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Surf Camp Experience in Australia
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Trip Code: AUCSF2
Duration: 5 Days
From £495 for 5 Days
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Ever dreamed of dropping into a crystal clear wave, and riding it into one of Australia’s stunning golden sand beaches? Well this is your opportunity to hunt down some awesome Aussie breaks and learn to surf under some expert instruction!

Surf Camp Experience
What better way to make the most out of your time in Australia than heading off to Surf Camp to learn the tricks of the surfing trade from some top Aussie surf instructors. These guys are top notch, so you should be safe in the knowledge that you are in some seriously good surfing hands for the duration of your 5 day, 4 night surf camp adventure!

5 Day Surf Camp
Whether you are a complete novice and want to experience catching your first wave, or you have spend some time on a board before but want to brush up on your skills, by taking part in this incredible Aussie surf adventure, you are sure to develop your surfing skills on this progressive 5 day surf camp. With expert instruction from some experienced surfers, you will soon find yourself dropping into some awesome waves and riding them back into the beach. 

Check out the Extra Info tab for a more detailed itinerary of your 5 day surf camp!

Not only will you be on your way to becoming a surfing legend, the surf camp experience is also a fantastic opportunity to meet some more of Australia’s back-packers, and get to know the local surfers who love to show you the tricks to get you on your board and loving life! These local surfers live life by the saying ‘surf hard, play hard’ and they are sure to show your exactly how to do this in style! There are some lively bars just a stones throw from your camp, and you are only a few minutes from the beach, so you certainly won’t get bored when you are not embracing the Aussie waves.

Surfing in Australia
This fantastic Australia surf camp trip is a great way to get you on your feet, meet some new friends and get to grips with the laid back Aussie surfer lifestyle. Take your gap year, career break or student travels to the next level and find out why Australia is up there as one of the top surf destinations in the world!

Quick Facts

Trip Name
Surf Camp Experience
Trip Code
Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport (Airport code: SYD)
Minimum Duration
5 Days
Minimum Age
Trip Type
Courses & Qualifications
From £495 for 5 Days
£ 95.00
Preferred Duration
This is a 5 day surf camp only.
Participants need to be of reasonable fitness due to some physical activities included in the Surf Camp itinerary.
Ideal for
Surf in Australia; Surfing Camp in Australia; Surfing in Australia; Surf Camp in Sydney; Gap Year, Student Travel and Career Break Down Under; Surf and Travel in Oz; Work Arrival Package; Surfing holiday in Oz.
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Arrival Dates

Start dates are every Monday throughout the year (excluding June to mid July - winter break). Arrivals will need to be into Sydney on the Sunday. You can arrange your own accommodation for the Sun or we can do it for you for an additional GBP30. We use a hostel directly across the road from where you will need to meet on Monday morning to start the surf camp. Please contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors for more info!


British Nationals will require a visa to enter Australia, we recommend you apply for a tourist visa. You can check your visa requirements by visiting the Australian government website by clicking here.

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4 nights accommodation at Surf Camp. Accommodation provided has all facilities available with shared bedrooms.
Transport from Sydney to Surf Camp on the Monday, and then back from Surf Camp to Sydney on the Friday is provided.
Surf Lessons
5 days of professional surf lessons is included
Social Activities
Evening social activities with the instructors and your surf group will be arranged by our team at Surf Camp.
You will have access to a dedicated in-country team, as well as 24 hour emergency support from our UK based team.
Travel Equipment and Medical Discounts
Sporting Opportunities customers will receive 10% off all Travel Equipment, Medical Supplies and Vaccinations from Nomad Travel Store.
All meals at surf camp are provided (breakfast, lunch and dinner)
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Not Included

Flights; Travel and Health Insurance; Visa; Vaccinations (if required); Airport Transfers; Accommodation before and after itinerary; Food (when not provided at Surf Camp); In-country travel; Social Activity Costs.
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5 Days at Surf Camp: 
The first leg of your ultimate Surf adventure will be to travel to your surf course. You will take a comfortable air-conditioned bus ride from Sydney to your new home for the next 5 days.

The progressive 5-day course is designed for beginners, and includes surfing lessons everyday for the 5 days. Through professional instruction from some experienced Aussie surfers, you will soon be paddling, standing-up and catching your dream wave!

You will be given all the best equipment for the duration of your stay at Surf Camp, with awesome Rip Curl wetsuits and custom surfboards to give you the best intro into the world of surfing.

Accommodation and all meals will be included during your stay at Surf Camp, and you will find that spending the day in the water will make you pretty hungry, so you will be given some cracking meals to replenish your energy. Accommodation is just a short walk from the beach, staying in cosy dorm style cabins with hot showers and that much-needed accessory, a swimming pool!

