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Sydney Gap Year

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  • 8 Days/ 7 Nights
  • Group Size: 22
  • Age range: 18 to 45
  • Starts: Sydney
  • Finishes: Sydney
  • Location: Australia

WORKING HOLIDAY IN AUSTRALIA

This is the great start to your Australian adventure and is ideal for backpackers, students, au pairs or Working Holiday travellers. Take advantage of the Working Holiday visa scheme and enjoy up to a year in Oz. You’ll experience this incredible city’s picturesque beaches, beautiful wildlife and cultural heritage with a group of people on a similar adventure and travel journey.

Then it’s time to get job hunting with the help of our expert jobs team in Sydney: We’ll help you find a job and get you set for up to a year of paid work. Get advice and assistance organising interviews & arranging accommodation, support one on one employment meeting, plus lifetime access to employer database and advice. It’s the perfect way to kick off an unforgettable working holiday adventure!

WHO IS THIS TRIP FOR?

This trip is a great way to start your Gap Year adventure in Australia! Whether for a working holiday or just a trip around the country Oz Gap Year is the perfect introduction to the Aussie way of life.

To be able to work in Australia you need to be aged between 18 – 30 (or up to 35 for some countries) and be eligible for a working holiday visa.
You should have a sense for adventure, be curious to learn about new cultures and like to experience something different.

CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY *

If you are planning to work in Australia whilst you’re here you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. You can choose to book your Oz Gap Year programme with the visa included (only for Working Holiday Visa subclass 417). If you’re eligible for Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462), Grabatour Travel cannot apply for this visa for you, however, once you obtain this visa it will allow you to participate in the Oz Gap Year programme.

Please note: If you have a criminal record, you are still able to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, but due to the specific information required while filling out the application form we won’t be able to process your visa for you, and this must be applied individually.

This Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) is available to passport holders who come from:

Belgium
Canada
the Republic of Cyprus
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Germany
Hong Kong SAR
the Republic of Ireland
Italy
Japan
the Republic of Korea
Malta
the Netherlands
Norway
Sweden
Taiwan
United Kingdom

Or you’re a citizen of and hold a valid passport from one of these countries:

Argentina
Austria
Chile
China, People’s Republic of
Czech Republic
Hungary
Indonesia
Israel
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Peru
Poland
Portugal
San Marino
Singapore
Slovak Republic
Slovenia
Spain
Thailand
Turkey
Uruguay
United States of America
Vietnam

People hold one of the above passports can still apply for a similar visa called the Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462). Grabatour Travel cannot apply for this visa for you, however once you obtain this visa it will allow you to participate in the Oz Gap Year programme.

To be eligible for a working holiday visa, applicants need to meet the following requirements:

Hold a passport issued by an eligible country or region
Be aged 18-30 (inclusive) at the time of applying
Not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during their stay in Australia
Meet health, character and financial requirements
Not have previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (unless applying for a second visa)
Be outside Australia when they apply and when their visa is granted
Apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia.
Have sufficient funds to cover your expected living/trip costs during your stay
Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
Have health insurance

How to apply:

You can choose our inclusive visa booking option and we can process the Working Holiday Visa application for you, or you may wish to apply for your own visa via Australian Immigration.

Medicare

You will need to apply for Medicare once you are in Australia and in order to do this please ensure that you can provide TWO forms of ID e.g. passport, driving licence, birth certificate.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Arrival Day: Airport Shuttle/1st Night of Hostel Accommodation.
  • Monday: Meet & Greet/City Tour/Phone, Bank Account & TFN Set Up/Welcome Meal & Drink.
  • Tuesday: Aboriginal Cultural Walk/Sydney Icons Walk/Cocktail Making Class/Group Dinner/ Cool Bar.
  • Wednesday: Road Trip/Royal National Park/Sea Cliff Bridge/Surfing/Overnight Stay At Surf Camp.
  • Thursday: Dolphin Cruise/Whitest Sand in The World/Beach Games.
  • Friday: Work & Travel Presentation/Bondi Beach.
  • Saturday: One-on-One Work & Travel Session/Bar Crawl Sunday: Rooftop BBQ & Farewell Drinks.

MAKE FRIENDS

You will be travelling with a group of fun, exciting and interesting people from everywhere in the world! And you can easily make new friends along the trip.

Small groups, insider access, and personal freedom to follow the whim of the moment are the order of the day, every day.
Groups sizes are usually between 5 – 22 people with most groups even celebrating reunions years after their trip! Chat with other people from your group before you leave home!

