Absolute Oz & East Coast Adventure
An incredible work and travel combo!
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Group Size: Avg 10-25
Trip code: AOEC
Duration: Up to 12 months
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This epic Aussie travel package brings together our fantastic Absolute Oz Jobs programme with our 5-week East Coast tour from Sydney to Cairns. You’ll kick off with a week of orientation activities in Sydney, including a dolphin encounter and a beach camp escape. Then, you’ll journey up the incredible East Coast, taking in all the hottest destinations, including Byron Bay, K'gari (formerly Fraser Island), and the Whitsundays. You’ll round off the adventure with a snorkelling trip at the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns. Then it’s time to find your dream Aussie job! Enjoy 12 months’ expert job support and get set up with everything you need to find work, including a bank account, tax number, and Aussie SIM card. This is the ultimate way to travel and work in Australia!
- Combine an East Coast tour with a 12 month working holiday
- See Australia’s biggest and best destinations, including Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane, Cairns & more
- Enjoy an epic 2 night cruise around the Whitsundays, plus a 2 night camping adventure on K'gari Island!
- Get set up with everything you need to find work in Oz, including a bank account, tax number, and 12 months’ job support!
- Get a buddy list before you travel so you can start making friends before you go!
Your Aussie experience begins with a week of activities in and around Sydney. You’ll then spend 5 weeks journeying up the East Coast to Cairns, before getting stuck into the job search and setting up your new working life in Australia!
Absolute Oz Jobs Week (8 days)
Settle into life Down under with an entire week in Sydney to let your hair down and have some fun. Explore the city on a guided tour and cruise around the famous harbour, chill out on Sydney's best beaches and get to know people in the sun. You’ll then spend 3 days relaxing in the great outdoors at a laid-back beach camp. Enjoy a bottlenose dolphin-spotting boat trip, go on a 4x4 sand dune adventure and try sandboarding. It’s the perfect way to get your adventure off to a great start!
Your Sydney Intro highlights include:
- Boat tour of Sydney Harbour
- Beach Camp escape
- 4x4 sand dune tour and sandboarding
- Bushwalk through Tomaree National Park
- Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour
- Party night in Sydney
- & more!
Epic East Coast Tour (36 Days)
Once your Absolute Oz Jobs week is over, you’ll board an overnight bus to Byron Bay, signalling the start of an epic 5 week adventure up Australia’s East Coast! Discover beautiful beaches, unspoilt islands and buzzing backpacker destinations on this awesome guided group trip.
After 3 days in Byron Bay (during which time you’ll enjoy a surf lesson, beach yoga and a wine and cheese night!), you’ll journey north to Surfers Paradise and Brisbane, for city tours and beach bliss. Then, you’ll venture into the lush landscapes of Noosa for a coastal walk and epic sunset. Next up, you’ll discover the epic landscapes of Rainbow Beach and spend 2 nights camping on beautiful K'gari! After your K'gari 4x4 and camping adventure, you’ll chill out in the Town of 1770, before boarding an unforgettable 2-night Whitsundays Cruise.
The last 10 days of your adventure see you encountering wildlife on Magnetic Island and sunbathing on Mission Beach, before arriving in Cairns, Australia’s ultimate backpacker destination. Here, you’ll enjoy a full day excursion to the dramatic Atherton Tablelands, plus a snorkelling boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef!
Your East Coast highlights include:
- Surf Lesson in Byron Bay
- Dolphin encounter
- 4x4 K'gari Driving and Camping
- 2 night Whitsunday Island Cruise
- Atherton Tablelands Excursion
- Snorkelling Boat trip at the Great Barrier Reef
- & more!
Absolute Oz Jobs Working Holiday Package (up to 12 months)
Once your East Coast tour is complete, it’s time to find work. You’ll have all the resources you need to find a great job and full support to get you set up for life in Australia. You’ll have full access to an exclusive jobs database and a team of experts helping you with your awesome adventure. Whether you need help getting your next job, need some advice on accommodation, or want a recommendation for the best bars in town – our expert jobs team is on hand for it all!
Your Absolute Oz Jobs highlights include:
- 12 months’ expert job support
- Access to an online jobs network
- A CV review service
- Bank account and tax number set-up
- An Aussie mobile phone SIM card
- Help and advice about long-term accommodation
- & more!
For more detailed itinerary information, please download the trip notes.
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You should fly into Sydney on day 1 of your itinerary. You will need to go to a pre-set meeting point at Sydney airport to catch the shuttle bus that’ll take you directly to your hostel to begin your first week of fun and adventure. If you want to arrive a few days earlier, we will be more than happy to help you organise any additional accommodation (at extra cost). Please contact us for further details.
Your East Coast Tour finishes in Cairns. You can either look for work here or travel somewhere else. There are job opportunities all over Australia!
43 nights of accommodation are included in Sydney and on the East Coast. 2 nights of this will be spent on overnight buses. 2 nights will be spent on a live-aboard yacht and 2 nights will be spent camping on K'gari. The rest of the time you will stay in mixed dorm accommodation in hostels.
After the East Coast tour, most of our travellers choose to either rent an apartment, often sharing with the new friends they’ve made in the first week, or stay in hostels. Most hostels offer discounted rates for long term stays. Our team will help you explore possible accommodation options in Australia.
Some meals are included as part of your tour itinerary. You will need to purchase the majority of meals yourself. Each stop will have a great range of restaurants and backpacker bars where you can find tasty meals. Alternatively, you could prepare meals in the hostel kitchens. Preparing your own meals is a great way to save money. We recommend budgeting around AUD30-50 per day for food and drink.
As you are planning to work in Australia whilst you’re here, you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa.
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-year visa)
- Be outside Australia on application and grant of Working Holiday Visa
- Apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia
- Have sufficient funds to cover your expected living/trip costs during your stay (approx 5000 AUD)
- Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
- Have health insurance
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.