Absolute Oz Jobs
A perfect way to get your Working Holiday off to a great start!
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Group Size: Avg 10-28
Trip code: AUUO
Duration: Up to 12 months
Absolute Oz Jobs is our most popular trip for a good reason! Kick off with a week of fun in the sun in Sydney and at our amazing Beach Camp in Port Stephens. Then continue your Aussie job hunt in week 2. With 12 months’ access to our mahoosive jobs database (up to 1,900 jobs available all over the country and an average of 5 to 10 new jobs added daily) and the support of our legendary employment team you’re sure to find your dream Oz job quickly! Salaries range from £10 - £15 per hour, so it’s an incredible way to travel without breaking the bank! You’ll pick up some brilliant work experience and some CV-friendly skills. What’s more, you’ll start your adventure with a ready-made group of friends – get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
- Get the full support of our employment team and access to our jobs database
- Have the flexibility to live and work anywhere in Australia for up to 12 months
- Make new friends during the amazing action-packed intro week of activities
- See spectacular Sydney from the deck of our private party catamaran
- Surf the dunes at our epic Beach Camp on a sandboard
Absolute Oz Jobs is the ideal introduction into the world of living and working Down Under. Before you begin your job search you’ll enjoy a week of fun, settling in and making new friends, including amazing activities in Sydney and at our gorgeous Beach Camp in Port Stephens. Once your first week is over you’ll kick-start your job search with the expert advice and assistance of our Sydney jobs team.
Week 1: Sydney & Beach Camp adventure
Day 1: Welcome to Sydney! Take the shuttle to your hostel in the city. Today is yours, so relax, catch up on some zzzs, or explore Sydney at your own pace.
Day 2: Discover Sydney. Meet your guides and the rest of your group this morning and then head out on a guided walking tour of stunning Sydney. We’ll start with lunch (not included) at Darling Harbour, before hitting Circular Quay for the Harbour Bridge, Opera House and Botanical Gardens. This evening, get to know your group better with a welcome meal and drinks.
Day 3: Info session & harbour cruise. Your day kicks off with an info session on working and travelling Down Under. Then we’re off for a private catamaran cruise around the harbour. Take in dazzling views, swim in the sparkling water and enjoy a classic Aussie BBQ lunch on deck. Tonight, hit the bars again with your new friends! Some travellers like to go out in the evenings for a meal and then carry on the party but there is no expectation to do so. If you prefer to chill and wake up with a clear head, then there are plenty of great options too!
Day 4: Head to Beach Camp. Today we’re off to our beautiful Beach Camp in Port Stephens. Nestled in the pristine Aussie bush, 5 minutes from the beach, it’s the perfect escape from the city. Take a wander down to the shore, keeping an eye out for the tame camp kangaroos. Then share a pizza dinner with your buddies before some star-gazing on the beach.
Day 5: 4WD tour, sandboarding & bushwalk. We’re up early to see the sun rise over the ocean, before hopping into our 4WD trucks for an exhilarating tour of the local sand dunes – you’ll be able to try sandboarding too! After lunch, take a guided bushwalk through Tomaree National Park, working up a good appetite for tonight’s BBQ. Tonight you will get a chance to learn more about Australian wildlife and reptiles.
Day 6: Dolphin cruise & return to Sydney. We’ve got one last treat in store before we leave - cruising the bay looking for bottlenose dolphins! Sun yourself on deck, or sit in the water-skimming boom net while dolphins swim underneath. There’s time for one last swim before we travel back to Sydney. The rest of the afternoon is yours.
Day 7: Job advice session & Sydney bar crawl. Today you’ll can make your appointment for your one-on-one advice session with our jobs team. Tonight we’re going ‘out out’ in Sydney with an epic bar crawl of some of the city’s hottest nightspots!
Day 8: Bondi to Coogee walk. Breathe in the fresh ocean air on the coastal walk from Coogee to Bondi. Comfy shoes and swimmers are a must! We end our afternoon chilling at the famous Bondi Beach - the perfect way to unwind after your first week in Australia!
Beyond week 1 – the job search
After your first fun week of Australian adventures are over you can kick-start your job search properly! We’ve got work available all over the country in numerous different fields, so you’re sure to find something to suit you!
The most common types of employment for working holidaymakers are in hospitality, au-pair / nanny roles, customer service, construction and harvest / farm work (see our downloadable trip notes for full list). Salaries will vary dependent on role and location, but you can expect to earn between £10 and £15 an hour.
The job support programme includes:
- Dedicated jobs coordinator (Mon-Fri)
- 12 months’ access to the online jobs database
- CV review service
- Aussie mobile phone SIM card
- Tax File Number
- Medicare application assistance
- Advice about Australian bank accounts
- Office-based PC and Wi-Fi access
- 12-month mail holding service
- Accommodation advice
2nd and 3rd Year Working Holiday Visas
If you wish to stay and work in Australia for an additional year after your first visa expires then you just need to do 88 days of specified regional work during your first year in Australia. This programme can help you apply for regional jobs which would qualify you for the 2nd year visa!
Furthermore, if you qualify for a 2nd year working holiday visa and then spend 6 months during your second year doing regional work, you can also apply for a 3rd year working holiday visa!
