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Group Size: Avg 10
Trip code: AUSI
Duration: 8 days
Enjoy the ultimate week-long introduction to Australia in sensational Sydney! Explore the city on a guided tour and cruise around the famous harbour, chill out on Sydney's best beaches and party and make amazing new friends Down Under. Spend 3 days relaxing in the great outdoors at laid-back beach camp. Enjoy a bottlenose dolphin-spotting boat trip, go on a 4x4 sand dune adventure and try sandboarding. Throw in a whole day of awesome surf lessons and your Aussie adventure is complete!
On this Sydney Intro Tour you’ll join an ultimate trip of city exploration and outback beach camp adventure, designed to ease you into to the Aussie way of life. Providing you with a week of wild adventures alongside desert trips, city adventures and partying, this Oz experience will give you a taste of Australia with no worries!
If you also want to find paid work in Australia, and still want to enjoy all the activities on this tour, check out our Absolute Oz Jobs programme.
Buddy list: Travellers on this programme will be given access to a buddy list, so you can connect with other travellers going on the same trip and start to make friends before you go!
You can choose from a 7-night or an 8-night option. If you want accommodation included on the second Sunday, you should choose the 8-night programme option. Your first week's introduction to Australia will look like this:
Day 1, Sunday - Arrival
You will arrive on a Sunday and are then free to spend the day as you wish. You can take time to relax, sleep off your jetlag or explore the sights of Sydney at your leisure.
Day 2 - Monday – Welcome
You’ll begin your week with a city walking tour, meeting your group and our coordinator in the morning in the hostel reception. You'll walk to Darling Harbour for a leisurely lunch (at own expense) then take in the stunning Botanic Gardens and see the iconic Opera House. You'll be guided through your welcome packs and your co-ordinator will explain everything you need to know about your first week in Australia.
In the evening, you'll get to know your group over a welcome dinner. Discover the Sydney backpacker bars and make new mates Down Under! Shared dinner and a drink are included.You need to meet the group at 7:30pm in the hostel reception.
Day 3 - Tuesday – Harbour Cruise and City Relaxation
Your day kicks off at 9.15am with a comprehensive orientation and you will be given important information about living, working and travelling in Australia. Continuing the week with a boat party in Sydney Harbour, you’ll see one of the most stunning coastal city spots from the comfort of your catamaran. Walking to Darling Harbour you can spend the afternoon enjoying the sun, sea and sand before hitting the town at night with the group. Lunch is included.
Day 4 - Wednesday – Trip to the Beach Camp
Today you depart the city for a two night adventure in a Beach Camp. Moving north out of the city for two nights in our brilliant Beach Camp, you’ll discover some prime Aussie scenery and wildlife, just five minutes walk away from the beach. From admiring some stunning sand dune scenery, to joining wildlife tours to acquaint yourself with some awesome Aussie animals, you can relax in this beachside escape surrounded by a total of six acres of rainforest; keeping an eye out for echidnas and kicking back with the tame camp kangaroo.
After exploring the shores, swimming, dolphin spotting or doing whatever else you like to do when you’re ocean-side, you can come and share a pizza or three before grabbing your torch for a bit of night-time possum spotting! Dinner is included.
Day 5 - Thursday – Beach Camp Action
Injecting a little more action into your Australian week, today is all about shifting sands, and after a 4x4 tour of these gargantuan granular hills (and in-between a bit of Aussie sandboarding action), you’ll learn a little about local Aboriginal cultures.
After lunch, you’ll join a bushwalk through Tomaree National Park, spotting koalas amidst the treetops and working up an appetite for a roaring evening BBQ and drinks around the campfire in the evening. If your trip is between the months of May and November, as well as Koalas, you may also have the chance to spot a few migrating whales along the way. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Day 6 - Friday – Wild Dolphins & Return to Sydney
Got the bottle to nose around the shores on a cruise? On this free-spirited Friday, you'll be looking out for some wild Bottlenose dolphins, as well as a few turtles and whales along the way. Browsing the coastline on a boat cruise, you can either keep lookout up on deck or hang out in the sea spray, sitting in the water-skimming boom net while dolphins swim underneath you.
After a last trip to the beach the group heads back to Sydney and you can spend the rest of the day relaxing back at the hostel, or head out for a night on the town. Breakfast is included.
Day 7 - Saturday – Surfing lesson or Blue Mountains tour
Today is either a free day to relax, or you can opt for one of the following experiences:
1) Surf Experience
Your surf experience is a must-do Aussie activity! Pull on your board shorts and bikinis before hitting the waves of Bondi Beach. You'll receive expert advice from seasoned surf instructors, and in between mastering the waves.
2) Blue Mountians Tour
If surfing's not your style, then you can opt to take an amazing tour of the breathtaking Blue Mountains today instead.
Please note: If you do not opt for these activities today, you can do them on a day of your choosing once the tour is over.
On this Sydney-style Saturday, the evening is all about exclusive nightlife and city partying! Meet your group at 7.30pm at the hostel and bring your ID. With express entry to four city bars and clubs, and a total of four inclusive drinks, you can kick off your night on the town and discover how urban Aussies like to relax. You'll be provided with a party bus for the evening so you can explore the streets on a Sydney city pub crawl in style!
Day 8 - Sunday – Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour
Relaxing on the beach after an excellent night of adventure, you can breathe in the fresh ocean air on a Coogee to Bondi beach tour, checking out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk. Stopping off at beaches along the way, you can live a life of leisure, as you sunbathe and swim in the ocean. The tour leaves at 10am from your hostel. You will need to bring some money for lunch and also for your bus fare. Comfy shoes and swimming costume are a must!
Grabbing a beer in Bondi, you may want to remember to bring your camera along, as you’ll spend the day surrounded by some beautiful coastal scenery – the perfect way to chill out after an action packed first week in Australia!
Please note: We recommend you fly out of Sydney the day after your trip ends. Accommodation on day 8 is not included. If you want to pre-book your accommodation for tonight, you should let your travel co-ordinator know at the time of booking.
Please note, this itinerary is a guideline and is subject to variance and alteration.
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