Work study play

Young travellers will be thrilled with the spectacular attractions and exciting adventures in Sydney and NSW, from the beautiful beaches and unique wildlife to World Heritage wilderness and thrilling activities. With world-class universities, rewarding jobs, and a relaxed lifestyle, you’ll enjoy unforgettable experiences.

Australia Day, Sydney
Sailing, Sydney Harbour

Enjoy work, study and play in Sydney and NSW

Seeking adventure on your travels? Then come to Sydney and discover a host of exciting and affordable attractions, experiences and tours in the city and regional NSW, from skydiving and whale watching to journeys into World Heritage wilderness and road trips along the beautiful coastline.

Various visas are available to young international visitors including tourist and study visas and working holiday visas. Australia's Working Holiday Maker Program means that if you’re eligible, you could work your way around Sydney and NSW to fund your trip, staying for up to 12 months. Find out about visas from the Department of Immigration’s website.

STA Travel and other groups arrange arrival packages with bank accounts, tax file numbers and airport transfers in place. To find out more about studying in NSW, visit StudyNSW.

World-class universities, excellent vocational courses at TAFE, and accredited English language programs are available in Sydney and NSW regional centres. You’ll also find rewarding jobs. Search the Australian government’s Harvest Trail website for harvesting jobs across the state.

The relaxed lifestyle entices young travellers to Sydney and with surf beaches, coastal walks and national parks, the city has plenty to offer year round. Enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife and outdoor cafés and restaurants, not to mention great tasting food, beer and wines.

Climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge with BridgeClimb Sydney and learn to surf with Lets Go Surfing at famous Bondi Beach. Go skydiving with Skydive Sydney - Wollongong in Wollongong, south of Sydney, or try abseiling with the Blue Mountains Adventure Company in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains.

Budget accommodation is available at youth and backpacker hostels. You can also rent a campervan from companies such as Mighty Campers, Hippie Camper and Camperman Australia and explore outback NSW and the South Coast and North Coast.

Snorkel and dive in marine parks, such as Jervis Bay. Go on a surfing safari with Mojosurf, Surfaris or Surf Camp Australia to catch some of Australia’s best waves. Visit Port Stephens, north of Sydney, for dolphin watching with Moonshadow Cruises.

In winter and early spring, ski and snowboard in the Snowy Mountains. A quirky experience is the annual Deni Ute Festival in Deniliquin. Ute is Aussie slang for utility vehicle - a pickup truck.