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If you’re looking for a travelling experience with a difference with the hope to gain paid employment in Australia, then look no further! Our two week placement starts with an introduction tour jam packed with awesome activities – from dolphin watching and sand boarding to sleeping under the stars amongst Australia’s unique wildlife, you will never tire on this once in a lifetime trip. The tour is guided by our awesome group leaders, who'll guarantee you’ll have heaps of fun with your new mates in Oz! 

If you are looking for work experience on a typical outback Australian ranch then this project is perfect for you! Your second week on this Frontier project will provide you with a training programme that will help you gain the basic skills needed to work on a farm or cattle station in the Aussie outback. Stand out from the crowd by learning how to ride horses, muster cattle, drive tractors and use chainsaws. Upon completion of the course you will be guaranteed a farm job with your new skill set and experience!

The tour also includes a 12 month membership with Australia's best job service for working holidaymakers, with thousands of jobs available waiting just for you! Whether you are travelling with your friends or heading off on a solo adventure, get your stay in Australia off to the greatest start possible with this tour and training programme, as you can see, we’ll not only make sure you have a fantastic time, but we’ll also prepare you for the rest of your stay in Australia!

   

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Start your Aussie adventure with a fun filled action packed week!
  • Develop your practical farm skills
  • Improve your chances of securing a paid job

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Must possess / be eligible for a 12 month Working Holiday Visa
  • Must be physically fit and able to complete the course
  • International drivers’ licence. Job placements without a driving license are possible, but not guaranteed
  • Understand, speak and write fluent English
  • There is a luggage weight limit of 100kg at the ranch (excess baggage can be stored at the hostel)
Airport Pickup Emergency Physical Ground Transport Hotel Meals Terrestrial Free Time Family
FAST FACTS
Location New South Wales, Australia
Activities Horse riding and handling
Quad bike handling
Cattle mustering
4x4 maintenance and driving
Tractor operations
Farms tools and chainsaws
12 months membership with Australia’s best job agency
Sydney harbour cruise
Aussie wildlife encounters
Sydney city tour
Dolphin watching
Sand-boarding
Sydney pub crawl
Beach relaxation
Ranch training course
Guaranteed farm job
Transport Pick-up on arrival
Accommodation Hostel & Dormitory

WHAT'S INCLUDED
Before you go Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on visas and equipment
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)
In-country Food (see 'What Will I be Eating?)
Accommodation
12 months membership with Australia’s best job agency
Ranch training
Airport pick-up
Transfer to project
Local orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

WEEK 1

monday: meet your group

Our Frontier representative in Sydney will explain everything you need to know and organise your bank card, tax file number and your mobile SIM. Then we’ll take a guided walking tour of Sydney including Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Opera House and the Botanical Gardens. Make sure you bring your camera - there are loads of photo opportunities along the way! Meet the whole group that evening for our welcome dinner, with dinner and a drink on us!

tuesday: info session & harbour cruise

Meet at the tour rendezvous point for a comprehensive work and travel information session. We'll explain everything you need to know about working and travelling around Australia - the team will be available to answer all your questions!

After the info session we’ll take a cruise of the stunning Sydney Harbour on our catamaran and check out the sights including Darling Harbour, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney Opera House, Fort Dennison, Luna Park and Watson’s Bay. Spend the rest of the day cruising, swimming and chilling along the beautiful Sydney Harbour!

wednesday: basecamp

Today we’ll depart the city for 3 days and 2 nights at our brilliant basecamp, located just north of Sydney. The area is famous for its stunning beaches, amazing sand dunes and abundance of Aussie wildlife including dolphins, whales, koalas, echidnas and possums. The Basecamp is just 5 minutes walk to the beach and home to Josie, a tame kangaroo who lives on the property. Check out the beautiful beach and have a swim before we enjoy pizzas for dinner!

thursday: sand-boarding

We’ll start the day thrill seeking by jumping in our 4WD to ride the highest dunes to try sand-boarding! Once the adrenaline rush subsides, we’ll take a guided bush walk to our favourite lookout - enjoy stunning scenery and breathtaking views and the chance to see koalas in the treetops and migrating whales (May through November).

Tonight we’ll enjoy a delicious BBQ dinner and drinks around the campfire.

friday: dolphin cruise

An amazing dolphin watching cruise awaits you today! Get up close to wild bottlenose dolphins, relax on deck or ride in the boom net while dolphins swim underneath you, while there’s also a chance to see turtles and whales. Afterwards we’ll grab some food before heading back to Sydney, where you can spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

saturday: party night

Get dressed up for a fun night on the town Aussie style! Meet up at one of our favourite party bars before jumping on our Sydney Pub Crawl. We’ll visit 4 bars in the city and receive a free drink at each one!

sunday: beach day

On your last day we’ll take a tour along Sydney’s beautiful cliff-top coastline, from Coogee to Bondi, checking out six stunning beaches along the way. It’s the perfect way to unwind after an awesome first week in Sydney!

 

WEEK 2
 

Your second week will be spent on the farm. You will travel by coach to the Frontier farm in outback New South Wales for a week of agricultural training. Your training will be over 6 days where you will learn and practice the following farm skills:

Horse riding and handling

Cattle mustering, lassoing and stock work

Sheep shearing

Fencing

Assistance with farm jobs upon completion.

This course is the perfect introduction into live and work on an Aussie farm. Most farm jobs include meals and accommodation and you can expect to earn $200-$500/w after tax and accommodation. Jobs are available in any of the following areas:

General farm hand

Mustering on horseback

Cooks and nannies on stock camps

Working with polo cross horses

Working at horse studs

Cotton harvesting

Tractor driving

This course can be very rewarding, as long as you are prepared to take on lots of hard work and long days in the heat, dust and the dirt!

