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SWAP Australia + 7-Day Welcome Tour


SWAP's highest rated program

★★★★★! Every year we survey our participants and the SWAP Australia program gets the highest praise for quality!

+ Exclusive 7-day welcome tour!

No travel company in Canada is offering this 7-day welcome tour designed with you, the incoming working traveller, in mind! It's the best transition to living in Australia you can get.

Escape the Canadian winter Down Under

Say hello to golden tans and goodbye to wind chill! When it's winter in Canada, it's summer in Australia, so pack your sunnies and enjoy an unforgettable sun-filled working holiday in Oz!

SWAP Australia since 1986

We've offered SWAP Australia program since 1986 and added the now mega popular 7-Day welcome tour option in 2014!

SWAP Australia + 7-Day Welcome Tour

  • The SWAP Australia + 7-day Welcome Tour is unbeatable value and the perfect start to your working holiday adventure down under! We'll arrange your airport transfer and first 7-nights accommodation and you'll spend a week with with a group of others having the best week ever! You'll enjoy a Welcome dinner (with your group of fellow newly arrived travellers), Sydney city walking tour, Sydney Harbour catamaran cruise, spend 2-nights in paradise at our base camp, go sandboarding, see wild bottlenose dolphins and koalas and get to meet our kangaroo, Josie!

    After your first week's mind-blowing introduction to Australia, you'll be armed with a group of mates and the knowledge to help you transition smoothly into your working holiday. From big city experience to a rural setting, or a mix of both, the backdrop of your working holiday is entirely up to you! Wherever you decide to settle, our SWAP services will kick into high gear to support you in finding a job and room, and sorting out your phone and bank account as soon as possible. Once you've made yourself at home, you'll get to know Australia as a local, make lifelong friends, add to your resume, and discover your favourite places for flat whites and meat pies. Good onya because that's what it's all about! With a minimum wage starting at nearly $17/hour, not only will you enjoy your work days, but we reckon you'll be able to fund your after-work outings and weekend travels, too. SWAP's ongoing support services are an ace resource for you during your time in Australia, so pop by the hosting centre any time!


  • Your amazing 7-day Australian welcome tour itinerary:


    Day 1: When you arrive in Sydney our rep will be waiting for you at the airport. We'll direct you to our shuttle bus and you'll be driven directly to your hostel. Once you arrive at hosting centre in Sydney, go on a walking tour of the city where you can take in the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. Get to know your new friends who have also just arrived and and take some great photos. In the evening, you will be taken to a fun bar for your welcome dinner. Dinner and drink are included!

    Day 2: Attend your arrival orientation where you learn everything you need to know about living and working in Australia. You later hop on to the "Rockfish", a catamaran and have an awesome afternoon cruise on Sydney Harbour- spending the rest of the day swimming and taking in the scenery. BBQ lunch is included.

    Day 3: You head with the group to the base camp for the next two nights. The camp is famous for its stunning beaches, amazing sand dunes, and abundance of Aussie wildlife including dolphins, whales, koalas, echindnas, and possums. The eco-accommodation is a 5-minute walk to the beach and home to Josie, a tame Kangaroo! Pizza dinner is included.

    Day 4: You jump into the 4WD and ride to the highest dunes to try sandboarding! Then you take a guided bushwalk through the National Park to a gorgeous lookout. You will have a chance to see koalas in the treetops and migrating whales (May-November). The group will then have a BBQ dinner and drinks around the campfire. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included.

    Day 5: You will take an amazing dolphin watching cruise and get up close to the wild bottlenose dolphins, turtles, and whales. You can relax on the deck or ride in the boom net while dolphins swim underneath. Then you hit the beach for some swimming and sunning before the group heads back to Sydney. Breakfast is included.

    Day 6: Get ready for a fun night on the town! Meet all your new friends at one of the staff's favourite party bars before starting a pub crawl. You will visit 4 bars in the city and receive a free drink in each one!

    Day 7: Today you will take a tour along Sydney's cliff-top coastline from Coogee to Bondi and check out six beaches along the way. It's the perfect day to unwind after an awesome first week in Sydney!

    Day 8 onwards: Head to the hosting centre to start searching for jobs and long term accommodation, or ask staff for recommendations on where you should travel to next, or just check out what the next social event is going to be. From this point onwards, your trip is yours and you'll have had the best first week in Oz and the best team behind you to make sure it's everything you want it to be!

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  • Your Visa

    You will get a 1-year visa that allows for multiple entries into the country.

