Z - Oz Travel Tips - useful info for travel in Australia

This page is a collection of information compiled that may hopefully be useful to overseas visitors, as well as Australian travellers, in their travels throughout Australia. Perhaps putting this info here will also attract a few international visitors to enjoy some of the theatre on offer in Sydney & NSW....

88 Days and Counting - helps you find work and accommodation for your 88 days
Read reviews of farm work-places on the website before you go, and submit a review after you worked there

#TomAndMiasLegacy Facebook Group
Tom Jackson's & Mia Ayliffe-Chung's Memorial Campaign for regulation of Australian farmwork done toward 2nd year visa applications.
A forum for posting about any of your experiences as a backpacker doing 88 days farmwork in Australia and also a campaign group to create better working environment for backpackers carrying out 2nd year visa application farmwork

Australian Backpackers Watchout List - Australia - Facebook group
This Facebook group, run by a proud Aussie, Adam Kaarver, aims to help keep backpackers in Australia informed of "dodgy (unscrupulous) operators, landlords, employers, scams, etc, which have been taking unfair advantage of overseas visitors & anyone travelling around this amazing country". Know of a scam happening ? Let Adam and his group know about it.

Backpacker Jobs and Complaints Australia  - Facebook group
This group is to let each other know about jobs for backpackers wherever they are good or bad, also a page for complaints to keep us informed of deceitfulness, feel free to rant and post complaints about jobs etc. I have seen a lot of posts about people not getting there 2nd year working holiday visas, due to not being paid the right amount or being fooled. Please share reliable 2nd year workplaces so we can abolish these con-artists, and if you have experienced any bad workplaces please let us know. Also if you have any stories about work experience in general please post.

For Backpackers - Questions to ask your employer before starting work

The Horticulture Award 2010 tells you about standard/accepted pay rates
are a system Australia uses to determine fair pay, as determined by the Fair Work Commission)

Australian Government Harvest-Trail Guide

For info on rural seasonal work (eg. fruit-picking work) in Australia. Farm work can be a great Australian experience but please be aware of some of the scams that some of the more ruthless and unscrupulous farms or farm labour contractors in the industry have operated in the past & present. There are some more links about these scams further down the page.

Fair Work Australia - Top Tips For Backpackers & Seasonal Workers - Harvest Trail Campaign

'How to survive 88 days farmwork in Australia' - blog post  by Becky, 24th Jan 2018

Français en Australie (WHV / Voyage / Backpacking) - Facebook group  - for French visitors to Australia

Backpacker Australien - Facebook group
- for German visitors to Australia

Il Faro - Nuova Associazione Italia Australia  -
for Italian visitors to Australia

Things You Learn When You Backpack Around Australia -
by Gemma Williams ( http://www.twitter.com/gem_wills )

YHA Australia Mobile App - Going on a roadtrip in OZ? – The Youth Hostels Association of Australia App available for IOS and Android is the perfect companion during your travels in Australia.

Free state-by-state Field Guide mobile phone apps for the animals/creatures in each different Australian state take up a bit of space on your phone but once you have them ( for offline use) they are great. Found at either of the following links:

WIRES App- Wildlife Rescue App - Rescue help available 365 days a year. WIRES app provides a quick and easy way to find out how you can help sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. You can report a rescue directly from the app and access some of the most important information you need to know if you find native animals in distress. You can download WIRES rescue app to your smart phone or tablet to get wildlife advice and rescue assistance from WIRES rescue team 7 days a week.

Questagame (wildlife app) : "a fun game to engage kids to engage with nature"

Emergency Assistance
In the event of an emergency (police, ambulance or fire) dial 000, or, from your mobile phone, you can also call 112.

The Red Cross First Aid app is great, particularly for offline use ( and free)

When is it too hot for hiking ? - outdoors blog by an 'outdoor chick'

Facts about snake bites in Australia - via Trailhiking Australia website

'Health Direct'
- this Australian National Health Services Directory app
is very useful if you need to locate a chemist shop, GP/doctor or hospital emergency department which is open

Wikicamps app
is great for finding camping spots across Australia....

Beachsafe App (for Android and IPhone) -
provides the public with quality up-to-the-minute Australian beach safety information at all times

"Emergency+" ... smartphone app

1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732): 24 hour, National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line

Daisy - an app for women.
Violence against women is unacceptable. Daisy is an app that connects women around Australia to services. Daisy can link you up with a service phone number, be used to search the internet for more information and let you know what to expect when contacting a service. Family members and friends can use Daisy to gather information and support a loved one’s decision making

Sexual Assault Abroad - published October 15, 2016
A blog post by backpacker Bethany Edwards outlining her poor treatment by Victoria Police after being sexually assaulted in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Crisis Help Lines
A list of all the different help-lines available for you to call if you, or someone you know, are experiencing a crisis of some kind

Headspace -
the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds. The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

Rocky Travel Blog:
How to travel solo and discover Australia like a local

8 Tips for the Solo Traveller to Australia

Tips for travelling alone in Australia

Weather Warnings & Information: The Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Australian Domestic Quarantine rules
for interstate travel.
Travel between various states whilst carrying certain fruits and vegetables is prohibited/restricted by quarantine laws and checks at some state borders.
A particular pest (destructive to agricultural crops) is the fruit fly, whose larvae can live in the skins of fruit and vegetables.
See more about the rules here.

