January – What’s on

2018 is here and summer never looked so beautiful. Check out the list of awesome Free things to do this month.

  1. 5th Jan – 28th Jan: FREE pop up Swimming Pools in Hyde Park. Find out more here.
  2. 5th Jan – 28th Jan: FREE Glitterbox. As part of Sydney Festival you get your chance to show off your best dance moves and then turn them into a work of art. It’s a free interactive experience. Simply choose your song and dance – but remember, everyone’s watching.
  3. 26th Jan: Australia Day Celebrations: Pack your picnic and head down to Manly Beach. Enjoy the sun, sea and a few beers – it’s a day to remember. Manly Backpackers will be organising our own very special BBQ so keep an eye on the reception for more information.

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.

Traveling – You’re not Lucky, You’re Brave

Traveling

Wherever you’re from in the world, whatever age you are, coming to a new country like Australia, to travel and work is a scary thing.

Leaving everything you know behind, packing up your backpacker and saying goodbye to the people you love most in the world, is one hard task. Regardless of the fun you hope to have at the other end, or the adventures you have already planned for this trip, know this one thing – you are brave! 

So many times I’ve heard people say “you’re so lucky, to live this life” and I’m sure you will hear it too.

But don’t forget everything you’ve done to get yourself to this point of freedom, traveling the world, having the adventure of your life.

It was you who planned this trip, worked hard and saved even harder to buy the flights and book the accommodation.

It was you who said goodbye to the people you’ve known your whole life and only you who boarded that flight to Sydney.

It was you who said hello to the new person in your dorm (who’s now your new best friend).

And, it was you who found work in Manly, so you can stay here that little bit longer.

Now don’t get me wrong, there’s definitely some luck involved in life, but as far as this adventure goes, it was all down to you!

You made this trip happen, so enjoy whatever you do here, have the time of your life because you deserve it!

Working Holiday Visa – Everything You Need to Know

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Traveling around Australia is a life changing experience. From the breathtaking landscapes, to the bustling cities, there is so much on offer. Not to mention the people you’ll meet along the way.

The Working Holiday Visa allows you to work while you explore and there’s no better way to really experience a culture than staying that little bit longer. And, let’s face it, a few extra dollars would definitely change your experience for the better.

But, when it comes to Visa’s it can be hard to know where to start. If you’re thinking about a Working Holiday Visa (417 or 462) there are a few conditions you have to abide by.

  • Be aged between 18 and 30 inclusive;
  • Cannot travel with dependent children;
  • Have not entered Australia on a working holiday visa or a work & holiday visa previously;
  • You must apply for this visa when you are outside of Australia at the time of application and at the time of visa grant;
  • Hold a passport from an eligible country, check out the list for 417 here by clicking on the Visa Applicants tab or for the 462 here.

What the 417 and 462 Visas let you do:

  • Stay in Australia for up to 12 months
  • Work in Australia, generally for up to six months with each employer
  • Study for up to four months
  • Leave and re-enter Australia any number of times while the visa is valid.

If you’re planning a trip down under it’s worth thinking about getting a visa that allows you to work, because life here can get expensive and having a bit of flexibility can mean the difference between experiencing everything you want to, and not.

Top 5 Bars in Manly

Best bars in Manly

Manly has a great night life, from little bars to big pubs there is something for everyone. Whether you are keen for a few beers after work or a big night out Manly can cater for you.

Check out our top 5 Bars in Manly below:

1) Hotel Steyene – This has to be the favorite for most of the locals and backpackers alike. It’s a big Hotel with a great outdoor area. On a Friday, Saturday and Sunday night you’ll find it packed. And, for something a little bit more intimate get in the lift to the top floor where you will find the Moonshine Bar – a great space for live music and a cool roof top terrace.

2) Manly Wharf Hotel – If you want to watch the sun go down in Manly, with a cool beer in your hand this is the spot to do it. The Wharf bar or Wharf over looks (you guessed it) the wharf, and has beautiful water views looking straight out towards Sydney Harbour. They often have guest DJ’s and special nights, so keep an eye on their website for what’s coming up, there’s no doubt it will be a good night.

3) Donny’s Bar – Hidden down a side street Donny’s Bar is small and crowded, but they do serve up a great cocktail. The live music on a Saturday night never disappointed and you’ll find yourself dancing surrounded by Northern Beraches hipsters before you can say flat cap.

4) Hemingway’s – A slightly more chilled vibe to the other options listed above, but Hemingway’s offer an extensive wine list, cute seating area and a great atmosphere.

5) New Brighten Hotel – Another big pub, set over 3 floors with music, food and a roof top bar with day beds, it’s a great choice if you don’t really know what you want. Backpacker night is Tuesday night, where you’ll find cheap drinks, cheesy music and sweaty dancing.

Why You Should Travel Alone

Traveling alone

Traveling isn’t about finding yourself – we all know you can do that anywhere.

It is, however, about challenging yourself, experiencing new things, broadening your horizons and growing in confidence.

With that in mind, there is one sure way to fast track all those experiences.

That is to travel alone.

Traveling alone, can be a daunting thought. But believe us, the things you’ll gain, will out way the fear in no time. And, don’t fear, with the wonders of modern technology, being alone rarely means you are actually alone (if you don’t want to).

Check out below 5 reasons why solo travel will be one of the best things you ever do!

1) Alone Time – In our crazy, hectic, social media lives having a moment to yourself can often be hard to come by. But when you take a trip by yourself, you’ll have plenty. Time to read, time to think, time to write and most importantly, time to be. Learning to enjoying your own company can be one of the greatest things of all.

2) Make your own plans and change your own plans – Whether you’re easy going or the leader of the pack, backpacking with others means compromise. However, if you’re alone, the planning and un-planning is totally up to you. Where you go, how long you stay, what you explore and the adventures you have, are all up to you.

3) Meet great new people – The people you meet, and the friends you make along the way will play a massive part of your experience. If you’re on your own, making an effort to meet new people is more of a priority than if you’re with friends. After all, traveling is awesome, but making new friends along the way can be even better.

4) Challenge yourself – Travelling is all about challenging yourself, putting yourself in new positions and experiencing things you’ve never felt before. Putting yourself out there on your own, is a far greater challenge than having someone there to hold your hand along the way. And you will experience greater growth.

5) Boost your confidence – Completing a solo trip, whether it’s a weekend away or gap year, is an instant confidence booster. Learning to be happy in your own company, managing your own itinerary, making new friends and challenging yourself every step of the way.