With nearby bars and a great group of surf instructors, you will have an unforgettable time at Surf Camp, so be prepared to train hard and play hard in the evenings!

Your surf camp experience will start on a Monday and finish on a Friday, with 4 nights of accommodation. We will provide you with transport from Sydney to Surf Camp and then back to Sydney at the end of the week, as well as all your meals during your time at Surf Camp, so there is not much to worry about, we have it all covered for you!

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Australia’s warm weather, friendly people and sight-seeing opportunities have consistently attracted international travellers and domestic tourists alike. Its cosmopolitan cities, lush rainforests and long stretches of coastline are just some of the reasons people love spending time here. A passion for the outdoors, which many Australians and visitors share, has helped to create a relaxed pace of life throughout the country and sets the scene for an awesome adventure. It is difficult to shortlist Australia’s ‘must-see’ places so fit in as much as you can and enjoy!

Australians love sports, and as such the sporting calender makes up a strong part of their annual schedule, with impressive international teams in almost all sports, including hockey, cricket, rugby union and league, basketball and more, there is no disputing the sporting appetite of this vast nation.

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Federal monarchy, Constitutional monarchy, Parliamentary system
23 million
Australian Dollar (AUD)
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12.5% of the population live below the poverty line
Main Exports
Coal, Iron ores, Tin ores, Wool, Beef, Barley, Raw sugar.
Varies from the tropical northern regions, to the temperate climate of the southern regions.
Time Zone
GMT +8/11 - Australia covers multiple time zones.
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Fun Facts
• A wombat’s poo is square
• Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards
• A stubby is a 375ml bottle of beer
• Canberra was selected as the capital because Sydney and Melbourne could not stop arguing which city should be the capital of Australia

Travel Highlights
• Star-gazing at the beautiful and peaceful Ayres Rock (Uluru)
• Driving the Great Ocean Road – the fantastic coastline from Melbourne to Adelaide.
• Surfing in Manly – one of Australia’s most popular surfing beaches.
• Visiting Wave Rock in Western Australia – looks like a wave, made out of rock. Incredible!
• Sailing around the Whitsunday Islands – Queensland’s very own offshore paradise.
• Swim with turtles and try to find Nemo while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef 

Aires Rock Australia Wildlife Sailing in Sydney

 Where is Australia?

Also know as "Down Under", Australia is a country in the Southern Hemisphere, lying to the south of Southeast Asia, and dividing the Indian and South Pacific Oceans. Neighbouring countries include Indonesia, East Timor and Papua New Guinea to the north; the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to the north-east; and New Zealand to the south-east.

It is vast, covering an area of 7,617,930 square kilometres (2,941,300 sq mi), giving a wide variety of landscapes, with tropical rainforests in the north-east, mountain ranges in the south-east, south-west and east, and dry desert in the centre. It also boasts the largest coral reef in the world, The Great Barrier Reef, giving scuba divers an exquisite underwater landscape, stretching as far as the eye can see.

History of Australia
Australia's Aboriginal people, the original inhabitants of the Australian continent, arrived from Asia at least 50,000 years ago. Parts of the continent were mapped by Dutch navigators in the seventeenth century and by French and British navigators the following century, but it was not until 1770 that Captain James Cook charted the east coast and claimed it for Britain.

From 1788, Britain established penal colonies in New South Wales and Tasmania and later in Western Australia. Free settlers followed in increasing numbers, gradually outnumbering convicts. A colony made up entirely of free settlers was established in South Australia in the 1830s.

Today, Australian society is a melting pot of cultures and diverse people. While Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are the traditional inhabitants of the land, immigrants from more than 200 countries also call Australia home. Since World War II, more than seven million migrants have come to Australia. From 1788 to the 1970s, the majority came from Europe. These days, Australia receives many more migrants from Asia, and since 1996 the number of migrants from Africa and the Middle East has almost doubled.

The nation has developed a highly diversified economy with considerable strengths, particularly in the mining and agricultural sectors as well as manufacturing and services, and it has become increasingly economically integrated with the countries of East Asia.

Music in Australia
The music of Australia has an extensive history stretching back to the Indigenous and colonial societies. If you ask people what do you think when asked 'What is Australian music', most will say it consists of the iconic sound of the didgerdoo. Contemporary fusions of Indigenous and Western styles have helped define Australia as producing high quality world music covering a broad spectrum of folk and bush ballards to trends concurrent with those in the USA, UK and similar nations.

Climate in Australia
Australia experiences temperate weather for most of the year but the climate varies widely due to its large geographical size, but by far the largest part of Australia is desert or semi-arid. The northern states typically experience warm weather much of the time, with the southern states experiencing cooler winters. 

Australia's climate is ruled by the hot, sinking air of the subtropical high pressure belt which moves north and south with the seasons. This causes the rainfall pattern over Australia to be highly seasonal. Australia's rainfall is the lowest of the seven continents (besides Antarctica) with an average annual rainfall of less than 600 millimetres. Rainfall is variable, with frequent droughts lasting several seasons.

