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Ranch Jobs in Australia

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Group Size: Max 24

Trip code: AURJ

Duration: Up to 12 months

Learn how to work on a ranch or farm
12 months of job support
Guaranteed job after training

Aged 18-30? Take advantage of the Working Holiday Visa and head Down Under to get a guaranteed paid job for a year on an Aussie farm! This 9 day package is designed to give you all the ranch training you’ll need to begin paid work on an Aussie ranch. Kick off with 4 nights of relaxation and sunshine in the beautiful beach resort of Noosa, followed by a comprehensive training course, where you will learn all the techniques and skills necessary to begin your guaranteed paid farm or ranch job - Amazing!

Please note: You must hold a manual driving license to participate in this programme. 

Trip highlights

  • Kick start your Aussie experience with 4 nights in Noosa
  • Learn the ropes of ranch work for 5 fantastic days on our outback training adventure
  • Lasso yourself a guaranteed ranch job in no time: We’ll work to secure you the perfect outback placement through our 12 month job support programme
  • With accommodation and meals included in most ranch job placements it's the ideal way to save money for some Aussie travels and adventures
  • Ranch work is one of the few ways you can secure a second Working Holiday Visa and extend your time in Oz - awesome!
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What's included
  • 5-day comprehensive ranch training course
  • Guaranteed job offer after completing your ranch training
  • 4 night introductory stay in the beautiful beach resort of Noosa
  • 12 months job support
  • 9 nights’ accommodation, including 4 nights in Noosa, 4 nights on your training farm and 1 night in Brisbane
  • Most jobs include accommodation & meals
  • Transfer to Noosa from Brisbane Airport
  • Transfer from Noosa to farm training
  • All meals during your farm training
  • Free internet at your training farm
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas (unless you book the visa included option)
  • Meals in Noosa
  • Optional extra activities in Noosa
  • Transfer back to the airport
  • Transport between jobs
Further trip information

Take advantage of the 18-30 Working Holiday Visa in Australia and head Down Under for a farm or ranch job experience in Oz! This exciting 9 day package of beach relaxation and farm work training is the kick-start you’ll need to work your way across the outback as a ranch hand. You’ll get a guaranteed paid ranch job at the end of your training – awesome!

Day 1, Thursday: Arrive at Brisbane International Airport

Arrive into Brisbane Airport (BNE) in the morning (please aim to arrive between 6.30am and 8.30am if possible). You’ll be met by a representative and taken on a 2-hour inclusive transfer to the beautiful beach resort of Noosa on the Queensland coast.  

Day 2, Friday: Welcome and Pre-Training Briefing in Noosa

After spending your first night in your amazing Noosa hostel you’ll join a welcome meeting today, where you will be given a pre-training briefing. The rest of the day is yours to relax, soak up the sun and laze on Noosa’s sandy beaches – bliss!

Day 3-4, Saturday/Sunday: Relax in Noosa

Spend another 2 days enjoying the idyllic beaches, awesome activities and great nightlife in Noosa. This is the ideal introduction to the Aussie lifestyle and the perfect way to settle in to Oz, relax, recharge and get set for your ranch training. Your brilliant hostel is located only 2 minutes from the beach and is surrounded by rainforest. Not only can you swim, surf, or try watersports here, Noosa is also the gateway to the famous and fun World Heritage listed site of K'gari (formerly known as Fraser Island). Please note: All optional activities in Noosa are at an additional cost.

Once you’ve enjoyed some downtime in Noosa it’s time to strap on your cowboy boots and get ready to start your ranch training!

Day 5, Monday – Day 9, Friday: Ranch Training

For the next five days you’ll be staying at your training ranch placement, learning the ropes down on the farm. On Monday morning you’ll be transferred from Noosa to the ranch ready to start your training. Once you arrive at the training ranch you will sort out practicalities and paperwork, including bank accounts and Medicare. Please note that you will need to apply for Medicare once you are in Australia and in order to do this please ensure that you can provide TWO forms of ID e.g. passport, driving licence, birth certificate. Your interests, plans and the kind of work you’re looking for will also be noted down to help you along your way. You can shop for any essentials at the on-site ranch shop.

On your five-day introduction into rural ranch life, you’ll be taught all the basics of farm and outback safety. Training activities include:

  • Surveying and maintaining fence perimeters
  • Getting your cowboy skills up to speed looking after cattle, performing routine tasks such as injecting, driving, and mustering
  • Learning the reins of basic horsemanship
  • Riding agricultural motorbikes for adrenaline-fuelled action down on the farm!
  • Learning to drive tractors and navigation
  • Learning all about necessary vehicle maintenance and operation of agricultural machinery such as ploughs and seeders
  • Farm safety

Please note: You will need to hold a manual driving licence in order to take part in this ranch jobs programme.

