Australia + Melbourne 4-Day Welcome Week
Why Go & What's Included
If you're looking for the ultimate city to start your Australian working holiday, Melbourne has it all.
As the country's "Culture Capital", Melbourne is home to art-filled laneways, lush greenspaces and beaches, diverse communities, an endless list of sporting events and festivals, and some of the best coffee and cuisine you'll ever taste. Oh, and a $23/hour national minimum wage that is sure to bulk up your travel fund. Trust us when we say, you will never be bored here!
Join our Melbourne 4-Day Welcome Week so we can help you make the most of this magnificent city (and country) with none of the stress. From visa assistance and pre-departure prep to expert local advice, sightseeing tours, and travel mates that will become family, this package has bloody good value that will have you living the laid-back Aussie lifestyle in no time!
Support & Documents
- 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
- 3 nights of hostel accommodation at Melbourne’s Space Hotel (extra nights can be arranged)
- Luggage storage and mail holding and forwarding services
- One-on-one advice to discuss your resume, job search, travel questions, and more, for the duration of your time in Australia
- Sim card, banking and tax file number assistance
- Tours: Melbourne City Walking Tour, open-dated Eureka Skydeck ticket and Bar Crawl entry
We understand jet lag, so we’ve organised an airport pickup to take you straight to your hostel so you can relax and rest up. You can arrive any day and at any time and our trusted driver will be waiting for you! Your guide will be in touch one week before your arrival with your personalized 4-day Welcome itinerary, so you know what to expect for your time with us. 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!
First things first, we’ll get some business out of the way by helping you set up your SIM card, bank account and Tax File Number so you’re ready to go for the rest of your trip. After that, it’s time to take you on a personalised walking tour of the city so we can show you it’s even better than you imagined. Highlights of the tour will include street art, quirky laneways, an insight into our world-famous café culture, as well as Melbourne’s sports obsession, all with a bit of history sprinkled on top. Make sure you have your phone charged – Melbourne is ridiculously Instagrammable!
Planning a year abroad is a lot of work, but we’re here to help make your Aussie adventure epic. You’ll get a one-on-one session with your guide, an expert in all things work and travel in this beautiful country. Whether you need accommodation, a new job, or want help planning the perfect trip, we’ve got you covered. At the end of this day, we’ll have you 100% ready, relaxed, and excited to take on Australia!
We’ve already shown you our favourite parts of Melbourne, but today you have a bit of free time to explore at your own pace. Don’t worry, we won’t leave you in the dark – we’ll give you plenty of tips on the best things to see and do. Whether it’s a secret gaming bar, more hidden street art, the best cake shops, or how to get to the famous colourful beach huts, we’ll help you get there! After a big day, you can catch the sunset at Eureka Skydeck (ticket included) and look back at the magical city skyline from the viewing platform. You will also get a ticket to Melbourne’s biggest bar crawl, so you can experience the city’s nightlife and meet some new mates!
Thinking about taking the leap? International travel is not without rules. Check these conditions to see if you qualify.
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)
- 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.
You can stay in Australia for up to 12 months.
These adventures are open to Canadians only.
- Health Insurance
Health insurance is required for the duration of your stay.
- Start Date
You can start at any time of the year.
- Criminal Check
Must have no criminal record.
- Registration Timeline
Register on this program at least 3 months prior to your planned arrival in Australia. Do not make travel arrangements until your program coordinator gives you the go-ahead.
3 nights of hostel accommodation are included in this package. If you're planning to arrive in Melbourne a few days prior to your Welcome Week or wish to extend your stay after, our team is here to make it happen.
Reach out to our team and we'll be happy to arrange additional nights for you.
How to Apply
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.
What is the best time of year to go to Australia?
Sydney and Melbourne offer unique experiences year-round, ensuring Australia is a fantastic destination anytime! In Sydney, vibrant beaches and outdoor activities shine during their sunny summer (December to February). Melbourne, with its art, culture, and food scene, is perfect for a visit in its mild autumn (March to May). Feel confident that you can explore Australia whenever suits you and enjoy the best of both cities regardless of the season. Our teams in Sydney and Melbourne are always ready to welcome you!
What types of jobs are available?
There's a world of opportunities waiting for you, so your job search should align with your personal interests and previous work experience. Working holidays offer the perfect chance to explore exciting job roles that may not be readily available in Canada—think kangaroo sitter, castle tour guide, or bungee jump operator! Many of our SWAP participants find positions in sectors like hospitality, retail, and tourism, allowing for flexible schedules that leave ample time for travel and exploration.
Our local job specialists in Melbourne and Sydney are here to support you throughout the process. They can assist you in crafting a winning resume, provide valuable job leads and networking connections, and furnish you with listings. Additionally, they'll guide you through essential tasks like setting up banking, obtaining a tax number, securing a permanent address, and more—everything employers in Australia typically look for. With their expertise, you'll be well-prepared to embark on your working holiday adventure with confidence.
Can I find a job or apartment before I arrive?
We recommend waiting until you arrive in your new city before launching your job and apartment hunt. This approach allows you to get acquainted with your surroundings, meet our expert job specialists, and personally explore flats and potential employers. It's a safer approach, as online listings can sometimes be unreliable. Plus, with our support, the majority of SWAP participants find work within just 1-2 weeks after arrival, ensuring a smooth and successful start to your adventure.
Can I travel with a friend?
Absolutely! You're more than welcome to embark on your Working Holiday adventure with a friend; it's an amazing journey to share. When you sign up for the program, please make sure to inform us about your travel companion so that we can ensure both of you are enrolled in the same Welcome Week. This way, you can kickstart your adventure together!