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8-DAY WELCOME TO TRAVEL: MELBOURNE
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The 8-Day Welcome To Travel: Melbourne is the perfect start to your Australian adventure and is ideal for backpackers, students, au pairs or Working Holiday travellers.
This is a tour for people who want to do more, see more, and make the most out of their time travelling. There is no better way 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 get to know your new travel family before we put you at total ease by organising your bank, phone number and tax file number. This means that you’re organised for life in Australia from the start!
After that it’s time for us to take you on a guided tour of Melbourne where you’ll learn why so many travellers love this incredibly diverse city.
We’ll end the day with a riverside group Welcome Meal (dinner included) on Southbank, one of Australia’s most iconic settings.
Melbourne is home to the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest open air 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 all you need to know is that you will get the chance to get up close to KOALAS and KANGAROOS. Another bucket list item ticked, two in one day!
April-September Surfing may be replaced by kayaking or mountain biking (this is weather dependent and at the discretion of the tour guide)
Melbourne has many celebrated suburbs and St Kilda is as famous as they get. 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!)
April-September the St Kilda beach day will be replaced with a visit to the Melbourne Aquarium and a beautiful river cruise before viewing Melbourne from the highest viewing platform in Australia; the incredible Eureka Skydeck.
Do you want to go in to work or do you want to travel? Either way we will get you organised! Saturday is the perfect time to look at everything you will need after your first week in Australia.
We’ll go through all of our job resources including resume writing, employer database and farm-work opportunities, as well show you how to explore this magnificent country. This will be done in a group AND one-on-one setting meaning you’ll leave with all questions answered.
What do we need after that? To join Melbourne’s biggest bar crawl of course!
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.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– Food & Drink Tour
– Phillip Island Overnight Tour
– Beach Time
– Wine Tasting
– Phillip Island Penguin Parade
– Epic Surf Lesson
– Get Up Close With Kangaroos
– See Koalas
– Melbourne’s Biggest Bar Crawl
– Rooftop BBQ
– Paddle Boarding At The Famous St Kilda (Summer)
– Melbourne River Cruise (Winter)
– Visit The World Famous Eureka Skydeck (Winter)
– 6 Nights at YHA Metro Melbourne
– 1 Night at YHA Phillip Island
– Australian SIM Card
– Tax File Number
– Medicare Guidance
– Free Mail Holding
– Life Time Membership
– Luggage Storage
– One on One employment meeting
– Lifetime Access to Employer Database
– CV Writing Assistance
– Interview question advice
– Weekly Job Update E-mails
– Farmwork Help and Contacts
– 2 Dinners
– Inclusions on the Food and Drink tour
– And 4 drinks on the bar crawl!
WHAT OUR PAST CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT US
All the crew at Welcome to travel are absolutely exceptional in every way. Completely made me feel so at ease from the moment of meeting any of them. Always available to answer any questions or help in a way possible. Claudia was fantastic went above and beyond to help me with everything as I arrived a few days early before the tour started, even helped me get around the city. The tour itself exceeded all my expectations, such a fun filled and packed week!! But the help and support given by the whole team is the most refreshing and settling feeling. I could not recommend welcome to travel enough!! Anyone who is thinking about it !! DO IT !!
The Welcome to Travel 8 day tour was extraordinary! Clive, Adam and Darryl are very personable and very funny! The highlight of the trip was Phillip Island from the Penguin Parade to surfing the next day. Once the tour is over the services don't end there. Darryl and Adam are willing to help you on journey's further down the road! They make you feel like part of the Welcome to Travel family!
Just finished the tour with welcome to travel! Had an amazing week exploring Melbourne, doing foodtours, taking a roadtrip to Phillip Island and much more. Made a little Ozzy family here all because of this tour! They also sorted out my Australian bank account, tax-numbers, simcard and helped me to plan the rest of my trip. Feeling way more confident now with everything and the trip that's still ahead of me. Would recommend this tour to everyone who is travelling alone and is looking for a place to start. Lifetime membership included! Darryl, Adam and Clouds are the best.
Had an amazing week with Darryl and Adam. Easily one of the best weeks I've ever had in my life. The group and activities were so much fun. Met many other solo travelers from all over the globe and we got so close to each other - as a little family - over the course of the week. At the end of the week Adam and Darryl helped us to plan out our following work and travel year. Honestly couldn't have been better all in all. This tour exceeded my expectations by far - would've regreted it if I didn't do it. Thank you so much for everything! Cheers! Paul ❤️
Quite possibly the most funny and helpful week I’ve ever had. From start to finish, everyone in the group was just wonderful and the mentors (Claudia, Darryl and Adam) were the breath of fresh air I’ve needed for a long time. I’ve made so many memories with this bunch that I’ll cherish forever. They go above and beyond to help you with your next step as well, whether that be future job prospects or imminent travel which is so beneficial if you’re out here on a Working Holiday Visa or something similar. Words can’t describe how awesome this week was. I can’t thank you guys enough. I love you forever Travel Fam ❤️
Just had such an amazing week! Initially I was apprehensive about the tour but that changed when the tour started. They were amazingly helpful from the beginning, sorting everything out for us, phones, bank and what we are going to do next. Help with employment and most importantly planning a tour of Australia. The wealth of knowledge they have about Australia is fascinating. Highly recommended.
