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The 8-Day Welcome To Travel: Melbourne is the perfect start to your Australian adventure. This tour ticks off so much of of your Australian bucket list in the first week and is ideal for backpackers, students, au pairs or
Working Holiday travellers. This tour is for people who want to do more, see more, and make the most out of their time travelling. There is truly no better way to see Melbourne than with Welcome To Travel: Melbourne.
Your Welcome to Travel: Melbourne week will start on Monday morning, so you need to be in Melbourne for the Sunday night. Landing a few days before? No worries! Your airport pickup is included for any day before the tour and we can organise any extra nights required at the YHA accommodation.
Our morning meet and greet will see you meet your new family and learn why the next 7 days will form the best week of your life. We’ll take you on a walking tour around Melbourne and show you why this fascinatingly diverse city is loved by so many travellers. We’ll end the day with a group Welcome Meal (dinner included) at one of Australia’s most iconic settings, the banks of the Yarra River.
Melbourne is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest under- cover market and it is a true treat for all the senses. After haggling a bargain and exploring the wonders of Queen Victoria Market’s, we will spend the afternoon in the most Melbourne way possible: eating and drinking. It feels like Melbourne has more food establishments than anywhere in the world so we thought the best way to showcase that was to create an exclusive food tour just for you….SO WE DID!
Sure, we want you to experience this fantastic city, but we also want you to see it’s beautiful surrounds. Mornington Peninsula and Phillip Island are two of the most incredible yet barely touched spots in Australia. We will be having some much needed BEACH time, we’ll be WINE tasting, heading to spectacular SCENIC lookouts and to finish off we’ll be watching over 500 PENGUINS running across the beach. Yes, you read that right!.
Australia is known for its famous SURF and today you’ll complete another Australian must do as you learn how to ride a wave. This day includes a few hidden secrets along the way but the main thing you need to know? You will get the chance to get up close to KOALAS and KANGAROOS. Another bucket list item ticked, two in one day!
Melbourne has many celebrated suburbs and St Kilda is as famous as they get. After a morning stroll through the city’s incredible Botanical Gardens we’ll head to this quaint beach suburb taking in its iconic promenade, alfresco cafes and famous landmarks. The afternoon will be spent lazing on the beach, paddle boarding (included!) or if you’re feeling adventurous….SKYDIVING!
Saturday is the perfect time to look at organising everything you will need after your first week. We’ll look at everything from your bank account, to how tax works, to helping you get a job or where you’re travelling next. As we wrap that up, we’ll crack open the beers before the big Saturday night bar crawl!
And just like that, it’s nearly over. What better way to spend our final Sunday afternoon together than lazing on a rooftop overlooking the city with your new travel family? We’ll crank up the BBQ, hand out the beers and soak up the skyline as we talk about the memories made over the best week of your life.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes! There are both tourist and working holiday visas available and which you pick would depend on where you’re from, how long you’re staying in Australia and what your plans are for your visit.
We recommend organising this as soon as possible. The application can be competed through your travel agent, or directly through the Australian Government website, which is here.
We would always recommend checking Australian Government website for any specific enquiries.
If you’re travelling as a tourist for a few weeks you don’t, a pre-loaded travel cash card would suffice. If you’re here for a prolonged period then it’s highly recommended.
Not only will you save a lot on exchange/transaction fees but employers will only pay wages in to an Australian account. It’s also an extremely easy process that we will co-ordinate. Once you’ve transferred your budget from your home account to your Australian account, you’re ready to go.
This depends on trip length, your travel style (backpacker or flashpacker) and what are your bucket list items while here.
Australia is a huge country with a lot to do and it’s important you save enough prior to coming, or enough to get you through the first few weeks without work if working is your first priority.
Something we always use when travelling is this great cost of living website. It’s accurate and is constantly updated by people yourself, travellers!
Food:Both your first and last (Monday and Sunday) dinners of the week are included, as well as dinner on Tuesday’s food tour. Lunch is also included on the second day (Thursday) of the 2 day tour down to Mornington and Phillip Island. After that we’d allow $6-15 for lunch and $12-$20 for dinner should you want to eat out all the time. Most people end up cooking in their group on a night.
Drinks: Both the welcome and farewell meal will include a drink, your food tour will include two and the the bar crawl four, pretty good going! Aside from that drinks will average at $7-11 but we can also point you to plenty of happy hours at $5/6 a drink, so it really depends how often you want to go out in that first week.
This is basically your identity number for the Australian Tax Office and is required so you can be correctly taxed on your income from day one. You will provide this to each employers you have while here and your tax will be deducted from your wage accordingly, just as it would be in your home country.
You will receive your Australian sim card on your second morning. This is when we will go through all your admin needs (employment help, tax file number, bank account) for your time in Australia.
Don’t panic, you will be able to jump on wi-fi to let everyone back home, that you got to Melbourne safe and sound.
Medicare is Australia’s subsidised health system and as part of reciprocal agreement between the two countries, only residents of the UK are eligible to have Medicare. We will help you with this set up on day two of Welcome to Travel: Melbourne.
With our help, that’s how! As part of your Welcome to Travel: Melbourne package you will receive our two-part employment guide. One part is about the tips and advice on finding a job, and the second part is exclusive access to our portfolio of employers in several sectors such as hospitality, construction, sales and marketing and many more.
That’s up to you! Everyone travels differently and will have different plans. Your plan may well change in the Welcome to Travel: Melbourne week after meeting some new friends. We’re there for advice all week and whether it’s work or travel you’re looking to organise after, we’re able to help with both. It’s totally up to you, #thisisyourweek.
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!
Sure from time to time you may have a cliché guitar player, a snorer or a 6am deodorant sprayer (you’ll know what I mean soon!) but that’s all part of travelling and they’ll form your stories and travel experiences!
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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