Ready to book your ULTIMATE adventure?  Check out our frequently asked questions below that most travellers want to know prior to booking.

It’s normal to have many question to ask before or after you book your trip, and that’s why we have listed our frequently asked questions below for each tour. Can’t find an answer to your question? No worries! Contact us here.

// FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – IMPORTANT STUFF

// FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

TRAVELLING SOLO
WHEN SHOULD YOU BOOK?
WHO WILL BE MY TOUR GUIDE?
BACKPACK OR SUITCASE?
FLIGHTS
TRAVEL INSURANCE
VACCINATIONS
BOOKING PROCESS
BEFORE YOU GO
AFTER YOU BOOK
BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS
TRAVELLING SOLO

Most of the people who book onto our tours are travelling solo, so you won’t be the only one! On all of our tours you’ll be travelling with like-minded people, who enjoy the comfort of a guided tour. So you may start off as strangers, but will finish as an Ultimate Family! A great reason to book a group tour is to meet new people!

 

WHEN SHOULD YOU BOOK?

Departures do book out in advance so we recommend you book your travel 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 most of our tours with a non-refundable 20% deposit. The rest just needs to be paid 6-weeks prior to your trip departure date!

WHO WILL BE MY TOUR GUIDE?
Our guides are fun, experienced, knowledgeable locals whos job it is to make your tour the best it possibly can be! Your guide or guides will be English speaking, first-aid trained and available throughout your tour. All 'Ultimate' branded tours are led by guides hand selected by Ultimate Travel. All 'Adventure', 'Experience' 'Camp' and 'Course' tours are led by our partner operators on the ground in the tours location.
BACKPACK OR SUITCASE?

Choosing between travelling with a backpack or suitcase is a dilemma most travellers are faced with but no need to worry - we’re here to help! Your decision will be based on a variety of factors such as where and how you’ll be travelling, how long you’ll be travelling for and personal preference. Check out our blog ‘Suitcase VS Backpack’ to help you decide. We recommend not travelling with luggage exceeding 23Kg.

FLIGHTS

Our travellers come from all over the world, so unfortunately we don't include airfare. We can help you find great flights though. Simply visit our get a flight quote page to search, compare and book an airfare via Skyscanner. Before booking flights, you should ensure you are booking your airfare into the correct airports. Checkout the Booking information on each tour page to know each tours start and end location. 

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is compulsory for all ULTIMATE tours. We highly recommend to organise a quote and policy for yourself here

VACCINATIONS

We recommend making an appointment with your GP to discuss which vaccinations may be required for your trip. There are no mandatory vaccinations for of our tours as the destinations we travel to are considered low risk. You should generally consult with your GP 4-6 weeks prior to your travels. Deciding whether to get vaccinated before you travel is a personal choice.

BOOKING PROCESS

Booking a tour is easy: Browse the site to find the perfect tour for you. Select 'BOOK NOW' to access the booking form. Enter your details on the booking form along with your credit card details to process your payment. Once submitted you’ll get a notification that we’ve received your booking and we’ll send you the booking confirmation by the following business day. If you have booked a tour on 'Request' or 'Waitlist', our team will be in touch with you to reconfirm your reservation. Our crew will assist with anything else you might need to get ready for your adventure!

 

FLEXIBLE DEPOSITS

If you are booking outside of 6 weeks from your tour departure, you can pay a 20% deposit to secure your spot on any Ultimate Guided tour. Any 'Experience' or 'Adventure' group tours must be paid in full at time of booking. If you are booking a tour inside of 6 weeks from your departure date, the deposit feature will not be available and you must make full payment to confirm your booking. 

 

PAYMENT

Your final balance will be due at least 6 weeks before your tour starts.  We accept payment via credit or debit card via our secure EWay booking platform.

 

CURRENCY

ULTIMATE is an Australian based company. All payments are processed in AUD currency. We do our best to promote our tours in various currencies so that our customers have a better understanding of the value of our tours. The prices we use to promote each tour in EUR, GBP, USD and CAD are subject to change at any time. 

 

BOOKING CONFIRMATION 

After you’ve booked, we’ll send you a confirmation email with receipt of payment and further details about your booking. You will need to to make arrangements for your flights and travel insurance. You will also need to organise the appropriate Visa for the country you are travelling to.

