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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 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.
– Get the best of both worlds and make new friends on this excellent combo trip in Vietnam and Australia. Mix adventure travel with touring, fun, party time, culture, beach breaks and paid work!
– Enjoy the buzz of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh, go canyoning and have a basket boat experience, relax on your luxury Ha Long Bay overnight boat and party on the private island!
– Get advice and assistance organising interviews & arranging accommodation, training course, plus lifetime access to employer database and advice.
– Have a week of Australian fun in the sun in stunning Sydney and at Beach Camp, including city tours, sandboarding and beach time!
– Once your fun intro week is over, find a paid job in Australia with expert assistance from the Sydney jobs team and 12 months of job support and advice – awesome!
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.
Hanoi: Welcome to Vietnam
Meet the group at our welcome dinner and drinks (about 6pm on Day 1). The tour leader will explain everything you need to know about the upcoming adventure. Later that night experience what Hanoi’s nightlife has to offer. (Welcome Dinner and Drink included)
Foodie Tour on Day 2. Get a taste of local foods and delicacies. We show you around the streets of Hanoi, visit the markets and show you how the locals live, eat and sleep day in and day out. Grab a stool and mingle with the locals over some fresh beer. (Breakfast and all food during food tour included – basically an 8-course lunch)
Halong Bay: Escape the City
We go on a 3-Day journey to the famous and world heritage listed Halong Bay. Board the junk boat, followed by some delicious lunch. Later this afternoon we visit the colourful Haven Cave, go for a dip in the sea and kayak around the islands before we get the boat party started. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
The next morning, we head to a private island resort hidden in the maze of stunning Lan Ha Bay. Hammocks, beach, palm trees, kayaks, beach volley, unbelievable sunsets and karaoke – it’s all here! (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included)
Refreshed and relaxed we make our way back to Hanoi. Cruise along hundreds of islands and learn how to make Vietnamese spring rolls. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Hoi An: The City of Lanterns
We head to the airport and fly south to Danang with only a short drive to romantic Hoi An, where we’ll stay for 2 nights. Explore the old town along the river, drop into one of the many tailors and chill out at the beach. (Breakfast included)
We head to the local market where we’ll pick up groceries for our cooking class. Cruise along the river to our idyllic cooking location and learn how to prepare delicious Vietnamese cuisine. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
The next day you get to sleep in, explore the city a little more or tan up at the beach before jumping on the overnight bus to Nha Trang. (Breakfast included)
Ninh Van Bay: Relax in paradise
To get from Hoi An to Ninh Van Bay we jump on an overnight sleeper bus – you’ll get your own bed and most buses even have WiFi.
We wake up in Ninh Van Bay, pure paradise! The hostel you’ll be staying at is located amongst the beautiful rolling hills of Vietnam’s countryside, nestled in the valleys a stone’s throw away from the beach.
After breakfast the day is yours to do what you wish but be sure to meet your guide in the afternoon to explore the surrounding areas with a trekking trip! Otherwise relax by the pool, challenge your group to a game of beach volleyball, unwind with a movie in the outdoor cinema, pamper yourself at the spa or take to the water in a kayak.
Da Lat: Canyoning and Abseiling
We catch the morning bus to DaLat and explore the city in the afternoon. The spend the next day abseiling and swimming in the canyon -walk down pounding waterfalls, slide through the canyon and jump off cliffs. Don’t worry if this isn’t for you. DaLat offers stunning scenery with heaps of things to do, so we’ll work out what you’re comfortable with. (Breakfast and Lunch included)
Ho Chi Minh City: Feel the Buzz and Cu Chi Tunnels
Final stop, but the trip isn’t over yet! We head to Ho Chi Minh City, where we have 2 more days and nights. You can’t come to Vietnam without learning a bit about the Vietnam War, so we have a bit of the history lesson and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels. Farewell Dinner and Drinks. (Breakfasts included)
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 Vietnam to Australia not included.
Please note: Depending on your start date, there could be some independent travel time between your Vietnam Explorer 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 Vietnam: Airport pickup is not included.
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.
Welcome Dinner & Party
Foodie & City Tour + Traditional Water Puppet Show in Hanoi
Overnight Junk Boat & Kayaking
Private Island Stay, Time to Relax
Visit local markets, Vietnamese Cooking Class with River Cruise
Reef Snorkelling with Island Lunch
Canyoning & Abseiling
Explore Cu Chi Tunnels
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 13-nights accommodation
Sleep on a Vietnamese Junk Boat (with ensuite rooms)
Wake up on a private island
Overnight sleeper bus
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.
Total of 12 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Welcome Dinner & Drink
Foodie Tour in Hanoi
All meals on Halong Bay
Cooking Class in Hoi An
Island Lunch in Nha Trang
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.
Insurance is not included. Travel insurance is required for this tour. Please make sure you are adequately covered. 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 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!
This trip was more than I expected! The accommodations and food were great. The people in my group as well as who we met on the way we’re so wonderful and inspirational. Kirsten the tour leader in Australia is one of the kindest hearted and beautifully spirited people I have ever met
Vietnam is a fantastic place to explore! The history, culture, and the FOOD are enough to make it worth going! Every destination has something incredible to offer! Not to mention how aesthetically pleasing everywhere is! Our wonderful, personable guides made the trip stress free and enjoyable!!
Lots of adventure involved! there are defiantly some beach and chill days involved! But certainly tons of options and variety to do in your spare time. Defiantly one of my favorite places in the world! So much beauty and culture! Just nothing bad to say about this trip!