Fantastic week, would highly recommend, can't thank them enough!
Absolutely amazing week being shown Melbourne by a native(Clauds, absolute legend). We did so much stuff in the week, between tourist attractions and casual spots we covered the best of the city. The highlight was the roadtrip to Phillip Island, where we saw penguins, wallabies, kangaroos, koala bears, went surfing, and just got a total Australian experience. The guys run an amazingly well organised trip, and do everything they can to help you get set up in Australia. Would recommend to anyone moving to Melbourne, I had the best week ever 🙂 Thanks guys!
On the last day of the tour now and I wish it wouldn't end! If anyone is a first time solo traveller like myself, then I'd definitely recommend this tour. I got to do so many things on my bucket list in one week and the guys can't do enough for you, helping you to settle in, show off the best that Melbourne has to offer and help you plan your onward journey. It's been the best week and a great way to kick start your Aussie adventure!
If you’re anything like me and feeling nervous or hesitant about what you’re going to do when you arrive in Melbourne, then book this trip! It’ll change your prospective in every way, you’ll have the best week of your life and do so many amazing things that you probably wouldn’t get a chance or even think to do. The trip made me feel so comfortable from the day we all met to even after the trip had finished and to top if off with the help and support from Daryll and Adam I NOW HAVE A JOB with so much ease thanks to them! Cannot thank you enough!! So thank you for everything!
The perfect start to your travel experience if you’re feeling a little nervous or overwhelmed with where to begin. Everything is sorted for you on this tour so all that needs to be done on your part is to enjoy yourself, saying that you aren’t corralled from place to place and the boys are very conscientious of how everyones feeling and what everyone wants to do, after the tour the boys are always only a phone call or message away, would recommend to anyone starting out in a new place and wants/needs a kickstart as well as the comfort of a base of support.
Excellent guides, shows you loads of great places and will point out anything you could possibly want. If Melbourne has it he'll find it. Loads of great activities and well organised (well Darryl tries his best). Would 100% recommend An excellent start to your Australia trip and they set you up with anything you want to do going forward.
Great tour! You will go to places you wouldn't have if you had done it yourself. You will do/see so many things but still don't feel like you are rushing through it. Last but not least great tour leaders. They tell you a lot about Australia and they sincerely want to help you with all your plans. So just relax and enjoy your trip!
Ich war ziemlich unsicher und aengstlich im Bezug auf meine Australien- bzw. Work and Travel-Reise. Ich hatte keinen wirklichen Anfangspunkt und wusste auch generell nicht, wie ich das ganze angehen sollte. Eine Freundin empfahl mir dann welcome to travel, und ich war skeptisch: brauche ich wirklich die ganzen Ausflüge, die Tourguides, brauche ich wirklich jemanden der mir das alles vor die Füße legt und vor allen Dingen: ist es das Geld wert? Ganz kurzfristig habe ich mich dann entschieden, teilzunehmen, und ich kann wirklich sagen dass das die beste Entscheidung war, die ich seit langem getroffen habe! Darryl und Adam sind einfach wundervoll, sie haben mir all meine Sorgen genommen, die ich Anfangs hatte. Sie haben mal in der gleichen Haut gesteckt wie wir und wissen ganz genau was wir brauchen und wollen und noch dazu bekommt man wertvolle Insider-Tipps. Die Ausflüge waren genial, fuer jeden was dabei, und nichts kam mir überflüssig vor. Und das aller beste: sie sind die ganze Reise fuer einen da. Ich weiss, dass ich nie alleine bin und die besten Tipps und ein offenes Ohr immer auf mich warten. Ich habe bei so etwas wie welcome to travel vorher noch nie teilgenommen, aber ich bin mir sicher dass man sowas wie hier nicht nochmal findet, und ich bin unglaublich traurig, dass die Woche so schnell rumging. Also, egal warum ihr zweifelt: macht mit! Ihr werdet es zu 10000% nicht bereuen. Cheers to you, Darryl and Adam!
Incredible week, amazing people and the team @ welcome to travel went above and beyond to create an informative and activity fun filled week! They take you to little hot spots in the city that you would not think to go to by yourself. The two day trip to Philips island was by far the highlight. Seeing the little penguins and surfing is a must! I cant recommend this tour enough for first time visitors in Melbourne. There's a massive family vibe and they help you out with accomodation, planning your travels and finding work for the rest of your duration in Australia. Just book it, you wont regret it!
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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 the afternoon of the first day on tour.
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 a reciprocal agreement between the two countries. Please check this link to see if your country is eligible. Click HERE.
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 here 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.
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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