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

We’ll pre-arrange your airport transfer to our accommodation hostel in the city. Before departure you will receive a shuttle bus voucher to present to the driver at the airport. You will then be driven to your hostel in comfort with no worries, ready to begin your ultimate tour of Sydney! You will then be transferred to the Frontier ranch in outback New South Wales for your agricultural training.

Please aim to arrive in Sydney on the Sunday, as your tour will start on the Monday of each week.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During the project you will be provided with comfortable, clean, shared accommodation. The volunteer facilities include a kitchen, internet, laundry, bar, toilets, showers, and lockers, whilst you will be sharing a room with other volunteers (mixed sex), the perfect way to make a load of new friends for your travels!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

Australia is well known for its variety and quality of awesome food, so you’ll definitely never be left feeling hungry. Apart from your welcome evening meal on the Monday, food is not provided on the first week of the project, which means that you will shop and cook for yourself, apart from the two days you’ll be spending at our base camp, where we will provide you with three meals a day. You will however be provided with three meals a day on the second week of the project at the ranch. Joining your fellow travellers in rustling up an evening meal is a great way of bonding with them, so make sure you dig out a few tried and tested recipes before you set off! Please be aware that at the ranch it is not easy as a strict vegetarian or vegan, as diets on most farms consist of meat. While vegetarians can be catered for, you must be willing to prepare and handle meat when cooking. 

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

After your project why not stay in country a little longer and head up the east coast to explore the range of adventure, environmental, and cultural activities that Australia has to offer. Frontier can organise a variety of projects in Australia for you, whether it’s an awesome surf camp where you can hone your skills with a surf board, rewarding conservation volunteering positions, or earn some money using your working holiday visa, we can help! Or maybe you just want a comprehensive 12 month bus pass for Australia’s stunning East coast? Check out our Oz Experience project, where travel flexibility is the name of the game!

Whether you want to travel independently or with Frontier, visits to sites like Ayers rock, diving on the Barrier Reef, canopy tours in the northern rainforests, or river rafting (as well as many other adrenalin sports) are a must. Take time out to get to know some of this amazing country's wildlife; the diving and snorkelling off the beautiful beaches is absolutely spectacular and you may even see pods of dolphins, seals or perhaps whales if you’re lucky. As you can see, there are plenty of exciting opportunities and activities on offer throughout Australia, so you’ll definitely never have a dull moment!

COSTS

Project fee US$ 1,895

Booking fee US$ 195

DEPARTURE DATES

2017:

9th / 23rd January

6th / 20th February

6th / 20th March

3rd / 17th April

1st / 15th / 29th May

12th June

10th July

7th-21st August

4th-11th-21st September

2nd-16th-30th October

6th November

4th; 20th December

2018:

15th January

29th January

12th February

26th February

DURATION

14 days - please aim to arrive in Sydney on a Sunday.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Travel & medical advice & documentation
  • Equipment advice
  • Discounted medical kit
  • Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country

  • Food (see ‘What Will I Be Eating?’)
  • Accommodation 
  • 12 months membership with Australia’s best job agency
  • Ranch training 
  • Airport pick up
  • Local orientation and training
  • In-country emergency support
  • 24-hour international HQ backup

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Sydney (NS) (SYD)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our project costs. However, Frontier have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with Frontier. This travel specialist operates in the tailor-made, long haul multi-stop travel market, arranging complex airfares and transfers for independent travellers. They provide expertise, security and a vast product range along with a Travel Butler service which is a single point of contact and support whilst you are overseas.

We recommend that you obtain a quote using the following contact details rather than book online, as our partner will offer you the most competitive fares. To receive your quote or to seek any advice for your flights, please contact Frontier’s dedicated team of travel experts on 0800 082 9994 (or +44 800 082 9994 outside the UK) or email frontier@flightcentre.co.uk .

Visas

For fast, efficient and up-to-date visa advice please contact our recommended visa consultancy partner:

Depending on your destination country and your country of origin, you might require a visa. Please see the appropriate country consular website for details or contact our affiliate visa consultancy service. Please note that your visa will usually start on the date that you enter the destination country regardless of when it was issued. Please check with the relevant embassy or high commission. If you are purchasing your visa or paying entry/exit fees in-country you will probably need to pay in US Dollars. If you have any questions please consult the relevant embassy or high commission. Please check the visa information regularly, as changes often happen without warning.

Insurance

You'll need to buy appropriate travel insurance covering your participation on the project. You won't be able to go without the right travel insurance so double check to avoid disappointment. Please make sure that you're covered for the whole duration of your trip – from the day you leave the UK to the day you return. It's also best to get your travel insurance at the same time as paying the deposit for your project. Depending on your policy, this will cover you for any unexpected cancellations.

Your insurance should include the following:

  • Medical cover, including medical emergencies and medical evacuations (up to USD$3,000,000 / GBP£2,000,000);
  • Personal liability (up to USD$1,500,000 / GBP£1,000,000);
  • Cancellation and curtailment of your trip (up to the value of your project contribution).

If you are going to be scuba diving you should get coverage for scuba diving up to 30m, including hyperbaric therapy treatment (unlimited). You should consider obtaining insurance to cover you for any additional activities which you plan to do during, before, or after your Frontier project. We recommend that you obtain cover for your baggage and personal effects.


LEGAL STATEMENT
Frontier Partner Projects and Frontier group projects are run in partnership with in-country NGOs, small community based organisations, local research institutes, academic organisations and conservation agencies. Project descriptions and information are supplied directly by our partners or field staff and are accurate at time of publishing.

We aim to keep information up to date and accurate, however, the nature of our projects and in particular the fact that they are constantly evolving and developing in response to changing needs means that project activities, travel schedules, tour itineraries and daily timetables can change overnight and without notice.

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