Learn to surf and have awesome adventures on your gap year! Surfing is by far the most popular extreme activity with gap travellers and backpackers. You're guaranteed to have an amazing time and meet lots of like-minded people as you learn how to surf the seas. You'll find surf schools set in beautiful beachside locations abroad. Enjoy surf lessons taught by expert surf instructors and learn how to hang ten in style!
Surf-central has to be Australia's East Coast, where you can learn to surf and meet other surfers from all over the world. Alternatively, head to the beautiful beaches of Indonesia and learn to surf in stunning Bali. Enjoy adrenaline-fuelled action on the ocean waves during the day and make the most of the chilled-out surfer's beach lifestyle at night. Once you know how to surf you can enjoy all the world's best surfing hotspots from the crest of a wave - the view from your surfboard will be hard to beat!
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If you want to learn how to surf in one of the world’s best surf spots, head to surf camp on the Aussie East Coast. Located between Sydney and Byron Bay, on our learn to surf in Australia programme you will find out how to ride the waves. Taught by expert surf instructors, you’ll soon master some serious surf moves! In your free time you can hang out by the beach and soak up the sunshine.
If you don’t want to sign up for a full-on learn to surf programme, never fear! Most of our East Coast tours also include a chance to experience a surf lesson and ride the Aussie waves. Our Sun, Sea, Sail & Surf tour includes a fun surf lesson, as does our always popular Sydney to Cairns Adventure. Include a surfing adventure into a wider exploration of the Aussie East Coast on a top tour.
Another world-famous surfing destination is the beautiful Indonesian island of Bali. Famous for its golden sands, stunning surf spots and fascinating Asian culture, Bali is bliss for any surf-seeker. Surf in Bali and learn new skills as you discover the delights of this amazing island. Learn surf moves from paradise beaches, hop across to idyllic islands and live the surfing dream in Asia.
Fancy training to become a qualified surf instructor? If you want to do more than have fun surfing the waves, and want to learn how to pass on surfing skills to others, sign up for our surf instructor academy in Australia. Living and training for 3 magical months at surf camp, you’ll hang by the beach and learn all the tricks of the trade as you train to become a surf instructor. Gain a level 1 qualification and then set off to teach surfing anywhere in the world!
Set off for unforgettable sun, sea and surf adventures around the globe!
5-6 weeks on the beautiful East Coast of Australia!
Spend 5 or 6 unforgettable weeks on Australia’s East Coast. Discover beautiful beaches, unspoilt islands and buzzing backpacker destinations.
Live a life of luxury in beautiful Bali!
Spend 12 days travelling around Bali in style. This flashpacker tour is jam-packed with awesome inclusions, such as a surf lesson and a dolphin-spotting boat cruise, and includes 11 nights of stunning hotel accommodation! Bliss!
Up to 12 months
Hop along the Aussie East Coast with this flexible travel pass!
Explore Australia’s East Coast from Sydney to Cairns with this flexible travel pass, valid for 12 months. Have adventures off the beaten track and book your travel with an easy-to-use app!
Up to 12 months
Adventure travel + paid work on the Aussie East Coast
Travel and work on Australia's East Coast on our Big Aussie Adventure. Includes awesome travel along the East Coast from Cairns to Sydney, plus a paid work package so you can earn on average £10 to £15 an hour in Oz – amazing!
35 days minimum
A massive combo of top Aussie adventures!
Explore Australia's East Coast on this ultimate tour, which includes some of our most popular Aussie programmes: Have fun in Sydney, learn to surf, travel with hop-on-hop-off pass and enjoy adrenaline adventures in Cairns!
16 days or longer
See it all along the Aussie East Coast on a 16-day tour!
Spend 16 amazing days exploring Australia’s East Coast from Sydney to Cairns. Add in 4 days of activities in Cairns or a 6-day learn to dive package at the Great Barrier Reef!
7 or 9 days
7 or 9 days of Indonesian island magic!
Discover gorgeous Indonesian islands on this 7 or 9-day tour. Choose from a range of awesome activities each day, including surf lessons, stand-up paddle boarding and snorkelling, and soak up the sun in paradise!