One of the most popular backpacking routes for good reason. The round the world Australasia trip incorporates Thailand, Australia and New Zealand taking in beautiful surroundings lots of action and plenty of backpackers to hang out with in these three very different countries. With most of your activities taken care of, all of your transport and a large amount of accommodation, you know your trip will be well-organised and enjoyable from day one.
Round The World Australasia: Trip Highlights
The best parts of Thailand, Australia & New Zealand
This is a classic trip to some of the most popular backpacking locations. Stopping off in Thailand enroute is the perfect way to start, with rich culture incredible beaches and a great backpacker party scene you will do it all the Xtreme Thailand Experience. This is a 4 week trip including Bangkok, elephants, temples, parties and island life!
Your next stop will be Australia, where we have an amazing first week planned for you, with job assistance if you want it.
Plus after that, we include a flexible hop on hop off East coast pass so you can spend as little or as long as you like travelling from Sydney to Cairns doing some amazing activities en route.
Finally, you finish up in New Zealand. Your first 2 nights and airport transfers are taken care off as we include the Auckland arrival pack. With a hop on hop off pass on the Kiwi experience (funky chicken), you’ll see both North and South Islands while spending five incredible the trembling days doing it all in the capital of adrenaline, Queenstown! 5 nights on the Queenstown Adrenaline Overload!
Remember you can alter these itineraries, add things or take them out. Just get in touch with us with your questions and we will put together the perfect trip for you.
- Guaranteed groups!
- Fully guided
- Discovering Thai culture, temples & cuisine on mind-blowing cultural experiences.
- Trekking through national parks & discovering cool waterfalls.
- Volunteering with Elephants and Mahouts
- Exploring exciting Bangkok and stay in a fun backpackers hostel near the backpacking Mecca Khao San Road
- Adrenaline Action on Koh Tao like diving and freediving, kickboxing or cross fit. If you prefer to chill out a little, you can with a yoga course.
- Koh Tao adventure day with longtail boat, snorkelling, paradise islands and view points.
- Try Out Scuba with an Xtreme trial Scuba Experience
- SUP! Stand Up Paddle try out and lots… lots more
- Guaranteed to start off with a group of like-minded travellers on your first week in OZ
- 8 Day arrival pack in Amazing Sydney
- Fully guided
- Transfer from airport
- 7 Nights in superb hostel
- Assistance getting set up to work in Australia (bank, tax numbers etc)
- Flexible hop on hop off bus pass
- Plan as you go
- Discover exciting New Zealand
- 2 nights on arrival included plus 1 week in Queens Town included
- Lots of adrenaline activities in Queens Town with 5 nights of accommodation included
- Bungee, skydive… you name it
- See both islands of New Zealand
- Amazing backpacker buses with great guides
- Flexible hop on Hop Off bus pass with lots of backpackers
Round The World Australasia Photos
- Thailand: The Xtreme Thailand experience: 4 weeks (set start date)
- Australia: Sydney ConneXion: 7 nights (set start date)
- Australia: OzExperience Bruce Pass, bus pass. Min 10 days, advised 2.5 weeks
- New Zealand: Auckland Arrival Pack 2 nights
- New Zealand: a flexible travel bus pass to north and south island. The pass route is a loop, which means you can start and finish anywhere you would like. We recommend at least 4 weeks to get the most out of your trip and to allow some time to hop-off and explore your favourite destinations for longer.
- New Zealand: Queens Town Adrenaline Overload. 5 nights
Experience Thailand with our top selling trip. Four adventure-filled weeks, that will take you from Bangkok to the heart of Thailand, to the tropical beaches of Koh Tao. Our included airport collection, Thai guides, guaranteed group numbers and jam-packed itinerary make this ideal for first time or solo travellers. Meet new people, make new friends, plus choose from 5 awesome activities for your 3rd week and have an unforgettable month-long journey.
Link to Xtreme Thailand Experience full itinerary.
