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The Ultimate Australian Gap Year

12 months from $5,802 (was $6,024)

Work, travel, play, repeat…

Work & travel Down Under
Explore the East Coast & Centre
See beaches, deserts & wildlife

Trip Highlights

  • Spend up to a year working and living down under, earning a good income to fund your travels
  • Enjoy the freedom of a flexible bus pass and travel up Australia's beautiful East Coast
  • Go on an incredible camping and sailing experience to Fraser Island and the Whitsundays
  • Satisfy your inner adrenalin junkie and go white water rafting, snorkelling, and hot air ballooning in Cairns
  • Add on a seven-day scuba diving course and receive an accredited PADI qualification
  • Discover Australia's famous outback and iconic landmarks on our Alice Springs to Darwin Tour

Trip Summary

A combination of work, travel, and adventure, our Ultimate Australian Gap Year is the complete Aussie package. You'll get to spend up to twelve months living and working in Australia, whilst receiving the support of an expert team, as well as having a flexible bus pass so you can explore the towns and cities of the country's gorgeous east coast. You'll get to go on an incredible camping and sailing experience to Fraser Island and the Whitsundays. You'll spend six days in Cairns on an adrenalin-fuelled activity week. You'll have the opportunity to add on a seven-day scuba diving course and become a qualified diver if you wish. And, as if that wasn't enough, you'll get to see some of the outback's most iconic landmarks and learn about indigenous tribes and the country's history on a fantastic tour between Alice Springs and Darwin. Phew, now that's what we call the ultimate gap year!

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All of our combination trips are easily customised to suit you, for instance: if you don't fancy taking on paid work while you're in Australia, or you don't qualify for the Working Holiday Visa, you can opt to do our Australia Sydney Intro tour rather than the Paid Work in Australia programme, which is exactly the same trip, minus any of the work-related bits.

Paid Work in Australia

Day 1: Sydney

Flying into Sydney, you'll be met by our friendly team at the airport and taken to your accommodation in the heart of Sydney where you'll be able to chill out before meeting the rest of your group.

Day 2: Orientation

Head out with the rest of the group today for a city orientation to help you get to know Sydney a little better. Here more about the jobs and opportunities on offer from our expert jobs team and then head to Sydney Harbour for an incredible included jet boating trip!

Day 3: Bondi Beach

We'll hit the sea and sand today at one of the most famous beaches in the world this morning. In the afternoon we'll walk along the coastal path to Coogee, stopping to snorkel and sunbathe in quiet bays en route. Enjoy a typical Australian barbecue later on.

Day 4: Sydney Harbour

Today you'll get a ton of practical advice from the team about travel, living in Australia, and finding work. In the afternoon we'll head out for a brilliantly fun boat cruise around Sydney Harbour.

Day 5: Port Stephens

Today we're heading out of Sydney to a little place called Port Stephens. We'll stop for an awesome surf lesson on the way and enjoy a beach barbecue and bonfire in the evening before turning in for the night in our bush bungalow accommodation.

Please note, surfing will be replaced by a brewery tour in the winter months (Jun, July, and August).

Day 6: Sandboarding

Feed kangaroos and spot koalas this morning before heading off to the largest sand dunes in the southern hemisphere for some sandboarding fun! Later on, we'll go on a fantastic dolphin boat cruise before returning to Sydney for a night of fun out in the city.

Day 7: Getting back to basics

Enjoy a bit of downtime today before making future accommodation plans. You can get the team to help you find a house share or other rented accommodation, unless you choose to stay on at the hostel for a little longer.

Day 8: Work beckons

Today the team will be holding a work seminar to make sure you're armed with all the information you'll need to find work while you're in Australia. Afterwards, you'll get to have a one-on-one session with the jobs team to make sure your CV's up to scratch and to get you signed up to the jobs board.

Day 9: Moving on up

There are no activities planned for today, other than moving into your new accommodation, so pack up your worldly possessions and head to your new home with your housemates. This is just the beginning of your adventures in Oz.

