«YOUTH TRAVEL AND BACKPACKING IN SYDNEY AND NSW Youth travellers and backpackers heading to Sydney and regional NSW will find a whole range of ...»
IN SYDNEY AND NSW
Youth travellers and backpackers heading to Sydney and regional
NSW will find a whole range of transport options, tours, accommodation and attractions to make their touring easy.
Working holidaymakers will also find plenty of support and insider tips to help them.
Transport, travel and day tours Aussie Adventures Aussie Adventures is a small group tour specialist, offering affordable day and overnight tours to the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley and Port Stephens. Aussie Adventures is owned by AAT Kings.
Tel: 1300 721 365 (Australia only) www.aatkings.com/aussie Colourful Trips Colourful Trips get off the beaten track with day trips from Sydney to the Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves, Hunter Valley, Port Stephens and Jervis Bay. Providing eco-accredited guides, choose from day trips, overnight and extended itineraries as well as customised tours for private groups.
Tel: + 61 2 9318 0853 www.colourfultrips.com Contiki Holidays Jervis Bay, South Coast Guided and inclusive (accommodation, touring, attractions and meals) adventures suitable for the 18-35 age group. The 14-day Beaches and Reefs tour follows the coast from Sydney and provides the opportunity to learn to surf in Coffs Harbour and kayak with dolphins in Byron Bay, before continuing north to Cairns. The seven-day City to Surf tour showcases Sydney’s icons before touring to the Blue Mountains, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay.
Tel: 1300 266 845 (Australia only) www.contiki.com/destinations/australia Fantastic Aussie Tours A range of vehicles is available for private tours, transfers and charters.
Tours of the Blue Mountains range from two-hours to full-day itineraries, Skydiving in Wollongong tailored to the client’s needs. Image courtesy of Skydive the Beach Tel: +61 2 4780 0700 www.fantastic-aussie-tours.com.au FJ Tours FJ Tours offers a range of day tours to the Blue Mountains and Jenolan Caves departing from Sydney daily.
Tel: +61 2 9637 4466 www.fjtours.com.au Bushwalking Blue Mountains Current as at 1 April 2016 G Adventures G Adventures offer a range of small group adventure tours including to the North Coast and Brisbane from Sydney. Sample Hunter Valley wines, stay overnight at a sheep station, try skydiving and learn to surf.
Tel: 1300 853 325 (Australia only) www.gadventures.com Greyhound Australia Greyhound Australia’s range of hop-on, hop-off and point-to-point bus The Australian Hotel, The Rocks passes give backpackers plenty of options for travel in NSW. Passes include the option to plan your own itinerary, choose from popular routes or travel between two destinations.
Tel: +61 7 4690 9850 www.greyhound.com.au Intrepid Urban Adventures Intrepid offers day tours of Sydney under the Urban Adventures brand.
The Sydney with Conviction tour offers an insight into colonisation; Kings Cross Crime and Passion reveals the history, crimes, fame and mystery Backpackers Byron Bay of this suburb; and When Rum Ran The Rocks visits three local pubs.
Part of the PEAK Adventure Travel Group. Two new tours include Forbidden Sydney and Tastes of Chinatown.
Tel: +61 8 6143 4620 www.urbanadventures.com Loka Travel Loka offers a unique way for visitors to experience NSW. They have guaranteed frequent departures (at least three per week) in their own mini coaches over a route that takes in attractions on and off the beaten track. Customers can stay on one trip and experience an adventure tour or hop on and off services for up to 12 months. Accommodation and Thunderbolts Lookout, Barrington Tops activity options are all accessed and booked via Loka’s own unique National Park mobile app. The route takes in unique destinations such as Barrington Tops National Park, Spot X surf camp just north of Coffs Harbour, “glamping” at River Retreat and Solitary Islands Marine Park.
New in 2016 is a Blue Mountains day tour from Sydney. The tour features wildlife at Euroka Clearing, an extended walk at Wentworth Falls, lunch and a beer tasting. Other new activities on the Sydney to Brisbane route Tel: +61 2 6698 4901 www.loka.travel My Mates Tours Minnamurra Headland, Kiama Coast Walk, A range of short modular all-inclusive tours provide visitors with some of South Coast the State’s best coastal and bush experiences. They include the My Coastal Discovery (three days), the My Bush Bash (four days) and the My Ultimate Aussie Adventure (seven days). On My Coastal Discovery from Sydney to the Gold Coast, visitors meet Australia’s wildlife, go on a dolphin-watch cruise, enjoy a surf lesson, sea kayaking and sand boarding. My Bush Bash from the Gold Coast to Sydney includes wine tasting, gold panning, caving and a visit to a Jackaroo & Jillaroo School.