Australia's seasons are opposite to those in the northern hemisphere. December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.

Sport in Australia
Naturally competitive, Australians excel at a number of sports and regularly compete at international level in team sports such as cricket, rugby, netball and hockey as well as individual events like swimming and tennis. The Olympics and Commonwealth Games often end with Australia ranked near the top of the medal table, displaying an impressive multi-disciplinary strength considering the relatively small population. This all makes it a fantastic place to play, train and coach your favourite sports with the help of professional instructors and excellent facilities. Become a surf instructor, learn to sail or improve your rugby skills and immerse yourself in the Australian way of life!

Gap Year and Career Breaks in Australia
Australia is still one of the most popular destinations for gap year, student holidays and career breaks, with thousands of young visitors descending on the country each year. Your sports trip to Australia will allow you to embrace just how passionate Aussies are about the outdoors and sports they play, whilst giving you the chance to travel to this amazing and diverse country. 

“Scuba diving, making a didgeridoo and chilling out at Manly Beach. My favourite experiences in Oz can all be summed up in one simple word – bonza!” Phil Young

Some of you may be wondering where the money you pay towards your sports placement is actually going. As with any trip overseas, there are many things to consider that incur a cost, all of which are added benefits making the experience as memorable and fulfilling as possible!
Project Assessment
Before you see a sports placement on our website, a lot of background work has gone on. We have met with local organisations, vetted in-country staff, conducted rigorous safety assessments and thoroughly evaluated the benefits of the placement. Only then do you get to see the placement on our website and book or apply for your place, safe in the knowledge that it is a well-structured and great opportunity to gain some sporting experience overseas.
Help Choosing Your Placement
If you are not sure which sports trip or country to choose, our hugely informative Travel Advisors are here to help. They are a friendly bunch, have all travelled extensively, all love sport and can offer lots of advice on choosing the right placement for you. This makes the task of deciding to travel much less intimidating, and far more exciting.
Pre-departure Advice
Once you have booked your trip, you will be assigned a dedicated Travel Advisor to offer essential pre-departure advice on vaccinations, visas, kit lists and more. They will also be on call to answer those important last minute questions like “how many pairs of socks do I need?” and “can I take my mobile phone with me?”
Help with Flights and Insurance
We do not include flights and travel insurance in our placement fee. This avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. It also gives you flexibility to plan any further travel before or after your volunteer placement. We do, however, offer lots of help on this through our leading flights and insurance partners, providing you with an easy booking facility and the best prices around.
Airport Pick-Up
Landing in a foreign country for the first time can be daunting. This is why we ensure our in-country staff are there to meet you on arrival. There’s nothing like seeing a friendly face when you walk out of a new airport. And once we have given you a warm welcome, the in-country staff will take you back to your accommodation where you can meet the people you will be living with.
Arrival Orientation
We will take you through a local orientation and placement induction on arrival. This will introduce you to any useful amenities and local customs, and it will also show you how to stay safe while you are abroad. Our team also have lots of handy travel tips and advice if you are thinking of exploring the country in your spare time.
Accommodation and Food
Accommodation is included in all of our sports placements. Our volunteer houses, family home-stays and shared residences are comfortable and very sociable places to live while overseas. In some destinations, you may be able to upgrade to alternative accommodation. Just contact us for details. We endeavour to supply food on all of our placements, however in some cases this is not always possible. In many cases you will receive at least 1 meal a day, please see the project summary for further details.  
In-Country Staff
Your safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us. That’s why we have dedicated in-country teams to look after you throughout your sports placement. Our staff live nearby, can be reached 24-hours a day and will check-in with you throughout your placement to ensure everything is running smoothly, and you are happy in your new environment.
24-Hour Emergency Support
In addition to our in-country staff, you will benefit from our international support network. You will be given emergency contact details before you leave which you can call in the event of a crisis. We are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Ongoing Volunteer Project Support
For every person who travels with us, we make a donation to support our registered sports charity, United Through Sport. This donation funds future initiatives in many countries around the worlds, and helps to support the local community, ensuring that those living in disadvantaged communities also have opportunities to develop in their chosen sport.

Giving Others the Same Amazing Opportunities
In order to provide a reliable flow of participants on our overseas sports placements, we have to spend a chunk of money on recruiting people like you to take part in these amazing experiences. It costs to maintain a website, an office, phone lines and a team of dedicated Travel Advisors to answer all your questions! 
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There are quite a few things to consider and to organise before you travel to your chosen destination to take part in your trip or tour with us.

