The ultimate guide to Work & Travel in Australia

Free eBook for your Working Holiday in Australia

PREPARE – 2024 Edition
Planning a trip to Australia? The Backpackers’ Guide is a free 60-page guide written by former backpackers who have travelled the length and breadth of Australia. It contains all the information you need for a successful and unforgettable trip. You’ll find lots of tips and advice on working and travelling in Australia on a Working Holiday Visa (WHV).

WORK : Coming soon!

TRAVEL : Coming soon!

STUDY : Coming soon!

All the topics to discover in the guide

Preparing to leave your home country. How to get your WHV visa, choose your travel insurance, prepare your budget, and all the steps to take when you arrive in Australia.

COMING SOON – Heaps of advice on jobs, sectors that recruit, visas, administrative procedures, taxes, useful training courses, etc. Bonus: a list of 700 farm contacts (crops, solar farms, seeds, dairy farms, mines, etc).

COMING SOON – All the information you need to study in Australia: student visas, the different types of courses and schools, tuition fees, budgeting, doing an internship in Australia, health insurance, finding a student job, etc.

COMING SOON – Everything you need to know about modes of transport, planning your travel budget, road trips in Australia, buying a vehicle and all our tips for saving money and avoiding scams.
A complete travel guide on all the regions to discover, the activities to do in Australia, the wildlife to see, the best campsites and the best places for Fruit Picking.

Take advantage of all the best deals and promo codes for travel insurance, money transfers, campervan hire, etc.

The guide is brilliant! I READ it in one go so that I’d have its contents in my head for the trip. Many thanks for sharing !”

Sol, traveler

600 pages of practical tips

The WHV Australia guide you need to prepare for your trip with peace of mind.

Discover the best destinations in Australia
Plan your trip stress-free
Find a job easily with our list of farms
Avoid scams
Save with our promo codes & offers

A guide written by Backpackers for backpackers!

Why did we write this Guide?

Like you, we had the wonderful idea of spending a year in Australia with the Working Holiday Visa. We realised that a lot of practical information was essential to prepare for this adventure. During our stay, we discovered lots of tips, and like most backpackers, we were disappointed by the guidebook we’d bought. Not because it was of poor quality, but simply because it wasn’t adapted to our lifestyle.

This isn’t just a trip, you’re not here as a tourist… and that makes all the difference. Half the pages in tourist guides are devoted to hotels and restaurants that you probably won’t go to, and often there are no photos! Finally, we didn’t have any practical information on job hunting, administrative procedures before and after leaving, campervan hire, etc. We didn’t even know how to find a job.

We felt that creating a guide was the best way to share with you all the answers to our questions as backpackers:

  • What do I need to know before leaving for Australia?
  • What do I need to do when I arrive?
  • What is a road trip around Australia like?
  • How can I find a job to finance my trip?
  • How does the Australian tax system work?
  • What are the different regions of the country like and what are the best places to discover?
  • Which places are not necessarily worth the diversions?
  • How can I save money during my stay?
  • And if I want to stay in Australia… what should I do?

The advantages of the Backpackers’ Guide

This guide was written over the course of our stay, almost 2 years on the roads of Australia. Yes, we did only apply for a second WHV, as the 3rd year was not available at the time! This Guide is therefore the result of a study ‘out in the field’. We have brought together all the practical information and tips you need in a practical format that’s accessible at all times, with or without internet access.

We update it every year, with input from other backpackers on a WHV. The guide is illustrated, with calendars, maps and itineraries. Adapt your route according to the season, choose the spots that fascinate you and create your very own road trip.

The “Travel Guide” section means you won’t miss a thing during your trip. You’ll have all the information you need during your stay, and as a bonus, you’ll find little icons with “must-see” spots, where to spot wildlife, good fruit picking spots and the best free camp spots.

In short, the Backpackers’ Guide gives you everything you need to know before you leave, what to do when you get there, and everything there is to see in Australia.

✂️ Discounts from the Backpackers’ guide

10% off on your insurance with GoWalkabout

$16 OFF White Card courses

5 free transfers with CurrencyFair

$26 off to get your RSA

5% off on your campervan rental

Reviews from backpackers

The Australia Backpackers’ Guide has been online for over 10 years. Many travellers have put it to the test as part of their adventure. This eBook has been improved according to their feedback. Here are some of the feedbacks we’ve gathered for you.

If you too have used the Backpackers’ Guide, please let us know what you think in the comments or by e-mail to EMAIL

See also our Road Trip guides

If you need information to prepare your Road Trip in Australia, here are our guides by region!

eBook East Coast

All the information you need for your Road Trip on the East Coast (seasons, budget, the best places to go, activities, etc.)

eBook West Coast

All the information you need for your West Coast Road Trip (seasons, budget, the best places to go, activities, etc.)

FAQ on the Backpackers Guide

Is the guide available in paper format?

No, this is a digital guide in PDF format. This is a universal format compatible with all portable devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.). However, you can print part or all of it yourself if you wish.

A collaborative guide

Many travellers have already contributed to the development of this guide. So if you too would like to make a contribution or let us know about any updates or improvements, don’t hesitate to contact us by email:

When will the next update be available?

We generally carry out at least 2 updates per year. When these are minor, the file is simply replaced by the new one. If more substantial changes are made, we will announce them on Instagram.

I can't download the Guide. What should I do?

The download is automatically performed on a new page when you click on one of the “Download the Guide” buttons. If this is not the case, change your browser. If the problem persists, don’t hesitate to send us an email 🙂

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  1. Hi, I’m DK from Singapore, I’m 48, I would like to apply travel and work visa, is it eligible? Is it difficult to find part time job in Australia?

  2. Hi,

    I waited 5 minutes and haven’t received the download link. Can you please try and sent it to my email? 🙂
    Thanks in advance.

  3. Hi, can you please have a book about Work AND holiday visa, too. Also add what jobs we will qualify for the 2nd year? I need that information ASAP. Will greatly appreciate it. Thank you.

  4. I have received an email from this website but not for the ebook. Could you perhaps re-send it or is there another way I can download it?

  5. Hi this is kareem from Egypt I have been worked 10 yrs in Egypt as a driver presently I am working as a hd driver at pizza restaurant in Oman… I am really interested to go and work in Australia . Even this I have a good experience in agriculture also …
    Thank you

    Your sincerely kareem ismail

  6. Hello, my name is Anmar, I have a diploma in accounting and I work as an accountant and I want to work in Australia, so who needs an accountant who can master his work to send me an email

  7. Hey i am Ahmed from Egypt, i am 23 years old
    I want to apply for work visa any type of work
    And i hope to have Easy requirements for it
    Can you help me please, i think i’m edequate for any work and i have experience in many works for example sales assist and brands manager and photography, swimming coach and many other simple and hard works, plus i’m good in computer and English language, additional to i had many certificates in human development and body language and human resources management, ICDL, ambulance and PR..

    Thank you for reading and understanding

  8. I am Timor Leste, i have 46 old years, i want apply for working holiday visa, i need work cleaning and restaurant in Sydney, i have sponsor my family stay in Sydney.


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