Buy the AIATSIS Map of Indigenous Australia (produced by AIATSIS - Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies)
Also available at many bookshops for around $25.
Buy online here: http://www.aiatsis.ashop.com.au/c/4326118/1/linguistics-languages.html

Online Interactive Map of Indigenous Australia

Indigenous Australia
- great website for info on Indigenous culture of Australia

Experience Aboriginal Australia - Australian gov't tourism website

Meetup App -
join a Meetup social group to socialise and meet new friends in many locations across Australia, and worldwide

Australian Government Apps - a wide selction of smartphone apps produced by Australia government agencies

Rideshare & Travel Partners on Gumtree.
under the Community category on the Gumtree App & Website:  - share costs of intercity and interstate journeys by sharing vehicles & expenses with like-minded people.  NOTE: If you decide to share a lift with people you don't know, please exercise caution and trust your instincts when accepting lifts, as a small number of unscrupulous and downright dangerous people have been known to place ads on Gumtree in the past.  If in doubt about the person, don't accept the lift. If you judge that the lift is fine, let other significant people in your life know the name of the driver, and your destination and expected time of arrival etc. etc.  As a further safety measure ask to view the driver's valid licence and ID.  Also, it might also help to go for a test drive with them first, as it can be hell on earth if over long distances you are stuck in a car with a driver whose driving is unsafe. Your safety is most important of all.
Gumtree App
is available for IPad, Android & IPhone 

Download Gumtree App : http://www.gumtree.com.au/cpg/apps/
Gumtree Website: http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-rideshare-travel-partners/c18332

"Five tips to help you survive your Australian road trip"

Backpacker Jobs In Australia
Facebook group for employment opportunities

Australian Backpackers Hub on Facebook / over 7000 members (ask to join group)

Australian Independent Backpackers - Facebook Group - (6000+ .. members)

Australian Backpackers Houseshare/Flatshare/Room For Rent -   Facebook Group / over 1300 members (ask to join group)

Australian Backpackers Board / over 700 members (ask to join)

Government Tourism Websites....
Australia.com http://www.australia.com/en
Explore Australia by Map http://www.australia.com/en/explore.html
Visit NSW http://www.visitnsw.com/
NSW http://www.australia.com/en/places/nsw.html
Visit Sydney http://www.sydney.com/
Queensland http://www.australia.com/en/places/qld.html
Victoria http://www.australia.com/en/places/vic.html
Western Australia http://www.australia.com/en/places/wa.html
South Australia http://www.australia.com/en/places/sa.html
Australian Capital Territory (ACT) http://www.australia.com/en/places/act.html
Northern Territory http://www.australia.com/en/places/nt.html
Tasmania http://www.australia.com/en/places/tas.html

NSW DISCOVERY PASS - Are you considering travelling (by train & coach) within New South Wales ?
A Premium DISCOVERY PASS entitles you to 6 months unlimited travel ($420 Economy or... $550 First Class) on the NSW Regional Train & Coach Network. It really is VERY good value.... the DISCOVERY PASS actually INCLUDES trips to Melbourne and Brisbane....from Sydney.  Excellent!

YHA Australia - Youth Hostels Australia has a network of quality hostels around the country

Travel Tips from YHA Australia - worth reading!

Wotif App -find  accommodation & flights  -

AirBnB app & website - find short term accommodation across Australia

Trip Advisor App  - find accommodation, restaurants, cafes +++ more....

Yellow Pages Business Telephone Directory - to find businesses....

