Ultimate Australia Work & Travel
Up to 12 months from $2,137
- Live and work in Australia and travel along the east coast with a hop-on hop-off travel pass
- Spend nine days jet boating, surfing, sandboarding, and partying in Sydney and Port Stephens
- Earn an average of £15 per hour
- Receive expert help to get you into work with ongoing job support and advice for up to 12 months
- Travel with a group of likeminded people to places like Byron Bay, Noosa, and Airlie Beach
Our travel pass and work package begins with nine days of fun in Sydney and Port Stephens. You’ll learn all about living and working in Australia as well as taking part in some pretty awesome activities, from jet boating to sandboarding. You’ll have sessions with our experts to help you bag that perfect job, you’ll have help setting up the basics, like bank accounts and accommodation, and get a whole year of support, as well as meeting new buddies to share the experience with. To top it off, you’ll have a travel pass that’ll take you all the way from Sydney to Cairns with loads of stops in between, so you’ll get to hop on and hop off at some of Australia’s top East Coast destinations.
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A complete travel package in one, begin your Aussie adventure with a fun introductory week in Sydney and Port Stephens, live and work anywhere in the country for up to a year, then take an incredible hop-on hop-off journey along the gorgeous east coast; all with the support and guidance of our in-country teams, who will be there as and when you need them.
Australia Intro Week:
Day 1: Arrival
Our lovely, friendly team will meet you at Sydney Airport on your programme start date and take you to your awesome accommodation in the city centre to unwind and relax with a beer or two before meeting the rest of your group.
Day 2: Orientation & jet boating
Get to grips with being on the other side of the world with a city orientation. Your team will tell you about the area, give you an idea on the sorts of jobs on offer, and explain about travelling around the rest of the country. They'll even tell you where the best party venues and bars are! Afterwards the group will go on an awesome jet boat trip through Sydney Harbour – just for funsies!
Day 3: Bondi Beach
Chill out on the golden sands, take a dip in the turquoise sea, or take a stroll along the promenade at Bondi Beach – easily one of the most famous beaches in the world. In the afternoon we'll do the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, stopping along the way to sunbathe and snorkel in pretty and secluded bays, play volleyball, and relax around a proper Aussie barbie with a few cold beers.
Day 4: Sydney Harbour Cruise
You'll get plenty of useful information from the team today, including tips on travel, living and working in Australia – so make sure you've got your note pad and pen on you! Afterwards you'll hop on a private boat for a cruise around Sydney Harbour with the rest of the group.
Day 5: Port Stephens
We'll head out of the city for the next couple of days, making our way north to the pretty coastal town of Port Stephens for a very Aussie experience. On the way we'll hit the waves with a surf lesson at a quiet bay with some awesome qualified instructors. In the evening we'll have a barbecue and bonfire on the beach before calling it a night in our bush bungalow accommodation.
Please note in winter months (June, July, and August), we'll go on a brewery tour in Port Stephens instead of having a surf lesson.
Day 6: Sand boarding & cruising
We'll be koala searching and feeding wild kangaroos this morning, before visiting the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere and having a go at sandboarding! In the afternoon we'll board a private boat for a brilliant dolphin cruise and get to jump in the water to be towed along behind. We'll make our way back to Sydney for a fun night out in the city.
Day 7: Setting up home
You'll have a bit of time to yourself today, so get together with some of the group and go and explore Sydney, or enjoy some time chilling out, but whatever you do, make sure you go and talk to your team about where you'll be staying after leaving the hostel. You might want to stay on (day rates will apply), or the team can help fix you up with a local house share or similar, and help you arrange onward travel.
Day 8: Ready to work and an epic farewell dinner
You'll have a day filled with information designed to get you set for work, starting with a 'how to find work' seminar, followed by a session with our expert jobs team to get you signed up to the jobs board and work out exactly what sort of work you're after. In the evening we'll go out for a swanky group dinner at Australia's highest revolving restaurant and celebrate the beginning of the real adventure.
