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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.

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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#Litchfield National Park has more than its fair share of pristine waterfalls, including this beauty 👉 Florence Falls. Follow the stairway leading down through tropical rainforest to the massive pool where you can swim under this breathtaking double waterfall 💦 After a refreshing dip, wander up to the platform high above the falls for panoramic views of the open valley and the waterhole below. Only a short 1.5 hour drive from #Darwin, Litchfield is a nature lovers' paradise with lush walks,  scenic campgrounds and 4WD tracks 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @leniferrer!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The @alicespringsdesertpark have welcomed five new baby Thorny Devil's this month 😍 Thorny Devils (also known as mountain devils or thorny lizards) are day-active, ant-eating reptiles that grow 20cm long and can live 20 years. When they locate a trail of ants they lick them up with their short, sticky tongue - scientists calculate that Thorny Devil's might eat a thousand or more ants in a single meal 😮 The Desert Park currently have two on display in the Nocturnal House and the hatchlings will be rotated for public display. Located just 10 minutes' drive from the centre of #AliceSprings, the wildlife park is the ultimate place to learn more about the Red Centre's native flora and fauna.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Desert Park team!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Crystal clear thermal pools surrounded by paperbark and palm forest... in the middle of the outback?! The NT might have a reputation for being dry and sparse, but hidden amongst its landscapes are oases of emerald waterholes, warm springs and cascading falls. @ninetofiveevasion recently stopped by #Mataranka Thermal Pool where the springs bubble up at 32 degrees to fill a semi-man made pool of perfectly turquoise water under a shady canopy of tropical woodlands 🙌 Located within Elsey National Park, you can find this piece of paradise an hour south of #Katherine and four hours south of #Darwin. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Joel and Sarah! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Don't get us wrong, scenic flights over #Uluru are pretty epic, but check out this incredible view of #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas) from the air! 🚁 Roughly 35 kilometres west of #Uluru, the 36 domes that make up this other-worldly natural wonder sit shoulder to shoulder and form a spectacular and unique configuration of deep valleys and steep gorges spread over more than 20 kilometres (12.4 miles). Many parts of Kata Tjuta are either sacred or inaccessible, so a scenic flight is one of the best ways to see the whole formation and get a true understanding of its size 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @nomadiclio! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #SeeUluru

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It's found on postcards and in paintings, and if the light is right when you visit, it takes your breath away... yep, we're talking about Ormiston Gorge! Out of all the gaps and gorges in the West MacDonnell National Park just west of #AliceSprings, it has to be one of the most impressive 💛 Whilst the gorge is famous for its waterhole, one of the other very special things about this place is that it showcases the spectacular geology and landforms of the park. The best way to appreciate the scenery of Ormiston Gorge and Pound is to follow one of the many marked walking tracks. There are a number of trails with varying levels of difficulty, ranging from 5 minutes to 3-4 hours. When you're ready for a break, head to the kiosk where you can grab lunch and a coffee! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @i2snap_pics.  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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"Will you be my #Valentine?" Meet Marmalade... the owner of the world's CUTEST face! He lives at @thekangaroosanctuary where their main mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release orphaned baby kangaroos back into the wild. Kangaroos who can’t be returned to their native habitat are released into the 188 acre property. If you'd like to meet Marmalade and his mates you can book a sunset tour of the Sanctuary, which is just a short drive from #AliceSprings in @visitcentralaus. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kangaroosanctuary! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ValentinesDay

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Located about 60 kilometres from #Katherine in Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls (Leliyn) rewards those up for a hike. The main pool at the base of the falls is beautiful, but it’s also well worth hiking to the upper pool via the 2.6 kilometre Leliyn loop walk. It ticks all the boxes for Top End swimming heaven: a plunge pool you could swim in for hours; mesmerising rock formations and a scenic walking trail 🙌 Edith Falls has a grassy campground along with a small kiosk if you're keen to stay and explore the area, including the longer Sweetwater Pool hike.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @koojo! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Camping goals 🙌 #EastArnhemLand is a nature lovers' paradise with wild and untamed landscapes that have remained the same for centuries. @talesofavanwife shared this awesome shot of her sweet set-up at Little Bondi - one of the many stunning beaches within a relatively short driving distance from #Nhulunbuy (#Gove), the region's main township. Not far from Little Bondi (Baringura), you'll also find Turtle Beach (Ngumuy) and Macassan Beach (Garanhan). If you're planning a visit to Arnhem Land, make sure you look into travel permits with the Northern Land Council or the Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation before your trip 👍  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Phoebe! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #ArnhemLand

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Just your standard evening at Glen Helen Gorge 🌟 Set against a stunning outback vista of towering red cliffs, the permanent waterhole here is part of the Finke River - thought to be one of the oldest river systems in the world! With little to no light pollution in the area, you can pitch your tent in the nearby campground at @glenhelenlodge and see the #stars like never before. If you're not keen on camping, the lodge also has a number of hotel rooms with all of the creature comforts of home. It's the ultimate base for exploring the surrounding West MacDonnell Ranges with a restaurant and bar onsite. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jaydidphoto!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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