Why You Should Do Your Farm Work in Australia

Why You Should Do Your Farm Work in Australia

If you’ve arrived in Australia on a working holiday visa, it’s likely that you’ll fall in love with the country and want to extend your stay. That’s where farm work comes in, as completing it allows you to qualify for a second year.

Now, I know what you might be thinking (I had similar thoughts too): farm work doesn’t sound very appealing. But trust me, it’s not as bad as it sounds!

Engaging in farm work for three months or 88 days may seem daunting, but there are numerous reasons why it’s worth considering, and the opportunity for a second year is just one of them.

A new experience!

Many people I met during my own farm work had never set foot on a farm before. It’s a completely new and different experience that you may only get to have once in your life. After all, you didn’t travel all the way to Australia just to do what you could do back home. You came here to try new things, explore new places, and meet people from diverse backgrounds. Working on a farm allows you to check off all these boxes and embrace a truly unique adventure.

Farm Work in Australia

Money, money, money!

Farming is an excellent way to save money for your upcoming adventures. When you’re working on a farm, you’re often situated in small towns or remote areas, dedicating most of your time and energy to work. As a result, you don’t have many opportunities to spend the money you earn. During my own farm work experience, my expenses were limited to rent and basic necessities like food and drinks. I didn’t have much time or inclination for anything else.

The money I saved during my farm work period ended up funding my entire trip along the East Coast of Australia, including all the activities I wanted to do. This financial cushion also relieved the pressure of immediately finding work upon arriving in Sydney. I had a comfortable buffer of a few weeks to settle in and start my job search without stressing about immediate income. Farm work truly provided the means for me to enjoy my travels and have peace of mind during the transition.

Personal reasons to do farm work!
Remember what you’re doing your farm work for!

The second-year visa!

If you’ve developed a deep love for Australia and desire to extend your stay or return for another year in the future, regional or farm work becomes an essential requirement. Sometimes, the best things in life come at a cost, and this is one of those instances. Undertaking regional/farm work is one of the few avenues that can make that dream a reality. It may involve some hard work and commitment, but the opportunity to continue experiencing the wonders of Australia makes it all worthwhile. So, if you’re willing to put in the effort, a longer stay in this beautiful country can be within your reach.

Also read: 88 Day Farmwork in Australia

The friends you make!

During my time doing farm work, I resided in a vibrant working hostel where I found myself surrounded by approximately 50 other individuals. It was like having an instant family! We shared not only the workload but also our daily lives, meals, and laughter. In the face of challenging farming tasks and moments of homesickness, we supported and uplifted one another. The bond we formed during those times created memories that will forever be etched in my heart, whether or not we have remained in contact. In fact, one of my closest friends today is a girl I met during my farm work adventure, and we now even live together. Our friendship has flourished over the past two years, all thanks to the shared experience of farm work. It’s incredible how such connections can be forged in unexpected places.

Farm Work in Australia

Great friends and great memories!

Let’s be honest, farm work was no walk in the park. It involved long hours, sometimes stretching for days without a break (I vividly remember a streak of 19 consecutive workdays, and there were others who endured even longer stretches!). But despite the challenges, the rewards I gained from farming were absolutely worth every ounce of effort. It allowed me to extend my stay in Australia and even secure sponsorship, I forged incredible friendships along the way, and, perhaps most impressively (or amusingly), I now possess an encyclopedic knowledge of melons! Yes, you heard it right—melons in all their splendid varieties. Haha! Ultimately, the experience is what you make of it, so why not wholeheartedly embrace it?

If you’re considering embarking on your own farm work journey, it’s natural to feel a bit apprehensive when searching for opportunities. Allow me to share a few tips:

  • Aim for jobs that offer an hourly rate rather than a piece rate, as it can often result in higher earnings.
  • Stay cautious of dubious job advertisements—remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Approach your tasks with an open mind. You might not have been a fan of cows, but who knows? Cattle mustering could turn out to be a surprisingly enjoyable experience!
  • Don’t give up! The initial weeks can be challenging for anyone, including myself. Stick with it, and you’ll find that it gradually becomes easier as you adapt and grow accustomed to the work.

Embrace it - you'll have more fun!

It can be fun if you let it!Farm work in Australia

If you are looking for farm work, contact the local team in the office and they may be able to point you in the right direction of a few places! There’s also this really handy guide we made, about what is happening in each state depending on the seasons.

Any questions – give us a shout! We’re here to help!

Good luck!

Jessie xx – WorkingHolidayGuide

Also read: How To Save Money In Australia

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