Immersion in Australia & New Zealand

EF Gap Year students reconvene in January after the holiday break and set off together on the ultimate road trip—a three-week immersion "down under" in Australia and New Zealand. It’s the perfect destination for anyone whose goal is global citizenship. A deep-dive into Antipodean culture will show you just how big, and at the same time, how small the world can be.

EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour - Life down under

Life down under

Australia is about as far away as you can travel from America—an entire hemisphere away. And it is different: In January, it’s summer instead of winter. Many species of animals and birds here—kangaroos and koalas, kookaburras and emus—can be found nowhere else on earth. Australians drive on the left. Even water swirls in the opposite direction down the drain. Yet many aspects of Australian culture will feel eerily familiar. Everyone speaks English. The currency is in dollars. The cities of Sydney and Melbourne feature American-style skyscrapers and subway systems and shopping malls.

EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour - Insider’s view

Australia from an insider’s perspective

Your immersion in Australia begins with sightseeing in the country's cultural capital of Melbourne. You’ll then journey out to spectacular Ayer’s Rock—Uluru—for a visit to one of Aboriginal Australia’s most sacred sites to experience indigenous customs developed over thousands of years.You’ll also trek out to the Great Barrier Reef and learn how its fragile coral ecosystem is now threatened by unchecked industrialization. Next you’ll explore Sydney’s historic districts, hipster neighborhoods, and surf beaches.tracking endangered wild game.

EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour - New Zealand

The many wonders of New Zealand

Then you’ll fly to New Zealand to see how Sydney compares to ultra-sophisticated Queenstown. We round out our immersion tour with a visit to the North Island’s spectacular geothermal region of geysers and hot springs and bubbling mud. A highlight will be a rare glimpse into Maori culture with a traditional hangi feast. You’ll then fly from Auckland to the city where you will begin your Internship.

Immersion in Australia & New Zealand travel itinerary

Our professional local guides will take you beneath the surface similarities and differences between Oceania and America to show you two complex cultures full of amazing contrasts.



Transcontinental flight to Melbourne, Australia; walking tour; Immersion Tour welcome reception; guided sightseeing; free day or optional excursion of Great Ocean Road

Guided tour of Melbourne: Carlton Gardens, Lygon Street, Collins Street, Queen Victoria Market and St. Paul’s Cathedral; Sports and Arts Precincts (with street art tour), St. Kilda Beach and Yarra River

EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour - Uluru


Guided tour of Ayer’s Rock (Uluru): Kata Tjuta National Park, guided ranger walk of Uluru at sunrise followed by bush food tasting and aboriginal storytelling; Aussie barbecue

EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour - Great Barrier Reef


Flight to Cairns; guided sightseeing of the Great Barrier Reef; free beach day or optional rafting excursion

EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour - Internhip - Sydney


Flight to Sydney; walking tour; guided sightseeing; free day or optional Hang Ten surfing excursion to Manly Beach

Guided tour of  Sydney: Opera House, Sydney Tower, Harbor Cruise, Bondi Beach



Flight to Queenstown, New Zealand; excursion to Bob’s Peak; guided sightseeing and fjord tour

Bob’s Peak excursion: arrival by gondola and cable car; afternoon of luge carts, para-gliding, zip-lining, and hiking



Flight to Rotorua; duck tour and Polynesian spa; optional rainforest canopy tour; Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park; Maori cultural experience; visit to “Hobbiton” movie set; motorcoach to Auckland

Maori cultural experience: Traditional welcome, tea with elders, hangi feast; visit to local school

EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour - Auckland


A day of sightseeing and scenic natural wonders; Immersion Tour farewell dinner

Note: This itinerary is subject to change at any time due to availability of services and local conditions.

Questions? Speak with an EF Gap Year Consultant.


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