You’ll see world-famous sights like Sydney Opera House, astounding natural wonders like the Great Barrier Reef and Franz Josef glacier, and countless paradise beaches perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and unwinding. This trip includes some group tours that ensure you won’t miss any of the best experiences, as well as plenty of free time in amazing destinations and opportunities to travel independently once you’ve found your feet.
As with all StudentUniverse gap year adventures, this itinerary is totally flexible, so if you’d like to add/subtract/change anything at all, just let your consultant know!
The Classic Gap Year kicks off with the long flight from London to Sydney. This takes at least 22 hours, with a stop somewhere along the way, giving you plenty of time to enjoy onboard entertainment before you touch down in Australia.
If you choose to arrive in Sydney a few days before your first organised tour of the trip, you can spend some time getting your bearings and exploring this amazing city at your own pace. You might head straight for hotspots like Sydney Opera House and Bondi Beach, or spend some time checking out the thriving coffee and bar scene and getting to know the place. The choice is yours.
The first organised tour of your trip is an incredible adventure up Australia’s glittering east coast. As well as exploring Sydney with a guide, you’ll hike through the Blue Mountains, go snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, sail around and sunbath in the Whitsundays, visit a remote cattle station, meet koalas and kangaroos, and so much more, all on the journey to Cairns. This is as close as you can come to encompassing Australia in a single trip, every day as unforgettable as the last.
Next up you have a couple of days to enjoy Cairns and the stunning surrounding area. Blessed with picture-perfect coastline and beaches, you might spend your time relaxing on the beach, or you can head outside the city limits to visit Daintree National Park to experience more of Australia’s wilderness, or Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park to learn more about the history of the area.
When you’re finished in Australia, it’s time to fly to Nadi on Fiji’s main island. The flight takes around seven hours, giving you plenty of time to recuperate before landing in Fiji.
Welcome to paradise! The islands of Fiji easily rank among the most beautiful places in the world, and this organised tour ensures you have everything you need to enjoy them. You’ll explore the Mamanuca Islands before sailing leisurely through the mountainous southern Yasawa Islands to reach the ludicrously pretty Blue Lagoon region. Along the way there will be countless opportunities to swim and relax on beaches, go snorkelling with the abundant marine life, and explore the wild hearts of the islands.
The tours brings you back to Nadi, where you will have some free time to catch your breath before departing for the third country of this epic trip.
When you’re finished in Fiji, it’s time to fly to Auckland on New Zealand’s North Island. The non-stop flight only takes around three hours, so you won’t lose too much time in the air.
There is so much to see in New Zealand, and this comprehensive organised tour packs in as much as possible. You’ll explore jaw-dropping national parks, glaciers, and farms, sail and kayak across lakes and around islands, and even get to try your hand at surfing, stopping off at Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, and more along the way. It’s impossible to see everything New Zealand has to offer in a single trip, but this is as close as you can come.
After the tour is over, you’ll have a few days of free time in Christchurch. You can use this to explore the city and its world-class coffee scene, take excursions to any nearby sights you might have missed, or simply relax before the journey home.
Sadly, the Classic Gap Year is at an end. All that’s left to do is fly back to London, a journey that takes roughly a day, with at least one stop along the way.