Gap Year in Australia

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  • About

    Although Australia may be better known for sending its youth away on gap years throughout the globe, Australia has also long been a popular gap year destination for gappers.

    In addition to having a fantastic working holiday visa that allows citizens of several countries to work legally in the country, Australia is full of natural wonders and lively cities to explore.

    From its beaches, deserts, "the bush", and "the Outback" to the cosmopolitan attractions of its large cities, you'll have so much to see -- too much, in fact! -- while on a gap year in Australia. We have a whole page explaining the different options for work and play in Australia.

    Not to mention, the overall safety, ease of travel, and friendly locals within Australia makes it an ideal location for newbie travelers and first-time solo travelers.

    But whether you're trying to break into the travel world, or just want a vast expanse of land to roam and explore, a gap year in Australia is sure to meet your travel goals.

  • Types of Programs
    Working Holiday

    Perhaps one of the biggest draws to Australia for gappers is the opportunity to live and work legally in the country on a working holiday visa. Available to youth ages 18 - 31 (you must not have turned 31 by the time you apply for the visa), the Australian working holiday visa will allow foreign nationals from several countries (yes, even Americans!) to work for up to six months at a job (or two -- you have a full year).

    Typically, these jobs are in the service / retail, tourism, or agriculture industries. Work as a barista, hostel receptionist, or picking grapes -- whatever meets your fancy.

    Volunteering

    If you want to get more involved with the real Australia, try volunteer work. Link up with fun and rewarding wildlife conservation projects in the rainforest of North Queensland, work with the elderly, tutor, or join a local gardening project. You can also volunteer with local charities and NGO's in Australia such as Friends of the Earth or Greenpeace Australia Pacific.

    Traveling

    Australia is the smallest continent, but the sixth-largest country. It's as large as 48 contiguous United States. Australia is highly urbanized; most of the population is heavily concentrated along the Eastern and Southeastern coasts, but the distance between cities and towns is easy to underestimate.

    Melbourne boasts the largest tram network of any city in the world, but most of Australia is not easy to travel through. Buses cover more of Australia's rural landscape than trains, but traveling off the beaten path may require a few days' wait. If you want to see all that Australia has to offer, you'll have to take domestic flights throughout the country.

    Adventure Travel

    For the adventurers at heart, Australia offers plenty of fun activities. You can scuba dive off the coast of King Island, contemplate at MONA (The Museum of Old & New Art), or lose yourself on a road trip through the natural splendor of the Outback. Australia offers something for everyone.

    Internships

    Make your resume stand out! An internship in Australia adds something extra to your resume. International experience is sought after in today's market and undertaking an internship in Australia offers interns the opportunity to show employers that they're flexible and confident when working in a new environment. If you don't want to be tied down during your gap year, many internships are as short as 6-10 weeks and allow you to customize your internship if you're a student. Many internships offer academic credit as well.

  • Planning Your Trip

    Alright, so you're committed to taking a gap year down under, what should you know about planning your trip?

    Cost of Living in Australia

    Living in Australia is equivalent to living in the U.S. Some items are cheaper, and some are more expensive. It's completely relative. While youth hostels and inexpensive dorm accommodations are common throughout the cities, Australian currency, also called the dollar, is essentially equal to the USD.

    Again, you can offset the costs of living in Australia by working on a working holiday visa. Though cost of living is generally much higher than the U.S., so is their minimum wage.

    Also, don't plan on buying any electronics in Australia -- they're all imported and much more expensive than in North America / Europe.

    Health and Safety in Australia

    Exposure to the sun at Australian latitudes frequently results in sunburn. Getting sunburned can make you feel feverish and unwell, taking a few days or even weeks to heal. You can burn in as little as 15 minutes during the Australian summer. You should wear sunscreen (SPF 30+), clothing, and a hat to shade the sun.

    Australia's cleanliness standards are high. Restaurants are required to observe strict food preparation standards. Carrying water on hot days is a good idea in urban areas, and it is a necessity if hiking or driving out of town.

    Australia does not have endemic diseases that will require non-standard vaccinations. Like many other countries, it will require evidence of yellow fever and other vaccinations upon entry.

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    Join one of our groups for an action-packed 7 week tour combining travel & adventure with volunteering on Australia's...
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    National Outdoor Leadership School
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    Come discover the Kimberly Region of Western Australia, one of the largest and most remote wild lands in the world. On this...
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    Work and Travel Company
    Looking to make your gap year in Australia unforgettable? Look no further! As our original and most popular program, this is...
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    BUNAC
    So you're thinking of heading to Australia? We don't blame you! With it's amazing surf, vibrant cities and tropical...
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  • New Zealand and Australia Semester gap year program with Pacific Discovery
    Pacific Discovery
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    Get in touch with your adventurous side and experience two of the most ecologically diverse countries in the world: New...
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  • OzIntro Group on Bondi Beach
    OzIntro
    OzIntro is the perfect way to start your Gap Year in Oz! Winner of the 'Best Tour in NSW' award 2 years running, OzIntro...
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    General Assembly
    General Assembly's unique 10-day startup bootcamp will prepare you to take an idea from concept to plan and to actual...
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  • ISV
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    Despite its spectacular rugged beauty, Australia has lost many of its iconic species over the past 200 years and has one of...
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  • Australia Internship
    The Intern Group
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    We provide successful applicants with a top internship in Australia! We offer programs for people of all backgrounds and...
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  • Au Pair at the beach in Australia
    Pilbara Au Pair Services
    Pilbara Au Pair Services is a business passionate about connecting Au Pairs with Host Families based in the Pilbara Region...
  • Conservation Volunteers
    Conservation Volunteers offers conservation projects for those with a love for the outdoors, and are interested in...
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  • Travllers Worldwide Media Intern in Australia
    Travellers Worldwide
    Work with Travellers Worldwide on an international internship in Australia! There are a variety of fields available when...
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    Pacific Discovery
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    Join our Australia summer program for an amazing 4-weeks down under in one of the most ecologically diverse countries in the...
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  • UltimateOz - Our Awesome Basecamp
    Ultimate Travel
    UltimateOz is the ultimate gap year package for a working holiday in Australia! Flying across the globe is a daunting...
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  • Tru Experience Travel
    Down under OZ the place to be on your Gap Year. If you are looking for a gap year holiday in Australia, working whilst...
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