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Eight days of surf camps, road trips and job support – spend your first week with travellers just like you. Our guided 8-day Ultimate Australia includes everything you need to get set up for life living and working in Australia. Don’t have a week? Check out our 4-day Essential Australia instead.

8-day Ultimate Australia

Starts Sydney, Melbourne or Perth

Half road trip half work trip, this is our most popular option. Fully-guided by our work/travel gurus, you’ll find your feet with 1-on-1 job support and find new friends with a week of adventures – from overnight surf camps to rooftop BBQs.

  • Pre-departure support
    Visa application assistance
  • Trip length 
    Fixed date 8 days/7 nights 
  • Group size
    Max 22 new friends

 

  • Work essentials
    Visa, bank account, tax file number, SIM card
  • Social stuff
    8 days of surf camps, road trips and adventures
  • Job and travel help
    For the duration of your trip

Sydney itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

The fun starts on Monday, so you’ll need to jet in by Sunday night. We’ll pick you up from the airport and get you checked in at the Sydney Harbour YHA – home to the best hostel rooftop view in the city. 

Landing a few days early? No worries. Contact us to bring your transfer forward and book any extra nights. We'll also invite you to a WhatsApp group the week before so you can arrange to meet the others before the trip starts – or sleep off the jetlag, traveller’s choice.

Inclusions:

  • Airport transfer
  • 6 nights’ at the Sydney Harbour YHA
Day 2: Meet the fam

After meeting your guide and new travel family, we get down to business setting you up with your Australian bank account, tax file number and SIM card. Life admin out of the way, we hit the streets to find out why Sydneysiders love this legendary city so much. That night, get to know the gang at our first family dinner.

Inclusions:

  • Working holidays essentials
  • Walking tour of Sydney
  • Dinner
  • 1 drink
Day 3: Culture club

Home to the world’s oldest continuous civilisation, understanding Australia’s indigenous culture is a huge part of appreciating your time in Oz. After a private Aboriginal Cultural tour, you’ll visit the Opera House and Harbour Bridge before discovering some of the hidden gems only Sydneysiders know about. 

Another thing Sydney is famous for? Bar culture. We mix things up with a cocktail class before dinner.

Inclusions:

  • Aboriginal tour
  • Cocktail making class
  • 2 drinks, dinner
Day 4: Surf and sunsets

Road trip! Today we drive down the coast via waterfalls and lookouts to our surf camp. After lunch, suit up for a surf lesson before sunset on the beach. All guitars and bad Jack Johnson renditions are welcome.

Inclusions:

  • Overnight at the surf camp
  • Surf lesson
  • Lunch and dinner
Day 5: White sand and wildlife

After breakfast, we head to Jervis Bay – officially home to the whitest sand in the world. After a boat trip to spot dolphins, we spend the afternoon playing beach games on record-breaking sand before driving back to Sydney.


Inclusions:

  • Dolphin spotting boat
  • Breakfast and lunch
Day 6: Work admin and Bondi

Time to get to work! In the morning, there are two presentations - one on finding a job and one on making travel plans. Once the adulting is out of the way (it’s Friday after all), we split to Bondi Beach for the afternoon.   


Inclusions:

  • Work and travel presentations
  • Free drink
Day 7: 1-on-1 work session and bar crawl

This morning is all about working through your plans 1-on-1, getting help with anything you need – finding a job, a place to live, working on your CV or arranging your travel plans. 

By the end of your appointment, you’ll feel more confident and excited about what you’re doing next. How to celebrate? Bar crawl (obviously).


Inclusions:

  • Work and travel help session
  • Bar crawl
  • Snacks
  • 4 drinks
Day 8: Rooftop BBQ and byes

Last day! They’re not tears, it’s just the smoke from the BBQ. We fire up the grill and hand out the beers for one final family meal, looking back on our week and looking forward to the next part of your working holiday adventure. 

It’s not goodbye though, you’ll have access to our job support for your entire trip.


Melbourne itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

The fun starts on Monday, so you’ll need to jet in by Sunday night. We’ll pick you up from the airport and get you checked in at the Melbourne Metro YHA.

Landing a few days early? No worries. Contact us to bring your transfer forward and book any extra nights. We'll also invite you to a WhatsApp group the week before so you can arrange to meet the others before the trip starts – or sleep off the jetlag, traveller’s choice.


