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Working Holiday Visa: Work and Travel in Australia

Are you wondering what life is like when you work and travel in Australia? Considering adding it to your bucket list? These two photos do a pretty good job of summing up what you can expect…

The first photo was taken at Port Douglas (Queensland) at sunrise and the other at Byron Bay (New South Wales) at sunset. Both photos have perfectly captured the addictive energy of every single place that we visited along the East-Coast. People of all ages and nationalities come together to soak up every ounce of nature and adventure that they can. There is an undeniable feeling of appreciation for life and a ‘young and free’ mentality that resonates no matter where you go. Each person that I know who has visited Australia has instantly felt a strong and irreversible attachment and has craved to return ever since.

Australia seems to have got a memo that the rest of the world is still waiting for. Work is a small part of life. Spending time with friends and focusing on your serenity is made a priority.

The country offers everything that a traveller’s heart could desire. One day, you can be feeling the weight of a breath-taking waterfall pummel your shoulders; the next you’re driving a 4×4 across vast sand dunes; then trekking through humid rainforests or burning your feet on the white sand of paradise beaches.


Australia offers such a wide variety of natural landscapes, exotic animals and unforgettable opportunities that it attracts millions of backpackers and travellers each year. Hostels are littered throughout every town and thousands of campervans take to the roads to explore the country’s many offerings. (Read more about our Road-Trip (with your FREE map) HERE!)

Not only that, if you are eligible for a Working Holiday Visa, you can earn much-needed travel funds as you spend time exploring Down-Under. Spending your days serving tables or frothing the perfect latte means that you can live life like a local long-term in your favourite Aussie place of choice and become one of the many working backpackers that form communities that very quickly feel like family.

I headed to Australia because I had some family members there that I wanted to get to know. I wasn’t quite expecting to leave a piece of my heart behind there too!

SO, if I have officially sold this incredible country to you, start checking off this list of criteria in order to continue…

  • Are you aged between 18 and 30?
  • Do you hold a passport from one of the eligible countries? (e.g. Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Korea, Malta, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands, United Kingdom – phew)
  • Are you child-less (or not planning to have your dependent child accompany you on the trip at any point)?
  • Do you have sufficient funds to last your entire trip, purchase adequate health insurance and be able to buy a flight back home?
  • Are you currently outside of Australia?

If the answers to all of the above questions are a big fat YES, then we have a winner! You may be eligible to start the best adventure of your life with the Australian Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417)….

CLICK HERE  to access the Australian Government website and begin your application.

It costs approximately $500AUD to apply and once granted, you are able to work in Australia for up to 12 months (6 months max with one employer)!

Once you’re in Australia, it is very easy to set up everything else you need to be able to work with your new employer such as Social Insurance Number, Bank Accounts, Tax Refunds, etc (Read more about your ‘Adulting’ Responsibilities HERE!)

And if you fall in love with the country and your new life Down-Under (which I’m telling you, you most definitely will…) there are options to extend your Working Holiday Visa for a 2nd year if you complete 3 months or 88 days of specified work in Regional Australia (e.g. Agriculture work on a farm).
So your Aussie adventure can keep on goin’!  You’re welcome.

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13 Comments

  • Reply
    lau
    June 13, 2018 at 10:11 am

    Many people told me visiting Australia is a MUST and since it is so far from my country, most of those who go there spend at least 3 weeks.

    xx
    lau
    http://www.malibluemymind.com/2018/06/blue-tiful-horizon.html

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    Kelly Keegan
    June 13, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Your enthusiasm is so contagious, this is such a lovely piece of writing that has made me want to go… Being 33 is such a misery! That picture of you walking in the water was breathtaking, it looks serene!

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    kat
    June 13, 2018 at 2:21 pm

    omg its so funny, my goal is to move to Australia next year and now I REALLY want to go! 😀

  • Reply
    Tilly
    June 13, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    I’m from Australia and never really think about it this way because I’m so used to it but after reading your post I see Australia for what it really is – a beautiful country full of opportunity

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    gail
    June 13, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Definitely on my list! Has been for a long time, I need to live that lifestyle 🙂

  • Reply
    Cait
    June 13, 2018 at 10:58 pm

    Ahh this is on my bucket list for sure to go and this is a great guide!

  • Reply
    Nailil
    June 14, 2018 at 12:21 am

    I definitely want to travel in Australia. I hope that it is soon too.
    Xx, Nailil
    http://thirtyminusone.com/

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    Cassie & Joseph - No Compass Necessary
    June 14, 2018 at 3:25 pm

    This looks like such a fantastic trip – definitely on our list now 🙂

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    George Simon
    June 14, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    What a helpful article! I’ve always wanted to visit Australia, I’ll have to make it a priority on my travel dream list!

  • Reply
    Ashley
    June 14, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Australia looks so beautiful! Definitely in my travel bucket list!

  • Reply
    Kate Andrews
    June 14, 2018 at 10:05 pm

    I have a cousin you used to live in Sydney and worked at the Opera House. She LOVED it. Australia is on my bucket list for sure!

  • Reply
    Jenn
    June 14, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    This is for sure on my bucket list! So fun!

  • Reply
    tachira wiltshire
    June 15, 2018 at 7:29 pm

    Australia looks like a pretty awesome place to live. I had no idea there were so many beautiful beaches there. i sadly do not qualify and I think it would probably take me two days to get there from Barbados lol

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