An experience downunder: working on a cattle station

While many people come to Australia to find work fruit picking or in tourist resorts, a quintessential experience is to work on cattle station. While this requires more effort, experience and possibly commitment too, it will definitely be an experience that you’ll not get elsewhere given the size, type and lifestyle offered on these stations. And for a real experience of Australia and its beautiful, remote places it can’t be beat. You’ll never be bored, you’ll be challenged every day and you’ll meet some real salt of the earth locals!

Cattle stations are not just about mustering cattle either, they are often looking for cooks, governesses, childcare positions and gardening staff plus if you have a skill such as a motorbike license, mechanical skills or can drive a truck you may find yourself snapped up rather quickly. Continue reading

Money saving tips for travel down under

We all know the Aussie dollar is high right now and the cost of living is going up but that doesn’t mean you should put your travel holiday of a lifetime on hold!

In fact this is one of the best times to go because it’s not as crowded as usual and with the winter season approaching it’s far more enjoyable for those not used to hot climates. And we’re keen to help you out so here’s some tips:

Book with VIP Backpackers
Become a VIP member and you instantly get a saving on your accommodation and tours. You also get a mobile SIM pack and 500km free travel with any Greyhound kilometre travel pass. Plus we frequently advertise good deals on our website so keep in touch with us and we’ll score you the deals!

Here’s a summary of member benefits for great savings:
QBE: Travel Insurance 40% Off
Greyhound: 15% bonus kms on kilometre passes! 10% off other tickets,
Adventure Tours Australia: up to 10% OFF selected tours,
Oz Experience: 5% OFF select national passes,
Mojo Surf: $10 OFF 5 day surf adventure,
Reef Encounters: 10% OFF,
Heading Bush: 5% OFF,
Bunyip Tours: 10% OFF Great Ocean Road Tour,
Mountain Designs: 10% OFF,
Taxback.com: 5% OFF (make getting an Australian income tax refund fast and easy!)
VIP: %1 OFF accommodation 1200 hostels worldwide,
Great Southern Railway: Up to 55% off,
Premier Coaches: 10% OFF,
Way Outback Desert Safaries: $30 OFF,
Traveller’s Autobarn: $49 OFF

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Best places to get a job downunder

Heading downunder and wanting a job? Here’s a top 5 list of places to look. Make sure you have your paperwork done before you come.

Grape harvest, Clare Valley, South Australia

1. Fruitpicking
If you didn’t know already, Australia has a big agricultural industry and seasonal workers are required on farms all around the country. That means you! If you think you have what it takes to pick apples, bananas, grapes or other fruits/veges and don’t mind getting dirty and sweaty there’s plenty of good information out there to get you started. In Australia you can freecall the National Harvest Information Service on 1800 062 332. Another useful online resource is The Harvest Trail, the official government job search website. It provides details of the season work in regional areas around Australia. You could also check these websites for insider details:
* www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/fruit-picking-australia.html
* www.coastshop.com.au/jobs/index.html
* www.pickingjobs.com
Alternatively you could join an organization like WOOF (Workers on organic farms) for working in a largely voluntary capacity.

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