 

AFTER BOOKING

  • Book your flights.
  • Arrange a travel insurance policy by clicking here
  • Pack your bag, grab your passport & camera and jump on that plane!
BEFORE YOU GO

After you’ve booked, we’ll send you a confirmation email with receipt of payment and further details about your booking. You will need to to make arrangements for your flights and travel insurance. You will also need to organise the appropriate Visa for the country you are travelling to

  • Book your Ultimate Tour.
  • Book your flights.
  • Arrange a travel insurance policy by clicking here
  • Pack your bag, grab your passport & camera and jump on that plane!
AFTER YOU BOOK

After you’ve booked, we’ll send you a confirmation email with receipt of payment and further details about your booking. You will receive the necessary tour information and welcome emails between 6 and two weeks prior to your tour date (Dependant on which tour you have booked) You can meet your group prior to travel via our Facebook groups. You can access our pre-tour information via the ULTIMATE app via Itunes or the Play Store

BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

When processing your booking, you must agree to our booking terms and conditions which cover our booking policy, how we handle your personal information, cancellation policy, general conduct and behaviour and tour liability information. You can view our full Terms & Conditions page for our full T&C's & Privacy Policy. Click here

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The UltimateOz Gap year package is designed for those planning a working holiday / gap year in Australia. The majority of our travellers are aged between 18 and 30 years old. There are various visa options available depending on your reason for travelling to Australia. Download our trip notes or visit our visa information page for information on which visa to apply for. If you are planning a Working Holiday, you must apply for a 417 or 462 Visa. You can still book UltimateOz on a Tourist Visa, but you will not be eligible for the Gap Year support elements of the package. Keen to travel Australia on a tourist visa for a shorter period of time? Check out our 8-day Ultimate Sydney tour; visiting Sydney, Bondi Beach and the Blue Mountains. This tour is ideal for those on a tourist visa and doesn't include any gap year elements.

Whether you’re travelling solo or with a mate, you’ll meet like-minded travellers from all over the world. UltimateOz is designed to help you make friends as soon as you arrive in Australia! Most people travelling with us stay in touch with their friends from the group for the rest of their stay in Australia. Group sizes vary with each tour however you can expect to travel with an average of 15-30 others on UltimateOz Gap Year. Ultimate Sydney groups tend to be smaller and cosy with up to 12 other travellers.

We’ve selected some of the best backpacker accommodation options in Sydney for you. If you’re joining our UltimateOz Gap Year package you’ll be staying in one of Sydney’s best backpacker hostels, located right near ULTIMATE HQ and in our Basecamp cabins. During Ultimate Sydney, you’ll get to experience our awesome Sydney hostel as well as staying at our surf inspired hostel in a prime location in Bondi. You’ll be sharing your room with other travellers (usually those in your group!) during the tour.

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.

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.

Not sure if you need extra nights? Get in touch to chat with a member of the crew before or after you book.

Whether you’re travelling solo or with a mate, you’ll meet like-minded travellers from all over the world. Group sizes vary with each tour however you can expect to travel with an average of 20-35 others on UltimateOz Gap Year. Ultimate Sydney groups tend to be smaller and cosy with up to 12 other travellers.

Of course! You can pre-book extra nights in Sydney if you’re arriving early, and also extend your stay too. You can add them onto your booking, or just get in contact with us!

Once you've booked your UltimateOz 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!

Travelling to Australia with UltimateOz is easy as! Here’s what you need to do: Arrange a Working Holiday Visa Book your UltimateOz Sydney Arrival Package plus any other UltimateOz trips & tours Book your flights to Australia Arrange a travel insurance policy by clicking here Pack your bag, grab your passport & camera and jump on that plane!

If your flights are delayed, just email or call us. We will let the hostel know and arrange an adjusted airport pick up - no worries! We understand plans can change and we’ll try to help as much as we can. Click here to read our full booking policy.

Our Work & Travel Experts have been everywhere and seen everything in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji & SE Asia! We can plan or book everything for you and are happy to give you unbiased travel advice! No matter where you want to go and how you want to get there we’ll be able to help plan out the adventure of a lifetime for you!

