Ranch Jobs in Australia
Get a guaranteed paid ranch job in Oz
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Group Size: Max 24
Trip code: AURJ
Duration: Up to 12 months
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 ranch! 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, gateway to famous Fraser Island, followed by a 5-day comprehensive ranch training course, where you will learn all the techniques and skills necessary to begin your guaranteed paid ranch job - Amazing!
Please note: You must hold a manual driving license to participate in this programme.
- Kick start your Aussie experience with 4 nights in Noosa, gateway to fabulous Fraser Island
- 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!
Take advantage of the 18-30 Working Holiday Visa in Australia and head Down Under for a ranch job experience in Oz! This exciting 9-day package of beach relaxation and ranch 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-ranch-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 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 nights 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
- Learning all about necessary maintenance and operation of agricultural machinery such as ploughs and seeders
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
- Sheep and cattle station work
- Horsemanship work
- Teaching in the outback
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 AUD350 a week. In most positions, you’ll start out on a basic wage, which may increase as your skills progress.
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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 will need to bring a paper copy of your visa grant confirmation letter with you when you start your ranch training, with your visa grant number on it. You can choose to book this Ranch Jobs programme with the visa included.
This Working Holiday Visa is available to passport holders from:
- the Republic of Cyprus
- Hong Kong SAR
- the Republic of Ireland
- the Republic of Korea
- the Netherlands
- United Kingdom.
To be eligible, applicants need to meet the following requirements:
- Hold a passport issued by an eligible country or region
- Have a manual driving licence
- Be aged 18-30 (inclusive) at the time of applying
- Not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during their stay in Australia
- Meet health, character and financial requirements
- Candidates who have suffered from certain medical conditions, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD etc. will not be eligible to participate in this programme.
- Not have previously entered Australia on a Work and Holiday visa
- Not have previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (unless applying for a second visa)
- Be outside Australia when they apply and when their visa is granted
- Apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia.
- Have sufficient funds
- Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
- Have health insurance
- Candidates must be mature, responsible and independent and prepared to take on a responsible ranch role
Please note: 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.
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.