My Ultimate Aussie Adventure is a combination of both tours. All tours have a maximum of 26 passengers and include all activities, accommodation, meals, welcome pack and free Wi-Fi on the coach.
Current as at 1 April 2016 NSW TrainLink* Sydney's metropolitan train network links the Greater Sydney region with the city centre and travels to nearby cities (such as Newcastle and Wollongong) and popular visitor destinations (such as the Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains). NSW TrainLink operates rail services from Sydney Central Station to regional centres and holiday destinations throughout the State. Visitors planning to travel on regional coaches and trains in NSW must book their seat in advance.
Tel: +61 2 4907 7501 www.nswtrainlink.info Oz Experience These flexible coach travel passes allow backpackers to discover Australia’s east coast at their own pace. Passengers can hop on and off along the Greyhound network with tours, experiences and some accommodation included along the way. Oz Experience is owned and operated by Greyhound Australia.
Tel: 1300 300 028 (Australia only) Backpackers www.ozexperience.com Oz Trails Oz Trails specialises in personalised, small-group day tours to the Blue Mountains and Hunter Valley.
Tel: +61 411 288 805 www.oztrails.com.au Runaway Tours Runaway Tours specialises in foreign language tours with over 120 professional tour guides who speak English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin. The company offers private charter tours with tours tailored to the client’s needs. Itineraries include the Blue Mountains, Port Stephens, Central Coast, Sydney and Southern Highlands.
Tel: +61 410 545 117 Bondi Beach www.runawaytours.com.au Topdeck Topdeck offers epic Downunder road trips featuring the NSW coastline and visiting stunning locations such as the Byron Bay Lighthouse, Crescent Head surf retreat, the Hunter Valley and Sydney. Topdeck realises that everyone is different, which is why all trips include heaps of free time to play and explore. Travellers hit the road on modern coaches, stay where the action is and hang out with other young explorers bent on seeing the world.
Tel: 1300 886 332 (Australia only) www.topdeck.travel/australia
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Current as at 1 April 2016 Zepher Tours A Sydney based travel company specialising in unique, small group tours including a Hunter Valley Wine tour, Blue Mountains tour and a 14-day Sydney to Cairns tour. The Hunter Valley Wine tour with gourmet lunch, cheese, chocolate and organic vodka-tasting departs Sydney and the Hunter Valley from Thursday to Sunday while the Active Blue Mountains tour departs Sydney on demand. Zepher Tours offer local culture, food and wine, with informative and enthusiastic guides, great music and cool Surfer, Lennox Head commentary.
Tel: +61 406 757 295 www.zephertours.com.au Campervan Rental Camperman Australia Eight models of campers equipped with showers and toilets.
Tel: +61 2 9540 5066 www.campermanaustralia.com Hippie Camper Hippie Camper provides campervan rentals for travellers who want to hit the road on a budget and in style. Part of Apollo Motorhome Holidays.
Tel: +800 3260 5466 (internationally accessible number) www.hippiecamper.com Jucy Rentals Australia Jucy gives travellers the wheels to get their adventure started and offers competitive rates for fun cars and two- or four-berth campervans in multiple locations throughout Australia. Minimum driver age is 18 years and unlimited kilometres are included. Nimbin Rocks, Nimbin Tel: +61 2 9929 2462 www.jucy.com.au Maui, Britz, Mighty, KEA Campervan Rentals For self-drive experiences around NSW, Maui, Britz, Mighty and KEA Campervan Rentals specialise in 4WD, car, caravan, campervan and luxury motorhome hire.
Tel: + 64 9 336 4299 www.thlonline.com Spaceships Campervans A modern rental fleet of affordable, customised, two-wheel drive car/campervan conversions fully equipped and supported by local contacts as well as a traveller community network.
Tel: +61 2 8356 2900 www.spaceshipsrentals.com.au
Current as at 1 April 2016 Travellers Auto Barn Travellers Auto Barn is a one-stop shop for backpackers and budget travellers planning a self-drive trip. Travellers can buy, sell, rent or hire vehicles, with a range of campervans, campers, wagons, station wagons or cars to choose from. Travellers Autobarn has launched a new threeberth campervan.
Tel: +61 2 8323 1500 www.travellers-autobarn.com.au Accommodation Stockton Sand Dunes, Hunter Base Backpacker Hostel Sydney The centrally-located Base Backpackers Sydney Hostel is open 24 hours and features twin, double and dorm rooms, delicious continental breakfasts and a working holiday assistance program. Facilities include a bar, laundry, kitchen, TV room, travel desk and a ‘girls only’ floor.
