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Absolute Oz Jobs + Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf

Paid work + fun tours in Australia & New Zealand

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Group Size: Avg 10-36

Trip code: AOSS

Duration: Up to 12 months

1 week guided group tour of Sydney
Guided group tour of the east coast
Find paid work in sunny Australia!

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)
What's included

Absolute Oz Jobs, Australia:

  • Access to a buddy list before you travel
  • 1 week of fun and adventure in Sydney and at Beach Camp
  • 12 months of job search assistance and support in Australia
  • Airport shuttle from Sydney airport to your hostel
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in Sydney
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners and 5 free drinks in Sydney
  • A guided Sydney city tour and Harbour cruise
  • Two night trip to Beach Camp, Australia
  • A wild bottlenose dolphin cruise, Australia
  • A four wheel drive sand dune tour in Australia
  • Sandboarding, Australia
  • National Park bushwalks in Australia
  • The advice of a personal work and travel expert in Australia
  • Advice about setting up an Australian bank account
  • Australian mobile phone SIM card
  • Use of a CV review service in Sydney
  • Tax file number and tax advice, Australia
  • A bar skills course, Australia • An RSA (Responsible Service Alcohol) course, Australia
  • 12 months mail holding & forwarding service, Australia
  • Free Wi-Fi access and use of the online jobs database in Australia
  • Medicare assistance in Australia
  • 24 hour support

Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf, Australia:

  • 13 nights’ accommodation on the Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf tour
  • 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners on the Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf tour
  • Brisbane City walking tour
  • Full-day 4WD experience on Fraser Island
  • Authentic Outback farmstay
  • Overnight sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
  • Visit to stunning Whitehaven Beach
  • Stay on tropical Magnetic Island
  • Surf lesson
  • Aboriginal cultural experience
  • Trip guide and driver
  • 24 hour support

Grand Kiwi, New Zealand (option 2 only):

  • 18 nights’ shared accommodation
  • 18 breakfasts, 8 dinners
  • Maori cultural experience
  • Visit to Bay of Islands
  • Wine tasting in Marlborough
  • Walks in Tongariro National Park
  • Stay in Fox Glacier
  • Free time in Queenstown, the adventure capital of the world!
  • Visit to Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Kiwi sheep farm experience
  • Milford Sound nature encounter cruise
  • Arrow River bike trail
  • Free wifi on board your bus
  • English-speaking guide & transport
  • 24 hour support
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Australian Working Holiday Visa
  • Absolute Oz: Accommodation and meals after the first 7 nights
  • Some meals
  • Flight from Australia to New Zealand (option 2 only)
  • Some airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf: Great Barrier Reef day trip (call us to book for £80)
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.

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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Arrival information

Australia

Absolute Oz: You should arrange your flights to arrive into Sydney Airport (SYD) on a Sunday, depending on your start date. You will need to go to a pre-set meeting point at Sydney airport and a greeter will direct you to the shuttle bus which will take you directly to your hostel to begin your first week of fun and adventure!

Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf: This 14-day tour starts early on day 1 in Sydney. Most travellers begin this tour immediately after the Absolute Oz introductory week in Sydney ends. Please note that the tour ends in Cairns, so in order to return to Sydney to kick start your job search you will need to arrange a domestic flight from Cairns to Sydney.

New Zealand (Option 2 only)

Please note: If you have booked option 2, you will need to book your own flight between Australia and New Zealand and the cost of this flight is not included. We recommend you fly to New Zealand once you have completed your paid work experience in Australia.

Grand Kiwi: You will need to arrange your own travel into Auckland where the tour begins. The tour departs at approximately 11:30am on day 1, so we recommend you arrive one day earlier. We can help you arrange accommodation for the pre-tour night if you wish. Please contact us for more details.

Accommodation & meals

Australia

Absolute Oz Jobs

Week 1: Sydney and Beach Camp

Accommodation for the first 7 nights of your stay is included, in a city centre hostel in Sydney during nights 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7, and in shared accommodation during your stay at beach camp on nights 4 and 5.

In your hostel in Sydney, you’ll enjoy modern facilities in shared dorm accommodation with up to 10 people. The hostel is a hub of exciting city action, with its own backpacker bar. The onsite café serves breakfast and there’s also a kitchen with fridges and storage. The hostel has 24-hour reception, phone booths on every floor, security lockers, laundry facilities, Internet and Wi-Fi, and a postal service.

Some meals are included in week 1: A welcome dinner and drink, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and 4 free drinks. Other meals are not included.

What do I do about accommodation after the first week in Australia?

After the first 7 days of accommodation some people decide to extend their stay in a hostel or to rent an apartment. Our team in Sydney can assist you. Our customers often end up renting a place with the friends they meet in their first week on the programme. Expect to pay £100-£150 per week. Alternatively you can extend your stay in a hostel, which offers 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. Expect to pay around £140-£175 per week.

Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf

13 nights’ accommodation is included (12 nights’ multi-share accommodation in hotels, lodges and cabins, 1 night on a live-aboard sailing boat). Accommodation is single-sex and is usually based on four sharing. You can upgrade to a twin or double room if you request this at the time of booking (extra cost).

As the tour ends in Cairns on the evening on day 14, you may wish to book an extra night in Cairns before flying back to Sydney. We can help you to arrange extra accommodation; please contact us for more details.

13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners are included. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

New Zealand: Grand Kiwi (Option 2 only)

18 nights' accommodation is included. This is on a multi share basis, in a range of hotels, hostels, motels, cabins, an overnight boat and 1 night in a traditional Maori Marae. Accommodation is based on four people sharing in same-sex dorms. Twin or double rooms are available at an extra charge. 18 breakfasts and 8 dinners are included.

Minimum age & eligibility

This tour is available to travellers aged 18-30.

Australia

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 you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. You can book a Working Holiday Visa through Gap 360 or apply online. 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

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.

New Zealand

UK citizens don’t need a visa for New Zealand and can stay in the country for up to six months. If you are planning on working at all during your time in New Zealand, you will need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa (available to 18-30 year olds) and can do this by visiting the New Zealand Immigration website.

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