The Big Aussie Adventure

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Group Size: Avg 10-20

Trip code: AUBA

Duration: Up to 12 months

The ultimate combo trip in Australia
Adventure tours down the east coast
Paid work program in Sydney

Our Big Aussie Adventure includes exciting travel programmes along the Australian East Coast, plus our awesome Absolute Oz paid work programme. Explore the incredible East Coast from Cairns to Sydney and then find a paid job with our brilliant work package, all in one ultimate combo trip!

This trip includes:

Cairns Adventure – East Coast travel pass – Learn to Surf experience – Absolute Oz jobs package

This is a great adventure, ideal for meeting people and making new friends along the East Coast. Complete this epic East Coast route in as little as 3 weeks, or use your flexible travel pass to hop off and extend your trip for up to 12 months. Kick off your trip in Cairns, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, with our fun Cairns Adventure packed full of adrenaline activities. Next, bounce along Australia’s East Coast between Cairns and Brisbane with our flexible travel pass, which also includes some exciting activities and overnight stays. Spend 2 nights relaxing in Byron Bay before starting your 7 day Learn to Surf experience. Your final East Coast destination is Sydney, where you will have a week of fun in the city and at beach camp before beginning your search for the perfect paid job. This is the ultimate East Coast travel & work adventure!

Trip highlights

  • Start your Big Aussie Adventure in Cairns with exciting white water rafting, kayaking, a hot air balloon ride and a boat trip to the Great Barrier Reef!
  • Use our flexible travel pass to travel along the East Coast. You can complete the route in a short time frame or hop on and off to stay longer, as your travel pass is valid for 12 months
  • Stop off to see all the sights of the East Coast, such as famous Fraser Island or the wonderful Whitsunday Islands along the way and make new friends on this great group adventure!
  • After 2 days of downtime in Byron Bay, spend 7 days relaxing at Surf Camp and learn to surf with expert instructors!
  • End up in buzzing Sydney and enjoy a week of fun in the city and at Beach Camp before beginning your job search with our Absolute Oz paid work package!
Further trip information

Have a Big Aussie Adventure on this ultimate thrill ride along Australia’s amazing East Coast from Cairns to Sydney – includes awesome travel experiences and a brilliant paid work package! This trip includes:

Cairns Adventure – East Coast Travel Pass – Learn to Surf experience – Absolute Oz jobs package

You can travel along this East Coast route in as little as 3 weeks, or use your flexible travel pass to hop on and off and extend your East Coast exploration for up to 12 months.

Benefits of booking the Big Aussie Adventure:

  • It’s the hassle-free way to travel along and explore the Aussie East Coast AND earn money with paid work in Oz!
  • See all the highlights of the popular East Coast in one epic trip
  • All your transport from Cairns to Sydney is included
  • This is a group trip and therefore the perfect way to meet people and make new friends Down Under
  • You can travel the East Coast in as little as 3 weeks or extend your trip and stay longer, using the flexible travel pass which is valid for 12 months
  • Travel, live and work in Australia! Stay and do paid work for up to a year with your Working Holiday Visa

If you want to head in the reverse direction, from Sydney to Cairns, then check out our Ultimate East Coast.

Cairns Adventure

Kick off your Big Aussie Adventure on the East Coast in Cairns. You will spend a total of 6 nights staying in Cairns, with four full days of fun, inclusive activities.

For any traveller searching for an adrenaline rush this is a great way to enjoy all of Cairns’ most spectacular sights and awesome activities. Get your pulse pumping as you take a rapid ride on the Tully River with a day of white water rafting; take a sea kayak tour and have fun on Fitzroy Island; blow your mind on a soaring balloon flight above the Atherton Tablelands and snorkel in an underwater world at the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef. It’s the perfect way to start your Big Aussie Adventure!

If you wish you can swap the Cairns Adventure for our Learn to Dive at the Great Barrier Reef programme (for an extra cost). Please speak to a travel advisor if you are interested in this option.

East Coast Travel Pass

The East Coast travel pass route runs as follows:

Cairns - Tully (for Indigenous Camp) - Townsville -  Magnetic Island - Proserpine - Airlie Beach (gateway to the Whitsunday Islands) - Rockhampton - Emu Park - Gympie - Rainbow Beach (gateway to Fraser Island) - Noosa  – Brisbane

Overnight stops are highlighted in bold.

Freedom & Flexibility: Flexible, one-way travel between Cairns and Brisbane (pass valid for 12 months). The travel pass route can be completed in as little as 8 days or you can hop on and off to explore the East Coast at your own pace.

Easy to use booking app: A high-tech booking app can be easily installed so you can book departure times, accommodation and activities at the touch of a button.

Top tour guides: This travel pass route has great tour guides, who give helpful advice about all the best things to see and do on the Aussie East Coast!

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: itinerary and inclusions are subject to change.

Fraser Island and Whitsundays Add-on

Complete your Travel Pass experience with our awesome Fraser Island 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 Fraser Island 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.

Relax in Byron Bay and then learn to surf at Surf Camp!

When you’ve completed your travel pass route in Brisbane, you’ll be picked up and taken to the laid-back surf and hippy town of Byron Bay, one of the East Coast’s most popular and fun destinations. You’ll spend 2 nights relaxing in Byron Bay followed by 7 days learning to surf at a Surf Camp by the beach!

2 days in Byron Bay: You will have 2 inclusive surf lessons over these 2 days, plus a chance to relax and explore the laid-back town of Byron Bay - bliss!

7 day Learn to Surf adventure: You’ll be taken to stay at an amazing Surf Camp by the beach. You’ll spend the next few days learning how to surf, enjoying two surf sessions a day: A morning lesson with the expert pro surf instructors and an afternoon expression session. Instructors cater for all levels, even absolute beginners, and will have you riding a wave in no time!

At the end of your surf experience you’ll be transferred to Sydney for the next stage of your Big Aussie Adventure.

Absolute Oz Jobs

Before you begin your Aussie job search you’ll enjoy a week of fun and amazing activities in Sydney and at Beach Camp:

Day 1: Arrive in Sydney.

Day 2: City walking tour and group dinner.

Day 3: Job orientation session. Boat party in Sydney Harbour and walk to Darling Harbour.

Day 4-6: 2-night Beach Camp adventure. Relax in this beachside escape surrounded by a total of six acres of rainforest. Includes 4x4 sand dune tour, sandboarding, bushwalks, boat cruise and more!

Day 7: 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: Check out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk (tour leaves at 10am). Intro week ends this afternoon in Sydney.

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
  • A hostel & travellers discount card
  • 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). 

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

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