Welcome to Melbourne

8 Days / 7 Nights Fully Guided Tour

Secure your spot for just $99AUD

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The tour that brings people together from around the World, to discover the best that Melbourne has to offer

Over 8 days, you’ll make friends for life, experience new things and see places you’ve only dreamed of. Our expert employment and travel help will enable you to make the most of your time in Australia.

Tour Length

8 Days / 7 Nights

Perfect For

Working Holiday Makers,
Students and Tourists

Group Size

Max 22 people

Travel Style

Fully Guided

Employment & Travel Help

For your entire time in Australia

Working Holiday Essentials

Get your Australian bank account, phone sim and tax file number set up with us

"Had an absolute blast with the Welcome to Melbourne tour. Incredible value for money and I’ve made great friends to travel the East Coast with. Big shoutout to our tour guide, Grace, who was the best we could’ve asked for and the most energetic person around!"
Kate Walker
Australian Wildlife

This place is known for its wildlife and you’ll see kangaroos, koalas and wait for it, penguins! You’ll fall in love with them all.

Road Trippin’

We’re hitting the road, the beach and the vineyard as we show you what’s so special about Phillip Island and the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.

Learn to Surf

It’s an Australian rite of passage, we couldn’t welcome you without shredding could we? You’ll be catching a wave in your first week!

Foodie Heaven

Through the market, laneways, cafes and bars, you’ll spend Day 3 seeing why Melbourne is the foodie capital of the world.

WHERE YOU'LL GO

You will explore the hidden secrets of Melbourne. Relax on golden beaches in Mornington Peninsula. Discover the natural beauty, wildlife and surf beaches of Phillip Island. Act like a Melbourne local in the famous St Kilda suburb.

WHERE YOU'LL STAY

Whilst in the city you’ll spend 6 nights at the perfectly located Space Hotel, famous for its rooftop hot tub and views. Your other night is spent at The Island YHA on Phillip Island, where you can often see wallabies from your dorm window.

*From July 2024, all tours will be in The Village North Melbourne for the Melbourne accommodation.

Group enjoying the rooftop view at Space Hotel

Tour Inclusions

Experiences

Accommodation

Meals and Drinks

Community

Transport

Additional Advice and Travel Help

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE ITINERARY

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Arrival Day and Airport Pickup

Day 1

Welcome to Melbourne

You’ve probably been on a long flight so we’ll pick you from the airport and take you straight to the hostel. You can check in and rest up as your epic week with the group starts on Monday morning. This means you need to be in Melbourne by Sunday* night at the latest.

Landing a few days before? No worries! Your airport pickup is included and can be arranged for any time on any day before the tour. Need extra nights accommodation? You can book these at checkout.

*In High Season (Sept-March) we also have some extra tours that start on Thursday. For those tours, Thursday is the arrival day.

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Meet the Team & Discover the City

Day 2

You’ll get to know your new travel family first thing in the morning. After the Meet and Greet, it’s time to give you peace of mind for the rest of your trip by organising your bank account, phone number and tax file number. Now you can explore stress-free!

After that, we’ll take you on a guided walking tour of Melbourne where you’ll learn why so many travellers love this incredibly dynamic and laid-back city.

We’ll end the day with a family Welcome Dinner along the iconic Yarra River in the heart of the city.

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Markets, Laneway, Food & Drink Tour and Aboriginal Culture

Day 3

The food and drink scene in Melbourne is ridiculously good, so we dedicate the day to it. We start with a local favourite; Queen Victoria Market. This place is a feast for all senses and we spend the morning meeting local vendors and exploring everything this Melbourne institute has to offer.
Before starting our very own street art, food and drink tour. We learn about Australia’s Indigenous people, with an insightful Aboriginal Heritage tour. This day is all about seeing Melbourne through a local’s eyes, our travellers love it and so will you.

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Road Trip - Surfing & Tiny Penguins

Day 4

It’s time for our epic overnight road trip! We will be heading to Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island, two of the most beautiful regional areas in Australia.

