The Three Sisters formation in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia.
Working holidays in Australia are becoming popular among U.S. citizens taking a gap year or just looking for a working adventure abroad. For those in the dark, a working holiday is a way for young adults to pick up short-term jobs (often hospitality, agriculture, or manual labor positions), to earn cash and fund their travels as they go. InterExchange offers such programs in Australia, Canada and New Zealand, providing job search support, social activities, transitional accommodation, orientation sessions and more.
Beginning in January 2016, our Work & Travel in Australia program will offer an optional Welcome Week add-on in Sydney including extended accommodation and social activities. In addition to job support for a full year, seven nights of accommodation at Wake Up! hostel, housing referrals, and assistance with logistics such as setting up a local bank account and taxes, the Welcome Week includes an awesome week of activities so you can make new friends and start exploring as soon as you arrive. Here’s the schedule:
Monday – Day 1: Arrival
Welcome to Australia! You will already have a voucher from us covering your transportation from the airport in Sydney to the funky Wake Up! hostel right in the center of town on Pitt Street. You’ll probably be pretty jetlagged but if you’re feeling restless we recommend visiting Paddy’s Market, strolling the Botanic Gardens, or having lunch at Darling Harbor.
Tuesday – Day 2: Sydney Tower Buffet Lunch and Guided Walk
- 12pm: Bring your camera because on Tuesday you’ll have lunch in the highest revolving restaurant in the southern hemisphere at over 300 meters above the city center. Enjoy seafood dishes, vegetarian options, or try the kangaroo if you’re up for it!
- 3pm: After lunch you'll take a guided stroll to Circular Quay where you can see the Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House. Then you’ll head to The Rocks, one of the oldest areas in the city.
Wednesday – Day 3: Work & Travel Orientation and Paddle Boarding
- 9am: Meet your coordinator at reception and walk down to the office for your Work & Travel program orientation to learn about the job support services available to you for the year, logistics, safety, travel and more.
- 3pm: After lunch meet your coordinator and take the ferry to Rose Bay. There you’ll connect with your paddle boarding instructor. By the end of the lesson you should be able to stand up and paddle! You’ll be getting a core workout (a nice way to plough through the jetlag!) so be prepared for sore muscles in the morning.
- 8pm: Meet up in the reserved seating area of a local pub. Enjoy a couple of free drinks!
Thursday – Day 4: Blue Mountains Day Trip
8am: Just a few hours from Sydney are the beautiful Blue Mountains where you’ll explore some of the forest trails, wander along cliffs, see some incredible waterfalls and more. Your guide will provide a history of the region and answer all of your questions. On the way to the Blue Mountains you will stop over at Featherdale Wildlife Park to see some koalas and kangaroos.
Friday – Day 5: City Walk and Pub Crawl
- 11am: Take a guided Sydney walking tour starting from Wake Up! reception. The tour covers Chinatown, Darling Harbor, The Queen Victoria Building, Sydney Opera House, Royal Botanical Gardens, and more – a great way to get to know Sydney!
- 7:45pm: Meet outside the office if you’d like to join an evening pub crawl, stopping at a few bars with free drinks! Remember your ID!
Saturday – Day 6: Wildlife World
At your own pace, head over to Wildlife World to experience all of Australia’s unique and wonderful wildlife. Have your photo taken with a koala or get close to the kangaroos. Sydney Wildlife World is located in Darling Harbor so we recommend taking a packed lunch and eating by the water, or hit up café/bar Pontoon with cheap deals suited to the backpacker’s budget.
Enjoy a free evening before your final day or check out a free harborside fireworks display (dates vary so check if the fireworks are on this night).
Sunday – Day 7: Beach and Barbecue
</a> Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
9am: Meet coordinator at reception. You’ll take a bus to Coogee Beach, from which you’ll start the gorgeous coastal walk over to Bondi Beach. At Bondi you can take some photos, relax or have a swim. At mid-day you’ll have lunch and time for another swim if you like!
Unlike our standard Work & Travel Australia program with rolling start dates and several orientation sessions per week, programs beginning with the Welcome Week will have set arrival dates on selected Mondays throughout the year.
Check our Work & Travel Australia page for more information including dates for the Welcome Week programs!