Work And Travel Australia
"Work your way around Australia and
have fun as you make money!
To work AND travel Australia at the same time is the best way to see the country.
When I first arrived here I worked more than I travelled, and I loved every minute of it.
The people I met, the places I saw, the things I learned...
Working and travelling around Australia is something I can't recommend it enough!
On my first visit to Australia I arrived with $500 in my pocket. I hardly spoke any English, I knew nothing about Australia, and I ended up staying eight months.
The next year, on my second visit, I arrived with $50. And I didn't even have an Australian Working Holiday Visa! I ended up doing this for many years: to work and travel Australia paid my way through uni back home.
You don't need to be rich to spend a year or two in Australia! This section shows you how it's done.
Work And Travel Australia - Where To Start
Work And Travel Australia
Many young travellers who come to Australia have an Australian work visa, but they are understandably very insecure about their ability to find work in Australia.
We know the job situation at home (for me that was Europe), and it sure isn't easy to find work there.
You need experience, and a resume, and references, and you have to hunt around and apply and interview...
Now, I've already mentioned this on other pages: by far the best way to ovecome those worries is to get your Working Holiday Visa the easy way AND to get help with finding work in Australia at the same time. That page tells you how.
On this page I want to talk a bit more about the different job opportunities you have in Australia, and especially in Outback Australia.
I want to make sure you don't get stuck in Sydney for the whole 12 months!
Because that's what happens to a lot of people... During the day they do some meaningless casual work in a boutique, a cafe, an office or call centre, and at night they spend their money in one of the many backpacker bars. 3, 6, 9 months later they have as much spending money as they arrived with, and they still haven't seen anything of Australia, or even stepped outside the backpacker circle at all.
City life ain't cheap, so beware of the tendency to get stuck there!
The problem that I see is that most people are not aware of the opportunities that exist outside the cities. And how would we. Coming from Europe the kind of work culture that exists in the cities in Australia is the only work culture we know.
Well, Australia is different, very different.
And finding work is easy, very easy.
Just leave the cities behind. Head north west. Get off your bum, see Australia, work AND travel! The work can be as much of an experience as the travel can be. You're travelling! For goodness sake do something DIFFERENT from what you'd do at home! And as a bonus you REALLY get to see this country. It's worth it.
Work and Travel Australia - Finding Work
- A Working Holiday In The Australian Hospitality Industry: the further away from the beaten track you get, the easier it is to find work in that industry.
- Seasonal Work/Fruit Picking In Australia: some times given a bad name, but I loved it (in a masochistic kind of way). It's the easiest work to pick up, and it's available all year round.
- Cattle Stations (Ranches), Working With Horses: yes, you can fulfil your dream of being a cowgirl (or cowboy). Here's how to find work on Australian "ranches".
- Mining Jobs In Australia: the most lucrative work you can pick up, and since the Western Australian mining industry is booming it's getting easier and easier.
(Update: the boom is on hold for a while, courtesy of the global financial meltdown. But temporary jobs are always available!)
- And here is another tip for finding work in Australia.
How To Work And Travel Australia
And The Rest Of The World!
This option has the advantage that your travel expenses are tax deductible forever after! I love it...
Build Your Own Website
Thinking about having a travel blog? Why not make a proper travel website instead? It will earn you money before, during and after your trip!
The jobs I talk about above, I tried them all. I spent years of my life travelling Australia and the rest of the world, and drifting from job to job. It was a great life, but it does have its drawbacks.
Building a website doesn't. This site finally gave me the ultimate freedom that I had always been looking for.
Interested? You can read about my own experiences with this website on my About Me page.
It's a long page, but if you are dreaming about escaping the 9 to 5 drudgery, working from home, having more time for travel, being your own boss and answering to nobody... then you should read it. It might just change your life.
Australian working visas for travellers over 30.
Have you been in Australia on a working visa or know someone who has?
Do you have any tips or experiences to share?
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Australia Travel and Work - Finding Work in Australia.