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Working holidays and 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 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.

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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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Take to the air and witness the magic of #Kakadu National Park 🚁 The complexity of this diverse landscape becomes an epic eruption of colour and life as you fly over world-famous wetlands, mighty floodplains, and on to the ancient sandstone plateaus of Arnhem Land. Helicopter and fixed-wing flights operate in both wet and dry seasons, departing from #Darwin and within Kakadu (Cooinda and Jabiru). Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@jasoncharleshill! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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@KingsCreekStation's secluded Dreamtime Escarpment accommodation offers the ultimate #glamping experience 🙌 The perfect base for exploring the epic #KingsCanyon, these “tents” (if you can call them that) are kitted out with air-conditioning, ensuites and a private deck to enjoy a glass of red while you watch the sunset. Lounge in the communal pool area, sit back on the viewing platform with a book or roast marshmellows around the campfire at night. A self-cook bush inspired BBQ dinner and breakfast hamper are part of the package along with drinks to complement your meals. If you're keen to go exploring, the station also offers quad bike tours, scenic flights and cultural experiences. Kings Canyon and Watarrka National Park can be found roughly halfway between Alice Springs and Uluru. Photo: @KingsCreekStation. ​#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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Soaking in the sandy spring-fed thermal pools of Elsey National Park is the stuff of fantasies, NT-style! Though nearby Mataranka Thermal Pool gets more hype, the lesser-known Bitter Springs has it all: tropical woodlands, a jungle-like stream and crystal clear water 💦🤩 Bring along a tube or noodle and float with the current from one end to the other - there's ladders for easy access! Just an hour south of #Katherine and moments from the small township of #Mataranka, this little piece of paradise is only a five minute walk from the car park. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jade_elise_collins! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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It's easy to see why we keep falling more and more in love with #Litchfield National park every day! 💚 Wangi Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls in the Top End. Less than a two hour drive from #Darwin, it's the ultimate place to cool down and get off the grid for a bit. For those of you who want to delve deeper into the lush tropical bush land, there are walking trails readily available 🍃 You can even finish off the day with a bite to eat at the conveniently located Wangi Falls Café, which is open all year round. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @iamsavi!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Rain, hail or shine; #Uluru never ceases to amaze ❤️ With over 65 tours and experiences on offer at this iconic monolith, there's no shortage of ways to explore the spiritual heart of @Australia. From bush-walking and segways to helicopter rides, bush tucker and dining under the stars, there's something for everyone. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @erinoutdoors. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Here in the Top End, we're all about adventure! 🤠 ​Set amongst the #Litchfield region’s spectacular cathedral termite mounds and lush open floodplains, @MattWright's @TopEndSafariCamp offers the ultimate outback experience with a side of luxury 👌 Collected from #Darwin, you'll stop by Berry Springs for a dip in the turquoise waters before heading to the camp and settling in to your lotus bell tell, complete with a double bed, outdoor shower, wooden decks and solar power. Activities include an introduction to Matt's incredible 17 foot saltwater crocodile, Tripod, along with an airboat tour, helicopter flight and dinner under the stars. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @iamsavi! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The essential NT road-trip: #AliceSprings to the #DevilsMarbles (#KarluKarlu) 🙌 A drive through our country’s heart is one every Australian should make! ​The Devils Marbles are piles of huge, and some not so huge, red and orange-coloured granite boulders, which look as though they’ve been dropped in the middle of the outback. In 1870, while surveying for the Overland Telegraph line, surveyor John Ross named the boulders the “Devils Marbles”, stating “This is the Devil’s country; he’s even emptied his bag of marbles around the place!” They're known as Karlu Karlu to the traditional owners – the Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people, which translates to 'round boulders'. These formations come into their own at sunrise and sunset, when the soft light illuminates the changing colours of the granite, transforming them from stunning pinks to bright reds. Stay overnight at the bush campground or alternatively, you can find Devils Marbles Hotel 8 kilometres down the road. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ettas_travels! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Great swimming spots are around every corner in #Litchfield National Park and Florence Falls is no exception! 💦 This cascading twin waterfall provides the perfect plunge pool for a refreshing dip almost year round. From the lookout you can survey the surrounding location, while there are a number of walks that provide a different perspective of the area. Super easy to access, the park is only a 1.5 hour drive from #Darwin. Accommodation is available in the nearby small township of Batchelor along with a number of camping areas dotted throughout the park. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@rachelgrixti! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Nature enthusiasts everywhere, Yellow Water Billabong in #Kakadu National Park is calling your name! 💚 Take a cruise with @KakaduTourism and you'll instantly feel like you've stepped back in time. The sheer serenity is unlike anything else 🙌 The national park is a haven for wildlife with one third of @Australia’s bird species found in Kakadu. You'll also spot crocodiles in their natural habitat and buffalo on the floodplains, so keep your camera ready! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia @jonny.melon.  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu #DoKakadu

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