Australian Backpacker Visas

  • Angela Borden
Jul 11, 2014

So, you want to backpack in Australia? Great choice! Australia is one of the top backpacking destinations in the world. Now, the first thing you need to do is take care of your VISA. Here are the two most popular Visa options:

Just Visit

The Visitor Visa is a great start. It is good for one year. The catch? Every 3 months you must leave the country and then you can return. The upside is that you are basically forced to travel more and can take a vacation to New Zealand or Bali. If you are not sure how long you want to stay in Australia, this visa is your best bet.

Work and Visit

The working holiday visa is popular among backpackers. If you plan to visit Australia for a longer stay, then being able to work will help you keep up with the ridiculous beer prices (average $9 a pint). On this visa, you can work for any one employer for up to 6 months and you can leave and re-enter the country as much as you want. The fine print? Only a select amount of Working Holiday Visas are available each year. You can check with your nearest immigration office to see how many spots are left.

Extending Your Visa

Option 1: Apply for another Visitor Visa – this is pretty straight forward.

Option 2: Go fruit picking.

Yep, you read that right. If you have a working holiday Visa and think you want to stay for more than 1 year, all you have to do is get your hands a bit dirty for three months. Then you can apply for a second Working Holiday VISA. If you work on a registered farm, fishery or mine or work in tree farming or construction, then you are eligible to apply for another year-long Visa. Many backpackers get their fruit-picking out of the way in the first three months and then spend the next 21 months exploring. If you are travelling alone, this is a great way to establish some friends before you head off into the outback.

Check out your complete Visa options here.

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