Should I Travel Alone or In A Group?

Should I Travel Alone or In A Group in Australia

The choice between traveling alone or in a group is an age-old debate in Australian working holiday travel. It’s a decision that can significantly impact the adventure you’re about to embark on, and it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both options, and it’s important to consider various factors when making your decision.

This post isn’t intended to sway your choice. If you’re set on coming to Australia alone, rest assured that you’ll have an amazing time! However, if you’re considering joining a group, let us tell you why our service offers an unforgettable experience.


Embarking on a long-term trip to Australia can involve a lot of paperwork and processes, which can be overwhelming, especially if it’s your first time traveling abroad for an extended period. That’s where the beauty of a Sydney Gap Year tour comes in – it’s hassle-free and provides peace of mind with an experienced guide.

With us, you can leave the worries behind. We handle these things on a daily basis, and when you arrive in Australia, we already have all the necessary information to take care of the paperwork you need.

Booking your arrival week in Australia with us allows you to relax and let us handle the tedious tasks. If you’re planning to stay in Australia for an extended period, we can assist you with all the mundane aspects that no one really enjoys. We’ll help you apply for tax file numbers (which enable you to work in Australia), set up bank accounts, and obtain mobile phone numbers, so you’ll be ready to hit the ground running as soon as you arrive.

Moving to a country far away from home on your own can be a daunting experience. While some people thrive in uncertainty, enjoying the thrill of not knowing what’s next, others prefer a bit more structure. That’s where we come in – we provide the tour, and we’re not an agency, so you know exactly what you’re getting with us. Plus, you can reach out to us directly for any additional help and advice you may need. No need for a middleman.

We’re here for however long you’ll be in Australia. If you complete your Sydney Gap Year week and decide to move to Melbourne, just give us a phone call or send an email. Need assistance with finding farm work up north or searching for accommodation in Sydney? Get in touch, and we’ll be there to support you. Even if you simply want to drop by for a chat and some Wi-Fi, feel free to visit our shop and unwind.

Speaking of WIFI….

It’s a tough mother to find in Australia. Aside from the fried goodness of McDonalds, free wifi is difficult to come by but Sydney Gap Year travellers are given access to free wifi in our shop.

Of course, no-one books a life-altering trip just to spend time checking your Tweets, but it is nice to know you’ve got somewhere to fall back on wifi if you need to email your mum every once in a while so she’s knows you are still alive.

Did We Just Become Best Friends?!

Sydney Gap Year offers a fantastic opportunity to connect with new people. Whether you’re naturally confident or a bit on the shy side, our groups provide a welcoming environment to meet like-minded individuals.

Having personally moved to Australia from England a year and a half ago, I understand the challenges of making new friends in a foreign country. While you may have hostel acquaintances with whom you exchange casual conversations or enjoy a few drinks, finding true friendship can be more difficult.

With Sydney Gap Year, you have the chance to connect with your group even before you depart for Australia through our Facebook Groups. Everyone in the group is in the same situation, and by getting to know them beforehand, you can learn about their backgrounds and past experiences.

Our group sizes strike a perfect balance. They are not too large or too small, allowing you to genuinely get to know each member during the week and form meaningful connections.

No two groups are alike, so don’t worry about being too young or too old to join and enjoy an introduction week in Australia. As long as you have a fun, open-minded attitude and a willingness to meet new people, you’re good to go!

Once the week is over, many of our group members continue their journey together, either traveling as a group or even moving in together in Sydney. Whether you’re interested in exploring in a campervan or taking a Greyhound bus, we can assist you, and chances are there will be someone in your group with similar plans.

Sydney Gap Year Basecamp!

One of the greatest aspects of the Sydney Gap Year experience is the opportunity to explore more than just Sydney. While Sydney itself is an incredible city that captivates visitors, it’s also important to immerse yourself in another location during your first week in the country.

At the end of each group’s journey, Sydney Gap Year Basecamp consistently stands out as the highlight. This secret hideaway serves as your home for two nights during the first week, and it truly feels like paradise. Picture golden sands, crystal clear waters, playful dolphins, and sleepy koalas in the trees – it’s simply awesome!

Although Basecamp is a brief experience, it provides a glimpse of what awaits you on the East Coast of Australia. Moreover, it’s conveniently located close to Sydney, ensuring you won’t spend an entire day traveling to and from the destination.

Also read: The Ultimate Melbourne Gap Year Tour Package

Us Vs Them

If you’ve been searching online, you may have noticed that we’re not the only ones offering a welcome week in Australia. So, why should you choose Sydney Gap Year over our competitors? Let’s get straight to the point.

