This trip is a great way to travel to Southeast Asia and Oceania. Starting with Thailand before heading for a 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 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.
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.
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:
the Republic of Cyprus
Hong Kong SAR
the Republic of Ireland
the Republic of Korea
Or you’re a citizen of and hold a valid passport from one of these countries:
China, People’s Republic of
United States of America
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.
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.
– Experience buzzing Bangkok, party on Khao San Road and enjoy 2 days’ adventure of Khao Sok National Park.
– Visit the idyllic Thai Islands: Chill out on Koh Phi Phi, relax on Koh Phangan and have an amazing fullmoon party!
– Hop across to Australia for one week of unforgettable fun in the sun at Sydney and beach camp, including city tours, sandboarding and beach time!
– Find a paid job in Australia with expert assistance from the jobs team, help with the practicalities of job hunting and 12 months of job support and advice.
– Spend a few months earning money doing paid work in Australia with your Working Holiday Visa, plus plan in time to travel and explore Down Under!
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 3 – 12 people with most groups even celebrating reunions years after their trip! Chat with other people from your group before you leave home!
The trip lasts 8 days & 7 nights with start dates throughout the year.
Trips do book out quickly, so get in touch today!
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.
Please visit our FAQ page.
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.
Day 1: Bangkok – Airport Transfer & Welcome Night
You’ll be picked up from the airport & driven directly to our hotel near Khao San Road. Meet the rest of your group & your Thailand Experiencetour guide later tonight for the welcome dinner. After your first taste of Thailand, we’ll explore some of our favourite Bangkok nightlife spots!
> Group meet at 6pm. Dinner included
Day 2: Bangkok – Temple Tour & Cultural Bangkok
The next day our city tour begins with a boat trip through Bangkok’s busy rivers and canals. Our local guide will show you a different side to the city and tell you all about Bangkok’s interesting history, religion and culture. Explore the Temple of Dawn ‘Wat Arun’, Reclining Buddha Temple ‘Wat Pho’ and check out the shopping mall and markets.
Day 3: Bangkok – Overnight Train to Paradise
You’ll get to sleep in the next morning, then head to the markets for some shopping before jumping on the overnight sleeper train. Grab some dinner on the train before settling in (to your own bed!) for the night.
Day 4: Khao Sok National Park – Floating Raft Houses & Jungle Tour
Today, we travel to paradise! We’ll jump on the traditional long tail boat to our floating raft houses hidden deep in the rainforest of Khao Sok National Park. Spot amazing wildlife, breathtaking scenery & learn about the history of the area. The clear water is warm all year round so take a dip, kayak on the lake or just chill on deck! This evening, we’ll enjoy a tasty Thai dinner with fish caught for us fresh from the lake!
> Lunch & Dinner included
Day 5: Khao Sok National Park – Baby Monkeys & Jungle Village
Wake up in your bamboo raft house to the sound of monkeys in the treetops. After breakfast, we’ll head on a trek through the jungle and explore one of the many hidden caves before we travel to our next stop, Khao Sok Jungle Village where we get to visit some baby monkeys. On the way, we’ll stop off to spot baby monkeys in the jungle – they’re not shy! Chill out at Jungle Village, where you’ll have the option to go river tubing (depending on the season). That evening we go to our favourite Thai Reggae Bar for dinner.
> Breakfast & Lunch included
Day 6: Koh Phi Phi – Sunset Viewpoint & Fire Shows
Today we make our way to Krabi, where we board the ferry to Koh Phi Phi for two nights of tropical island fun! We arrive late afternoon and check in to our accommodation. That night we meet at our favourite beach bar for dinner and enjoy sunset drinks and music on the beach. We’ll take you to our favourite bars on the island, to watch the famous beach fire shows & to explore the awesome nightlife of Koh Phi Phi!
Day 7: Koh Phi Phi – Island Exploring
It’s time to explore the island! Start your morning with a swim at our accommodation before we head out on a boat tour of the Phi Phi Islands. We’ll explore the area, take in our paradise surroundings and stop off for a spot of snorkelling where you’ll see loads of amazing fish on the limestone reefs. That night we party at one of our favourite beach clubs!
> Lunch included
Day 8-10: Koh Phangan – Island Vibes
We leave Phi Phi and head over to Koh Phangan, home of the world-famous Full Moon Party. Arriving early evening, we’ll check into our accommodation located right next to the ocean, with crystal clear water and amazing sunsets. Tonight we relax with a few cocktails on the beach, watching the sun go down.
