Australian Farms & traditional culture
One is often quite taken aback on arriving in any of the major cities to find that the lifestyle is far removed from those deep rooted stereotypes held of Australian culture. The clichéd Aussie is not to be found walking the streets of Sydney or Melbourne but rather in many of the far flung country and outback towns.
As you can see below a large majority of Europe can fit inside Australia, the main cities are located on the coastline but the real experience is beyond that. To experience the authentic Australia is to embark on a journey towards the unknown.
This said, what are you going to do once you arrive in these must see distant corners of Australia and how will you finance the trip!?
There is no better way to see the real Australia than to work on a farm in the countryside. There are various jobs you can do on a farm including fruit/vegetable picking, grain harvesting, cotton harvesting, farm hand, truck and tractor driving, farm equipment and machinery support, irrigation work, stable hands, cattle mustering and station hands – just to name a few. Because the seasons vary across the nation if you are well informed you can easily spend a whole year travelling to different parts of the country, farming as you go.
Working on a farm is not only a great Aussie experience but also a means to saving money for further travels. The hours of work are often long, the rate of pay high and usually inclusive of board, even more, the fact that you are so far from town prevents the normal pattern of earning and spending. Another reason to spend some time on a farm is because in order to qualify for a second working holiday visa, young travellers are required to working in farming or a few only types of specified work areas for at least 3 months. To meet the specified work requirement and gain a second working holiday visa the work must also be done in a regional area. The following link is a guide to the areas of Australia that are classified as regional areas for working holiday visa purposes.
Farming is a very important industry to Australia both culturally and economically. Rural work in Australia is available at all times of the year and as a nation we produce a great variety of products for both export and domestic and consumption. The agriculture sector provides more than 1.6 million jobs for the Australian economy and in terms of coverage there are approximately 134,000 farms that take up about 60% of Australian soil. Traditionally these have been family owned but more and more economic factors have lead to the gradual decrease of family owned farms and the increased average farm size.
Finding farm work in Australia is straightforward just as long as you are prepared to engage in a bit of physical labour and can withstand long days of repetitive tasks. This may sound very unappealing to some though it is the people you work with and the once in a lifetime experiences on offer that make it worthwhile and unforgettable.