How to Work and Travel Australia



The Working Holiday Australia Visa, also called the WHV Australia, is a great way to work and travel Australia.

The working holiday Australia program is hugely popular for gap year students and backpackers, as it gives them the opportunity to experience a new culture, gain new skills, and it’s a great way to fund your travels for an extended stay.

By participating, you’ll develop a deeper understanding of the people and their day to day lives, you’ll get a real feel for the heartbeat of the country, and you’ll get out of your comfort zone by trying different and unusual jobs.

How to Get the WHV Visa…

First of all, you must be between the ages of 18 – 30 years old, and you must come from a qualifying country. And depending on where you come from, there are actually two visa categories.

For all the details on who qualifies for what, please see our working holiday Australia visa page.

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The iconic Sydney Opera House

Moving to Australia Tips…

So you’ve decided to move to Australia. That’s the easy part, now you’ve got things to organize.

Moving to Australia Tips:

  • Open a Bank Account Pre-Arrival….Sorting out your finances before you leave should make your move a little easier. Three banks that have international services can help you achieve just that. Try the HSBC, the Commonwealth Bank, or the ANZ.
  • Healthcare AgreementThe Australian Government has signed Reciprocal Health Care Agreements (RHCA) with the following countries: United Kingdom, Sweden, Finland, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Malta and Italy.

To enrol in the Australian Medicare System you will need:

  • your passport with a valid visa
  • to provide, in some cases, identification showing you are enrolled in your country’s national health scheme.

If your application to enrol in Medicare is approved, you will receive an Australian reciprocal health care card in the mail. Learn more here.

  • Leaving Australia Tax OverviewIf you have been living in Australia, intend leaving Australia soon, or have recently left Australia, there are things you need to do to get your tax affairs in order. Learn more here.
how to work and travel australia
Kings Park, Perth

Finding Cheap Flights to Australia

You should have several websites bookmarked for finding cheap flights to Australia.

All of Australia’s international airports have regular public transport such as bus, train and taxi connections to the city centres. For more detailed information on all the airports, see the Australian Airports Guide

Here is a list of search engines to start searching  for your cheap flights to Australia:

Flights to Australia:

Flights within Australia:

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Byron Bay main beach

Finding a Place to Stay when you get there

Finding backpackers hostels, a flat-mate, a budget hotel, or other cheap accommodation is an important part of your working holiday Australia trip.

Depending on your budget, your comfort zone,  your travel style, and your relationship status, there are many options for finding the right accommodation to suit your short term and long term needs.

1. Stay in a Backpackers Hostel:

If you need budget accommodation when first arriving or cheap accommodation whilst traveling, a great place to start is a Backpackers Hostel. They are cheap, everywhere, and a great place to meet other travellers.

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View from YHA The Rocks, Sydney

2. Find a Flat or a Flat-Mate:

  • Flatmate Finderis a great resource to advertise yourself if you are looking for a room, or to find rooms that are already being advertised. And the great thing about it is that membership and advertising on Flatmate Finder is FREE!
  • Gum Tree – another fantastic site for finding flats, units, apartments, and houses to rent.
  • TNT Downunder - This site has a database of more then 8,500 accommodation listings in Australia and NZ!

3. Find a Cheap Hotel:

There are several Hotel booking sites to compare hotel prices and facilities. Check out:

4. VRBO – Vacation Rentals By Owner:

Vacation Rentals By OwnerSometimes, staying in a vacation property is cheaper than a hotel. Compared to hotels, vacation rentals offer more value, space and privacy.

VRBO provide an online space for homeowners to advertise their vacation properties and make it easy for travelers to search 150,000+ rentals in over 100 countries worldwide.

5. Mind My House:

Mind My House – is a global house sitting matching service. They provide all the online tools for home owners and house sitters to find each other from around the globe (or around the corner). House sitters provide their house sitting services for free in exchange for the privilege of accommodation in the owner’s home.

Finding Work

Travel Jobs and backpacker jobs in Australia come in all shapes and sizes.

If you want to work and travel Australia we’ve got you covered. Job agencies in Australia are plentiful and travel jobs for backpackers is a large industry.

Whether you want farm jobs, retail, hospitality, construction,  nursing, engineering, childcare, or you want to go fruit picking Australia, chances are the opportunity is there for you.

