Working Holiday Visa: Tips & Advice on Finding Regional Work

Hey Everyone !!!

Today for Travel Thursdays I’m going to give you tips and advice on the best ways to search for regional work and how to find your regional work. If you don’t already know my background then check out my other travel posts here.

Before I came to Australia I was under this illusion that finding regional work would be easy and I’d make loads of money….wrong! While I was having so much fun in the cities I had at the back of my mind that I could leave organising my regional to the last minute….wrong again! So as I’ve been through the hunt myself and also helped friends and friends of friends out on their hunt I thought it would be handy for you all to have everything in the one place and make it simple so hopefully you’ll be prepared and save some time.


First things first! Regional work is obviously a must for those on their first year working holiday visa seeking a second year working holiday visa. You find full info on the requirements here.

Certain postcodes and certain jobs within these postcodes are the ones that count towards your second year visa. The list is long and you’ll definitely find something. Check out qualifying postcodes:

Australian Capital Territory
The Australian Capital Territory is not classified as part of regional Australia.

New South Wales
2311 to 2312, 2328 to 2411, 2420 to 2490, 2536 to 2551, 2575 to 2594, 2618 to 2739, 2787 to 2898.
Note: Excludes Sydney, Newcastle, the Central Coast and Wollongong.

Northern Territory
All of Northern Territory is classified as part of regional Australia.

4124 to 4125, 4133, 4211, 4270 to 4272, 4275, 4280, 4285, 4287, 4307 to 4499, 4510, 4512, 4515 to 4519, 4522 to 4899. Note: Excludes the Greater Brisbane area and the Gold Coast

South Australia
All of South Australia is classified as part of regional Australia.

All of Tasmania is classified as part of regional Australia.

3139, 3211 to 3334, 3340 to 3424, 3430 to 3649, 3658 to 3749, 3753, 3756, 3758, 3762, 3764, 3778 to 3781, 3783, 3797, 3799, 3810 to 3909, 3921 to 3925, 3945 to 3974, 3979, 3981 to 3996.
Note: Excludes Melbourne metropolitan area.

Western Australia
6041 to 6044, 6083 to 6084, 6121 to 6126, 6200 to 6799.
Note: Excludes Perth and surrounding areas.

Best Paid Jobs:

I recommend you seeking jobs that pay more (obviously!). These include Traffic Controlling, cotton picking and harvesting.  A lot of people go to Darwin to do traffic controlling. Keep in mind you will need to do a ticket to get work. It’s pricey and you’ll need to do it in NT. Here’s a few links to two traffic management companies. One is Arafura Traffic Management and the other is Core Traffic Control.

Fruit Picking:

If these options fail then fruit picking and packing is your next option. To save some time I’d recommend checking out this link which shows what fruit is in season and when. You just choose your region and it shows you what’s in season. This will help you choose the places you will get plenty of work so that you can make some money.

Region 1

Once you figure out when you want to start and what’s in season you can then start your search. A lot of farms post ads on Gumtree so if you search for example ‘orange picker’ rather than ‘farm work’ a list of jobs will come up. It’s best to be specific.

A lot of people also post jobs on the Irish Around Australia groups on Facebook.

Irish Around Australia

Irish Around Melbourne

Irish Around Sydney

Irish Around  Perth

Irish Around Darwin

Irish Around Brisbane

Working Hostels:

The other option is to try working hostels. Here you pay for board and they send you off to work each day. Try and go to places that have a good reputation. Look them up on Facebook and see if they have reviews. There’s a lot dodgy ones out there but if you find a good one I recommend it. I personally think this is the safest option for girls.

Where I Did My Regional Work:

The working hostel I went to is the Murray River Queen in Waikerie South Australia. We were the first group of people that were there so I have to admit we were the group that obviously experienced the teething issues of them starting up their business which I believe have all been ironed out. In terms of getting the work done, I was signed off after 88 days of being there which was amazing! I lived on the boat with about 80 other people and it was definitely a great experience in terms of meeting lots of people too. Here’s their Facebook as well. It seems that a lot of people have had a lot of fun here while getting their visas.

Regional Murray River

Picture of Mine:

Here’s a not so attractive picture of mine for you to have a good laugh at!!!

Louise Regional

Applying For Your Second Working Holiday Visa:

Once you start you work remember to keep all your payslips, rent receipts etc. This will be proof of your work once you’ve left and are applying for your second visa. You’ll need to have your employers ABN and I recommend getting them to complete the Employment Verification Form. You can then apply for your visa online.

If you have any questions at all please comment below or write to me on Facebook.

Louise xxx

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