Australia Gap Years

Overview and Highlights

Australia is the first country on the list for many taking a gap year, whilst it is also a dream holiday destination for just about every age demographic. It’s easy to see the appeal of this vibrant country and it clearly has so much to offer.

As well as must-see bucket list attractions like Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef, Australia is a popular choice for nature lovers, foodies, sports fans, beach bums and hipsters who can’t get enough of cosmopolitan city life.

This vast and beautiful country is awash with highlights. Unmissable experiences for many include the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island, a yachting trip to the alluring Whitsundays, a journey along the Great Ocean Road, drinking in the biodiversity of Kakadu National Park and the vineyards of the Hunter Valley. Add in the fascinating, mystical Australian Aboriginal culture and the abundance of unique wildlife and you have the makings of a gap year or career break that will stay with you forever.

Australia might be a fair distance away (it is 10,553 miles from London to Sydney, if you’re interested!) but the minor inconvenience of such a long haul trip is most certainly worth enduring. What’s more, with non-stop flights now available between the UK and Perth, it’s closer than ever.

We found 10 programmes in our database that matched your search. Choose one below to learn more.

ANIMAL WELFARE: CARE FOR ANIMALS IN A WILDLIFE REHABILITATION CENTRE IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Programme Overview:

Volunteer at a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre that provides medical care and rehabilitation to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife throughout the whole of Perth.You'll assist in taking care of a variety of different mammals, reptiles and birds that need help, as well as working with plants and trees, habitat restoration and heritage protection. Wildlife includes wallabys, possoms, kangaroos, lizards, tortoises, snakes and a range of different birds!You may also get involved in the many different education and training programs that are open to the public. These can include general training in wildlife care, work experience, training for vets and vet students in native animal care and handling, one-off tours and talks for school groups.

From: £2125
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Minimum age: 18
VOLUNTEER WITH DOLPHINS IN BUNBURY IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Programme Overview:

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH WILD DOLPHINS! Contribute to the well-being of dolphins in an idyllic setting at a non-profit Centre committed to dolphin research, education, conservation and tourism. You'll learn a great deal through the training course you'll receive which covers a wide range of issues and skills and includes presentations from a selection of guest speakers relevant to the operation of the Centre.There are up to 100 dolphins living in the Bay and groups of them regularly visit the shallow waters in front of the Centre. The Centre enables people to interact with Bottlenose dolphins in a variety of ways. This is the first Centre in Australia dedicated entirely to dolphin research and is a rewarding conservation volunteering abroad experience!

From: £2255
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Minimum age: 18
LAW WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIP IN PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Programme Overview:

Working in this Law firm will give you experience in the day-to-day running of a law practice. As with any law placement, the work you?ll be involved with will vary according to your own abilities and to what the company requires from you at the time you?re there. Your office work will vary from day to day, case to case and intern to intern. The law practice was established in the 1980's and their areas of expertise are varied, enabling you to get a wide experience. They are located in the CBD, so you'll be very conveniently positioned.The all-round exposure you gain will give you an extraordinary insight into Australian law. This placement is an excellent addition to your CV and will give you good experience of Law Down Under!

From: £2400
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Minimum age: 20
RADIO WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIP ON A COMMUNITY RADIO STATION IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Programme Overview:

Gain worthwhile experience on a community radio station that broadcasts primarily to the northern suburbs of Perth. Assist in putting together programmes for airing, production, script-writing, station management, and much more. You'll contribute both on and off the airwaves and assist in many areas, from producing and announcing to audio production, administration, programming, event organising, fundraising, sponsorship and maintenance.Being a community station, you'll join the dedicated band of volunteers that the station relies on.

From: £2495
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Minimum age: 18
COACH SPORTS AND TEACH REFUGEE CHILDREN IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Programme Overview:

Combine coaching sports with teaching to children in Primary Schools in Perth. You?ll coach a sport, or a number of sports, during school hours. The children's ages range from 5 to 10 years-old.The majority of the schools we work with are Intensive English Centres, where you'll be able to coach disadvantaged refugee children and also do some teaching at the same time, thus helping them to adjust and settle into their new home country.Your sports coaching and teaching combined will help them to learn new skills and give them the confidence to interact with their Australian peers on a level playing field (pardon the pun).

