It's needless to say that Australia is one of the most popular gap year destinations and it's the perfect place for solo backpackers who are seeking some adventure in life! Spend a year in Australia exploring the stunning beaches and gorgeous landscapes, go for scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, take a thrilling road trip along the Great Ocean Road, and much more! No matter how much time you have in hand, venturing across this continent will never leave you bored! Your gap year trip to Australia will endow you with incredible travel experiences, help you to meet some interesting people and indulge in the adventurous activities that your heart has always longed for! Check out our best gap year programs in Australia below:
Most Recommended Trips in Australia
This 5-Day adventure trip consists of 2 days of theory and pool training, then 3 days and 2 nights on the Outer Great Barrier Reef staying on one of Pro Dive Cairns’ premium liveaboard dive boats.
Price Starting From$800
In 7 days explore Sydney and then spend a quaint day at the vineyards of Hunter Valley, tasting and savoring wine. Continue your journey for some adventurous surfing lessons at Byron Bay and end your trip at Brisbane.
Price Starting From$904
Discover the amazing East Coast of Australia and the diversity of Queensland with fast, fresh and exciting adventures made especially for the young, budget-minded travelers.
Price Starting From$1464
All travelers need a valid passport and Visa to gain entry and travel all through Australia. You can get in touch with the local embassy or your consulate for most up-to-date Visa requirements also. For some nationalities, the visa can be issued by your Travel Agency or the Australian Embassy via Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). Passport holders of the following countries are eligible to apply for an ETA Online- Brunei, Darussalam, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, United States. Visit this link for more info on ETA And how to apply for it. If you’re not a passport holder of any of the above-mentioned countries, then you can’t apply for an ETA online, but you may be eligible for an ETA through a travel agent, airline or an Australian visa office. For more info, click here.
Whatever suits you best! It’s completely your choice whether you want to go for a soul-searching solo adventure or some roof-raising time with your bunch of BFFs, or have a romantic getaway with your partner- our programs will accommodate you in any which way. If you are coming in a group of more than 5, we can also provide you with customized packages as well as amazing discounts.
Most of our adventure tours do not have a single supplement. This means that accommodation will be provided on a twin sharing basis, and if you are traveling alone, you’ll be sharing a room with another one of GDA’s traveler of the same sex. What could be better than bonding with your new travel mates and making amazing new friends along the way of your journey?
Some tours have optional single supplement for couples and solo travelers and a private room can be availed at an extra cost. The cost and details vary by trip so we suggest you to get in touch with your coordinators regarding the same beforehand.
If you’re traveling alone you’ll find some awesome travel mates along the way, and if you’re coming in a group, then you’ll get a chance to add a few more crazy adventurers into your gang. In case you want to get in touch with others who are traveling to Australia, you can join our Facebook Group and chitchat with your fellow travelers!
You need to buy your Medical and Travel Insurance before setting out for your trip. GDA also provides the insurance facilities, at an additional cost.
We advise our participants to get in touch with their physicians regarding vaccination requirements and get the ones as instructed. There are no mandatory shots required to enter Australia but it’s always worth having a Tetanus/ Diptheria shot done if one has not been given in the past 10 years. We recommend you take immunizations against Japanese Encephalitis, Hepatitis A & B, Rabies. There is no risk of yellow fever in Australia. The government of Australia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.
You will need to carry extra money for personal expenses, add-on tours, eating out while traveling in Australia. For basic personal expenses, a budget of 70-80 USD per week is more than sufficient barring the extra costs of add-on activities. If you’re planning on using credit/debit card in Australia, it is advised to let your bank know about your travels beforehand so that they don’t suspicious of your account activity. We also advise all our participants to keep an emergency fund of 200 USD only to be used in case of any emergencies, if one arises.
You will be on the move a lot so our advice for you is to pack light. Casual wear is generally the way to go when you’re visiting Australia. Australian sun glares back hard, so it is advised to pack in cool, breezy lightweight clothes in breathable fabrics during the summer months of December-February. Nights might get a bit chilly for some people coming from tropical countries, so it’s better to pack in a light outerwear. During winter temperatures vary in the different regions and in many places it takes quite a dip in the mountainous areas. Lightweight winter jackets and scarves are a must to pack in for winter time (June-August) and if your itinerary takes you to the hilly areas of Australia, do pack in a good woolen sweater and windcheater jackets.
Yes! We always advise our travelers to get some pre-nights and post-nights booking done if they want to explore more upon arrival or continue with their travels after the tour ends. In most cases, we can arrange additional accommodation at our starting or ending hotels, excluding European tours. If we are unable to provide you with the extra nights we will give you the name of a hotel you can contact directly. Please also note that extra accommodations must be booked outside of 30 days of departure.
Most of our adventures, apart from the volunteering programs do not include Airport transfers. We advise our travelers to arrange for a Taxi on Arrival as it is the most economical and efficient way to go about this. If you would prefer a pre-arranged transfer, we can provide the same for you at an additional cost from your point of Arrival. Do get in touch with your coordinators for more information.