SUN, SURF, AND THE REMOTE OUTBACK. AUSTRALIA IS A FAVOURITE BACKPACKING DESTINATION WITH BEACHES, SUN, SURF AND SAND
Gap Year Travel and Backpacking in Australia
Australia is a ‘world favourite’ destination for backpacking and gap year travel. Australia is an enormous country with incredible beaches on both the East Coast and Western Australia, and a remote and beautiful outback stretching from South Australia right through the central states to the Northern Territory.
Start big with a 22-day Australia group tour and if time allows combine it with a Western Australia adventure tour, travel to the south coast or explore the wildlife in northern Australia.
Beaches, parties, wilderness and wildlife are just some of the awesome experiences that make Australia one of the greatest places to travel for your gap year or backpacking adventure
Cape TribulationCape Tribulation, together with Daintree National Park, is one of the world's oldest rainforests. Nestled between the coral of the Great Barrier Reef and the rainforest are amazing remote white sand beaches. For the Aboriginal people the area was rich in native wildlife, flora and fauna - much of which is perfect for healing and food. Even with modern road access Cape Tribulation is still a beautifully remote part of the world.
Cairns is the capital of Tropical North Queensland and the gateway to the rainforest of the far north and the Great Barrier Reef of the coast. Within the city are lots of markets, a host of activities from white-water rafting, sailing, Bungy Jumping and day trips in headland. The large saltwater lagoon on the Esplanade is a huge draw-card for lots of sun-bathing and to cool down. The Great Barrier Reef is only an hours boat-ride away and one of the best places in the world for snorkelling or to get your Scuba Diving Certification.
Magnetic Island is three quarters National Park and is home to many walking tracks which make it an ideal place for wildlife lovers to explore. There is some of the most incredible rock art from the Wulgurukaba people who have lived here for thousands of years. Mount Cook at 284 metres above sea level is the island's highest point, and marks the centre. In summer months (December to February) sea turtles nest on the beaches. Sea kayak through beautiful bays, enjoy horseback rides on the beach in Picnic Bay or hike to West Point for some epic sunsets!
Airlie BeachAirlie Beach is your gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. Wander the main drag filled with artsy shops and loads of different bars and restaurants for any budget or party size or hit the man-made lagoon for a lazy afternoon sunbathing and swimming.
With a length of 122 km and a width of 25 km, Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island. Best explored in a four-wheel drive, Fraser Island has sand dunes 200 meters high - just perfect for sand boarding. In the middle of the island is the idyllic Lake McKenzie which has a natural water slide down Eli Creek - grab a rubber tyre tube for some scenic fun. (Don't pat the dogs! They are not in fact friendly puppies but vicious animals called Dingoes, which have been known to attack and kill young children)
Brisbane has such a vibrant cosmopolitan feel with year-round outdoor cafes and bars, and a huge river that runs right through the centre of the city. On the river front around the bars and restaurants is an oasis of subtropical plants, a white sandy beach and a man-made blue lagoon for swimming.
Surfers Paradise is the main city showcasing the glitz and glamour of the Gold Coast. It is a city full or energy and buzzing nightlife. The skyscrapers packed with holiday apartments sit behind a long sandy beach famous for its surf. Get yourself a surf lesson or grab the sun bronzer and towel and join the beautiful people lying on the beach.
Somewhat hippy, very trendy, artsy, historic and new-money - Byron Bay is arguably one of the coolest places to be in Australia. The main beach in the centre of town can get busy but a short walk along the coast and on to the headland gives loads of quiet small beach options. Chill out in the cool cafes, try a vegan meal, or wander around the arts and crafts store. Hire a surfboard or a bike to explore around the town. The Lighthouse on the headland is worth the walk - especially at sunset.
Why is it called Spot X? Like all good surf spots its a secret. But it is your secret spot and with a perfect beach-break it is the ideal place for learning to surf. Bonfire beach parties at night, a wonderful white-sand beach, and warm water make this one of our favourite spots in Australia.
SydneyFor most travellers Sydney is your launchpad into Australia. As the country's largest city it is well known for its iconic harbour bridge and Opera House. Sydney is a trendy modern city with a high pulse - rooftop bars, many different restaurants of every ethnicity, theatre and live-performances and enough shopping to cripple any travel budget. There will never be enough time to explore all of Sydney from wandering the areas of Darling Harbour and the cliff tops around the seafront, to world famous Bondi Beach or taking a boat trip to the northern beaches around Manly.
MelbourneThe hip coastal southern city of Melbourne is Australia's second largest city and Australia's cultural answer to New York with regards to its cool cafe, bar, restaurant & cuisine culture, its parks sports & green spaces, its vibrant arts scene, the open arm embracement of cultural diversity, and that night time vibrancy which makes it alive and special. Melbourne’s tram system is the largest in the world so take to the streets to explore the back alleys and beyond in this dream city location Did you know that a person who identifies themselves from Melbourne is called a Melburnian?
U. Adventures in Australia
Surf, dive, snorkel, sightsee, hike & experience Sydney to Cairns by bus, train and boat.
Start your Working Holiday in Australia’s biggest city, and get everything you need to not only get a job but get settled and earn some good travel money
A once-in-a-lifetime travel adventure that immerses you in the South Pacific, including Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.
Become a jackaroo/jillaroo. Everything you need including bank account, tax number, and training to get a job in rural Australia.
The perfect adventure down-under to two of the world’s favourite backpacking destinations!
Learn to dive, become a certified diver and help to save the Great Barrier Reef, Australia! Be part of the solution and not the problem in one incredibly well-crafted volunteer based tour.
Get bank account, tax number, job hunting assistance and an amazing time getting settled in one of funkiest cities anywhere in the world.
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