Working Holiday

         Image courtesy of South Australia Tourism Commission

    Planning a working holiday in Australia? Then, look no further!

    There are plenty of backpackers’ jobs in Australia. These include:

    • construction/labouring jobs
    • landscape gardening
    • retail/shop work
    • bar/restaurant/cafe/hospitality work
    • nursing
    • office/clerical work
    • nanny/cleaning services
    • seasonal jobs, such as fruit picking, farm jobs or grapevine pruning/harvesting.

    Jobs can be for one day, one week, 1-6 months or can (and have) turned into permanent employment.

    Jobs are often passed from one backpacker to another.

    If you take on a seasonal job in a regional location for a minimum of three months, you can apply to extend your working holiday visa from one to two years.

    Basic employer expectations are friendliness, good presentation and reliability.

    YHA has almost 100 hostels around Australia. Several of our hostels host long-term workers and offer weekly rates. Some even go so far as to act as local recruitment agencies, matching jobs with local employers to their backpacker guests who are seeking work.

    Read on if you plan on working and staying in a hostel in New South Wales (NSW). Or, if you're job-seeking in Western Australia, take a look at our Margaret River Working Hostel and other WA hostels who help backpackers find employment. 

  • Australian Working Holiday Visas

    Australia is part of the Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa scheme, providing opportunities for young people to holiday in Australia and supplement their travel funds through short-term employment. Learn more about how to apply for a Working Holiday Visa and which visa is right for you.

    Things Working Holiday Makers Need To Know

    Tips and advice on how to set up a bank account, get a tax refund and retrieve your retirement savings at the end of your working holiday visa.

    Backpacker Jobs in New South Wales

    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!

    Backpacker Jobs in Western Australia (WA)

    Looking to extend your working holiday visa from one to two years? Head to WA ... there is loads of seasonal work available in the North and South-West.