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10 Popular Places For Backpackers To Work In Australia

One of the most popular places in the world for backpackers is Australia. The country is huge and provides temporary work for visitors from all over the globe, and if you are planning Australian holidays, there are work opportunities in every state.

Fruit Picking

This is a great job if you want to be outdoors. There is little skill required, but you will have to be physically fit. There are fruit picking jobs all over the country. You will be required to pick, pack and sometime prune fruit trees.


If you are a registered nurse, and also a backpacker, there are plenty of opportunities for part time nursing jobs. Everything from critical care to hospital nursing, hospice and home care nursing opportunities are available.

Clerical Work

One of the best paying backpacker jobs in Australia is administration and clerical work. Once you arrive in the land down under, sign up for job recruitment agencies that will be able to find you temporary work while you are backpacking around the country.

Car and Camper Relocation

Most backpackers are on a tight budget, but you can travel for free and see more of Australia if you work for a transfer car company. You will be driving campervans, rental cars and trucks between cities and major towns in Australia.


If you have little experience, there are families and agencies in Australia who are looking for temporary baby sitters and nannies. Of course you have to like children, and have references, but you may be able to get free room and board.

Hostel Jobs

Once you arrive, make a beeline to the local hostels as they are almost always looking for backpackers to work for a few hours. Not only will you get free food and accommodation, but you may even earn a small wage.


Most companies are always on the look-out for casual employees who can help them sell their products or services. One of the best ways to see the sights is to apply for short term employment at a department store. You can travel from town to town and work casually.

Attraction Attendants

Australia has amazing theme parks, attractions and experiences where you can apply to be a casual worker. If you have food experience you could get a job in the kitchen, or work as an attraction attendant.

Restaurant Work

Eateries are always looking for experienced employees. If you worked at a restaurant in your native country, you have a very good chance of finding a job in Australia. Take a look at the classifieds, or set out on foot.

Mystery Shoppers

If you love to shop, get free stuff, and get paid, you will love being a mystery shopper. Towns and cities all over Australia are looking for people who can give honest reviews on restaurants and shops. All you need to qualify is internet access and good writing skills.

Backpacking is one of the best ways to see the sights, but if you are on a tight budget you may have to get a temporary job when you go on Australian Holidays. Keep your eyes and ears open and do not forget to talk to the locals, as they may be able to find you something that you would never have discovered on your own.

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