VISA

All visitors to Australia (excepting those from New Zealand) will require a visa or e-visa/ETA to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out here you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. If you are just heading to Australia for fun however, an ETA will suffice. Both visas can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information.
Also, check out the general Australian visa requirement here.

FLIGHTS + TRAVEL INSURANCE

Sure! We recommend searching and comparing flight prices using Skyscanner.com.
Travel insurance is highly recommended for all of our trips in Australia. You can get this in the Insurance section of our site.

DEPOSIT POLICY

If your start date is more than 40 days away, you can secure your spot by paying a 10% deposit.
Simply select the ‘deposit’ option when you Check out. We’ll hold you a spot on your chosen start date and send you a link to pay the remaining amount.

The balance must be paid in full at least 40 days prior to your tour start date. If you are booking within 40 days of your start date the deposit option is not available so you need to pay in full.

PHOTOS

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ITINERARY

DAY 1SUNDAY (ARRIVAL DAY)

Welcome to Sydney! You will meet your group and guide on Monday, so you need to be in Sydney on Sunday night.

No matter the day or time you land, your airport transfer will take you to the hostel where you can relax before an incredible week ahead. And trust us when we say this – there’s no better place to relax than the rooftop of the hostel we’ll be taking you to. With the best hostel view in the world, Sydney Harbour YHA is the BEST place to start your Australia adventure.

Landing a few days before? No worries! Your airport pickup is included for any day before the tour and we can organise any required extra nights at the YHA accommodation.

Sunday night is the first night of accommodation that is included as part of the tour, but if you need any extra nights before just let us know and we’ll be happy to arrange them for you!

DAY 2MONDAY

City Stroll & Family Dinner

Today’s the day you meet your guide and the travel fam you’ll be starting your Australian adventure with, how exciting! After getting to know each other, we’ll get your bank account, sim card and Tax File Number organised for you so you can explore stress-free.

Taking you through the city on foot, we’ll show you why Sydney is such an iconic and charming city, and why travellers absolutely love it. Your Instagram will be the envy of all your friends by this evening!

We’ll end our first day together with a Welcome Dinner at one of Sydney’s most iconic venues..

Meal and Drink Inclusions: Dinner & Drink

DAY 3TUESDAY

Culture, Cocktails & Hidden Gems

Sure travelling is about seeing the icons, but we also want you to experience the lesser known tourist areas/activities too.

Australia is home to the world’s oldest continuous civilisation, so we’ll spend the morning learning all about it with our own private Aboriginal Cultural Tour.

After taking a good look at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, we’ll explore suburbs that the locals love. How will we do that?

Well firstly by embracing Sydney’s bar culture with our own private cocktail making class, how cool is that?! By then you’ll need to eat so we’re going to treat you to dinner at a place that only locals know, where you can try food from an incredible range of various delicious cuisines!

Meal and Drink Inclusions: Dinner & 2 Drinks

DAY 4WEDNESDAY

Roadtripping, Surfing & Sunsetting

Rise and shine, we’re going on a road trip of a lifetime! After passing through Australia’s first National Park for a short explore, you’ll witness some breathtaking lookouts and coastline scenery as we drive along the Sea Cliff Bridge to our destination, Surf Camp!

After lunch we’ll suit up for an afternoon surf lesson, the best feeling ever. And while we’re all still sunkissed with salt water in our hair, we’ll take in the sunset and argue who was the best in the water!

Meal and Drink Inclusions: Lunch and Dinner

DAY 5THURSDAY

Wildlife and the Whitest Sand in the World

It’s been wow up to now, but today is truly special.

After breakfast at the surf camp, we’ll be back on the road as we head to the stunning Jervis Bay area, famous for a couple of things.

Firstly, DOLPHINS! Yes that’s right, you’ll be spending the morning on a boat watching these majestic creatures jump alongside you, all whilst you take in the beauty of the Bay area.

Secondly, Jervis Bay is also famous for having THE WHITEST SAND in the world, so guess what you’re doing in the afternoon? That’s right, you’ll be spending some time on it!

To top it all off, we’ll organise some great beach games for you to get the good group vibes going strong.

Meal and Drink Inclusions: Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6FRIDAY

Work & Travel Presentation and Bondi Beach

Now it’s time for some adulting (in the best way) by thinking about what’s next on your Australian adventure. Do you want to travel up the East Coast? Sleep under the stars in the Outback? Get a bar job or start farm work straight away? We’ll have 2 presentations, 1 on employment and 1 on travel, covering everything you need to know to make the most of your time in Australia.