Australia is famous for its surf culture, in fact it’s probably THE single most Australian thing to do. Today we’re giving you the chance to learn how to surf with a lesson at a perfect beginner beach.🤙

This day also includes a couple of hidden secrets before capping it all off by spending sunset witnessing the smallest penguins in the world emerge from the ocean and waddle across the beach. Yes, you read that right!

We’ll stay overnight on Phillip Island, where you’ll wake up to the sound of Australian wildlife.

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Road Trip - Kangaroos, Koalas, Beaches & Wine!

Day 5

Today is going to be epic! We know that you’ve been looking forward to getting the chance to see some of Australia’s amazing kangaroos and koalas up close and that’s what we’ll be doing today.

After lunch we’ll be getting in some much needed beach time before we take in some spectacular scenic viewpoints. We’ll be finishing our adventure tasting some of our favourite local wines from the area. From there the tunes are turned up as we head back to Melbourne.

So many bucket list items ticked off in 2 days!

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Work and Travel Help and St Kilda

Day 6

It is time to think about what you’ll do next in Australia. In the morning, we’ll hold a presentation on employment for everyone that’s here on a working holiday, or as a student.

We’ll cover absolutely everything so you can get a job. Following that we’ll tell you everything you need to know about travelling this incredible country. We have so much experience and the best advice for you to make the most of your time here.

Melbourne has many celebrated suburbs and St Kilda is as famous as they get. This afternoon head to this diverse beach suburb taking in its iconic esplanade and famous landmarks before relaxing and playing some beach games.

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Life Admin & Night Out

Day 7

Whether it’s employment, travel, or both, the info from yesterday’s presentations will have sunk in and now it’s your chance to talk over your next steps with one of the epic experts on our team. We’re here to support you with anything from looking over your CV and helping you find accommodation, to making an epic plan for the rest of your travels around this beautiful country. We are experts in travel and can put together YOUR dream trip, with specials, discounts and of course our favourite tips.

By the end of your meeting, you’ll feel relaxed and even more excited about what’s next. So how do we celebrate? By having a big farewell night out!

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Goodbye Rooftop BBQ

Day 8

And just like that, it’s nearly over.

What better way to spend our final afternoon together than lazing on a rooftop overlooking the city with the mates you’ve now made for life?

We’ll crank up the BBQ and soak up the skyline as we talk about the unforgettable memories made over the best week of your life.

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What Next? Great Ocean Road

ADD-ON

Your time with the group doesn’t have to be over just yet, in fact around 90% of our groups stay together for at least another week by adding on our incredible road trip option.

For The Grampians & Great Ocean Road add on we organise:

  • 5 day car hire
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Advanced itinerary

This is scheduled to start after your tour. Don’t worry if you don’t know now, you can add this on during the week but we do at least recommend keeping the week after the tour free in case you do want to join.

WORKING HOLIDAY HELP

We organise your Tax File Number, bank account and SIM card.

We give you access to our employment and farm work databases.

Use the Welcome to Travel office for mail storage or just to drop in for help!

Our Australia experts organise epic travel plans for you.

Is this tour for you?

If you want to start your Australian adventure in the best way possible by experiencing Melbourne in all its glory, meeting like-minded people and ticking off your bucket list, then yes, this tour is for you.

Want to Add-On to This Tour?

If you’re looking for more to explore around Melbourne, add on the classic Great Ocean Road Trip to this tour (booked separately). If you want it all and are looking to travel the East Coast with us, then book it all together with one of our travel packages.

5 Days / 4 Nights

Great Ocean Road (Add-On)

One of the most iconic road trips in the world. Experience it with your new found travel family straight after your tour!

52 Days / 51 Nights

The Hemsworth

Melbourne, Surf & East Coast

52 Days / 51 Nights

The Margot

Melbourne & East Coast

BOOK WITH CONFIDENCE

Payment Plans Available
Unlimited & Free Date Changes*
Pay Just $99AUD To Secure Your Place
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The experiences you have travelling will last forever.
It's time for you to start making memories.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Yes you do! If you’re coming here just as a tourist to visit Australia, you’ll need a Visitor Visa.

