Gap Year Tours to Australia
Australia combines so much that it’s the perfect destination for a gap year mixing friendly people with a great climate, fantastic scenery, varied nightlife and a love of the outdoors. You should also read some interesting facts about Australia for you enjoy the beauty of this amazing place. There is enough to make you feel as though you are still having an adventure, while offering creature comforts like internet cafes and ATM’s when you feel like a touch of civilisation.
What is a gap year?
A gap year or sabbatical is a year after high school that is taken before university or college. It is a great way to enhance your career development, further your studies, undertake volunteer work or travel. It is not traditional in many countries but is becoming more popular and is widely accepted and part of cultural growth for Brits and Kiwis.
Why is Australia a popular destination for gap years?
Australia is an island nation but is easy to get to, it is linked to the world by major international flight routes so it is easily combined with travel to New Zealand and the Pacific Islands or for really intrepid travellers a ‘Round the World’ trip.
Australia, or ‘Aussie’ and ‘Oz’ as it is affectionately referred to, offers buzzing cities, amazing adventure activities, awesome beaches, unique wildlife, top nightlife and good rates of pay for employment. The climate is favourable, and the people are laid-back and friendly. Aussies have a great enjoyment of an outdoors lifestyle that incorporates sport, festivals and the landscape.
Why Adventures Beyond is a good choice for a gap year tour
Budget – Balancing your budget on a gap year can be difficult when sometimes you have to make decisions on whether to join a tour, hit the pubs or buy food. Our tours are well-priced and inclusive so you know what you’re paying upfront with no hidden surprises.
Transport – Our tours include transportation with an expert driver so you don’t need to worry about hiring a rental car or campervan, booking bus or rail tickets or spending your money on a used car then having to resell it before you leave Australia. We include pickups from your accommodation to make things easier for you.
Sightseeing – A travel to Australia will be one of the best you make! All Adventures Beyond tours include sightseeing in the price and we visit top tourist locations and some hidden secrets that only the locals know about. We can show you the Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Opera House, the Great Ocean Road, Ayers Rock and more depending on your tour preference.
Scenery – Australia is a big country and you’ll see some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet. From mountain ranges to outback desert plains, rainforests to rugged surf beaches join one of our tours and bring your camera!
Activities – Visiting Australia offers many stunning experiences and budget travellers are well catered for. There is a large backpacker community, especially in the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane so you’re sure to make friends if travelling solo. Typical activities on our tours include visits to indigenous cultural centres, hiking, scenic cruises, snorkelling, wildlife spotting and sand boarding.
Wildlife – Our tours incorporate wildlife experiences so you can see all those iconic Aussie animals when you visit – koalas, kangaroos, crocodiles, sea lions, you may even see an echidna or Tasmanian devil.
5 Tips for a gap year in Australia
Visa – Check visa requirements before you visit Australia. There are different regulations for one-off tourists compared to travellers hoping to come on a working holiday. Make sure you have the necessary visa for your situation arranged prior to arriving in Australia – you don’t want to start off your big adventure by being turned away by immigration at the airport.
Flights – Sign up for airline alerts on social media and via newsletter so you are kept informed of upcoming sales. Traditionally, flights between mid-April and June are low which coincides with the Australia weather cooling down (which is still quite bearable!) but October and early November also have some bargain flights. Enrol with frequent flyer mileage programmes so you can pool your air miles towards another trip.
Passport and documents – Scan and photocopy all your important documents including passport, travel insurance information, medical records and keep one copy with you and one at home. Even better, keep a copy on a USB memory stick and in a cloud storage system like Dropbox so you can access it if your paper copies go walkabout.
Travel insurance – Always buy travel insurance. Even though Australia has a modern health system you need coverage for medical costs. There is a low crime rate (compared to many other countries) but it’s still handy to have travel insurance in the event you need to replace lost luggage, stolen cameras etc
Local warnings – Always keep alert and learn about the local warnings. Australia can be a harsh environment with rugged scenery and some dangerous wildlife – pay attention to warnings about wildlife (for example, crocodiles in the Northern Territory) and warning flags at beaches due to tides, weather or shark sightings.
So, are you excited to visit Australia on your gap year? Check out all our options for Australia tours and destinations to book your dream vacation today.