In Australia, Health and Safety laws require that workers in certain professions (including Hospitality & Construction) undergo compulsory basic training and become certified to be eligible for employment. All hospitality staff must hold certification known as an RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) before being eligible for employment on licensed premises. You will also need RGS (Responsible Gambling Services) certification to work in premises with gambling facilities. To work on a construction site it is a requirement that you hold an OH&S General Induction Certificate or “White Card” as it’s commonly known.

Departures do book out in advance so we recommend you book your UltimateOz 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!

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.

We like to include some meals throughout your tour, but allow you to be able to experience other cuisines as well. Included in UltimateOz you will have 3 x Dinners, 2 x Breakfast & 1 x Lunch.

The great thing is, there is no bad time to travel to Australia! The country is so vast that depending when and where you plan on travelling you're always likely to hit some sun! In Sydney the Summer months run from December to February, but warm, beautiful weather can be experienced all year round. Although the 'Winter' months technically run from June to August, it is not like a Winter you may normally experience in your home country. Temperatures generally don't drop too low, and the sun still shines!

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.

Yes! We 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!

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!

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.

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.

BALI

Our Ultimate Bali tour is aimed towards travellers aged between 18 to 39 years old looking for adventure, culture and nightlife!

Your tour starts in Kuta which is only a short drive from the only international airport in Bali - Denpasar airport, also known as Ngurah Rai International Airport. On day 10 you'll finish your tour on the beautiful island of Gili Trawangan.

 

Your closest airport will still be Denpasar airport. Have a look at 'What will happen after my tour' for advice on how to make your way back

You’ll be travelling with a group of 18-30-somethings from all over the world, and a fully licensed tour guide available 24/7 whilst on tour. Group sizes vary but you can generally expect to travel with a group of 10-20 people.

Of course! If you're arriving early or would like to extend your stay then you can add on extra nights during the booking process or your group leader will be more than happy to help you. Your group leader can also assist with booking return transfers to the airport or mainland and adding on any additional activities you would like to do.

Airport transfer is included in your trip! Just make sure you let us know your flight arrival date, time and flight number at least 14 days before your tour is due to start. Two weeks before your tour we will send you an email with detailed information about your arrival in Bali, airport transfer, accommodation and where to meet your group.

Your 10 day tour will finish on the stunning island of Gili Trawangan. Your tour guides will help with any onward travel while you're in Bali. If you don't have much time afterwards and would like to pre-arrange your return transfer you can add this to your booking, just let us know. We recommend that you book a flight exiting Bali after 6pm on Day 10 as it can take a full day of travel to return to the mainland airport.

We like to have a great mixture of some meals included and times for you to experience the local cuisine of Bali! See below for the meals that are included: Welcome Dinner Daily Breakfast 1 BBQ Lunch 1 ice cold Bintang (delicious local beer!)

THAILAND

Ultimate Thailand is limited to people aged between 18 – 35 years of age. We welcome people from any country. We accommodate solo travelers, couples as well as small groups of mates.

Ultimate Thailand is perfect for people travelling alone!  You’re surrounded by other like-minded travellers for the duration of the trip, you’ll be mates for life with your group by the end!  Members of the group even tend to stick together after the tour as they continue their travels through SE Asia!

The tour begins in Bangkok, so you are more than welcome to arrive at either of the two International Airports, Don Mueang (DMK) or Suvarnabhumi (BKK). BKK is the new one and is a little closer to the city but arriving at either one is absolutely fine.

Your tour finishes on the beautiful island of Koh Phangan however, flights are generally cheaper if you were to get a return flight from Bangkok, you would just have to make your way back to Bangkok from Koh Phangan once the tour is over, but we can help with that! See ‘What Will Happen After my Tour’ for more details.

The amount of money you should bring will depend upon the total length of your holiday and your spending habits. It’s very easy to get by in Thailand for as little as $20 per day. This will cover your food, basic accommodation and having fun. However, try and budget for at least $50 per day – it’s a once in a lifetime trip, so make the most of it.

Thailand is a very safe place to visit, as long as you follow some basic health and safety guidelines and have respect for the local people and culture. The most common dangers in Thailand are sunburn, dehydration and hangovers, however travelling in a group with Ultimate Thailand makes it even safer! Our tour guides have travelled Thailand extensively, and will share their experience, and local knowledge to ensure your safety throughout the trip and beyond.

