A Mini Guide to a Gap Year in Australia

With over 600,000 backpackers visiting Australia each and spending around $3bn AUD when they’re down under, there must be something that keeps enticing the young and adventurous each year? A common approach to staying on for longer than your average 2 weeks in the sun holiday is to work there as part of a gap year in Australia. Working our way around the 6th biggest country in the world, let’s focus on the typical working opportunities for backpackers in Australia.

Starting in the far west, we have the Western Australian capital city of Perth. Head a little further down the coast and you have the Margaret River region, one of the finest wine producing regions in the world. Vines take a lot of tender loving care and seasonal pruning, picking and other viticulture tasks are ideal for the transient, temporary nature of backpacking work.

Head north and there’s a great deal of outback before you hit Darwin, in between there are opportunities for fruit picking – bananas, melons, mangoes etc. Head for Kununnura around late April, early May to be in with a shot of paid work. Perhaps save up enough dollar to head to the Kimberley Ranges and take a hot air balloon over the Bungle Bungles, certainly not cheap but worth it!

On the East Coast of Oz, there is far more civilisation, which means cities for admin and clerical work such as Brisbane and Sydney but also the giant state of Queensland is also rife for fruit picking, especially if you time your arrival properly.

Obviously Sydney in New South Wales and Melbourne in Victoria are ideal for people taking trade qualifications down to Australia with them. In fact there’s a bit of a shortage, this article lists the 10 hardest to find tradespeople in Australia. If you’re one of them, you’ll be welcomed with open arms.

However, no matter where or what you would like to do in Australia work-wise, you’ll need to have the correct visa to be legally entitled to work in the country. There is a wealth of information online with regard to working holiday visas but here’s a link to the official Australia Tourism website with a very handy FAQ section on Working Holiday Visas.

So, get planning and saving for that airfare and before long you’ll be surfing, meeting new friends, sightseeing at Uluru, backpacking one of the most exciting countries in the world, and earning a bit of cash whilst you do it.

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