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1. In Brief

The Oz Experience is Australia’s famous travel network, offering you some of the most unforgettable experiences and backpacker tours on the planet. This unique bus pass is the most fun and flexible ‘hop-on, hop-off’ way to travel along the sublime Eastern Coast of Australia. It’s all about value for money, flexibility, and good times, with the Oz Experience letting your control when and where you travel, whilst meeting new mates and sharing some awesome travel experiences!

Our buses will take you to some of the greatest hotspots of Australia, such as Byron Bay, Rainbow Beach, The Whitsundays and Fraser Island. You won't miss a thing! Best of all we'll get you there with other backpackers and like-minded travellers.

If you're looking for a way to travel the East Coast of Australia then this really is it, the Oz Experience will make your journey something different, fun and unforgettable! Better yet, with the easy going ‘hop-on, hop-off’ system, you can travel at your own pace and be sure you see it exactly the way you want to.

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tailor make your own tour of the East Coast of Australia
  • Experience life on the road, travelling around as much of Australia as you want
  • Discover the real Australia - get off the beaten track
  • Make lifelong friends and unforgettable memories
  • This is a Frontier Connect project!
     

FAST FACTS

Location East Coast, Australia
Activities

Party in the bustling cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Darwin
Camp on the beach of the worlds largest sand island
Learn about aboriginal culture
Marvel in awe of the magnificent Uluru Rock
Join a surf school and learn how to ride some gnarly waves
Sample the wines at some of Australia's beautiful vineyards & enjoy an authentic Australian BBQ on Bondi beach

Transport

Travel between all Oz Expereince destinations

Accommodation  Hostels (see individual bus pass itineraries for what's included)

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt
In-country

Limited accomodation (see specific itineraries)
Fun and friendly travel between all major tourist destinations
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

PADI DIVE TRAINING

On the Frontier Marine Conservation Group Projects, we will train you to PADI Advanced Open Water before you begin undertaking important biological surveys. Depending on how long you spend on the project, you may also have the option to take further courses up to Divemaster!

Please see the "Dates and Costs" tab for dive qualification prices or ask your volunteer advisor for more information.

Find out more about PADI qualifications.

2. The project

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

The Oz Experience is an adventure experience company first and a bus travel company second. We stop regularly to show you amazing places all along the way of your chosen route. When it comes to affordable bus travel you'll struggle to find better value for money than the Oz Experience. Our bus tours and passes are hugely popular with those that want to travel Australia, see it all and have the time of their life!

Whilst each pass is unique, they all visit some of the most incredible places the East Coast of Australia has to offer. All our Oz Experience bus passes and tours include lots of travel flexibility including hop-on, hop-off, 12 months to begin your travel and then 6 months to finish it - fitting perfectly if you are searching for other tours and adventures in Australia.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

There are a number of passes and routes that you can choose from! There are also different levels of passes, that have different kinds of included tours you will do along the way. This means flexibility is the name of the game, which makes it easier for you to make the most of your time in Australia!

 

SYDNEY <> CAIRNS

BRUCE COBBER

  • Hop on and hop off between Sydney and Cairns (or Cairns to Sydney)
  • 1 day/1night surf lesson and stay in Byron Bay
  • 1 night stay in Magnetic Island
  • Atherton Tablelands tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 10 days

BONZA

  • Hop on and hop off between Sydney and Cairns (or Cairns to Sydney)
  • 1 day/1night surf lesson and stay in Byron Bay
  • 3 day/2 night Fraser Island tour plus 1 night accommodation before the tour
  • 1 night stay in Magnetic Island
  • Atherton Tablelands tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 16 days

CRUISER

  • Hop on and hop off between Sydney and Cairns (or Cairns to Sydney)
  • 1 day/1night surf lesson and stay in Byron Bay
  • 3 day/2 night Fraser Island tour plus 1 night accommodation before the tour
  • 2 day/1 night Whitsunday Sailing
  • 1 night stay in Magnetic Island
  • Atherton Tablelands tour
  • Great Barrier Reef tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 20 days

 

BRISBANE <>CAIRNS

STREWTH

  • Hop on and hop off between Brisbane and Cairns
  • 1 night stay at Magnetic Island
  • Atherton Tablelands tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 7 days

BARRA

  • Hop on and hop off between Brisbane and Cairns
  • 3 days/2 night tour of Fraser island plus 1 night accommodation before the tour
  • 1 night stay at Magnetic Island
  • Atherton Tablelands tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 10 days

BEAUT

  • Hop on and hop off between Brisbane and Cairns
  • 3 days/2 night tour of Fraser island plus 1 night accommodation before the tour
  • 2 day/1 night Whitsunday Sailing
  • 1 night stay at Magnetic Island
  • Atherton Tablelands tour
  • Great Barrier Reef tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 14 days

 

MELBOURNE <> CAIRNS

SKIPPY

  • Hop on and off between Sydney and Cairns
  • Melbourne to Sydney high country tour
  • 1 day/1 night surf lesson and stay
  • 1 night stay at Magnetic Island
  • Atherton Tablelands Tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 13 days

BRUMBY

  • Hop on and off between Sydney and Cairns
  • Melbourne to Sydney high country tour
  • 1 day/1 night surf lesson and stay in Byron Bay
  • 3 days/2 nights Fraser Island Tour
  • 1 night stay at Magnetic Island
  • Atherton Tablelands Tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 19 days

