- Earn an average of £15 per hour working in one of the most exciting and diverse countries in the world
- Spend a fun action-packed week getting to learn about living and working in Australia and making some awesome new friends
- Go jet boating and cruising through Sydney Harbour, walk the coastal path from Bondi to Coogee and snorkel in secluded bays on the way, party in the city and enjoy some proper Aussie BBQs
- Learn to surf and go sand boarding in Port Stephens, see the dolphins on a private cruise, and get up close to wild kangaroos and koalas
- Receive expert help to get you into work and brilliant ongoing job support and advice for up to 12 months
- Live and work abroad and gain valuable life experience that’ll make you a standout candidate for future job opportunities
If getting paid whilst travelling around one of the most beautiful and diverse countries in the world is your idea of the ultimate gap adventure, then you've come to the right place. Our Paid Work in Australia programme is designed to give you a fun introduction to Australia as well as arm you with the tools and knowledge you'll need to make your experience the very best it can be. Following a personal meet and greet from Sydney Airport, you'll spend your first nine days in Sydney and Port Stephens where, as well as going jet boating, learning to surf, sand boarding, and cruising alongside dolphins, you'll get the lowdown on all the practical stuff, from setting up bank accounts to signing up to our huge jobs database and preparing for interviews; our expert team will offer you all the help and advice you'll need to bag yourself that all-important job, and will continue to offer their support throughout your time in Australia. Add a group of awesome new friends to the mix and you really have got the ultimate gap year experience.
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Start your working holiday down under with an action-packed Aussie adventure in Sydney and Port Stephens.
Day 1: Arrival – Welcome to Australia!
You’ll be met at the airport by one of the team, who will take you to your city centre accommodation to get settled in and find your bearings. Depending on the time you get to Sydney, you'll have time to unwind and relax before meeting the rest of your group.
Day 2: Orientation & jet boating
You'll get a full city orientation on day two, where your local team will tell you about the area, the sorts of jobs on offer, explain about travelling around the rest of the country, and most importantly be able to point you in the right direction of all the best places to party at while you’re in the city! Afterwards you'll get to go on a brilliant jet boat trip through Sydney Harbour, which is a great way to see the Opera House, Harbour Bridge and spectacular views of Sydney and get to know your group a bit better.
Day 3: Travel Advice and Private Harbour Cruise
Today the team will be giving you the lowdown on travelling around Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia - to give you all the information you'll need to make the most out of your travels whilst living and working down under. In the afternoon the group will head out on a private boat for a cruise around Sydney Harbour.
Day 4: Bondi Beach
We'll visit the world-famous Bondi Beach today, so relax on the sand or enjoy splashing around in the sea. Afterwards we'll do the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk where you'll get to snorkel in secluded bays along the way, play beach volleyball and indulge in a proper Aussie beach BBQ with a few cold beers.
Day 5: Port Stephens surfing
On day five we'll head north, out of Sydney, to the beautiful coastal town of Port Stephens. We'll stop off at a secluded sandy bay on route for a surf lesson with some brilliant qualified instructors and ride the waves with some proper Aussie surfers. In the evening we'll have a BBQ and sit around a bonfire on the beach before bunking down for the night in our unique bush bungalow accommodation for the night.
Please note in winter months (June, July, and August), we'll go on a brewery tour in Port Stephens rather than stopping for a surf lesson.
Day 6: Sand boarding & dolphin watching
Today you'll get to feed wild kangaroos and spot koalas before we head off to sand board down some of the biggest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere! After lunch we'll hop aboard our private boat for an excellent dolphin cruise and have fun being towed along at the back of the boat. Heading back to Sydney later on, we'll have just enough time to freshen up before turning out for a fun night on the town.
Day 7: Setting up home
Day seven is pretty chilled, but it's also an opportunity for you to take advantage of the team's expertise and make arrangements for moving on. They'll be able to advise you on accommodation and house shares and make arrangements for you and your new friends to set up home together.
Day 8: Working in Oz seminar
Today is all about getting geared up for working in Australia, so after a comprehensive 'how to find work' seminar, we'll get you signed up on our jobs board and find out exactly what sort of work you're after. In the evening we'll get dressed up for dinner at Australia's highest and most spectacular revolving restaurant.
