July – What’s on

Beach Clean UP

With winter in full swing and the hostel buzzing with guests, it’s time to enjoy everything that Sydney has to offer. Check out what’s on this month below.

Saturday 1 July – Meet Me in The Cross: July is the perfect time of year to get out of the hostel, leave Manly, and head to the city for a night out. Get ready to dance with awesome DJ sets from international juggernauts like Hermitude and Nina Las Vegas and live sets from indie legends like World Champion, Dappled Cities and Mezko. This will be one night in Sydney you wont want to miss out on. Tickets are $30 and you can find out more here.

Sunday 2 July – Underwater and Beach Cleanup: It’s easy to take the beautiful beaches in Sydney for granted, but with the ongoing threat of pollution it’s time to take action. Join the clean up efforts and help the eco system that makes Manly so wonderful survive. Meet at Manly Cove at 11am find out more here.

Saturday 8 July – Zedtown: State of Emergency: Who doesn’t love a Zombie apocalypse? With one kicking off in Sydney this month, now’s your chance to find out what you’re really made of. Will you stand and fight or will you run away? Grab your friends and get ready. The End of the world is coming!!! Find out more here.

July 1 – July 15 – Ice Skating: It’s definitely not cold enough for snow in Sydney, we’re still swimming in the sea in Manly. Wrap yourself up and grab a pair of skates for this winter wonderland. 1 hour is will set you back $12, find out more here.

How to Find Work in Australia

finding work in Australia

So you’ve planned your trip to Australia, saved up the cash, booked flights and accommodation and organised your visa. All that’s left to do is find work and have the perfect balance between spending money and making money.

As a backpacker there are loads of opportunities for work, especially in Manly – from bar jobs to labouring. If you’re planning on traveling around, it’s easier to find work once you are somewhere you want to stay, as jobs come and go pretty quickly amongst the backpacking community.

But, before you start applying there a few things you need to do first.

1) Australian Address – All of the things below require you to have an Australian address, however, as a backpacker this can be a little challenging. If you’re staying with us, at Manly Backpackers, we are more than happy for you to put down our address. When your post arrives, the team on reception will let you know.

2) Tax File Number (TFB) – If you want to work anywhere in Australia you will have to have one of these. It’s easy to get and you can apply online. Find out more and apply here.

3) Australian Bank Account – If you want to get paid you’d better set one of these up. Walk into any of the big banks and ask to set up an account and they will be more than happy to help you out. Just be sure to ask about any extra fees and bank charges so you don’t get any surprises!

Finding the work is all about knowing where to look, below are a few useful starting points.

www.gumtree.com.au – This website is the backpacker’s friend when for pretty much everything, from finding jobs, to orgnaising transport up the coast and not to mention, buying and selling anything and everything you could possibly need.

www.indeed.com.au – This is a more formal jobs website, but you do get short term, contract work come up.

Manly Backpackers Reception – When you check in, make sure you let the team know that you’re looking for work. We regularly get requests for backpackers so if we know you’re looking we will be sure to put you forward.

April – What’s On

What's on April

Manly is amazing, we’re all agreed. However, with Sydney just a short ferry ride away, it’s worth knowing what’s going on across the harbour. Sydney is bustling with exciting things to do, and as a backpacker, it’s your duty to enjoy as much as you possibly can.

Check out what’s on this April and make the most of your travels:

Thursday 6 – Wednesday 19: The Sydney Royal Easter Show
Seeing as you are away from home this Easter and with no family obligations, you might as well have some fun. Head over to the Sydney Royal Easter Show and find out what an Australian country fair is all about.

Friday 7 – Thursday 27: Luna Park Rooftop Cinema
Look out over Sydney Harbour while you watch a movie – what can be better than that?

Sunday 23 April – Wednesday 31 May: Sydney Comedy Festival 
It’s good to laugh, so get your giggle on at the Sydney Comedy Festival. It’s running for a month, so you have no excuse not to go!

Uncorked Avalon: Sunday 23 April
You don’t even have to cross Sydney Harbour for this treat. Simply take the bus up the Northern Beaches, from Manly to Avalon and enjoy wines from the Hunter Valley.

The Australian Open of Surfing – The Unofficial Guide

The Australian Open of Surfing isn’t just a celebration of surfing, it’s a celebration of Manly and all the things that make it great. The beautiful beach, the awesome surf and don’t forget the night life.

Oh, and did we mention – some very attractive people in swimwear!

From 25 February to 5 March, Manly swells with the world legends of surfing and skating, and it’s not to be missed.

Even if you’re more of a spectator when it comes to the outdoor activity, the Australian Open of Surfing is for you – we promise you won’t have to lift a finger.

Check out our guide below for getting the most out of this awesome event, and the best part is the whole event is entirely free.

    1. The Beach – Let’s start with the most obvious place, this is where the action’s at.
      And, if you were ever waiting for the perfect time to flaunt your body on the beach, this is most definitely it. Get down to Manly beach you will be in great company. Sit back on the soft white sand, relax and enjoy the view, there will be plenty to watch even between heats.  The vibe will be awesome and with the action starting from 7.30am on Saturday 25 and running every day until 4pm, there’s no excuse not to get down there.
    2. The skate Bowl – The queue speaks for it’s self.
      Regardless of your interest in this sport, it’s well worth a peek. There is some incredible talent here and you won’t get many chances in your life to get this close to the action – imagine the Instigram opportunities – #rad #sick.
      The Skate Bowl kicks off on Monday 27 and runs every day from 1pm – 7pm – I challenge you not to be impressed.
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    3. The Food 
      So the food stalls here are pretty good. Just take a stroll down to the beach and you’ll find an awesome selection of tasty treats lining the pavement, all provided by Manlys finest.
    4. The Music
      If watching world class surfers and skaters, on one of the most stunning beaches for free, while surrounded by beautiful people, isn’t quite enough for you – there’s more.
      On Friday 4 and Saturday 5 March there’s a free concert on the beach too. Join the likes of Hermitude and The Jezabels and celebrate as the Surf Open comes to a close.
    5. The After Party
      Now, there’s no one official after party for the Australian Open of Surfing, but get yourself down to the Steyne on any of the evenings during this awesome couple of weeks and you won’t be disappointed. Nights out in Manly never looked so good!

To find out more, check out the official Australian Open of Surfing website here.