Work & Travel Australia Sydney Welcome Week


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Explore the Three Sisters Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia.
Explore the Three Sisters Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia.
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If you choose to start your InterExchange Work & Travel Australia program in Sydney this will be your general itinerary for the first week. 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. Please note that this itinerary is subject to change slightly based on factors like weather, but we adhere as closely as possible to the stated timeframe and activities.

Day 1: Arrival, Meet & Greet and Bank Appointment

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 on Pitt Street right in the center of town.

You’ll meet up with other participants in the afternoon and attend your bank appointment to finalize your account.

You’ll probably be pretty jetlagged but we recommend staying active and visiting Paddy’s Market, strolling the Botanic Gardens, or having lunch at Darling Harbor.

Take in spectacular views with the Sydney Opera House as a backdrop!
Take in spectacular views with the Sydney Opera House as a backdrop!
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Day 2: Info Session and a City Tour

Your orientation session will cover the where to go and what to do in Australia, as well as banking, working, living, and traveling in Oz.

In the afternoon, you’ll take a walking tour with an experienced guide to introduce you to the sights and sounds of your new home. See some of Sydney’s best: Darling Harbour, the Botanical Gardens and Chinese Gardens, and Harbour Bridge. Get great views and good tips from locals on how to enjoy the city like Aussies do.

Day 3: Explore Sydney with the Hop on-hop off Harbour Cruise Pass and join a pub crawl!

Sydney Harbour Explorer Hop on–Hop off Cruise. Take your time exploring Sydney with this 48-hour, self-guided pass that allows you to stop and disembark at special sites, then hop back on when you’re ready to move on to the next spot! You can continue to use the pass for the following two days, so be sure to take advantage. We suggest catching the ferry to Manly Beach – don’t forget to use your Harbour Cruise pass which will take you there for free!

In the evening, join the group pub crawl with your new mates. This includes 4 free drinks, 4 different bars and some light snacks!

See koalas and other unique wildlife up close.
See koalas and other unique wildlife up close.
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Day 4: The Finer Points of Sydney

Continue using your Harbour Cruise pass throughout the day to tick off the other hot spots you want to check out!

Day 5: Blue Mountains Day Trip

A trip to Sydney isn’t complete without a visit to the beautiful Blue Mountains, famous for exhilarating bushwalks and giant waterfalls. You’ll learn about the culture and history of the region from expert guides, while exploring the famous national park.

Day 6: Pylon Lookout & Lunch, Job Search Seminar and Travel Planning Informational Session

Start the day climbing the Sydney Harbour Bridge to the Pylon Lookout and check out the exhibits on the way up. You’ll have lunch at Sydney’s oldest pub, so save some appetite!

Attend a job search seminar for tips on finding work, resumes, cover letters, interviews, and finding specific types of jobs. Join the travel information session going over the highlights of Australia, how to get around and other tips for planning your excursions.

Relax on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
Relax on Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia.
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Day 7: Costal Walk + Beach BBQ & Farewell Drinks + Nibbles

Enjoy one of nicest stretches of coastline in Australia on the Bondi coastal walk. Be sure to wear your favorite “budgy smugglers” out to the world-famous and fabulous Bondi Beach! Take a dip in the ocean, catch some rays, and eat up with the most classic of Aussie meals: the barbecue!

As a participant on the Welcome Week, you will be offered a free online Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course, recognized in the Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, Queensland, and Western Australia. You may want to work on this in the afternoon if you haven’t already completed it! (Note that if you want RSA certification for Melbourne or Sydney you’ll have to do a separate course.)

The activity week has ended but your adventure will be just beginning! Consult the jobs team about finding work and enjoy your working holiday!

Sydney Welcome Week Arrival Dates 2020

Start DateApplication Due
January 16 & 30, 2020November 1
February 6, 13 & 20December 2
March 5 & 19Janaury 1
April 2, 16 & 30February 1
May 14March 15
June 4 & 25March 30
July 16May 1
August 6, 13, 20 & 27May 15
September 3, 10, 17 & 24June 30
October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29July 15
November 5, 12, 26September 1
December 3October 1

Don’t see the start date you’re looking for? It’s all good! If you’re open to Melbourne, you can also check out our Melbourne Welcome Week dates. We can also set you up with additional nights of accommodation if you’d like to arrive earlier than your Welcome Week start date.

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James manages the programs for U.S. citizens at InterExchange.

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