room to rent etc. I can tell you from my experience that booking a room only looking at the pics, isn't the best thing to do It's the best to see the flat with your own eyes and ask the owner questions about it

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Thanks for the input so far. Have booked a hostel for my first week!
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Where abouts is the hostel your staying at?

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