Living and Working in Australia:

During your first nine days in Australia, we'll get you signed up to our huge jobs database, we'll go through your CV and make sure it's the best it can be for the sort of work you're looking for, and we'll offer you all the help and guidance we can to ensure you're set up and ready for work right from the off.

East Coast Travel Pass

How your travel pass works

You'll have up to twelve months to complete your bus pass travels from the first day you use it. You can travel the straight route in a minimum of thirteen days if you prefer, but we'd recommend taking a little more time to make the most of each destination, the pass is valid for 12 months though so you can really travel at your own pace! However, if you're keen to fit it all in in two weeks, this is how your itinerary might look:

Day 1: Sydney to Barrington Tops

Travel from Sydney to Barrington Tops with a stop at Hunter Valley for a wine tasting session. Explore the World Heritage National Park, go river tubing (at an additional cost), or relax in your private lodge's hot tub. 60AUD/£35 for one night’s accommodation, dinner and breakfast.

Day 2: Barrington Tops to Spot X Surf Camp

Discover your beautiful Barrington Tops surroundings with a bike ride or walk before visiting a koala hospital and nature reserve on the coast. Afterwards, we'll make our way to our surf camp at Spot X. 60AUD/£35 for one night’s accommodation at Spot X including dinner and breakfast.

Day 3: Spot X Surf Camp to River Retreat

Spend the morning relaxing on the beach or take part in a group surfing lesson (at an additional cost). Later on we'll travel to the River Retreat and enjoy a guided canoeing trip. In the evening sit around the campfire for a lesson in Australian barbecue cooking. 50AUD/£30 for one night’s accommodation, dinner and breakfast.

Days 4-5: River Retreat to Byron Bay

We'll stop at the quaint town of Yamba for some lunch on our way to Byron Bay, dipping our toes into the cool water of the Angourie Blue Pool before hitting the road. You’ll get an orientation on the first day of two at Byron, with a free day to surf, party, go on a dolphin kayaking trip, or just to soak up the sun and atmosphere in the town centre. 

Day 6: Byron Bay to Noosa or Rainbow Beach

Crossing into Queensland, we’ll stop off at Danger Point to watch the surfers at Snapper Rocks, catch a bit of beach-city living at Surfer's Paradise, and check out Brisbane’s golden sands and botanic gardens before heading off to Noosa or Rainbow beach; both of which are gateway towns to the beautiful Fraser Island.

Day 7: Noosa/Rainbow Beach to Emu Park

Watch dolphins playing in the ocean at Tin Can Bay before heading back to Noosa for a bit of beach time. Later, we'll make our way to Emus Beach Resort via Cooroy and Rockhampton. Go on a Treasure Island tour of Great Keppel Island or chill out and do your own thing. 99AUD/£58 for the Treasure Island tour and accommodation, or 35AUD/£20 just for accommodation.

Days 8-9: Emu Park, then overnight train to Airlie Beach

Spend some free time at Emus Beach Resort before catching an overnight train to Airlie Beach. Go on a brief walking tour of Airlie and then dive straight into an abundance of awesome optional activities. Better still, take a boat tour to the Whitsunday Islands and Great Barrier Reef – absolute must-visits while you're there.

Days 10-11: Airlie Beach to Magnetic Island

Set off early to travel by bus, train, and ferry to the stunning Magnetic Island, a beautiful mountainous isle almost half claimed by National Park. Walk around the island with your tour guide or spend some time relaxing beside the pool.

Day 12: Magnetic Island to Tully

From Magnetic Island we’ll head back to the mainland, to Tully. Choose to stay in one of Tully's historic pubs, or camp out in the national park with a Rainforest Experience add on where you'll get to trek through the rainforest and sleep under the stars. 120AUD/£70 for the Rainforest Experience in Tully Gorge National Park, or 35AUD/£20 for a night at a historic pub.

Day 13: Tully to Cairns

Our final stretch of the journey will be by train from Tully to Cairns. We'll arrive late afternoon where you'll have a chance to go and look around the city before getting ready for a farewell party to mark the end of your east coast travels.

