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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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Impressive from the bottom but breathtaking from the top, this is a hike with a difference. Wander up the rocky track to the top of Gunlom Falls and be rewarded with spectacular plunge pools that have been billed as nature's finest infinity pool. Complete with epic vistas over #Kakadu National Park, you're guaranteed Instaworthy shots aplenty 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @all.about.adventure! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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What surprises people most when they first visit #Uluru, you ask? It's much, much bigger than you think! It's 348 metres high and just over 10 kilometres to walk around 🙌 But that's just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Most of the rock is underground – it's estimated it extends 2.5 kilometres below ground level! The Base Walk is without a doubt the best way to explore this iconic rock up close 👉 it's been divided into six sections - you can choose to do just one or the whole loop! Following the footsteps of Aboriginal ancestors, you'll get to see the rock from all sides, discover ancient cave paintings and get a handle on the scale and variety of the monolith. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ditabrenna! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Twinkle, twinkle little star... how magical do the stars look at Edith Falls (Leliyn)?! 🎶🌟 We're used to seeing the upper rock pools in the daytime, but in our opinion, they look just as spectacular under a dreamy night sky. With very little light pollution in most parts of the NT, it's one of the best places in @Australia to view the stars in all their glory. If you've pitched your tent in the nearby camp ground, make sure you stick your head out and take a look 👀 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mdfletch!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Nature lovers will swoon over what's on offer in close proximity to #Darwin, particularly the waterfall-laden #Litchfield National Park 🙌@danandmoore recently captured this epic drone shot over Wangi Falls, one of the park's signature swimming hubs. With a stunning cliff face, an emerald-toned plunge pool and a cafe on-site, there's every reason to sit back and enjoy your surroundings. If you're looking to burn off lunch, the 1.6km return Wangi Falls walk takes you up to the escarpment where you'll have an amazing view of the stone country above the falls - can you spot the trail at the top of the photo?  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Dan! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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To summit up for you, #KingsCanyon is a must-see 😉 After 500 steep steps, you'll be sitting pretty at the top of these magnificent sandstone walls. The 6km Rim Walk is one of the most famous walks in the Red Centre and relatively easy once you make it to the top. The circuit walk traces the rim of the canyon for much of the hike before descending into the lush 'Garden of Eden' and back up to the top again 🙌 Located in Watarrka National Park, roughly halfway between #Uluru and #AliceSprings, Kings Canyon is one of many stops along the iconic Red Centre Way drive route. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ro_mytravels!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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We hate to be devil's advocate, @mitch.toft, but we don't think you're going to move it! The #DevilsMarbles (#KarluKarlu) were formed from an upsurge of molten rock that cooled and became solid beneath a layer of sandstone. Over millions of years the hardened granite cracked and water broke down the sandstone and then the granite. As a result, rounded granite boulders perched on top of each other have been revealed 🙌 This 1,802 hectare reserve extends along both sides of the Stuart Highway and is roughly 400 kilometres north of #AliceSprings. You can thank us later for the geology lesson 😜 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Mitch 👍  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Let us set the scene for you... a spectacular, 360-degree view of wetlands stretching endlessly out to the horizon and the stone country of Arnhem Land all bathed in the rich afternoon glow. Yep, we're talking about the lookout at Ubirr, #Kakadu National Park's most famous spot for sunset 🙌 As the sun begins to dip, the selfies start to slow and the crowd finds a perch to watch nature’s light show in awe. There ain't no #sunset like a Territory sunset, hey @_aswewander!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Luke and Jess 👍 #SeeAustralia #SeeKakadu

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When the scenes underwater are just as stunning as the one's above the surface! @cleocohen recently stopped by Bitter Springs, one of the most magical swimming spots in #TourismTopEnd! Hidden amongst palms and pandanas trees, this natural thermal pool is known for its ridiculously clear water and constant temperature of 32 degrees celsius. This little oasis is tucked away in the small township of Mataranka, an hour south of #Katherine and four hours’ south of #Darwin. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Cleo! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Row, row, row your boat... to relaxation! Welcome to @lorellaspringswildernesspark, a million acre coastal wilderness sanctuary in the Gulf of Carpentaria. Historical sites, aboriginal culture, swimming holes, gorges and the spectacular Lost City rock formations are just some of the features that make this family-owned cattle station a must-do. Base yourself at the homestead where you can take your pick of various accommodation options, grab a meal at the licensed bar and make the most of the magical hot springs just 200 metres away. Prepare to ditch your mobile - due to the park's remote location, there's no phone reception 👉 it's the ultimate place to disconnect! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mitch.toft.  #SeeAustralia

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