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dublin
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Backpacking

I am coming to Perth on my own backpacking at the end of February. It's my first stop! Staying in northbridge in the one world hostel. Gonna try to get a job (possibly in a lab) and stay for a while if I like it. Any suggestions for things I should see/ do to help me make a decision on if I should stay or head to Melbourne?

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Also is it easy enough to get work or should I start applying for jobs now?

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First and most important question, do you have a work visa?

dublin
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Yes...a working holiday visa.

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Presumably you have a working holiday visa? This will let you work in one job for six months. I believe you then have to go and do something like fruit-picking or other rural work before you can apply for an extension.

If this is the case, I'd be contacting prospective employers now. That will save you time when you get here. What sort of lab work do you do? There are possibly agencies that specialise in those sort of placements and that would be a good place to start.

However, a lot of employers don't want to take someone on for just six months, and a lot of backpackers ending up working in cafés or other hospitality jobs.

Edit: You replied about your visa just as I was replying. :)

Edited: 04 January 2013, 06:29
dublin
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I work in a lab in a pharmaceutical company. I'll start looking at agencies!

So what should I make sure I see and do in Perth while I'm there?

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Kings Park, Cottesloe Beach, Scarborough Beach, Swan River, Perth Zoo, Perth Mint, Perth Aquarium, oddles of national parks and nature reserves, Fremantle, Swan Valley, Caversham Wildlife Park, Whiteman Park, Perth Hills....February is our hottest month though, so be prepared for that.

Loads to do here, what are you interested in and how long will you be here?

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I'm going with the flow so if I like it I'll stick around and if not I'll go! :) I like live music, the sea, site seeing, day trips etc

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You'll be staying in Perth's major entertainment district (Northbridge), so I'm sure you'll find plenty of live music there, along with lots of like-minded young travelers.

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I'm 28 though so a lot of them will be much younger than me!

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No you are basically the average age given that everyone on a WHV is under 30.

If you google the travellerspoint forums you will find a lot more people in your age group doing gap year & WHV travel in Aus so you will have access to a lot more info regarding the work situation there. People who post on Trip Advisor are usually more of the holidaying travellers - not the backpacking WHV folks.