Fraser Island & Whitsundays

Make your Ultimate Australian Gap Year the best it can be with our incredible Fraser Island add-on. You'll get to travel around this paradise island with an adventurous 4x4 camping trip and an incredible yacht sailing experience sailing around Australia's Whitsundays.

Day 1: Rainbow Beach

Meet your group at a welcome meeting at 4pm and get settled in at your hostel. You'll be briefed on itineraries and safety, and will be talked through the driving aspect of this trip. Chill out by the pool and have a few drinks this evening.

Day 2: Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island

We'll be heading off to Fraser this morning, so climb aboard one of our trusty 4x4s and enjoy the ride to 75 Mile Beach and Lake McKenzie. We'll be sleeping under the stars, so set up camp and enjoy some hearty grub before calling it a night.

Day 3: Fraser Island

There's more exploration on the agenda today, so follow your tour guide to Eli Creek and the Maheno ship wreck, take a look around Indian Head, and take a dip in the bubbling Champagne Pools.

Day 4: Fraser Island to Rainbow Beach

It's another day of discovery today as we make our way over to beautiful Rainbow Gorge and Lake Wabby. Later on, we'll make our way back to Rainbow Beach and chill out with the rest of the group in the evening.

Day 5: Farewell Rainbow Beach

Today, wake up early to catch the sunrise over Rainbow Beach, if you like, or treat yourself to a lay in before heading off on the next adventure.

Whitsundays Yacht Sailing

Day 1: Set Sail

Get acquainted with your stunning maxi yacht before setting sail and taking to the waves this afternoon. Stretch out on deck and catch some rays, or talk to your captain about learning the ropes and lend a hand to the crew. Enjoy dinner under the stars tonight before retreating to your onboard cabin.

Day 2: Island Yachting

Wake up bright and early for breakfast up on deck before sailing around the beautiful Whitsunday coastline, stopping off at some truly spectacular snorkelling spots on the way to Whitehaven Beach. Bury your toes in the warm sand as you walk along the beach and enjoy some downtime with swimming, sunbathing, and lunching on the sands. Enjoy a few drinks in style this evening.

Day 3: Land Ahoy!

We'll glide back through the smooth turquoise waters today, making our way back to the mainland where our sailing adventure ends.

Explore Cairns

Spend seven days in Cairns with four exciting adventures to take part in while you're there. Each activity is run as an individual day excursion, so you won't be with the same group of people each day and the order of which is subject to change; the following itinerary is for guidance only.

Day 1: Cairns

Check into your accommodation, get settled in and then head out to explore the big city! There's lots to see and do in Cairns, so make sure you allow yourself a bit of time to fit everything in.

Day 2: White Water Rafting

Today's adventure begins with a bright and early start at 6:30am. We'll head out to Tully River where you'll get to try out the natural rapids with a white-knuckle rafting trip downriver. Enjoy a barbecue on the riverbanks afterwards - you'll definitely have earned your food today!

Day 3: Atherton Tablelands Tour

We’ll be heading out this morning into the stunning Atherton Tablelands for an incredible tour of some of Queensland’s best scenery! Explore the lush rainforest, get to swim in amazing waterfalls, like the famous Millaa Millaa waterfall, and cool off in clear jungle swimming pools. Have lunch in the rainforest, while keeping an eye out for unique wildlife, including the platypus, before arriving back into Cairns in the early evening for free time to relax and wander the city streets.

Day 4: Balloon Flight

You'll get to take in breathtaking birds-eye views today as you drift above the incredible Atherton Tablelands in the basket of a hot air balloon. The ride will last approximately 30 minutes, and you'll have the afternoon free to see more of Cairns.

Day 5: Snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef

Board a catamaran this morning and head out to the Great Barrier Reef for a full day's worth of diving and snorkelling through one of the natural wonders of the world. We'll stop off at a number of reef sites for different dives, and then sit down to a buffet lunch in the afternoon. 

Day 6: Free Time in Cairns

You'll have a whole day free to spend as you like in Cairns today! Why not check out some of the local tours to Daintree Rainforest, go bungee jumping, or simply take it easy on the beach?