It all comes down to what we offer and how we deliver our service. When you’re in Sydney, you’ll stay at the top-rated hostel in the city, WakeUp!, ensuring you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. But that’s just the beginning. The real magic happens during our amazing Basecamp experience in Port Stephens.

What sets us apart is our focus on group activities. While other providers may prioritize paperwork and leave you to navigate the rest on your own, we want to provide you with a first week in Sydney that you’ll never forget. Don’t just take our word for it—our reviews speak for themselves!

Our award-winning job service has helped thousands of travelers find work across Australia. We have dedicated staff who are committed to assisting you in securing employment. They will help you perfect your CV and applications, making you the strongest candidate for any job opportunity.

And if you’re here purely for the fun times and traveling, we’ve got you covered too. We offer exciting discounts and special offers that will enhance your experience and make your adventure even more memorable.


With years of experience, Sydney Gap Year has witnessed the evolution of the tourism industry in Australia. We’re not a fly-by-night operation looking to make a quick buck; we truly know our stuff.

One of the greatest advantages of choosing Sydney Gap Year is that we’ve been in your shoes. I, myself, am a backpacker who has spent over 12 months in Australia. Our team of travel experts consists of individuals from various corners of the globe, ranging from working holiday visa holders to sponsored workers, with a few Aussies in the mix as well!

We’ve all faced those tough decisions: To farm or not to farm? Where and when to go? Finding accommodation and navigating the complexities of taxes and refunds. Our collective experience is at your disposal, so make the most of it!

Whether you prefer to work first and then travel or vice versa, there’s no right or wrong way to explore. Remember, Fraser Island will still be waiting for you, whether you visit in three weeks or three months. Do what feels right for you and allow others to do the same.

A word of caution: You might experience bouts of Facebook envy. If your fellow Sydney Gap Year companions head straight up the coast while you choose to work in Sydney for a few months, they’ll be exploring tropical paradises while you’re engaged in a regular job.

However, don’t let that discourage you from enjoying Sydney, Melbourne, or any other Australian city. Each place has its unique character and is filled with exciting things to do and see—maybe not as impressive as scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef, but still incredible in their own right!


We strive to ensure you’re well-prepared for your time in Australia through our comprehensive work and travel information talk. This session provides you with a wealth of options, whether you’re eager to embark on a road trip adventure or settle in one place for a while. Rest assured, we have all the information you need.

If you’re seeking employment in Australia, we’re here to assist you with crafting an impressive CV and preparing job applications. Plus, you’ll gain access to our extensive backpacker job database. It’s important to set realistic expectations when it comes to finding work in Australia. While it may be more challenging than anticipated, don’t be disheartened. Every year, hundreds of thousands of travelers, myself included, successfully secure employment in Australia. With our employment support, we’ll be with you every step of the way, no matter where you choose to settle in this beautiful country.

Also read: 6 Things To Keep In Mind Before Starting Your Gap Year In Australia

My Story

I want to be upfront about my personal experience: I came to Australia without a tour group. I have family in Sydney, and my interest in Australia was driven by a desire to live in a different place rather than embarking on an open-ended backpacking adventure.

Since I had been to Sydney before and fell in love with the city, I wanted to spend as much time there as possible. I’ve traveled the East Coast, completed my farm work, and I’m currently on my second-year visa. I’ve also visited Melbourne multiple times, and I have a trip to Tasmania on my radar.

Given my mindset and family connections, it made sense for me to come alone. I have no regrets about my decision, but having worked in Sydney for over 6 months, I’ve witnessed firsthand how amazing the Sydney Gap Year experience is. It may seem like a one-week affair, but it’s so much more than that.

People stay in touch with us throughout their entire time in Australia, seeking assistance with travel plans, job searches, or simply wanting to discuss their options with someone who has been in a similar position.

Even if you choose to embark on your adventure alone, we’re still here to lend a hand! Visit our shop and say hello, reach out to us on Facebook and Twitter, or follow us on Instagram. We genuinely want to help!

If things aren’t going well for you upon arrival in Australia, don’t hesitate to contact us! We can assist you with paperwork, help you make tough decisions, and even provide guidance on the fun aspects of your journey.

Whether you come alone, with us, or with anyone else, Australia is an incredible place to live, work, and travel. The Sydney Gap Year group offers you the best of all three (plus, we’ve got Wi-Fi!), so what are you waiting for?

Make a decision and get the hell over here!!

Also read: A Week In The Life Of An Australia Gap Year Tour Leader

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