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The Australian landscape is vast and varied with arid deserts, golden beaches, rugged mountains and lush tropical forests, making it one of the most exciting places on earth to explore.
Australia is also a great place for adventure and ‘ultimate’ sports. Scuba diving, bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, mountain biking, sailing, surfing and climbing are widely available as are less extreme options such as bush walking and horse riding in the outback. Alternatively head for one of Australia’s vibrant and exciting cities such as Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney or Melbourne.
There is plenty of budget accommodation throughout the country. Hostels are also great places to meet other young people of all nationalities.
Learn about common destinations below, and check out the BUNAC Blog for participants story, staff advice, and so much more!
Known for being the home of Sydney, New South Wales is located on the east coast of Australia. With everything from the relaxed beaches of Byron Bay, to the spectacular natural beauty of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales has something for everyone.
The famous landmarks of the Sydney Opera House, Bondi Beach and Circular Quay only scrape the surface of what Sydney has to offer. If you want the perfect balance between being a beach-bum and a cosmopolitan-cruiser then Sydney is the city for you.
Famous for its surf culture, relaxed attitude and bohemian ethos, Byron Bay has a local charm unlike anywhere else. Spend your days walking barefoot along the beach front, surfing the waves, or channeling your inner hippy at the weekly farmers market. The Byron Bay lifestyle is unlike anything else.
Walk along the Coffs Harbour jetty and contemplate how perfect life is. Here you’ll truly get the ultimate Australian experience: beach, surf, nature, and adventure. Kayak along Boambee Creek, explore local national parks, or go whale watching on the weekends. In Coffs Harbour the opportunities are endless.
Just because VIC is the smallest of the Australian states (not including Tasmania and Australian Capital Territory) doesn’t mean it’s lacking in culture and charm. Victoria is not only the home of Melbourne, it also boasts beautiful mountain ranges, famous coastal drives and even the opportunity to get your skis on and take to the slopes.
After being voted ‘the world’s most liveable city’ for four years in a row, Melbourne is truly the cosmopolitan hub of Australia. With its buzzing bars, incredible shopping and artistic culture, ‘Melbs’ – as the locals know it – is a must visit. Whether you spend your days exploring the botanical gardens, enjoying the alternative and relaxed atmosphere of St Kilda beach, or exploring the hidden cafes and street art of Degrave Street, you won’t be disappointed.
Great Ocean Road:
The Great Ocean Road is known as the world’s most beautiful coastal drive. With its close proximity to Melbourne, here you’ll have the best of both worlds. See koalas in the wild, have a BBQ on the beach, or go swimming in local waterfalls. Your days will never be boring.
Whether you want to bask in its tropical climate, swim in the Great Barrier Reef, or enjoy its infamous nightlife, Queensland will have something for you. Located in the north east of Australia, Queensland is home to many backpacker gems, from Cairns and the Whitsundays, to Fraser Island and Surfers Paradise. What more could you want?
Brisbane’s tropical climate makes it a must-stop destination for any sun-loving backpacker. Not only is ‘Brissy’ rife with busy nightclubs, cool cafes, excellent coffee and stunning parks, but you’ll be able to spend your days sunning it up at Brisbane’s man-made beach or watching the passing dolphins, turtles and whales at Moreton Bay.
Situated off the Queensland coast, the Whitsunday Islands can only be described using one word: paradise. This dreamland will leave you questioning how an ocean can be that blue, how a beach can be so pristine and how you’ve been so lucky.
Situated on the Great Barrier Reef in northern Queensland, Cairns is a hub for fun and a must visit for all backpackers wanting to make the most of their time in Australia. From Cairns you can go white water rafting through the mountains, dive amongst the iconic Great Barrier Reef or for the less adventurous, enjoy the many bars and shops along the ocean front. You’ll never run out of things to do here.
Occupying a third of the country, Western Australia is by far the largest of the Australian states. Boasting some of the most beautiful beaches in the country, plenty of blue skies, unmissable national parks and buzzing towns and cities, including Perth, Fremantle, and Broome, WA truly is a backpackers dream.
If you want a truly Aussie experience then look no further than Perth. Despite being the most isolated city in the world, Perth (and its sister suburb, Fremantle) is a backpacker hub. Boasting the most beautiful beaches in the country, a chilled surf atmosphere and Sunday Sessions to rival Sydney’s, this Western Australia gem is worth the flight.
Margaret River is more than the wine capital of Australia; it is a magnet for surfers and home to some of the world’s most breath-taking beaches. Once you step foot in Margaret River you’ll never want to leave. With its year round clear blue skies, Margaret River will steal your heart from the very first day.
‘Rotto’ - as the locals know it - is paradise personified. Spend your days cycling round this stunning island, chilling in ocean-side bars, or getting the Rottnest Express over to the mainland, where you can enjoy the buzz of Fremantle and Perth.
Broome is the ultimate backpacker town of northern Western Australia. Its year round sunshine, relaxed atmosphere, party culture and out of this world beaches (including the famous Cable Beach, where you can ride Camels) attracts travellers from all around.
All participants start in Sydney or Melbourne (from April 2016) for orientation, then you are free to travel, live, work and explore anywhere in the country!