Join the droves of young people who choose Australia to fulfil their dream of a gap year, career break, working vacation or overseas study. Australia offers endless opportunities for adventure and a warm, friendly, relaxed lifestyle.
Learn about Australia's working vacation visas, study visas and volunteer opportunities. Find out where backpackers and travellers stay, hang out and play.
Australia's cities offer a warm, friendly and relaxed lifestyle with their festivals, hip urban enclaves and markets. They form the backdrop for iconic Australian events such as the Grand Prix, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and the Melbourne Cup. Australian cities come alive with the Australian passion for all manner of sport. There's also a host of uniquely Australian events happening in Australia's outback and along the coast like the Camel Cup and the Gama Festival in the Northern Territory and the open water Cooly Classic on the Gold Coast.
Australia is the land of adventure, and we've compiled a few ideas to get you started. Take a camel trek through the Simpson Desert in the Northern Territory, 4WD across South Australia's rugged Flinders Ranges or do the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria. Ski or snowboard winter slopes, trek through ancient rainforests or pick one of our pristine islands to combine adventure with true relaxation. You can dive, snorkel, canoe, kayak and surf all around Australia.
To truly experience Australia, you need to travel it. Check out our classic road trips and long-distance walks. Spot Australia's Big Things on the spectacular coastal route from Sydney to Cairns, hike Sydney Harbour's coastal walks or drive the Great Ocean Road from Melbourne to Adelaide.
Discover our outstanding wine regions, including the picturesque Hunter Valley near Sydney, the Yarra Valley near Melbourne and the Swan Valley, not far from Perth. Wine, dine, surf and abseil in Western Australia's Margaret River region or day trip from Adelaide to the Barossa Valley.
Learn about iconic Australian places such as the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, Kakadu National Park and Tasmanian wilderness. Australian landscapes are so diverse, from our sacred Red Centre to Western Australia's Ningaloo Reef and the mountainous, seasonally snow-capped Australian Alps.
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Work, volunteer & study in Australia
Depending on what kind of vacation you have planned, you’ll need to sort out your visas. Australia is so big, and so far from many countries, that many travellers choose to spend a large chunk of time here to experience it fully. Find out how if you are eligible to apply for a year-long Working Vacation Visa, and how you can extend your stay by working in regional areas. Plus learn about volunteering and studying in Australia - both great ways to immerse yourself into Australian life and enrich your adventure.
Before hitting Australia’s shores, get some backpacker basics. Learn about our budget accommodation, which ranges from classic country pubs to huge hostels. Find out more about the options for exploring Australia, whether you want a 4WD adventure, epic train journey or a hop-on-and-off backpacker bus. Brush up on the key Australian road rules, find out where you can log on with your laptop and get the low-down on Australian tour companies. It’s all here, in bite-sized pieces!
Join the backpacker brigade in Australia’s hippest urban enclaves. From Bondi Beach in Sydney to Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, these are places the young and young-at-heart come to stay during their Australian adventure. You’ll find hostels, nightlife, places to eat and drink and a vibrant sense of community. Soak up the historic seaside charm in Perth’s Fremantle or experience Melbourne’s alternative culture in Fitzroy. Swap travel tales beneath the palm trees along Darwin’s Mitchell Street or along Cairns’ oceanfront esplanade. Explore Adelaide’s attractions from the stylish, central East End, dine out in Hobart’s Salamanca Place or throw yourself into the high-energy nightlife of Surfers Paradise.
Adventure in Australia
Leave your safe life behind - Australia has vast deserts, snow-capped mountains, sea-sculpted coastlines and ancient rainforest to feel alive in. Ride a Harley from Sydney to Melbourne or take a helicopter between Victoria’s powdered slopes. See the Simpson Desert on camelback or soar over Canberra in a hot-air balloon. Hike the Great Ocean Walk alongside the wild Southern Ocean or squeeze through limestone caves in the Margaret River. Hike, bike, horse-ride or hang-glide. Winch your way down a mountain with just intense focus and thick rope. In Australia, there’s no excuse not to get amongst it.
Adventure on Australia's Waterways
Make a splash with any of the many adventure activities happening in, on and around Australia’s waterways. White water raft through Tasmania’s World heritage wilderness or set sail on Sydney Harbour. Cage dive with great white sharks or reel in a barramundi big enough to boast about. It doesn’t matter whether you’re hankering to surf glassy, 10-foot waves or canoe through the towering walls of an ancient gorge. Australia is the place for anyone with a love of water and thirst for adventure. Here are some ideas to whet your adventurous spirit!
The BIG Pacific Coast Touring Route
Australia is a big country with a fondness for Big Things – super-sized sculptures commemorating everything from prawns and pineapples to native animals and Ned Kelly. You’ll find them all along the spectacular Pacific Coast Touring Route, which stretches all the way from Sydney to Cairns. Weave through the Hunter Valley, Byron Bay, the glittering Gold Coast and see the World Heritage-listed wonders of Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef. Stop to snap the Big Banana, a giant gumboot, a herculean pelican and many more larger-than-life monuments along the way. Whether you consider them highway art or just humourous, the Big Things are worth spotting on this stunning Australian road trip.
Your options for exploring Australia are as diverse as the country itself. Choose the journeys which best suit your vacation, whether you’ve got two weeks to see the sights or six months to cover the country in a campervan. Drive, fly, sail, take a train or tackle an epic walk.