- Live and work in Australia for up to 12 months
- Earn an average of £15 per hour
- Jet boat round Sydney Harbour
- Learn to surf and sand board in sunny Port Stephens
- Party the night away in Sydney
Work hard and play even harder Down Under with our Paid Work in Australia programme. Kick off with 8 days of fun in the sun in Sydney and Port Stephens, with jet boating, surf lessons, harbour cruises, big nights out with your group and more. Then find your dream Aussie job with the help of our local team. With tons of vacancies nationwide and salaries ranging from £10 - £15 per hour it’s the perfect way to see this amazing country without spending all your hard-earned savings! Best of all, you’ll start your trip with a ready-made group of friends – it’s a year you’ll never forget!
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Our Paid Work in Australia trip is the ideal introduction to living and working Down Under. Before you begin your job search you’ll enjoy a week of fun in the sun with your new friends in Sydney, with a night at our bush camp in beautiful Port Stephens. Once week 1 is over you’ll have 12 months access to our dedicated Sydney jobs team to help you find work and accommodation.
Week 1: Sydney & Port Stephens
Day 1: Arrive in Sydney. We’ll meet you from the airport and transfer you to your hostel in the heart of the city. There are no activities planned for today so check in and chill out.
Day 2: Get to know Sydney. We’ll show you round the city today, then take you on a high-adrenaline jet-boat tour of the harbour! Then hit the town for a few drinks. We’ll also activate your Aussie bank account today, so your money’s sorted.
Day 3: Private Sydney Harbour cruise. Meet the team for lots of info on working and travelling in Oz. Then hop on board our private boat for a party cruise round the harbour, with jaw-dropping views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge and a BBQ lunch on deck.
Day 4: Bondi to Coogee. Today’s all about sun, sand and surf on the legendary Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. Stop to swim, snorkel and play some volleyball before enjoying a proper Aussie barbie and a few brewskis.
Day 5: Port Stephens. Travel to our bush bungalow in gorgeous Port Stephens. We’ll take on the vast dunes on a sand board, hike to a viewpoint, enjoy a wine and beer tasting in a local brewery and round off our perfect day with a beach BBQ and some cold beers under the stars.
Day 6: Surf lesson & back to Sydney. This morning we’ll head by 4x4 to a secluded beach for a surf lesson. Later, we’ll travel back to Sydney in time for another amazing night on the town.
Day 7: Sydney & onward travel planning. Our team will help you plan and book your onward travel. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy as you choose. Catch up on some sleep or explore the city further before another dose of Sydney’s belting nightlife.
Day 8: Jobs session. After a comprehensive 'how to find work' seminar this morning, we'll have a chat about the kind of job you’re looking for and sign you up on our jobs board. In the evening, get ready for dinner at Australia's highest revolving restaurant!
Day 9: Check out & onward travel. You’re ready to begin your new life Down Under! Either check out and continue on to your new accommodation, or stick around at the hostel for a while. Good luck!
Beyond week 1: Living and working in Australia
After your first week is over you can start your job search properly with the help of our Sydney-based jobs team and access to our amazing jobs database. There are vacancies available all over Australia in lots of different fields so you’re sure to find something that suits you.
In summary, the job support programme includes:
- Dedicated jobs coordinator
- Exclusive access to our jobs database and app
- Help finding accommodation
- CV review service
- Work and essentials seminar
- Access to training courses
- Aussie bank account, SIM, tax file number and Medicare number
- Mail holding service
- Help with tax back and superannuation
- 2nd year visa help
- Free internet in our office
The most common types of jobs for working holidaymakers are in retail, hospitality, au-pair / nanny roles, construction, farm work and office work, but there are opportunities available in lots of other fields too, especially for skilled workers.