If you’re coming here to work while you’re on holiday, you’ll need either a Working Holiday Visa (417) or a Work and Holiday Visa (462), depending on which country you’re from.

You can find more information and a list of the various visas by clicking the button below.

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We recommend organising this as soon as you know you’re coming to Australia. The application can be completed through your travel agent, or directly through the same Australian Government website as above. We always recommend checking the Australian Government website for any specific enquiries.

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Absolutely! It doesn’t matter if you’re coming to this beautiful country to work, visit friends or family, study, sunbathe with the kangaroos or perfect your Australian accent. All of our travellers will still get the same treatment!

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This depends on trip length, your travel style (backpacker or flashpacker) and what you are wanting to experience here in Australia.

According to the Australian Government, you need $5,000AUD in your bank account on arrival if you’re coming on a Working Holiday visa. This is a good savings target if you are wanting to either travel for a month or set yourself up for working and living in Australia after the Welcome to Travel week. 

However, everybody is different and to give yourself the best chance of experiencing as many things as possible in Australia, we would recommend just saving up as much as possible before you come travelling.

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Of course you are – anyone would be – and of course we will! Something we love is how close our travellers get on tour, and how they become one big family at the end. 

Everyone’s in the same boat, and you will make friends for life.

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Expect the best experience ever!  As long as you’re polite and friendly then you’ll be fine. To get the best out of your experience we recommend talking to people in your dorm as soon as possible. Travel broadens the mind and that is mainly because of people you meet. Listen to where they’ve been, what they’ve loved, what they recommend, their funniest stories, all of it! This will be you in a few months!

All dorms have lockers, but you will need to buy a small padlock to use them.

We aim to try and get everyone on Welcome To Melbourne in the same dorm, but if you have any special requests such as, you want to be in an all female dorm or you want to upgrade to your own room., then will be able to assist you.

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About 70% of people on tour are actually solo travellers. This tour is a perfect way to meet other people and experience new things together. So many of our travellers make friends for life on our Welcome tours!

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Our tours cater for people aged 18-39 years old. The average age varies each week and that’s what we love about it.

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You sure can! We create a WhatsApp group chat the week leading up to the tour.

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Yes! You just need to let us know who you’re travelling with beforehand and we’ll make sure you’re in the same room.

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Yes definitely! As long as you tell us who you’re travelling with we’ll make sure you’re in the same room. If you’d like to upgrade to a private room then this is possible on the Extras part of the checkout.

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Definitely! This can be done at the time of booking on the Extras page at Checkout. Alternatively you can add them on closer to the time. We will send you an email 4 weeks before the tour and this will ask you if you’d like to add any on.

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Absolutely, we recommend booking 2 extra nights after the tour. This can be done at the time of booking on the Extras page at Checkout. Alternatively you can add them on closer to the time. We will send you an email 4 weeks before the tour and this will ask you if you’d like to add any on.

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We include a lot of meals, as well as some delicious tastings. Outside of that, you’ll be able to find lunch for between $6-15 and dinner for $10-$20. If you want to save money, you can always team up with people and cook dinners at the hostel!

For drinks, the welcome dinner will include a drink, you’ll be given two on your food and drink tour, and another four during the bar crawl – how good is that! Outside of that, drinks usually cost between $7-11 but we can also point you in the direction of plenty of places with happy hours offering drinks for $5-6.

Because accommodation, activities and some food and drink is already included, we would suggest that $200-$250 of extra spending money during your week with us will be enough!

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The $99 deposit is required to secure your booking. But don’t worry! Full payment is only required 21 days before your departure date, which gives you time to save money for it! 

However, if you make a booking within 21 days of your departure date, you will need to pay the full amount at the time of booking.

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Once you know you’re coming to Australia and that you’d like the best possible welcome here, we’d recommend placing your $99 deposit right away, especially as we offer free date changes.

Our Welcome to Melbourne tour is often fully booked 3 months in advance.

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Yes! If you pay your deposit and later realise you have to change your date, don’t panic.

You can change the date of your booking, unlimited times and subject to availability, up until 14* days before your departure date.

*Normally 28 days but currently 14 due to COVID19. Please see our terms and conditions here.