Of course! You can pre-book extra nights in Bangkok if you’re arriving early, and also extend your stay in Koh Phangan with us. You can add this on via your booking, get in contact with us or organise them with your group leader while in Thailand. There may be opportunities to add on optional activities throughout your tour to add to your experience, you can speak with your group leader to get more details!

Yes, you sure do! Purchase a travel insurance policy to ensure you’re covered in case anything unexpected happens. Click here to get started.

Yes, that’s totally fine. We can book extra nights of accommodation for you and help you arrange activities to do in Bangkok when you arrive.

No worries if your flights are delayed, just email us or give us a ring. We will let the guest house know and arrange an adjusted airport pick up!Please can change and we'll do our best to help. Check out our full booking policy here.

Your Ultimate Thailand Tour Guides will do their best to keep you safe and healthy in Thailand. However, one dodgy mosquito bite or a bad case of the runs could ruin your holiday (and your pulling-potential!), so it pays to take a few sensible precautions. The following is a rough guide for vaccinations in Thailand, so we suggest seeing a GP with expertise in travel medicine who can review your individual health issues.Don’t forget to ask for numbing cream if you’re worried about pain from the injection. You are strongly recommended to have Hepatitis A vaccine (Hep-A sucks big-time!) You may also need Typhoid vaccination (Good for nasty stomach bugs) Rabies pre-exposure vaccination may be an option, but not essential Malaria isn’t common the areas we visit, but stock-up on bug-spray in Bangkok as there are other diseases such as Dengue that are more common. Ideally you should organise all this about 4-6 weeks before departure, but it is never too late.

Ultimate Thailand starts in Bangkok.

You can choose to fly into either of the two International Airports, Don Mueang (DMK) or Suvarnabhumi (BKK). Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) is the newer airport of the two and is a little closer to the city.

Return flights to Bangkok are generally cheaper than organising a flight one-way. Our tour ends in Koh Phangan but your guide will be able to advise you on the best way to get back to Bangkok for your flight, and help you organise the transfer!

Thailand is a great country to visit all year round! As the country is so vast different weather systems spread out across the region. So if you're visiting at a certain time of the year and the weather is due to be hot and dry in Bangkok, you may experience a little rain in the southern islands. Not to worry though, if rain does occur it usually does not last very long and can be a relief from the heat!

The local currency in Thailand is Thai Baht (THB). The amount of money you should bring will depend upon the total length of your holiday and your spending habits. It’s very easy to get by in Thailand for $300 - $600 a week. This will cover your food, souvenirs and fun! However, try and budget for the higher end of this – it’s a once in a lifetime trip, so make the most of it!

 

We recommend bringing a debit card / travel money card with you with so you can withdraw cash as you go. ATMs are available throughout Thailand. Alternatively, you can bring local currency to exchange when you arrive - your group leader can help you find somewhere, no problem. Try to only get out enough to cover you a few days at a time so you're not carrying around lots of cash.

Your Ultimate Thailand tour ends in Koh Phangan, home of the legendary Full Moon Party! Many tour dates coincide with the Full Moon Party and if it DOES line-up then we’re sure your group will be going. View our guide to the Full Moon Party. There is also the Half-Moon Party in the middle of the jungle which is amazing and if that lines up then we tend to go to that one too! If the tour does not line-up with any “official” party, no need to worry! We always organise Ultimate parties for you in Koh Phangan regardless!

 

Some Ultimate Thailand tour dates coincide with the Full Moon Party. If your tour lines up with a Full Moon Party we'll make sure your group can attend.

 

There are also some epic Half-Moon parties on the island that take place in the middle of the jungle! If your tour dates align, we'll also give you the option to join the party!

 

If your Ultimate Thailand tour does not line-up with any “official” Full Moon parties, no need to worry! We always organise Ultimate parties for you in Koh Phangan regardless!

 

Check out our guide to the Koh Phangan Full Moon Party here.

VIETNAM

Ultimate Vietnam is aimed towards travellers aged between 18 to 35 years old wanting to explore the very best of Northern and Southern Vietnam in 14 days. This fully guided, group tour will show you the best spots in Vietnam with the ease of travelling as a group.

Whether you’re travelling solo or with a mate, you’ll meet like-minded travellers from all over the world. Group sizes vary with each tour however we like to keep things fun yet personal so you’ll be travelling with no more than 30 others.

