Australia Sydney Intro

8 days

from £499.00

Trip Highlights

  • Non-stop fun in spectacular Sydney!
  • A group of adventurous friends to share your experience with
  • An immense Sydney pub and club crawl
  • Surfing, Snorkelling and Jet boating!
  • Accommodation in Sydney’s top backpacker base

Trip Summary

Jump into this fun-filled Sydney adventure! This trip is the ultimate chance to enjoy seven days of non-stop action and adventure in the heart of enthralling Oz, and you’ll have a group of instant mates along for the ride. Sydney is one of the biggest and best cities in Australia (and quite possibly the world!) and is a major pull for adventurous travellers.

This epic experience will have you surfing and snorkelling, meeting the locals with a pub and club crawl, jet boating along Sydney Harbour and so much more! Jump-start the thrills with an unmissable Real Gap Experience that combines a dreamy destination with eye opening excitement. Sydney’s ready for you, so what are you waiting for? Get involved!

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

Day 1
Arrival and Jet Boating!

You’ll touch-down in Sydney today for a meet and greet with your friendly guide. This is the guide who will be with you for the duration of your week with us, so you’ll have lots of support during your adventure! You’ll be transferred to your accommodation where you can check in and rest and relax before an adrenaline fuelled afternoon!

Later, you and your group of fellow travellers will take part in an exhilarating jet boating trip across the legendary Sydney Harbour! This is the perfect way to kick start the fun – revving across the waves and seeing Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge! This is the best way to soak up Sydney’s stunning sights!

This evening check out The Scary Canary, a backpacker’s hub that’s just a minute away from your perfectly placed accommodation! Get to know the locals and grab a couple of drinks. The Scary Canary is a buzzing spot that can’t be missed – we’re sure your first visit won’t be your last!

Day 2
Surfing in Sydney

Supercharge the adventure today with an invigorating surfing trip across Sydney’s waves. The beaches here are glorious, and the best way to experience them is from your surfboard! You’ll be taught by a qualified surfing instructor, so you’re sure to pick up the surfer style in no time.

During the winter months (June, July and August) surfing will be replaced with a trip to the zoo, where you’ll get up close and personal with some of Australia’s wildlife!

Day 3
Sydney Aquarium

Sydney Aquarium is on the cards today, where you can explore a range of cool exhibitions and perhaps come face to face with a shark! The Aquarium is home to thousands of tropical fish, and you’ll love this aquatic encounter!

This evening you’ll have some free time to make sure the fun continues into the night! Visit one of Sydney’s buzzing nightlife spots for a night of dancing with great music and even better company.

Day 4
Bondi, BBQ and Beer!

The iconic Bondi Beach is first on your list today. Here you’ll enjoy unbeatable views of the Pacific Ocean, and there’s a lively crowd of locals and tourists all year round! Once you’re at the beach you’re free to take a dip or simply relax on the beach.

Once you’ve bonded with Bondi we’ll be embarking on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, taking a few breaks to snorkel in secluded bays. This walk is an invigorating way to take in mesmerising views and really experience Sydney’s unique aura.  We’ll finish the day with a game of beach volleyball and a delicious Oz barbecue complete with a round of well deserved cold beers!

Day 5
Magnificent Mountain Trekking

Today you’ll see Sydney’s breathtaking Blue Mountains! This scenic bush walk will take you through lush rainforest where you can stop to marvel at striking gorges and crystalline waterfalls. They say the mountains are cloaked in a magical blue haze, and you’ll have to see it to believe it!

Spend a chilled night enjoying a stunning Sydney sunset with your group tonight – as tomorrow night it’s time for that monumentous club crawl!

Day 6
Sydney Club Crawl!

You’ll have a free morning today – you might want to do a bit of shopping, find a laid back picnic spot for a relaxed lunch, or check out some of Sydney’s museums. Check out the local markets and pick up some souvenirs, or simply kick back at the hotel in preparation for tonight!

We’ll be visiting some of Sydney’s best nightlife hotspots on our pub and club crawl tonight! You’ll become an honorary Aussie, partying it up with the locals and making your way through some vibrant venues! There’ll be plenty of drinks and plenty of new people to meet, so make sure you get stuck into the crowd and make the most of it!

Day 7
Farewell Dinner

You’ll have a leisurely morning to get over the night before! Share your memories, catch up on some sleep or get out and about for some Sydney exploration. Sydney Harbour National Park is a beautiful location where you can take in some scenic panoramas and relax.

