Work and Travel Australia

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Group Size: Avg 10-20

Trip code: AUAL

Duration: Up to 12 months job support

1 week guided group tour in Sydney
Find paid work all over Australia
Flexible travel pass for the east coast

Want to work and travel in Australia? This exceptional Aussie work and travel package offers 8 fun-packed days in Sydney followed by 12 months of assistance and support to find the perfect paid job Down Under - plus an awesome, flexible hop-on-hop-off East Coast Travel Pass from Sydney to Cairns, valid for 12 months. Get the ideal balance between work and travel: Earn some Aussie dollars with paid work and see Australia’s highlights along the amazing East Coast. Enjoy the best of both worlds on our work and travel experience!

Trip highlights

  • Week 1 is all about fun in the sun! Enjoy a whole week of group adventures in stunning Sydney and at beautiful Beach Camp, including city tours, sandboarding and beach time
  • Get help to find your perfect paid job in Australia with expert assistance from the Sydney jobs team and 12 months of job support and advice
  • Some practicalities of job hunting are sorted for you including a tax number & SIM card, plus advice about setting up a bank account
  • Travel along Australia’s East Coast with our amazing Sydney to Cairns travel pass, valid for 12 months: Treat the route as a tour or hop on and off for independent travel and paid work time
  • Using your travel pass, stop overnight at set points and enjoy unique adventures on the East Coast, such as surfing, inner tubing, river camp, kayaking, & a Magnetic Island getaway
Further trip information

Combine paid work with adventure travel on this brilliant work and travel package in amazing Australia!

Absolute Oz: 8 days of fun in Sydney + independent paid work/travel time

Week 1: Sydney & Beach Camp Adventure

Day 1, Sunday: Arrive in Sydney. You will arrive on a Sunday and are then free to spend the day as you wish.

Day 2, Monday: Sydney. Meet your group and coordinator in the morning in the hostel reception for a city walking tour. Walk to Darling Harbour for a leisurely lunch (own expense) then take in the stunning Botanic Gardens and see the iconic Opera House. In the evening, meet at 7.30p.m in the hostel reception and 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.

Day 3, Tuesday: Sydney. Your day kicks off at 9.15am with a comprehensive orientation learning all about working and travelling in Australia! Enjoy a boat party in Sydney Harbour and see this stunning coastal city from the comfort of a catamaran. Walk to Darling Harbour and spend the afternoon enjoying the sun, sea and sand before hitting the town at night with the group. Lunch is included.

Day 4, Wednesday: Beach Camp. Depart Sydney for a 2-night Beach Camp adventure. At 1pm you meet back at the hostel reception and walk to catch the bus to Beach Camp. Discover some prime Aussie scenery and wildlife just 5 minutes’ walk from the beach. From admiring stunning sand dune scenery to joining wildlife tours, you can relax in this beachside escape surrounded by a total of six acres of rainforest; keep an eye out for echidnas and kick back with the tame camp kangaroo. After exploring, swimming & dolphin spotting, share a pizza before grabbing your torch for a bit of night-time possum spotting! Dinner is included.

Day 5, Thursday: Beach Camp. Inject a little more action into your Australian week on a 4x4 tour of the sand dunes (and some sandboarding!) before learning about local Aboriginal cultures. After lunch, take 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. If your trip is between the months of May and November you may also have the chance to spot a few migrating whales along the way. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

Day 6, Friday: Beach Camp–Sydney. 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: Party Night. Spend today chilling out at the hostel and chatting to the local team about your onward travel plans. Whether you’re settling down to work in Sydney, or intend to travel around Australia, the local team will help you with the logistics of your plans. This evening is all about partying as you meet your group at 7.30pm in a bar in Darling Harbour (bring your ID). Enjoy entry to four city bars and clubs (plus 4 inclusive drinks!) as you kick off your night on the town. You'll be provided with a party bus for the evening so you can explore the streets in style on this Sydney city pub crawl!

Day 8, Sunday: Bondi to Coogee Beach Tour. Breathe in the fresh ocean air on a Coogee to Bondi beach tour, checking out some gorgeous coastlines on a cliff-top walk. The tour leaves at 10am from your hostel (bring some money for lunch and a bus fare). Comfy shoes and swimming costume are a must! It’s the perfect way to chill out after an action packed first week in Australia. Your intro activity week ends today. Time to get cracking on your working holiday adventure!

Alongside this action-packed itinerary you'll also enjoy theme nights, quizzes and drinks deals at your hostel which will lead to some unforgettable nights in Oz! Bring it on!

Please note that this itinerary is subject to change.

Let the Job Hunt Begin!

After your week of Australian action and adventure is over, it’s time to kick-start your Aussie job search. You can book appointments with our job support team who can give you all the help and advice you’ll need in order to secure yourself a paid Aussie job. A job coordinator is available in our office from Monday - Friday for general chats, CV reviews and job advice. You also have a full 12 months of job support so you can also contact the jobs team by email to answer any queries while you are travelling in Australia.

Your job adventure is fully flexible, meaning you can search for the job that suits you, wherever you want in Australia, and the balance of time spent working and travelling during your year is entirely up to you. It’s tailor made to fit in with your plans and allow for the maximum independent Aussie experience!

