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Workin' it Down Under

Australia is one big adventure. So big, we recommend you stay for a while. Spend your gap year in Australia with our unmissable work starter packs, cheap flights to Australia and awesome adventure tours and live the Aussie lifestyle - surf before work, spot Aussie wildlife in spectacular natural settings, dive the Great Barrier Reef and meet like-minded backpackers on the way. Crikey!

Check out our travellers own Aussie Adventures below for inspo!

Want to head to Oz? Share your own Aussie experiences or dream Aussie adventure with us and you are in for a chance to win a £1,000 STA Travel gift card! Simply tag @STATravel and #myaussieadventure in the caption of your best Australia pics*

How to get there

With international airports in each state, Australia is well connected with the rest of the world and getting around in Oz is easy with domestic flights taking you even into the most remote areas. The long flight is so worth it and we work with top airlines to ensure that your journey is comfy. Fly to Australia in pure comfort, with Emirates flights from £599 return.
Fly with Emirates from £599

Work in Australia

Many consider their time living and working in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa to be the best time of their lives. Because we don't want you to suffer from FOMO, we offer you the cheapest flights to Oz, created work starter packs to ensure you don't have to sleep on the beach (unless you want to) and added in a sprinkling of optional visa and accommodation assistance.

Get a £100 off your Working Holiday Visa when you buy a Work Starter Pack!
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Start planning your trip to Australia

Campervan Hire Australia
A road trip is one of the most flexible and fun ways to explore Oz whether you hit coastal roads in funky campers or unearth the outback in a 4WD campervan.
Up to 20% off campervan hire
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Australia Hotels and Hostels
From budget backpacker hostels in Sydney and Melbourne to beachside hotels in Perth and Cairns, we've got heaps of accommodation options in Australia to suit all budgets and travellers.
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Hop-on Hop-off Bus Passes
In a country as vast as Australia, a bus journey becomes an unforgettable part of your holiday experience. Travel on some of the world's most incredible overland routes with our Australian hop-on-hop-off passes.
Up to 35% off  bus passes
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Australia Adventure Tours

Australia Encompassed - 25 Days
Head up the East Coast where you will explore Fraser Island, sail the Whitsundays and more before flying to Alice Springs where you will visit Kings Canyon, Uluru, and Adelaide just to name a few. The Great Ocean Road will eventually lead you to Melbourne where you will finish up.
Was £3,179 | Now from £2,543
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East Coast Australia
East Coast Encompassed - 18 Days
Rugged landscapes, crashing surf, and indigenous culture stretching back through time and beyond – Australia’s East Coast possesses a truly otherworldly allure.
Was £2,249 | Now from £2,024
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Brisbane to Cairns Experience
Brisbane to Cairns Experience - 10 Days
If you hadn't already worked it out, Australia is BIG. For travellers long on ambition but short on time, this extensive and compact journey up the East Coast of Queensland is nothing short of ideal.
Was £1,199 | Now from £1,079
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Melbourne & Victoria


Sydney & New South Wales

Sydney is Australia’s most iconic city. From the white sails of the Opera House and the iconic Harbour Bridge, to the great surf at Bondi Beach, Sydney is vibrant and fun and boasts a great nightlife.  Don't miss out on the spectacular surrounds - the misty Blue Mountains, the wine hills of the Hunter Valley and white sandy beaches all they way from the South Coast up to hip Byron Bay.
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Melbourne & Victoria

Melbourne is a great place for art lovers, fashionistas, foodies, coffee lovers and Aussie Rules football. It's hidden laneways and street art make this city one of the coolest in Oz. Use Melbourne as your base to journey the Great Ocean Road and see the 12 Apostles, to spot amazing Aussie wildlife on Phillip Island and to walk in ancient rainforests in the Grampians.
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Cairns, Brisbane & Queensland

Introducing Queensland, Australia's epic sunshine state - from Brisbane's buzzing city scene to the natural beauty of Fraser Island, Queensland pretty much covers everything you need to experience the best of Australia and more. Go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, sail the Whitsundays or learn to surf at Surfer's Paradise!
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The Northern Territory

Travel to the very heart of Australia with a trip to the Outback. See the changing colours of majestic Uluru at sunset and sleep under a million stars as you camp out in the red rock desert. Visit the Top End and see nature at play in Kakadu National Park or cool off in one of the water holes of Litchfield National Park before cruising through Katherine Gorge.
Visit the Northern Territory

Adelaide & South Australia

Adelaide is commonly known as the '20 minute city' as it's easy to get around and easy to get to surrounding wineries and beaches. Many new great bars and restaurants the city is make it hotspot for foodies. From Adelaide to the Flinder's Ranges for a true outback experience and journey to Kangaroo Island, known as the 'Zoo without fences', for epic wildlife spottings.
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Western Australia

Did you know Perth has 19 beaches, a free bus service and one of the largest city parks in the world? Or that you can spot a cute quokka on Rottnest Island, laze next to kangaroos on pristine white beaches at Esperance, snorkel with turtles or swim with whale sharks (seasonal) at Coral Bay? WA has it all when it comes to Aussie wildlife!
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How long is the flight to Australia?

The flight duration depends on where in Australia you fly to. Flying to Perth, Darwin are the quickest routes and depending on your flight connection and lay-over time, you could get to Oz in 17 hours! Flying to Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane takes on average between 21 and 24 hours. We know it's long but don't sweat,  we work with great airlines that offer in-flight entertainment to waste the time and you can finally catch up on your beauty sleep.

Do I need a visa for Australia?

All visitors travelling to Australia need a visa, which one depends on your circumstances, nationality etc. British citizen can enter Australia either on a free eVisitor visa for holiday purposes or on a Working Holiday visa. We can help you find the visa that is right visa for you, contact Travel Experts for visa assistance now.

How long can I stay in Australia?

How long you can stay in Australia, depends on your visa. On the free eVisitor visa Bristish passport-holders can travel in Australia for up to 3 months but this visa does not allow you to work in Oz. The Working Holiday visa entitles you to work in Australia for up to 12 months and can be extended to up to 24 months. Contact our Travel Experts to find out how.

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*Terms & Conditions


• One winner will win a STA Travel gift card to the value of £1,000
Competition Terms & Conditions (Amended 29/09/2016)
Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Conditions of Entry. Entry into this promotion is deemed acceptance of these Conditions of Entry.
1. The promoters of this competition are STA Travel Ltd, Priory House, 6 Wrights Lane, London, W8 6TA
2. Entry is free and open to UK residents only, aged 18 years of age and over who complete the entry mechanic.
3. Entrants must post a photo of their own adventures in Australia or creation of their dream Australia adventure and upload it to social media channels, tagging @statravel and #MyAussieAdventure
4. Employees and immediate families of the Promoters and suppliers, providers and agencies associated with this promotion are ineligible to enter.
5. The promotion commences 22nd September 2016 and closes on 15th February 2017 11:59 (GMT)
6. Entrants can enter multiple times.
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