Australia Sydney Intro

9 days from £499

Sydney Harbour

Kick-start your Australian adventure with an intro week in Sydney

8 Reviews

Kick-start your Australian adventure with an intro week in Sydney

Enjoy Australia
+28
Sand boarding Port Stephens

Trip Highlights

  • Go jet boating and enjoy a private cruise through Sydney Harbour
  • Chill out on Australia's world-famous Bondi Beach with a proper Aussie BBQ
  • Learn to surf with a fully qualified instructor
  • Feed wild kangaroos and go on a dolphin cruise in Port Stephens
  • Sand board down some of the biggest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Discover the best of Sydney with a group of likeminded new friends

Trip Summary

Whether you're looking for a fun way to kick-start your travels down under, or are simply after an action-packed holiday experience with a group of new friends, our Australia Sydney Intro programme could be just what you're looking for. You'll get to stay right in the centre of Australia's coolest cosmopolitan city, close to the harbour and surrounded by bars, shops, and restaurants, and meet a whole group of fun people to enjoy an extensive programme of activities with. You'll get to see the sights by water on a leisurely cruise through the harbour as well as going on a slightly wilder, wetter jet boat ride, you'll get to enjoy some beach time on Sydney's famous Bondi Beach, learn to surf and go sand boarding in Port Stephens – a naturally beautiful region a few hours north of Sydney with secluded bays, exquisite beaches, and known as the dolphin capital of Australia, as well as getting to take part in a whole range of other brilliant adventures.

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

Trip Info

Day 1: Arrival

Welcome to Australia! Arriving at Sydney, you’ll be met at the airport by one of our friendly team who will take you to your accommodation to get settled in. Meet the rest of your group for a few drinks in the evening.

Day 2: Orientation & Jet Boating

You'll get a full city orientation on day two, where your guide will take you on a tour of Sydney and tell you all you'll need to know about the area (including the best places to shop, eat, and drink at!). Afterwards you'll get to go on a brilliant jet boat trip through Sydney Harbour.

Day 3: Bondi Beach

We'll spend time chilling out on Bondi Beach today before doing the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, where you'll get to snorkel, play beach volleyball, and enjoy a beach BBQ and drinks.

Day 4: Sydney Harbour

Today you'll get the opportunity to talk to the team about further travels and getting around Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. In the afternoon the group will head out on a private boat for a cruise around Sydney Harbour.

Day 5: Port Stephens Surfing

On day five we'll head north to the coastal town of Port Stephens. We'll stop off at a secluded bay for a surf lesson with qualified instructors and ride the waves with the Aussie surfers. In the evening we'll have a BBQ and sit around a bonfire on the beach.

Please note in winter months (June, July, and August), we'll go on a brewery tour in Port Stephens rather than stopping for a surf lesson.

Day 6: Sand Boarding & Dolphin Watching

Today you'll get to feed wild kangaroos before we head off for a sand boarding session. After lunch we'll hop aboard a private boat for a dolphin cruise and have fun being towed along at the back of the boat. Back in Sydney later on, we'll enjoy a night out on the town.

Day 7-8: Free time in the city

The next couple of days are pretty chilled as far as schedules go, which is a great opportunity for you to explore Sydney for yourself. Why not spend the day trying out your new surf skills on Bondi Beach, go for a dip in the city's famous ocean pool, or take a wander around the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens? On day eight we'll go out for dinner at Australia's highest revolving restaurant.

Day 9: Departure

There are no activities scheduled for day nine, so you're free to depart whenever you like – ask the team there to help you plan onward travel around the rest of the country.

Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.

More Trip Info

Whats Included

  • Personal meet and greet at Sydney Airport with transfer on arrival
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Welcome meeting
  • The support of a friendly and helpful group leader
  • Full orientation session
  • Free Wifi
  • BBQ on days 3 and 5, and lunch on day 6
  • Jet boating in Sydney Harbour
  • Private Sydney Harbour cruise
  • Transfers between all site visits included in the itinerary
  • Bondi Beach to Coogee coastal walk and snorkelling
  • Surfing lesson near Port Stephens
  • Dolphin boat trip at Port Stephens
  • Farewell dinner at revolving restaurant in Sydney
  • 24/7 emergency support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals and drinks, unless otherwise stated
  • Optional activities not listed as part of the itinerary

More Whats Included

Reviews

I've done this trip

Write review

Overall Rating 10/10

(8 Reviews)

Jennifer

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

How do you rate your arrival overseas and orientation (if applicable)?

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

Would you recommend Real Gap Experience?

Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

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

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

How do you rate your arrival overseas and orientation (if applicable)?

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

Would you recommend Real Gap Experience?

Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

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

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

How do you rate your arrival overseas and orientation (if applicable)?

