This Journey to Australia is an excellent opportunity to learn about the culture and geography of the country. There are two homestays: one in beautiful, iconic Sydney, the other in Gold Coast, known for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots, and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. Staying in the homes of your hosts will allow you the chance to develop cultural understanding through citizen diplomacy.

Home Hospitality

Home hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Gold Coast and Sydney.

Live With a Local

  • Staying with a home host and being entertained by the local Friendship Force club will give you an unparalleled opportunity to live like a local.
  • Welcome and farewell parties at Sydney and Gold Coast will provide a special opportunity to experience joyful Australian parties with traditional food, drink, music, and dance.
  • Try some of the delicious local seafood restaurants that serve wonderfully fresh seafood dishes.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Sydney Harbour
  • Manly and Bondi beaches
  • Museums
  • Arboretums
  • Local animal spots with koalas, kangaroos, cockatoos, emus, lorikeets, and wombats.
We have had good experiences in understanding across the barriers that separate people, especially in Sydney. Our host was excellent and we really enjoyed the warm hosting experience in her home. - 2015 Japanese Ambassador

Gold Coast and Sydney, Australia

14 Days / 13 Nights Program and Itinerary:

March 7, 2018 – March 21, 2018
Coordinator: Louise King, FF Dallas

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

March 8

Arrive in Gold Coast

Attend a welcome party with your hosts

March 9

Canal Cruise


Surfers Paradise Beach

March 10

Tweed Art Gallery – Margaret Olley Exhibition

Lunch in nearby Chillingham

Bush Tuckerman

March 11

Free day

Evening Outback Spectacular

March 12

Currumbin Bird Sanctuary

Ambassadors take hosts to meal

March 13

Day in Brisbane – FF Brisbane club to make arrangements

March 14

Brunch at Wuest’s Mudgeeraba

Free time until farewell

March 15

Depart FF Gold Coast

Arrive in Sydney

Attend a meet and greet event with your second host club

March 16

Harbour Bridge

Opera House

March 17

Possible bus trip or free day

March 18

Jazz at the Pines – open-air jazz music and a picnic lunch

March 19

Catch the ferry to Manly Beach for a fish & chips lunch by the beach

March 20

Free time and farewell dinner

March 21

Ambassadors leave Sydney


$950 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, contingency, and administrative fees. Does NOT include international or domestic airfare.


Wait list only

Moderately Challenging

Know before you go

  • The weather will be warm. Sun protection with lightweight cotton clothes are suggested, along with broad-brimmed hats and sunscreen.
  • An inexpensive online visa will be necessary to enter the country.
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Our Mission

Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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