Australia Sydney Intro

Sun. Surfing. Partying. The perfect week in Sydney!

8 days

from £499

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 and cruising around 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!

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Trip Info

Day 1: Arrival and Jet Boating!

Welcome to Sydney! You’ll be met by your lovely guide and transferred to your accommodation. Later, you’ll jet boat along Sydney Harbour with your mates, home to the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge! Later, we’ll check out the Scary Canary bar, a backpacker’s hub just a minute away from your accommodation! We’re sure your first visit won’t be your last!

Day 2: Surfing in Sydney

An invigorating surfing trip across Sydney’s waves is in store today! 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: Private Sydney Harbour Cruise

Take a more leisurely look at Sydney's famous sights from the water today as you enjoy a private cruise of Sydney Harbour today. 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!

We’ll visit Bondi Beach today, where lively crowds of locals and tourists have fun all year round! Once you’ve bonded with Bondi we’ll head out on the Bondi to Coogee Coastal Walk, taking a few breaks to snorkel in secluded bays. 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, a scenic bush walk by the mystical haze of the Blue Mountains will take you through lush rainforest and gorgeous gorges! Spend a chilled night enjoying a stunning Sydney sunset with your group tonight – as tomorrow night it’s time for that monumental club crawl!

Day 6: Sydney Club Crawl!

Spend your free morning  checking out the local markets, heading out to explore, or simply kicking back at the hotel! 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  with the locals and enjoying a few drinks!

Day 7: Farewell Dinner

You have a free morning, so rest up after last night’s adventures or head to Sydney Harbour National Park where you can take in some scenic panoramas and relax. Tonight, dinner will be an all you can eat buffet at Australia’s highest revolving restaurant! The views are stellar, and Oz is known for its exotic meats, so get stuck in and try something new! Be sure to swap numbers and start planning your next big adventure!

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Accommodation & Meals

You’ll be staying at a lively backpacker’s hostel in the heart of Sydney. Your hostel is designed with travellers in mind, so you’ll be staying in a comfortable mixed shared dorm with individual lockers. Your hostel is close to Sydney Harbour, Darling Harbour and lots of other great sights – the perfect casual, comfortable base from which to begin your Oz adventures! You’ll be next to The Scary Canary, a heaving hub which is the ideal place for a drink and dance after an action packed day. It’s a venue beloved by backpackers, so it’s the perfect spot to meet new friends and bond over a beer.

Lunch is included on Days 2, 4 and 5, and on Day 7 you’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner at Australia’s highest revolving restaurant! All other meals will be up to you to choose and pay for yourself, and The Scary Canary Backpacker Bar (situated beside your hostel) offers tasty and affordable foodie fare. Sydney is a diverse and cosmopolitan city, so there are a wide range of restaurants, cafes and bistros where you can grab a bite. A lot of the places you’ll be visiting such as Bondi Beach and Sydney Aquarium have onsite restaurants, and of course your guide will always be on hand to help you out and suggest great eateries.

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Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this programme is 18 years.

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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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
  • Private Sydney Harbour Cruise
  • 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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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.

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Jennifer

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The trip kicked off when me and two others met at the airport and were quickly found by our busdriver who instantly made us feel comfortable both with his friendly nature and driving skills. along the way to Base he pointed out landmarks and locations of importance when traversing through Sydney. The next morning we met Steve who helped us all relax and get to know one another in a friendly and approachable way as headed off around the harbour before starting our next activity on a week ram packed with things to do. While everything in the week was amazing I think my favourite day would have to be the first when we went out in the speed boat got to know each other then go to the pub quiz at the scary cannery where we me Tom (the bus driver) and Jake another leader who went out of his way to help where he could. All in all Tom, Jake and Steve really went above and beyond the call of duty and I would not hesitate to suggest this anyone I meet thinking of travelling in Oz

Kat

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I had the best week, it is the perfect experience for someone arriving in Australia alone, introducing you to lots of new people and experiences in Sydney. Could not have asked for a better team leader than Jake who was enthusiastic, approachable, looked out for everyone and genuinely care that everyone had the best time. Would definitely recommend.

Natasha

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This was the best week, Jake and the rest of the team were really organised and made the experience. I met loads of great people and the trips were incredible, I would recommend this to anyone! Thanks for the great memories.

Josh Friberg

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To sum up in one word unbelieveable... the week was amazing from day one with a friendly pick up from the airport by Tom and a chat about Sydney and whats in store for the week. Base hostel is a perfect place to bunk down and due to ozintro having two personal rooms for group its great! Although all the activities were spot on everyone seemed to get better and better. Steve as a group leader was amazing, he helped us none end and joined in with the banter and over 7 days he has become a mate to everyone in the group! As well as Shaun and Jake. I would urge anyone and everyone to book this trip to make new mates and start your holiday/travel in style, and with all the support during and after the week is out this world. It feels like you can go and take anywhere on in Australia due to the help you can have from the guys there (they are just a phone call away) All in all could not fault them in anyway worth every second of smiles and good times

Georgia

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I was on the tour starting 20th of February, and had the most AMAZING week ever! Our tour guide, Steve was extremely friendly and really helped the whole group bond. Everyday was filled with really fun activities. My favourite day was the coastal walk, it was really fun we ended the walk with a game of volleyball and a BBQ. It was so nice having not only the support of Steve, but Tom, Jake and Shaun were amazing at getting involved with us all and all so knowledgeable in helping us with our onward travel. I seriously recommend doing this trip to everyone it is one of the best things I have ever done, such good value for money and it's given me unforgettable memories, stories and friends! Thank you so much!

Lauren

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

Sophie

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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!

Melissa

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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.

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