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

Would you recommend Real Gap Experience?

Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

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

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

How do you rate your arrival overseas and orientation (if applicable)?

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

Would you recommend Real Gap Experience?

Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

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

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

How do you rate your arrival overseas and orientation (if applicable)?

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

Would you recommend Real Gap Experience?

Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

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

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

Would you recommend Real Gap Experience?

Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

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

Sophie

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

Would you recommend Real Gap Experience?

Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

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

How would you rate your overall experience?

Please rate the service received from our team before departure

Please rate the service provided by the team in country

How do you rate your arrival overseas and orientation (if applicable)?

Please rate the accommodation during your stay

Would you recommend Real Gap Experience?

Yes

What were the highlights of your trip?

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.

More Reviews

Accommodation & Meals

Your accommodation in Sydney is a lively backpacker’s hostel in the heart of the city, close to the harbour and lots of brilliant sights. You’ll be sharing a comfortable mixed dorm with 7-9 others, and have access to shared areas, Wifi, and your own locker. The hostel is located next door to The Scary Canary – a lively hub for backpackers to drink and dance after an action-packed day in the city. In Port Stephens you'll stay in a unique mixed dorm bush bungalow for an authentic Aussie experience.

On days three and five you'll enjoy beach BBQs and lunch will be included on day six, then on day eight you’ll enjoy a delicious group dinner at Australia’s highest revolving restaurant. Sydney is a huge cosmopolitan city full of excellent eateries, bars, and cafes – so you’ll be spoilt for choice, but you can always ask the team at the hostel for help choosing where to go.  

More Accommodation & Meals

Flights

You should arrange flights to Sydney International Airport (SYD) to arrive on the first day of your programme start date. You will be met by one of our friendly team at the airport who will take you to your accommodation in the centre of Sydney. Your trip finishes on your programme end date, no activities are planned on your final day, so you are free to depart at any time.

To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your online account or alternatively you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.

More Flights Info

Eligibility & FAQ's

The minimum age for this trip is 18.

All visitors to Australia (except New Zealand residents) will require a visa or Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) to enter: these must be obtained before departing. If you're planning on taking paid work whilst in Australia you'll need a Working Holiday Visa. Both types of visa can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information.

What Usually Happens After The First Nine Days?

After the first eight 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 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.

Do I Need Any Vaccinations?

We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different Indian regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.

Should I Take A Backpack Or A Suitcase?

We recommend you use a soft bag or frameless backpack, plus a small bag for excursions. Luggage is limited to one piece per person, with a maximum weight of 15kg.

How Much Spending Money Will I Need?

We recommend you allow 75AUD-100AUD per day for this trip to cover daily expenses including any meals or refreshments not included in the cost of the trip, optional activities, and souvenirs. If you're staying in Australia or travelling to other countries following your programme end date, please make sure you have sufficient funds in excess of your spending expectations – a pre-loaded cash card or low-interest credit card are both great ways to access money whilst abroad. If you plan to work whilst you're in Australia, or are staying for an extended period of time, you might be required to provide proof that you can support yourself financially, and you'll need to have at least 3,000AUD in your account.

More Eligibility & FAQ's

Dates & Prices

Why us?
  • Book for only £49
  • Financially secure
  • Travel buddies
  • Well travelled staff
  • 24/7 support
  • The leading UK gap year company

Select your option:

Showing all departures (61)

Australia Sydney Intro 23rd Oct 2017 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 30th Oct 2017 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 6th Nov 2017 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 13th Nov 2017 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 20th Nov 2017 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 27th Nov 2017 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 4th Dec 2017 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 11th Dec 2017 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 3rd Jan 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 8th Jan 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 15th Jan 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 22nd Jan 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 29th Jan 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 5th Feb 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 12th Feb 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 19th Feb 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 26th Feb 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 5th Mar 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 12th Mar 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 19th Mar 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 26th Mar 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 2nd Apr 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 9th Apr 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 16th Apr 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 23rd Apr 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 30th Apr 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 7th May 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 14th May 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 21st May 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 28th May 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 4th Jun 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 11th Jun 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 18th Jun 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 25th Jun 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 2nd Jul 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 9th Jul 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 16th Jul 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 23rd Jul 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 30th Jul 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 6th Aug 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 13th Aug 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 20th Aug 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 27th Aug 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 3rd Sep 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 10th Sep 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 17th Sep 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 24th Sep 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 1st Oct 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 8th Oct 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 15th Oct 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 22nd Oct 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 29th Oct 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 5th Nov 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 12th Nov 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 19th Nov 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 26th Nov 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 3rd Dec 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 10th Dec 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 17th Dec 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro 24th Dec 2018 £499 Book Now
Australia Sydney Intro Open Dated £499 Book Now

More Dates & Prices