Whitepages Telephone Directory  - a combined Business/Residential & Gov't Agency Telephone Directory

Yelp App - The free Yelp mobile app describes itself as "the fastest and easiest way to search for businesses near you"

Water Safety in Australia - website with some very useful information for travellers who may be unfamiliar with Australian water-environment conditions.
"Water Safety - When swimming at any patrolled Australian beach, always swim between the red and yellow flags. This is the safest part of the beach for swimming and is monitored by lifesavers who will assist swimmers who are in trouble. If you need help from a lifesaver, signal for help by holding one arm up and waving. While you wait for the lifesaver, try to float on your back and stay calm. When in northern Australia, never swim where crocodiles are known to inhabit. Dangerous jellyfish also inhabit the waters in northern Australia during the months of October to April."" See also : the Beachsafe App (for Android and IPhone) - http://beachsafe.org.au/apps

State-based Fire Safety apps and info

For bushfire info app FIRES NEAR ME in New South Wales (showing fires near you) could potentially save lives
QLDFires App on iTunes - info on current fires in Queensland
FireReady App - Victorian Country Fire Authority
Western Australia Fire Alerts and Warnings Map
See also, Bushfire Warnings, the sites and apps you need

"Basic bushcraft crucial to outback survival, says expert bushman"

Bob Coopers Outback Survival Course (and shop) - near Perth, Western Australia

And this US. Army Survival Guide app (at top of the list) is a good one... for offline use in emergency situations

Tesltra Phone Coverage in remote areas - for mobile phone coverage in regional Australia (outside the main cities) ... i think Telstra network is generally best
Prepaid sim cards can be bought.

QUEENSLAND EXPLORER PASS -  Also....in Queensland.... but for overseas travellers only... Queensland Rail have a 1 month unlimited QUEENSLAND EXPLORER PASS ($300) and a 2 month pass (for $389) which is actually less than a return economy rail trip from Brisbane to Cairns....

Australian English & Slang

What is a 'road train' ?

"Five tips to help you survive your Australian road trip"


Nullabor Net

The Nullabor Traveller


Our Languages - Info on Australia's traditional Aboriginal Languages

Experience Aboriginal Australia - tours, group travel, tailor-made travel - via the Aboriginal Benefits Foundation 

Voyages - Indigenous Tourism Australia

Preparing your visit & travel to Aboriginal Australia

Tips for responsible travel in Aboriginal Australia

BackpackAround.Com - Australia
"15 tips for backpacking Australia & New Zealand"
"My Top Ten Backpacker Tips For Australia"
"15 Tips for Your First Experience Backpacking in Australia"

Public Transport Apps -  Sydney / Melbourne / Brisbane / Perth / Adelaide

Tripview Sydney-Melbourne - iTunes
Tripview - Sydney-Melbourne - Google Play
Translink - Brisbane - iPhone & Android
Public Transport Victoria for iPhone & Android 
TransPerth App - Perth Western Australia
Adelaide Metro Public Transport Apps

National Public Toilet Map - Australia

National Public Toilet Map App
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/national-public-toilet-map/id323279108?mt=8

Just In Time Toilet App - by DGSD (Australian Public Toilet Directory)
Busting for a dunny? This App will relieve your problems by pointing out the nearest public toilet for your convenience
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dgsd.android.publicToiletFin

Articles about unfair exploitation of Backpackers on Australian farms

Australia's Fair Work Ombudsman releases its report into the experiences of 417 working holiday visa-holders in Australia

Nick McKenzie & Richard baker from The Age newspaper investigate employment of illegal migrant workers on Australian farms near Swan Hill, Victoria

An article from (October 28, 2016) about an already notorious Farm Labour Hire Contractor active in the Mildura area
A story on him in A Current Affair investigative TV show back in 2012
And this one on the same guy, from 2014
and another story on the same guy, on WIN TV
and this one as far back as 2010

"Bring on the backpacker boom" - a press release from the Australian Minister of Trade & Tourism & Industry (twitter @stevenciobo see also @TourismAus) about their recent $10m advertising campaign aiming to attract backpackers from France, Germany Italy and the UK, to Australia, particularly to work in the Australian agriculture sector which suffers from significant labour shortages. The ad campaign blindly & completely overlooks the exploitation issues raised in the Fair Work Australia report mentioned directly above

"Foreign workers: New measures to protect overseas workers"
by Emma Field / Weekly Times (October 28, 2016)

"Dark industry of backpacker exploitation"
story by Emma Reynolds - News.com.au

"‘I wonder how long you’ll last’ : Backpacker exploitation goes even deeper"
by Emma Reynolds (news.com.au) October 20, 2016

"Backpackers underpaid and exploited in regional Australia, report finds" - Channel 9 News - October 15, 2016

"Farms paying piece-rates targeted in $650,000 underpayment case" (
'The Age' newspaper article by Nick Toscano from October 13, 2016)

"Backpacker work-visa scheme risks becoming a black-market" 
('Sydney Morning Herald' newspaper article by Nick Toscano from October 15, 2016)

"We've stopped the boats now let's stop the slavery on Victoria's farms"  by Ed Gannon, Herald Sun (June 26, 2014)

An example of a farm job advertisement scam (February 2016) Read link below

A few more links about Fruit Picking Scams in Australia

If you have found this page useful and have any further useful links along this same theme to contribute, please email me at ... tangneyniall (@) gmail.com ..... Thankyou.