The job support 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 to Australia
  • An Aussie mobile phone SIM card
  • A Tax File Number and tax advice
  • 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)

There are loads of awesome jobs on offer across Australia and our expert job team will help you apply and line up suitable job interviews. 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 Australia! 

Sydney to Cairns Travel Pass (valid for 12 months)

You can choose to begin your East Coast travel pass at any time after the first week of your Absolute Oz programme ends. Head off and travel straight away or wait until you’ve saved up some spending money doing paid work – it’s up to you! The travel pass is valid for 12 months from the day you begin travelling, allowing you plenty of time to hop off and do some paid work along the way or just enjoy adventures along the East Coast.

You can choose to complete your chosen route in a minimum time (13 days) and treat it as a tour-style trip, or you can add in flexibility and freedom and hop off at any of the stops along the route and enjoy independent work and travel time. We recommend you allow at least 4-6 weeks to make the most of the East Coast, especially if you wish to add in other experiences, such as a fun tour on Fraser Island or sailing in the Whitsundays. The travel pass is valid for a total of 12 months from the date of departure, for one-way travel only. Trips depart at least 3 times a week from each starting location. Local guides will travel with you on each scheduled stage of the journey, but if you hop off in any of the locations you will enjoy independent travel time.

The full East Coast route from Sydney to Cairns runs as shown below. Destinations in bold are overnight stops or locations of the compulsory, unique overnight experiences:

Sydney - Hunter Valley - Barrington Tops Farm - Port Macquarie (Koala Hospital) - Surf Camp - Remote River Camp - Byron Bay - Gold Coast - Noosa - Cooroy - Gympie - Bundaberg - Miriam Vale (for 1770) - Emu Park - Rockhampton - Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island - Tully - Cairns

The stages of the bus pass route run as follows:

Sydney - Barrington Tops: Depart Sydney at 8am and sip wine in the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Overnight stay in stunning Barrington Tops National Park. Opt to go inner tubing (additional cost), or relax with some fishing and wildlife spotting. This unique overnight stay costs AUD60 and includes accommodation, meals and activities.

Barrington Tops - Surf Camp: Explore beautiful Barrington Tops National Park and then visit a Koala Hospital to meet these cute and iconic animals. Your next destination is surf camp - surf's up! Accommodation costs at surf camp start at approx. AUD60 per night.

Surf Camp - River Camp: Spend more time surfing (extra cost). Then go off the beaten track and swim in the stunning inlet of Solitary Islands Marine Park. Camp out in this remote and wonderful place! This overnight stay costs AUD50, and includes accommodation, meals and activities.

River Camp - Byron Bay: Make tracks for the legendary surfing and arts town of Byron Bay and enjoy the laid-back vibe in this coastal town. Byron Bay is a popular spot, so you may want to hop off here for a few more days by the sea.

Byron Bay – Brisbane – Noosa – Rainbow Beach: Explore the headlands at Danger Point and Snapper Rocks, before driving along the Gold Coast into Brisbane, ending up in the smart beach resort of Noosa. You can hop off here for the night, or head on to Rainbow Beach, gateway to famous Fraser Island.

Rainbow Beach - Noosa - Emu Park: Travel to Emu Park and check into a beautiful beach resort for approx. AUD35 a night. Optional Treasure Island Overnight Experience. AUD99 including transfers to Great Keppel Island, accommodation, dinner, treasure hunt and turtle spotting walk.

Emu Park - Overnight Train - Airlie Beach: Relax on the beach or opt to visit a local crocodile park. Catch an overnight train to Airlie Beach, gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.

Airlie Beach - Magnetic Island: Take a ferry to tropical Magnetic Island. Nearly 50% of Magnetic Island is National Park, and the island boasts amazing beaches and abundant wildlife. Enjoy a guided walk around the island.

Magnetic Island – Tully: Head to Tully and enjoy a unique Rainforest experience. Visit a swimming hole, spend the night in a historic country pub and enjoy a sunrise mountain hike and champagne breakfast. AUD120 extra cost. Alternatively, stay in a hostel in Tully at hostel rates.

Tully – Cairns: Travel north by train from Tully to Cairns. If you fancy adding in amazing activities in Cairns, book our Cairns Adventure, which includes white water rafting, snorkelling, kayaking and a hot air balloon ride, or discover the gorgeous Great Barrier Reef on our Learn to Dive course.

Don't forget your travel pass is fully flexible, so if you fall in love with anywhere along the way you can hop off and spend more time in your favourite spots!

Transport is in a combination of private 24-seat mini coaches, local buses, trains (including one overnight train journey) and a ferry ride to Magnetic Island. Trains are modern and comfortable and the guides travel with you if you travel on a set departure day (6 days a week). You can however choose to travel unguided on the train on other days if you want to be flexible. All inclusive transfers and activities are only accessible when travelling with a guide.

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 all activities, itineraries and routes 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.

Extra Aussie Adventures

We also offer an amazing range of exciting activities and programmes along the Aussie East Coast which you can add in to your trip for an extra cost. These include:

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