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.

WHAT YOU DO ON TOUR

This has all of the MUST DOS, didn't know you COULD DOS and ESSENTIALS for your Australian adventure.

ARRIVAL DAY

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.

MONDAY

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.

TUESDAY

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!

WEDNESDAY

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!.

THURSDAY

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)

FRIDAY

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.

SATURDAY

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!

SUNDAY

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?

HELP BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
All your questions will be answered either through email or a FREE one on one FaceTime or Skype with our team here in Melbourne. Just drop us an e-mail to confirm a time and date.
PERSONAL AIRPORT PICK UP
No matter what time you arrive at Melbourne International Airport, we’ll be there with our one-on-one pickup service!
ACTION PACKED 8 DAYS
– City Walking Tour
– 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)

7 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION
We only work with the best. YHA Australia is the most reputable hostel chain in the world and we include:
– 6 Nights at YHA Metro Melbourne
– 1 Night at YHA Phillip Island
WE COVER THE ESSENTIALS
– Australia Bank Account
– Australian SIM Card
– Tax File Number
– Medicare Guidance
– Free Mail Holding
– Life Time Membership
– Luggage Storage
LIFE TIME MEMBERSHIP
As long as you’re in Australia we are here for you. We are either an email, WhatsApp or call away. We can, and often meet up with you in person!
EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Finding your feet in the working world overseas can be tough so we make it easy and aim to get you employed as soon as possible by including:

– 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
PART OF THE TRAVEL FAMILY
Not only will you make friends in the week, you’ll also meet people at our regular exclusive Welcome To Travel events.
INCLUDED FOOD+DRINK
– 2 Lunches
– 2 Dinners
– Inclusions on the Food and Drink tour
– And 4 drinks on the bar crawl!
FURTHER TRAVEL HELP
We are all about being there for you after that first week. Not only do we assist with employment but also with travel too! We can help plan a customised dream trip for you and your new friends you’ve met on tour, all within your budget!

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WHAT OUR PAST CUSTOMERS SAY ABOUT US

  • Welcome To Travel is amazing. Provided a jam-packed week full of activities and laughter showcasing the best of Melbourne. Would definitely recommend it to anyone travelling to Melbourne on a Working Holiday Visa or as a tourist. Met so many amazing friends that I will most certainly keep in touch with! Set everything up for you so no worries when you arrive in Aus and provide great help for onward travel, accommodation and potential employers.

    thumb Errin McElhinney
    10/07/2018

    What an unbelievable week I had with welcome to travel. One day after the next the tour continued to get better and I can’t thank the team enough for all their hard work and taking the time to get to know me and make me feel comfortable with moving to a new city. Met some amazing new friends and can’t wait to catch up with them at new year. Thank you welcome to travel for giving me a week off will never forget.

    thumb Graeme Bee
    12/09/2018

    What an incredible week! I am so so glad I decided to book this tour. Claudia, Darryl and Adam are all so helpful and so much fun. I really cant believe how much the tour included for the price, such a good deal. They helped me book a 6 week trip down the east coast and it made planning so much easier. This trip is about to be the best of my life and it's all thanks to welcome to travel. I met such an amazing group of people on this tour and will be traveling with a few of them for a while after the tour. Special shout out to mama Clauds for being the best lead tour guide and just the best human in general. Absolute legend.

    thumb Madeline DuBois
    12/02/2018
  • 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!

    thumb Lisan Nagel
    11/04/2018

    I totally recommend it, it`s an amazing way to start you`re adventure in Australia. The staff can not be better and all the support received was so useful. Deeply grateful!

    thumb Amaia Caballero Aduriz
    11/04/2018

    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!

    thumb Kate Burke
    10/07/2018
  • Welcome to Travel is an investment in a good time and support from a genuine staff! Perfect way to get acclimated when first moving to Australia or have an awesome time for a short holiday. My tour ended but somehow it keeps giving! ("Somehow" is the staffs greatness, not all heroes wear capes. lol) Whatever reason you’re hesitating, trust yourself and participate in the program. Quality 🤗😁

    thumb Shaneeka Supal
    9/10/2018

    The 8 days with welcome to travel have been one of the most fun and exciting experiences of my life. The welcome to travel staff, Daryll, Claudia and Adam, are such great people and i have made a lot of good friends this week. I would highly recommend welcome to travel to everyone coming to Australia. Melbourne is an awesome city to start your travels and welcome to travel, apart from it being extremely fun, will also give you a great headstart to help you on your travels after.

    thumb Jelle van der Lee
    12/02/2018

    Couldn't have dreamed of a better start for my time in Australia. Had an amazing group, amazing guides. did and saw so much in a week, stuff that i wouldn't have thought to do myself. Thank you for everything, and congrats again on winning the best tour in victoria award, you deserve it so much

    thumb Bryan Loyson
    11/18/2018
  • Welcome to travel is definitely the best way to begin your aussie adventures !! Everything is so smooth with that team, from the pick up at the airport to the final BBQ on the rooftop !! Lots of activities to satisfy each personality surf, visits, food, drink, wildlife.. An incredible guide (Claudia) who perfectly know her city, and new friends to begin your trip :)) So happy and confident for the rest of my year in Australia, many thanks to Daryl, Adam & Claudia !!

    thumb Marie Lou
    11/04/2018

    Was very sceptical at first after I booked this about what was in store for me but can definitely say it was one of the best weeks I’ve had with a mad bunch of people. Claudia, Adam and Darryl done more for us than I ever expected, all three of them made me feel so welcome and guided me through my first week in Melbourne and are continuing to support me through the rest of my travels in Australia. Met loads of new people from all over and made some really good friends, all in all a great experience that I’d highly recommend if you’re thinking of coming to aus and not sure what way to go about it. Shoutout to mumma Clauds for being a champ🤙🏼

    thumb Alex Carruthers
    12/05/2018

    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.

    thumb Thomas Turnell
    10/28/2018
  • 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 ❤️

    thumb Simon Nuñez
    12/01/2018

    The best possible way to start your adventure in Australia. Darryl and Adam were so helpful and they know everything you need to know about Melbourne and Australia. Great activities as-well with a good mix, this tour has somethig for everybody. The best part is that they will help you during your whole stay in Australia. So glad that I did this tour, absolutely value for the money.

    thumb Ebba Möller
    11/11/2018

    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 ❤️

    thumb Paul Hermann
    1/06/2019

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need a visa to come to Australia?

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.


How do I apply for a visa?

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.


Why do I need a bank account?

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.


How much money would you recommend bringing?

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!


How much will I need for food and drinks on Welcome to Travel: Melbourne?

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.


What is a Tax File Number (TFN)?

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.


When will I receive my Australian Sim Card?

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.


What is Medicare and how do I organise it?

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.


How will I find a job?

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.


What happens after Welcome to Travel: Melbourne?

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.


I’ve never stayed in a dorm before, what should I expect?

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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