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The Queensland Working Holiday Survival Guide

Dreaming of sleeping under the Outback stars or getting plenty of time to swim in the Australian surf? Then why not consider travelling Down Under on a Working Holiday Visa, earn some dollars whilst you travel and get to experience more of the Aussie dream.
We couldn’t think of anywhere better to escape to than Queensland, from the Gold Cost to the Great Barrier Reef, sun soaked Queensland has got it going on from backpackers and working holiday hunters, so why not take advantage of the opportunity to take a working holiday, after all, you have your entire life to work a typical 9-5…
These tips will help you avoid the pitfalls and get more of the good stuff from beautiful Australia.

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60 Day Adventure Week 4: Wine & Cheese & Tubes, Oh My | 60 Day Adventure | STA Travel

This week started out with a trip to the Hunter Valley for a wine tasting day. Picked up nice and early again by our very friendly tour guide, Ronnie, and off we went. Unfortunately it was a rainy start to the day, but a perfect day to taste some wine at the cellar door! As my wine knowledge was zero, I was especially looking forward to learning all the tips and tricks to tasting and knowing about wine.

Travelling north from Sydney, our first stop was the McGuigan Winery. On entering we were treated to a quick tour of their wine-making facilities and then escorted through to a lovely bar where the tasting commenced. What a beautiful selection of wine we had, very spoilt indeed. I learnt the proper way to judge the alcohol content – the “legs” as they say – and how to get the most flavour out of it when sipping. My dad would be very proud!

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60 Day Adventure Week 3: waves and whales

This week started off with an epic Jet Boat ride with Oz Jet boating around Sydney Harbour. It was a perfect day for this activity: nice and warm, blue skies. Arrived in the afternoon and was straight into one of their massive waterproof red ponchos: I had a feeling I might get a little wet, but this confirmed it! In we all got and off we went.

Started with a nice relaxing cruise out of the harbour and then the g-force suddenly kicked in and the engine roared. Wow, what a feeling! I’ve never been so fast on the water before and just as you hit full speed the driver puts his hand in the air and counts down with his fingers: 3, 2, 1.. He puts full lock on the steering wheel and you fly around a 180 degree spin, stopping with a huge wave made by the turn flying over your head. Soaked but awesome!

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The Most Amazing Experiences to be Found on New Zealand’s South Island

Lakes so blue you’d think they’d been photoshopped if you hadn’t seen them with your own eyes, mighty ancient glaciers, rolling green hills, snow capped mountains and rugged beaches where you can spot whales and dolphins playing between the waves.

If you like a bit of breathtaking beauty thrown in with your travel experiences then this could be your little slice of heaven. Here are our favourite ways to really get the very best from your time.

Watch the whales in the ocean off Kaikoura.

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Working in Australia’s Northern Territory

If you’re heading to Australia on a working holiday visa you’d be forgiven for thinking that the only place you could find work is on the East Coast. Big mistake. Read on for three tales of desert stars, secret canyons, buzzing cities and a whole world of working opportunities you’d never even considered. Welcome to Australia’s Northern Territory.

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