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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. Next you’ll head for tropical Cairns to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef—one of the world's seven natural wonders—and participate in dreamtime storytelling at an Aboriginal cultural center. You'll round out your stay in Australia by exploring Sydney’s historic districts, hipster neighborhoods, and surf beaches.

EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour - New Zealand

The many wonders of New Zealand

Then you’ll fly to New Zealand to see how ultra-sophisticated Sydney compares to laid-back and sporty Queenstown—a highlight will be ziplining on Bob's Peak. 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; tour of the 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 - Great Barrier Reef


Flight to Cairns; snorkling on the Great Barrier Reef; Skyrail rainforest canopy tour; Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park 

Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park: An exploration of Aboriginal culture, customs, and food—including dreamtime storytelling.

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; gondola ride to Bob’s Peak; fjord cruise of the Milford Sound

Milford Sound: scenic boat cruise of the the Milford Sound's spectacular fjords, waterfalls, and glaciers.



Flight to Rotorua; duck tour and Polynesian spa; forest canopy tour via zip-line; Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Park; Maori cultural experience; motorcoach to Auckland

Maori cultural experience: Traditional welcome, tea with elders, hangi feast

EF Gap Year - Immersion Tour - Auckland


Waiheke island for 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.