Inclusions:

  • Airport transfer
  • 6 nights’ at the Melbourne Metro YHA
Day 2: Meet the fam

After meeting your guide and new travel family, we get down to business setting you up with your Australian bank account, tax file number and SIM card. Life admin out of the way, we do a walking tour of Melbourne to discover why travellers love this cool and creative city so much before dinner on the banks of the Yarra River.


Inclusions:

  • Working holidays essentials
  • Walking tour of Melbourne
  • Dinner
  • 1 drink
Day 3: Cuisine and culture

The food scene in Melbourne is legendary, so we dedicate most of our day to the joint shrines of coffee and complex carbs. The day includes a trip to Queen Victoria Market – the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest open-air market, a stroll around Melbourne’s street food and street art, and an Aboriginal Heritage walk through the Botanical Gardens.


Inclusions:

  • Snacks and tasters
  • Dinner
  • 2 drinks
Day 4: Beach, wine and penguins

Beach, it’s time. Road trip! Today we leave the city and get back to nature with an overnight road trip to two of the most beautiful regions in Australia. First, we hit the beach and a vineyard in the Mornington Peninsula, before driving over to Phillip Island. Home to the smallest penguins in the world, watch them waddle ashore at sunset. Stay overnight on the island amongst the waves and wildlife.


Inclusions:

  • 1 night YHA Phillip Island
  • Penguin Parade
  • 1 lunch
  • 1 dinner
  • Wine tasting
Day 5: Surf and Skippy

Today couldn’t get more Australian. Turn up the tunes to road trip through hidden coastal and wilderness gems, stopping to do a surf lesson and see kangaroos and koalas. Head back to Melbourne that night.


Inclusions:

  • Surf lesson
  • Lunch
Day 6: Work admin and St Kilda

Time to get to work! In the morning, there are two presentations - one on finding a job and one on making travel plans. Once the adulting is out of the way (it’s Friday after all), we split to St Kilda for beach time, paddle boarding and dinner. (Note, in winter you’ll visit the Botanical Gardens and Eureka Skydeck).


Inclusions:

  • Work and travel presentations
  • 1 drink
Day 7: 1-on-1 work session and bar crawl

This morning is all about working through your plans 1-on-1, getting help with anything you need – finding a job, a place to live, working on your CV or arranging your travel plans.

By the end of your appointment, you’ll feel more confident and excited about what you’re doing next. How to celebrate? Bar crawl (obviously).


Inclusions:

  • Work and travel help session
  • Bar crawl
  • Pizza
  • 4 drinks
Day 8: Rooftop BBQ and byes

Last day! They’re not tears, it’s just the smoke from the BBQ. We fire up the grill and hand out the beers for one final family meal, looking back on our week and looking forward to the next part of your working holiday adventure.

It’s not goodbye though, you’ll have access to our job support for your entire trip.


Perth itinerary

Day 1 – Welcome to Perth

Welcome to Perth - The city of Light and the capital of Western Australia! Check in to your new home before meeting our legendary group leaders and the rest of your group at 4pm. We’ll introduce you to the office crew, give you a brief overview on what’s going to happen for the week and start preparing you for your time in Australia. Our evening involves a group Welcome Dinner and a visit to the Lively Northbridge - popular for our favourite small bars, modern art galleries. Asian eateries, stylish cocktail lounges and casual backpacker bars!

Day 2 – Ingo Session & City Exploring

After a good nights sleep, join our comprehensive info session where we’ll explain everything you need to know about working and travelling around Australia. Our team are all experienced travellers and most have started where you are now. We’ll support you in anything you need to set up live in Australia & answer every question you may have. Our day is then spent exploring Perth City by foot. We will pass through Kings Park and all the city sights learning about the History, Architecture, Art and Nightlife that the city has to offer. Our afternoon finishes with the ULTIMATE adventure experience which has up climb the Matagarup Bridge, followed by a 400m Zip-line over the Swan River (Derbarl Yerrigan)

Day 3 – Perth Basecamp

Today we head to Perth Basecamp located in Dunsborough - a region of breathtaking bays, crystalline turquoise water, granite boulder stacks and leafy canopies. Tonight is spent watching the sunset over a BBQ dinner from our beachfront accommodation

Day 4 – Margaret River

Visiting the world renowned Margaret River region is a bucket list experience. Sheltered bays to the north with turquoise waters, vineyards and rugged surf coast along its length and two oceans meeting at the southern tip. Today is spent exploring the very best with visits to Busselton Jetty, Canal Rocks, Surfers Point Lookout the Margaret River Township and more!

