We are looking for staff!

Australian Backpackers Work and Travel Programs in Sydney is looking for a travel sales person.

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Have you been travelling in Australia and you love to help people with planning their trip in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji…this might be the job for you.

You are on a current (1st or 2nd) WHV and can commit to at least 3 months during the Summer period in Sydney.

Approx. 35 hours per week, award wage and commission payment.

Sales experience would be a big plus, but if you don’t have any we ask you to be bubbly, outgoing, confident, highly motivated and social. Preferably you speak multiple languages and you must be willing to work in the evenings and on weekends.

Interviews start this week.

If you think you would be the perfect candidate for this job, please send us your CV and a cover letter explaining to us why we should hire you, to: info@australianbackpackers.net.

 

 

25 days till Christmas ... where to go, what to do?

Only 25 more days and it is Christmas...do you see yourself already dressed in your shorts/skirts, thongs, a hat and covered in sunscreen lotion?

If you haven't booked your accommodation yet, we want to advice you to do this as soon as you can. Millions of people will be in Sydney to dip their toes in the water at Bondi Beach with Christmas and watch the fireworks in the harbour at NYE. It will be harder to find accommodation towards those days and the prices might go up.

Check with our partners of Original Backpackers for their Christmas/NYE deals or contact us and we can check it for you.

There will be many events in the city all of December, from Christmas choirs singing in the streets to Christmas markets, to huge sparkling Christmas trees in the shopping malls to parties everywhere.

If you want some inspiration on what to do and where to go, check it out here!

HO HO HO...almost Merry Christmas!

 

50 best beaches in the world (and a few are in Australia)...YAYYY

FlightNetwork has compiled the world’s 50 best beaches, according to the opinions of more than 600 travel journalists, editors, bloggers and agencies.

And amongst those 50 beaches, you can find four of them right here in Australia...of course we are not surprised, are you?!

For the full story read here.

So you ask us, where are those beaches? Nope, unfortunately Bondi Beach or Manly Beach were not on the list, but the winners are....tudum tudum tudum...(drum roll...)...

2. Whitehaven Beach, Australia (QLD)

8. Hyams Beach, Australia (NSW)

18. Lucky Bay, Australia (WA)

29. Turquoise Bay, Australia (WA)

So if you are thinking of planning the trip to go and see Whitehaven Beach, wait no longer and check our our Whitsundays Specials or check out Hyams Beach while doing a Jervis Bay trip or see the white sand at Lucky Bay while doing an Esperance tour. Do you want to explore more on the West Coast and also check out number 29 of the 50 ... contact us for more info!

 

 

How to get around in Sydney?

Sometimes when you arrive in a new city, it might seem hectic and not logical at all and too big and/or busy.

Sydney does the same to you. It might be a worldwide city, but...the city itself is not too big and easily accessible by foot.

Just remember the two main streets in the city and you will get everywhere.

Street 1 to remember: William street (not just because we are here ;) ) with the Coca Cola on one end (where Kings Cross is) to the other end which is Darling Harbour (William street will turn into Park and Druitt street, but keep on walking straight ahead).

Street 2 to remember: George street. This street goes from one end with Central Station and Chinatown all the way to Circular Quay where you can find the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

The public transport network in Sydney is pretty good. We have trains, lightrails, buses and ferries that can take you wherever you want to go.

If you want to use public transport, we recommend you get an Opal card.

This card you use to tap on/off on all ways of public transport (buses, trains, ferries, lightrails) in NSW. You can buy a card for $10 (with the $10 credit on it) and use it straight away.

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And did you know they have capped it off per day/week, so you will not spend more than necessary.

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If you need to plan your trip, click here!

I'm FREE tours Sydney - a MUST-DO while you are here!

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SYDNEY SIGHTS FREE TOUR:

2 ½ – 3 hours - 10:30am and 2:30pm Every Day from Town Hall Square.

George St between Sydney Town Hall and St Andrew’s Cathedral.

"Explore some of Australia’s best cities with your friendly and knowledgeable local tour guides. Experience the culture and lifestyle as we delve into the history, stories and culture to ensure you get the best out of your stay in Sydney.

Rain, Hail or Shine, I’m Free Tours walk EVERYDAY. NO NEED TO BOOK, just turn up and look for your local guide in a bright green I’m Free T-shirt."

Meet on George street between Town Hall and St Andrew’s Cathedral for the Sydney city tour (see pictures :)).

We can definitely recommend these cool tours! A MUST-DO when in Sydney!

GOOOO I'm Free Tours!

 

ROCKS AT 6PM FREE TOUR:

1 ½ hours - 6pm Every Day from Cadmans Cottage (water side)

The Rocks District / Circular Quay

 

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They also have the I'm FREE tours in Melbourne as well! Don't miss out on these entertaining and interesting tours.

