- Enjoy a week of activities and excursions in and around Melbourne
- Get to know Melbourne with guided tours, food tours and beach trips
- Escape from the city with a 2-day getaway on Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island
- Get job ready with employment presentations, and a bespoke one-on-one job meeting
- Aussie SIM card and bank account assistance
- Enjoy 12 months of dedicated support and advice, plus discounted hostel membership!
Kick start an unforgettable working holiday in Southern Australia with this fantastic programme based in Melbourne. Get to know this beautiful, edgy and welcoming city with a week of activities, including food tours, market visits, and bar crawls. Plus, you’ll enjoy an epic two-day getaway to the Mornington Peninsula, where you’ll learn to surf, meet kangaroos and koalas, and see penguins chilling on the beach! Then it’s time to get ready for life Down Under. Enjoy travel and work information sessions, a personalised one-on-one job meeting, and 12-months of excellent dedicated support. You’ll also be set up with a bank account, tax number and an Aussie SIM card. You’ll find a great paid job in no time!
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Begin your Melbourne experience with a week of activities and excursions in and around this gorgeous southern city!
Day 1: Arrive into Melbourne
Touch down into Melbourne airport, where you’ll be met by the local team and transferred to your comfortable hostel accommodation in the north of the city. Settle in, freshen up after your flight and start meeting the rest of your group!
Day 2: Start Exploring
Kick off the day with a morning welcome meeting with your Melbourne guides. You’ll then explore this sparkling city on a group walking tour. Get your bearings and start soaking up the vibes of this amazing place. Tonight, head to the banks of the Yarra River and tuck into a delicious included welcome dinner.
Day 3: Melbourne Flavours
Plunge into the sights, sounds and smells of Queen Victoria Market and search out some tasty treats for breakfast. Then, it’s time to discover the incredible culinary delights of Melbourne on an included food tour. Sample coffee, ice cream, chocolate, dumplings and more on this delicious foodie odyssey through the city, ending up in bustling Chinatown. We will also learn about the history of the local area on an Aboriginal heritage walk in the Botanical Gardens.
Day 4-5: Beach Getaway
Leave the city behind and explore the gorgeous landscapes around Melbourne. Your first stop is Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island. Enjoy some time chilling on the beach and then sample some local wines with the group. After that, prepare for an unforgettable sight – hundreds of penguins running across the sand!
The next day, you’ll enjoy an included surf lesson and an unforgettable encounter with some iconic Aussie creatures: kangaroos and koalas! Return to Melbourne this evening.
Please note: In the winter months, the surfing lesson may not run. Instead, you will enjoy kayaking or mountain biking.
Day 6: Super St Kilda
Enjoy a stroll through the lush greens of the city’s botanical gardens, and then discover the beach suburb of St. Kilda. Enjoy a stroll along the broad beach promenade, sit with a coffee and watch the world go by at one of the quirky independent cafes, or laze on the beach and soak up the Australian sunshine. Alternatively, you can opt to go skydiving (extra cost)!
April-September departures: Please note during these winter months, the beach day in St Kilda will be replaced with an exciting day in Melbourne, enjoying a wonderful Aborginial Heritage Tour in the stunning Botanical Gardens, before heading to the Eureka Skydeck, Australia's highest viewing platform, for epic views of the city!
Day 7: Work and Travel Info
Today is dedicated to getting prepared for the next stage of your Australian experience. This morning, you’ll get the low-down on working in Oz, and find out about tax, bank accounts, accommodation, courses, employment opportunities, and more.
After lunch, you’ll enjoy some one-on-one time with the local team. During these individual sessions, you can chat about your plans in Australia and get some fantastic tailored advice. Whether it be work, travel, or just sticking around in Melbourne, the local team will fill you in with everything you need to know.
Tonight, enjoy a celebratory bar crawl through the city. Raise a glass to this incredible first week in Australia!
Day 8: Farewell
Today is the final day of your intro week in Melbourne. After a relaxing morning, you’ll say farewell to this stage of the adventure in style, with a rooftop BBQ and beers. Now it’s time to throw yourself into life Down Under!
Help and Job Support
Once your first week is over, you’ll be ready to find a great job. You’ll be set up with all the practicalities you need to live and work in Australia, including:
- A Tax File Number. You can’t work without one.
- An Australian Bank Account. For the money you earn!
- A Hostel Membership. Giving you great discounts for up to 12 months.
- A SIM Card. To arrange interviews, keep in touch etc.
- Employment Info Pack. Full of key advice and local contacts.
You’ll also have access to a jobs database that details opportunities, recruiters and employers all over the country.
You can find work across a range of industries, including hospitality, labour, agriculture, admin, sales, customer service and more.
You’ll be invited to join a Facebook group that connects employers and working holiday job hunters. You’ll also be added to a WhatsApp group with your fellow travellers from week 1. Here you can share tips and job opportunities you come across during your time in Australia.
Find a great job, earn money, and fund your travel adventures in Australia!
- 7 nights’ accommodation
- Airport pickup
- Employment help
- Welcome and Farewell dinners and drinks
- Melbourne city tour
- Queen Victoria Market visit and Food tour
- Wine tasting
- St Kilda excursion
- Aboriginal Heritage walk
- Melbourne bar crawl
- Wildlife park tour
- Overnight Phillip Island getaway
- Surf lesson
- Bank account and tax file number assistance
- SIM Card
- Discounted RSA/RSG courses
- 12 months hostel membership
- 24-hour emergency support
- Travel Insurance
- Optional Activities
- Most meals and drinks
- Accommodation after first week
7 nights of accommodation are included in your first week. 6 nights will be spent in a comfortable hostel in North Melbourne. You will sleep in 8-bed mixed dorms. Free Wi-Fi is included, and there is a kitchen. 1 night will be spent in a hostel on Phillip Island. You will stay in shared mixed dorms. Private upgrades may be available at extra cost. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
After your initial eight nights, you can choose to extend your stay at the hostel, or look at getting a house share with other travellers. Our friendly local team will be able to help you arrange this as well as advise you on work, places to visit locally, and travel throughout the rest of the country.
A few meals are included in your first week, including snacks during your food tour on day 3. You will need to purchase the majority of your meals yourself. You can either eat out, or prepare meals in the hostel kitchen.
You should arrange your flights to arrive into Melbourne Airport (airport code MEL) on your programme start date, this is always a Sunday. Transfers are available at any time on this day.
You will need to be aged 18-30 to work in Australia, due to working holiday visa restrictions.
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.
How Much Spending Money Should I Bring?
We recommend bringing between AUD250-450 for meals, drinks and optional activities during your first week. Please note that Australian Immigration Authorities state that you should have sufficient funds to support your time in Australia and they suggest AUD5000; you may be asked by Australian Immigration to prove that you have this money available to you when you enter Australia.
Can I Join This Trip If I Just Want A Holiday And Don’t Plan To Work In Australia?
Absolutely! Melbourne is an amazing destination and the action-packed 8 days of this programme will introduce you to the best of the area! You’ll meet some fantastic people and make some brilliant memories, plus you’ll get travel advice and support from the local team!
How Much Can I Expect To Earn In Australia?
The most common backpacker work in Australia pays around $18-25 AUD per hour. Of course this will vary depending on the type of work you’re doing, as well as your experience and location.
What Types Of Jobs Are Commonly Available?
There are a wide range of jobs available to you, so you have a great chance of finding something that suits your skill set! The most commonly available jobs include hospitality roles in bars, cafes and restaurants, office and admin positions, farm and seasonal work and labour and construction roles.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.