The money wasn't great. The work at a solar farm changed that.
Travel Hack: "I live in a van which saves me a lot on accomodation. I have a fitness contract at 24/7 fitness so I can do my showers, toilets and workouts."
Australia is such a big country and to do the fun tours and see awesome stuff you need cash. Therefore you can do your 88 days, be smart and save up and you have another year to extend and discover everything.
My expectation was I'd be fruit picking... and I did a fair amount of that. I had pretty good experiences and met cool people. The money wasn't great. The work at a solar farm changed that. Even though you work a lot and don't have much free time, the pay is very good and the lack of free time prevents you from spending money so you can save more.
Challenges for me mostly included finding the right job. I sent so many emails and did a lot of research to find a job that pays well. 'Working hostels' for me are the worst option since you often have to wait for a job and don't get a lot of hours to make up for the high rent they ask.
I think you should first buy a car before spending more money. It helps to drive to jobs and discover the country. Plus I live in my car/van which saves me a lot on accomodation. I also have a fitness contract at 24/7 fitness so I can do my showers, toilets and workouts.
I will cherish the memories of starting early and getting to see the beautiful sunrises everyday. On top of that, seeing the finishing product of my labour building solar panels was truly satisfying.
I takeaway having met awesome backpackers, a newfound appreciation for fruits, veggies, sandalwood and the amount of labour and energy that goes into it all. I look very differently at avocado's and potato's now!