Backpackers guide to Australia

Australia is as popular destination as ever for the under 30 crowd, who can qualify for a Working Holiday visa which allows them to supplement their adventures down under with some paid work. If you are thinking about backpacking in Australia, this guide could prove to be a useful starting point.

Working Holiday visas

The traditional method for British and Irish backpackers to travel in Australia is to apply for a one year working holiday visa. This visa allows them to take up paid employment while in the country. However, there are a number of restrictions - the main ones being that you can stay for a maximum of one year and you can only remain with one employer for a maximum of six months.

It is possible to apply for a second year working holiday visa if you worked in rural Australia for three months or more in a specified job - including agriculture and fruit picking.

Most popular destinations for backpackers in Australia

It would be a shame to come all that way and do nothing but work - so here is a quick guide to the various states and territories in Australia to help with your travel plans...

Australian Capital Territory - This consists of Canberra, Australia's "bush capital" and a small amount of land surrounding the city.

New South Wales - Home to Sydney, Australia's most populous city, the surf mecca of Byron Bay and the Blue Mountains.

Northern Territory - Rugged Outback including Uluru and the Olgas, as well as Kakadu National Park and the cosmopolitan city of Darwin.

Queensland - One of the most popular states for backpackers. Buzzing Brisbane, laid back Cairns, tropical forests and the Great Barrier Reef.

South Australia - Outback mountains, the underground town of Coober Pedy, towering sea cliffs and state capital Adelaide.

Tasmania - Australia's island state with lots of pristine wilderness and historic sights.

Victoria - Trendy Melbourne and one of the best road trips in the world - the Great Ocean Road.

Western Australia - The largest and perhaps most diverse of Australian states. Sunny Perth, scorched outback, tropical reef and wine country to the south.

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