Working holiday makers in the Northern Territory

Working Holiday (Subclass 417) and Work and Holiday (Subclass 462) visas

To find out more about working holiday visas and eligibility go to the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website

What to look forward to on your working holiday

Australia’s Northern Territory (NT) is a backpacker’s paradise and the perfect place for a working holiday.

You will find strong demand for skilled and unskilled workers and job opportunities unlike those anywhere else.

A working holiday in the NT gives you the opportunity to experience a lifestyle that's very different from the rest of Australia and the world. You could try:

  • cooking
  • mustering or domestic duties on a cattle station
  • teaching or nursing in a remote Aboriginal community or small outback town
  • picking mangoes or melons
  • bartending in a regional roadhouse.

If you love your experience in the NT, the NT’s status as a regional destination makes it easier to apply for a second Working Holiday visa to stay for another 12 months.

Job opportunities in the Northern Territory

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From April to October, hospitality workers are in high demand. If you have experience and a work permit you can pick up regular work as a chef, cook, food and beverage attendant, kitchenhand and in hotel maintenance or administration. Hospitality opportunities on Gumtree

Fruit picking

From September to November you can get work picking mangoes in the NT’s north. There is high demand for pickers. Fruit picking opportunities on Gumtree


If you have recognised nursing qualifications, you can nurse in urban hospitals or in remote communities right across the NT. Casual nurses are always in demand, especially those with ICU, AGE, aged care and midwifery skills.  Nursing opportunities on Gumtree


Darwin has a strong economy with lots of construction projects happening or planned. Construction work is available year round with peak demand from April to October. Construction opportunities on Gumtree

Cattle stations

Many cattle stations employ international travellers for fencing and mustering work or as governesses, chefs and kitchen hands. Experience isn’t always necessary. Cattle station opportunities on Gumtree


You will find a wide range of opportunities to do volunteer work. Volunteering opportunities on Gumtree

One option is to work on organic farms and live with a local family in exchange for room and board. This is a great way for you to see the NT. Go to the Willing Workers on Organic Farms website

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