Thursday, November 3, 2011

Working Holidays in Queensland

When it comes to a backpacking adventure, one of the biggest considerations (apart from getting your hands on a decent travel insurance policy) is making your money stretch. For this reason, many backpackers choose to incorporate a working holiday into their travels, so that they can manage to supplement the flitting about they’re doing with some cold hard cash—preferably earned doing something enjoyable! If you’re planning a working holiday in Australia, Queensland is one of the best places to locate yourself, with not only a stack of working holiday opportunities, but a range of stunning natural attractions on offer. Here are just a few examples of how you could swing that all-important work/life balance in beautiful sunny Queensland…

Fruit Picking

Queensland is Australia’s tropical fruit growing haven, with everything from bananas to mangoes and coconuts growing like wildfire in the lush environment. As a result, seasonal fruit pickers are always in hot demand, which is perfect for the traveller who wants to experience the great Aussie outdoors while they’re hard at work!


‘WOOFing’ stand for ‘Working On Organic Farms’, and is a beautifully symbiotic relationship between Aussie farmers and international tourists. Basically, it is a program that offers travellers the chance to work on farms throughout Australia in exchange for accommodation and food. In Queensland, these farms occupy some of the most beautiful natural settings in the country, whether it’s an oyster farm in the far north or a mango farm on the mid-Queensland coast. In return for your hard work on the farm (if it goes for 3 months or longer) the Australian government will grant you an additional year on your working visa. Win/Win!

Resort Work

The Whitsundays, some of the most beautiful and heavily traveled islands in the world, are a series of gems in Queensland’s crown. Because of the constant need for hospitality staff, a popular choice for travellers is to find work on one of the resorts in the islands. Your job could be anything from picking up tourists at the airport to cleaning rooms, but the payoff is waking up each morning in one of the most beautiful places on earth. With turquoise waters and white sands, there’s not much that can dampen your mood in tropical far north Queensland.

City Work

If farming and resort work aren’t really your things and you’d prefer to get a job in the city, Brisbane is the perfect centre to find an office job. A vibrant cultural and economic hub, there’s no shortage of things you can do in a Brisbane job. What’s more, Brisbane accommodation is still much more reasonable than the outrageous rents charged in Sydney and Melbourne, so you can rest assured that you’ll get more bang for your buck!

A working holiday is the perfect way to combine work and play. Consider making Queensland the destination for your next working holiday. Not only does it have a climate most countries only dream of, but it also has a host of opportunities for every skill level.

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