Hostels with Backpacker Job Assistance

Whilst many of our hostels have job boards, there are a special few who have strong links with local businesses and farmers and can assist working holiday makers to find jobs. Even better, they offer great weekly rates and cheap (or free!) meals. Whether you’re looking to head for a surf before and after work whilst living in New South Wales or extend your working holiday visa whilst experiencing life in Western Australia, we’ve got hostels that’ll become your new home away from home. What a way to make a living!

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Coffs Harbour, NSW

Coffs Harbour YHA is located directly across the road from the beach and has close ties to local farmers, meaning they have a very high success rate in placing guests in seasonal blueberry picking jobs which count towards your second year visa.

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Yamba, NSW

The Yamba YHA Managers often employ backpackers as bartenders, chefs/cooks and wait staff, plus as housekeepers within the hostel itself. There is plenty of hospitality and tourism work in Summer, with local employers often calling Yamba YHA, looking for last-minute workers.

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Albany, WA

Located in the historical part of Albany, the hostel dates back to the 1800's. Old world charm cheerfully blends with modern amenities to create a relaxed atmosphere. Magnificent views over Princess Royal Harbour from the top story.

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Bunbury, WA

You'll feel at home at the friendly Dolphin Retreat YHA hostel. Walk to the city and beaches. Free daily breakfast, fully-equipped kitchen, common room and travel information.

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Margaret River, WA

Margaret River is the backpacker capital of Australia’s South West, voted by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten regional destinations.

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Quindalup, WA

Dunsborough YHA acts as a conduit between working holiday makers and farmers/vineyards and local hospitality providers as well as lots of other random jobs that float in from time to time.

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Pemberton, WA

Pemberton YHA, the only hostel in town, is situated in an original mill house cottage, that has been fully refurbished with modern kitchen and bathroom, wood fire, and a gas barbeque.

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Collaroy, NSW

Sydney Beachouse YHA 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. You can expect hospitality and labouring work ranging from a few hours to a few months, plus very reasonable weekly rates.


Want to see what kind of accommodation and jobs the whole country has to offer? Click here for an Aussie-wide overview of working, staying and playing with YHA! 

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