Day 9: Onwards and upwards
On day nine you'll check out of the hostel and move on to your house share or other accommodation – unless you've decided to stay on at the hostel, which you're more than welcome to do.
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
Help and Job Support
As well as having fun and getting to know the others in your group in your first week, our dedicated jobs team will take a good look through your CV and help you make it even better and more geared up towards the sorts of jobs you’re after in Australia; you’ll get to tell them what sorts of jobs you want to do and whereabouts you’d like to work and live in Australia, they’ll get you set up online with full access to the jobs board, help sort you out with a tax number, Australian bank account, and Medicare membership, they’ll help put you forward for jobs, give you advice and a bit of interview coaching, arrange interviews for you with prospective employers, and help you with the logistics of getting around – pretty good, huh? Even after all this, you’ll still have the team’s complete support, so you can drop in on them anytime to ask their advice, give them a bell if you’re unsure about anything, or simply pop by to say hi.
Working in Australia
There are plenty of jobs available across Australia, and our expert team will help you find the role best suited to your skills, interests, and experience. Using the online jobs database, you’ll have access to over 1,500 vacancies at any one time, so you won’t have any problem finding the right job for you. There are plenty of positions on offer to skilled workers, but typical areas of employment will be in the following:
Bars, cafes, restaurants, and hotels provide a variety of different jobs for travellers. You could find yourself working on the reception desk of a swanky hotel, helping out in a busy restaurant kitchen, waiting on tables at a popular cafe, or mixing cocktails at the best bar in town! It totally depends what skills and experience you have as to the role you’ll end up in, but generally hospitality jobs are fun and sociable – and suited to those with brilliant people skills.
Typical hospitality roles: receptionist, hotel staff, bar staff, waiting staff, baristas, food prep/chef, valet, event runners, customer service.
Home help and au pair work
A great option for anyone with experience of working with children, home help and au pair work is varied and interesting, and will give you a good insight into the Australian way of life. Most of these placements will include your accommodation – which is perfect if you’re looking for more of a family setting to call home while you’re away.
Please note all placements with children will require a DBS check.
Typical home help and au pair roles: domestic cleaner, companion to elderly or disabled people, care provider, live-in home help, live-in au pair, registered day carer, nursery staff.
Farm work can be paid or voluntary in exchange for food and accommodation – so check the details of each job you apply for and work out what will suit your situation best. You can expect to do anything from fruit picking and crop harvesting, to helping with maintenance and animal care. It’s a popular option for a lot of travellers, and while it’s fun, do be prepared to be on your feet doing physical work most days.
If you’re thinking of extending your working Holiday Visa to two years, it’s worth noting that you’ll need to carry out 88 days (or three months) worth of specified work in a regional area of Australia, which is most easily achieved through farm/horticultural work or fruit picking, but for a complete list of jobs that count as specified work, visit the Australian Visa Bureau.
Typical farm/seasonal roles: fruit picker, ranch hand, farm worker/farmer, cattle herder, shepherd, maintenance staff, plantation worker, crop harvester, beach patrol, lifeguard, tour guide.
Labour and construction
You’ll find a selection of jobs in the construction industry that require a mix of skilled and general workers, but the most important thing an employer looking for a labourer will want to know is that you’re physically fit to carry out tasks that will include heavy lifting. Experience will be a huge advantage for this kind of work, but you might find some companies simply looking for grafters.
Typical labour and construction roles: builders, construction/site labourers, electricians, carpenters, plumbers, roofers, plasterers, site security staff, miners, engineer, project manager, mechanic.
Short and long term temping/office work
Most towns and cities will have a constant need for temporary office workers, whether a company has a big project that requires an extra pair of hands or needs help covering staff absences, and are a good source of income as you move from place to place. The opportunities for this sort of work are limitless – you could be working in IT, admin, graphic design, sales, marketing, accounts, banking... any industry really! And there should be a good selection of different length contracts for you to choose from.
Typical short and long term temping/office roles: retail staff, telemarketing/call centre operatives, sales, marketing, fundraising, canvassers, customer service, insurance, banking/accounting, teaching/coaching roles, admin, IT, graphic design, web, media.