Once we’ve finished, it’s back to doing what we do best – ticking that Aussie bucket list. Next stop Bondi Beach! You’ll have the whole afternoon to explore, try to find the Bondi Rescue team, sunbathe and swim!

DAY 7SATURDAY

Your Work & Travel Help by Day, Bar Crawl by Night

It’s time for our one-on-one work and travel sessions! After taking in the presentations on the Friday, today is your chance to ask all of your questions. We understand every traveller is different so that’s why you’ll sit down with one of our work and travel experts so they can answer every question and give you every bit of help putting together YOUR personal perfect Australian adventure.

By the end of your appointment you will be feeling more confident and excited about what you’re doing next, meaning it’s time to celebrate. How? Bar Crawl style for a final night with your travel family.

Meal and Drink Inclusions: Snacks and 4 Drinks

DAY 8SUNDAY

Rooftop BBQ & Family Goodbyes

Sunday will be all about looking back on the best week of your lives. You’ve gone out of your comfort zone, you’ve seen and experienced new things, you’ve got amazing memories but most importantly, you’ve now got friends for life. We’ll fire up the barbecue and enjoy Sydney’s beautiful skyline for one last time as a family, while we reflect on how amazing this city is and how much better it was to experience it all together.

I’m not crying, you’re crying!

Meal and Drink Inclusions: Lunch.

The intro week is over, but that’s only the start of your Aussie adventure! Whether it’s about finding work, finding a flat or exploring Australia our crew is there to help you out.

INCLUSIONS

AIRPORT PICKUP

Get picked up from the airport and taken to your hostel, any day, any time.

Airport Transfer & Hostel Hangs

Welcome to Sydney! You will meet your group and guide on Monday, so you need to be in Sydney on Sunday night.

No matter the day or time you land, your airport transfer will take you to the hostel where you can relax before an incredible week ahead.

And trust us when we say this – there’s no better place to relax than the rooftop of the hostel we’ll be taking you to. With the best hostel view in the world, Sydney Harbour YHA is the BEST place to start your Australia adventure.

Sunday night is the first night of accommodation that is included as part of the tour, but if you need any extra nights before just let us know and we’ll be happy to arrange them for you!

ACTIVITIES

Walking City Tour.
Welcome Dinner & Drink.
Aboriginal Cultural Tour.
2 Day/1 Night Getaway and Overnight Stay at Surf Camp.
Surf Lesson.
Dolphin Cruise
Beach games.
See the whitest sand in the world.
Street Food Market (Dinner included)
Surry Hills Bar (drink included)
Bondi Beach Day.
Cocktail Making Class.
Bar Crawl Entry.
Farewell Rooftop BBQ.

ACCOMMODATION

● 6 nights dorm accommodation at YHA Sydney Harbour.
● 1 night dorm accommodation at Surf Camp Australia.
● Extra nights/private upgrades available.

Can’t get enough of the iconic landmarks and Sydney skyline? Good, because you’ll spend 6 nights at Sydney Harbour YHA. It is probably the best hostel view in the World.

Your other night will be spent at the legendary Surf Camp Australia as part of our 2 day getaway on the South Coast.

MEALS

● 1 Breakfast.
● 3 Lunches.
● 3 Dinners.
● Cocktail making and drinks.
● Bar crawl drinks.
● Suitable for vegans.
● Suitable for vegetarians.
● Gluten free options available.

GROUP LEADER

Fully Guided.
Our leaders are professional, fun, have expert local knowledge & will show you the best time!

TRANSPORTATION

● Tram.
● Private bus For 2 day getaway.
● Airport shuttle.

EMPLOYMENT HELP - PAID WORK OPPORTUNITIES

As part of your Welcome to Sydney Gap Year package you will receive exclusive tips, resources and guidance towards finding a job and farm work in Australia. We will present you with all of the basic information needed to get started, and give you access to our huge database of employers and contacts in sectors such as hospitality, retail, construction, sales and marketing and many more. We also send out a weekly update email that highlights the most recent job and farm work opportunities we come across. We also help you with:

Bank Account Set Up.
Tax File Number Set Up.
Australian Sim Card.
Employment Help.
Lifetime Membership & Support.
Discounted RSA/RSG Courses.
Medicare Help.
Luggage Storage.
Mail Holding.

