Absolute Oz Jobs + Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf

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Group Size: Avg 10-36

Trip code: AOSS

Duration: Up to 12 months

You can choose from two options on this trip:

Option 1: Australia only: Absolute Oz Jobs + Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf Tour

Option 2: Australia & New Zealand: Absolute Oz Jobs + Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf Tour + Grand Kiwi Tour (NZ)

Aged 18-30? Combine a paid work package in Australia with a great group tour along the Aussie East Coast. You can even add in a tour of New Zealand too – awesome! Kick off with a week of fun and adventure in Sydney on our Absolute Oz Jobs programme. Have fun exploring the amazing Aussie East Coast on our 14-day Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf tour before you sink your teeth into paid work in Oz. Land your perfect paid job Down Under and live and work in Australia for up to a year with your Working Holiday Visa. If you want to have adventures in New Zealand, choose option 2 and add in our epic 19-day Grand Kiwi tour to max out your gap experience!

Trip highlights

  • Week 1 is all about fun in the sun in Australia! Make friends on our amazing activity-packed intro week in Sydney and Beach Camp
  • Enjoy a 14-day fun group tour along the Aussie East Coast, seeing the sights from Sydney to Cairns, plus incredible, inclusive activities
  • Find a paid job in Australia with expert assistance from our jobs team in Sydney: Get help with the practicalities of job hunting plus 12 months of job support and advice
  • Spend a few months earning money doing paid work in Australia with your Working Holiday Visa, plus plan in time to travel and explore Down Under!
  • If you wish you can hop across to New Zealand and add in our exciting 19-day Grand Kiwi tour through the North & South Islands (option 2 only)
Further trip information

You can choose from two options on this trip:

Option 1: Australia only: Absolute Oz Jobs + Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf Tour

Option 2: Australia & New Zealand: Absolute Oz Jobs + Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf Tour + Grand Kiwi Tour (NZ)

Absolute Oz Jobs: 8 days + Independent work/travel in Australia (approx. 6-7 months)

The Absolute Oz programme is the ideal introduction into the world of Australian paid work, offering you a hassle-free and fun way into the job market Down Under. You’ll enjoy one week of amazing activities & sightseeing in Sydney and bond with your new buddies at Beach Camp before you begin your job-hunting adventure with expert advice from our Sydney jobs team on tap.

Day 1: Arrive in Sydney. Free day.

Day 2: Sydney walking tour. Group walking tour and welcome dinner.

Day 3: Sydney. Job orientation and boat party in Sydney Harbour. Lunch included.

Day 4: Beach Camp. Depart Sydney for a Beach Camp adventure. Dinner included.

Day 5: Beach Camp. 4x4 tour of the sand dunes (plus sandboarding!) & bushwalk. Breakfast, lunch & dinner included.

Day 6: Beach Camp–Sydney. Bottlenose dolphins boat cruise. Return to Sydney. Breakfast included.

Day 7: Party Night. Free day to relax and plan onward travel. 7.30p.m: Enjoy entry to four city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!). Hop on a party bus and explore the streets in style!

Day 8: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. Check out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk (tour leaves at 10am). Intro week ends this afternoon in Sydney.

Please note: Most of our travellers choose to begin their 14-day Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf tour immediately after this introductory week in Sydney ends. After the Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf tour ends in Cairns you can then arrange a flight back to Sydney and kick-start your job search – simple!

Let the Job Hunt Begin!

Now it’s time to kick-start your Aussie job search. Our job support team will give you all the help and advice you’ll need in order to secure yourself a paid Aussie job. You also have a full 12 months of job support. The 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
  • An Aussie mobile phone SIM card
  • A Tax File Number
  • Medicare
  • Access to free Wi-Fi
  • A 12-month mail holding service
  • Help and advice about long-term accommodation
  • An inclusive bar skills course
  • A free, inclusive online RSA (Responsible Service Alcohol) course (valid in all territories except New South Wales or Victoria)

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 Oz! Wage rates will vary, but you can expect to earn around £10-£15 per hour.

You can choose how long you stay to do paid work in Australia (bear in mind that a Working Holiday Visa is valid for a maximum of 12 months). We suggest taking around 6-7 months to work and travel independently throughout Australia.

