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Australia + Sydney 8-Day Welcome Week

Price $1500 Up to 12 Months
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Australia + Sydney 8-Day Welcome Week

$1500 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? 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 8-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 7-nights of accommodation. You’ll get the chance to spend a week exploring beautiful Sydney with a group of fellow newly arrived travellers. You will enjoy a welcome dinner, go on a Sydney city walking tour and take a cocktail-making class, spend 2-nights in paradise at our base camp, learn to surf, see wild bottlenose dolphins, explore Bondi Beach, and more!

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 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 will meet your group and guide on Monday, so you need to be in Sydney by Sunday night. No matter the day or time you land, your airport transfer will take you to the hostel where you can relax before an incredible week ahead.   Want to arrive a few days earlier to get over your jet lag or explore on your own? Sunday night is the first night of accommodation included in the tour, but if you want to book any extra nights, just let us know and we’d be happy to arrange it for you!
Day 2: City Stroll & Dinner With Your New Friends
Today you will meet your guide and your new Australian travel family. How exciting! After getting to know each other, we’ll help you get your bank account, SIM card and tax file number organised so you can start to explore Sydney stress-free! Taking you through the city on foot, we’ll show you why Sydney is such a charming city, and why travellers absolutely love it. Your Instagram will be the envy of all your friends by this evening! We’ll end our first day together with a welcome dinner at one of Sydney’s most iconic venues.      
Day 3: Culture, Cocktails & Hidden Gems
Sure, travelling is about seeing the iconic landmarks, but we also want you to experience the city from a local’s perspective. Australia is home to the world’s oldest continuous civilisation, so we’ll spend the morning learning all about it with our own private Aboriginal Cultural Tour. After taking a good look at the Opera House and Harbour Bridge, we’ll explore suburbs popular with Sydneysiders. What better way to start than by embracing Sydney’s bar culture with our own private cocktail-making class! After that, we will treat you to dinner at a local hot spot, where you can try food from an incredible range of delicious cuisines.  
Day 4: Road Tripping, Surfing & Sunsetting
Rise and shine, we’re going on the road trip of a lifetime! After passing through Australia’s first National Park for a short explore, you’ll witness some breathtaking lookouts and coastline scenery as we drive along the Sea Cliff Bridge to our destination: surf camp! After lunch, we’ll suit up for an afternoon surf lesson, a quintessential Australian experience. Afterwards, while we’re all still sun kissed with salt water in our hair, we’ll take in the sunset and argue about who was the best in the water!
Day 5: Wildlife and the Whitest Sand in the World
It’s been wow up to now, but today is truly special. After breakfast at surf camp, we’ll be back on the road as we head to the stunning Jervis Bay area, famous for a couple of things: dolphins, and the whitest sand in the world! Yes, that’s right, you’ll be spending the morning on a boat watching these majestic creatures jump alongside you. Afterwards, we’ll organise some great beach games to get the good group vibes going.
Day 6: Work & Travel Presentation and Bondi Beach
Now it’s time for some adulting (in the best way) by thinking about what’s next on your Australian adventure. Do you want to travel up the East Coast? Sleep under the stars in the Outback? Get a bar job or start farm work straight away? We’ll have two presentations: one on employment and one on travel, covering everything you need to know to make the most of your time in Australia. Once we’ve finished, it’s back to doing what we do best – ticking that Aussie bucket list. Next stop Bondi Beach! You’ll have the whole afternoon to explore, try to find the Bondi Rescue team, sunbathe, and swim!
Day 7: Your Work & Travel Help by Day, Bar Crawl by Night
It’s time for our one-on-one work and travel sessions! After taking in the presentations from Friday, today is your chance to ask all your questions. We understand every traveller is different so that’s why you’ll sit down with one of our work and travel experts so they can provide individual support and give you every bit of help putting together your personal Australian adventure. By the end of your appointment, you will be feeling more confident and excited about what is to come, meaning it’s time to celebrate. How? A Bar Crawl, of course, for your final night with your travel family.
Day 8: Rooftop BBQ & Family Goodbyes
Take today to look back on what we hope was one of the best weeks of your life. You’ve left your comfort zone, seen and experienced new things, made amazing memories, and, most importantly, you now have new mates for life. We’ll fire up the barbecue and enjoy Sydney’s beautiful skyline for one last time as a family while we reflect on this amazing city and how much better it was to experience it all together. I’m not crying, you’re crying!  
Australia + Sydney 8-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
  • 7 nights of hostel accommodation: 6 nights at Sydney's Wake Up! hostel (extra nights can be arranged) and 1 night at surf camp
  • Tours: Sydney walking tour, Aboriginal cultural tour, Bar Crawl entry
  • Experiences: 2 Day Surf Camp Adventure with surf lesson + dolphin cruise, Bondi beach day
  • Food & Drink: Welcome dinner + drink, dinner at a street food market, cocktail-making class, farewell rooftop BBQ
  • Assistance setting up your Australian bank account and tax file number
  • Australian SIM card and traveller's discount card
  • 12-month membership to Australia's leading online job network / database for travellers + resume review service
  • 12-month mail drop and forwarding services
  • Luggage storage
  • Medicare Help
  • Full access to ongoing guidance and support services at the Sydney and Melbourne hosting centres for the duration of your stay!
Upcoming Welcome Tour Start Dates
June 2023: 4, 11, 18, 25
July 2023: 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 2023: 6, 13, 20, 27
September 2023: 3, 10, 17, 24
October 2023: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
November 2023: 5, 12, 19, 26
December 2023: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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 to 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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