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Australia + Sydney 4-Day Welcome Week

Price $1050 Up to 12 Months
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Australia + Sydney 4-Day Welcome Week

$1050 per person

Oh, Australia: the land of amazing beaches, lush landscapes, and sunshine galore. There are tons of young, adventurous travellers who have called Australia home – why not join them, work and travel Australia? Escape Canadian winter and say hello to an endless summer by migrating to Australia. Sounds like a sweet deal to us!

SWAP’s Work in Australia + Sydney 4-Day Welcome Week has unbeatable value and is the perfect way to start your working holiday adventure down under! We will arrange your airport transfer and first 3-nights of accommodation. You’ll get the chance to spend a week exploring beautiful Sydney with a group of fellow newly arrived travellers!

After your first week’s mind-blowing introduction to Australia, you will be armed with a group of mates and the knowledge to help you transition smoothly into your working holiday. Whether you decide to settle in a big city, small town, or somewhere in between, our SWAP services will support you work and travel Australia in finding a job and long-term accommodation, as well as helping you sort out your phone and bank account as soon as possible.

Once you have made yourself at home, you will soon get to know Australia as a local, make lifelong friends, develop your resume, and discover the best spots for flat whites and meat pies. With a minimum wage starting at over $20/hour, not only will you enjoy your workdays, 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!


Up to 12 Months
16+ Age
  • Departure
    Please arrive by 9:15 AM for a prompt departure at 9:30 AM.
  • Departure Time
    Approximately 8:30 PM.
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat and warm jacket.
Day 1: Welcome to Sydney!
You’ve landed and you’re officially Down Under! Now it’s time to get you to your hostel for your first night of accommodation. After a long flight, this place is exactly where you will want to be. Today is yours to relax and unwind before you meet up with your guide tomorrow morning. One week before your arrival, your guide will get in touch with your personalised Sydney 4-Day Welcome itinerary, so that you have an idea of what to expect.   Want to arrive a few days earlier to get over your jet lag or explore on your own? Get in touch if you want to book any extra nights. We’d be happy to arrange it for you!
Day 2: Meet Your Guide + Sydney Walking Tour
We finally get to meet you! The first thing we want to do is get you organised for the rest of your time in Australia. This morning, we will help you set up your bank account, SIM card, and tax file number. Once the paperwork is out of the way, you’ll be ready for your personalised walking tour of the city. You’ve seen Sydney on TV, talked about coming here for years, and now you’re finally getting up close to those recognisable landmarks while learning about Sydney’s history, people, and culture. You will have a lot of jealous friends and followers after today’s Instagram stories!
Day 3: Expert Advice on Employment
Your third day is all about figuring out what you want to do with your time in Oz! We will give you all the tools you need to make it the time of your life. Your guide will be helping you with anything and everything from resume writing to farm work information, to organising any future travel plans you may have. Whether it’s skydiving or strawberry picking, your guide will be able to help you. By the end of the day, you’ll feel prepared, confident, and ready to take on whatever comes next!   
Day 4 : Explore Sydney Style
By now, we will have given you a list of things to see, places to be, and foods to eat. Now it’s up to you to discover Sydney and its suburbs at your own pace. Whether you want to go for a swim at the famous Bronte Baths or explore hipster suburbs such as Newtown and Marrickville, we know this city will steal your heart. To finish off a great day, you can watch the sunset from the Sydney Tower Eye (ticket included) and get 360-degree views of the city. Isn’t she beautiful?! You will also get an entry ticket to a Sydney Bar Crawl, which runs every Saturday. Get a little taste of Sydney nightlife and meet other travellers who are starting their adventure, just like you.
Australia + Sydney 4-Day Welcome Week
Thinking about taking the leap?
International travel is not without rules. Check these conditions to see if you qualify.
Age: You need to be 18-35 years old (you must apply after your 18th birthday and be issued your visa prior to your 36th birthday)

Nationality: These adventures are open to Canadians only.

Required Savings: You need to have savings of $5,000 Australian Dollars if you have a return flight booked or $7,000 Australian Dollars if you don’t.

Criminal Check: Must have no criminal record.

Health Insurance: Health insurance is required for the duration of your stay.

Registration Timeline: You should be able to travel approximately 8 weeks after you start the application process with us. Do not make travel or accommodation arrangements until your program coordinator lets you know that everything is good to go.

Duration: You can stay in Australia for up to 12 months.

Start Date: You can start at any time of the year!
What's Included?
  • Expert guidance and SWAP support to have your Australian visa approved
  • Your GO SWAP Kit, which includes helpful visa information and pre-departure tips
  • 12-month Australian Working Holiday visa, allowing for multiple entries into the country
  • Airport pick-up and transfer to your pre-arranged accommodation
  • An information session with the team in Sydney on all the paperwork you’ll need to get done, how to find work and long-term housing, and what to expect while living and travelling in Australia
  • One-on-one advice to discuss your resume, employment options, and to answer all of your travel questions for the duration of your time in Australia
  • 3 nights of hostel accommodation at Sydney's Wake Up! hostel (extra nights can be arranged)
  • Sydney City Walking Tour
  • Bar Crawl ticket, Sydney Tower ticket
  • SIM card
  • Assistance setting up a bank account and tax file number
  • Access to nationwide Australia employment database + weekly job emails
  • Farm work handbook and database
  • Resume writing and interview advice
  • 12-month mail holding and forwarding services
  • Luggage storage
  • Access to free quarterly events
  • Discounted rates for Melbourne and Sydney events (parties, bar crawls)
  • Access to an exclusive Facebook group for members only
  • Full access to ongoing guidance and support services at the Sydney and Melbourne hosting centres for the duration of your stay
Working and living in Australia with SWAP is easy! Feel free to contact us with any questions you have as you get ready to take the first step.
Step 1: Make sure you’re eligible to apply.

Step 2: When you're ready to move forward, sign up here.

Step 3: SWAP confirms your registration and welcomes you to the program, sending you instructions on how to book the tour, apply for the visa, and what you need to prepare for your trip.

Step 4: You send your tour booking form and visa application back to us, and we help secure your visa and confirm your start date.

Step 5: Once everything is confirmed, we send your visa and pre-departure materials to you.

Step 6: You arrive in Sydney, go to the hostel, and get ready for Day 1 of your arrival itinerary.

Step 7: You have the best week of your life, make new friends, and learn everything you need to know about living and working in Australia!

*Don’t forget to budget for your flight, health insurance, and your required savings.
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