Below is a list of websites, job agencies, and jobs boards:

  • GumTree – Great job site for travelers. There is a Gum Tree site for every city!
  • Helpx – Listing of host organic farms, non-organic farms, farmstays, homestays, ranches, lodges, B&Bs, backpackers hostels and even sailing boats who invite volunteer helpers to stay with them short-term in exchange for food and accommodation!
  • Fruit Picking – a great place to find fruit picking Australia work!
  • Harvest Trail – this site links job seekers with harvest jobs and fruit picking Australia seasonal info!
  • Aussie Jobs – For a REAL Australian work experience check out this site!
  • Thumbrella – Jobs for travelers around Australia
  • Travellers at Work – Job search club for working holiday visa holders and backpackers!
  • WWOOF – Willing Workers On Organic Farms. Work in exchange for your meals and accommodation!
  • Extra Man – For Mining, Marine, Engineering, Automotive, Construction & Hospitality Jobs they can help!

Nursing Jobs:

Nurses with overseas qualifications will first have to register with the Nurses Registration Board in the state you want to work in.

Visit the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for all the info.

Nursing Agencies: There are loads of agencies out there to help you find a job including:

Teaching Jobs:

As with nursing, teachers are required to register with the Teacher registration Board in each state they hope to work in.

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Learning to surf at Bondi Beach in Sydney

Getting Around

Australia is a big country, and how you get around depends on factors like your budget, the amount of time you have, and your traveling style.

Thankfully, there are options to satisfy all scenarios…

Cars and Campervans for Sale & Rent:

Backpacker Bus Companies:

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19 Comments on “How to Work and Travel Australia”

  1. thanks for all the links guys, i have already looked at most of them but there are a few I hadnt heard of or seen before…

    the trip is getting closer…

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  3. Great tips! The websites you have listed on here are very informative and it can really help those people who are looking for tips while they are working on their requirements for migrating to Australia. However, I hope you included good health insurance providers here. When I was working on my own requirements, I had a hard time looking for one. Anyway, here are some recommendations that might help some people: You can try out http://www. or IMAN . They offer the best and affordable 457 health insurance which is good if you are in a budget. Good luck!

  4. Very comprehensive although adding to Jasmine’s post, the full list of 457 visa health insurance funds can be seen on this page

    I agree though, IMAN offer great value.

  5. Great post! Moving to Australia can be quite intimidating, but if you do your research, it’s guaranteed to be quite an experience. As someone who has moved around the world before settling in Brisbane, I just want to give one piece of advice: Always be prepared for the worst, especially financially. It would be ideal if you could save up before making that big move.

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  7. cynthia magana

    Hi! I hope you can help with my question.
    I’m a mexican female, and I’m currently 36 years old (single no kids). I have experience of 20 years as a concierge and VIP Host around Mexico. I would like to know how can I apply to work in Australia for a period of 6 months if possible.

  8. Thank you very much. At this time, I don’t plan to go to Australia. But a friend of mine is preparing a trip to this town. I’ll advise him to view this blog.

  9. I have been looking forward at visiting to Australia but couldn’t find a way. Thanks a ton for sharing this valuable piece of information. I am now pretty sure about things I need to plan. The nursing job sounds interesting. Thanks again for th links. Indebted!

  10. Fernando

    Hello, this is great information, do you have a check list of what to pack by any chance? im planing on taking a year to travel australia but i don’t know what to take with me since i plan to move all over. i plan on doing a lot of surf and diving but i dont know if its worth it to take my own wet suit beacuse it might take a lot of space on my backpack.
    it would be great if you could help me, i want to make this trip right and save a lot of money and you guys are legends so your advice would mean a lot to me
    thank you very much

  11. Nice Article, If you are looking for job in Australia, then I have find a super online website named as Australia Next – Australian Employment Portal ( Providing jobs with in 3 week. visit and reply me, is that cool

  12. Nasir Uddin

    Hi ! I’m nasir . I working in Singapore from 2007. Now I’m interested to work in Europe specially in Australia . I have experience about air condition .also I have driving licence and some other certified , working in construction site , from Singapore . If anybody help me I will greatful to …….. My hp . 6584674159

  13. Nasir Uddin

    Can you help me please?

    • We aren’t an employment agency Nasir and unfortunately can’t help you. You’ll have to follow some of the sites on this page to help you

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