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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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We'll give you a second while you pick your jaw off the floor! 😍 The colours of #BitterSprings are almost edible, with decadent turquoise blues from the springs set against the alluring green foliage of surrounding tropical woodlands. Feel like a float? Be sure to bring some goggles and a swimming noodle...the soft current will gently take you a hundred metres or so downstream! Just an hour south of #Katherine and moments from the small township of #Mataranka, this slice of paradise is only a five minute walk from the car park. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @looktheworldintheeye. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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How's the serenity? 🍃 Our version of Goldilocks, Buley Rockhole involves hopping from pool to pool until you find one that's just right! With a cascading collection of emerald rock pools that seem to go on forever, you could easily spend the whole day here. Just 90 minutes from #Darwin, #Litchfield National Park is a water-wonderland with a number of dip-worthy destinations dotted throughout the area, such as Florence Falls and Wangi Falls. If you're looking to stay and explore longer, accommodation is available in Batchelor, plus there's plenty of camping options within the park. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @babs.jojo! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The star-studded line-up is pretty impressive at the #DevilsMarbles (#KarluKarlu)! 🤩 These large granite boulders are located an hour south of #TennantCreek in the traditional country of the Warumungu, Kaytetye, Alyawarra and Warlpiri people. They call the Devils Marbles 'Karlu Karlu', which literally translates as ‘round boulders'. With no artificial light in the area to interfere, it's one of the best places in the world to stargaze. If you've always wanted to sleep under the ✨, there are a number of camp sites within the conservation reserve. Campers should be well equipped and carry their own water. Alternatively, you'll find the Devils Marbles Hotel just nine kilometres down the road! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @discoveringaus.  ​#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 water 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 crocodile mates, along with an airboat tour, helicopter flight and dinner under the stars. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @nicklovinadventure! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Can we take a moment to appreciate our backyard? The West MacDonnell Ranges are famous for their postcard-like scenery 😍 Shaded by towering cliffs and ghost gums, Simpsons Gap is the first of many adventure stops just west of #AliceSprings. There are several short walks nearby that show off the area’s native plants and wildlife. Our tip: Head here just before sunset; not only do the red gorge walls light up as the sun hits them, but you might also spot one of the local black-footed rock wallabies that call the area home. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jarradseng and @thehatchling. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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So, you've heard of #Litchfield National Park and all its big name attractions such as Wangi Falls and Buley Rockhole, but have you ever visited this surprising spot? Surprise Creek Falls is home to a small waterfall and a series of rock pools, perfect for a cool dip 🌴☀️ With two river crossings along the way, this spot is only accessible by four-wheel drive. The track is just a 40-minute drive off the main road and is followed by a short walk to the falls through a pretty monsoon forest. Stay a few nights at the campground and relax in this beautiful part of @TourismTopEnd, which never has too many people around at one time. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @thisislivin_barry_.  ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Spring has certainly sprung in @visitcentralaus and we're here for it! 🙌  @kendallbaggerly recently ventured to Ormiston Gorge, one of the many spectacular swimming spots near #AliceSprings. This oasis in the middle of the West MacDonnell Ranges is as pretty as a picture with red rock walls, towering trees and a permanent freshwater pool. BYO picnic rug, book and floatie 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Kendall. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Sail off into the sunset with us? 💜 To fully appreciate #Darwin's magnificent harbour, a boat cruise is definitely a must! Step aboard one of the many vessels and enjoy delicious canapes or a Territory-style buffet coupled with a glass (or two!) of bubbles 🍾 ​The stunning afternoon colour display is the highlight of this Top End experience with no two sunsets the same 🌅 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @wanderingofftrack_. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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@ParrtjimaAustralia - A Festival in Light starts tonight in #AliceSprings ✨ This annual free festival is the only authentic Aboriginal light event of its kind with 10 nights of dazzling light installations from a number of Aboriginal artists, set against the majestic MacDonnell Ranges. Alongside the artworks you can enjoy a program packed full of live talks, events and music by local musicians. Wondering what the name means? Local, senior Arrernte people chose the name 'Parrtjima' (pronounced Parr-Chee-Ma) as it suggests shedding both light and understanding on a subject.  ​​Photos: @jameshoranphoto (Image 2&4) and @seanscottphotography (image 3) ​#NTaustralia #RedCentreNT #Parrtjima

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