From: £2400
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Minimum age: 18
JOURNALISM WORK EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIP AT A NEWSPAPER IN PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Programme Overview:

Work in the fast-pace, professional environment of a privately-owned suburban newspaper in the Perth Metropolitan area. You?ll work in areas such as investigating, planning, possibly photography and writing. If you're seeking further experience in this area or you've just finished your journalism degree, this internship could be just the thing you're looking for.The exposure you gain will give you an extraordinary insight into Australian journalism. This placement is an excellent addition to your CV or Resume and will give you good experience of Journalism Down Under!

From: £2400
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Minimum age: 18
TEACH CHILDREN IN SCHOOLS AND REFUGEE CENTRES IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Programme Overview:

Teach English in Perth in Australia to refugee children from war-torn countries. You'll work as a volunteer assistant teacher in the school?s Intensive English Centre (IEC).The IEC was established to give refugee children, who have just arrived in Australia through the United Nations Refugee programme, the opportunity to learn English and adapt to the Australian education system before going into mainstream school education. These children come from countries such as Sudan, Somalia and Afghanistan to begin a new life in safety.

From: £2400
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Minimum age: 18
ANIMAL WELFARE & CONSERVATION: CARE FOR ANIMALS IN A WILDLIFE SANCTUARY IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

Programme Overview:

Play a meaningful and active role in preserving and increasing populations of rare and endangered Australian wildlife and indigenous plant life.Australia has some of the world?s most unique wildlife, with many species found only in this country. This makes wildlife conservation in Australia incredibly important. Here you'll make a real contribution to the conservation of Australia?s weird and wonderful wildlife as you work alongside the rangers at a local sanctuary.

From: £1995
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Minimum age: 18
SPORTS INTERNSHIP IN A HIGH SCHOOL IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Programme Overview:

Intern in the Sports Department of mainstream High Schools in Perth, working with the Head of Department and the PE Teachers. You'll combine coaching with sports administration, lesson planning, monitoring student performance, assisting the PE teachers in all aspects of their work, assisting with lessons, and much more.You'll get a well-rounded experience and knowledge of how a Sports Department is run in a high-quality, mainstream school in Australia.

From: £2400
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Minimum age: 18
TELEVISION AND TV PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP ON A COMMUNITY TV STATION IN PERTH, AUSTRALIA

Programme Overview:

Intern in television, television production, editing and/or scriptwriting. You'll work in areas such as camera and sound, script writing, research, presenting, business administration, and marketing. Television is exciting to work in, whether out on site with a film crew, playing a role in interviewing, helping to write and edit a story or even helping in administration.Experience the best of Perth's community action whilst gaining vital work experience at a local TV station. This placement will be an excellent addition to your CV.

From: £2495
Country: Australia
Continent: Australia
Minimum age: 18

Gap Year Opportunities

Australia has so much to offer in terms of work opportunities, volunteer projects and adventure travel activities. Those on a Working Holiday Visa may find more specialist roles but generally casual work in the farming, retail and hospitality industries are easy to find and a great way to meet people.

Australia is a country that leads the way in ecological and environmental conservation and so the range of volunteer projects in these areas is vast. Tree-planting, national park maintenance, marine conservation and beach-clearing, and working with animals are just some of the options taken up by those on a gap year.

On any gap year project you will inevitably have a fair bit of free time, and in Australia you really will be spoiled for choice as to how to use it. Sydney and Melbourne are cosmopolitan, eclectic cities that combine sensational food and nightlife, art and culture and stunning modern architecture. Compared to many lauded cities around the globe they are also incredibly clean and safe, and there is always a beach within easy reach.

Thrill-seekers are extremely well catered for in Oz: Bungee jumping, sky diving, surfing, trekking and rafting are just some of the options. Australia has so many highlights but checking out some of the less obvious choices like the Ningaloo Reef or Purnululu National Park in Western Australia can add to the sense of adventure.

Practicalities, Health and Safety

Australia welcomes around eight million tourists every year and almost all of those experience safe trips. The country has a unique feel and its locals are famously friendly and open. The crime rate is low compared to most areas of the world, but of course common sense safety precautions should be taken, just as they would be in the UK, at night or when travelling alone.

Getting round is easy with a good and cheap domestic flight network meaning the size of the country is no impediment to seeing a lot in a relatively short space of time. Bus and rail travel also offers good options whilst many tourists choose to hire a car or campervan, especially if travelling to the Outback.

Most visitors to Australia will require a visa but usually if you intend to stay for no more than three months this is a simple online process and is free of charge. There are a range of long-stay and working visas also available so check directly with the Australian government site if you plan to stay for longer than three months.

Malaria is not a concern in Australia and nor should you need any vaccinations but checking with your doctor or a specialist travel clinic is, as for all trips, advised.