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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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The lookout at Ubirr is easily one of #Kakadu National Park’s highlights, particularly at sunset 💚 The large rock escarpment is free of handrails and concrete pathways, which is very much part of the appeal. After a 250 metre climb, you’re greeted with views across the floodplains and Arnhem Land. The sublime scenes from the tallest of Ubirr’s rocky outcrops is unforgettable 🙌 Dragonflies dart about and cockatoos call out as a golden ball of fire sinks into the green of the Nadab floodplain below. The lookout is reached via an impressive Aboriginal rock-art gallery, considered one of the best in the world, with fine examples of x-ray painting as well as contact art from the time when Indigenous people first encountered Europeans. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @nics_mindset! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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It’s not hard to see why Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge is a Top End must do! The gorge-ous views and breathtaking walking tracks will impress even the most adventurous of hearts, or maybe you’ll choose to take it easy on a boat cruise with @NitmilukTours 👌 Open year round, the region is home to some of the most stunning gorge scenery in the NT. Consisting of 13 separate gorges, this maze of waterways stretches for 12 kilometres and extends more than 70 metres high. Our tip: Check out Pat's Lookout for spectacular views of the first gorge! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

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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. There are a number of camp sites within the conservation reserve if you'd like to sleep under the stars. 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, @mitch.toft. ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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#Darwin sure is strong in the sunset department! 💜 We're treated to awesome explosions of colour year round in the Top End but somehow the sunsets seem to get eveeeeen better as the tropical summer approaches. Any local will tell you that Mother Nature cranks it up a notch or two between November and April, when our cruisey capital city gets in the spirit of the tropics 🌴 ​Due to the size of Darwin's harbour (it's larger than Sydney's!), there are plenty of vantage points to take in the free afternoon show - the locals love Mindil Beach, @stokeshillwharf, East Point Reserve and Nightcliff Jetty 🙌 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lilynorth3! ​ #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Keen for a day at the spa, NT style? Found in #Litchfield National Park, Buley Rockhole is a cascading collection of emerald rock pools that seem to go on forever.... so you can skip those expensive spa treatments and take a seat while fast flowing whitewater gives you a shoulder massage! If you're visiting the park, only 90 minutes south of #Darwin, make sure you also check out the iconic termite mounds and other swimming holes such as Florence Falls and Wangi Falls. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @powershala! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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@ellebaut recently snapped these stunning shots at Glen Helen Gorge, 90 minutes' drive from #AliceSprings. Set against a gorge-ous outback vista of towering red cliffs, the permanent waterhole is part of the Finke River - thought to be one of the oldest river systems in the world! As the weather starts to warm up here in the Red Centre, it's the ultimate spot for a cool dip. Just a short stroll from here, you'll find @glenhelenlodge 👉it's a great base to explore the surrounding West MacDonnell Ranges with various room or camping options, along with a restaurant and bar. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elle! ​ #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Surrounded by an exotic landscape and a profusion of wildlife, Bamurru Plains offers the ultimate bush experience. This @wildbushluxury safari lodge has exclusive access to 300 km² of floodplains and savannah woodland on the Mary River, on the edge of #Kakadu National Park. There's only 10 safari-style bungalows and each suite overlooks the floodplain 🙌 With mesh walls on three sides you can hear and see the wildlife and wilderness around you. Their activities are just as unique - you can watch as hundreds of birds take flight from around the infinity-edge pool, spot saltwater crocodiles as you skim across floodplains by airboat or search for buffalo and wallabies on an open top safari drive. ​#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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The NT's @jessicamauboy1 is the star of yesterday's @stellarmag captured at #Uluru 🧡 Swipe across to see the cover! ​#NTaustralia

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Get your camera ready - we're flying over Edith Falls (Leliyn)! ​Located roughly 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, @blakeleighsmith! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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