Welcome to Melbourne: The 8 Day

WELCOME TO MELBOURNE: THE 8 DAY

RESERVE YOUR PLACE FOR JUST $99AUD

THE NUMBER ONE TOUR IN MELBOURNE

The Welcome to Melbourne: 8-Day tour is our most popular. It is perfect for tourists visiting Melbourne, travellers looking for an incredible start to their working holiday or international students studying here.
It is currently the Number One Tour on TripAdvisor, with only 5 star reviews! Check out the amazing tour video and award winning itinerary below to see what it’s all about!

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DAY BY DAY

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

HELP BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
All your questions will be answered either through email or a FREE advice call with our team here in Melbourne.
Just click here to confirm a time and date.
PERSONAL AIRPORT PICK UP
No matter what time you arrive at Melbourne Tullamarine International Airport, we’ll be there with our personalised pickup service!
ACTION PACKED 8 DAYS
– City Walking Tour
– Food & Drink Tour
– Phillip Island Overnight Tour
– Beach Time
– Wine Tasting
– Phillip Island Penguin Parade
– Epic Surf Lesson
– Get Up Close With Kangaroos
– See Koalas
– Melbourne’s Biggest Bar Crawl
– Rooftop BBQ
– Paddle Boarding At The Famous St Kilda (Summer)
– Aboriginal Heritage Walk (Winter)
– Visit The World Famous Eureka Skydeck (Winter)

7 NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION
We only work with the best. YHA Australia is the most reputable hostel chain in the world and we include:
– 6 Nights at YHA Metro Melbourne
– 1 Night at YHA Phillip Island
WE COVER THE ESSENTIALS
– Australia Bank Account
– Australian SIM Card
– Tax File Number
– Medicare Guidance
– Free Mail Holding
– Life Time Membership
LIFE TIME MEMBERSHIP
As long as you’re in Australia we are here for you. We are an email, WhatsApp message or call away. We can even arrange a meeting at the office as long as you’re still in Melbourne of course!
EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE
Finding your feet in the working world overseas can be tough so we make it easy and aim to get you employed as soon as possible by including:

– One on One employment meeting
– Lifetime Access to Employer Database
– CV Writing Assistance
– 10 printed copies of your CV
– Interview question advice
– Weekly Job Update Emails
– Farmwork Help and Contacts
PART OF THE TRAVEL FAMILY
Not only will you make friends in the week, you’ll also meet people at our regular exclusive Welcome to Travel events.
INCLUDED FOOD+DRINK
– 2 Lunches
– 2 Dinners
– Inclusions on the Food and Drink tour
– And 4 drinks on the bar crawl!
FURTHER TRAVEL HELP
We are all about being there for you after that first week. Not only do we assist with employment but also with travel too! We can help plan a customised dream trip for you and your new friends you’ve met on tour, all within your budget!

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AND JUST SO YOU KNOW...

LAND EARLY?

Already booked your flight but the dates don’t match the calendar below?

We’ll pick you up at any time on any date so you don’t need to stress about getting to the hostel when the jetlag is setting in. 

NEED EXTRA NIGHTS?

If you land early, you will need some extra nights accommodation.

On the page after “Book Now” you can add these in and we’ll make sure you’re with people from your tour.

BOOK NOW...PAY LATER

Still saving but know you want to join? No worries! We don’t have to take full payment.

You can put down just a $99AUD deposit to hold the price and your spot and pay the rest later. You can even pay in instalments.

CHANGE THE DATE

Booked in your spot, but can’t travel on that date?

You can change your date for FREE 28 days before your tour starts, which is when we require final confirmation and payment.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

I’m a bit nervous about travelling solo halfway across the world! Will the group help me with this?
Of course you are – anyone would be – and of course we will! We completely understand you because we’ve been you.

One thing about our tours that amazes us the most is how close our travellers get on tour, and how they become one big, tight-knit family at the end.

We have people who were in the same tour group with us a year ago, who are still travelling the world together now! Everyone’s in the same boat, and you will make friends for life.
Do I need a visa to come to Australia?
Yes you do! If you’re coming here just as a tourist to visit Australia, you’ll need a Visitor Visa.

If you’re coming here to work while you’re on holiday, you’ll need either a Working Holiday Visa (417) or a Work and Holiday Visa (462), depending on which country you’re from.

You can find more information and a list of the various visas HERE.
How do I apply for a visa?
We recommend organising this as soon as possible.

The application can be completed through your travel agent, or directly through the same Australian Government website as above.

We always recommend checking Australian Government website for any specific enquiries.
If I’m not on a Working Holiday Visa, can I still do the tour?
Absolutely! It doesn’t matter if you’re coming to this beautiful country to work, visit friends or family, study, sunbathe with the kangaroos or perfect your Australian accent. All of our travellers will still get the full package: a lifetime membership to our wonderful little travel family, a week full of food, friends and fun and any support you may need along the way.
What is the average age of people on tour?
Our tours cater for people aged 18-39 years old. The average age varies each week and that’s what we love about it. 
How does the deposit system work?
The $99 deposit is required to secure your booking. But don’t worry! Full payment is only required 28 days before your departure date, which gives you time to save money for it!

However, if you make a booking within 28 days of your departure date, you will need to pay the full amount at the time of booking.
We also want to be flexible – so if you pay your deposit and later realise you have to change your date, don’t panic.