  • Local Support in Australia

    Get real support from our local staff for your entire working holiday. The staff are experts at work and travel and know Australia inside and out. They'll help you get set up, find a job and a place to live, be there to answer any questions you may have, or just to talk.

    • 7-day arrival activities including city tour, welcome dinner, harbor tour, 3 days at a beach-side camp, sandboarding, swimming, BBQs, hiking, dolphin watching, boat rides, and pub crawl. Some meals and drinks included as per itinerary
    • Arrival orientation where you are provided with vital information on red-tape issues, finding work and accommodation, and living and travelling in Australia
    • 12 month membership to Australia's leading online job network / database for travellers + resume review service
    • Full access to ongoing guidance and support services at the Sydney hosting centre for the duration of your stay
    • Immediate access to bank accounts and tax file processing on arrival
    • Airport transfer to the hostel
    • First 7 nights' accommodation
    • 12 months mail drop and forwarding services
    • Australian SIM card and traveller's discount card

  • Social Community / Events

    One of the greatest advantages of going with SWAP is the immediate, built-in social network that you will be connected to as soon as you arrive! As early as your first orientation, you'll already be meeting fellow travellers in the same situation, and you'll get to know each other and meet many new people in the numerous social events that are held every month. It's the perfect opportunity to make new friends, find potential roomates, and network with people to find your next job. It's much easier (and more fun) than hanging out in a pub by yourself, or looking for roommates on Craigslist.

  • Accommodation

    The first 7 nights in and around Sydney (hostel, Base Camp) are included as part of your welcome tour.

    Bonus Apartment Tours: If you plan to stay and work in Sydney for a while, we'll arrange a tour of furnished share houses by the beach, inner city and all of Sydney's top locations.

  • Our Famous SWAP Support and Resources

    We've been helping Canadians live and work in Australia since 1986, so we know what it takes to successfully apply for an Australian visa. That's part of the reason why thousands of Canadians choose SWAP to help ensure their application's success. Our dedicated visa experts will go over your application in detail and make sure it is perfect. If we notice anything, we'll work with you to make sure it's flawless before your paperwork is submited to the Australian government.

    Over 30 years of Australian visa expertise isn't the only thing you'll get on the SWAP Australia (+ 7-Day Welcome Tour) program. You'll also get:

    • All the necessary forms, information, checklists, and special insight you will need to have your Australian visa approved
    • We'll be with you, advising on every step of the application process
    • Your GO SWAP Kit, which has valuable information on your visa, as well as pre-departure preparation
    • Work in Australia handbook provided at the orientation. This essential guide will prepare you for living and working in Australia
    • Additional travel map and tourist materials
  • Booking the SWAP Australia + 7-day Welcome Tour

    Working and living in Australia with SWAP is easy. You can register online here, or do it in-person by visiting any of these Merit Travel locations and talking to a friendly travel counsellor. The choice is yours and our staff will be there to help you either way! The program price includes all the support services offered in Australia (listed in the support section), plus all the support services offered in Canada by SWAP to make sure your application goes through without a hitch and your working holiday is a success.

Live, work, and have the best welcome experience in Australia

Program Info

  • Eligibility

    Canadians ages 18-30

  • Registration Timeline

    The SWAP Australia + 7-Day Welcome Tour has fixed arrival dates (see below). Please register and book an arrival date 8-12 weeks in advance of leaving (subject to availability)

  • Upcoming 2016 Dates

    › January 2017 arrivals: Every Monday AND Thursday (except Jan. 26th)
    › February 2017 arrivals: Every Monday (plus Thursday, Feb. 2nd)
    › March 2017 arrivals: Every Monday
    › April 2017 arrivals: Every Monday
    › May 2017 arrivals: Every Monday
    › June 2017 arrivals: Every Monday (except June 19th)
    › July 2017 arrivals: Every Monday (except July 3rd and 17th)
    › August 2017 arrivals: Every Monday
    › September 2017 arrivals: Every Monday AND Thursday
    › October 2017 arrivals: Every Monday
    › November 2017 arrivals: Every Monday

  • Length of Your Visa

    Any period up to 1 year

  • Required Savings

    You must have the amount of $5000 AUD saved in your account as of the day you submit your application. These are called support funds and are a requirement of the Australian government

  • For Only

    The SWAP Australia + 7-Day Welcome Tour is only $1550 CAD! That includes the full SWAP working holiday experience in Australia and 7 days of fun and excitement (and accommodation) on the welcome tour.

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