How much do you know about driving in OZ?

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So many people travel to Australia and have a dream of buying or renting a campervan and explore this immense country by themselves.

To enjoy most of the country, we advise you to drive not more than 150 km's per day, so you can enjoy at a calm pace and actually see something. This is probably the main reason why you came to Australia to start with, isn't it?

However, are you aware of the driving/road rules in Australia?

Not only do they drive in Australia on the right side of the road (if you are from most European countries)...yes, we mean the LEFT side, but also many other rules might be different from what you are used to.

If you don't feel fully comfortable yet driving here, check out these driving knowledge tests

Are you looking to hire a car or campervan and you need some help or tips, contact us and we will help you out!

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Christmas is about to start - FREE Christmas concert Martin Place

It is not Christmas time yet, until the Christmas lights have been lit in the Christmas tree on Martin Place in Sydney.

And this is about to happen in 2 days time...YAYYY!

On Saturday November 25th from 6.30 pm - 8.30pm the kick off Christmas 2017 starts with the FREE Martin Place Christmas concert.

The Christmas tree will be lit by Santa and the Lord Mayor (they will arrive on a cycle-drawn sleigh).

Enjoy performances from: Kate Miller-Heidke, Justice Crew, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Jay Laga’aia, Australia’s most prolific Indigenous female entertainer Christine Anu, and the Australian Girls Choir.

The night will finish with a spectacular fireworks display.

Did we mention to you it is completely FREE :)!

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!!

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November campervan special

Can you see yourself behind the wheel of your campervan while cruising the endless roads in Australia?

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Australia is a country that is made to discover yourself with your own wheels. Drive into the Blue Mountains, follow the windy road of the Great Ocean Road, explore inland Australia while driving between endless meadows with cows and sheep with the mountains ranges in the back...or wake up in the morning and open your van-door to find yourself on a campground surrounded by walabies.

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Travelling in your own vehicle can be amazing. Whether you just want to go by yourself, or with one or more friends, there will be a vehicle available.

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At most capital cities there will be depots of campervan rental companies where you can pick it up and drop it off. Did you know that you do not have to pick and drop off at the same location, but you can also choose another city?

And have you thought about how much money you can save by sleeping in your campervan on (free or (low) paid) campgrounds instead of paying a hostel every night? There are so many campgrounds where you can stay, some are free, some are paid (and prices differ for powered or unpowered sites) and along the highways you have many toilets and free BBQs to use.

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Campervans go from small (2 berth) to big (motorhome that could fit 8 people). You have 2wd's and 4wd's. You have manuals and automatics. You have a fridge or an esky. You have an amazing time or you have an amazing time.

We want you to have an amazing time in Australia, so we have for the rest of the month November our CAMPERVAN SPECIAL for campervans starting from $49 per day and travel before the end of December 2017.

Contact us now and we will get back to you with some amazing deals!

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Tropical rainforest meets deserted beaches

110 Kilometers north of Cairns (north east Queensland) there is a remote headland called Cape Tribulation.

Here you will be overwhelmed when walking through a dense tropical rainforest while the next moment you will be standing on a deserted beach with your feet in the water.

Cape Tribulation is where the oldest rainforest (Daintree) collides with the Great Barrier Reef.  The most popular time of the year to visit is between July and November (the dry season). During the wet season you might not want to find yourself in the water due to the present marine stingers and crocodiles. When is does say 'do not enter the water'...do NOT enter the water (just saying...).

Popular activities to do here are 4WD tours, horse-riding, jungle surfing, snorkelling, kayaking, guided nightwalks and crocodile cruises. There are tours leaving Cairns and Port Douglas on a daily basis.

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Just some fun facts:

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  • The Daintree rainforest is thought to be 165 million years old
  • It is home to at least 663 species of vertebrate animals, 230 butterfly species, 135 dung beetle species and 222 of land snails (who knew there would be that many land snails)
  • The giant bird that lives in the Daintree (and is endangered) is also called the Cassowary. You can recognise them by their blue neck
  • There are two plants you need to avoid while in the rainforest 'The spiky 'Wait-a-while vine' and the itchy 'Stinging tree'
  • Did you know you can eat the 'green lemon ants' that are found in the open woodlands in Far North Queensland. They are believed to relieve colds, headaches and sore throats. Only do this under supervision :)!

You have the option to do one day tours, but you can also stay overnight in one of the beach houses/resorts/backpackers in Cape Tribulation.

In Far North Queensland there is more than just the lagoon or the Woolshed in Cairns. If you cannot be convinced by the pictures and story above, and you want a bit more info on why you MUST go to Far North Queensland, check it out here!