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Welcome to Sydney

This 7 day tour is absolutely packed to the brim with awesome activities; the ultimate welcome package when you land in Australia!

Prices from $945

If you plan to travel in Australia for an extended period or even plan on moving there for a working holiday, getting yourself organised when you arrived can be daunting! Especially if you don't already have some friends or family to help soften the landing. This package is an excellent way for you to arrive smoothly, meet some new people and organise yourself ready for work or travel with things like a bank account and assistance with finding a job already done for you!

Australia is a land of contrasts and dramatic scenery, from the endless desert plains to tropical rainforests. As one of the world's 12 "mega-diverse" countries, with high levels of endemism, it is a must for anyone with an interest in travel and conservation. Australia is the oldest, flattest, and lowest of Earth's landmasses. It is surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans, and boasts 34,218 km of coastline. The Great Barrier Reef, which extends for 2,000km, lies off the northeast coast. Being the world's 6th largest country, Australia encompasses a wide array of habitats, ranging from arid desert, to temperate forest, to savannah grassland, to tropical rainforest. 40% of the country is classified as semi-arid desert and covered with sand dunes, with the country's only fertile soils being found in the more temperate southeast and south-west corners.
 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Welcome to Sydney tour including Sydney highlights, catamaran cruise on the bay, sandboarding, trip to Port Stephens, dolphin cruise and more
  • Airport shuttle transfer
  • Accommodation in one of Melbourne's best hostels
  • 12 month job service with Travellers at Work
  • CV review service
  • Aussie bang account
  • Tax File Number (IN number) application assistance
  • Aussie SIM card
  • Australian Harvest Work Guidebook
  • Free internet at our Sydney office!
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol course (essential for any hospitality work)
  • Tax refund and superannuation advice

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Bookings must be made no later than 3 weeks prior to intended start date

FAST FACTS

Location Sydney, Australia
Activities

Sydney harbour cruise
Aussie wildlife encounters
Sydney city tour
Dolphin watching
Sand-boarding
Sydney pub crawl
Beach relaxation

Transport

Shuttle bus transfer

Accommodation  Hostel

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

Food (whilst at base camp - 2 days)
Accommodation
Shuttle bus transfer
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

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 trip on our awesome catamaran and see all the popular sights of Sydney including Darling Harbour, Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Spend the day chilling, swimming and sunbaking! The tour includes a tasty BBQ lunch.

Day 3: Port Stephens Basecamp
We depart Sydney and travel by bus to 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.

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.

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.

Day 6: Party Night
Time to explore Sydney's nightlife! Join our pub crawl (we have different themes every week) 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).
 

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS?

Airport Shuttle Transfer
An airport shuttle will be provided and a voucher will be supplied for you 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.

Hostel Accommodation at WakeUp
You’ll be staying at WakeUp – voted the best backpacker hostel in Australia. Everything is pre-arranged so your check-in will be quick & easy.

‘Just Arrived’ Info Session
Expert staff from our local partners 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-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. You will 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 directly through the site

Resume Review Service
An impressive CV/Resume will greatly increase your chance of finding work more quickly. The Job Consultants at Travellers At Work will be available to review your CV/Resume and provide recommendations for any essential improvements required.

12-Months Mail Service
Every traveller in Australia needs a fixed mailing address. It’s essential to set up your Tax File Number (like an NI number), bank account and Medicare (if eligible) and a great way for family/friends to send you letters and parcels. This Mail Holding Service provides a safe and secure fixed mailing address for your stay in Australia and you can access your mail from anywhere at anytime as the mail will be uploaded to a secure server and can be viewed online.

Australian Bank Account
Our local partners will open your Australian bank account before you leave home. Before your departure, you will receive an email from the Commonwealth Bank with your account details, allowing them to transfer funds into the account online.

Tax File Number
During the Just Arrived Info Session, local staff will help you apply for your Tax File Number. The TFN is usually issued within about 2 weeks after arrival and will be uploaded to your Mail Service Account. It is possible to work whilst waiting for your TFN.

Mobile Phone SIM Card
Ultimate Oz will reserve your client’s Australian mobile phone SIM card. Upon arrival, UltimateOz will help your client choose a suitable pre-paid plan and activate the service.

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.

Australian Harvest Work Guidebook
This 170-page Guidebook contains in-depth information about harvest work opportunities across Australia. The Guide is packed with Maps, Harvest Calendars, Tourist and Travel Information, plus contact details for local Tourist Information and Harvest Information offices nationwide.

Free Internet
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.

Medicare Assistance
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 possible.

Find Housing
If you plan to stay and work in Sydney for a while, you’ll save money and make great friends in a shared house and we can assist you to find one!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

We’ll pre-arrange your airport transfer to our accommodation hostel in the city. Before departure you will receive a shuttle bus voucher to present to the driver at the airport. You will then be driven to your hostel in comfort with no worries, ready to begin your ultimate tour of Sydney! You need to arrive the day before your start date.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the project you will be provided with comfortable, clean, shared accommodation. The volunteer facilities include a kitchen, internet, laundry, bar, toilets, showers, and lockers, whilst you will be sharing a room with other volunteers (mixed sex), the perfect way to make a load of new friends for your travels!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Australia is well known for its variety and quality of awesome food, so you’ll definitely never be left feeling hungry. The project is self catered, which means that you will shop and cook for yourself, apart from the two days you’ll be spending at out base camp, where we will provide you with three meals a day and your welcome evening meal on the Monday. Joining your fellow travellers in rustling up an evening meal is a great way of bonding with them, so make sure you dig out a few tried and tested recipes before you set off! There are plenty of places to buy fresh food including lots of fruit and vegetables, giving you the chance to venture out into the bustling Sydney area and experience day-to-day life.

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

After your project why not stay in country a little longer and head up the east coast to explore the range of adventure, environmental, and cultural activities that Australia has to offer. Frontier can organise a variety of projects in Australia for you, whether it’s an awesome surf camp where you can hone your skills with a surf board, rewarding conservation volunteering positions, or earn some money using your working holiday visa, we can help! Or maybe you just want a comprehensive 12 month bus pass for Australia’s stunning East coast? Check out our Oz Experience project, where travel flexibility is the name of the game!

Whether you want to travel independently or with Frontier, visits to sites like Ayers rock, diving on the Barrier Reef, canopy tours in the northern rainforests, or river rafting (as well as many other adrenalin sports) are a must. Take time out to get to know some of this amazing country's wildlife; the diving and snorkelling off the beautiful beaches is absolutely spectacular and you may even see pods of dolphins, seals or perhaps whales if you’re lucky. As you can see, there are plenty of exciting opportunities and activities on offer throughout Australia, so you’ll definitely never have a dull moment!

COSTS

Project fee $945

Registration fee $85

DATES

Please arrive the day before your project start date.

The project is starting every monday, please check availability before booking.

The project is not available between 12nd December 2017 and the 3rd January 2018.

DURATION

7 days - please aim to arrive in Sydney the day before your tour starts

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel advice & documentation
  • Advice on equipment & visas
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt

In-country

  • Accommodation
  • Transfer to the project site from meeting point
  • Project orientation
  • In-country emergency support

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Sydney (NS) (SYD)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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