Backpacking Brit shares top paid jobs to work while travelling in Australia

Thousands of young Brits pack their backpack and head off on the plane to explore Australia each year.

Down under is one of the most popular destinations for gap year trips and group backpacking holidays – and many hope to stay for months at a time to experience the stunning beaches, cities and outback.

But, that costs money – and Australia isn’t cheap.

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Luckily, many Brits are eligible to work in Australia under certain visas like the Working Holiday Visa which allows you to stay for 12 months in Australia while working.

Backpacker Lisa Bailey travelled from the UK to Aus in 2019 and recently posted a TikTok video sharing the best jobs she’d found while working in the enormous country, reports DailyMail.

In her time in Australia, Lisa found work as a campsite housekeeper for $26.50 an hour (£15.05), an “all-rounder” at a pub earning $27 an hour (£15.33) and $34 an hour (£19.31) as a fly-in, fly-out utility worker (FIFO).

She claimed the latter was the best job she’d bagged – it requires workers to fly into their work site before flying home at the end of their roster.

It’s essentially a way to get workers into remote areas of Australia without requiring them to fully relocate.

Lisa's video went viral with 129,000 views and hundreds of comments.

However, in another video Lisa did say she was often passed up for Australian workers.

The creator said: “Things employers have said to me as a backpacker in Australia.

“‘It's more important that Australian residents and international students get paid first’.”

In the comments of Lisa’s video, another FIFO worker chimed in: “I worked on Fraser (Island) and everyone was on $21 to $24 an hour and had to pay $240 for rent and food.

“Ten days on, 10 days off.”

That’s a payment of £11.90 to £13.65 an hour and a cost of £136 for rent and food.

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The Covid pandemic and subsequent closing of Australian borders means there’s currently a labour shortage in the country as backpackers had to head elsewhere.

This means there’s plenty of casual work on farms and other remote locations for those who hope to travel.

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