Australia: 14-Day Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf Tour

We recommend you begin the Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf tour immediately after your Absolute Oz intro week in Sydney ends and before beginning your paid work search in Australia.

Day 1: Sydney to Crescent Head: Surf lesson and stay at surf camp.

Day 2: Crescent Head & Byron Bay: BBQ lunch at surf camp. Travel to Byron Bay.

Day 3: Byron Bay: A walking tour and free time in Byron Bay.

Day 4: Gold Coast: Free time on the Gold Coast. Party night in Brisbane!

Day 5: Brisbane & Fraser Island: Free time in Noosa, then ferry to Fraser Island.

Day 6: Fraser Island: Guided 4-wheel drive tour of Fraser Island.

Day 7: Outback Farmstay: Head outback to stay on a cattle station.

Day 8: Outback Farmstay: Cattle station relaxation.

Day 9: The Whitsundays: Overnight sailing adventure in the Whitsunday Islands.

Day 10: Magnetic Island: Explore the Whitsundays. Stay on Magnetic Island.

Day 11: Magnetic Island: Relax and explore Magnetic Island.

Day 12: Cairns: Travel into Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

Day 13: Cairns: Free day in Cairns. Optional boat cruise, Great Barrier Reef (£80).

Day 14: Cairns: A final, free day to explore Cairns.

Once your tour ends you can fly back to Sydney to kick-start your job search!

OPTION 2 ONLY: New Zealand: 19-day Grand Kiwi Tour

Please note: If you have booked option 2, you will need to arrange your own flight to New Zealand for the start of the Grand Kiwi tour. We recommend you do this once you have completed your paid work adventures in Australia, although you should complete all your travel on this trip within a year. The cost of the Australia-NZ flight is not included.

This is the updated 2018 itinerary. If you are travelling before 1st April 2018 you will follow a slightly different route. Your tour will last 18 days. For more information please see our Grand Kiwi programme. 

Day 1: Auckland. The tour starts by crossing the scenic harbour heading north to the Bay of Islands.

Day 2: Bay of Islands.  Enjoy free time to explore the stunning azure waters or enjoy the optional activities on offer, including kayaking, dolphin spotting, sand boarding and hiking (extra cost).

Day 3: Auckland. Stop off at the Whangarei Falls for a beautiful walk, before heading back to Auckland. 

Day 4: Marae Stay. Walk to see the stunning Waitomo Caves. Overnight in a traditional Maori Marae.

Day 5: Rotorua.  Optional activities include thermal spa pools, white water rafting or a visit to The Hobbiton movie set (all at extra cost).

Day 6: Tongariro National Park. See the mighty Huka Falls before reaching Lake Taupo. Continue to the World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park.

Day 7: Tongariro National Park. A full day free to explore on short walks. Optional full day Tongariro Crossing hike, one of the best in NZ (extra cost).

Day 8: Wellington. Head for New Zealand’s vibrant capital city and a city tour and visit to the Te Papa Museum.

Day 9: Nelson. Travel by ferry through Marlborough Sound to the South Island. Visit a winery before reaching Nelson.

Day 10: Nelson. A free day to explore Nelson.

Day 11: Kaikoura. Travel down the coast to Kaikoura stopping off at Ohau Point to spot seals. 

Day 12: Christchurch. Head south to the quaint town of Christchurch.

Day 13: Fox Glacier. Travel through awe-inspiring scenery along the wild west coast. Stop at Lake Matheson for photo opportunities and an afternoon walk.

Day 14: Queenstown. Arrive in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world.

Day 15 & 16: Queenstown. Two free days to try out the many activities on offer in this trendy resort town.

Day 17: Fiordland. Head south into the wild Fiordlands. Afternoon nature cruise in Milford Sound.

Day 18: Lake Ohau. Explore the river area on mountain bikes. Stay on the shores of Lake Ohau.

Day 19: Christchurch. Depart for the dramatic Mt Cook National Park. Tour ends today in your final destination, Christchurch.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change. Some activities and locations may change due to the size of the group, the weather, time of year and feedback from past customers.

Please note: This trip can be done with the programmes or destinations in a different order if you wish. Please speak to a travel advisor for details. 

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