This is the ultimate beginning to an epic adventure in Australia. The Sydney ConneXion is all about having an amazing first week, meeting new friends and doing some incredible adventures fully guided in one of the coolest cities in the world. Whilst you’re out having fun we take care of all the hassle enabling you to get set up with a job with a 12 month membership access of the best backpacker job network in Australia. Everything is taken care for you so no worries about arriving in Australia this can turn into one of the most daunting yet exciting things you will ever do!
Link to the Sydney ConneXion Programme
Travel from Sydney to Cairns at your own pace. After the Sydney Connexion, you can travel at your own pace all the way up to Cairns. This allows you stop at the best places and enjoy it how ever long you like (max 6 months :)). Guides accompany you all the way and it is one of the most popular backpacking options to get you up the East Coast. All travellers on the bus are in the same position, wanting to enjoy Australia to the fullest!
Link to the Bruce Pass.
The New Zealand Arrival Package includes all the basics for your first few days in Auckland – accommodation at a top backpackers hostel, arrival airport transfer and a half day city tour to introduce you to this fantastic city! Not only will you love the hostel, located just steps from all of Auckland most famous sights, you’ll get extra benefits such as a free rooftop sauna, and spa on our sun-deck.
Link to New Zealand arrival pack.
Travel at your own pace both islands in New Zealand. This flexible hop on hop off bus pas shows you the best that the North and South islands have to offer. You can start anywhere you like and end up where you began.
The perfect bolt on to any Hop on hop off pass. The mother of all adrenaline adventures. The Xtreme Gap New Zealand Adrenaline pumping 5 night pack in stunning Queens Town. You will have the time of your life jumping off high things, out of flying things and doing dare devil adventures that will make you go weak at the knees. You can relax in the knowledge that because it is pre booked, you will get to do all the things you set out to do, before drinking your budget away at the bar.
Link to the Queens Town Adrenaline Overload programme.
A Rough Idea of Price
All of our gap year holidays are completely customised to your needs and prices will therefore vary based on things like the time of year and level of accommodation; but we want to give you as good an idea of how much this itinerary will cost.
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Check the individual programmes to learn about all the inclusions, or drop us an email at [email protected]
- Flights (although we can help arrange – budget up to £1800)
- Travel Insurance
- Spending money
- Meals other than those included on the itineraries
- Accommodation in parts of Australia and New Zealand unless stated in the included section
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely! You can take parts out or add more in, everything is customisable so just ask us for suggestions. Remember we have been on all of the trips so we can tailor make the best itinerary for you and your budget.
Simply ask us! We have travelled extensively to these destinations can give you first-hand advice as to what to do expect.
The cost of your airline travel is not included in the trip, we can put you in touch with our preferred round the world flight partners who can help with booking the necessary flights to complete the trip. Expect to pay in the region of about £1300 for a standard round the world flight….
With the exception of the start date for the Thailand Experience, and the Sydney connection everything else is flexible so you can spend as long as you like on this trip. This is quite handy to combine with Australia working holiday Visa programmes.
Special payment conditions
On round the world bookings we can stage payment to make it easier to save, you can of course pay all at once.
- Time of booking if travelling in more than 6 months -25% deposit of the balance
- At 16 Weeks until departure – 50% of the balance
- 12 weeks before departure – the remaining 25% balance.
This ensures you have enough time to save for your flights, spending money and insurance.
Most of your transfers on this trip are in private vehicles (ie just for you and the group). Exactly what sort of vehicle depends on the group size.
Why is this important?
Whilst there is lots of public transport available in Thailand, much of it is very uncomfortable, there are very few regulations about safety (it’s not uncommon for drivers to be on the go for 18-24 hours plus) and also it’s almost impossible to guarantee to get a group of travellers together (with their bags) all in the same vehicle. On some routes, you’re able to buy tickets in advance but on many other routes it’s a matter of hoping there is room on the bus or simply waiting for another.
