Working Holiday Australia

Ich weiß nicht, wie es bei euch ist, aber ich will später mehr von der Welt sehen. Und falls ihr das auch wollt, lest euch gerne den Text durch. Dieser Text – extra für den IGEL geschrieben – ist von meinem Brud­er Denis, der ger­ade durch Aus­tralien reist. Dann kön­nt ihr mal sehen, wie das Ganze so abläuft.


My name is Denis and I am 25 years old. After I fin­ished my stud­ies in 2019 I decid­ed to trav­el the world and to gain expe­ri­ence liv­ing in anoth­er coun­try for a longer period.
Aus­tralia offers a work­ing hol­i­day visa for for­eign trav­ellers, which is easy to access online. If your appli­ca­tion gets approved you are able to live in Aus­tralia for one year with full work­ing rights. You are able to extend your visa if you have met the cri­te­ria (88 days of farm work). The cost for each visa is approx­i­mate­ly 500 dol­lar for each application.


I have seen most of the coun­try which includes eight states and ter­ri­to­ries. Each state has its own gov­ern­ment. Espe­cial­ly dur­ing the pan­dem­ic you could tell the dif­fer­ence. Var­i­ous mea­sure­ments and closed bor­ders which means no trav­el­ing between states and ter­ri­to­ries. Basi­cal­ly most peo­ple were stuck for a cou­ple of months. Aus­tralia in gen­er­al could man­age the pan­dem­ic pret­ty well and inter­state trav­el was opened up quick­ly. At the moment I am in West­ern Aus­tralia which is the most iso­lat­ed state com­pared to the rest of Aus­tralia. I am in Perth the most iso­lat­ed City in the World.

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I have seen the whole East Coast (Cairns, Bris­bane, Syd­ney and Mel­bourne), the North­ern Ter­ri­to­ry (Dar­win), the South Coast (Ade­laide) and now I am trav­el­ing the West Coast (Perth to Broome). One coun­try with four dif­fer­ent cli­mate zones.


North­ern Territory:
– Dar­win (Cap­i­tal NT). It’s a very qui­et city and it can get pret­ty hot in the sum­mer with a high humidity.
East Coast Trip:
– Dain­tree Rain­for­est (green and beau­ti­ful, huge trees, amaz­ing waterfalls)
– Cairns (Great Bar­ri­er Rief where I dived and snorkelled, it still looks beau­ti­ful but you can
def­i­nite­ly tell that the cli­mate change and all the tourists left their mark on the rief)
– Whit­sun­days (beau­ti­ful white sand, blue water and awe­some sea life)
– Air­lie Beach (love­ly hol­i­day spot with great restau­rants and bars, amaz­ing beaches)
– Fraz­er Island (well known for wild Din­gos, white sand, incred­i­ble cliffs and very nice Champaign
Pools)
– Noosa (hol­i­day spot, stun­ning city)
– Bris­bane (Cap­i­tal of Queensland)
– Syd­ney (one of my favourite cities with its pop­u­lar Bon­di beach where I surfed for the first
time.)
South Coast:
– Mel­bourne (I lived in Mel­bourne for almost a year. Mel­bourne is ranked as the most live­able city in Aus­tralia and num­ber 2 in the world (2020). With its vari­ety in the hos­pi­tal­i­ty indus­try there are many oppor­tu­ni­ties to go out and to socialise. You have many nice beach­es. Mel­bourne has a bit of every­thing (and the best cof­fee you can get!).
– Great Ocean Road (Mel­bourne to Port Camp­bell. It is an amaz­ing Ocean Dri­ve with many stun­ning views. Def­i­nite­ly a place to go!)
– Ade­laide (I think Ade­laide is under­rat­ed. It is an amaz­ing City with beau­ti­ful beach­es and a real­ly good vibe. I have seen beau­ti­ful mar­kets with awe­some street food. It is more qui­et com­pared to Mel­bourne or Perth but has plen­ty of options to go out on the weekend.)
Ade­laide to Perth :
– We have seen a lot of nation­al parks between Ade­laide and Perth. Nation­al parks in Aus­tralia are huge with love­ly nature. Beach­es, Moun­tains, rivers, forests and exot­ic ani­mals. You can spent a cou­ple of days in each park.
– To get to Perth, you have to cross the Nullar­bour (a street which is 720 km long. Its Aus­tralias longest straight street with 146 km.) You dri­ve basi­cal­ly 720 km straight.
– Esper­ance (whites beach­es I’ve ever seen. To be hon­est, the best beach­es I’ve ever seen in my life. Beau­ti­ful nation­al parks.
We spent 6 weeks dri­ving from Ade­laide to Perth (9000km in total with all parks and nice places we want­ed to see). We trav­el with a 4 wheel dri­ve and a Rooftop tent. Aus­tralia has many free camp sites where we stayed overnight.

This is just a very short sum­ma­ry of most of the places I have been to. There is much more to explore and I am keen to share with you my expe­ri­ence trav­el­ling from Perth to Darwin.

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I can rec­om­mend liv­ing in a dif­fer­ent coun­try and trav­el­ling for a longer peri­od. See­ing beau­ti­ful places is just one small part of the expe­ri­ence. You grow as an indi­vid­ual. You learn new skills, you inter­act with peo­ple from dif­fer­ent cul­tures, you improve your sec­ond or third lan­guage and you learn how to be inde­pen­dent. I would say you get the right tools to work on your­self. It helps to find your pas­sion and your pur­pose in Life. All this dif­fer­ent impres­sions can real­ly inspire you.

Ich hoffe, der Text hat euch gefall­en. Das ist auf jeden Fall etwas, was ich in meinem Leben noch machen will – wie sieht es bei euch aus ?

Text: Melis­sa Belsch, 9a
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