Are you tired of working in a cafe in Melbourne or making sandwiches in Sydney and are you looking for a change? Are you a dare devil and not afraid of some adventure? Then the Australian Outback might be the right place for you. There are many different jobs out there. You can work long hours, save up heaps of money. Plus you will have some stories to share at the campfire on your next road trip. It might even end up being a once in a lifetime experience that you will remember for many years to come.
Working as station hand is without a doubt the ultimate Outback job in Australia! It is a must for anyone who is looking for an adventure Down Under. This is your chance to get out of the city and to get to know the real Australia.
Depending on your skills you are going to help with general maintenance tasks such as fencing. You might help with feeding cattle. Also, making sure there is enough water for all the livestock, assisting with vaccinations and lots more. Ideally, you have experience riding a motor bike or quad bike and occasionally you could end up riding horses or even fly in a helicopter. However, please be honest about your experience. These jobs can be quite dangerous and often the closest hospital is far away.
It is going to be tough. It is going to be hot. Your days are going to be long and you will probably have to work six or seven days a week. But it will be totally worth it and you will have some fond memories and one of the best times of your life.
Have you heard of the Nullarbor? Stewart Highway? In lots of places in Australia the next town or city is far away. Like, really far away sometimes. And in between you will often find roadhouses to make sure that people don’t run out of fuel along the way and so that they can have a break.
There is always work for people in roadhouses. You will live there or close by and often be an all-rounder working the till and serving customers, helping in the kitchen etc. You may also do some housekeeping if the roadhouse provides accommodation.
To know more, check Lily’s experience : Work in a Road House – An Outback Experience
If you are physically fit and you know how to use a few basic tools you can score a construction job in the Outback as well. Whether this might be helping with tank building, assisting to grade new roads (yes, sometimes they build their own roads) or general maintenance around the cattle station. Just like with farm jobs as well, there is always work. You never run out of projects.
Working in an Outback pub
No matter how small the town is and how remote it is there is one thing you can bet on. There will be a pub. And these pubs are always on the lookout for people working there. Serving food and cool drinks to customers who are one of a kind in the Outback and having a chat with them is a great way to experience rural Australia.
Usually you will be provided with accommodation (for free or at a cheap rate) as well. Often these places are looking for female staff, but this should not discourage any guys to try to get work in such a pub.
Hospitality jobs in the Outback
All the typical hospitality jobs that you would find in the city can be found in remote places in Australia as well. With a pinch of adventure on top.
Especially chefs are often in demand and you can work at a homestead to prepare food for guests who are on an adventurous holiday. Or you can do housekeeping and keep the rooms and the campground tidy. You could find yourself working as a receptionist, handle bookings and make sure that all guests are happy. Maybe you can show off your barista skills or mix some drinks at the bar and chat to customers after a long day or even do a little bit of everything.
Anywhere where there are tourists in the Outback, there are places for them to have some food or stay and spend the night. And with that come all your typical hospitality jobs. Often you will be required to do a few more things than what you initially signed up for which can be great fun. A can-do attitude is a must in the Outback.
Ever dreamed of driving around the red dusty Outback and sharing your newfound local knowledge with some visitors? This is possible in Australia. It might be harder to find a job where you will exclusively show tourists around and go on day trips with them. There is often a chance that this might become part of your job although you initially started to work something else.
A place where the chef or the guy behind the checkout counter is also working as a tour guide every now and then? Yes, all that is possible in remote places Down Under.
Are these the right jobs for you?
Working in the Outback is perfect for you if you are looking for an adventure. Eve better if you don’t mind the heat and you don’t need creature comforts that you would normally find in the cities. You’ll be able to work a lot, save up a decent amount of money as you won’t be able to spend much. And on top of that you get to experience a part of Australia that many people miss out on. Of course, if you want to party hard, go to the movies or go shopping, the outback won’t please you! But for the others, what are you waiting for?
Where to find those jobs?
To find these jobs you can start looking on Gumtree, Facebook or the yellow pages. The Job Shop is really good if you are in Western Australia. Don’t hesitate to chat with the locals when grocery shopping, at the pub or just in shops. They may know someone who is looking for staff and it is always good to discuss with locals! Also check the large cattle companies such as NAPCO, AACo, S.KIDMAN) and Recruitment Agencies (AG Workforce…).