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There are three beachside YHA hostels in Sydney and New South Wales (NSW) that offer weekly rates and actively assist working holiday makers to find jobs. Learn to surf before or after work - life doesn't get much better!
All three hostels are small and offer a personalised service.
YHA Collaroy Beach
Cronulla Youth Hostel
Yamba Backpackers Hostel
The Youth Hostel at Collaroy Beach, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, is approximately 40 minutes from Sydney by bus and is just across the road from one of Sydney’s best surf beaches.
The hostel receives a couple of calls from local employers every day and the staff maintain a list of local jobs behind reception, which are farmed out to their guests. They also work with a local recruitment agency.
There are a range of jobs available, including:
The hostel also helps guests to get the compulsory RSA (Responsible Service of Alcohol) and RCG (Responsible Conduct of Gambling) certifications which are required to work on licensed premises and the Green/White Cards, needed to demonstrate safe working practices on construction sites. These qualifications typically cost less than $100 and are run as one-day courses.
Sydney Beachouse YHA even offers a ‘work guarantee'! Book and pay for a week’s accommodation and if you don’t find work in the first 7 days with the help of the hostel’s job assistance, you will be reimbursed 2 nights!*
The weekly rate includes:
*Available year-round except peak periods including the three weeks over Christmas/New Years.
At the opposite end of Sydney, on Sydney’s southern beaches in the Sutherland Shire, lies Cronulla. The 66-bed YHA Backpackers in Cronulla, around 50 minutes from Sydney by public transport, has lots of local employer contacts and gets loads of calls from local businesses.
This hostel gets calls with job offers from local businesses daily, which the staff pass out to the hostel's guests. They also work with several local recruitment agencies.
The majority of call-in work at Cronulla YHA is labour-intensive and includes:
The hostel has a constant supply of these employers ringing to find workers. They usually want backpackers to start the next day and most will pick you up and drop you off at the hostel.
Backpackers with skilled trades (e.g. carpentry, electricians) can contact Training NSW and pay a small fee to get their trade skills recognised in Australia with a certificate of competency. Pay rates are approximately double that of unskilled.
With over 70 restaurants, 20+ licensed bars and a few clubs in the Cronulla area, there is also plenty of hospitality work. You may need Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and/or Responsible Conduct of Gaming (RCG) certification and the hostel can point you in the right direction to get these.
Other local jobs include opportunities at the variety of retail stores within walking distance or at Westfield Miranda, one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest shopping centres, which is only a short train ride away. There are nursing jobs at the local hospital, only 10 minutes away or office/clerical work either in Cronulla or in Sydney.
For these jobs, the hostel recommends that you go door-to-door at the local shopping mall and/or cafes, restaurants or clubs. This strategy has proved successful many times, as employers are able to see that you are well-presented, a good communicator and may even give you an on-the-spot trial – none of which they can achieve from simply looking at a CV/Resume.
Before you arrive at Cronulla Beach YHA, fill out their Employment Request Form.
*Available year-round except peak period, 15th December through 31st January.
The YHA Backpackers in Yamba, Australia has a bar/café, the Bloc, on the ground floor. With bands performing regularly, great food and ice-creams, the Bloc café is very popular with the locals.
The hostel managers at Yamba YHA often employ backpackers as bartenders, chefs/cooks and wait staff, plus as housekeepers within the hostel itself.
Yamba, a lively holiday destination on Australia’s east coast, is busiest during the summer months, from November-March. There is plenty of hospitality and tourism work around during this time, with local employers often calling Yamba YHA, looking for last-minute workers.
Find out more about YHA’s Yamba Accommodation or book online now.
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YHA Travel licences: 2TA002629 (NSW), LTA148 (NT), 3433524 (QLD), TTA32 (SA), TA-0033055
(VIC), 9TA00584 (WA)