Everyone knows that wherever you go in the world, islands are where the cool kids hang out. Australia’s only island state, Tasmania, is no exception.
A verdant blend of powerful mountains, mulched walking trails, dense forests, enigmatic coastlines and scurrying wildlife, Tasmania is a wonderland of adventures.
And we’re bringing you the opportunity to travel there, to take up a position as a crew member of the famous Bruny Island Cruise team. If you’ve always fancied a life at sea, then this job is for you!
Your office will be the spectacular coastline of Bruny Island in southern Tasmania, as you undertake the environmental journey of a lifetime.
As part of our ‘Live like an Aussie’ promotion, we’re offering you the chance to win one of seven dream jobs, including this one in Tassie, including return flights and accommodation for the entire month!
Coming up, I’ll explain a little more about this unique opportunity, as well as providing some more information about taking your own working holiday in Tasmania.
More info on the prize
The prize includes a temporary job at the award-winning company plus a fully-functioning 12-month Working Holiday Visa, accommodation for the full duration of your employment, and return flights to Australia!
The visa will mean you can build this prize into a 12-month working holiday in Australia, giving you all the options available to British backpackers in the country (we’ll talk more about that in a moment).
The job will develop a wide variety of skills, as you assist the skipper and deckhand in the management of the boat, and making sure the passengers get the most out of their time on the island.
The friendly team of Bruny Island Cruises are full of passion about the local environment, and well adept at helping out with all kinds of duties, including the café, serving customers, and answering phone calls.
Although this is a voluntary position, it stands out as an incredible opportunity to assist in a world-class ecotourism business, improve customer service and team skills and, of course, learn to crew a boat!
How to enter
We want to offer everyone (eligible for an Aussie working holiday visa) the chance to win, so we’ve made it incredibly easy. No interviews. No paperwork. No CVs.
All you need to do, is visit the STA Travel Facebook Page, where Ned & Norma, our buzzy “career advisers” await. They’ll walk you through a fun entry process (don’t worry, no skills necessary!) and make sure you get your name in the running for the chance to win this working holiday in Australia.
Visit our Live Like an Aussie app on Facebook, click ‘Enter’, and select Tasmania (the little pink one off the south coast) and follow the instructions.
It will take you less than a minute, and it could end up being the best thing you do today!
Working Holidays in Tasmania
Tasmania makes the perfect spot to enjoy a Working Holiday, not least because of its plentiful harvests. Fruit picking and farm work in Tasmania are a great way for backpackers to earn cash, and experience the friendly culture of regional Tasmania.
More people than ever are heading to Tassie to take advantage of recent changes to the working holiday visa, which allows travellers who have worked as a seasonal worker in regional Australia for at least three months to apply for a second work visa in Australia.
Originally known as The Apple Isle, Tasmania’s reputation is today firmly cemented as Australia’s gourmet state, producing not only traditional crops such as apples, cherries, apricots and strawberries, but also more exotic produce such as saffron and wasabi.
Fruit picking in southern Tasmania’s Huon Valley remains a popular pastime for Working Holiday makers; head for Huonville, the major cherry and apple producing area.
Huon Valley Backpackers is located in the heart of this famous fruit growing district, and offers special weekly rates and transport to work.
The nearby Tamar Valley and further north, along Tasmania’s east coast are regarded as some of the finest areas for cool climate grape varieties — particularly rieslings, pinot noirs and sparkling varieties. March to August is the season for grape pruning and harvesting.
If you’re heading to Tassie, be prepared for changeable weather – a common saying in Tasmania is “if you don’t like the weather, come back in five minutes”, and four seasons in one day is not unheard of. It’s not all rural shenanigans though: Hobart, Tasmania’s buzzing capital, offers up great nightlife, which as a backpacker clutching a Working Holiday Visa, means an increased number of bar and restaurants jobs becoming available!
In all honesty, there are few places with so much on offer to enthusiastic working holiday makers. If you’re someone who loves the outdoors, and the smell of dew rising off a peaceful orchard, then this is definitely the place for you.