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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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Surrounded by semi-arid desert in all directions, @Australia’s Red Centre might be one of the country’s driest landscapes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get wet – the rugged West MacDonnell Ranges (the West Macs to locals) hide several sensational swimming holes in the gorges that bite into the ancient rocky ranges. The waterhole at Ormiston Gorge is a scenic 1.5 hour drive from #AliceSprings and an easy 5 minute walk from the car park. The cool water is wonderfully refreshing over the summer months! Just 15 minutes' away you'll find @glenhelenlodge, a great spot for a post-swim meal! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @photobohemian. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Floating through the work week like... 😜 There’s nothing better than relaxing in a natural spa, and they don’t come much better – or cheaper – than the free hot springs in the town of #Mataranka. Crystal clear and luke warm rather than hot, and surrounded by lush pandanus and monsoon forest, Mataranka Thermal Pool is a favourite cooling off spot for locals and travellers. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @outtaorbit_! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas! 🎄🧡 These bright red and orange flowers are arguably one of the Top End's prettiest sights at this time of the year. Commonly known as flame trees, you can spot them around #Darwin and surrounds. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@ashleydobson! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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A marble-ous view of the moon in @VisitCentralAus! These huge granite boulders, one of the NT's many geological wonders, can be found scattered across a wide valley, 100 kilometres south of #TennantCreek. The #DevilsMarbles or Karlu Karlu, as they’re called by the traditional owners, were formed naturally, slowly eroding over millions of years into their strange and sometimes gravity-defying shapes. Camp at the conservation reserve overnight to see the large boulders change colour in the early morning light and setting sun. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @imlukemackenzie! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Let's be honest, it's the end of the year and we're totally ready for annual leave! Cue, Buley Rockhole! Perhaps the most popular swimming spot in #Litchfield National Park, Buley combines a number of rock pools with a breathtaking backdrop of tropical bush land and escarpment. Set just an hour and a half from the centre of #Darwin, it’s the perfect place to while away the day. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@teigannash! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Fact: wine tastes better with a tropical sunset! ☀️ To fully appreciate #Darwin's magnificent harbour, step aboard the 25 metre multi-level catamaran, the ‘Charles Darwin' and enjoy a delicious Territory-style buffet on their iconic sunset dinner cruise. If you prefer, you can simply relax with a drink and yummy platter on the bridge deck! The stunning afternoon colour display is the highlight of this Top End experience with no two sunsets the same. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_markfitz! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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@lolahubner recently found the “best seat in the house"! #Uluru, the magnificent sandstone monolith in the heart of the Red Centre, was formed over 550 million years ago and has a presence unlike any other. If you're self-driving, watch the colours change from the sunset viewing area within the national park. Alternatively, join a tour with @seitoutbackaustralia or @aatkings and listen to fascinating information about the region with a glass of sparkling wine in hand as the sun goes down 🙌 Keen for your own outback adventure? @JetstarAustralia are currently offering sale fares to Uluru - hit up the link in bio to learn more! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Lola. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Always wondered what it looks like through the gorge at Ellery Creek Big Hole? 😍 High red cliffs, a large waterhole and a sandy creek fringed by gums makes this one of the prettiest spots west of #AliceSprings. Bring your bathers over the summer months, float on your back and gaze up at the rock sandwich, formed over thousands of years by flood waters 🙌 Whether you pack an overnight bag, or plan to finish the route in one day, you'll get major bang for your driving buck in the West MacDonnell National Park. With it's stunning beauty, permanent waterholes and rich diversity of plants and animals, the park is not to be missed. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @pianemec! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Ready for an epic adventure? Tune in tonight at 7.30pm (AEST) for Channel 10’s @amazingraceau finale… held in the Top End! The contest starts in #Darwin with the final teams racing to the finish line in #Katherine. Where the outback meets the tropics, @VisitKatherine boasts a number of attractions, namely the magnificent Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. The gorge-ous views and walking tracks will impress even the most adventurous of hearts! Watch the teams tackle a variety of NT-style challenges, including canoeing, helicopter rides and a visit to @KatherineOutbackExperience. Pssst… keen for your own Top End adventure? @jetstaraustralia are currently offering sale fares to Darwin! Find the link in our bio. ​Photo: Shaana McNaught #NTaustralia

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