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Explore Sydney!

Group Size: Avg 10-20

Trip code: AUAL

Duration: Up to 12 months job support

1 week guided group tour in Sydney
Find paid work all over Australia
Flexible travel pass for the east coast

Want to work and travel in Australia? This exceptional Aussie work and travel package offers 8 fun-packed days in Sydney followed by 12 months of assistance and support to find the perfect paid job Down Under - plus an awesome, flexible hop-on-hop-off East Coast Travel Pass from Sydney to Cairns, valid for 12 months. Get the ideal balance between work and travel: Earn some Aussie dollars with paid work and see Australia’s highlights along the amazing East Coast. Enjoy the best of both worlds on our work and travel experience!

Trip highlights

  • Week 1 is all about fun in the sun! Enjoy a whole week of group adventures in stunning Sydney and at beautiful Beach Camp, including city tours, sandboarding and beach time
  • Get help to find your perfect paid job in Australia with expert assistance from the Sydney jobs team and 12 months of job support and advice
  • Some practicalities of job hunting are sorted for you including a tax number & SIM card, plus advice about setting up a bank account
  • Travel along Australia’s East Coast with our amazing Sydney to Cairns travel pass, valid for 12 months: Treat the route as a tour or hop on and off for independent travel and paid work time
  • Using your travel pass, stop overnight at set points and enjoy unique adventures on the East Coast, such as surfing, inner tubing, river camp, kayaking, & a Magnetic Island getaway
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What's included
  • Buddy list - get in touch with other travellers before you leave the UK!
  • Airport transfer from Sydney airport to your hostel
  • 1 week of fun and adventure in Sydney and at Beach Camp: Includes a Sydney tour, Harbour cruise, stay at beach camp, dolphin cruise, 4WD sand dune tour, sandboarding, bushwalks
  • 8 nights’ accommodation in your first week
  • Some meals and drinks in week 1
  • 12 months of job search assistance and support in Australia
  • The advice of a personal work and travel expert
  • Advice on how to set up an Australian bank account before you go
  • Australian mobile phone SIM card
  • Use of a CV review service
  • The arrangement of a tax file number + tax advice
  • 12 months mail holding & forwarding service
  • Free Wi-Fi access and use of the online jobs database
  • Medicare assistance
  • Long-term accommodation assistance
  • An East Coast travel pass valid for up to 12 months + all transport on buses, trains and boats
  • Local guides during travel pass
  • Access to an amazing, easy-to-use booking app
  • Wine tasting
  • Stop at Barrington Tops NP
  • Visit to Koala Hospital
  • Swimming in Solitary Islands Marine Park
  • Ferry to Magnetic Island
  • 24 hour support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Working Holiday Visa (unless you select the visa option)
  • Return airport transfers
  • Meals and drinks not listed in the trip itinerary
  • Long-term accommodation while doing paid work
  • Cost of compulsory, unique overnight stays during Travel Pass
  • Accommodation during Travel Pass
  • Meals during Travel Pass
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Combine paid work with adventure travel on this brilliant work and travel package in amazing Australia!

Absolute Oz: 8 days of fun in Sydney + independent paid work/travel time

Week 1: Sydney & Beach Camp Adventure

Day 1, Sunday: Arrive in Sydney. You will arrive on a Sunday and are then free to spend the day as you wish.

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 and chatting to the local team about your onward travel plans. Whether you’re settling down to work in Sydney, or intend to travel around Australia, the local team will help you with the logistics of your 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.

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:

  • 12 months' access to the online jobs network and vacancies nationwide
  • A CV review service
  • An orientation
  • Advice about setting up your own Australian bank account before you go to Australia
  • An Aussie mobile phone SIM card
  • A Tax File Number and tax advice
  • Medicare
  • Access to free Wi-Fi
  • A 12-month mail holding service
  • Help and advice about long-term accommodation

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 over 1900 job adverts at any one time, so the sky’s the limit when it comes to finding paid jobs in Australia! 

Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass (valid for 12 months)

You can choose to begin your East Coast travel pass at any time after the first week of your Absolute Oz programme ends. Head off and travel straight away or wait until you’ve saved up some spending money doing paid work – it’s up to you! The travel pass is valid for 12 months from the day you begin travelling, allowing you plenty of time to hop off and do some paid work along the way or just enjoy adventures along the East Coast.

You can choose to complete your chosen route in a minimum time (13 days) and treat it as a tour-style trip, or you can add in flexibility and freedom and hop off at any of the stops along the route and enjoy independent work and travel time. We recommend you allow at least 4-6 weeks to make the most of the East Coast, especially if you wish to add in other experiences, such as a fun tour on K'gari or sailing in the Whitsundays. The travel pass is valid for a total of 12 months from the date of departure, for one-way travel only. Trips depart at least 3 times a week from each starting location. Local guides will travel with you on each scheduled stage of the journey, but if you hop off in any of the locations you will enjoy independent travel time.

The full East Coast route from Sydney to Cairns runs as shown below. Destinations in bold are overnight stops or locations of the compulsory, unique overnight experiences:

Sydney - Hunter Valley - Barrington Tops Farm - Port Macquarie (Koala Hospital) - Surf Camp - Remote River Camp - Byron Bay - Gold Coast - Noosa - Cooroy - Gympie - Bundaberg - Miriam Vale (for 1770) - Emu Park - Rockhampton - Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island - Tully - Cairns

The stages of the bus pass route run as follows:

Sydney - Barrington Tops: Depart Sydney at 8am and sip wine in the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Overnight stay in stunning Barrington Tops National Park. Opt to go inner tubing (additional cost), or relax with some fishing and wildlife spotting. This unique overnight stay costs AUD60 and includes accommodation, meals and activities.

Barrington Tops - Surf Camp: Explore beautiful Barrington Tops National Park and then visit a Koala Hospital to meet these cute and iconic animals. Your next destination is surf camp - surf's up! Accommodation costs at surf camp start at approx. AUD60 per night.

Surf Camp - River Camp: Spend more time surfing (extra cost). Then go off the beaten track and swim in the stunning inlet of Solitary Islands Marine Park. Camp out in this remote and wonderful place! This overnight stay costs AUD50, and includes accommodation, meals and activities.

River Camp - Byron Bay: Make tracks for the legendary surfing and arts town of Byron Bay and enjoy the laid-back vibe in this coastal town. Byron Bay is a popular spot, so you may want to hop off here for a few more days by the sea.

Byron Bay – Brisbane – Noosa – Rainbow Beach: Explore the headlands at Danger Point and Snapper Rocks, before driving along the Gold Coast into Brisbane, ending up in the smart beach resort of Noosa. You can hop off here for the night, or head on to Rainbow Beach, gateway to famous K'gari (formerly Fraser Island).

Rainbow Beach - Noosa - Emu Park: Travel to Emu Park and check into a beautiful beach resort for approx. AUD35 a night. Optional Treasure Island Overnight Experience. AUD99 including transfers to Great Keppel Island, accommodation, dinner, treasure hunt and turtle spotting walk.

Emu Park - Overnight Train - Airlie Beach: Relax on the beach or opt to visit a local crocodile park. Catch an overnight train to Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island: Take a ferry to tropical Magnetic Island. Nearly 50% of Magnetic Island is National Park, and the island boasts amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Enjoy a guided walk around the island.

Magnetic Island – Tully: Head to Tully and enjoy a unique Rainforest experience. Visit a swimming hole, spend the night in a historic country pub and enjoy a sunrise mountain hike and champagne breakfast. AUD120 extra cost. Alternatively, stay in a hostel in Tully at hostel rates.

Tully – Cairns: Travel north by train from Tully to Cairns. If you fancy adding in amazing activities in Cairns, book our Cairns Adventure, which includes white water rafting, snorkelling, kayaking and a hot air balloon ride, or discover the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef on our Learn to Dive course.