Our second day here is a free day to relax on the beach or explore Koh Phangan. Soak up the sun at the beach, go for a swim, go kayaking, snorkelling or check out some of Koh Phangan’s awesome island activities. Get launched into the air at WipeOut or go for a stroll through the town – there is heaps to do on Koh Phangan! Your group leader will help to arrange everything. That evening we enjoy more drinks and a night of fun!
Use the last day of the tour to plan the rest of your adventure in Thailand. Your group leader will help you arrange anything you need, whether you’re heading to another island or travelling back to the mainland. That evening we meet up for a farewell dinner & party on the beach at our favourite Koh Phangan beach bar! Your resort accommodation is included on the final night.
Day 11: It’s your adventure!
Today is the last day of your tour! It’s time to check out and say your last goodbyes to your new found travel buddies. Need help with your onward travel plans, just ask your group leader, they will be more than happy to help!
After your unforgettable days in Vietnam, it’s now time to explore Down Under in amazing Australia! Our Paid Jobs Australia programme is an essential package for those looking to earn money while they travel. This programme really has it all! It helps you set up all the essential stuff you need to get going on a job search in Australia. Plus you’ll enjoy an introductory week of fun in the sun!
Day 1 – Welcome Briefing, Sydney City Tour & Welcome Dinner
Meet your guides and all your new buddies in the hostel lounge. We then take you to our office, introduce you to the crew and give you an overview of what’s going to happen throughout the week as well as hand out your SIM card etc. Once that’s been sorted, we head out for our walking tour of the city including Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Opera House and the Botanical Gardens. Later tonight, we meet again for our Welcome Dinner and drinks. (Dinner and 1 drink included).
Day 2 – Information Session and Sydney Harbour Catamaran Cruise
We spend the morning talking about everything you need to know about your adventure in Australia including finding work, writing your CV, seasons and things to see & do. Later today, enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch on our awesome catamaran whilst seeing all the popular sights of Sydney including Darling Harbour, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Spend the day chilling, swimming and sunbaking! (BBQ lunch included)
Day 3 – Travel to the Basecamp
We depart Sydney and travel by bus to Oz Gap Year Basecamp in Port Stephens. Basecamp is set within 6 acres of rainforest, just 5 minutes walk to the beach. On arrival, check out the beach and have a swim before we enjoy tasty pizzas for dinner. That night, grab a torch and come possum-spotting or take a moonlit stroll along One Mile Beach. (Pizza dinner included)
Day 4 – Sandboarding & Bush Walk to Tomaree Head Lookout
After breakfast we jump in the 4WDs and head to the top of the sand dunes to try sandboarding! We return to Basecamp for lunch and then take a guided bush walk through Tomaree National Park. Enjoy stunning scenery and breathtaking views and the chance to see koalas in the treetops (all year round) and migrating whales (May – November). Tonight we have an Aussie BBQ and drinks around the campfire. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner included)
Day 5 – Dolphin Cruise & Travel Back to Sydney
We take an amazing dolphin watching cruise and get up close to wild bottlenose dolphins. Relax on deck or ride in the boom net while dolphins swim underneath. Then we hit the beach for a swim before heading back to Sydney. Check back into WakeUp at around 7pm. (Breakfast included)
Day 6 – Party Night
Time to explore Sydney’s nightlife! Join our pub crawl to some of Sydney’s best backpacker bars. (Express entry and some free drinks included)
Day 7 – Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach Walk
It’s been a long week, so we’re taking it easy today. Our guides pick you up at the hostel and we catch the bus to Coogee to start our stroll along the coast line to Bondi. See 5 stunning Sydney beaches, stop for lunch along the way and spend the afternoon chilling on Bondi Beach. Bus tickets need to be bought at own expense (about $7 return).
Day 8 – Planning the gap year
The intro week is over, but that’s only the start of the adventure! Whether it’s about finding work, finding a flat or exploring Australia our crew is there is assist.
Please note: Optional activities will be at your own cost and activities and itineraries are subject to change.
Please note: Flight from Thailand to Australia not included.
Please note: Depending on your start date, there could be some independent travel time between your Thailand Experience ending and your Paid Jobs Australia programme beginning. If this is the case, accommodation will be at your own cost. We can advise you of suitable accommodation options in either location, please speak to a travel advisor for further details.
After your intro week in Sydney is over, it’s time to kick-start your Oz job search. You can make appointments with our job support team in Sydney who can give you all the help and advice you’ll need in order to secure yourself a paid job. A job coordinator is available in our office in Sydney from Monday – Friday for general chats, CV reviews and job advice. You’ll also have a full 12 months of job support so feel free to contact the jobs team by email to answer any queries while you are travelling in Australia. We’ll get you your first job interview within 1 week of you telling us you are ready to start work.
