Australia Gap Year Destination Guide
Diversity is the word for Australia. Whether you’re a city lover wanting to experience a vibrant and dynamic city such as Sydney or an explorer wanting to trek the tropics such as those in Northern Australia, Australia has it all.
Gap Years and Working in Australia
Australia is a favourite gap year destination for backpackers and independent travellers and it is easy to see why. Australia has an accomplished backpacker network and well established hostels, bars and working outposts where you can meet like-minded people, as well as the world famously friendly Aussies.
Working in Australia couldn’t be easier. In Australia you are able to work on a working holiday visa meaning that not only can you stay there for one or even two years but you can work legally and earn a decent wage too.
If you want to find out more about jobs in Australia and the type of work available on a gap year then visit our dedicated gap year jobs in Australia section.
Companies that can help you find gap work in Australia
Join us on an experience to the backpacking capital of the world. Get assistance in finding work, to organising your activities and accommodation. Your new life Down Under will be made easy with BUNAC.
Over 250 projects across 26 countries in Asia, Africa & Latin America. Choose to work with wildlife & environmental conservation or community projects. Skilled & unskilled positions from 2 weeks to 6 months.
Get paid to ski for your gap year – EA Ski & Snowboard provide the only way you can combine training, instructor certifications and a guaranteed instructor job offer - all in one season! (Instructor Internship Programs)
Smaller Earth is one of the UK’s leading gap year travel providers. Every year we send thousands of travellers around the globe on their gap year to work, travel and volunteer. We have over 70 programmes to suit every budding traveller.
Frontier has over 300 projects in countries throughout Africa, South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia, giving you unlimited adventures and excursions in beautiful locations.
At Flying Fish you can become a Yachtmaster, conquer the ski slopes, surf Sydney's best breaks or win at windsurfing. Learn the basics of sailing, dive the Barrier Reef or crew on a superyacht.
Useful Advice and Information on Travelling to Australia
We have put together general information about taking a gap year to Australia to ensure that you can make the most of a working holiday there. Information includes:
Read our city guides to Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Darwin and Cairns and find out about the type of accommodation available, useful emergency information and the things to do when you are visiting each city.
Accommodation in Australia
There is a range of accommodation in Australia from the low-end cheaper options of youth hostels or campsites to more expensive accommodation such as hotels or short-term rents.
Australia is a huge country and it is important that you plan how you are going to get around. Read our guide on getting around and learn about the different ways in which you can explore this great and vast land.
Read our guide on booking flights to Australia.
We highlight our top things to do when visiting Australia including must-see attractions, museums and scenery.
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