Tonight, dinner will be at Australia’s highest revolving restaurant! You and the group will be taken to new heights at this lofty location, and you’ll enjoy an all you can eat dinner buffet. The exotic menu will be served with a side of Tonight you’ll visit Australia’s highest revolving restaurant! Enjoy a delicious ‘all you can eat’ dinner buffet with a side of stellar views. Oz is known for its exotic meats, so get stuck in and try something new! This dinner is a fantastic way to round up the Oz adventure and enjoy some time with the people who have become firm friends. Be sure to swap numbers and start planning your next big adventure!

Day 8
Departure

Today your Sydney Intro finishes and you'll be leaving Sydney armed with a lifetime of memories and some amazing new mates! There's nothing planned for today so you're free to depart whenever you like, or head off on your next amazing experience! Be sure to swap details with your group - you never know when you'll be planning that next epic trip or maybe even returning to spectacular Sydney!

Please note that if you’d like to work in Australia we have the perfect trip for you! During the trip you’ll have full support and we’ll sort you out with an Oz Jobs membership and everything you need to start working in Oz! http://www.realgap.co.uk/oz-intro-paid-work

Flights

FLIGHTS

Your flight should land at Sydney International Airport (SYD) by 10am on the morning of your programme start date. This is to ensure that arrive in time for the activities that take place on day 1 of your itinerary. 

If you would like to arrive earlier than your programme start date, this is possible and you will still be met on arrival by your group leader, however you will need to pay for extra nights of accommodation. Please contact us for more information and costs for an early arrival. 

You programme finishes on your programme end date (day 8) and you are free to arrange your onward travel from this date. 

To book your flights please call our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037, who will help you find the best fare of the day. Once your flights are booked you’ll need to add your flight details to your online account or contact us with your departure date, flight number and arrival time at your destination.

INSURANCE

Please note, you must have adequate cover in place before your trip begins. Whether you’re travelling for two weeks or two years, insurance is an essential part of your adventure and will help you enjoy your travels, secure in the knowledge that you have the protection you need. Of course you are free to buy insurance from any provider, however at Real Gap Experience, we have travel insurance that has been specifically designed to meet the needs of global travel that’s far from run-of-the-mill. If you think you’re already covered by an existing policy, such as those provided by credit card providers, check the policy very carefully to ensure it covers you for your Real Gap Experience, specifically: For the duration you require For the activities you’re planning on doing If you would like some further information about our insurance options please speak to one of our travel advisors.

VISAS

It is your responsibility to arrange the correct visa/s for your time away. 

You will need a Visa to enter Australia. If you are not planning to work in Australia, you will need to obtain a Tourist Visa (e-visitor or ETA), which allows you to holiday in Australia and is available to all passport holders outside of Australia.

If you’d like to work in Australia, you can opt to apply for a Working Holiday Visa which is available to those aged 18 to 30 of certain nationalities  and will allow you to work and holiday is Australia!

Visa courier service

If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your Indian visa on your behalf, we recommend Visa Central who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

Public Holidays

When planning your trip, you should be aware of the major national holidays celebrated throughout the country. However, although businesses and government offices are closed on public holidays, tourist attractions and shops are almost never closed. The main impact on the tourist of these holidays is the increased competition for travel and accommodation from Indians who use long weekends to get away from the big city. To view a list of the public holidays for Australia, please see the link below: www.timeanddate.com/holidays/australia/

VACCINATIONS AND HEALTH

Risks to your health while travelling will vary depending on your age, general health, and the type of activities you will be participating in during your holiday. We strongly advise you to consult your General Practitioner or a reputable Travel Medical Advisory Service before you travel. By doing this you can ensure that your general health is assessed and you’ll be able to find out more about any particular health risks. You will also be advised on vaccinations, necessary medication, and any precautions you should take.

A useful website to visit is http://www.fitfortravel.scot.nhs.uk

Zika Virus

The Zika virus is transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes, and while the illness often occurs without symptoms it can cause an illness similar to dengue fever. There has recently been reported a possible link between exposure to the Zika virus in pregnancy and microcephaly and other congenital malformations. Investigations are ongoing. We suggest that you consult the FCO website and select your destination country for the latest travel advice prior to booking.

If you are already pregnant we suggest that you seek medical advice from your GP as The National Travel Health Network and Centre advises that pregnant women should consider avoiding travel to areas where Zika virus outbreaks are currently reported.

