Top 5 Reasons to Spend Your Gap Year in Australia

By on December 13, 2014

Are you contemplating spending a year in Aussie? More than 590,000 Brits visit Australia every year and we’ve discovered there is more to it than the chance to get a great tan.

If you’re under 30 and a UK citizen then you may be eligible for a working holiday visa which allows you to spend 12 months working and travelling in Australia.

Here are five reasons why you should give it a go.

It’s an adventure hotspot

Go diving in the Great Barrier Reef, learn to surf, go skydiving over the beautiful beaches of Bryon Bay, camp in the outback or climb Ayers Rock. There are a bunch of different things to do, the most difficult part will be figuring out how to fit them all in!

Some of the most pristine beaches in the world

And no, we don’t mean the Gold Coast (though it’s definitely one of the biggest party venues in Aus). You could try taking a trip over to Fraser Island to experience white sandy beaches, rainforests and freshwater lakes. For a taste of very relaxed Aussie culture, Byron Bay, or its lesser known cousin Lennox Head are not to be missed.

If you don’t mind a crowd and prefer to be close to the best nightspots try Bondi or Manly beach in Sydney – you’ll find plenty of good pubs, clubs as well as hotels and backpackers (if at some stage you need some shut eye).

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Jobs are easier to come by than they are in the UK

On a serious note, Australia has been lucky enough to avoid the brunt of the recession and while it’s important not to have unrealistic expectations about your trip, it’s worth knowing that the unemployment rate is lower in Aus than it is in the UK.

This is partly due to the booming Australian mining industry, but there are also lots of employment opportunities in the tourism and hospitality industry up for grabs if you know where to look.

Try seek.com.au or careerone.com.au, but if you’re after something for a short period, or a casual position, your best bet is probably checking shop windows for job advertisements.

Beach parties

Aussies know how to do a good bonfire, some backyard/beach cricket and a few cans in the esky (that’s an icebox to the rest of us). They also do a good barbeque, though despite what Crocodile Dundee claimed, it’s more often with sausages than shrimp.

A home away from home

Aus is about the furthest away from the UK as you can get distance-wise, but you’ll find you have a lot in common with your new antipodean friends. Seriously, their accents are funny and they insist that flip flops are really called ‘thongs’, but they’re a friendly bunch overall and when they hear you’re ‘not from ‘ere’, they’re likely to take you under their wing and usher you down to their favourite local pub for a feed.

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