You can change the date of your booking, unlimited times and subject to availability, up until 28 days before your departure date. Please note that date changes made between 28 – 15 days before your departure date will incur a $50 fee, and changes made 14 days or less prior to departure are not possible.
I’ve never stayed in a dorm before, what should I expect?
Expect the best experience ever!

As long as you’re polite and friendly then you’ll be fine. To get the best out of your experience we recommend talking to people in your dorm as soon as possible. Travel broadens the mind and that is mainly because of people you meet. Listen to where they’ve been, what they’ve loved, what they recommend, their funniest stories, all of it! This will be you in a few months!

Sure, from time to time you may have a cliché guitar player, a loud snorer or a 6am deodorant-sprayer (you’ll know what I mean soon!) but that’s all part of travelling and the people you meet will be a big part of your stories and travel experiences!

All dorms have lockers, but you will need to buy a small padlock to use them.

We aim to try and get everyone on Welcome To Melbourne in the same dorm, but if you have any special requests such as, you want to be in an all female dorm or you want to upgrade to your own room. Then will be able to assist you.

Nothing quite sums it up quite like the viral video which we made ‘Things Never Said By Backpackers’
How much will I need for food and drinks on Welcome to Melbourne: The 8 Day?
Three dinners and one lunch are included as part of the tour, as well as some delicious tastings. Outside of that, you’ll be able to find lunch for between $6-15 and dinner for $12-$20. If you want to save money, you can always team up with people and cook dinners at the hostel!

For drinks, both the welcome and farewell dinners will include a drink, and you’ll be given two on your food and drink tour, and another four during the bar crawl – how good is that! Outside of that, drinks usually cost between $7-11 but we can also point you in the direction of plenty of places with happy hours offering drinks for $5-6.

Because accommodation, activities and some food and drinks are already included, we would suggest that $200-$250 of extra spending money during your week with us will be enough!
How much money would you recommend bringing to Australia?
This depends on trip length, your travel style (backpacker or flashpacker) and what you are wanting to experience here in Australia.

According to the Australian Government, you need $5,000AUD in your bank account on arrival if you’re coming on a Working Holiday visa. This is a good savings target if you are wanting to either travel for a month or set yourself up for working and living in Australia after the Welcome to Travel week.

However, everybody is different and to give yourself the best chance of experiencing as many things as possible in Australia, we would recommend just saving up as much as possible before you come travelling.
What happens after my tour with Welcome to Travel?
That’s up to you! Everyone has different plans for their time in Australia. You might even find that your plans may change halfway during the tour after meeting some new friends.

Either way, the Welcome To Travel team is here to support you before, during and after the welcome week. Whether it’s work or travel you’re looking to organise or get advice on, we’ll be able to help you.

We will go through options that suit you specifically in the one-on-one sessions on the Saturday of the tour. We then have our Travel Experience Team who will be there to help you throughout your whole time in Australia!
Can you help me plan my travels around Australia?

Of course! During our travel presentation, we will give you an overview of all the beautiful and exciting destinations and experiences around Australia.

Following this, during your one-on-one sessions with our team, we will talk more specifically about what exactly you want to see and do, and we’ll help you plan everything. We want to make sure you have the most amazing adventure possible while you’re here!

How will I find a job?

With our help, that’s how!

As part of your Welcome to Travel: Melbourne package you will receive exclusive tips, resources and guidance towards finding a job and farm work in Australia.

We will present you with all of the basic information needed to get started, and give you access to our huge database of employers and contacts in sectors such as hospitality, retail, construction, sales and marketing and many more.

We also send out a weekly update email that highlights the most recent job and farm work opportunities we come across.

When will I receive my SIM Card?

You will receive your Australian Sim Card on Friday morning before the tour or on Monday morning of the tour, during the meet and greet session.

Don’t panic! You will be able to jump on the free wi-fi at the hostel beforehand to let everyone back home know that you got to Melbourne safe and sound.

What is a Tax File Number (TFN)?

This is basically a personal identity number created for you by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO). It is required if you want to work in Australia, so that you can be correctly taxed on your income from day one.

You will provide this number to each employer you have while you are in Australia and your tax will be deducted from your wage accordingly, just as it would be in your home country.

Why do I need a bank account?

If you’re travelling as a tourist for just a few weeks, you don’t need one – a pre-loaded travel cash card will work just fine!

If you’re here for a longer period of time (for example, on a Working Holiday Visa) then it’s highly recommended to open an Australian bank account. Not only will you save a lot on exchange/transaction fees, but employers will only pay wages into an Australian account. It’s also an extremely easy process that we will organise for you.

You can fast-track the whole process by creating a Transferwise account, so that you can already have Australian dollars in your account for when you get here. But don’t worry about all of this now, we’ll explain it all soon!

What is Medicare and how do I organise it?

Medicare is Australia’s health care scheme, which allows Australians and some overseas visitors to access certain health services at little or no cost. Only a handful of countries are eligible to apply for Medicare in Australia, including:

Belgium, Finland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, The Republic of Ireland, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom

Click HERE to see details for eligibility and details for enrolment, such as what documents you will need to bring to service centres. We will also explain this in more detail when you arrive and point you in the right direction.

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