Support and Advice

Your safety is paramount which is why all our programmes have been visited and assessments have been conducted to ensure any major risks have been minimised. In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our UK staff at any time should you need to. In addition our overseas partners and coordinators are on hand in-country to assist you. You may also want to consider our one day Gap Year Safety Course so you are well prepared for your overseas adventure find out more at www.realgap.co.uk/safety-course

Financial Security

We know that the last thing you want to worry about when you’re planning your trip of a lifetime is whether your money is in safe hands. As a leading global gap year provider it’s our job to make sure your finances are secure, so when you book with us you can be confident that we do just that. Real Gap Experience is part of Gap 360 Ltd. The owners of Gap 360 have been providing gap years and adventure holidays for young people since 2003.

Your money is safe and secure when you book with Real Gap Experience. Our membership of ABTOT (The Association of British Tour Operators Trust) means that you can rest assured that that the monies you have paid to Real Gap are completely secure. Gap 360 has provided a financial bond which will cover you in the event of the financial failure of the company. Beware: Don't book with an organisation that has no financial protection for their clients. Not only are they breaking the law, you could lose all your money or be stranded overseas. If you have any questions about the financial protection that applies to your booking then please ask our team and they'll be happy to help.

Trip Note Disclaimer

The information contained in this trip note has been compiled with great care and is provided in good faith. Any itinerary featured is correct at time of release. However, our itineraries may change as make improvements that result from travellers’ comments, our own research or from time to time as a result of Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice.

You can rest assured that it is always our goal to provide you with the most rewarding trip and experience ever!

Our Details

If you have any questions about this trip please do not hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to answer them.

Phone: 01892 277040

Email: info@realgap.co.uk

Post: Real Gap Experience, Top Floor, 121-123 Mount Pleasant Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1QR

Web: www.realgap.co.uk

Whats Included

  • Personal airport pick up by your friendly guide
  • 7 nights’ accommodation in a comfortable mixed shared dorm
  • The support of a friendly and helpful group leader
  • Lunch on Days 2, 4 and 5
  • Surfing lessons guided by a professional surf instructor (will be a zoo visit in June, July and August)
  • Sydney city orientation
  • Jet boating on Sydney Harbour
  • Sydney Aquarium visit
  • Transfer between all site visits included as part of the trip itinerary
  • Bondi Beach visit
  • Coogee Coastal walk and snorkelling
  • Blue Mountain walk
  • Pub & club crawl
  • Farewell dinner at revolving restaurant

What's Not Included

  • Flights to and from Australia
  • Travel Insurance (We can help you to arrange a good travel insurance policy)
  • Visas
  • Any meals or drinks not specified as ‘included’

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Such a great week! A perfect start to travelling in Australia! Becca was the best - very friendly, helpful and enthusiastic!

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Just finished my week on the Sydney Intro starting the 5th September. What an amazing week it has been. Every day was so well organised and nothing was too much trouble for the team leaders. They were so easy to talk to about anything that you needed. I have loved every day even when I was hungover!

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My week on the Sydney intro was great. Jake was a brilliant group leader and made the whole experience even better! He's very friendly and offers help with whatever I need.

FAQ's

What Usually Happens After The First Eight Days?

After the first seven nights it’s all up to you! If you’re not going home you may stay to explore Australia some more, or you may travel onwards to a different country. While your guide will be happy to advise you, you’ll be responsible for all onward travel following the end date of your programme.

Do People Often Travel Alone?

Most people participating in this experience will be travelling alone. A fantastic feature of this Real Gap Experience is the ‘buddy list’. You’ll get this a couple of weeks before you travel, and it’ll provide you with contact details for the group you’ll be travelling with, so even before you’ve arrived you’ll be making friends! The experience is a fantastic way to meet new people, so if you’re travelling alone you’ll have an instant group of friends to share your adventure with and meet plenty of others along the way. Some participants also travel with a friend, boyfriend or girlfriend, so however you plan to travel you’re sure to have lots of fun and fit right in!

Do I Need A Certain Amount Of Money To Enter Australia?

If you have a Working Holiday Visa or have a return ticket out of Australia you’re unlikely to be asked to show evidence of funds. If you’re on a Tourist Visa or only in possession of a one way ticket you may be asked to show a bank statement upon arrival in Australia, and it’s a good idea to have the equivalent of at least $3,000 AUD. Please note that you’ll of course need sufficient spending money during your experience, so it’s a good idea to plan a budget for any meals, drinks, activities or travel not covered during your trip.

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