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!
Our Oz job support programme includes:
12 months of access to the online jobs network and vacancies nationwide
A CV review service
An orientation session
Advice about setting up your own Australian bank account before you go
An Aussie SIM card
Tax File Number
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)
In Thailand: The Thailand Experience tour starts at 6pm on day 1 in Bangkok – airport transfer can be arranged for anytime of day as long as full flight details have been provided at least one week before the tour starts (arrival date, time & flight number).
In Sydney: An airport shuttle will be provided and a voucher will be supplied for your client to present to the driver at the airport. The instructions on the voucher will explain in depth what to do and where to go once landed.
Bangkok River & Temple Tour
Overnight sleeper train
Longtail boat cruise to rafthouses
Stay on floating rafthouses
Kayaking in Khao Sok National Park
Jungle trek and caving (seasonal)
Morning safari to see wild monkeys
Bus and ferry travel to
Koh Phi Phi Koh Phi Phi fire show & beach parties
Koh Phi Phi island boat tour
Snorkelling in Koh Phi Phi
Party in Koh Phangan
Private Sydney Catamaran Cruise (incl BBQ)
Return Transfer to our Basecamp
4WD through the Worimi Conservation Lands
Sandboard down the Stockton Bight Dunes
Mt Tomaree Bush Hike & Lookout
Interact with Australian Wildlife.
Beach Evening & Stargazing
Port Stephens Dolphin Cruise
Experience Sydney nightlife.
Coastal Beach Walk
Visit Bondi Beach
Total of 10-nights Accommodation
Overnight Sleeper Train
Sleep on Floating Rafthouses
Some Meals & Drinks
All Food on the Rafthouses
Your first week is all about fun and adventure in Sydney. Accommodation for the first seven nights of your stay is included:
5-nights at WakeUp Sydney, one of the world’s best hostels and right in the heart of the city. Everything is pre-arranged so your check-in will be quick & easy.
2-nights at Basecamp, 5min walk from the beach.
If you wish to pre-book an extra night’s accommodation on the final Sunday please let your travel advisor/group leader know and they will do this for you.
In your hostel in Sydney, you’ll enjoy modern facilities in shared dorm accommodation with other members of the group. Sharing in hostels is often the best way to meet a lot of new people very quickly, and by the end of the week, you’ll have heaps of new mates to discover the land Down Under with!
The hostel has 24-hour reception, a travel and information desk so you can get all the top city tips and book tours. The hostel has all the facilities on offer you can ask for, including phone booths on every floor, security lockers, laundry facilities, Internet and Wi-Fi, and a postal service.
What do I do about accommodation after the first week?
After the first week, most of our travellers choose to rent an apartment, often sharing with the new friends they have made in the first week. Our team in Sydney will be able to help you explore possible accommodation options either in Sydney or elsewhere in Australia. Please be aware that accommodation costs in Sydney can be high due to the desirability of the city as a location to live and work, but it’s worth it for the experience! Alternatively, you can apply for jobs further afield in Australia.
You can expect to pay at least £100-£150 per week on average for rent in Australia (costs in Sydney can be a little higher than average). The minimum contract is normally 2 – 3 months. Alternatively, you can extend your stay in a hostel – a great option for those that want to travel around. Hostels offer cheaper rates for those that want a long term stay. You can often walk in and get a room that day but we recommend that you make a reservation the night before. Depending on where you stay in Australia, you can expect to pay around £90-£130 per week in a hostel.
Please note that when you are working in Australia, you will earn enough to cover any living expenses such as rent, food and bills. If you would like any more information about costs and accommodation please contact us for more details.
Some meals and drinks.
All food on the rafthouses.
3 x Dinners, 2 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch
Welcome Hostel Dinner
Private Sydney Catamaran Cruise (incl BBQ)
P/s: We recommend a travel budget of approx $20-$30/ day for meals when not included in the itinerary.
Fully licensed, first aid trained and accessible 24/7 whilst on tour
Guides are experienced, have expert local knowledge & will show you the best time!
All transfers included.
P/s: Flights are not included.
