The SWAP Work in Australia + Melbourne Welcome Week is unbeatable value and the perfect start to your working holiday adventure Down Under! There isn't a better introduction to Australia than a full week of experiences including: the Great Ocean Road, cruising down the Yarra River, St. Kilda Beach, a city tour, sightseeing, and more in a friendly group!
After your first week in 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 accommodation, 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 Melbourne-based hosting centre any time!
Day 1 — Arrival in Melbourne: Welcome to Australia! Arrive, check in, chill out (or head to the members’ resource centre and meet the team), and get ready for a week of unforgettable fun!
Day 2 — Orientation and Welcome Drinks: Head on over to your new local hub (our members' resource centre in Melbourne) for our work and travel orientation session, where we will give you a comprehensive presentation all about finding work and travelling in Australia, as well as organise your tax number and other essentials.
Later, we'll have icebreaker drinks, where you’ll get free drinks and tasty snacks while you hang out and get to know the other members in your group.
Day 3 — St. Kilda Beach Day and BBQ: We'll be spending the day at one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Melbourne, St. Kilda Beach! The warm, sandy beach is great for sunbathing and watersports. Following that, we'll have a tasty BBQ meal.
In the evening, fresh off that exciting beach day, you'll have the opportunity to start planning for future adventures in Australia with our travel talk and planning session.
Day 4 — Great Ocean Road Coastal Drive: Today we discover one of Australia's most truly remarkable natural wonders, the Great Ocean Road. It's a road trip filled with adventure and photo opportunities as we experience over 200 kms of stunning beauty featuring the famous 12 Apostles, incredible wildlife, rocky mountains, and waterfalls.
Day 5 — Yarra River Cruise and Melbourne Pub Crawl: Prepare to gain a new perspective on Melbourne with a scenic river cruise down the Yarra. See the arts precinct, past Melbourne's ports and docklands, along the Botanical Gardens, Melbourne Park, and Herring Island, with its lush greenery and beautiful natural landscapes along the banks.
Afterwards, it's time to hit the town! This evening we will visit some of Melbourne's best spots on a pub crawl, where you'll get free entry and 3 drinks along the way!
Day 6 — Eureka SkyDeck / Melbourne Aquarium: You have total freedom as you take today at your own pace as we'll give you tickets to two of Melbourne's best tourist attractions. Get ready to see Melbourne from the highest viewing platform in the Southern hemisphere — the Eureka SkyDeck — 935ft in the sky! Then take a trip to the eye-popping Melbourne Aquarium, where you can get up and personal with some of Australia's unique aquatic life, including king penguins, sharks, crocodiles, stingrays, tropical reef and ocean fish, as well as rainforest creatures.
Day 7 — Walking City Tour: On our last day together, we'll go on a walking tour of the city where you can wander through Melbourne's quirky streets and alleys, discover your new favourite restaurants and places to chill, and note all the places you'll want to re-visit once you've properly settled in.
Day 8 onwards — Australia Awaits: It's the first day of the rest of your adventure! You will have the support and guidance from our expert Australian team to help you plan your next steps. Whether you want to start your job search or explore more of the Aussie life, our team will be here to help you!
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You will get a 1-year visa that allows for multiple entries into the country.
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.
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.
The first 7 nights in Melbourne are included as part of your welcome week package.
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 Work in Australia + Melbourne Welcome Week program. You'll also get:
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.
Canadians ages 18-35
The SWAP Work in Australia + Melbourne Welcome Week Package has fixed arrival dates (see below). Please register and book an arrival date 8-12 weeks in advance of leaving (subject to availability)
› February 7th and 21st, 2019
› March 21st, 2019
› April 11th, 2019
› May 16th, 2019
Any period up to 1 year
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
The SWAP Work in Australia + Melbourne Welcome Week Package 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 week tour.Take the 1st step ››
"I work as a waitress at Guylian Belgium Chocolate Cafe in Circular Quay, which is right next to the Opera House and I could see the Harbour Bridge every day at work. I loved watching the sunset behind the bridge form work. Sydney recently hosted a festival called VIVID in which they light up the portions of the city and because most of the lights were in Circular Quay I got to see all the light shows from work, it was incredible!"
"If you're on the fence about taking the working holiday, just take it. If you're on the fence of going through SWAP, also just do it. The cost basically pays for itself with what they provide you and the time and stress that is avoided."
"Being able to meet people from all over the world and spending time at the beach after work. Australia is just an incredible country and Sydney is a beautiful city to live in. You can get it all in Sydney, whatever you're in the mood for, whether it be hanging out at iconic beaches like Bondi, hiking through the Blue mountains or Royal National Park, enjoying the nightlife in the CBD, checking out live bands in the hipster scenes of Newtown, or taking a stroll in the rich neighbourhoods of Paddington and Vaucluse - Sydney is a one stop shop and a great starting off point for working holidayers."
"SWAP is definitely worth every penny. Being a girl travelling abroad alone, I deeply appreciated that everything was taken care of for me, from the visa application to the transport voucher from Sydney's airport to my hostel. SWAP makes your arrival in a foreign country stress-free! They the kindest and most helpful staff I have ever seen, and they even become friends. I do not regret putting my trust and money in the SWAP program."
"I used them to book all of my Aussie adventures. I even did the welcome week in Sydney twice when a friend came to visit at Christmas. I loved it so much I had to do it again."