A total of 13-nights accommodation is included, each offering a unique experience in Vietnam! You’ll be staying in a combination of budget hostels/hotels, a Vietnamese cruise Boat, huts on our private island & an overnight sleeper bus.

The Ultimate Vietnam tour starts in Hanoi and ends on the Ho Chi Minh.

You should book your flights into Hanoi (HAN Airport) and out of Ho Chi Minh (SGN)

 

Nobody wants a bowl of Pho, a bite of Bánh Mì or a bite from a mosquito to ruin the trip of a lifetime … so plan ahead and get your vaccinations sorted before you make the trip. This is a rough guide to want you have to plan against with Vietnam in mind and some of the vaccinations listed are taken care of during childhood so check with your GP before you go and book anything, just to make sure you need the jabs!

  • Hepatitis A and B – two separate diseases with a vaccination that can be taken together or separately. Both diseases are pretty awful so tick this one off!
  • Typhoid – highly recommended and transmitted by dodgy food or water. Get it and forget about it!
  • Tetanus, Pertussis & Diphtheria – It’s best to have an updated tetanus jab and the others come along with the package.
  • Measles Mumps and Rubella – one of the childhood immunisations that you might not need so check your immunisation record with your GP.
  • Flu – get a flu shot if you think it’s necessary or ask your doctor for more information.
  • Malaria – inland Vietnam has malaria whilst the coast doesn’t.

There are a couple more that can be recommended but aren’t essential so we’ll say it again – check with your GP!

Ideally, you should organise all this plus a trip to your GP 6 to 8 weeks before your departure. Some vaccination need 2 or more shots.

If you need additional nights before or after your trip, just add them to your booking when you checkout.

Not sure if you need extra nights? Get in touchto chat with a member of the crew before or after you book.

Sure! We recommend searching and comparing flight prices using Skyscanner.com – get a flight quote.

Find the best insurance policy for your Ultimate adventure with the help of our recommended travel insurance provider.

Vietnam is a safe place to visit, as long as you follow some basic health and safety guidelines and have respect for the local people and culture. The most common dangers in Vietnam are sunburn, dehydration and hangovers, however travelling in a group with Ultimate Vietnam makes it even safer! Our tour guides have travelled extensively, and will share their experience, local knowledge hangover-cures with you.

Airport transfer is not included in your trip. However, if you add our Hanoi Welcome Pack (see below for more details) onto your booking then we can organise the transfer for you! You’ll just need to let us know if you would like to add the pack and make sure you let us know your flight arrival date, time and flight number at least 14 days before your tour is due to start. Two weeks before your tour we will send you an email with detailed information about your arrival in Vietnam, airport transfer, accommodation and where to meet your group.

Vietnam, although not very geographically wide, is quite a long country, which means there are quite a few weather systems at play. That being said, Vietnam is awesome to travel to throughout the year. The weather can vary from hot and humid, cooler and dry, some rain, and plenty of sunny days!

Once your tour finishes you are free to explore more of Vietnam, South East Asia or head back home. Whatever your plans your group leader can help organise and book your onward travel. They are travellers themselves so have extensive knowledge in travelling this side of the world. When arranging your onward flights (either home or to more adventures!), there is not much of a restriction as to when you can organise it for as it only takes approx. 30 minutes to get there from the city, so feel free to depart anytime! We do recommend to aim to depart after midday though so you have time to have breakfast and say your goodbyes. Sometimes it can be cheaper to do a return ticket in and out of Hanoi so if that’s the case just give yourself an extra day at the end of the tour and you can jump on an internal flight up to Hanoi to catch your onward flight.

If you would like to make your arrival to Vietnam as smooth as possible, you can add the Hanoi Welcome Pack to your booking to receive an airport transfer and a visa invitation letter. We will organise the airport transfer for when your flight arrives and our representative will be waiting at the airport. They will take you to the first hotel we stay in Hanoi.

 

If you are not pre-arranging your own visa, you’ll also get a visa invitation letter sent to you a week before your tour. For us to apply for this, you will need to let us know what type you require, and we need your full passport details. See ‘What information do I need to provide?’ for more details.

EAST COAST

Looking for adventure, bucket list tick-offs and an experience you'll never forget? Looking for an automatic group of friends, a leader to show you the best spots and everything all organised for you? Then the Ultimate East Coast is for you! Whether you're in Australia for a Working Holiday or just visiting, this tour is perfect for you if you want to experience the best spots along the famous East Coast of Australia. We have a few options available from 3 to 6 weeks long, have a look at the Australia tours we have available by clicking here!

