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// WHY TAKE A GAP YEAR
WORK & EARN
Your Australia Working Holiday visa allows you to work and travel in Australia for up to a year (and can be extended by another 12 months when you complete the necessary regional work) so you can gain valuable work experience and earn enough money to help fund your travel adventures! There are lots of jobs available to working holiday makers in Australia in the cities and regionally in various industries including hospitality, retail, construction and farm work.
MAKE LIFELONG MEMORIES
A gap year in Australia is an opportunity not to be missed! Whether you want to travel the Aussie East Coast, road trip through Outback Australia, work at a resort on a remote island, experience city life, go diving in the Great Barrier Reef, cuddle a koala, do a skydive or come up close with a Quokka (the world’s happiest animal!), you can make your Aussie dream a reality on your gap year Down Under. Seize the opportunity and make incredible lifelong memories – there’s no better time than now!
NEW FRIENDS, NEW ADVENTURES
Australia is one of the most popular destinations for gap year and working holiday makers, with over 20 nationalities eligible to apply for the WHV, and the perfect country to meet fellow travellers! The beauty of meeting people travelling is that you always have at least one thing in common…a passion for travel! When you’re travelling, your new mates become your travel family – the majority of our arrivals land in Australia alone, and leave with friends for life.
A year abroad in Australia is great way to gain new life experiences. Not only will you get to experience Aussie culture and living in a different country, you’ll also meet travellers from all walks of life. An Australia working holiday will teach you how to be self sufficient, how to budget and provide you with valuable organisation and planning skills! Get ready to go home with amazing travel stories, new mates from all over the world and a whole new set of life skills!
// WHY AUSTRALIA?
There’s nowhere else quite like Australia. There are six states and two territories to discover in addition to natural wonders, 10,685 beaches, rainforests, reefs, unique wildlife and “the Outback”. Australia’s incredible size and vastness offers endless adventure and something for every type of traveller, whether you’re planning to travel off the beaten track, experience working in an Aussie city, hit the many stunning beaches along Australia’s beautiful coastline or get up close with Aussie wildlife.
NATURAL WONDERS & ICONS
Go diving in the Great Barrier Reef, visit the sacred site of Uluru and learn about Aboriginal culture, 4WD on Fraser Island, visit Australia’s famous pink lakes, see the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. Wherever you choose to travel in Oz, you’ll find breathtaking natural scenery and iconic landmarks.
Did you know, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on earth!
From cuddly and cute, to fascinating and extraordinary, Australia is home to some of the most interesting and unique wildlife in the world. There are countless opportunities to see Australian wildlife in their natural habitat and sometimes even get up close to them! Cuddle a koala, swim with whale sharks, get a selfie with a friendly quokka and meet beautiful rainbow lorikeets.
Did you know? Australia is home to more kangaroos than people!
There’s no question about it…Australia has some of the most incredible beaches in the world! Find the world’s whitest sand on the East Coast of Australia, swim out to the Ningaloo reef just metres from shore, discover hidden harbour beaches in Sydney and learn to surf at some of the best surf beaches in the world.
Did you know, Australia is home to 10,685 beaches! You could visit a new beach every day for over 29 years!
Aussie cities are wonderfully unique; From Sydney’s iconic landmarks and beautiful coastline, Melbourne’s street art and vibrant nightlife to sun-soaked Perth, adventure-filled vibes in Cairns and relaxed city life in Brisbane, there’s something for everyone. Which city will you fall in love with?
Did you know, More than 85% of Australians live within 50km of the coastline and the beach!
// ENDLESS TRAVEL ADVENTURES
Make the most of the ‘holiday’ part of your working holiday by travelling around this incredible country. The East Coast is a must-do for all backpackers – it’s a pilgrimage to the very best beaches and party towns that Australia has to offer.
Heading north from Sydney you’ll stop at the surf and hippie paradise of Byron Bay, spot dingos on Fraser Island, sail around the breathtaking Whitsunday Islands and finish your trip by finding Nemo on the Great Barrier Reef.
Fancy something a little bit off the beaten track? No worries, mate! How about a crocodile safari in the Northern Territory? Or you could watch what we think might be the most beautiful sunrise on the planet at Uluru! Need a break from all that sun? Head to Thredbo during winter time to shred some powder on the slopes of one of Australia’s best ski resorts. And yes, you read that right – you can ski in Australia! Whatever kind of adventure you’re looking for Australia has got you covered! You’ll have plenty of opportunity to discover all of these places and more whilst you work and travel in the land down under.
// ENDLESS TRAVEL ADVENTURES
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// WORKING IN AUSTRALIA
Your working holiday visa allows you to work in Australia for up to 12 months. Read more info on WHV options in Australia here. There are lots of jobs available to backpackers travelling Down Under in a variety of industries and as wages in Australia are high, you’ll be able to earn money to help fund your travels.