Day 5 – Freemantle Fun

Today we depart Basecamp and make our way back to Fremantle - a port city in Western Australia known for its maritime history, Victorian architecture and remnants from Australia’s days as a British penal colony. Our next three nights are spent experiencing a historical and unique stay at the former Fremantle Prison. Built in the 1850’s it’s the only accommodation in Western Australia with UNESCO World Heritage Status!

Day 6 – Rottnest Island and Quokka Selfies

This morning we jump onto a Ferry to visit to Rottnest Island! Blessed with picturesque scenery, dazzling marine life and some of the world’s finest beaches and pristine bays we will cycle around the island exploring the white-sand beaches and secluded coves. A protected nature reserve, Rottnest Island is also home to the quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial who might be up for a selfie! Tonight we make our way back to Fremantle for our final night celebrating your first weekend in Australia and toasting to your year to come

Day 7 – Free time and Farewells

Today is a free day to continue exploring Fremantle and prepare for your time in Western Australia. By the end of the first week, you’re well and truly part of the Ultimate Family! No worries! We’ll help you find the perfect job and a place to live!


4-day Essential Australia

starts Sydney, Melbourne or Perth

This semi-guided itinerary is an essential mix of exploring the city, free time and graft time – where we help you organise your working holiday essentials and give you 1-on-1 travel and job support, now and for the duration of your trip.

  • Pre-departure support
    Visa application assistance
  • Trip length 
    4 days/3 nights 
  • Group size
    1-5 new friends
  • Work essentials
    Visa, bank account, tax file number, SIM card
  • Social stuff
    City tour, pub crawl
  • Job and travel help
    For the duration of your trip

Day-to-day itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

Welcome to Australia! Long-haul flights can be a killer, so we’ll save the exclamation marks until your driver has met you at the airport and dropped you at your city-centre hostel for a nap/beer. 

There's nothing you need to do until the next day, so kick back and chill on the rooftop. Landing a few days early? No dramas. Contact us to bring your transfer forward and book any extra nights.


Inclusions:

  • Airport transfer
  • 3 nights’ at the Melbourne Metro YHA or Sydney Harbour YHA. Both famous for their rooftop views, chilled spaces and friendly backpacker vibes.
Day 2: Get set up and get out

After meeting your guide/work-travel guru, the first order of the day is... admin. We rip the band aid off and get you set up with your Australian bank account, tax file number and SIM card. With business taken care of, your guide will take you on walking tour of the city.

 
Inclusions:

  • Working holidays essentials
  • Personalised walking tour of Sydney or Melbourne
Day 3: Work and travel help

It’s life admin day, but not as you know it. Today is all about getting the 1-on-1 help you need for the rest of your trip. Whether that’s support looking for a job, finding accommodation, working on your CV, or arranging your travel plans. 

Inclusions:

  • 1-on-1 work and travel session
Day 4 Time to explore

Today is free to discover more of the city, ending the day on a high watching the sun set from the Sydney Tower Eye or Melbourne’s Eureka Skydeck. Also included is entry to a bar crawl on your closest Saturday night to meet fellow travellers and night owls. And if we’ve got an Ultimate group in town, hook up with them for the night.


Inclusions:

  • Bar crawl ticket (Saturday night)
  • Ticket to either Sydney Tower Eye or Melbourne’s Eureka Skydeck

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2022 departure dates

The Essential and Ultimate have regular start dates throughout the year. Places are on a first come first served basis, so save your spot with a deposit now and pay the balance eight weeks before you fly.

Ultimate Australia (always starts on a Sunday)

Ultimate Australia (always starts on a Sunday)

Sydney

  • March 20
  • April 3, 17
  • May 1, 15, 29
  • June 12, 26
  • July 10, 24
  • August 7, 21
  • September onwards – every Sunday

 

Perth (Always starts on a Monday)

  • September 5, 12, 19
  • October 10, 17, 24
  • November 7, 21
  • December 5
  • January 9, 23
  • February 6, 20
  • March 6, 20
  • April 3, 17

Melbourne

  • March 13, 27
  • April 10, 24
  • May 8, 22
  • June 5, 19
  • July 3, 17, 31
  • August 14, 28
  • September onwards – every Sunday

Essential Australia

Essential Australia

Sydney

  • Daily from 20 March 2022

Perth

  • Daily from 5 September 2022

Melbourne

  • Daily from 27 February 2022

Just the visa

Just the visa

Just the visa

If you’re just looking for your working holiday visa and work essentials – including tax file number, Aussie bank account and tax refund help at the end of your trip – then check out the Kickstart Australia.

 

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