Don't forget your travel pass is fully flexible, so if you fall in love with anywhere along the way you can hop off and spend more time in your favourite spots!

Transport is in a combination of private 24-seat mini coaches, local buses, trains (including one overnight train journey) and a ferry ride to Magnetic Island. Trains are modern and comfortable and the guides travel with you if you travel on a set departure day (6 days a week). You can however choose to travel unguided on the train on other days if you want to be flexible. All inclusive transfers and activities are only accessible when travelling with a guide.

Please note that we will book the pass as open dated, so you can decide the date that you want to start the pass- please download the trip notes for more details.

Please note all activities, itineraries and routes are subject to change

K'gari (formerly Fraser Island) and Whitsundays Add-on

Complete your Travel Pass experience with our awesome K'gari and Whitsundays Add-on. The pack includes a fantastic 2-night yacht cruise around the Whitsundays, stopping off at Whitehaven Beach and some beautiful snorkel spots, and a 4x4 camping experience on K'gari that sees you exploring in a 4WD vehicle and camping out under the stars.

Make sure you save money by booking this add-on pack BEFORE you travel. Booking locally is a lot more expensive so get ahead of the crowd and secure your adventures early! (and spend the money you save on more fun and games in Oz!)

If you wish to book this Add-on please contact your travel adviser. You can also book either of the adventures separately so let your travel adviser know your preference.

Extra Aussie Adventures

We also offer an amazing range of exciting activities and programmes along the Aussie East Coast which you can add in to your trip for an extra cost. These include:

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Arrival information

You should arrange your flights to arrive into Sydney Airport (SYD) on a Sunday (or a Wednesday, depending on your start date). Transfers are included and you’ll be taken directly from the airport to your hostel to begin your work and travel adventure!

Your East Coast travel pass begins in Sydney and ends in Cairns. You can begin your East Coast travel when it suits you, and the travel pass is then valid for 12 months from the start of travel. 

Accommodation & meals

Absolute Oz

Week 1: Sydney & Beach Camp Adventure

Accommodation for the first 8 nights is included. In Sydney, you’ll be staying in a city central hostel and in shared accommodation during your stay at our beach camp. In your hostel in Sydney, you’ll enjoy modern facilities in shared dorm accommodation with up to 10 people. Facilities at the hostel include –

  • A 24-hour reception
  • A backpacker bar – a major hub for Sydney’s backpacker nightlife, and the perfect place to get to know your new dorm and group mates
  • A bar restaurant, which serves some tasty but cheap tucker
  • A café, serving breakfast and boasting a delicious menu, open until 17:00
  • A TV room/ lounge where guests can chill out in spacious cinematic-style rooms
  • An industrial sized kitchen, complete with storage areas and refrigerators
  • A travel & information desk, with all the essential information and advice on the best places visit, eat and drink during your stay. You will also be able to book a range of tours here
  • Phone booths on every floor
  • Security lockers
  • Laundry facilities
  • Internet & WiFi
  • A postal service

Some meals are included as a part of this trip. These fall on the following days:

  • Monday – Welcome dinner and a drink
  • Tuesday - Lunch
  • Wednesday – Dinner (group pizza)
  • Thursday – Breakfast, lunch and a BBQ dinner
  • Friday – Breakfast
  • Saturday – Entry to four bars – a drink in each bar!

Where meals are not included you’ll be responsible for buying your own food. With catering facilities at the hostel and an abundance of local cuisine in city restaurants you should have no trouble filling up after a hard day of Aussie exploration!

What do I do about accommodation while I’m doing paid work?

Some people decide to extend their stay in a hostel or they decide to rent an apartment. The most popular option is to rent an apartment, and our team in Sydney can assist you with this. The advantage of renting is that it is the cheaper option and you get your own private room. Our customers often end up renting a place with the friends they meet in their first week on the programme. You can expect to pay £100-£150 per week. The minimum contract is normally 3 months but some agencies will ask you to commit to six months.