Day 7: Farewell

There are no activities planned for the final day of your Cairns Adventure, so check out of your accommodation and head into the city for some leisurely sightseeing.

Scuba Diving Course, Cairns (optional)

In order to go on the scuba diving course, you'll need to pass a medical check to ensure it is safe for you to participate in the activities involved. Once you've booked onto the trip and have indicated that you'd like to include the optional scuba diving course, we'll send you a self-assessment medical form. If you answer yes to any of the questions on the form, you will be required to see a doctor and request a dive medical to confirm you are medically fit to dive. Please note, some surgeries charge for this service. The form must be completed and returned no fewer than 90 days before your dive course start date.

Day 1: Cairns

Get yourself checked into your accommodation and meet up with the rest of your group later on.

Day 2: Academic & Pool Training

With a morning pick up from your accommodation, we'll get training off to a start with a classroom lesson and dive medical (if needed) before breaking for lunch. In the afternoon, we'll get practical training underway in the pool before heading back to your accommodation for a well-deserved rest.

Day 3: Academic & Pool Training

We'll have another day training in the pool with a break for lunch and then an afternoon session in the classroom with an exam before stopping for the day and heading back to the hostel.

Day 4: Great Barrier Reef diving

Heading to the dive centre today, we'll be getting out on the open water with a 3-day trip to the Great Barrier Reef. Today, you'll have breakfast served on deck before enjoying your first training dive in the ocean. You'll have a second open water training session in the afternoon before getting stuck into a satisfying dinner and chilling out with the rest of the group in the evening.

Day 5: Deep Sea Diving

Today's diving session will be the deepest on the course. You'll start the day nice and early with a hearty breakfast to give you the energy you'll need to do your fourth and final training dive, before resurfacing and celebrating your new certification on board with lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a leisurely pleasure diving session before dinner and then a guided night dive.

Day 6: Diving & Back to Cairns

Go for an early morning dive today before breakfast and then stop at another diving site for another immersive diving experience. Afterwards, climb back onboard and enjoy lunch while we sail back to Cairns.

Day 7: Farewell

If you're checking out today, you'll need to do so by 10am. Of course you're more than welcome to stay on for a day or so more (at an additional cost), in which case, you'll get to chill out by the pool or hang out in the city.

Please note, it's recommended that you don't fly within 48-hours of diving. 

Australia Outback Discovery

Day 1: Alice Springs to Uluru

It's an early start from Alice Springs today as we make our way to the foot of Uluru (Ayres Rock). On arrival, you'll meet the rest of the group and get to visit a local camel farm. In the afternoon, we'll walk the base of the mighty Uluru and visit the Cultural Centre there to learn more about the area and indigenous tribes that have built their lives around the rock. Watch the sunset cast magnificent colours over Uluru before sitting down to dinner and gazing at the stars tonight.

Day 2: Uluru & Kata Tjuta to Kings Canyon

Experience Uluru by sunrise this morning – it's an incredible display. We'll drive to Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) a little later on to walk through the many domes and sandstone structures as well as a brief hike through the Valley of the Winds. After lunch we'll make our way to Kings Creek Station to spend the night at your private camp.

Day 3: Kings Canyon to Alice Springs

This morning, we'll be spending the majority of the day exploring the beautiful Watarrka National Park, kicking things off with a rim walk around the 6km circumference of Kings Canyon before visiting the Amphitheatre, Lost City, and Garden of Eden. After some food in the evening, we'll make our way to our accommodation in Alice Springs. 

Day 4: Alice Springs

Depending on your departure day, you'll have a free day in Alice Springs today, or in Darwin on day 7. Both destinations have plenty going on to keep you busy, visit the local Reptile Centre, art galleries, and Kangaroo Sanctuary in Alice Springs, and Mindil Beach, the sunset markets, or Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin. 

Day 5: Alice Springs to Banka Banka Station

Today we'll take a drive though the Northern Territory towards Darwin, crossing the Tropic of Capricorn on our way. We'll pass through the Karlu Karlu granite boulders (known as the Devil's Marbles) on the way and finally stop at Banka Banka Cattle Station to camp for the evening. 

