In order to get your second working holiday visa in Australia you must complete 88 days of regional work, which can be anything from farming, fruit picking, fishing, pearling and mining. So how do you get through the whole thing without giving up and going home? Rachael is here to give you her survival tips from her own 88 days of farm work.
Okay, so your back will ache, your hands will be raw, you’ll never be able to look a banana (or whatever fruit/veg you’re picking) in the face again, and will no doubt start assuming that work boots paired with sweatpants is a winning look, but after all of that (plus lifelong friends, unrivaled poker skills, an insane suntan, spectacularly ripped calf muscles and money in the bank…) you’ll qualify for a second working holiday visa. Which basically means an extra year in Australia, and who doesn’t want that. This is your ‘I’m a celebrity/survival island’ moment. Embrace it.
I did the 88 days of farm work, which you could actually class as 90, thanks to a couple of tomato picking days in Bundaberg! The majority of my time was spent at a family-run macadamia farm in Dorroughby, 30 minutes from Byron Bay. Yes, farm work is hard, there’s no doubt about that – it’s not meant to be easy, but it’s definitely worth it. When I look back at my time on the farm, I don’t shudder (although I occasionally do when I see a bag of macadamia nuts or cherry tomatoes in the supermarket) but I think about it with a sense of accomplishment and happiness. It was a totally different experience, one that I probably won’t ever get again.
A wise man once said (probably in a mystical voice) ‘Travel is the only thing you can buy that will make you richer.’ After living, working and travelling in Australia using the magical WHV*, I certainly feel he deserves his ‘wise man’ status.
But how specifically did I become richer? I hear you ask… Well, here are 9 amazing things I gained and YOU could be gaining if you dare make the same great decision I did.
*Working Holiday Visa
There’s more to Thailand than full moon parties and buckets. We are given the privilege of travel, so why not give something back? By volunteering in Thailand you’ll immerse yourself in the country’s culture and really get to know the wonderful people of Thailand. Whether working with animals is your thing or you’ve always wanted to teach English, here are two fantastic ways to immerse yourself in Thailand…
Big shout out to our wise traveller Emma Moreton for telling us about her personal experience at the Elephant Nature Park… she was the one scooping the poop!
Volunteering with elephants
A working holiday in New Zealand is a fantastic way to gain work experience abroad and earn a few dollars while you do it. It gives you the flexibility to fund your trip while you explore the country and in the process make some great mates! It may sound scary but it’s not as hard as you think. The visa process is really simple, great value compared to other countries and STA can help you every step of the way. The experience of working in New Zealand is invaluable. Here’s what you can get out of living and working in one of the most beautiful countries in the world:
1.Make new mates
Dreaming of sleeping under the Outback stars or getting plenty of time to swim in the Australian surf? Then why not consider travelling Down Under on a Working Holiday Visa, earn some dollars whilst you travel and get to experience more of the Aussie dream.
We couldn’t think of anywhere better to escape to than Queensland, from the Gold Cost to the Great Barrier Reef, sun soaked Queensland has got it going on from backpackers and working holiday hunters, so why not take advantage of the opportunity to take a working holiday, after all, you have your entire life to work a typical 9-5…
These tips will help you avoid the pitfalls and get more of the good stuff from beautiful Australia.