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Ultimate Arrival Package - Australia

Everybody knows a friend or relative who's been to Australia as part of a gap year working holiday. It's virtually a pilgrimage for young travellers to explore the world and to see what all the craze is about in the 'land down under'! The issue you can face is being able to get everything arranged when you first arrive and this program is here to take the stress out of the experience to ensure you're getting the full potential from your trip.

Why choose The Ultimate Working Holiday - Australia program?

  • It gives you the peace of mind in knowing that your arrival into Australia is organized on your behalf and includes airport transfers and accommodation arrangements before you even get there.
  • It eliminates the concerns of setting up bank accounts, tax numbers and beginning the process of searching for a job.
  • Your adventures will begin the moment you step off the plane as you make new friends in this small group environment and take part in some very exciting experiences in Australia.

You'll get to take a stunning Sydney harbor cruise, head out on walking city tours, enjoy dolphin watching, sandboarding, cuddle a kangaroo, see koala's in the wild and party the night away with your new friends at the Sydney pub crawl celebrations toward the end of your program.

Each day in Australia is an Ultimate Adventure!

Your trip consists of a 7-day adventure package with the option to purchase additional nights of accommodation at a highly discounted rate. These optional additional nights in the hostel (starting at $90 for 3 extra nights) will allow you to either settle in before your adventure or give you more time to explore Sydney after it! We suggest the additional days so you can also take a look at all the job opportunities offered with your new job site membership. Here is what will be included in the main 7 days that make up your adventure:

This first day is all about getting settled in, sorting your bank account, acquiring a tax file number (so you can get a paycheck when you land that job!) and getting your mobile SIM so you are ready for the remainder of your trip. Let's be honest, no one likes the boring stuff so let's get it out of the way as early as possible! You'll then take a guided walking tour of Sydney, including a look at Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House and the Botanical Gardens -- all wonderful sights. Make sure to take your camera -- there are dozens of great photo opportunities along the way. At the end of the day you'll meet as a group for your welcome dinner, with the food and a drink already covered!
Sydney is on the waterfront, and there is absolutely no better way to check out the city than by taking a cruise around Sydney Harbour. You'll boat around Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Potts Point, Sydney Opera House, Fort Dennison, Luna Park and Watson’s Bay. Take an amazing cliff-top walk with breath taking views, swim at pristine beaches and enjoy the incredible sights of Sydney from the natural harbour.
Head out of the city for a 3-day / 2-night trip to Basecamp! Located north of Sydney, the area is famous for its absolutely stunning beaches, impressive sand dunes and an abundance of wildlife including dolphins, whales and koalas. Basecamp is located just a 5 minute walk from the beach which is also home to Josie, a tame kangaroo who lives on the property! Chill with Josie, take a swim or get a tan because it's time to relax! At the end of the day your group will get together for a dinner of pizza and a night around the camp fire.
We'll jump in the 4WD and ride up to the biggest sand dunes around and try out some sand-boarding! Our only advice is to make sure you don't open your mouth when you fall or you'll be chewing sand for days. Don't say we didn't warn you! Next, take a guided bush walk to our favorite lookout, enjoy the breathtaking scenery, search for koalas in the treetops and migrating whales in the ocean if you're there between May and November. Settle down in the evening with a BBQ dinner and drinks around the campfire with your new friends.
Get up close to wild bottlenose dolphins, keep an eye out for turtles and see if you can spot whales while on an amazingPacific Ocean day cruise. Chill out on deck or ride upfront on the boom net, while dolphins swim just underneath you. You'll head to another great beach to anchor up for a swim before heading back to Sydney where you will check in to the group hostel and spend the rest of the day seeing some more of the city's sights at your leisure.
Starting from the hostel, take a cliff-top stroll from Coogee to Bondi and check out the 5 beaches along the way, giving you plenty of chance to relax and swim! Then back at the hostel, get all dressed up for a fun night in Sydney! Meet up at one of our favorite party bars before jumping on our Sydney Pub Crawl bus. You will visit 5 bars in the city and near the beach, receiving a free drink at each one!
Sunday is a day to recover from the night before and continue to absorb the wonders of Sydney at your own pace. Get yourself set for the next stage of your adventure and finalize your plans for work and accommodation as your time with the group wraps up.


The Australian Working Holiday Visa

If you are between 18 and 30 years old, you are eligible for a Working Holiday Visa. This allows you to live and casually work anywhere in Australia for 12 months, allowing you to earn money to fund your trip.

You need to be outside Australia when you apply and when your visa is granted. You cannot have previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa. It costs approximately $460 AUD for a Working Holiday visa. Depending on your circumstances you may need to undertake a medical examination, which will not be included in your visa application charge and will need to be completed before a decision can be made on your visa application.

You need to have sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial stage of your working holiday. Generally, $5000 AUD is regarded as sufficient, but the amount may vary depending on your length of stay and the extent of your travel -- not to worry! You should also have a return flight, onward ticket or the funds for a fare to depart Australia at the end of your working holiday.

How to Apply

You will be asked to choose a departure date and make a deposit of $100 to confirm your program. Not quite sure when you want to go? That's okay! Simply start your application and we will be in touch about how to plan out your working holiday in Australia.

What’s Included?

