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Work and holiday maker: Australian gap year

Find out why Australia is the perfect place to spend your gap year.

Australia is a country that welcomes anyone looking for a new perspective on life, provides opportunities to work in a range of different industries (and advance your career when you get home), and makes it easy for you to live like a local, no matter where you go.

Find out more about what a gap year is, learn the benefits from people who have already taken one, and check out our guides and planning information for work and holiday makers in Australia.

What is a gap year?

5 things to know about taking a gap year in A...

5 things to know about taking a gap year in Australia

Malia Obama might have put gap years on the front page, but the notion of suspending studies or work for an extended period remains a very foreign concept in the US. Here’s why it could be the best decision you ever make, and why Australia is the perfect place to spend your gap year.

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5 ways to get a job on your Australian workin...

5 ways to get a job on your Australian working holiday

If you’ve decided you want to break even on your trip to Australia – or at least earn money while while beefing up your resumé – then there’s no better way to immerse yourself in the Australia way of life than with a working holiday.

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Travis Hayes: "I feel mentally changed, more ...

Travis Hayes: "I feel mentally changed, more mature"

A gap year in Australia helped Washington State’s Travis Hayes decide what he really wanted to do with his future.

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Makayla Duplantis: "I've changed - in a good ...

Makayla Duplantis: "I've changed - in a good way"

For Texan kinesiologist Makayla Duplantis, a gap year broadened her perspective not just about work, but about people, too.

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Plan your trip

Planning a trip to Australia?

Planning a trip to Australia?

We've compiled the practical travel information you need, including visas, customs, duty-free shopping, and insurance.

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Work, Volunteer and Study in Australia - Freq...

Work, Volunteer and Study in Australia - Frequently Asked Questions

Join the droves of young people who choose Australia for a gap year, career break, working holiday or overseas study.

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Visa Information, Customs and Quarantine

Visa Information, Customs and Quarantine

Learn about the Australian visa, customs and quarantine regulations. This includes types of visa applications, what to declare and what is prohibited in Australia.

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Useful Tips

Useful Tips

Prepare for your trip to Australia with these practical tips, including currency, taxes, cultural practices and travelling with a disability.

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Health and Safety Information for Travellers to Australia

Australia is a secure destination where you can enjoy safe travel experiences the whole year round. Follow these tips to fully enjoy Australia’s unique landscapes – from the vast outback to our wild ocean beaches.

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Best trips for your Australian gap year

Backpacker Essentials

Backpacker Essentials

Before hitting Australia's shores, get some backpacker basics – from the best budget accommodation and WiFi options to eating like a local and staying up late. Follow our advice to get the most out of your Australian adventure.

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Australia on a budget in 10 days

Australia on a budget in 10 days

Enjoy beautiful beaches, encounter koalas and explore coral reefs and rainforest on this wallet-friendly trip up the east coast.

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Backpacker's guide to the east coast

Backpacker's guide to the east coast

The ultimate backpacker bucket list: 14 of the best experiences between Melbourne and Cairns and beyond.

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Backpacker's guide to the Outback

Backpacker's guide to the Outback

The ultimate backpacker bucket list: 10 of the best outback experiences.

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Backpacker's guide to Tropical North Queensla...

Backpacker's guide to Tropical North Queensland

Queensland's far north is famous for the Great Barrier Reef – the world's largest living structure – but there's much more to the region than that. Here's how to enjoy its many delights on a budget.

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Get to know Australia like a local

Local’s guide to Bondi, Sydney

Local’s guide to Bondi, Sydney

Discover a range of things to do in Bondi, an iconic Sydney suburb. Swim, sauna and dine at Bondi Icebergs, enjoy a huge range of cafés and restaurants, catch a summer flick at the open air cinema or buy breathtaking art at Aquabumps.

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Local’s guide to Fitzroy, Melbourne

Local’s guide to Fitzroy, Melbourne

Melbourne's alternative and creative thinkers have found a home in Fitzroy. Explore the painted alleys and laneways around Rose Street, eat and drink your way down Brunswick Street and make new additions to your wardrobe on Gertrude Street.

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Local's guide to Adelaide’s West End

Local's guide to Adelaide’s West End

The West End is Adelaide's night life capital. With quirky bars and tantalising food and drinks, this vibrant entertainment precinct is waiting for you to explore.

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Local's guide to Fremantle, Perth

Local's guide to Fremantle, Perth

Perth's port town, Fremantle – or Freo, as the locals call it – has charm in spades. In its curving, colonial-era streets you'll find artsy, quirky locals who love busking, street art and alfresco dining.

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Local’s guide to Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Local’s guide to Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

A little bit fancy, a little bit rock'n'roll, Fortitude Valley is simply a place to have fun.

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Add these places and activities to your Australian working holiday must-do list.