Our Advice for Finding Work in Australia
When you’re looking for work, try to be open-minded – the point of a working holiday is to fund your travels, not focus on a career, and while your experience in Australia will look great on your CV, the emphasis on this programme is fun and is an opportunity for you to experience something different to the norm. Do remember you need to be able to dedicate your time and attention to the work you’re applying for – these are real companies paying real money for you to do a job, so you will need to commit to the workload you’re being offered. Above all, enjoy yourself – this is an experience you will recount throughout the rest of your life.
If your plan is to travel around as much of Australia as possible, it’s worth thinking about getting a travel pass before you set off, which will save you dipping into the beer fund each time you want to move on. OurAustralia East Coast Bus Pass is valid for six months and doesn’t tie you to an itinerary, but will allow you to travel freely up or down the east coast whenever you like.
More Trip Info
- Personal meet and greet at Sydney Airport with transfer on arrival
- 8 nights’ accommodation
- Welcome meeting
- The support of a friendly and helpful group leader
- Full orientation session
- Help and advice for preparing to live and work in Australia from our personal work and travel experts
- Assistance from our expert jobs team to perfect your CV and line up interviews for you
- Australian bank account set up, tax file number, Medicare card, and SIM card
- 12 months online Oz Jobs access
- 12 months job support and advice from local team
- Free Wifi
- BBQ on days 3 and 5, and lunch on day 6
- Full city orientation in Sydney
- Jet boating in Sydney Harbour
- Private Sydney Harbour cruise
- Transfers between all site visits included in the itinerary
- Bondi Beach to Coogee coastal walk and snorkelling
- Surfing lesson near Port Stephens
- Sand boarding at Port Stephens
- Dolphin boat trip at Port Stephens
- Farewell dinner at revolving restaurant in Sydney
- Help with onward travel
- 24/7 emergency support
- Working Holiday Visa
- Travel insurance
- Meals and drinks, unless otherwise stated
- Accommodation after the first 8 nights
More Whats Included
Your accommodation in Sydney is a lively backpacker’s hostel in the heart of the city, close to the harbour and lots of brilliant sights. You’ll be sharing a comfortable mixed dorm with 7-9 others, and have access to shared areas, Wifi, and your own locker. The hostel is located next door to The Scary Canary – a lively hub for back packers to drink and dance after an action-packed day in the city. You’ll also spend one unforgettable night in a typical Aussie bush bungalow in stunningly beautiful Port Stephens – this is an authentic Aussie experience and is sure to be a true highlight!
On days three and five you'll enjoy beach BBQs and lunch will be included on day six, then on day eight you’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner at Australia’s highest revolving restaurant. Sydney is a huge cosmopolitan city full of excellent eateries, bars, and cafes – so you’ll be spoilt for choice, but you can always ask the team at the hostel for help choosing where to go.
After your initial eight nights, you can choose to extend your stay at the hostel, or look at getting a house share with other travellers. Our friendly local team will be able to help you arrange this as well as advise you on work, places to visit locally, and travel throughout the rest of the country.
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More Flights Info
You should arrange flights to Sydney International Airport (SYD) to arrive on the first day of your programme start date. You will be met by one of our friendly team at the airport who will take you to your accommodation in the centre of Sydney. Your accommodation in Sydney ends with check out on the morning of day 9, no activties are planned for this day and you are free to depart at any time.
You will need to obtain a Working Holiday Visa to work in Australia, please ensure you have applied for the correct visa before travelling. We can assist you with your application – ask us for more details when you call to book.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
More Arrival Info
You will need to be aged 18-30 to take part in this programme due to Australian Working Holiday Visa regulations.
You must apply for a Working Holiday Visa for this programme, which you’ll need to obtain before travelling to Australia. Your work type will be casual, where you’ll spend no more than six months working for one employer.
To be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa under this scheme you must:
- Be aged between 18 and 30 years old at the time of application.
- Hold a valid passport, with at least six months remaining following return.
- Not be accompanied by children on your visit.
- Have not previously entered Australia on a working holiday visa.
- Meet the relevant health and character requirements.
- Be outside of Australia at the time of visa grant.
- Agree that your main reason for travelling to Australia is for a holiday.
- Not undertake studies or training for more than three months.
- Have plans to leave Australia following your authorised period in the country.