The average group size for the Ultimate East Coast: 4 week tour is around 10-15 people however trips do book out in high season (your bus takes a maximum of 24 pax). As you have the option to hop-on & hop-off you’ll be meeting new travellers at each leg of the journey! Group sizes will vary for each of your activities. If you’re travelling on the Ultimate East Coast 5 & 6 week tours, groups sizes vary throughout the year (between 5 - 20 people). However small or large your group, you’re guaranteed an epic adventure with new mates! Group sizes will vary for each of your activities. Travelling with a friend? Be sure to let us know so that we can ensure your activities are booked together. Joining the Ultimate East Coast: 4 week package? Please be aware that due to the hop-on/hop-off nature of this tour it is not always possible to guarantee that you'll be in the same accommodation or activities as your travel mates, especially during peak seasons. Ultimate will do everything possible to ensure that customers travelling together will stay together but we may need to shuffle around accommodation and activities based on availability.

Of course! We’ve included heaps of awesome activities in each of our Ultimate East Coast tours however should you wish to add extra activities (Skydive, Bungy Jump, White Water Rafting etc) or accommodation you can do so when you book. Extras can also be added as you travel – just get in touch with your Ultimate Travel expert for a quote and to book!

We’ve done our best to include everything we can in your East Coast package to avoid any surprise fees along the way! The only extras you will be asked to pay for are: $20 port, fuel, reef management levy payable locally on your Great Barrier Reef trip. This is charged by your day trip supplier to protect the reef & keep it beautiful – best $20 you can spend we say! $10 insurance levy payable locally before your Fraser Island trip. You may also hire a sleeping for your Fraser Island trip for $10. Whilst lots of your activities include meals, you will need to purchase any additional meals and drinks during your trip. Please be aware that some departure dates will incur a surcharge due to our suppliers raising prices for special occasions and public holidays. For example, but not limited to, New Year’s Eve, Christmas, local festivals etc. Feel free to get in touch in advance for more info. If you’re travelling on the Ultimate East Coast: 4 week tour you will also have the opportunity to upgrade to two optional unique stops: Treasure Island and the Rainforest Experience. You can pay your tour guide for these upgrades if you decide to participate or add them on when you book!

Our Ultimate East Coast packages include your travel pass, accommodation, heaps of activities and most of your food so you won’t have to spend a lot more during your trip however we recommend budgeting $20-$40 per day to cover any extra food and drinks you’d like to purchase. Some of your trips are all inclusive so you won’t have to budget for these days!

During the Ultimate East Coast: 4 week package, you’ll be travelling by hop-on, hop-off minibus (seats 24) between Sydney and Noosa/Rainbow Beach and by fast train (with toilets, showers & dining carriage) between Noosa/Rainbow Beach and Cairns. Your Ultimate East Coast: 5 week includes coach travel, complete with reclining seats, USB ports & wifi. Your Ultimate East Coast: 6 week tour also includes your airport transfer (shuttle bus) and return transfers to Bondi (public transport).

We’ve chosen the best quality hostels up the East Coast at the best prices for you. You’ll be sleeping in 4-16 bed dorm rooms, a private campsite and even on a sailing boat! The Ultimate East Coast: 4 week tour also includes 1 night on an overnight train. The Ultimate East Coast 5 & 6 week tours include 2 overnight bus journeys.

You will need a sleeping bag for your Fraser Island trip. If you don’t have one, you can hire one when you get there for $10! All of the hostels included in your package will provide all of your bedding for you.

Whether you’re travelling solo or with a mate, you’ll meet like-minded travellers from all over the world. Our travellers make friends for life on these tours! If you’re travelling on the Ultimate East Coast 3, 5 or 6 week tours, groups sizes vary throughout the year (between 8 - 20 people). However small or large your group, you’re guaranteed an epic adventure with new mates! Group sizes will vary for each of your activities.

Travelling with a friend? Be sure to let us know so that we can ensure your activities are booked together.

