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Unlocking school leavers’ sense of adventure on a brilliant working holiday

School leavers can embark on a transformative gap year adventure exploring Australia with SeaLink, Australia’s leading marine transport and tourism operator—all while earning a wage.

A recent study from Torrens University Australia (September 2023), dispelled the notion that gap years are exclusively for affluent families. The University suggests keeping costs down by looking for volunteer opportunities or work abroad, interstate, or close to home, which can provide exposure to different cultures and skills, a valuable asset in today’s global economy.

Donna Gauci, CEO of SeaLink Marine & Tourism, said that a gap year exploring the many beautiful islands of Australia is an ideal opportunity for those who have completed their studies and want to go on an adventure of a lifetime whilst gaining valuable skills and experience to set them up for a rewarding career.

“We have one of the best jobs in Australia providing an essential lifeline to island locals and sharing some amazing destinations with visitors from across the country and the world. We welcome school leavers to come and experience what the marine and tourism industry has to offer while also getting the chance to explore the breathtaking beauty and unique cultures found throughout Australia,” Ms Gauci said.

With a range of casual, part-time and full-time working options available across destinations such as K’gari, Sydney Harbour, Darwin, Kangaroo Island, Magnetic Island, Gladstone, Murray River, Perth, Rottnest Island, and many more, SeaLink provides the perfect platform for young minds to gain valuable transferable skills, while exploring the breathtaking beauty of Australia.


Donna Gauci CEO Sea Link Marine Tourism
Donna Gauci
CEO SeaLink Marine & Tourism

"These experiences enable school leavers to meet new people and create lifelong memories, all while earning a salary and gaining valuable and transferable skills and qualifications to set them up for the future."

"These experiences enable school leavers to meet new people and create lifelong memories, all while earning a salary and gaining valuable and transferable skills and qualifications to set them up for the future."

"These experiences enable school leavers to meet new people and create lifelong memories, all while earning a salary and gaining valuable and transferable skills and qualifications to set them up for the future," she continued.

SeaLink's commitment to nurturing personal growth extends beyond the captivating destinations we connect visitors to. SeaLink also provides a supportive community to build lasting friendships and connections with like-minded individuals.

“Through shared experiences, school leavers can develop teamwork and communication skills, essential attributes that contribute to their overall personal and professional development and career opportunities for the future,” Ms Gauci said.

“With roles ranging from deck hands, hospitality and customer service, individuals have the chance to develop a comprehensive understanding of the marine and tourism industry, and potential growth opportunities within our organisation and the industry.

“The combination of hands-on work experience, exploration, and education equips young adults with a unique skill set and a broader perspective, while preparing them for future career pathways in many different industries.”

To see available SeaLink career opportunities, visit: SeaLink | SeaLink careers.