Sydney Discovery Experience

Our Sydney Discovery Experience will give you a fun introduction to this iconic city, allow you to meet new friends, and provide you with the local support you need to work and travel in Sydney and across Australia!

Start Dates



4 days



Program Overview

Get all of the pre-departure support provided in our Australia Send-Off Package PLUS a sweet little intro to Sydney! Get picked up from the airport, have your first three nights of accommodation covered, and participate in a boatload of pre-planned social activities to help you make new friends and get to know this incredible, iconic Australian city. Whether you choose to stay to work and travel in Sydney or explore elsewhere, our team will be here for you!

Booking Flights*

Please do not book your flight until you have paid for your program and secured your program start date.

Program Itinerary

You’ve officially touched down for your work and travel adventure in Sydney! Here’s what to expect on your first few days…

Day 1

Welcome to Sydney!

From the moment you land in Sydney, you are in good hands. Get picked up at the airport and head to your accommodation where you can take some time to recover from jet-lag, shower, grab a bite to eat, and explore the neighbourhood.

Day 2

Orientation & Sydney City Tour

After setting up your bank account, phone, and tax number, you'll venture out on a fun guided tour with other participants to explore Sydney. You will see highlights like the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Opera House, and botanical gardens. Finish an epic first day Down Under by having dinner at a bar with your new friends.

Day 3

Expert Guidance on Employment

Attend a welcome orientation with our local team to learn everything you need to know to live, work, and travel in Australia. Our team will be on hand to help with anything you need to get you on your way and you can choose to set up a one-on-one job consultation with an employment expert.

Day 4

Explore Sydney Like a Local

From hitting the hipster suburbs like Newton to swimming at Bronte Baths and watching sunset from the Sydney Tower Eye (ticket included), head out with your new mates to explore more of Sydney. You'll also be invited to an organized Night Out (every Saturday) so that you can get a flavour of Sydney's epic nightlife.

What’s Included


  • Personal trip coordinator
  • Step-by-step work permit support so you are able to work throughout Australia
  • Resume review, revisions and an interview preparation guide
  • Comprehensive one-on-one orientation before your departure
  • Detailed info pack on everything you need to know for living, working & travelling Australia

In Country

  • Australian bank account set-up and assistance moving money into your account
  • Assistance finding short and long-term accommodation
  • Information guide and resources to help you find a job in Australia
  • On-going support from our team for the duration of your trip
  • Tax filing assistance for your Australian and Canadian tax returns

The Fun Stuff!

  • Invitation to Stepabroad’s Stepmates Facebook group to meet other participants
  • Guided tour of Sydney
  • Street Food Market Tour
  • Bondi beach day
  • Cocktail class

What’s Not Included:

Flights, medical insurance, visa and/or work permit application fees, local transportation, food & rent.

What Will I Do?

Whether you want to work and travel in Sydney or venture elsewhere in Australia, you will be able to get casual jobs working for a short period of time. Our team will help refine your resume for the Australian job market and you will receive access to an exclusive job board with hundreds of jobs for working holiday travellers. Create an account and receive new job alerts. Book a one-on-one job consultation with our local employment experts to refine your job search strategy and land a job sooner, and more importantly – start making money sooner!

Possible Working Holiday Jobs

  • Customer Service
  • Food and Beverage
  • Tourism and Hospitality
  • Farming and Fruit Picking
  • Cafe and Quick Service
  • Warehouse/General Labour
  • Retail and Sales
  • Landscaping/Gardening
  • Event and Promotions
  • Plus tons more!

Want to Learn More?

Interested to chat with us to learn which program is right for you?

Let’s Get Started!

You can start this program at any time of the year!

Our Sydney Discovery Program runs from Monday to Thursday throughout the year.

We typically ask for three months’ notice before you plan to leave Canada so you can make the most of our support in preparing you for your adventure abroad. Want to leave sooner? No problem, we’ll put your services on high priority!

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What start dates are available?

Orientations are held at least twice a month, with additional dates added during peak season. As spots on this program fill up very quickly, we ask that you contact your Travel Coordinator to discuss live availability before reserving any non-refundable flights.

What makes Sydney a great choice to start my working holiday?

Sydney is the iconic Australian destination, with countless tourist destinations to make your friends and family back home jealous! With a large number of immigrants, Sydney is a cultural melting pot that has plenty of services available to those who have just arrived. Plus, the beautiful weather and golden beaches make it a perfect blend of city and seaside living.

How do you help me find a job?

When it comes to finding work, we will give you hints and tips for securing a position in the lead-up to your departure. We will provide advice on where to look for a role, and will review your resume to make sure it meets international standards. When you arrive, the in-country team will continue to support you by helping with your tax file number and will arrange a 1-on-1 employment meeting to help you find a suitable position.

What kind of jobs do most backpackers get in Sydney?

The penalty rates in New South Wales mean that many people actually want to do shift work, as the wages are so good! Many participants find work in the hospitality industry, often covering events or seasonal roles to provide flexibility. Construction is another popular choice, as often this allows you to finish work early and enjoy the Sydney sunshine. Downtown there are plenty of corporate positions available for those hoping to find an office job. For those who would like a more iconic job, the popular tourist attractions often hire backpackers while offering discounted entry for staff to other venues.

Bondi, Manly, Palm... Which Sydney beach is best?

It depends on what you are looking for! Bondi is a very cool suburb, with lots of bars and restaurants nearby. Although it is iconic, this beach is often crowded and some areas have issues with rip tides so it may not be the most relaxing destination. Manly beach is longer than Bondi, meaning it has more space to spread out and relax. However, the ferry can be costly and wait times to board on the weekend can be long. Best known as the setting for the long-running Australian TV show ‘Home and Away’, Palm Beach is beautiful and quiet. It is about an hour’s drive from downtown, so although it is amazing it may not be convenient for commuters. Why stick to a well-known beach though? With over 100 beaches to choose from, there are plenty of other options available! Try Maroubra Beach with the Mahon Rock pools, Frenchmans Bay & historic Bare Island or Garie Beach in the nearby Royal National Park.