Day 9: Onwards and upwards
There are no activities planned today, as you'll all be busy moving out of the hostel and into your new accommodation – whether that's a house share with some of your newfound friends or somewhere else – unless you've decided to stay on at the hostel, which is what plenty of other travellers do.
Help and support
Our dedicated jobs team are there to support you through your first year of working and living in Australia, so you'll always have someone to talk to or visit if there's anything you're unsure about. They'll get you set up with the basics, including an Australian bank account, tax code, Medicare membership, and phone SIM, and will help you apply for jobs, prep for interviews, and will make sure you know where you're going and when.
Working in Australia:
During your year in Australia, you’ll have plenty of job opportunities available to you, whether you want to try a few jobs out and experience what it’s like working in different industries, are after something that’ll count towards a future career, or are just looking for something to top up your travel kitty. One thing’s for sure; you’re going to have an awesome time! You’ll be signed up to our excellent online jobs database, with access to over 1,500 vacancies – so you shouldn’t have a problem finding the right job for you. There are plenty of jobs available for skilled workers but general areas of employment are:
- Hospitality (bar work, waitressing, hotel staff etc.)
- Home help and au pair work
- Farm/seasonal work
- Labour and construction
- Short and long term temping/office work
Travelling along Australia's East Coast:
This package includes a hop-on hop-off Sydney to Cairns travel pass, which will allow you to travel to loads of amazing east coast destinations and try out a range of optional activities.
How your travel pass works
You can use your pass however suits you. If you fancy going on a whirlwind tour of Australia’s east coast, use your pass to see it all in the space of 13 days (minimum). You could do this straight after your first week in Sydney, or at the end of your working year down under. Or, you could use it to get around and see a bit of the country between jobs – the choice is totally yours.
You’ll have up to twelve months from the first time you use your travel pass to complete your journey. You can hop on and hop off at any stop listed on the travel route, and spend as much or as little time as you like in each different place. Just book your space on the next coach out of town as soon as you’re ready to move on.
The stops on route include: 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.
A typical itinerary if you were to use your pass in the minimum travel time of 13 days would be as follows, (but you can of course do all this at your own pace, too):
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.
Please note activities, routes and itineraries are subject to change.
- Personal Airport pick up
- 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
- Assistance from our expert jobs team
- 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
- 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
- Flexible Sydney to Cairns travel pass for up to 12 months' travel
- 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
- 24/7 emergency support
- Working Holiday Visa
- Travel insurance
- Accommodation following the first eight nights in Sydney
- Meals and drinks, unless otherwise stated
- Optional activities
- Return airport transfer
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 be close to the harbour and lots of brilliant sights, and located next door to The Scary Canary – a lively hub for back packers to drink and dance in. You’ll share a comfortable dorm with 7-9 others, have access to shared areas, Wifi, 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.
On days three and five you'll enjoy beach barbecues and lunch will be included on day six. 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.
During your travels using your hop-on hop-off pass, the first night’s accommodation at most stops will be reserved for you, but will need to be paid for locally. You are welcome to arrange your own accommodation. Equally, if you would like recommendations of places to stay, your guide will be happy to point you in the right direction. You’ll have the freedom to choose to stay and eat wherever you like – so if you fancy staying in a hostel one night and a luxury boutique hotel the next, then you can! That goes for food, too.
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.
You will need to be aged 18-30 to take part in this programme due to Australian Working Holiday Visa regulations.
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.
If you plan to work whilst in Australia, you will need to be aged between 18-30 years due to Australian Working Holiday Visa regulations. You’ll need to obtain 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 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 this package for an additional fee – contact us for more information.
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.
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 have spent 88 days (three months) carrying out specified work in a regional area of Australia. Jobs that count as specified work includes: plant and animal cultivation, felling trees in a plantation or forest, fishing and pearling, mining, and construction.
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 in Sydney.
Which Towns Will The Bus Stop At On The East Coast Tour Between Sydney And Cairns?
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.
When Does My Travel Pass Expire?
Your first day of travel needs to be within twelve months of booking your pass, once your pass has been registered on your first day of travel, you’ll have twelve months to complete your journey before the pass expires.
Can I Miss Out A Section On The Travel 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.
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.