What counts as your 88 days ‘Rural Work’?
In order to stay over a year on a Working Holiday Visa in Australia, you need to carry out 88 days of rural work. This can be in a number of sectors which include:
- Planting and animal cultivation
- Tree farming
- Fruit picking and planting
- Fishing and pearling
Things to consider before deciding where/what you want to do
When searching for places to carry this work out, you should consider several things. Firstly the time of year you’re searching and the temperature. If you don’t like the idea of working in the heat, don’t pick a farm in Queensland in the Summer months.
Where to find work
Another thing to consider is what fruit is in season or what work is generally available in what months. When you have an idea of what work is available what time of year you can Google those farms and contact them directly explaining you’re looking to complete your 88 days.
Some great sites to find rural jobs to complete your 88 days of rural work is Backpacker Job Board , 88 Days and Counting and 88 Days to Work. A great Facebook group to join is Backpacks 88 days and counting which is a place where those wanting backpackers for work post vacancies. This is the place I found my farm work.
Another really helpful way of finding reliably good farm work is just to speak to people. One of our friends is currently doing his farm work on a farm recommended by someone we met at our hostel in Bondi. We simply asked him about his farm work and he gave us the contact details. If you’re staying in hostels just ask people you meet, that way you get the advantage of knowing about the quality of the work before you do it.
Finally, check out the #88days on Instagram tag. Mosts posts are those doing their farm work in Australia so you can drop them a message and ask them about their work and get contact details if it’s a job that interests you. The location tag on these posts could also be used to see the names of the farms people are working on and if they look good, you can research them independently and get in touch.
I really hope these tips have helped in your search. If you have any tips on finding rural work I’d love to know them!
You can find out more about what I’ve got up to since being in Australia here.