Found yourself travelling Australia with a Working Holiday Visa (417), but don’t think a year is enough time to see the whole of the great nation? Then why not extend your visa by completing 88 days regional work? Like many other backpackers out there you could find a job in order to earn your second year visa. But before you start looking for your regional work, you should think seriously about what you’re about to do, and from someone who’s been there, you need to ask yourself these questions before you consider doing your 88 days.
Like many other backpackers heading off to do their 88 days, the four months I spent working on a cattle station was the first time I'd ever worked on a farm. Add to that being 136km from the nearest town, on a farm which is 31 times the size of my hometown Colchester, on the … Continue reading 88 Days: The Lowlights (Fuck up bingo)
My 88 days was a crazy experience of extreme highs and lows, and learning a whole lot about life, animals and hard work. Having come to the end of my regional work it's been fun to reflect. As I enjoy my freedom drinking copious amounts of beer and catching up with old friends, I thought … Continue reading 88 Days: The Highlights
Looking for regional work can be tough, especially when you're competing against every other backpacker. It gets stressful quickly and can really put a downer on your travels, especially if you're deciding whether or not to gamble on a working hostel. If you don't fancy the idea of fruit picking or have been scared off … Continue reading 88 Days: How to get a job at a cattle station
The month began with the threat of cyclone Debbie, we don't get much time to watch TV here but our boss has the news on every morning, and the focus on the impending storm was intense. I'll admit that despite the terrifying reality of being caught in a tropical cyclone, I was almost excited at … Continue reading The Wanderings Month 6: “Animal Killer”
If you're backpacking around Australia then you might end up working in the outback, whether it's for your regional work or just to replenish travel funds whilst experiencing life in the bush. For me working in the outback has been the highlight of my travels so far, however it can be quite he culture shock … Continue reading Working in the Outback: What to expect
For my regional work I am working as a cook on a cattle station just outside of Julia Creek in outback Queensland. I cook three meals a day for seven people, feed animals, and maintain the garden. It’s hard work and I thought it would be helpful to post my daily routine to give anyone … Continue reading 88 Days: A Day in the Life of a Cattle Station Cook