Australia Working Holiday Programs for Canadians

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Video and Photos

Stepabroad participant hiking in Tasmania
Stepabroad participant hiking in Tasmania
Stepabroad participant holding a koala
Stepabroad participant holding a koala
Stepabroad participant visiting vineyards in South Australia
Stepabroad participant visiting vineyards in South Australia
Surf lessons
Surf lessons
Stepabroad participants holding their surfboards after a surf lesson
Stepabroad participants holding their surfboards after a surf lesson
Stepabroad participant swimming in a waterfall in Australia
Stepabroad participant swimming in a waterfall in Australia
Stepabroad participant petting a kangaroo
Stepabroad participant petting a kangaroo

About

Stepabroad's Australia Working Holiday programs offer Canadians the opportunity to experience living, working and traveling around beautiful Australia.

As a Canadian company, we guide Canadians through the working holiday visa application, set up your Australian bank account and help you move money from your Canadian bank to Australia, transfer your Canadian phone, decide which travel insurance is right for you and so much more!

We partner with the best-rated tour companies in Sydney and Melbourne to give you the chance to kick off your working holiday with bucket-list worthy activities upon arrival. Meet other travellers from day 1 and have tons of fun! On top of that, receive exclusive access to job portals specifically for working holiday visa holders.

With Stepabroad you get support from both sides - prior to your departure from Canadians who have done working holidays ourselves, and in Australia where you'll have a local team to support you throughout your trip!

Highlights
  • Personal assistance applying for the Australian Working Holiday Visa as a Canadian
  • We'll revise and sharpen your resume to help you land a job faster, and set up your bank account, phone number, tax account and find accommodation
  • One-on-one pre-departure orientation covering tons of helpful info needed for living, working and traveling in Australia
  • 3 - 7 nights accommodation at a top-rated hostel upon arrival
  • Kick off your trip with activities like surfing, food tours, wildlife encounters, sand boarding, dolphin watching and much more!

Questions & Answers

Reviews

87%
based on 3 reviews
  • Housing 8.3
  • Support 9.3
  • Fun 9.3
  • Value 7.3
  • Safety 9.7
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Jonathan
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Make your experience special

Australia was my first backpacking trip, and a wonderful place to do it. I went all over the country, from Darwin to Adelaide, from Melbourne to Cairns, and Tasmania. After the countless activities I've done and things I've seen Down Under, I would tell anyone else that's going there to make their experience unique. It doesn't necessarily matter how, but do something that makes you smile and laugh when you look back at it. For me, this involved getting a bike and bikepacking Tasmania!

If it weren't for StepAbroad, I wouldn't have taken the first steps to leave! They offer a great service by making it easy to get to wherever your backpacking / travel dreams take you. I didn't need too much support from them while I was down there, so I can't comment on the quality of their help from abroad, but the regular check-ins from my Stepabroad adviser Alison were always delightful. Stepabroad and their Aussie associates helped me become very comfortable in Australia, and it was comforting to know that assistance was only an email away if I ever needed anything! Part of the reason I didn't need much assistance while I was down there was because of how well they prepared me for it all!

This program is great for first-time travelers and those nervous about making friends (I made a lifelong friend out of this program!), or for those feeling overwhelmed at everything. If you're an experienced traveler and confident in your abilities to handle the little or big things that come up, then this program may not be for you. That being said, it would add value to just about anyone's travels, even with the little tips that they give you on where to find cheap but good coffee and food!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would've gone away from the "traditional backpacker scene" much earlier.
The East coast of Australia (Sydney to Cairns) is very heavily traveled by backpackers. If you take the traditional route of using Greyhound buses to commute between the cities/towns along the coast, you'll likely run into the same people repeatedly. For me, travelling the East Coast added very little value to my time down under. The best place I travelled to (ever) has been Tasmania. THAT is an incredible place that deserves your travel time and dollars!

