What to do after your internship…

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It’s not every day you get to fly to the other side of the world, let alone be able to live and work there for the entire duration of your internship, so make the most of it while you can.  There are loads of things to see in Australia, and whether you have a spare 3 weeks, or 3 months, there’s plenty to fill your time with.

All of our interns travel on a Working Holiday Visa that is valid for 1 year; despite the name, you don’t have to work the whole time you are in Australia, we would definitely recommend you have a bit of a holiday too before your hugely successful new career takes off!

Here’s a few ideas for things you could do…

  • Go driving! – A very popular option with backpackers, travelling by road is a great way to experience Australia.  If you go in a campervan you can travel even further, and have the flexibility to stay almost anywhere you like (within reason and local by-laws of course!)  Even on a short trip you will discover hidden gems – empty beaches, unusual fauna and friendly locals.  It’s even more fun in a group, so see if you can arrange a trip with a few of the other interns.  There are plenty of companies hiring out campervans, or if you are there for a long while and travelling with a group, it might be worth buying one.
  • Dive in to some World Heritage – The Great Barrier Reef, is the World’s largest coral reef, with over 1,500 different fish species.  Head up to Cairns in Northern Queensland and there are dive schools aplenty, so why not spend some time learning a new skill as well as meeting some fish face to face?
  • Get out and up – Strap your boots on and head out to one of Australia’s great mountain ranges for some trekking and/or skiing (“What?! No way?!”  …well we say “YES, skiing…” read on).  The most accessible ranges are the Flinder’s range in South Australia, the Blue Mountains in New South Wales and the Australian Alps which spans New South Wales, Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory, and which has skiable terrain during June to September.  If you don’t believe us, have a look at the pictures here!
  • Head to the hot, hot centre – Uluru is another World Heritage site, and one of the most famous sights in Australia, and it should not be missed.  But it’s a long old trip, this is about the furthest you can get from the coast in Australia, the best way to get there is to fly or travel on “The Ghan” train which runs from Darwin all the way through to Adelaide.
  • Go West – Travellers are up and down the East Coast like yo-yos throughout the year, but you can discover a different side of Australia (literally) by taking a flight over to the West.  Western Australia has plenty to offer: amazing beaches, vineyards, outback, the Ningaloo Reef, the Bungle Bungle Range of mountains, as well as the metropolitan hubs of Perth and Fremantle.

We won’t go on, it’d take too long to cover everything, suffice to say there is plenty of amazing stuff to see.  If you haven’t already got enough to do, have a look at the Tourism Australia website for lots more information and itineraries that would suit any length of trip.

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