12-Month Job Service with Travellers At Work
Travellers At Work (TAW) is Australia’s leading job network for travellers in Australia. Hundreds of jobs are available nationwide, with new jobs added daily. Customers receive TAW Membership with job offers from all over Australia. Other benefits include:
Access TAW’s online database of jobs all over Australia
Receive daily email updates of new job vacancies
Create online resumes, apply for jobs easily online on your phone, tablet or pc
Make profile available to be found by employers
Resume Review Service
An impressive CV / Resume will greatly increase your chance of finding work fast. The Job Consultants at Travellers At Work will be available to review your CV / Resume and provide recommendations for any essential improvements required.
‘Just Arrived’ Info Session
Our Work & Travel Experts will provide an ‘all you need to know’ overview of living, travelling, working and partying in Australia! We will answer any questions and explain in detail everything you need to know to get the most of your adventure in Oz.
12-Months Mail Service
Every traveller in Australia needs a fixed mailing address. It’s essential to set up your Tax File Number, bank account and Medicare (if eligible) and a great way for family/friends to send you letters and parcels. UltimateOz’s Mail Holding Service provides a safe and secure fixed mailing address for your client’s entire stay in Australia. With an UltimateOz mail service clients can access their mail from anywhere at anytime. Mail will be uploaded to a secure server and can be viewed online.
Australian Bank Account
We will provide you with the necessary information and instructions on how to set up their Australian Bank Account before you leave home. Once you have submitted the online application form which only takes about 3 minutes, you will receive an email from the Commonwealth Bank with your account details, allowing you to transfer funds into the account online. Upon arrival in Sydney, the staff at UltimateOz will direct you to the Commonwealth Bank branch (maps and directions in welcome letter for regional arrivals), where you can collect their ATM card straight away.
Tax File Number
The staff at UltimateOz will apply for your Tax File Number. The TFN will be issued within about 2 weeks after arrival and will be uploaded to your UltimateOz Mail Service Account. You may work whilst waiting for your TFN.
Mobile Phone SIM Card
Ultimate Oz will reserve your Australian mobile phone SIM card. Upon arrival, UltimateOz will help you choose a suitable pre-paid plan and activate the service.
Free unlimited WIFI Internet access during office hours at our UltimateOz office.
Responsible Service of Alcohol Course
RSA provides hotel, bar and club staff with the knowledge and awareness required to responsibly sell, serve and supply alcohol within licensed venues. An RSA license is essential for most hospitality work. As there are different regulations in every state, our course is valid for QLD, WA, SA and NT. The course is done online, so whenever you’re ready and wherever you are.
Bar Skills Course
The course provides you with all the skills you need to work in a busy bar. Learn how to pour beer, open and present wine, mix drinks, pour shots, use the post-mix guns, ice machines and much more. This course is offered in the showcase bar of our Sydney training center.
If you’re from the UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium or the Republic of Ireland you may be eligible for free healthcare (Medicare) whilst in Australia, although its always advisable to have adequate travel insurance also. We’ll help you arrange Medicare once you arrive in Sydney.
If you plan to stay and work in Sydney for a while, you’ll save money and make great friends in a shared house. We’ll help you beat the rush of thousands of other travellers on our tour of furnished share houses by the beach, inner city and all of Sydney’s top locations.
Tax Refund and Superannuation Advice
We will assist you with any gap year tax queries you may have throughout the year, help you claim a tax refund after working in Australia and help you claim your Superannuation after leaving the country.
There are loads of awesome jobs on offer across Australia. 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, training course, plus lifetime access to employer database and advice.! Some typical areas of employment include:
– Accounts / Banking / Legal
– Au-Pair / Nanny / Childcare
– Bar / Hospitality / Chef
– Credit / Collections Jobs
– Farm / Harvest / Ranch
– Hairdressing / Beauty Jobs
– IT / Web / Design / Media
– Mechanical / Engineering
– Mining Industry Jobs
– Nursing / Health Care Jobs
– Office / Admin Jobs
– Retail / Customer Service
– Sales / Marketing / Fundraising
– Teaching / Coaching Jobs
– Telemarketing / Call Centre
– Trades / Labour Jobs
– Travel / Tourism Jobs
*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.
Travel Insurance is NOT included, however it is mandatory for you to have travel insurance for the duration of your tour. You can get this in the Travel Insurance section of our website.
Optional experiences are available on this tour for an additional cost and will be provided to you with your finalised travel documents.
The following options are available with this tour. Simply select the corresponding package during booking as your choice!
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!.
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).
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!
I was a bit nervous going into it as it was my first solo backpacking trip. But the leaders were both really great. They were good at making people feel welcome and they would always help out when they could.
Such an awesome trip! Our group meshed together so well, our leaders were awesome, all the places we went to were incredible, definitely give this tour a 10/10!