Jobs in Australia for Travellers
Going to Australia on a working holiday visa will be one of the most amazing experiences of your life. Working and travelling around Australia gives you the chance to save money (so you can see more of this amazing country) have fun, make new friends and get to see the ‘real’ Australia. Some jobs will even allow you to extend your stay in Australia by a whole year!
You needn’t worry about finding work in Australia. Tons of backpacker jobs exist and they are relatively easy to get into. As long as you have an open mind and are willing to try new things, and there loads of exciting opportunities to seize!
While many backpacker jobs are easy to get, some jobs will require having previous experience, while others may require training (usually an online course you can complete within a matter of hours; for example, to serve alcohol, you will need to do an RSA course.) However, many require no previous experience at all!
Check out our Ultimate Jobs for Backpackers List below and see what jobs would suit you. There are plenty to choose from and the opportunities are endless!
Ultimate Jobs for Backpackers List
- Seasonal Jobs – get your second year visa
- Fun/Social Jobs - make friends, have fun and earn good money
- Jobs That Can Save You on Food and/or Accommodation
- Serious Money Saving Jobs
- Jobs That Are Easy to Get
- Jobs That Plentiful - some experience required
Get off the beaten backpacking trail and have a real Aussie adventure working on farms in regional Australia! While you’re at it, you can also get your second year working holiday visa with these jobs:
Involves working with grain crops (wheat is the most popular grain crop in Australia); cotton; and all kinds of vegetables. Work in this sector includes tractor driving, header (combine harvester) driving and driving chaser bins. If you have no experience driving tractors, a lot of these farms look for people to move augers, refuel headers and cook meals.
Fruit-picking and packing:
Work in crop maintenance can include anything from spraying crops to pruning trees and vines. Vine pruning is one of the easiest crop maintenance jobs to get into; and the work, although very monotonous, is very easy to do.
There are tons of backpacker jobs in Australia that offer you the chance to have fun and earn money, as well as make friends.
Jobs That Save You on Food and/or Accommodation
Australia can be expensive to travel around, and to keep costs low it could be a good idea to work for free in exchange for meals and accommodation.
WWOOFing and HelpXing:
Both Wwoofing and HelpXing are great ways to cut down on costs while travelling around Australia. WWOOF stands for “Willing Workers on Organic Farms” and basically involves working on farms for free, in exchange for meals, accommodation and a unique cultural experience. HelpXing, short for “Help Exchange”, works in mostly the same way as Wwoofing. The best part about Wwoofing and HelpXing: It allows you to get off the beaten backpacker trail and experience “real” Australian life.
There are plenty of opportunities, from working with wildlife to helping with disaster relief. Visit our Volunteering page to learn more about how you give back and volunteer in Australia.
Working in a Backpackers Hostel:
Live-in Nanny or Au-Pair:
Working as a live-in nanny or as an au-pair in Australia can help you save heaps of money as accommodation and meals are provided. Many families will also provide free WI-FI and use of a car.
Most jobs in regional Australia and in the outback will allow you to save some serious money as there won’t be many places where you can spend your money!
There are quite a lot of roadhouses in regional Australia that hire backpackers. The money is usually quite good and because roadhouses are usually isolated you can end up saving a lot of money fast. Roadhouse work includes: cashier, cleaning, cooking and yard work. However, keep in mind that some roadhouses operate 24/7 and these roadhouses mainly hire backpackers to work night shifts and weekends.
Unless you have a degree in engineering, geology or construction, mining is notoriously difficult to get into, but there are backpackers that have gotten into it. Mining jobs in Australia also pay extremely well, so it is worth checking out, especially if you have a trade such as welding or electrician.
Become a Jack(or Jill!)-aroo and work on an outback cattle station. Life on a cattle station is never dull and it is a truly unique experience that you will remember for years to come. Working on a station will also give you the opportunity to save a lot of money, as they are usually very isolated with nowhere to spend your hard earned cash; plus food and accomodation are provided!
Sometimes, you just want to get any job that’s available, just to tide you over until you get a better job or go travelling. Hostel notice boards and Gumtree are usually the best places to find these types of jobs:
Sales jobs are very easy to get into, even at entry level, and with some offering an hourly rate plus commission, you could end up earning good money.
Call-centre work (i.e. customer enquiries, sales) is super easy to get, so long as you have a reasonable grasp of the English language. There are plenty of entry-level jobs in call-centres and training is usually provided in the first week or two.
Working at Events:
There are tons of temporary/casual jobs available working at events in Australia’s major cities. Work includes: packing up after trade fairs; serving at conferences and big events; and setting up stages and marques for major events.
The popular backpacker jobs are fairly easy to get into once you have some training and/or experience; however experience isn’t always necessary for these jobs either.
There are plenty of opportunities to work in retail in Australia’s major cities. Even though the work isn’t that difficult, most employers (particularly big chain-stores) prefer that you have some experience in retail or sales, but it isn’t always a requirement.
Labouring and Construction:
Being on a working holiday visa doesn’t necessarily mean you are limited to backpacker jobs either and there is plenty of work for professionals too, as well as the chance of getting sponsored. However, we do advise that you don’t get stuck in a rut during your stay in Australia. We encourage you to get out there and experience what this amazing country has to offer. There’s so much to see and do, and working in backpacker jobs is one of the best ways to see and do things regular tourists wouldn’t get a chance to!
Still worried about finding work in Australia?
Check out our Essentials to Employment page for everything you need to help you find your perfect Aussie job.
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- Genuine Experiences of Backpackers in Australia
- Tips on finding work