- Have sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial period of your stay – a minimum of 3,000AUD is regarded as sufficient – you might have to provide evidence of this in the form of a bank statement.
For peace of mind, we can include your Working Holiday Visa as part of your Paid Work in Australia package for an additional fee – ask us about this when you call to book.
What Happens After The First Nine Days?
Most travellers choose to extend their stay at the hostel after the first week, but the staff there will be able to help you arrange a house share or accommodation in another part of the country if you’re moving on.
How Long Should I Stay In Each Job?
You’re allowed to stay for a maximum of six months with any one employer. How long a job lasts will depend on the type of job you’re doing, how you perform in that particular role, and whether or not you find the role suitable. An average traveller job tends to last between two to three months, but many people do the full six months.
What Types Of Jobs Are Commonly Available?
There are a wide range of jobs available to you, so you have a great chance of finding something that suits your skill set! The most commonly available jobs include hospitality roles in bars, cafes and restaurants, office and admin positions, farm and seasonal work and labour and construction roles.
Can I Join This Trip If I Just Want A Holiday And Don’t Plan To Work In Australia?
Absolutely! We encourage you to take this trip as a holiday – Sydney is an amazing destination and this is an action packed week of fun that will show you the best of this amazing city! You’ll also meet some fantastic people and make some brilliant memories.
How Much Should I Expect To Pay For Rent?
Usually, travellers will stay in a hostel, a shared room in an apartment or a private room in a shared apartment. Rent will range from $150-$250 AUD per week, and of course this varies depending on the type of accommodation and the area in which it is situated.
What Is A Working Holiday Visa?
A Working Holiday Visa is a Visa that allows you to stay in Australia for up to 12 months from the time at which it has been approved. Legally, you can work for each employer for up to 6 months with a Working Holiday Visa. To be eligible you must be aged between 18 and 30 (inclusive) and hold a valid passport from the list of eligible countries: : United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Norway, Sweden, Israel, Indonesia, Malaysia, Poland, Portugal, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, USA, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Japan, South Korea, Malta, Taiwan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile.
How Do I Apply For A Working Holiday Visa?
To ensure your booking experience is as fuss free as possible, we can sort out your Working Holiday Visa for you at an additional cost. The application is subject to certain conditions. Please contact us if you’d like us to arrange your Working Holiday Visa for you!
Can I Extend My Working Holiday Visa?
If you find you’re not ready to go home within 12 months, you can apply for an extension on your Working Holiday Visa for up to 24 months, but you’ll need to spend 88 days (3 months) carrying out specified work in a regional area of Australia, which is most easily achieved through farm/horticultural work or fruit picking. For a complete list of jobs that count as specified work, visit the Australian Visa Bureau. You can then use your second visa at any time before your 31st birthday. You’ll be given plenty of information about this second Working Holiday Visa during your first week in Sydney.
Do People Often Travel Alone?
Most people participating in this experience will be travelling alone. The experience is a fantastic way to meet new people, so if you’re travelling alone you’ll have an instant group of friends to share your adventure with and meet plenty of others along the way!
Do I Need A Certain Amount Of Money To Enter Australia?
If you have a Working Holiday Visa or have a return ticket out of Australia you’re unlikely to be asked to show evidence of funds. If you’re on a Tourist Visa or only in possession of a one way ticket you may be asked to show a bank statement upon arrival in Australia, and it’s a good idea to have the equivalent of at least $5,000 AUD. Please note that you’ll of course need sufficient spending money during your experience, so it’s a good idea to plan a budget for any meals, drinks, activities or travel not covered during your trip.
How Easy Is Finding Work In Australia?
Participating in this experience makes finding work in Australia significantly easier. You’ll receive 12 months membership to the ‘Oz Jobs’ programme, which will give you access to a range of great employers and opportunities, making your experience of working in Oz run as smoothly as possible!
How Much Can I Expect To Earn In Australia?
The most common backpacker work in Australia pays around $18-25 AUD per hour. Of course this will vary depending on the type of work you’re doing, as well as your experience and location.
What Is Medicare?
Medicare is Australia’s national health system; those holding a valid United Kingdom passport are entitled to subsidised medical treatment and medicine while in Australia. Your Medicare membership will be arranged for you during your first week.
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