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- 8 nights’ accommodation
- 1 breakfast, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
- Group leader
- Assistance from our expert jobs team
- Aussie bank account set up, tax file number, Medicare card, and SIM card
- 12 months job support and advice from local team
- Personal airport pick up on arrival
- All on-trip transport
- Free Wi-Fi
- Welcome meeting
- City orientation
- Jet-boating on Sydney Harbour
- Travel in Oz info session
- Private Sydney Harbour cruise
- Bondi to Coogee coastal walk
- Beach volleyball and snorkelling
- Sand boarding
- Surf lesson
- Farewell dinner
- 24 hour emergency support
- Working Holiday Visa (unless selected at the time of booking)
- Travel insurance
- Meals and drinks, unless otherwise stated
- Optional activities and excursions
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. Rooms are bright and modern. You’ll have access to shared areas including kitchen, dining area, bathrooms and laundry. You’ll also have Wi-Fi and your own locker. Best of all, the hostel has its own lively bar, restaurant and nightclub!
You’ll also spend one unforgettable night in a typical Aussie bush bungalow in stunningly beautiful Port Stephens. Just a short work from stunning local beaches, this is an authentic experience and a real highlight of the trip! Rooms are on a mixed dorm basis with a shared bathroom, free Wi-Fi and shared kitchen and dining area.
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 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.
This trip includes 1 breakfast, 4 lunches and 2 dinners. You’ll need to buy the rest of your meals, drinks and snacks yourself. This gives you maximum flexibility to eat where and when you like and to really immerse yourself in the foodie culture of Australia.
You should arrange flights to Sydney International Airport (SYD) to arrive on the first day of your programme start date or earlier. You’ll be met by one of our team at the airport who will take you to your accommodation in the centre of Sydney. There are no activities on day 1 so you’ll have plenty of time to check in and meet your group or just chill out.
Due to Working Holiday Visa (WHV) age restrictions, this trip is only available to 18-30 year olds. British citizens within these ages are eligible for a Working Holiday Visa.
To be eligible for a visa, you’ll need to meet the following requirements:
- Hold a passport issued by an eligible country or region
- Be aged 18-30 (inclusive) at the time of applying
- Not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during your stay in Australia
- Meet health, character and financial requirements
- Have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (unless applying for a second visa)
- Be outside Australia when you apply and when visa is granted
- Apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia.
- Have sufficient funds to cover your expected living/trip costs during your stay (approx 5,000 AUD)
- Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
- Have health insurance
You can find more information on the Australian Working Holiday Visa here.
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. (Please note: If you have a criminal record, you are still able to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, but we will not be able to process your visa for you.)
Do Many People Travel Alone?
Yes, many people on our trips are travelling solo. By doing our trip you’ll be travelling with lots of like-minded people – it’s a great way to make friends!
Is It Easy To Find Work?
By doing our Paid Work Australia trip, you’ll get 12 months’ unlimited help and support to find a job in Australia. You’ll also receive lifetime access to our jobs app, which connects you to a network of employers all over Australia.
What Sort Of Wages Can I Expect?
National minimum wage is just over £10 an hour. Rates will vary depending on the type of job you have and its location (Darwin is the highest paying area). On average though, you can expect to earn around £10-£15 per hour.
Do I Have To Stay In Sydney?
Not at all! We have job opportunities all over the country. Wherever you decide to go, you’ll still have full access to the team’s advice.
Do I Have To Stay For The Full 12 Months? / Can I Stay Longer?
There’s no minimum stay on the Working Holiday Visa, so you can stay for a short while if you wish. We recommend a minimum of 4 months to make the most out of your experience. If you want to stay longer than 12 months, there is a possibility of extending your visa for a further year, but this depends on job restrictions. You’ll need to have undertaken at least 3 months working on a farm or ranch in order to qualify for a visa extension.
What’s The Best Way To Access My Money?
We’ll open up a local bank account for you. We recommend transferring your money into your new Aussie bank account to avoid paying international banking fees. ATMs are widely available across Australia so it’s easy to draw cash out and credit cards are accepted in most places.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.