Day 6: Banka Banka to Mataranka

Driving along Stuart Highway, we'll take a pit stop at the Daly Waters Pub – a famous watering hole for explorers and cattle drovers. On arrival at Mataranka, you'll get to kick back and enjoy a soak in the thermal pools surrounded by paperbark trees, which is also where we'll be setting up camp tonight.

Day 7: Mataranka to Darwin

On our way to Darwin today, we'll first stop at Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) National Park to admire the picturesque carved sandstone and river. You'll have the opportunity to take a paddle canoe or boat cruise along the river before travelling onwards to Darwin in the afternoon.

Day 8: Darwin to Kakadu National Park

We'll make our way through Kakadu National Park today and, depending on the time of year, we'll head to the Mary River Wetlands to take a cruise along the waterway to view the region's 250 bird species and saltwater crocs, among other wildlife (for trips taken between May and October). If your trip falls between November and April, we'll visit Ubirr Rock instead, where you'll get to view original Aborigine rock art and learn about the Rainbow Serpent and make your way to the Nadab Lookout for incredible views over floodplains.   

Day 9: Kakadu National Park to Litchfield National Park

With another day in beautiful Kakadu, we'll make our way through the park to either the waterfalls, Twin and Jim Jim, by 4x4 and boat shuttle (May-October), or we'll head to Yellow Waters for a crocodile cruise along the billabong. Afterwards, we'll take a half-day hike to Gubara Springs or Gunlom Falls for a late afternoon swim (November-April). Later, we'll wave goodbye to Kakadu and head to our campsite near Litchfield National Park.

Day 10: Litchfield National Park to Darwin

We'll spend today roaming and exploring the waterfalls, streams, and sandstone cliffs of Litchfield National Park. Visit Florence and Wangi Falls, hike to Buley Rockhole, and marvel at your surroundings and the local wildlife before hoping back n the bus for an early evening arrival back in Darwin. 

All of our combo trips can be customised to suit you! You can pick and choose trips to create your dream itinerary! Get in touch with one or travel advisers to chat about your trip plans!

Please note that all activities, inclusions and itineraries are subject to change.


Paid Work in Australia

  • Personal Airport pick up from Sydney International Airport
  • 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
  • Free Wi-fi
  • 12 months’ job support and advice from local team
  • BBQ on days 3 and 5, and lunch on day 6
  • 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
  • Dolphin boat trip at Port Stephens
  • Sandboarding at Port Stephens
  • Farewell dinner at revolving restaurant in Sydney
  • Help with onward travel

East Coast Travel Pass

  • Flexible Sydney to Cairns travel pass for up to 12 months' travel
  • All transport including the Stray bus between Sydney and Rainbow Beach/Cooroy, fast trains between Cooroy and Cairns, local transfers and return Magnetic Island ferry
  • Guidance from local guide and access to Stray web app
  • Wine tasting Hunter Valley
  • Barrington Tops National Park
  • Koala hospital visit, Port Macquarie
  • Kangaroo spotting, Emerald Beach
  • Canoeing experience, River Retreat
  • Angourie Blue Pools, Yamba
  • Byron Bay orientation drive
  • Danger Point Border Crossing walk
  • Carlo Sand Blow Walk, Rainbow Beach
  • Dolphin Centre entry, Tin Can Bay
  • Bluff Point walk at Emu Park
  • Airlie Orientation Walk
  • Forts Walk at Magnetic Island
  • Tully Gorge National Park Rainforest

Fraser Island and Whitsundays Sailing Add-on

  • 4x4 camping experience
  • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
  • All camping and cooking equipment
  • Safety briefing and driver training
  • 75 Mile Beach and Lake McKenzie visit
  • Eli Creek, Maheno shipwreck, Indian Head, and Champagne Pools visit
  • Rainbow Gorge and Lake Wabby visit
  • 2 nights' accommodation onboard a maxi yacht
  • 3 days' sailing experience
  • 2 breakfasts, 1 lunches, 2 dinners
  • Whitehaven Beach visit
  • Snorkelling gear
  • All marine and national park fees