Joining the Ultimate East Coast: 4 week package? Please be aware that due to the hop-on/hop-off nature of this tour it is not always possible to guarantee that you'll be in the same accommodation or activities as your travel mates, especially during peak seasons. Ultimate will do everything possible to ensure that customers travelling together will stay together but we may need to shuffle around accommodation and activities based on availability. The average group size for the Ultimate East Coast: 4 week tour is around 10-15 people however trips do book out in high season (your bus takes a maximum of 24 pax). As you have the option to hop-on & hop-off you’ll be meeting new travellers at each leg of the journey! Group sizes will vary for each of your activities.

// VISA INFORMATION

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the necessary travel documents for your trip, including valid passport and visa. For entry into most countries you will need to have at least 6 months of validity left on your passport from the date you intend to leave that country. Please check entry requirements for the country you plan on travelling to. The information below is accurate, but you should consult with your embassy or the relevant tourism and government websites to ensure you have the correct Visa to travel.

AUSTRALIA
BALI
THAILAND
VIETNAM
PHILIPPINES
NEW ZEALAND
AUSTRALIA

Yes, you will need a visa to enter Australia. The visa you choose will depend on the country you’re from, how long you’d like to stay in Australia and whether you plan to work here.

 

If you are planning on working and travelling in Australia you will need to apply for a working holiday visa (ages 18-30). Click here for more info on Australian Working Holiday visas.

 

UltimateOz can arrange a 12 month working holiday visa for you, just add onto your package when you book and we’ll email you all the necessary forms.

 

If you’re planning on visiting Australia and not working then you will need to apply for a 3 or 6 month tourist visa. These can be applied for via the Australian Government website.

BALI

Depending on the country of your passport, there are a few options available to you to gain entry into Bali. Free Visa: the majority of nationalities can obtain a 30 day visa exemption on arrival to Bali, this will be non-extendable.

 

Available to those from the UK, USA, Australia, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium and more.

 

For a full list please research with the Indonesian Government.

 

Visa on Arrival: For those on the free visa country list that want to stay longer than 30 days, you will need to pay US$35 on arrival. Visa Before Arrival: All other countries will have to apply for a visa before entering Bali at an Indonesian consulate.

 

For all visa options, you will need to make sure you have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from the day you plan to leave Bali, and in most cases you may need to show evidence of your departing journey. Visa information for Bali can change without our knowledge, so please take this information as advice, and check with the Indonesian consulate before you travel.

THAILAND

In some cases, yes, and the process is very easy! Citizens of 41 different nationalities, including Australia, NZ, UK, USA and most of Europe, can enter Thailand without a pre-arranged visa.

 

This ‘visa exemption’ allows you to stay 30 days when entering Thailand by air, and 15 days when crossing into Thailand by land. Without proof of an onward ticket and sufficient funds for your expected stay any visitor can be denied entry, but in practice this is a formality that is rarely checked.

 

For more information about 60-Day Tourist Visas, Visa Extensions and Visa Runs click here.

VIETNAM

If you are looking into our Ultimate Vietnam trip then this should point you into the right direction on how to get a visa for travel in Vietnam. It is your responsibility to obtain the correct Visa to enter the country.

 

There are 3 options to obtain your visa:

 

Option 1: Apply in person or via post at your nearest embassy – means less hassle when arriving in Vietnam, but more expensive.

Option 2: Get a visa on arrival, which requires a visa invitation letter issued by an authorised agent before you leave home – seems a little easier and is also cheaper, but you’ll need to queue up when landing to actually have your visa issued.

Option 3: Apply for an E-Visa online – this is only available to certain nationalities and does not permit you to enter Vietnam through all entry points, only selected ones.

 

Generally no visa is required for travel to Vietnam lasting up to 15 days only if you are from one of the following countries: UK, France, Spain, Germany and Italy.

 

PHILIPPINES

Most countries will get a free 30 day tourist visa in the Philippines upon arrival. Please check with your local consulate or embassy for the most up-to-date information.

NEW ZEALAND

Yes, you need a visa to enter New Zealand. The visa you choose will depend on the country you are from, how long you’d like to stay in New Zealand and whether you plan to work here. Here are your options: 3-month Tourist Visa. If you’re from a visa waiver country you will not need to apply for this visa. 6-month Tourist Visa – available for British citizens and/or British passport holders. 12-month Working Holiday Visa

 

View all available Visas to enter New Zealand on their government website here.

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