My semi-guided trip up the East coast was hectic - running up the coast in 3 weeks was just way too fast. Performing this section of my adventures solo left me somewhat floundering around in some places after being dropped off on the bus. I made lots of one-night friendships and shared a lot of goon, which is quite a common story for many travelling the East coast. In regards to the scenery, I'm sure there are lots of incredible places that I missed, but having grown up in Northwestern Ontario, with time spent in BC, Newfoundland, and western Alberta, none of the scenery I saw came close to Canada's beauty (it is subjective, so go and see for yourself)! If I could go back, I would've skipped the east coast entirely and spent that time in Tassie. After two months in Tasmania, I was still dumbfounded at how beautiful and lush everything was. Working here was great, and the Tasmanian people were so friendly, and less backpackers. I got to really know some locals and contribute - it was wonderful.

If you want unique experiences, to get to know people and understand the area and Australia, don't backpack the entire time - settle down somewhere and work and play. That's what the working visa gets you, so make use of it!
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Ian
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Stepabroad Working Holiday: Brisbane 2018

Imagine finishing work and heading straight to the beach to catch some waves or into the mountains for a sunset hike. For most of us that seems like a far fetched reality too good to be true.

A couple months ago I felt the exact same way, but a Working Holiday in Australia with StepAbroad has allowed this distant dream to become my new reality for my time working abroad in Australia.

For the past few months I've been participating in StepAbroad's Working Holiday in Brisbane, Australia, and loving every moment of it. Life down under is definitely a little different than back home in Canada, however after experiencing what the locals call "winter" here in Queensland, I've got to say I'm all for it. Being able to go surfing comfortably in the midst of winter is definitely an idea I could get used to. No matter how many times I see people bundling up in jackets, scarves and beanies in 16 degree weather, it will always get a smile out of me.

Stepabroad has made the crazy process of moving across the world to work in a new country extremely straightforward and easy to understand. They helped me in obtaining my working holiday visa, setting up my bank account and tax file number, getting my phone set up, and finding accommodation. This initial process of moving and adjusting took me a couple weeks to get used to, but once I'd settled into my accommodation and found a job I liked it was everything I could've expected from it. I ended up working a job at a local digital marketing agency that I absolutely loved and met some incredible people that I still keep in touch with frequently.

Just about every weekend I was making trips out of the city to go for a hike or off to the beach, and at the end of the summer I spent two weeks road-tripping up to coast from Brisbane to Cairns. Australia has so much to offer and making money while travelling allowed me to experience so much more of it than I would've been able to without doing so. Even with working there's still so much more to see and can't wait to get back some day.

Moving abroad alone was a huge step for me, but left me with some of the best memories of my life and has made a huge impact on my life overall. It's taught me important skills that I had never had to learn living with family and friends. By forcing me out of my comfort zone just about every day I was constantly trying new things and picking up valuable lessons.

Overall if you're debating going on a working holiday, I would 100% vouch for taking the leap as it was an incredible experience and changed my life for the good.

What would you improve about this program?
The program support is based out of Sydney, providing phone support for any participants other Australian cities. I had a great experience with my representative, Kim, and she provided me with a ton of help in getting settled into my new life for the summer (or winter). I never felt a need to have in person support, however some travelers who are less comfortable on their own may like having this option.

This program could potentially be improved by having representatives in some of the other large cities around Australia for in person support.
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Kailey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gap Year in Aus

I decided to take a break from my studies back home, I figured I needed a fresh start, gain new experiences, and meet different people. I’ve wanted to come to Australia for a very long time, since I can remember really. I figured that in order to actually fulfill this crazy dream of mine, I would need a company to help me!

As soon as I discovered Step Abroad- it was exactly what I was looking for! Problem solved - get a visa, buy a ticket and let the staff take care of the rest. I wanted to feel safe and look back upon my time in Australia as a great adventure, not a series of difficult, stressful and frightening situations. Thanks to Step Abroad I knew that someone had my back and that I could rely on their help whenever I needed it. This was the perfect option, considering I came here from far away, and had no friends or family in Australia I could turn to for help.

Once I packed my bags and landed in Australia, I was a little worried for how all of this is going to turn out. But they took care of EVERYTHING. I had transport from the airport, a reservation at the hostel and once I arrived in my room, I already made a few acquaintances and got my new Aussie phone number and details of my bank account.

The first few days I spent exploring Sydney, and they made sure to check in and make sure I was doing okay. Step Abroad helped me more than I initially thought would be possible. My experience has been amazing! I honestly can not say enough why it is worth reaching out to them. Let Step Abroad take you under their wings and I promise it will be an unforgettable experience! :)