Sightseeing, exploring, partying!
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Group Size: Avg 10-20
Trip code: AUSI
Duration: 8 days
Discover the highlights of Sydney on this bonza group trip. With tours of all the city’s most iconic sights, dolphin cruises, surf lesson, beach crawls, 3 days in an outback beach camp, and some seriously big nights out, this trip has it all. Come on sport - experience the wonder of Down Under!
- See all the most Instagrammed Sydney sights on a walking tour
- Party on the water with a catamaran trip round the harbour
- Do the famous Coogee to Bondi walk
- Spot wild dolphins and turtles on a dolphin cruise
- Carve up the dunes with a 4WD sandboarding tour
If you also want to find paid work in Australia, and still want to enjoy the activities on this tour, check out our Absolute Oz Jobs programme.
Day 1: G’day Australia! Fly into Sydney Airport where you’ll and take the included transfer to your hostel. Take some time to unwind, or get straight out into the city. You’re really centrally located with many major attractions within walking distance and lots of pubs, shops and cafes.
Day 2: Sydney Walking Tour. Start the day with an orientation meeting, before heading out on a guided tour of the city. We’ll have lunch in Darling Harbour followed by a tour of the most iconic sights including the Opera House, Botanic Gardens and Sydney Harbour Bridge. This evening, we’ll have a welcome meal and then you are free to hit the city’s banging bar scene.
Day 3: Sydney Harbour Catamaran Cruise. This morning, learn all about living and working in Oz. Afterwards, grab your swimmers and selfie-stick – we’re heading for the the sun-soaked deck of our party catamaran for a harbour cruise!
Day 4: Beach Camp. We’re leaving civilisation today with 2 nights in an outback beach camp. On arrival, walk through the bushland down to the beautiful beach for a swim and sunbathe, keeping your eyes peeled for the local critters on the way. As the sun goes down, grab a cold beer and kick back with your mates and the camp’s tame kangaroo!
Day 5: Sandboarding and Bush Walk. Channel your inner adrenaline junky today with a 4WD trip though the massive sand dunes in the area and some sandboarding! After, we’ll learn a bit about local Aboriginal culture before looking for cuddly koalas in Tomaree National Park. Get ready for a night of drinks and laughs round the camp-fire tonight with a cracking barbecue.
Day 6: Wild Dolphin Cruise. Leave dry land behind this morning. We’re heading out into the blue to look for wild bottle-nosed dolphins, turtles and maybe even whales. You can either sun yourself on deck or sit in the boom-net at the back of the boat and watch the dolphins playing underneath. After, travel back to Sydney where we’ll freshen up ready for another night on the town.
Day 7: Surfing Lesson or Blue Mountains Tour. It’s your choice today - board shorts or hiking boots? Learn how to surf like a true Aussie or explore the breathtaking Blue Mountains – it’s a tricky decision! Tonight we’re going ‘out out’ in Sydney, with express entry to 4 bars and clubs!
Day 8: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. After a big night out, clear your head with a coastal walk and some time on Sydney’s stunning beaches. Mellow out on the sands, mess around in the waves and nail the perfect ‘beach hair, don’t care’ pic. Finish up with an ice-cold beer with your mates on Bondi late this afternoon.
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Arrive into Sydney Airport (SYD) on a Sunday. The included shuttle transfer will take you to your accommodation. There are no activities planned for day 1, so you can either chill out at the hostel after your long flight, or head out into the city.
Activities finish in the evening of day 8, so we strongly recommend that you stay on an extra night in the city as it’ll be a bit of a squeeze getting to the airport on time.
We can help you arrange accommodation for an additional cost. Please speak to a Travel Advisor for more information.
Your accommodation is included for the first 7 nights of your trip. You’ll be staying in a city centre hostel in Sydney for nights 1,2,3,6 and 7 and in a beach camp on nights 4 and 5. All accommodation is shared mixed dorm-style of between 6-10 people. We recommend that you plan to stay in Sydney for the 8th night of the trip as activities don’t finish until the evening.
Your Sydney hostel is a gorgeous historic building that has been fully renovated and offers fresh, modern rooms, right in the heart of the city. Facilities include one of the biggest and best backpacker bars in Sydney, a buzzing cafe serving delicious food and drinks 7 days a week, and includes a lounge area with TV’s. There’s also free wifi and a 24 hour reception – it’s the perfect introduction to the city. Staying in a hostel is a great way of meeting people and you’re sure to have tons of new mates by the end of the week!
3 dinners, 2 lunches and 2 breakfasts are included in your trip price. Meals at the beach camp are all included. You’ll need to hunt down the rest of your tucker yourself. Sydney is a foodie’s paradise and buying your own grub leaves you free to explore it however you choose. If you prefer to stretch your budget out you can cook some of your meals yourself, there are kitchen facilities at the hostel and plenty of grocery stores within walking distance of the accommodation.
The minimum age for this trip is 18. If you’re planning to work while you’re in Australia, you’ll need to be 30 or under.
All visitors to Australia (except those from New Zealand) will need a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out here you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. However, if you’re just heading to Australia for fun, an ETA will be enough. Both visas can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more info.
Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.