Flights and Insurance
Flights and insurance are not included on your placement which means you will have to arrange them before you leave. But don't panic, this is simpler than you may think! To make life much easier for you, we offer a free, personal booking service through our chosen flights and insurance partner – StudentUniverse, part of Flight Centre. They will guide you every step of the way.

Please only use this service here and do not go into one of their branches as this can complicate things for us.

Browse or book flights using our search engine. Click here to access it.

Alternatively you can call them on 0333 333 9890 and mention you are considering or are going away with Sporting Opportunities and let them do the hard work. They will also be able to provide you with adequate travel insurance.

Travelling after your trip with us? Need a round-the-world ticket? Not a problem... just discuss this with them too.

Why are flights not included?
By not including flights in our trips and tours, it avoids us having to pass on unnecessary admin charges to you. This keeps the cost of your trip lower and also means you have the freedom to search around for the lowest fares and most flexible tickets that fit your travel plans. It also means you can benefit from the expertise of our preferred partner.

What happens when flights and insurance are booked?
When you book any trip with us, you will gain access to our online Travel Centre, personalised for you. In here you will have all the information about your trip and how to plan for it, including the contact details for our in-country team and address you will be staying at.

There are also some forms we need you to complete before you depart, covering areas like your dietary requirements, next-of-kin, medical information, flight arrivals details and more.

Do I really need travel insurance?
We take the safety of our travellers very seriously. You must therefore book adequate travel insurance before you come away with us – you simply won’t be able to participate in your trip or tour if you don’t. Although policies vary, your insurance must include emergency medical expenses, personal accident cover, and repatriation. We also recommend that you book baggage, personal liability and cancellation cover.

Some of the countries where we work will require you to have a visa. We provide guidance for this against the Trip Summary tab so you can check whether your nationality requires it. If a visa is required we will provide a letter of invitation, if the embassy requests this, as well as all the relevant information you will need to complete the visa application process. This information is provided after you book with us. With all visa applications it is important that you have sufficient space available in your passport for the relevant visas required for your travels, and that your passport is valid for at least six months after your planned date of return.

Please note we have no control over the issuing of visas and this is at the embassies discretion. We will help wherever possible though.

At least 6 – 8 weeks before your chosen travel date you should visit your local GP or Nomad Travel Clinic to discuss your vaccination and medication requirements. Your medical professional will be able to advise you of any recommended and required vaccinations for your chosen destination(s).You should inform your doctor of all of your destination countries, and what activities you plan on doing, and in which regions you plan to stay while you are there, as different regions and activities have different health risks in some countries.

Some destination countries will require you to produce a certificate of vaccination in order to enter the country, so be sure that you understand any vaccination requirements for your chosen destination, so that you do not have any issues when passing through customs.

Above all you should make sure you are well prepared for your travels, so that you have the best experience possible whilst overseas!

Speak To Us
If you have any questions or would like some more information, simply contact one of our friendly Travel Advisors. You can give us a call, request a call back or drop us an email and they will be able to answer any questions you might have.

Book Your Place
Once you have decided to travel with us, you can secure your place by paying a small deposit. You will then be able to pay the rest of your placement fee in easy-to-manage instalments.

Welcome Pack
Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a welcome email confirming your booking. This will contain your personal login details for your Travel Centre – an online account full of useful information about your destination, your chosen trip and all the things you need to do before you depart.

Personal Information
We will ask you to provide some key information to help us create the best overseas experience for you, such as medical and dietary requirements, any previous language lessons you have done, and what you’re hoping to get out of your time abroad. We may also ask you to complete a police background check.

Flights and Insurance
You will need to book your flights and travel insurance before you leave, and then provide us with these details. We do not include flights and insurance in the project fee (to avoid passing on extra admin costs to you) but our partners will help you find the best options around.

Next you will need to get your visa for your trip (if you need one!). We will provide you with lots of information to make obtaining your visa very straightforward.
Final Payment
We will ask you for your final payment 90 days before your scheduled departure date. Once paid, you will be ready to pack your bags, grab your passport and get on the plane!

"The 5 days were great fun and what a crowd of party animals to catch some waves with. Would defo recommend this."

Suzie Holmes

"I had always wanted to do surfing in Australia as this was a great few days to get me familiar and confident on the waves with a great bunch of people."

Will Raffety

"I started my 3 months travelling in Australia with the surf camp and made friends that I continued my travels with. Excellent choice."

Heidi Clarke
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In addition Nomad have been providing travel health advice to thousands of people to ensure they leave prepared health-wise for their sports trip. As well as general advice about your destination, vaccinations and information about anti-malaria options, you will also be able to discuss any health issues you might be worried about when travelling abroad.

Sporting Opportunities have teamed up with Nomad Travel Stores to offer great deals on a whole range of equipment and clothing.

By quoting 'SW1000' you will be entitled to a 10% discount on travel gear and vaccinations, both online and in-store.

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