Alternatively you can extend your stay in a hostel. Hostels offer cheaper rates for those that want a long term stay, for example for one month or more. It is really easy to book accommodation in hostels; you can often walk in and get a room that day but we recommend that you make a reservation the night before. Depending on where you stay in Australia, you can expect to pay around £140-£175 per week.

Please note that when you are working in Australia, you will earn enough to cover your living expenses like rent, food and bills. If you would like any more information, please contact us for more details.

Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass

No accommodation is included as part of this flexible travel pass, but in each overnight location you will have accommodation reserved for you, so you don’t have to worry about where you will be staying. These will range from shared dorm rooms in hostels (at an average cost of AUD28 per person per night) to en suite twin or double rooms in motels (average cost AUD100) and the cost of this is to be paid locally. Overnight stop-off locations en route include Byron Bay, Noosa and Airlie Beach.

This travel pass includes several compulsory, scheduled overnight stops in locations off the beaten track, complete with amazing and unique adventures and experiences.

Each of the following overnight stops are at extra cost to be made by local payment:

  • Barrington Tops Overnight Stay (AUD 60): Stay on the edge of Barrington Tops National Park, in a private lodge overlooking the Barrington River.
  • Surf Camp Overnight Stay (approx. AUD 60): Stay at a beautiful beachside location in a laid-back surf camp.
  • Remote River Camp Overnight Stay (AUD 50): Journey to the Solitary Islands Marine Reserve and camp beside the river overnight.
  • Treasure Island Overnight Stay (AUD99): Cruise across to Great Keppel Island and enjoy snorkelling, turtle spotting and a treasure hunt adventure.
  • Tully Rainforest Experience (AUD120): Visit a swimming hole, spend the night in a historic country pub and enjoy a sunrise mountain hike and champagne breakfast. In some locations you will be camping in remote campsites, but permanent toilets and shelter areas are provided.

In some locations, you will be camping in remote campsites, but permanent toilets and shelter areas are provided.

You will also spend one night on an overnight train travelling from Rockhampton to Airlie Beach. The train does not have sleeper carriages but it is modern and comfortable, with reclining seats, a bar and a dining car.

If you choose to hop on and off for some more independent travel you will be responsible for finding and paying for your own accommodation, although your helpful tour guides will be able to advise you of the best local options.

Meals are not included on this trip. Self-catering options are sometimes available, or the group often chooses to go out for a meal together. Australia is bursting with restaurants and cafes, so you’re never far from a good, cheap meal. Vegetarian and gluten free options are readily available. In some unique overnight stays the package includes meals.

Minimum age & eligibility

Due to Working Holiday Visa (WH Visa) age restrictions, this trip is only available to 18-30 year olds. As you are planning to work in Australia whilst you’re here you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. You can choose to book your Work & Travel programme with the visa included.

Please note: If you have a criminal record, you are able to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, but due to the specific information required while filling out the application form we will not be able to process your visa for you, and this must be applied for individually.

This Working Holiday Visa is available to passport holders from:

  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • The Republic of Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong SAR
  • The Republic of Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • The Republic of Korea
  • Malta
  • The Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Sweden
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

Are you a USA passport holder? People with a USA passport can apply for a similar visa called the Work and Holiday 462 visa. Gap 360 cannot apply for this visa for you, however once you obtain this visa it will allow you to participate in the Absolute Oz Jobs programme.

To be eligible, applicants 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 their stay in Australia
  • Meet health, character and financial requirements
  • Not have previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (unless applying for a second visa)
  • Be outside Australia when they apply and when their 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
  • Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
  • Have health insurance

How to apply: You can choose our inclusive visa booking option and we can process your Working Holiday Visa application for you, or you may wish to apply for your own visa via Australian Immigration.

Medicare: You will need to apply for Medicare once you are in Australia and in order to do this please ensure that you can provide TWO forms of ID e.g. passport, driving licence, birth certificate.

K'gari Add-On: In order to drive a 4x4 on K'gari you must be aged 21 or over and have a full, clean, manual driving license. Otherwise, you can see the island from the passenger seat!

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.

Covid safety

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.