A collection of our most asked questions about Australia, Melbourne and traveling as a whole.

Do I need a visa to come to Australia?

Yes! There are both tourist and working holiday visas available and which you pick would depend on where you’re from, how long you’re staying in Australia and what your plans are for your visit.

How do I apply for a visa?

We recommend organising this as soon as possible. The application can be competed through your travel agent, or directly through the Australian Government website, which is here.

We would always recommend checking Australian Government website for any specific enquiries.

Why do I need a bank account?

If you’re travelling as a tourist for a few weeks you don’t, a pre-loaded travel cash card would suffice. If you’re here for a prolonged period then it’s highly recommended.

Not only will you save a lot on exchange/transaction fees but employers will only pay wages in to an Australian account. It’s also an extremely easy process that we will co-ordinate. Once you’ve transferred your budget from your home account to your Australian account, you’re ready to go.

How much money would you recommend bringing?

This depends on trip length, your travel style (backpacker or flashpacker) and what are your bucket list items while here.

Australia is a huge country with a lot to do and it’s important you save enough prior to coming, or enough to get you through the first few weeks without work if working is your first priority.

Something we always use when travelling is this great cost of living website. It’s accurate and is constantly updated by people yourself, travellers!

How much will I need for food and drinks on Welcome to Travel: Melbourne?

Food:Both your first and last (Monday and Sunday) dinners of the week are included, as well as dinner on Tuesday’s food tour. Lunch is also included on the second day (Thursday) of the 2 day tour down to Mornington and Phillip Island. After that we’d allow $6-15 for lunch and $12-$20 for dinner should you want to eat out all the time. Most people end up cooking in their group on a night.

Drinks: Both the welcome and farewell meal will include a drink, your food tour will include two and the the bar crawl four, pretty good going! Aside from that drinks will average at $7-11 but we can also point you to plenty of happy hours at $5/6 a drink, so it really depends how often you want to go out in that first week.

What is a tax file number?

This is basically your identity number for the Australian Tax Office and is required so you can be correctly taxed on your income from day one. You will provide this to each employers you have while here and your tax will be deducted from your wage accordingly, just as it would be in your home country.

When will I receive my Australian Sim Card?

You will receive your Australian sim card on your second morning. This is when we will go through all your admin needs (employment help, tax file number, bank account) for your time in Australia.

Don’t panic, you will be able to jump on wi-fi to let everyone back home, that you got to Melbourne safe and sound.

What is Medicare and how do I organise it?

Medicare is Australia’s subsidised health system and as part of reciprocal agreement between the two countries, only residents of the UK are eligible to have Medicare. We will help you with this set up on day two of Welcome to Travel: Melbourne. 

How will I find a job?

With our help, that’s how! As part of your Welcome to Travel: Melbourne package you will receive our two-part employment guide. One part is about the tips and advice on finding a job, and the second part is exclusive access to our portfolio of employers in several sectors such as hospitality, construction, sales and marketing and many more.

What happens after Welcome to Travel: Melbourne?

That’s up to you! Everyone travels differently and will have different plans. Your plan may well change in the Welcome to Travel: Melbourne week after meeting some new friends. We’re there for advice all week and whether it’s work or travel you’re looking to organise after, we’re able to help with both. It’s totally up to you, #thisisyourweek.

I’ve never stayed in a dorm before, what should I expect?

Expect the best experience ever! As long as you’re polite and friendly then you’ll be fine. To get the best out of your experience we recommend talking to people in your dorm as soon as possible. Travel broadens the mind and that is mainly because of people you meet. Listen to where they’ve been, what they’ve loved, what they recommend, their funniest stories, all of it! This will be you in a few months!

Sure from time to time you may have a cliché guitar player, a snorer or a 6am deodorant sprayer (you’ll know what I mean soon!) but that’s all part of travelling and they’ll form your stories and travel experiences!

All dorms have lockers, but you will need to buy a small padlock to use them.

We aim to try and get everyone on Welcome To Melbourne in the same dorm, but if you have any special requests such as, you want to be in an all female dorm or you want to upgrade to your own room. Then will be able to assist you.

 We think it’s important we can answer everything for you. If our site doesn’t answer everything for you then we have our enquiry form and the offer of a free one-on-one skype call that you can book in here. We can’t wait to hear from you.