Ask a travel advisor for further details.
Fancy an Asian Stopover?
Fancy an exciting stopover en route to Australia? Book our Thai Adventure & Absolute Oz Jobs combo to spend 3-4 weeks exploring the culture and beaches of Thailand before settling down in Oz! Or if you have always dreamed of blissing out in beautiful Bali, select our Bali Intro & Absolute Oz Jobs trip. Or why not do Thailand, Bali and Australia for a trip of a lifetime! Why not go large and include Vietnam, Thailand and Bali on our Ultimate Gap Year?
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You should arrange your flights to arrive into Sydney Airport (SYD) on your start date. Our shuttle company meets every new arrival, regardless of time or flight delays. Go to the shuttle desk and let them know you’ve arrived and the greeter will direct you to the shuttle bus. The shuttle bus runs to the city centre every 15 minutes.
If you want to arrive a few days earlier into Sydney, we’ll be happy to help you organise any additional accommodation you may need (at extra cost). Please contact us for further details.
Your first week is all about sun, fun and adventure. You’ve got 7 nights’ accommodation included as part of your package. For nights 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 you’ll be based at Wake Up! Hostel in the centre of Sydney and for nights 4 and 5, you’ll be in our Beach Camp in picturesque Port Stephens.
Sydney – Wake Up!
Wake Up! is an award-winning hostel with bright, modern rooms and a sociable vibe. The historic hostel building is in a great location, directly opposite Sydney Central Station and within walking distance of Darling Harbour and many other world-famous attractions. You’ll stay in mixed-sex dorm rooms with up to 10 people. Sharing in hostels is the best way to meet a lot of new people very quickly, and by the end of the week, you’ll have heaps of new mates to discover the land Down Under with! However if you would prefer a private room, you can upgrade at additional cost. Please contact a travel advisor for more information.
The hostel is a hub of exciting city action, with its own backpacker bar where you can hang out with your new friends and stock up on tasty local tucker and enjoy a few drinks. The onsite café serves breakfast and there’s also a kitchen with fridges and storage. If you need some chill out time, there’s also a communal TV lounge.
Wake Up has all the facilities you could possibly need as a new arrival to Oz, including 24-hour reception, a travel and information desk, phone booths on every floor, security lockers, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi and a postal service.
Port Stephens – Beach Camp
Our Beach Camp is a hidden coastal gem. A stone’s throw away from a stunning empty beach and surrounded by wilderness and an abundance of wildlife – it’s the perfect contrast to buzzing Sydney. Being off-the-beaten track really allows you to bond fully with your group and gives you a proper taste of the natural beauty of Australia. With nights spent star-gazing on the beach and days taking in the humbling beauty of your surroundings, you’ll leave fully recharged and ready for that job-hunt!
While at Beach Camp, you’ll stay in multi-share dorm rooms of 6 people!
Accommodation beyond week 1
After the first week, most of our travellers choose to rent an apartment, often sharing with the new friends they have made in the first week. Our team in Sydney will be able to help you explore possible accommodation options either in Sydney or elsewhere in Australia.
Our team works with a local Sydney accommodation supplier who offers fully furnished accommodation in the CBD, Eastern & Western suburbs. Participants can make an appointment through the job team to be shown available properties.
Please be aware that accommodation costs in Sydney can be high due to the desirability of the city as a location to live and work, but it's worth it for the experience! Alternatively, you can apply for jobs further afield in Australia.
You can expect to pay at least £100-£150 per week on average for rent in Australia (costs in Sydney can be a little higher). 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 - a great option for those that want to travel around. Hostels offer cheaper rates for those that want a long term stay. 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 in a hostel.
Please note that when you are working in Australia, you are likely to earn enough to cover any living expenses such as rent, food and bills. If you would like any more information about costs and accommodation please contact us for more details.
In your first week, some meals are included (3 dinners, 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches). This includes a group welcome dinner of pizza on Monday and Beach Camp dinners (typical meals include pizza, fresh salads and wraps, steaks, sausages, chicken, and pavlova or ice cream for dessert). You’ll also enjoy a classic Aussie BBQ lunch on your Sydney catamaran cruise and a couple of free drinks on your Sydney bar cruise. Please let us know at the time of booking about any dietary requirements you may have.
You’ll have to arrange the rest of your meals, snacks and drinks yourself. With cooking facilities and the on-site restaurant/café at the hostel, plus all of Sydney’s great restaurants and bars, you’ll never be far from your next good feed!
Due to Working Holiday Visa (WHV) age restrictions, this trip is only available to 18-30 year olds.
British citizens within these ages are eligible for Working Holiday Visa. You can apply through us by selecting + WHV in the dropdown menu when booking, or you can arrange yourself. (Please note: If you have a criminal record, you are still able to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, but we will not be able to process your visa for you.)
You can find more information on the Australian Working Holiday Visa here.
To be eligible for a visa, you’ll 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 your stay in Australia
- Meet health, character and financial requirements
- Have not previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (unless applying for a second visa)
- Be outside Australia when you apply and when 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
You’ll 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.)
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.