Work and travel Australia

Is it your dream to travel around Australia?
But do you want to spend more than three months here?
Come and discover how you can work and travel around Australia!

If you've ever dreamed of travelling Australia, and you want to do more than just a short holiday, this is the page for you! You CAN spend a year, or longer, travelling all of Australia and seeing and experiencing its many wonders. In fact, it's easy!

A stumpy tail lizard in natural surrounding
Animals of Australia:
The Thorny Devil Lizard

There are 1000's of back packers in Australia, right now, living the dream. That's right, they arrived with not much money, yet they travelling around and having the time of their life. Sounds like something you want to do? Then keep reading!

The first thing you have to do is get the right visa. And it's easy, you can even apply for it online. For all the details, just visit The Working Holiday in Australia Visa page.

Once you have that all sorted out, you can get planning. And let us give you some tips.

What to do, or rather, what NOT to do!

Well, this may sound simple enough...

  • Q: What to do.
  • A: Arrive, have fun, party, get a tan, swim at the beaches.
  • Q: What NOT to do.
  • A: Ummm, get bitten by a snake or spider. Try not to get eaten by a shark or crocodile...

But it's not the animals you have to watch out for, it's yourself!

Too many back packers arrive and one of the first things they want to do, after relaxing a couple of days, is find work. Which is understandable. Most back packers don't arrive with much money and they want some financial security. They want to make money so that they can then go and travel.

Unfortunately, most back packers come from countries where all the jobs are in cities, and there is not much on offer out in the country. As such, they have been conditioned to seek employment in the larger cities, like Sydney or Melbourne.

A stumpy tail lizard in natural surrounding
Animals of Australia: The Death Adder

And this is a real shame, too many back packers get stuck in a major city, working a boring Monday to Friday job (perhaps in a cafe, a call centre, or administration work) that they could have done back home.

And not only that, too many of them then go and spend the money that they earn drinking and partying all weekend long (tempting, with so many great back packer bars, pubs, and clubs, it's an appealing life style), creating a vicious cycle where they feel they never have enough money to get out into the real Australia.

Next thing they know 9 months have gone by, they still don't have much money, and they haven't done more than the odd trip out of the city.

Do NOT let this happen to you! This is Australia, and there is SO much work to be found out of the cities.

So... what to do?

Get out of the cities. While it's hard to argue that they aren't beautiful, and that, in many ways, they are unique from other cities around the world, they really are just another city. Filled with city people.

A stumpy tail lizard in natural surrounding
Animals of Australia: The
Kookaburra or laughing bird

That's not what you want to do with your time, is it? Working from Monday to Friday, hanging around with a bunch of other back packers, in a city, surrounded by... city people, spending your money and never getting out to see the real Australia?

Well that's good, and we have even better news for you! It's easy to work and travel Australia. There is so much work to be found all around the country, all year long.

In fact, this is the best way to see Australia. You'll work all kinds of weird jobs. Some will be hard, some won't pay that great, but you'll be out there with mixing with a great bunch of people, all travelling around just like you. You won't believe some of the adventures you'll have, the remote places you'll discover, or the experiences you'll have with you for the rest of your life!

It's amazing, being out in the country, getting up early and watching the sun rise, or watching the sun set. You won't have see anything like it in the city! So go on, get out of your comfort zone and live the dream!

How to turn the dream into reality?

There are many ways that people work and travel their way around. Some people work on the pearl farms. Yes, that's right, living on a ship for two weeks straight, working with oysters up in the tropics. Many people go for fruit picking or orchard jobs, which you can find in every state across Australia. Then there's the possibility of working on a tropical island resort - gorgeous beaches, volley ball, snorkelling and scuba diving.

What others thought about working and travelling Australia

Lisa, from Germany.

For the last few years I have wanted to come to Australia, and finally made the decision to do it. I knew I wanted to stay for longer than 3 months, but I wasn't too sure exactly how long I wanted to be away from home. The obvious choice for me was the working holiday in Australia visa.

I applied for it, and got it. It was very easy, I did it all over the internet. Finally the day came for me to fly to Australia, as I got on the plane I was thinking...

"What am I doing? I'm about to fly to the other side of the world, I have no real plans and no idea how long I will stay for. I don't know a single person there". At the time my English was not very good. I could speak it, but it wasn't comfortable for me.

I arrived in Melbourne, and within 2 days I knew I would stay for the whole year. It was like waking up in a dream. The people were much friendlier than back home. By this, I mean strangers. I got lost so many times in the first few days, but everyone I asked for help was so friendly.

I did end up staying for the whole year, and I also did 4 months fruit picking work, which means I got an extended visa. I am back in Germany, but I can go back to Australia anytime for another whole year on my extended visa. As soon as I finish my university studies I am going back. I cannot say enough to people that they have to go, it's like a whole different world there, you won't regret it!

Ben, from London.

I did it, went to Australia for a year, loved every second of it. I mean, I knew a few Australians back in London, and always liked them generally. So when one of them suggested I head over and check it out I thought "why not". I was just working a crappy job here, and had nothing to hold me back, so I just did it.

Man, I can't tell you how much fun I had there. And the weather, that was so amazing. It got pretty cold down in Melbourne, but we just headed up north into Queensland. I virtually spent a whole year in the sun!

I met some great people on my travels, I even travelled with 2 English lads I met for 3 months. Had some crazy parties, and did some amazing things while in Australia. My only regret is not doing the fruit picking work and getting an extended visa.

For anyone who is thinking about doing it, I can't recommend it highly enough. I had an absolute blast. So much so that I'm seriously thinking about moving over. Do it, that's all I can say!

Melanie, from France

Yes, I'm really enjoying my time here. I've been here for 5 months already, it's sad how fast the time is going. I've been so busy travelling around, and I stopped and did 2 months banana picking near Cairns in Queensland.

I'm going up to Darwin next week, and am really excited. I want to see a crocodile, on a boat tour. A back packer I met said she did a boat tour last year and was amazing, that the crocodiles can get right up next to the boat and the man had some meat on a stick and they jumped out of the water to get it.

In Darwin I will meet a friend and we will drive together to Perth, over 4,000 kms away. It's going to be amazing. We haven't planned how long it will take, but I think we will take 2 - 3 weeks making this drive, stopping at lots of places, Broome of course!

To anyone who is thinking about it, you must come here to Australia, I love it here. It is beautiful, and so much to see and do. The people are very nice, but there are so many back packers here, sometimes it is hard to meet Australian people. But you must come!

Note: The above extracts have been edited to fix some of the worse grammatical errors and to make them short enough to fit on here. However, we have done our best to ensure that the still accurately represent the views, opinions, and responses of the people interviewed.

This website & page was created and written by: Tim Blackburn.
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