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Traveling to Australia? Here’s How to Find Casual Work

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From tending to cattle on a 20,000-acre farm in Queensland to mixing cocktails in a fabulous bar in Sydney to crewing on a dive boat on the Great Barrier Reef, there are thousands of jobs available to people on a working holiday.

Australia is an expensive country, so having casual work while touring the country is a great idea. But for people interested in this, there are certain things you need to know to get started.

How to Find Casual Work when Traveling to Australia

Getting Ready

Before your job hunt begins, here are some things to bear in mind:

Get The Right Visa

People traveling to Australia on a tourist visa are not allowed to work for pay. That’s why getting a Working Holiday (417) or a Work and Holiday (462) visa is the first and most crucial step.

Apply for a Tax File Number

Failing to apply for a Tax File Number (TFN) online through the Australian Taxation Office before starting a job is one of the biggest mistakes a person can make. If caught, the maximum rate will be removed from the person’s wages, which can be as high as 46.5 percent.

Finding Work

Now comes the actual job hunt. Here are some of the things to bear in mind.

Prepare a Good CV

Many backpackers pay little attention to having a well-polished resume. However, having one can help a person stand out. It should contain basic information like the person’s name, address, and contact information. But more importantly, it should highlight how the person’s previous experiences make them a perfect fit for the specific role.

Get a background check completed

Employers in Australia commonly require persons to undergo a pre-employment background check before they commence their employment. A commonly used screening check is a national police check certificate that is valid in all Australian states and territories. So you may as well be prepared and have a criminal history check ready. It will save you from waiting for it when you get a job offer.

Search Online

The internet is a powerful tool for securing a job during your working holiday. Popular job search engine sites like Indeed, Seek, Jora, and Career One list open positions. Most of the jobs available are usually in the administrative and hospitality sphere.

Meet Potential Employers Face-to-Face

Meeting potential employers face-to-face is a great way to secure work, especially in the hospitality industry. By hitting the streets, a person can find a job as a bartender or server in local bars and restaurants. However, bear in mind that for any role that requires serving alcohol in Australia, the person needs to complete Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) training and receive an RSA Certificate

Visiting hotels, restaurants, shops is time-intensive but it also provides the opportunity to interact with the locals and even meet other travelers.

Enlist A Recruitment Agency

A recruitment agency can be a great resource for finding a job. They help look for job roles that fit a person’s skill set and even apply and secure an interview for that person. Ultimately, they handle the stress associated with the job-hunting process.

Take Advantage of Seasonal Works

Several seasonal jobs provide a great opportunity to make extra cash. Some include:

Fruit-picking (Harvesting)

In Australia, there’s always something that needs to be picked, pruned, or farmed all year-round, and those tasks typically rely on casual labor. Although it’s hard work, it can be a great experience. As a note of caution, never put down a deposit to reserve a harvesting job.

Hot Spots

Here are some of the hot spots for seasonal work in Australia:

  • New South Wales has seasonal work during the ski season, particularly around Thredbo.
  • Queensland is known for its vast farmland and orchards, making fruit-picking jobs copious around Stanthorpe, Childers, and Cairns. There are also some mining opportunities in towns like Cloncurry and Weipa.
  • Western Australia, Perth usually has temporary work available in hospitality, tourism, administration, nursing, IT, child care, laboring, and factories, plus a variety of seasonal works.
  • In the Australian Capital Territory, there are plenty of opportunities like working at a cafe, childcare, hospitality or even driving a taxi in canberra.

Conclusion

Finding casual work in Australia can be a bit challenging, but the most important thing is to enjoy the experience, have fun, and create cherished memories.

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Would you dare baptism in the Devil’s Bathtub?

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Close my eyes and count to three as I anticipate to dive into the deep, ice cold pool of water – The Devil’s Bathtub, located in Southwest Virginia. Jumping in is not recommended for the faint of heart. I stare into the aquamarine abyss and question the life choices that led me to this.

