If setting out on your InterExchange Work & Travel Australia adventure makes you a little nervous – not to worry! We offer a great Welcome Week package to show you Melbourne's most famous sights and get you started with making new friends and travel buddies. If Melbourne is your arrival city into Australia, here's what we’ve got in store if you opt for the Welcome Week.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive in Melbourne and catch the included shuttle service into the city, where you’ll have seven nights pre-booked on your behalf at Greenhouse Backpackers hostel. This day is free for you to recover from jetlag or get started on your job and housing hunt. You can also stop by our partner’s office at 423 Bourke Street to chat with the staff and use the wifi.
Day 2: Orientation and Pub Crawl
Day 2 starts off with your orientation in the morning, when you’ll learn more about living, traveling, and working in Oz, as well as finalizing your bank account and receiving your Australian SIM card. After taking the afternoon to rest up, join your new mates for a pub crawl through the city and get to know each other over drinks.
Day 3: Skydeck and Aquarium
First, you’ll check out the Eureka Skydeck and enjoy views of the entire city, including landmarks like the MCG Stadium and the Yarra River. After you make your way down, hop on over to the Melbourne Aquarium for some chill time with the marine animals of Australia.
Day 4: Melbourne Tour
Your trusty and knowledgeable guides will lead you on a tour of Melbourne, learning about the rich history of the city as well as its dynamic contributions to the modern world.
Day 5: Great Ocean Road
Today you will tackle a Melbourne must-do! Board a bus to drive the Great Ocean Road, home of the famous Twelve Apostles rock formation. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to get out, enjoy the fresh sea air, and take as many photos as your heart desires.
Day 6: Bike Tour and Drinks
Take to the streets on two wheels on a guided bike tour through the city. Perhaps you’ll even get a chance to experience the famous Melbourne weather, where it can shift between all four seasons within a day. After cruising through town, head out for another night of bonding over drinks with your travel mates.
Day 7: Barbeque at St. Kilda Beach
End your Welcome Week with a barbecue at St. Kilda Beach, the most easily accessible beach in Melbourne (just a short tram ride from the city center). Hang out with friends, trade photos, and perhaps make future travel plans together.
After the Welcome Week ends, you’ll surely have forged new relationships and you’ll be feeling more adjusted and confident about the city and the country. From here on out, take advantage of the support provided by Work and Travel Company and get started working and traveling in the Land Down Under!
Melbourne Welcome Week Arrival Dates 2020
|Start Date||Application Due|
|January 16, 2020||November 22, 2019|
|February 6 & 20, 2020||December 2, 2019|
|March 5, 2020||January 15, 2020|
|September 3, 2020||June 30, 2020|
|October 1, 2020||July 15, 2020|
|November 5 & 26, 2020||September 1, 2020|
Don't see the start date you're looking for? It's all good! If you're open to Sydney, you can also check out our Sydney Welcome Week start. We can also set you up with additional nights of accommodation if you'd like to arrive earlier than your Welcome Week start date.
Melissa worked with InterExchange between 2016 and 2019, helping U.S. citizens planning to travel abroad. She traveled to Spain and Ghana before moving to Japan for three years. She now lives in the almost-foreign country of New York City.