Explore Cairns

  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • Full day white water rafting on Tully River including barbecue
  • Day tour of the Atherton Tablelands
  • Hot air balloon flight
  • Full day snorkelling at the Great Barrier Reef including morning tea and buffet lunch

Optional: Scuba Diving Course

  • Four nights' hostel accommodation in Cairns (dorm-style)
  • Two nights' cabin accommodation on dive vessel (twin-share)
  • PADI Gold Open Water Certification
  • PADI Open Water manual
  • Dive insurance
  • All dive equipment
  • 9 dives (4 training and 5 recreational including a guided night dive)
  • Transfers between accommodation and dive school
  • All meals whilst on live-a-board boat trip

Australia Outback Discovery

  • 9 nights' accommodation (with 6 nights' camping)
  • 6 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 6 dinners
  • All transport between activities and destinations
  • Camel park visit
  • Base walk of Uluru (Ayres Rock)
  • Uluru Cultural Centre tour
  • Uluru sunset and sunrise
  • Valley of the Winds hike
  • Kings Canyon walk
  • Mataranka Thermal Pools swim
  • Mary River Wetlands cruise/Ubirr Rock tour
  • Twin Falls & Jim Jim Falls visit/Yellow Waters cruise

All trips

  • 24/7 emergency support

  • Flights
  • Working Holiday Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Some accommodation
  • Some meals and drinks
  • Some national park entrance fees
  • Optional activities
  • Return airport transfer


Paid Work in Australia/Sydney Intro

Your accommodation during your first nine days/eight nights in Sydney comes in the form of a lively backpacker’s hostel in the heart of the city. You’ll share a comfortable dorm with 7-9 others, have access to shared areas, Wi-fi, and your own locker. You'll also have an overnight stay in Port Stephens, where you'll stay in typical bush bungalow accommodation for a real Aussie experience.

Some, but not all, of your meals will be provided during your first nine days in Sydney. On days three and five you'll enjoy beach barbecues and lunch will be included on day six, then on day eight you’ll enjoy a group dinner at Australia’s highest revolving restaurant.

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.

East Coast Bus Pass

During your East Coast Bus Pass travels, you'll have the option of booking our recommended accommodation on route at an additional cost (as detailed), which will need to be paid for locally. Obviously, your travels during this time are completely flexible, so if you are looking to stop in a particular destination for longer than one night, you might want to look around for your own accommodation.

No meals are included on the East Coast Bus Pass, so you’ll need to buy your own, but the destinations on route will come with plenty of choice in terms of places to eat – so make sure you try out the local cuisine in each!

Fraser Island and Whitsundays Yacht Sailling Add-on

You'll spend four nights on Fraser Island, with a mix of camping and hostel-stays. During camping nights, you’ll stay in some beautiful camping areas with incredible night sky views. You’ll be staying in tents or traditional Aussie swags, or a mix of both. Tents will be shared between at least two members of the same sex. All camping equipment is provided. The hostel at Rainbow beach is clean and comfortable and comes with its own swimming pool, which you’ll have full access to.

Two breakfasts, three lunches, and two dinners are included in your Fraser Island tour, most of which will be prepared fresh for you either on a camp stove or barbecue.

Your accommodation for two nights during the Whitsundays Yacht Sailing tour will be in the form of shared cabins on board your very own maxi yacht. The cabins are compact but perfectly formed!

During your sailing experience, you’ll have two breakfasts, one lunch, and two dinners prepared for you by the onboard crew, which you’ll have the pleasure of eating on deck. Please let us know if you have any specific dietary requirements.

Explore Cairns

You'll be spending six nights in a city hostel in the heart of Cairns in shared dorm-style rooms. The hostel is air-conditioned, clean, and safe. You'll have access to shared common areas, including a kitchen, and will have access to the Wi-fi network.

