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Working holidays & visas in Australia

The Northern Territory gives visitors the opportunity to experience a lifestyle that's very different from the rest of Australia and the world.

Attracting backpackers internationally, a working holiday in Australia’s Northern Territory makes it easy to combine travel and work. Experience the real Outback working on a cattle station, picking fruit at a farm, or tending at a local pub or café. There are plenty of work options to choose from.

Job opportunities in the Northern Territory can be found working in hospitality, rural employment (farm work), tourism, construction and office/administration.

Working in the Top End

As the Northern Territory’s thriving capital, Darwin attracts travellers from all around the globe for its relaxed tropical lifestyle. With waterfront dining, outdoor adventures and rich historical experiences all within a few minutes of the city centre, there’s plenty to fill your time.

Litchfield National Park is just a 90-minute drive from Darwin and is a favourite for the locals year-round. It’s an easy day trip with a range of swimming spots and waterfalls. World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is on your door-step to explore, about a three hour drive from Darwin.

You can easily venture outside the city with work opportunities throughout the Katherine region where the tropics meets the Outback or further south in Tennant Creek, located close to the iconic Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles).




Working in the Red Centre

Alice Springs epitomises the Australian outback character. It’s your base camp for adventure with waterholes, biking and hiking trails, historic and wildlife centres and four-wheel driving all within easy access travelling to the East and West MacDonnell Ranges. The town offers a friendly vibe where it’s easy to find work and a place to live.

Enjoy your working holiday in the heart of Australia at Yulara, the township that lies at the base of Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Keep travelling throughout the region to Kings Canyon and discover Watarrka National Park with some great hiking trails on offer.




Find a job

To find a job, check local newspapers and search online job search engines, join the Darwin or Alice Springs backpacker Facebook pages for job posts, or hand out your resume in-person to local businesses.

For another way to find job opportunities, visit the Job Shack or the Backpacker Job Centre in Darwin. The friendly staff can help you with setting yourself up to be job ready and offer work and holiday packages with accommodation.

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How to get here

Darwin International Airport is a major gateway to Australia for international flights, offering easy access to and from Europe, America and Asia. Before you book, make it easier and cheaper to fly to Australia’s Northern Territory with an Australia Airpass.

Where to stay?

Need a place to stay when you first arrive? Booking into a local hostel is the perfect place to meet people and settle into your working holiday in Australia’s Outback.

Apply for a visa

To be eligible for a working holiday visa in Australia, you must be between 18 and 30 and apply for the visa before your trip. You can usually stay up to 12 months, work for up to six months for any one employer and study for up to four months. If you engage in harvest or 'specified' work, you may be eligible for a 12-month visa extension.

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From where you'd rather be on a Monday 😎 Looks like your visit to Florence Falls went swimmingly, @rebina_c 😜 Located in #Litchfield National Park, this spectacular double waterfall cascades into a crystal clear plunge pool, set in a pocket of monsoon forest. After a dip, don't forget to check out the viewing platform high above the falls for an awesome outlook of the valley and waterhole below. With sunny scenes like this, it might be time to say seeya to the daily grind and escape to @TourismTopEnd, whadda you reckon? Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Rebina! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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As the light gives way to darkness, a sea of colourful solar lights come to life against the backdrop of the mighty #Uluru. The #FieldOfLight exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara, is Bruce Munro’s largest work to date, with more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of nine football fields. The epic art piece will now be on show until 31 December 2020, giving you plenty of time to start planning your dream trip to the Red Centre! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @haydenwing 👍  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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Ubirr is one of the many places in #Kakadu National Park that truly feels like a land that time forgot ✨ With a number of Aboriginal rock art sites that date back thousands of years and a wild landscape of wholly untouched floodplains and escarpments, you'll feel like you've entered another world! This magnificent spot re-opened a couple of weeks ago and is looking as lush as ever after a particularly rainy wet season. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @luke.brookman! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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"They weren't joking about the middle of Australia being red - it's nothing short of amazing!" Welcome to the real outback, @harryvick 😉The Red Centre is home to a number of iconic natural wonders, however many people don't realise there's more than one big rock in this region! This distinctive flat-topped sandstone monolith is called #MountConner and often fools travellers on their way to #Uluru, earning it the nickname 'Fool-uru' 😂 After a surge of excitement and a flurry of photos, it eventually dawns on most of them that this rock actually looks quite different from Uluru's famous silhouette! While it might not be the rock they were looking for, that doesn't mean it's any less striking 😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Harry!

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When you have to touch it just to make sure its real 😜 Robin Falls is a pretty three-tiered waterfall that sits just outside the boundaries of #Litchfield National Park, near the township of Adelaide River. If you're keen to escape the crowds, this hidden gem is sure to be your new favourite spot! Roughly a 90 minute drive south of #Darwin, these falls are one of the many spectacular spots to cool off in @TourismTopEnd - no wonder they call this region a water lovers' paradise 💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @esther_grace1!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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WOAH 😍 Yeah, we might just add #EastArnhemLand to the very top of our must-do list! With turquoise water and a long stretch of white sand, it'd be easy to mistake Macassan Beach for some faraway overseas destination, but actually, this piece of untouched paradise can be found in the very north-eastern corner of the Territory! This beach is one of many designated recreation areas where visitors can spend their days fishing, boating, camping and exploring the diverse landscape. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_markfitz 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #ArnhemLand

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It's pretty safe to say that the night skies at the #DevilsMarbles (#KarluKarlu) are out of this world 🌏 There are few places in the world where you can see the stars like this ✨ While sunrise and sunset are typically most popular for viewing these large granite boulders, there's something other-worldly about them after dark. If you're keen to explore this geological wonder at night time, there's a bush campground on site or accommodation about 10 kilometres away. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @laurenepbath! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Not a morning person? We guarantee that'll change here 😍 Nestled among ancient dunes, @longitude131 is a gathering of sixteen tented pavilions designed to offer a luxurious outback sanctuary 🙌 With unparalleled views of #Uluru, 'camping' certainly doesn't get much more glamorous than this! Imagine waking up to @Australia's most iconic sight... literally at the end of your bed ❤️ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia,  @talesandtrails_ 👍 #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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