There are loads of awesome jobs on offer across Australia. We’ll help you find a job and get you set for up to 36 months (3 years) of paid work.

*Under the terms of the working holiday visa, you can work for the same employer for a maximum of six months. You can continue to work for the same employer for a further six months if you switch to another branch of the company.

*Just in case it’s not clear already, we’re not an employment or recruitment agency, so please don’t book with us if that’s what you’re looking for. We sell and organise amazing international travel experiences for the purpose of cultural exchange & education. If a trip has a paid work opportunity/employment help, this is not mandatory to do and is there as a means to fund your travels, and no fee is charged by us for this component. All payments you make are for travel and local support services. If you’re still confused, please get in touch.

EXCLUSIONS

FLIGHTS

International flights not included.
We recommend searching and comparing flight prices using SkyScanner.com or contact us for a great flight deal.

INSURANCE

Travel Insurance is NOT included, however it is mandatory for you to have travel insurance for the duration of your tour. If you require travel insurance, Grabatour Travel has partnered up with World Nomads to provide a hassle-free experience. More information can be found here.

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

The following options are available with this tour. Simply select the corresponding add-on during booking at the Check-out page!

Extra Night Sydney
Arrived earlier than the actual Start Date? You can add an extra night in Sydney.

Working Holiday Visa Australia
Coming to Australia for a Working Holiday? Take the hassle out of arranging your Working Holiday Visa and let us do it for you! We’ll arrange everything for you, all you have to do is sit back, relax and get excited for your trip of a lifetime!.

Skydive Australia
Get the Ultimate adrenaline rush and book your Skydive today! Multiple locations available, including the incredible Mission Beach – Jump over the Great Barrier Reef and land on the beach! Excludes $35 levy payable on arrival. (Please note, depending on the Skydive Location you choose, you may need an extra night in Cairns to include this activity in your package).

Dive Course
Gain your PADI diving certification during our 5D/5N trip which includes 2 nights on a live-aboard vessel on the Great Barrier Reef! Includes all your accommodation in one of our favourite hostel in Cairns, all meals whilst on the live-aboard, all equipment and theory/pool lessons! This trip is open-dated so you can travel when it suits you!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I’m a bit nervous about travelling solo halfway across the world! Will the group help me with this?

Of course you are – anyone would be – and of course we will! We completely understand you because we’ve been you.

One thing about our tours that amazes us the most is how close our travellers get on tour, and how they become one big, tight-knit family at the end.

We have people who were in the same tour group with us a year ago, who are still travelling the world together now! Everyone’s in the same boat, and you will make friends for life.

Do I need a visa to come to Australia?

Yes you do! If you’re coming here just as a tourist to visit Australia, you’ll need a Visitor Visa.

If you’re coming here to work while you’re on holiday, you’ll need either a Working Holiday Visa (417) or a Work and Holiday Visa (462), depending on which country you’re from.

You can find more information and a list of the various visas HERE.

How do I apply for a visa?

We recommend organising this as soon as possible.

The application can be completed through your travel agent, or directly through the same Australian Government website as above.

We always recommend checking Australian Government website for any specific enquiries.

If I’m not on a Working Holiday Visa, can I still do the tour?

Absolutely! It doesn’t matter if you’re coming to this beautiful country to work, visit friends or family, study, sunbathe with the kangaroos or perfect your Australian accent. All of our travellers will still get the full package: a lifetime membership to our wonderful little travel family, a week full of food, friends and fun and any support you may need along the way.

What is the average age of people on tour?

Our tours cater for people aged 18-39 years old. The average age varies each week and that’s what we love about it.

How does the deposit system work?

The $99 deposit is required to secure your booking. But don’t worry! Full payment is only required 28 days before your departure date, which gives you time to save money for it!

However, if you make a booking within 28 days of your departure date, you will need to pay the full amount at the time of booking.

We also want to be flexible – so if you pay your deposit and later realise you have to change your date, don’t panic.

You can change the date of your booking, unlimited times and subject to availability, up until 28 days before your departure date. Please note that date changes made between 28 – 15 days before your departure date will incur a $50 fee, and changes made 14 days or less prior to departure are not possible.

I’ve never stayed in a dorm before, what should I expect?

Expect the best experience ever!

As long as you’re polite and friendly then you’ll be fine. To get the best out of your experience we recommend talking to people in your dorm as soon as possible. Travel broadens the mind and that is mainly because of people you meet. Listen to where they’ve been, what they’ve loved, what they recommend, their funniest stories, all of it! This will be you in a few months!

