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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're coming to you from turquoise paradise... otherwise known as Bitter Springs 💙 This slice of heaven is located in Elsey National Park, an hour south of #Katherine. You can rent a foam pool noodle from the local caravan park to help keep you afloat as you drift through the crystal clear water, before hopping out at the ladder and heading back to the beginning to do it all over again! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mrsreginapreston. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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@emilyyyland captured this glorious shot of #Uluru and #KataTjuta (in the distance!) on a #sunrise helicopter flight 🚁 She described the experience as a “real illustration of just how big this ancient rock really is!" There’s a helicopter tour to suit every traveller, including short, day-long, sunrise or sunset experiences with @professional_helicopters or @ayersrockhelicopters. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Emily! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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You don't have to travel far to get your nature fix in @TourismTopEnd! 🍃 Located only 40 minutes north of #Katherine in Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls (Leliyn) is a water lovers paradise 💙 The upper pool is the epitome of wild swimming with cool cascades and pretty bush land surrounds - well worth the 2.6km loop walk! With a grassy campground and kiosk onsite, there's every reason to stick around and enjoy this gorgeous location. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @__kiarajade. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #VisitKatherine

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*Pinch*...yep, it's a real place! The #KingsCanyon Rim Walk is full of surprises, particularly the 'Lost City', best described as a series of sandstone domes resembling structures you might have found in an ancient city 🙌 This sometimes challenging, but spectacular hike is 6 kilometres in length and has it all when it comes to epic scenery! Be sure to come prepared with an empty camera roll! 📸 Set in Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon can be found roughly halfway between #AliceSprings and #Uluru. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @nicklovinadventure! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Our thoughts go out to our interstate and international mates, particularly in Victoria, at this tough time. While many of you can't travel right now, we're committed to bringing you a daily dose of vitamin-NT and brightening your feed with wide open spaces, World Heritage-listed National Parks, waterfalls and swimming holes. And one day, hopefully sometime soon, you can come and see it for yourself 💛 @_aswewander recently packed up their troopy and hit the road west of #AliceSprings, stopping at 2 Mile, a firm favourite with locals 🏕 The 2 Mile campground can be found on the banks of the Finke River near Glen Helen Gorge in the West MacDonnell Ranges. While there are no toilets or fancy cooking facilities, this is free bush #camping at its finest...not only will you be surrounded by rolling mountain ranges, but you'll also be laying your head next to one of the oldest river systems in the world. Local tip: you'll need a 4WD to access this spot! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Luke and Jess. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Set in the towering escarpment country of #Kakadu National Park, they say Jim Jim Falls is so nice that they named it twice 😜 Boasting a sheer 200m drop, crystal clear waters and a white sandy beach, Jim Jim offers one of the most unique swimming experiences in @Australia. In the dry season the falls stop running and you can hike into the heart of the gorge and sit in the shadow of these spectacular cliffs. The 2 kilometre return walk is graded as moderately difficult, but rest assured, you'll be well rewarded for your efforts! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@nickwillox.  ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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When they tell you the NT is just one big desert 🤣 #Litchfield National Park is full of hidden gems but this heavenly spot has to be one of its brightest! Say 👋 to Tjaynera/Sandy Creek Falls! Located just 1.4 kilometres from the carpark, Sandy Creek was made for days filled with life's simple pleasures... kicking back with a good book, a cool dip or a stroll through the monsoon forest. These falls are accessible by 4WD vehicle only, making them an idyllic spot for a quiet camping weekend filled with frolicking in the clear waters of the plunge pool. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @territory_dayze. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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There's no shortage of gorge-ous views at Ormiston Gorge in @visitcentralaus 😍 Located in the spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges near #AliceSprings, Ormiston is well known for its permanent freshwater swimming hole and epic towering red walls. While the water is a bit chilly over the winter months, it's the perfect time for getting out on one of the many hiking trails in the area, including the Pound and Ghost Gum walks. Nature therapy at its very best 🙌 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @cedalisemariotti. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The perfect end to another perfect day in #Darwin 🌴 Welcome to @MindilBeachResort's appropriately named beach club, Infinity 💦 ​While it's currently not possible to stay at the resort, visitors can still come and enjoy a number of onsite venues such as this one! Spend the day blissfully lounging on a sunbed, swimming in the glistening pool or grazing on scrumptious snacks while taking in the best panoramic beach sunset in town! ​To our mates who can't visit at this time, we look forward to sharing a cool drink with you in the near future. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @goossenick. ​ #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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