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Group Size: Avg 10-20
Trip code: AUUO
Duration: Up to 12 months
Absolute Oz is our most popular trip! If you dream of exploring Australia, seeing stunning sights Down Under and finding paid work on your gap year then this is the ideal trip for you! Aged 18-30? Take advantage of the working holiday visa scheme and enjoy up to a year in Oz. Beginning with a week of adventure in Sydney & at Beach Camp, you’ll meet new gap buddies and get settled in with this brilliant week of fun in the sun! Then it's time to get job hunting with the help of our expert jobs team in Sydney: We’ll help you find a job and get you set for up to a year of paid work. Get advice and assistance organising interviews & arranging accommodation, plus 12-months of job support and advice. Get paid between £10-£15 an hour to work in Australia. Earn money and have loads of awesome adventures on this Absolute Oz paid work programme!
The Absolute Oz programme is the ideal introduction into the world of Australian work, offering you a hassle-free way into the job market Down Under. Before you begin your job search you’ll enjoy one week focused on fun, settling in and making new friends, which includes amazing activities & sightseeing in Sydney and at Beach Camp. Once your first week of fun is over you can kick-start your job search with the expert advice and assistance of our Sydney jobs team.
Buddy list: Travellers on this programme will be given access to a buddy list, so you can connect with other travellers going on the same trip and start to make friends before you go!
Week 1: Sydney & Beach Camp Adventure
Your first week's adventure introduction to Australia will look like this:
Day 1, Sunday: Arrive in Sydney. You will arrive on a Sunday and are then free to spend the day as you wish. You can take time to relax, sleep off your jetlag or explore the sights of Sydney at your leisure.
Day 2, Monday: Sydney. Meet your group and coordinator in the morning in the hostel reception for a city walking tour. Walk to Darling Harbour for a leisurely lunch (own expense) then take in the stunning Botanic Gardens and see the iconic Opera House. In the evening, meet at 7.30p.m in the hostel reception and get to know your group over a welcome dinner. Discover the Sydney backpacker bars and make new mates Down Under! Shared dinner and a drink are included.
Day 3, Tuesday: Sydney. Your day kicks off at 9.15am with a comprehensive orientation learning all about working and travelling in Australia! Enjoy a boat party in Sydney Harbour and see this stunning coastal city from the comfort of a catamaran. Walk to Darling Harbour and spend the afternoon enjoying the sun, sea and sand before hitting the town at night with the group. Lunch is included.
Day 4, Wednesday: Beach Camp. Depart Sydney for a 2-night Beach Camp adventure. At 1pm you meet back at the hostel reception and walk to catch the bus to Beach Camp. Discover some prime Aussie scenery and wildlife just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. From admiring stunning sand dune scenery to joining wildlife tours, you can relax in this beachside escape surrounded by a total of six acres of rainforest; keep an eye out for echidnas and kick back with the tame camp kangaroo. After exploring, swimming & dolphin spotting, share a pizza before grabbing your torch for a bit of night-time possum spotting! Dinner is included.
Day 5, Thursday: Beach Camp. Inject a little more action into your Australian week on a 4x4 tour of the sand dunes (and some sandboarding!) before learning about local Aboriginal cultures. After lunch, take a bushwalk through Tomaree National Park, spotting koalas amidst the treetops and working up an appetite for a roaring evening BBQ and drinks around the campfire. If your trip is between the months of May and November you may also have the chance to spot a few migrating whales along the way. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Day 6, Friday: Beach Camp–Sydney. On this free-spirited Friday you'll be looking out for some wild Bottlenose dolphins, as well as a few turtles and whales along the way. Browsing the coastline on a boat cruise, you can either keep lookout up on deck or hang out in the sea spray, sitting in the water-skimming boom net while dolphins swim underneath you. After a last trip to the beach the group heads back to Sydney and you can spend the rest of the day relaxing back at the hostel, or head out for a night on the town. Breakfast is included.
Day 7, Saturday: Party Night. Spend today chilling out at the hostel or exploring Sydney. Today is also a good opportunity to ask the local team any questions you may have about your onward travel plans. This evening is all about partying as you meet your group at 7.30pm in a bar in Darling Harbour (bring your ID). Enjoy entry to four city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!) as you kick off your night on the town. You'll be provided with a party bus for the evening so you can explore the streets in style on this Sydney city pub crawl!
Day 8, Sunday: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. Breathe in the fresh ocean air on a Coogee to Bondi beach tour, checking out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk. The tour leaves at 10am from your hostel (bring some money for lunch and a bus fare). Comfy shoes and swimming costume are a must! It’s the perfect way to chill out after an action packed first week in Australia. Your intro activity week ends today. Time to get cracking on your working holiday adventure!
Alongside this action-packed itinerary you'll also enjoy theme nights, quizzes and drinks deals at your hostel which will lead to some unforgettable nights in Oz! Bring it on!
Please note that this itinerary is subject to change. Occasionally changes are made to improve our trips based on past customer feedback, our own research and other factors beyond our control, such as the weather.
Let the Job Hunt Begin!
After your week of Australian action and adventure is over, it’s time to kick-start your Aussie job search. You can book appointments with our job support team who can give you all the help and advice you’ll need in order to secure yourself a paid Aussie job. A job coordinator is available in our office from Monday - Friday for general chats, CV reviews and job advice. You also have a full 12 months of job support so you can also contact the jobs team by email to answer any queries while you are travelling in Australia.
Your job adventure is fully flexible, meaning you can search for the job that suits you, wherever you want in Australia, and the balance of time spent working and travelling during your year is entirely up to you. It’s tailor made to fit in with your plans and allow for the maximum independent Aussie experience!
The job support programme includes:
Paid Jobs in Australia
There are loads of awesome jobs on offer across Australia and our expert job team will help you apply and line up suitable job interviews. Using the job database you’ll have access to around 1900 job adverts at any one time, so the sky’s the limit when it comes to finding paid jobs in Australia! Some typical areas of employment include:
Under the terms of the working holiday visa, you can work for the same employer for a maximum of six months. You can continue to work for the same employer for a further six months if you switch to another branch of the company.
Fancy an Asian Stopover?
Fancy an exciting stopover en route to Australia? Why not break your journey to Australia and spend 3 or 4 weeks in Thailand on our amazing Thai Adventure trip? Or break your travel in beautiful Bali and bliss out on beaches on our brilliant Bali Intro!
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