Sure, from time to time you may have a cliché guitar player, a loud snorer or a 6am deodorant-sprayer (you’ll know what I mean soon!) but that’s all part of travelling and the people you meet will be a big part of your stories and travel experiences!

All dorms have lockers, but you will need to buy a small padlock to use them.

We aim to try and get everyone in the same dorm, but if you have any special requests such as, you want to be in an all female dorm or you want to upgrade to your own room. Then will be able to assist you.

How much will I need for food and drinks on Sydney Gap Year: the 8 Day?

1 breakfast, 3 dinners and 3 lunches are included as part of the tour, as well as some delicious tastings. Outside of that, you’ll be able to find lunch for between $6-15 and dinner for $10-$20. If you want to save money, you can always team up with people and cook dinners at the hostel!

For drinks, the welcome dinner will include a drink, and you’ll be given another four during the bar crawl – how good is that! Outside of that, drinks usually cost between $7-11 but we can also point you in the direction of plenty of places with happy hours offering drinks for $5-6.

Because accommodation, activities and some food and drink is already included, we would suggest that $200-$250 of extra spending money during your week with us will be enough!

How much money would you recommend bringing to Australia?

This depends on trip length, your travel style (backpacker or flashpacker) and what you are wanting to experience here in Australia.

According to the Australian Government, you need $5,000AUD in your bank account on arrival if you’re coming on a Working Holiday visa. This is a good savings target if you are wanting to either travel for a month or set yourself up for working and living in Australia after the Sydney Gap Year: Working Holiday Intro week.

However, everybody is different and to give yourself the best chance of experiencing as many things as possible in Australia, we would recommend just saving up as much as possible before you come travelling.

What happens after my Sydney Gap Year adventure?

That’s up to you! Everyone has different plans for their time in Australia. You might even find that your plans may change halfway during the tour after meeting some new friends.

Either way, our team is here to support you before, during and after the welcome week. Whether it’s work or travel you’re looking to organise or get advice on, we’ll be able to help you.

We will go through options that suit you specifically in the one-on-one sessions on the Saturday of the tour. We then have our Travel Experience Team who will be there to help you throughout your whole time in Australia!

Can you help me plan my travels around Australia?

Of course! During our travel presentation, we will give you an overview of all the beautiful and exciting destinations and experiences around Australia.

Following this, during your one-on-one sessions with our team, we will talk more specifically about what exactly you want to see and do, and we’ll help you plan everything. We want to make sure you have the most amazing adventure possible while you’re here!

How will I find a job?

With our help, that’s how! As part of your Welcome to Sydney package you will receive exclusive tips, resources and guidance towards finding a job and farm work in Australia.

We will present you with all of the basic information needed to get started, and give you access to our huge database of employers and contacts in sectors such as hospitality, retail, construction, sales and marketing and many more.

We also send out a weekly update email that highlights the most recent job and farm work opportunities we come across.

When will I receive my SIM Card?

Depending when you land you will receive your Australian Sim Card on Friday morning before the tour or on Monday morning of the tour, during the meet and greet session.

Don’t panic! You will be able to jump on the free wi-fi at the hostel and airport beforehand to let everyone back home know that you got to Sydney safe and sound.

What is a Tax File Number (TFN)?

This is basically a personal identity number created for you by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). It is required if you want to work in Australia, so that you can be correctly taxed on your income from day one.

You will provide this number to each employer you have while you are in Australia and your tax will be deducted from your wage accordingly, just as it would be in your home country.

Why do I need a bank account?

If you’re travelling as a tourist for just a few weeks, you don’t need one – a pre-loaded travel cash card will work just fine!

If you’re here for a longer period of time (for example, on a Working Holiday Visa) then it’s highly recommended to open an Australian bank account. Not only will you save a lot on exchange/transaction fees, but employers will only pay wages into an Australian account. It’s also an extremely easy process that we will organise for you.

You can fast-track the whole process by creating a Transferwise account, so that you can already have Australian dollars in your account for when you get here. But don’t worry about all of this now, we’ll explain it all soon!

What is Medicare and how do I organise it?

Medicare is Australia’s health care scheme, which allows Australians and some overseas visitors to access certain health services at little or no cost. Only a handful of countries are eligible to apply for Medicare in Australia, including:

Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, The Republic of Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Click HERE to see details for eligibility and details for enrolment, such as what documents you will need to bring to service centres. We will also explain this in more detail when you arrive and point you in the right direction.

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