Deciding if I have the courage to jump into the Devil’s Bathtub. Photo by Maddie Luchsinger.

The Devil’s Bathtub is a place that no person can stay for very long – it is wicked in the way its cold can take the breath away of the people who dare to jump in. It is the type of cold that sucks the breath right out of your lungs and frightens every skin cell of your body. It is a bathtub-sized pool that is, perhaps, 25 feet deep, full of the fresh spring water falling off the mountains. You’ve hiked 2.5 miles up a mountains, crossing a river 17 times. Your muscles are sore. So jump into the Devil’s Bathtub and find out what happens when you dunk them in ice.

After I was baptized by the Devil in southwest Virginia, I felt cold for days. It was a deeply guttural coldness, like I was thawing slowly from the inside out.

Swimming in the Devil's BathtubPhoto by Maddie Luchsinger

In all the time I’ve spent exploring the world, there are only one of a handful of times I can remember being this cold – in the middle of the night, camping in the desert in North Central Mexico. I was there on a church trip, to build houses in the slums of Tijuana. This was something the church of my youth did a lot in the 1990s/2000s – took groups to do manual labor rural parts of Mexico. That year, in the desert of Baja California, El Nino brought on exceptional rains that flooded our campsite and soaked my belongings. The temperatures at night would reach just above freezing, and the lumber that kept our campfires roaring was wet and ineffective. I have this memory of huddling around the dwindling embers of a dying campfire, desperate to get warm, under a deep sea of stars. I remember feeling like I would never feel warm again.

The second time I’ve felt that cold was whitewater rafting the Upper Youghegheny River in Upper Pennsylvania in the early spring. My group spent the entire weekend camping in a pouring rainstorm, on 50 degree days, and then rafted a flood-stage river of class IV-V rapids. I fell out twice, and swam down a class IV+ rapid called the Meat Cleaver. I remember feeling cold for days after, and vowing to never go whitewater rafting again.

When I jumped into the Devil’s Bathtub, these were the memories that came flooding in. This was a uniquely painful kind of cold. And the thing that was so devilish about it – it was an enjoyable pain.

Maybe I’ve cursed myself, jumping into the Devil’s Bathtub. but in 2020, who can tell the difference?

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Devil's Bathtub Trailhead Duffield VAPhoto by Maddie Luchsinger


How to find the Devil’s Bathtub


At the end of Highway 619 just outside of Duffield, Virginia. Duffield is located less than 2 hours from Knoxville, about an hour North of Kingston, Tennessee.

This is a popular hike with an established parking lot at the trailhead. Hikers can choose to go left when the trailhead splits for a 4 mile roundtrip journey to the Devil’s Bathtub, or take a right for a 7-mile loop through the mountains. The trail is clearly marked with a yellow square tag.

Plan for the trail to take an hour per mile, and wear shoes that can get wet. You have to hike across a river 17 times, and you are almost certain to get wet. There are a few areas of treacherous terrain and sharp drops, so keep an eye on young children and dogs at all times.

The hike can be found near Duffield, Virginia, about an hour north of Kingston, TN. I recommend camping at Natural Tunnel State Park, less than an hour away. NTSP has a well maintained and safe campground, good for car campers or RV tows.

Natural Tunnel is a rock formation that has naturally formed in the mountains, created a naturally carved train tunnel. The park offers a fun chairlift to the bottom, a fun activity for families or tired hikers.

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Rediscover the San Juan Islands: Adventure-seekers will love this Northwest destination.

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The journey starts with either a ferry or a floatplane—there are no bridges to the San Juans Islands. Leave stress behind as you board in Anacortes and set sail on the marine segment of the San Juan Islands Scenic Byway. You can relax, you’re on island time now.

The San Juan archipelago in Washington State is nestled between three great cities for visitors – Seattle, Vancouver B.C., and Victoria B.C., surrounded by the Salish Sea. Of the 172 named islands in the San Juans, three of them – Lopez, Orcas, and San Juan – have accommodations, attractions, and amenities for visitors.