PHARLAP

  • Hop on and off between Sydney and Cairns
  • Melbourne to Sydney high country tour
  • 1 day/1 night surf lesson and stay in Byron Bay
  • 3 days/2 nights Fraser Island Tour
  • 2 day/1 night Whitsunday Sailing
  • 1 night stay at Magnetic Island
  • Atherton Tablelands Tour
  • Great Barrier Reef tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 23 days

 

SYDNEY <> MELBOURNE

CITY SLICK

  • Hop on and hop off between Sydney and Melbourne
  • Blue Mountain Adventure day tour
  • Philip Island day tour
  • Melbourne City day tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time 5 days

 

SYDNEY <> ADELAIDE

SOUTHERNER

  • Hop on and off between Sydney and Melbourne
  • Philip Island day tour
  • 3 day/2 night Great Ocean Road tour Adelaide
  • 2 day/1 night Kangaroo Island tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 11 days

SYDNEY > ALICE SPRINGS

RIPPER

  • Hop on and off between Sydney and Melbourne
  • Philip Island day tour
  • 3 day/2 night Great Ocean Road tour to Adelaide
  • 2 day/1 night Kangaroo Island tour
  • Hop on and off between Adelaide and Alice Springs
  • 1 night stopover at Radekas underground motel
  • 3 day/2 night Rock Tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 17 days


 

CAIRNS <> DARWIN

FAIR DINKUM

  • Hop on and off between Cairns and Melbourne
  • Great Barrier Reef day tour (Cairns)
  • Atherton Tablelands tour (Cairns)
  • 1 night stay at Magnetic Island (Townsville)
  • 2 days/1 night Whitsunday sailing from Arlie beach
  • 3 day/2 night Fraser Island tour
  • 1 day/1 night Byron Bay surf lesson
  • Hop on and off between Sydney and Melbourne
  • Philip Island day tour
  • 2 day/2 night Great Ocean Road tour
  • 2 day/1 night Kangaroo Island tour from Adelaide
  • Hop on and off between Adelaide and Alice Springs
  • 1 night stopover at Radekas underground motel
  • 3 day/2 night Rock Tour
  • Hop on and off between Alice Springs and Darwin
  • 3 day/2 night Kakkadu and Litchfield Tour
  • Minimum suggested travel time is 45 days.

3. What to expect

WHAT HAPPENS  WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival at your chosen start destination for your Oz Experience pass, you choose when you want to move onto the next destination on your route. Equally, if that destination doesn’t appeal to you, you can travel straight through to the next place. The choice is yours. You are advised to book the next leg of your journey at least 3 days in advance (longer in busier periods) to ensure a seat on the bus of your choice.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

The Oz Experience is all about flexibility. You can choose where you stay and we'll do our best to get you there. 

You can typically expect to be paying around US$21 per night for a dorm. These tend to be the better known backpacker hostels, which are popular with travellers, and are reliable and clean, so you’re sure to have an enjoyable nights rest!

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

The Oz Experience doesn’t include food so you’ll have the freedom to decide where and what to eat! The bus passes are self catered, meaning you and your travel mates will be able to try out the diverse selection of delicious Australian dishes on offer. It’ll also be a great time to bond with new friends and recall your awesome travel experiences to date! There will be several restaurants along your route to eat in, or occasionally the opportunity to shop in local supermarkets and cook for yourself, or why not try your hand at a traditional Australian beach BBQ?

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6. Extras

ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

It doesn’t matter which bus pass you choose, there are plenty of exciting opportunities included or exciting activities on offer at the destinations you opt to stop at during your adventure through Australia.

Take time out to get to know some of this amazing country's wildlife. The diving and snorkelling off the nearby beaches is absolutely spectacular and you may even see pods of dolphins, seals or perhaps whales if you spend time on the coast. However, if you fancy something more adventurous then there are plenty of adventure activities and water-based sports to get involved in at reasonable prices. Water sports available include water skiing, windsurfing, surfing, body boarding and more. Try a bungee jump for a full blown adrenaline rush, or mountain biking for a great way to take in the staggering landscapes. Venture into nearby towns with your new friends for a taste of the raucous Australian nightlife; the bars and clubs are sure to be jam packed!

7. Dates and Costs

COSTS

Bruce Cobber US$1,095

Bonza US$2,145

Cruiser US$3,195

Strewth US$845

Barra US$1,695

Beaut US$2,545

Skippy US$1,695

Brumby US$2,545

Parlap US$3,595

City Slicker US$845

Southerner US$1,895

Ripper US$2,745

Fair Dinkum - US$6,298

DURATION, DATES & COSTS

All bus passes are valid for 6 months, meaning you can travel with flexibility and ease with a hop-on, hop-off system -12 months to begin your travel and 6 months to finish it!

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go

  • Pre-departure support
  • Discounted medical kit

In-country

  • Bus pass
  • In-country emergency support

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Melbourne Airport (VI) (MEL), Sydney (NS) (SYD)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

Flights

Flights are not included in our trip costs. However, we have partnered with an experienced and professional team of travel experts to help our volunteers find the best flight deals for their trips with us. 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 our 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.

8. How to apply

To apply for this placement, click on "Apply Now" below. Fill in the short application form and one of our advisers will then call you back to answer any questions and make sure this is the perfect placement for you. Applying doesn't cost a penny and you won't pay anything until you're completely happy and you're ready to reserve your place.


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