Most meals aren't included on this trip, other than a barbecue lunch during your white water rafting experience, a lunch during your Atherton Tablelands tour, and a buffet-style lunch during your Great Barrier Reef snorkelling trip. Cairns is a great city to eat out in, but if you’d rather make your own food, you can buy ingredients locally and use the kitchen at the hostel to cook in.

Scuba Diving Course - Optional

During the Scuba Diving Course, you’ll spend four nights at a hostel in the heart of Cairns in dorm-style rooms. You’ll also spend two nights on board our specialist diving vessel in twin-share cabins.

All food is included during your two-night boat trip and will be prepared by your onboard crew, but while you’re staying in the hostel in Cairns, you’ll need to buy your own meals. Luckily, Cairns has a huge number of fantastic places to eat at, but if you’d rather, you can buy ingredients to make your own meals at the hostel.

Australia Outback Discovery

You’ll stay in hostels as well as spending a large part of your Alice Springs to Darwin tour camping or sleeping under the stars in a traditional Aussie swag. During camp nights, you’ll stay at a mix of campsites, where some will be equipped with hot showers and toilet facilities. Some nights will be spent sleeping out in the open in swags. The backpacker hostels we’ll stay at are clean and comfortable, you’ll be sharing dorm-style rooms with members of the same sex. Twin and double upgrades are subject to availability, so do let us know if you’d like to upgrade when you call to book.

Most meals are included on your trip and will consist mainly of typical Australian food cooked on the campsite stove. On days when food isn’t included, you’ll have a wide variety of diners and restaurants to choose from. 


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.

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.

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.


You will need to be aged 18-30 to take part in this programme due to Australian Working Holiday Visa regulations. However, if you aren't planning to take on paid work and would like to do the Australia Sydney Intro trip instead, there is no upper age limit.

All visitors to Australia (except New Zealand residents) require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter: these must be obtained before departing. If you're planning on taking paid work whilst in Australia, you'll need a Working Holiday Visa. Both types of visa application can be made online. We can add a Working Holiday Visa to your trip package for an additional cost, please feel free to contact us if you would like any more information.It is your responsibility to ensure you are in the possession of the appropriate visa prior to travelling to Australia. 

To be eligible for a Working Holiday Visa 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 5,000AUD is regarded as sufficient – you might have to provide evidence of this in the form of a bank statement.  

Do I Have To Travel Through Australia In The Order Laid Out Above?

Not in the slightest! We put together itineraries to show you what you can expect, but when our trips are made up of a number of different tours, you're free to do them in whichever order you deem fit. For instance, you might want to incorporate some of the shorter tours, like the Fraser Island add-on into your East Coast Bus Pass, or combine your Paid Work in Australia with your East Coast Buss Pass rather than do them separately – it's really up to you.

Do I Have To Work During My Year In Australia?

Not if you don’t want to! If you simply want to spend a year travelling around Australia, but would like to take part in the intro week in Sydney as well, that’s absolutely fine. As long as you have the funds to support yourself throughout your travels, you won’t need to work if you’d rather not. Just be aware that if you apply for a Working Holiday Visa and then don’t use it while you’re in Australia, you won’t get the opportunity to do it another time as they’re only granted once.

When I Find Work, How Long Should I Stay With One Company?

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 Do I Do About Accommodation After My First Eight Days In Sydney?

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.

Which Towns Will The Bus Stop At On The East Coast Bus Pass?

There are departure and arrival points at the following towns on this route: Sydney, Barrington Tops, Port Macquarie, Spot X, River Retreat, Yamba, Byron Bay, Surfers Paradise, Brisbane, Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Cooroy, Maryborough West (Hervey Bay), Bundaberg, Miriam Vale, Emu Park, Rockhampton, Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island, Townsville, Tully, and Cairns.

Can I Miss Out A Section On The Bus Pass?

Of course you can! But do bear in mind that if you've booked a departure and decide not to travel that leg without letting our team know, your place will be forfeited for that part of the journey, so you won't be able to travel that section and will need to make your own way to the next pick up station.


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.

Arrival meetings
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.

Medical care
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.


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