The archipelago is blessed with a temperate marine climate and life in the “rain shadow” of the Olympic Mountains means an average of 247 days with sunshine annually and about half the rainfall of the Seattle area. San Juan County has more than 400 miles of shoreline punctuated by rocks, bluffs and beaches.

The arts, historic preservation and environmental stewardship flourish in the Islands. San Juan County is considered an “Arts Hot Spot” by the Washington State Arts Commission for the number of artists and galleries in the islands. It is also the first county in the USA to be designated a voluntary “Leave No Trace” area. Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, the archipelago’s only incorporated town, was named a Destination of Distinction by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

No matter your style of vacation, you’re bound to find it in the San Juan Islands. For nature enthusiasts, there’s world-class wildlife watching including orcas, humpback whales, bald eagles, Steller sea lions, and red foxes. And there’s a variety of ways to see it: along a network of waterfront hiking trails, from shoreline parks, from tour boats and private vessels.

For adventure seekers, beautiful landscapes and a calm inland sea make the San Juans a prime sea kayaking spot. Paddle your own kayak or set out with one of the many knowledgeable kayaking outfitters on San Juan, Orcas, or Lopez Island for three-hour to three-day tours.

For foodies, find quality local products, and experience the sense of community shared by island chefs, growers, winemakers, distillers, brewers, and other agricultural artisans. Some local farms even offer stays for guests who want to get up close and personal to the islands’ bounty.

If art’s your thing, you’ll find a gem in the San Juan Islands Museum of Art, with three to four first class exhibitions a year. The San Juan Islands Sculpture Park at 20-acres is one of the largest outdoor sculpture parks in the Pacific Northwest.

Humpback calf ‘Slate’ breaching by Jeff Friedman

Find variety, beauty, serenity … day after amazing day.

As we navigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, we are following the guidelines set by the Washington State Department of Health and Governor Inslee’s office. San Juan County is currently in a modified Phase 2 of Inslee’s “Safe Start” plan. Accommodations are open at 100%, and restaurants vary between curbside pickup, delivery, and limited indoor and outdoor seating. Face coverings are required to enter all businesses and public spaces.


Editor’s Note: we are working with local tourism boards to highlight destinations that are ready for tourists. Given the ever-evolving situation on COVID-19, please make sure you check the tourism website for the most up-to-date planning information.

From Nature to Nurture the San Juan Islands provide inspiration for the senses (www.visitsanjuans.com).

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This interactive map shows where you can (or can’t) travel in the US

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In an effort to make traveling easier, United Airlines has developed an interactive map tool that allows customers to filter and view destinations’ COVID-19-related travel restrictions in the US. The Destination Travel Guide provides a color-coded map to highlight if a destination is closed, partially open or fully open for travel, and notes if tests or self-quarantining are required for travel.

The guide currently highlights travel restrictions and leisure offerings in the US by state, and will expand to include all international destinations the airline serves in the coming weeks. Users can click on each state to view local regulations and travel guidances, and there is also the option to filter the map by state to view specific information on each destination. This information includes the medical certificate needed, such as a negative COVID-19 test, physical distancing measures and whether wearing a mask in public is required. It also outlines the visitor accommodation, restaurants, bars and cafés, museum and heritage sites and non-essential shops that are open.

The interactive map tool that allows customers to filter and view destinations © United Airlines

“We know it’s a challenge to keep up with the ever-changing list of travel restrictions, policies and regulations so we are offering a simple, easy tool that helps customers decide where to travel next,” said Linda Jojo, executive vice president for technology and chief digital officer. “By providing the most up-to-date information on the destinations we serve, customers can compare and shop for travel with greater confidence and help them find the destinations that best fit their preferences.

Check out the new interactive map tool on United.com here or on the United mobile app.

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