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The Great Ocean Road Add On is an amazing way to carry on your journey as a group. You don’t know these people right now, but you’ll become friends across the week. The Welcome to Melbourne tour finishes on the Sunday, from Tuesday we have booked 5 days of car hire and 4 nights of accommodation meaning that you can go on a self-guided group adventure together. We give you an advised itinerary and off you go for an amazing road trip adventure!

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That’s up to you and we’re here to help with that! Everyone has different plans for their time in Australia. You might even find that your plans may change halfway during the tour after meeting some new friends.

Either way, the Welcome To Travel team is here to support you before, during and after the welcome week. Whether it’s work or travel you’re looking to organise or get advice on, we’ll be able to help you.

We will go through options that suit you specifically in the 1-on-1 sessions on the Saturday of the tour. We then have our Experience Team who will be there to help you throughout your whole time in Australia!

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Of course! During our travel presentation, we will give you an overview of all the beautiful and exciting destinations and experiences around Australia.

Following this, during your 1-on-1 sessions with our team, we will talk more specifically about what exactly you want to see and do, and we’ll help you plan everything. We want to make sure you have the most amazing adventure possible while you’re here!

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With our help, that’s how! 

As part of your Welcome to Melbourne package you will receive exclusive tips, resources and guidance towards finding a job and farm work in Australia.

We will present you with all of the basic information needed to get started, and give you access to our huge database of employers and contacts in sectors such as hospitality, retail, construction, sales and marketing and many more.

We also send out a weekly update email that highlights the most recent job and farm work opportunities we come across.

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Depending when you land you will receive your Australian Sim Card on Friday morning before the tour or on Monday morning of the tour, during the meet and greet session.

Don’t panic! You will be able to jump on the free wi-fi at the hostel and airport beforehand to let everyone back home know that you got to Melbourne safe and sound.

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This is basically a personal identity number created for you by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). It is required if you want to work in Australia, so that you can be correctly taxed on your income from day one. 

You will provide this number to each employer you have while you are in Australia and your tax will be deducted from your wage accordingly, just as it would be in your home country.

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If you’re travelling as a tourist for just a few weeks, you don’t need one – a pre-loaded travel cash card will work just fine!

If you’re here for a longer period of time (for example, on a Working Holiday Visa) then it’s highly recommended to open an Australian bank account. Not only will you save a lot on exchange/transaction fees, but employers will only pay wages into an Australian account. It’s also an extremely easy process that we will organise for you.

You can fast-track the whole process by creating a Wise account, so that you can already have Australian dollars in your account for when you get here. But don’t worry about all of this now, we’ll explain it all soon!

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Medicare is Australia’s health care scheme, which allows Australians and some overseas visitors to access certain health services at little or no cost. Only a handful of countries are eligible to apply for Medicare in Australia, including:

Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, The Republic of Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom

Click here to see details for eligibility and details for enrolment, such as what documents you will need to bring to service centres. We will also explain this in more detail when you arrive and point you in the right direction.

Travel Is All About Meeting People

If you're thinking of travelling and want to meet people who are in the same position as you, jump onto the Australia Travels Facebook Group.

Want To Know More About Our Tours?

We love to hear from you and help you with your travel plans. If you have any questions at all then feel free to get in touch. Not only can you message us, we also offer free travel advice calls meaning you can have a real conversation with a real person that’s been in your shoes.

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Welcome To Melbourne

Payment Plans Available

Unlimited & Free Date Changes

Open Dated Bookings Available

Pay Just $99 To Secure Your Place

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Book the Melbourne, Sydney & East Coast Tour Package

Payment Plans Available

Unlimited & Free Date Changes

Open Dated Bookings Available

Pay Just $XX To Secure Your Place

Payment Plans Available

Unlimited & Free Date Changes

Open Dated Bookings Available

Pay Just $99 To Secure Your Place

Don't know when you are travelling?

£542 GBP
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$929 CAD
£542 GBP
$684 USD
€632 EUR
$929 CAD
£542 GBP
$684 USD
€632 EUR
$929 CAD
£542 GBP
$684 USD
€632 EUR
$929 CAD