After the training finishes, you will travel to Brisbane on the Friday evening and have one included night of accommodation.

Day 10, Saturday: Travel to Your Job Placement

By your last morning you’ll be fully prepared to head to the job of your choice, so you can go straight out and get working, or head off round the country on your travels, whatever suits you!

Examples of Ranch Jobs Available in Australia

Once you have completed training we will find you a guaranteed farm or ranch job, plus 12 months of job support. Common ranch positions include:

  • Tractor work and farming
  • Driving
  • Sheep and cattle station work
  • Horsemanship work
  • Teaching and childcare in the outback
  • Hospitality

What You Can Expect To Earn

Most job offers include accommodation and meals as part of the deal so you can soon save some money for Aussie adventures! Depending on the job, the location, your skills, expertise and dedication, wages can vary though, with minimum wage at AUD500 a week. In most positions, you’ll start out on a basic wage, which may increase as your skills progress.

2nd and 3rd Year Working Holiday Visas

If you wish to stay and work in Australia for an additional year after your first visa expires then you just need to do 88 days of specified regional work during your first year in Australia. This programme provides regional job opportunities which qualify you for the 2nd year visa!

Furthermore, if you then spend 6 months during your second year doing regional work, you can also apply for a 3rd year working holiday visa too!

Ask a travel advisor for further details.

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Arrival information

Starting from Brisbane International Airport (BNE), you’ll need to arrive on a Thursday morning. Please aim to arrive between the hours of 6am and 10am. A local greeter will be at the airport from 6am until 11am to meet you and direct you onto the transfer bus to your hostel in beautiful Noosa, on the Queensland coast. Transfer time from Brisbane Airport to Noosa is approximately 2 hours.

If a Thursday arrival isn’t possible you should plan to get to Brisbane a day or so earlier, and book extra accommodation. Transport to and from the airport in to Brisbane is affordable and easy, and the hostel we recommend is typically around $25-40 AUD a night.

Please note if you arrive in to the Domestic Terminal or outside the hours of 6am to 11am on your Thursday start date we will be able to give you the details of the airport transfer service who can still transfer you to Noosa. It is strongly advised you arrive between the hours of 6am and 10am to take advantage of our greeter service who will remain at the airport until 11am. If you arrive into the Domestic Terminal between these hours you can get a transfer to the International Terminal for around $5 AUD.

Accommodation & meals

Noosa Introduction

Before your ranch training begins you will spend 4 nights relaxing and soaking up the sunshine in gorgeous Noosa, on the Queensland coast. You will be staying at a popular hostel in this stunning beach resort, housed in a restored 19th Century building only 2 minutes walk from Noosa’s idyllic beach and surrounded by lush rainforest. Staying in shared dorm rooms, the hostel also has an in-house restaurant and bar, a recreation room with pool table, table tennis and surf board hire.

Meals are not included during your stay in Noosa but you can grab a bite in the hostel restaurant or head out to sample some of Noosa’s bars and restaurants.

Training Ranch

Once you’re at the training ranch, you’ll be out in the wide open ranges of the outback, sharing a room with between two and six other people. Three home cooked and hearty farm meals will be provided everyday at the training ranch during your stay.

Ranch Jobs

While you are working in a paid ranch job, most ranch placements will be at outback family homes, so you'll soon become part of a new family and community. The majority of ranch jobs include accommodation and meals so you'll be able to save up your wages for travel or adventures in Oz!

Minimum age & eligibility

Driving Licence

Applicants need to have a manual driving licence in order to join this programme. Once you have put down your deposit, you will be sent an application form which asks details of your motivations for joining the programme and any experience you may have.

Covid Vaccination

Please note, this trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fulled vaccinated against covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).

Working Holiday Visa

Due to Working Holiday Visa age restrictions, this trip is only available to 18-30 year olds. As you are planning to work in Australia whilst you’re here you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. You can choose to book this Ranch Jobs programme with the visa included. 

Second Year Visa

Working on a ranch is one of the few ways to qualify for a second Working Holiday Visa so this programme may even help you extend your stay in Australia - awesome! Please ask a travel advisor for more details of the Second Working Holiday Visa scheme. 

Experience and Attitude

The ideal candidate will have work experience in an outdoor environment and can demonstrate they are not afraid of hard-work. We ask all candidates to be as detailed as possible on their application form and to gain as much outdoor and farm experience as possible before starting the programme.

Candidates must be mature, responsible and independent and prepared to take on a responsible farm role. A positive can-do attitude is essential!

Due to the remote and manual nature of the work, you will need to be physically and mentally fit in order to participate.

Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for up to date information.

Covid safety

This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:

Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.

Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.

Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.

Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.

Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.

Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.

Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.

24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.

It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.