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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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If you're travelling through the West MacDonnell Ranges, don't forget to stop by Standley Chasm, where the rock appears to have been split by a giant pick-axe! A relatively short and easy drive from #AliceSprings, the chasm cuts through the tough quartzite to form a natural alleyway. Thousands of years' worth of surging flood waters are responsible for this beautiful site, which is best seen around noon on a sunny day when the high walls light up 🌟 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @grants_abroad! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Say g’day to the wildly photogenic Southern Rockhole in Nitmiluk National Park! We'd like to think that the NT has somehow found itself as the world’s unofficial capital of natural plunge pools - a reminder that it's anything but dry and sparse 💦 While getting to this spot does require a bit of bush-bashing, the beautiful turquoise waters are your welcomed reward. It’ll take you about an hour and a half to get to the falls from the Nitmiluk Visitor Information Centre, but there’s a strong chance that you’ll have it all to yourself when you arrive 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @un_sketch! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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Weekends = camping! With the weather starting to cool down in #RedCentreNT, we're pulling out the map and loading up the four-wheel drive 🚗⛺️️️️️ The only tricky part is picking out of all the awesome camping spots around #AliceSprings... there's plenty of options in the East and West MacDonnell Ranges, or you can head south to Rainbow Valley or Chambers Pillar. For the adventurous, there's also Palm Valley or Owen Springs Reserve. Not only can you expect an outback style campsite, you'll also be sleeping under some of the best night skies in the world! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @boenferguson.  #SeeAustralia

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Geez, #KingsCanyon - you somehow manage to look spectacular from every angle! Some might say regal 😜 If you're keen for magnificent views of the Canyon rim, the weathered domes of ‘The Lost City’ and the ‘Garden of Eden’, then the 6km Rim Walk is a must. When you’re standing up on top of the Canyon, looking out across the desert, the sheer walls and size of the surrounding landscape is absolutely mind-blowing. Don’t let the initial steep climb put you off, once you reach the top you’re rewarded with one of the most spectacular sights in central @Australia. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mattia_vivaldi 👍 #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Congrats, @_markfitz - you've found paradise 😍 According to Mark, "the deluxe beachfront eco tents here on Bremer Island are the perfect spot to sit back, relax and watch the waves roll in!" @BanuBanuRetreat can be found just off the coast of #EastArnhemLand and can be reached via ferry or a short 15 minute flight from #Gove (#Nhulunbuy) Airport. While relaxation is one of the main activities offered here, there's also plenty of bush walking trails and bird watching, along with fishing charters and guided mud crabbing tours. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Mark! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #ArnhemLand

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Feeling a bit chilly over on the coast at the moment? While the rest of @Australia are heading into the winter months, we're welcoming the return of the dry season in #TourismTopEnd. Think day time temperatures averaging around 30 degrees celsius 🙌 Speaking of, it's a great time to lock in those #Kakadu travel plans you've been thinking about, especially with so many amazing spots to enjoy the balmy weather 👉  including this hidden gem, Motor Car Falls 💦👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @waterfalling_in_love! #SeeAustralia #SeeKakadu

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Sit back and relax, folks - it's time to take in the afternoon show 😎Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge, the jewel of Nitmiluk National Park, brings life to the region through a series of waterways home to ancient rock art sites and a wide diversity of local wildlife. For spectacular views, take the Baruwei loop walk and stop at the Baruwei lookout for epic views into the gorge. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @luxurybackpacking! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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Warning: This image may cause you to book a trip to #Uluru! This iconic monolith is not only a magnificent natural formation, it's also a deeply spiritual place. You can feel a powerful presence the moment you first set eyes on it ✨ Sunset is one of the best times to take in this 348-metre high icon, particularly as it changes from ochre to burnished red and then intense red 😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @alyshiaturchyn! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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Here's a piece of pastel perfection for your Thursday morning 💜 The aboriginal rock art isn't the only thing that's world class at Ubirr... the sunsets are also some of the best you'll ever see! Time your visit for late afternoon and make your way along the walking trail, passing several stunning art sites before heading up to the lookout for sunset. Gazing out over the Nadab floodplain, you'll soon understand why so many people describe #Kakadu National Park as a land filled with wonder ✨ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @tatyanaleonov! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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