Tel: +61 2 9267 7718 www.stayatbase.com Bounce Sydney* Bounce Sydney is located in Surry Hills and offers travellers four-to-eight share dormitory rooms plus the option of queen, triple or quad private rooms with ensuites. The rooftop BBQ terrace provides magnificent views Summer in Sydney over the Sydney skyline. Facilities include kitchen, laundry, bar, bistro and travel desk.
Tel: +61 2 9281 2222 www.bouncehostel.com.au Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour The Hoey Moey is located by the beach and offers ensuite motel accommodation and backpacker rooms; as well as live entertainment, tours and activities, a restaurant and adventure packages for the inbound market. The Hoey Moey can also assist with fruit-picking jobs at local Opera House forecourt farms.
Tel: +61 2 6652 3833 www.hoeymoey.com.au Hostels Australia* Hostels Australia is an innovative network linking like-minded, independent backpacker operators in each Australian city. With a Hostels Australia membership, backpackers will have access to exclusive benefits and pricing at all properties within the network.
Tel: + 61 466 671 561 www.hostelsaustralia.com.au
Sydney Harbour Aerials
Current as at 1 April 2016 Nomads Adventure Co Nomads Adventure Co is a backpacker hostel network (28 properties), providing backpackers with quality budget accommodation. Nomads operates travel desks in all their properties to sell East Coast travel and day trips, and also helps work and holiday visa holders, to get set up and work ready. Nomads operates properties in Sydney, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay.
Tel: 1800 666 237 (Australia only) www.nomadsworld.com Backpackers, Central YHA, City Centre VIP Backpackers VIP Backpackers is the largest independent backpacker accommodation network in the world, with a network of properties across NSW including Sydney, Hunter Valley, Blue Mountains, Broken Hill and many popular holiday townships along the NSW North Coast.
Tel: +61 2 9211 0766 www.vipbackpackers.com Wake Up! Sydney Central, Sydney Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park Located close to Central Station, Chinatown and Darling Harbour in a heritage-listed sandstone building, Wake Up! Sydney Central offers a range of quality budget accommodation options with private and dorm rooms and a range of shared facilities.
Tel: +61 2 9288 7888 www.wakeup.com.au YHA Australia Australia's only national network of backpacker hostels, YHA has more than 35 great places to stay around NSW. Choose from eight hostels in Sydney alone including Sydney Harbour YHA with Opera House views or Railway Square YHA where you can sleep in a railway carriage. From the Snowy Mountains to Byron Bay, YHA offers a wide diversity of hostel accommodation with a high standard and big choice of rooms. Free WiFi hotspots in common areas are provided for all hostels in the network.
Part of Hostelling International.
Young farmer and his dog Tel: +61 2 9261 1111 www.yha.com.au Outback and country life experiences Visitors to regional NSW can visit a working sheep station, ride horses and help muster cattle, learn to crack a whip, become a jackaroo or jillaroo for a week or just soak up the outback lifestyle.
Boggy Creek Show, Tumbarumba, Snowy Mountains The Boggy Creek show is a two-hour performance that portrays the spirit of Australian heritage. The show demonstrates the skills of the mountain cattlemen – cattle mustering, shearing, whip-cracking and horsemanship;
cleverly choreographed to the Man from Snowy River soundtrack.
Morning or afternoon tea is included with the performance.
Tel: +61 2 6948 8273 www.boggycreekshow.com.au Horse riding Current as at 1 April 2016 Eldee Station, Mundee Mundee Plain near Silverton, Outback NSW An authentic sheep and cattle station operated by the Schmidt family for more than 80 years, Eldee Station is located near Silverton in Outback NSW and is accessible by road or private airstrip. Packages include meals in the Quarters Restaurant and accommodation ranging from 4.5 star suites to family rooms in the old shearer’s quarters. The property also offers a range of activities including 4WD tours, self-guided mountain bike rides and bushwalks plus a plunge pool and an outdoor heated spa.
Tel: +61 8 8091 2578 www.eldeestation.com Leconfield Jackaroo and Jillaroo School, Tamworth, New England Leconfield teaches the skills needed to work on an Australian farm. It is the longest running Jackaroo and Jillaroo School in Australia, located in the beautiful rugged New England Ranges. The 11-day training program runs regularly throughout the year catering for groups of up to 25 people who participate in all the activities of a working sheep and cattle station.