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Welcome to Cairns

Welcome to Cairns

Thinking of traveling or moving to Australia? This short package provides you with everything you need!

Prices from $495

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.

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!

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shuttle bus transport from airport
  • 2 nights accommodation in central Cairns
  • 1 day waterfall tour
  • CV writing help
  • Job-search assistance
  • Bank account

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

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

FAST FACTS

Location Cairns, Australia
Activities

2 nights accommodation in Cairns
Meet new friends
1 day waterfall tour
CV writing help
Beach relaxation

Transport

Shuttle bus transport from airport

Accommodation  Hostel

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit

In-country

2 nights accommodation
1 day waterfall tour
Shuttle bus transport from airport
Travel assistance from local staff

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?

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.

2-Nights Hostel Accommodation in central Cairns
You’ll be staying 2-nights at one of our favourite hostels, fully equipped with rooftop terrace, BBQ and an awesome bar downstairs. Upon check in you schedule a time for your info session, where you'll be told everything you need to know for your adventure down under and loads more.

1-Day Waterfall Tour
Explore the tropical rainforest on a 1-Day Atherton Tablelands tour! This tour should not be missed! We’ll take you on a secret adventure tour with waterfall sliding, walking, diving, jumping and lot’s more!

Other package inclusions:

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 will be 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.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Before departure you will receive a shuttle bus voucher to present to the driver at the airport and will be transported to the city.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the project you will be provided with comfortable, clean, shared accommodation. Facilities include a kitchen, internet, laundry, bar, toilets, showers, and lockers, whilst you will be sharing a room with other travellers (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. 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!

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

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 $295

Registration Fee $195

DATES

Please arrive the day before your project start date.

DURATION

3 days - please aim to arrive 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

In-country

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Shuttle bus from airport
  • 1 day waterfall tour
  • Project orientation
  • Travel assistance from local staff

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Cairns (QL) (CNS)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact our dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.

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