// WORKING HOLIDAY FAQ’S
If you are eligible for a Working Holiday Visa, you can come and work in Australia for up to 12 months. Only certain countries are available for a 417 and 462 Working Holiday Visa. To see if you hold a permitted passport, check out the eligibility requirements here.
Travelling to Australia with UltimateOz is easy as! Here’s what you need to do:
Departures do book out in advance so we recommend you book your UltimateOz Australia Gap Year package sooner rather than later.
If you're planning your trip last-minute, no worries! We'll do what we can to help you with your travel arrangements.
You can also secure your spot on UltimateOz with a non-refundable 20% deposit. The rest just needs to be paid 6-weeks prior to your trip departure date!
UltimateOz is designed to help you make friends as soon as you arrive in Australia! Most people travelling with UltimateOz arrive alone and stay in touch with friends from the group for the rest of their trip. You’ll spend your first week having loads of fun and getting to know each other. After the UltimateOz week has come to an end, our crew can advise you on finding a shared apartment in Sydney or help you plan your travel adventure around Australia with your new mates. Chat to others travelling Australia via our Facebook group.
Once you've booked your UltimateOz Australia Gap Year tour, we'll email you a confirmation along with some important information about your booking. Closer to your tour departure date we'll be in touch to provide you with all the information you'll need prior to your trip to Australia. When you've booked your flights, just let us know your flight number and we'll take care of the rest!
UltimateOz includes a 12-Month membership to our online job database - Travellers At Work!
During your first week in Sydney we'll give you valuable information about finding work in Australia. We'll share our tips on where to find work, how to apply and what you can expect to earn!
We’ll provide you with access to the Travellers At Work job database, so you can begin applying for jobs at your earliest convenience. If at any time you need some guidance just swing by and have a one-on-one session with one of our in-house work and travel experts who can help you out in your job search! We'll review your CV and help you adapt your application to suit Aussie employers.
As a working holidaymaker in Australia you may be eligible to receive a tax refund. Our tax refund experts will help you with everything, so you’ll get the maximum refund possible. When you leave Australia, we can also help you claim your superannuation refund too.
There are no restrictions on where you can live whilst in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa. Most people will move to our Capital Cities - Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.
If you book our Working Holiday Packages, you can choose between Sydney and Melbourne. Your first weeks accommodation is included on these packages and during this time, we will introduce you to the online platforms used in Australia to find more permanent accommodation.
We also offer furnished shared accommodation tours to help you find a great place to live around the city for the duration of your stay. Ultimate has access to a large selection of flats, apartments, serviced apartments and houses available for rent in a variety of Sydney suburbs. Stay 4 weeks to 1 year spending an average of $175-$350 per person per week. We’ll organise a free escorted tour of these properties for you whenever it suits you!
To obtain a 2nd year visa extension, you must complete three months (or 88 days) of work in a regional part of Australia. The Crew at UltimateOz can assist you in your 2nd year visa jobs search and lots of 2nd year visa jobs are available on www.taw.com.au. Read more about Regional Work here.
Medicare is Australia’s governmental public health policy. If you are on a Working Holiday Visa you may be eligible to be covered by Medicare for the duration of your stay in Australia. Medicare is an add on, not a replacement for any other insurances you may have so you still need to have valid travel insurance! Citizens of the UK, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, the Republic of Ireland and New Zealand are covered for the duration of their approved visa time in Australia. Citizens of Malta and Italy are covered by Medicare for a period of 6 months from their date of arrival in Australia. All other countries unfortunately are not eligible for Medicare support but as long as you have travel insurance you’ll be covered!
The local currency for Australia is Australian Dollars (AUD). You must have access to sufficient funds to support yourself for the initial stage of your holiday in Australia and you may be asked to show evidence of this upon arrival. If you’re travelling on your gap year, we suggest arriving in Australia with at least AU$5000. The amount you need will depend upon your travel plans and length of stay in Australia. As part of the UltimateOz package you will have the opportunity to open an Australian bank account before you arrive. We send you a link and all the details you need 4 weeks before your tour is due to start. Then during your first week your leader will take you to the bank to finish the final steps in setting up your account.
UltimateOz includes a 12-Month membership an online job database - Travellers At Work! During your first week in Sydney we'll give you valuable information about finding work in Australia. We'll share our tips on where to find work, how to apply and what you can expect to earn!We’ll provide you with access to the Travellers At Work job database, so you can begin applying for jobs at your earliest convenience. If at any time you need some guidance just swing by and have a one-on-one session with one of our in-house work and travel experts who can help you out in your job search! We'll review your CV and help you adapt your application to suit Aussie employers.