  • Airport pick-up via shuttle bus transfer 
  • Accommodation at WakeUp, voted Australia's best hostel 
  • Welcome dinner & drinks
  • Guided Sydney tour
  • Info session
  • Sydney Harbour cruise
  • Trip to, and accommodation at, the amazing Basecamp beach resort
  • Sandboarding
  • Dolphin cruise
  • Sydney party bus pub crawl
  • Beach walk
  • Online RSA (Responsible service of alcohol) training course*
  • Barman key skills training course
  • 12-Months TAW membership (Travelers at Work - Australia's top job database)
  • 12-Months mail forwarding service
  • Bank Account/ SIM card/ TFN (Tax File Number) arranged 

*RSA course is valid in Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia, and South Australia. It is not valid in New South Wales or Victoria but a valid classroom course can be bought, and paid for, separately.

What's Not Included?

  • International flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Working Holiday Visa (approx. $460 USD)
  • Living expenses
  • LATE ARRIVALS: If your flight is scheduled to arrive after 10PM, please make your way to the train station and purchase a one-way ticket ($16) to the City. Get off at Central Station and walk to the Pitt St. Exit. Your hostel will be straight ahead. Keep your ticket and we will refund you at the office!



This list is an example of the jobs featured on the database you will have access to while on the Ultimate Working Holiday program in Australia. Once on the program, you will be able to log into a similar list and apply for jobs!

Hotel Allrounder, NSW
Hours: Full time
Pay: $19/ hour
Small family hotel looking for a hotel all-rounder to join our young team. You will be cleaning rooms, serving in the restaurant, taking bookings at reception, and making coffee in the cafe (if possible).

Bar/ Waiting Staff, QLD
Hours: 30hrs+
Pay: $750/week (meals provided)
The successful candidate will have a passion for providing outstanding customer service with shiny personality and knowledge of food and beverage restaurant service.

Amusement Machine Merchandiser, NSW
Hours:40 hrs/ week
Pay: $18/ hour
We operate amusement machines throughout Australia. This position is for our Sydney based operation. We are looking for an enthusiastic person to service our machines.

Furniture Removalist, NSW
Hours: 30-40 hours/ week
Pay: $21.50/ hour
You would be responsible for the delivery and collection of furniture and appliances to and from customer homes.

Nursery Helpers, VIC
Hours: Full Time
Pay: $18.90/ hour
We require two hard working backpackers to help us bagging rose plants and with other general duties at a busy nursery.

Milker/ General Farm Hand, SA
Hours: 40-50 hours/ week
Pay: $750/ week (accommodation provided)
Looking for people with experience in the dairy industry, mainly with milk harvesting, and also odd jobs around the farm, like weeds, feeding stock etc.

Polo Groom, NSW
Hours: Full Time
Pay: $18/ hour
We are actively looking for people to join our team for the upcoming season. Must be energetic and self motivated to run a small polo farm in regional NSW.

Plumber/ Tiler
Hours: 40hours+
Pay: $150/ day
A fit and enthusiastic worker with plumbing and/or tiling trade skills is required to complete maintenance and renovation of a historic 1880's merchant store and several other properties. Accommodation and full board is provided in a private, free standing studio.

This ranch training program includes 5 days of horseback riding, calf wrestling, sheep mustering, cattle drafting and whip cracking in the stunning Australian outback! You'll have the awesome opportunity to gain the basic skills needed to work on a farm or cattle station in Oz whilst having the ultimate time of your life!

Travel to Ranch 
We'll arrange your train journey to Tamworth, NSW where you'll spend the night before starting your epic ranch training course. You'll meet others in your group as you spend the night together in your pre-arranged accommodation. Your rep will meet you the following morning and take you to the farm.
Horse Riding and Handling 
Learn how to ride the Aussie way as you gain knowledge and skills for general horse handling and care. You'll be introduced to the way of natural horsemanship and learn how horses think as you communicate with them. The best part about working with the horses? Taking them for a swim in the warmer months in a local swimming hole!
The lasso is used today in rodeaos as part of the competitive events, such as calf roping and team roping. It's also still used on working farms in Australia to capture cattle or other livestock when necessary. You'll get to learn the art of lassoing as you practice catching cattle with your fellow ranch buddies.
Cattle Mustering
You'll muster cattle from the paddocks to the yard and assist with stock work such as drenching and tagging. A 'muster' is the process of gathering livestock and usually involves cattle, sheep or horses.
Sheep Sheering
Sheep shearing is generally carried out in the Spring on Aussie farms, so that the sheep don't become overheated in the Summer months! A long fleece will become dirty as it drags along the ground which in turn, make the sheep less mobile. During your time on the ranch, you'll have the unique opportunity to shear a sheep from experienced handlers and you'll also get to learn more about sheep health and husbandry.
Meals and Accommodation 
Included in this add-on are 5 days / 4 nights of accommodation as well as all of your meals. Evenings are usually spent around the campfire with open air camp oven cooked meals. This is your opportunity to truly experience the Aussie outback in all it's glory. As a quick summary, here's what else is included: 5 Day / 4 Night Ranch Program Travel from Sydney One night accommodation in Tamworth All meals Possible job upon completion
Job Contacts
pon successful completion of the programme, you'll be granted access to a list of available job contacts which will enable you to source a farm job anywhere in Australia that suits your skills and ability. Most jobs include meals on the farm plus accommodation; you can also expect to earn $200-$500 per week after tax.


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