Not the best way to spend your precious time.
By using private transfers we can:
• Guarantee the safety standards of the companies we use
• Ensure that drivers are assessed, do not drive too far in one go, are not drunk etc
• Ensure that all the group are in the same vehicle and that we’re not waiting for ages for another bus to come
• Plan our trips to fit in what’s best for the traveller – rather than what’s best for a transport company!
What transport do we use?
For groups of 10 or less we use ‘luxury’ minivans. With comfortable seats, air-conditioning, good experienced drivers – and a decent sound system if you want to listen to some tunes – these are perfect. Of course they leave when we ask them to, we can stop en route where we want to and the whole travel experience is far better, far more comfortable and far safer than any ‘public’ minivan.
Additionally, as there’s no random stopping to drop people off / pick people up they are far quicker – even though we can ensure that speed limits are obeyed!
For long distances with larger groups, we use private coaches. These have the same benefits as the private minivans along with, of course, more space. Depending on the size of the group we use either 30 or 40 seater coaches (we always make sure there’s enough room for baggage!) giving you great room to spread out a bit and relax.
The journey from Kanchanaburi to Surin, in particular, is a horrible one by public transport. As a group we would need to travel to either Ayutthaya or Bangkok, then change to another bus or minivan (with all the waiting around that entails) and then head to Surin – not only adding a whole load of wasted time but also a whole load of elements that are then unplanned (what time with the minivan leave, will we all be able to get into the same minivan etc).
The journey from Surin to Pak Chong may, on occasion with smaller groups, use the train. Whilst the train is slower than a private minivan or coach, it can be fun and gives a very different travel experience to the group, provides different scenery and of course allows to you wander around.
All our guides are Thai, bi-lingual (Thai and English) and fully licensed and trained – as is required by Thai law. In fact it’s illegal to be a tour guide in Thailand if you’re not Thai and quite right too – after all Thai people know their own country better than anyone else, tend to speak much better Thai than anyone else (!) and also are simply the best people at making sure anyone in Thailand has a great time.
Thai’s are also some of, if not the world’s best problem solvers. Growing up in a country where the unexpected can and does tend to happen makes Thai people absolute experts at anything anyone can throw their way. And they still manage to sort out any issues with a smile on their face, not an easy thing!
After all, why come all the way to Thailand to be led around the country from someone from home? Thai’s do and will always know their own country best and understand everything about what’s going on as opposed to those from elsewhere who often think they understand but don’t really!
Our guides know the locations you’re travelling to like the back of their hand. They know the coolest places (not necessarily the place that the guidebooks think are the coolest!), they know the places to avoid (not always easy to spot when you’re not from here) and they know how to have the most fun.
They’ve not just travelled here for a few months – they’ve lived here all their lives and you just can’t replace that sort of insider knowledge. They all work full-time with us and are constantly updating their knowledge from our network of guides (bars and clubs are always changing and why waste your time heading to a bar that is oh so last season?) and making sure they keep their fingers on the pulse of what’s going on.
Full-time guides are quite a rarity in Thailand – lots of companies prefer to use freelance guides to make sure they aren’t paying salaries in between tours – but we believe passionately in full-time employment for our team. This means that they can plan their lives and support families, they know that we will always look after them and, equally importantly, we can run on-going training and support programmes for our team. Simply put – full-time guides are way better at delivering tours than those who jump between different companies and different styles of travel.
We run on-going training for all of our guides to ensure their skills are top quality and they manage to combine huge amounts of laughs and fun with keeping everyone fit, healthy and safe.
Round The World Australasia Trip Dates
28 October 2018
02 December 2018
Start Dates 2019
06 January 2019
03 February 2019
03 March 2019
31 March 2019
28 April 2019
02 June 2019
30 June 2019
28 July 2019
25 August 2019
29 September 2019
27 October 2019
24 November 2019
22 December 2019