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Backpacking and Working Holidays

Perth and surrounds offers all you need for your backpacking adventure in throughout the region.

See below useful links and resources, accommodation and activities and travel information for backpackers and working holiday makers in Perth.


If you are on a budget there are heaps of free and affordable things to do in Perth and surrounds - travel around the city on the free CAT buses, catch a free movie or show at Northbridge Piazza, free live music at many city pubs and bars, explore the free exhibits at the Art Gallery

Kings Park, City of Perth, City of Fremantle and Rottnest Island all offer a range of fun and educational free walking tours by knowledgable local voluenteers. You can also pick up trail maps to follow on your own. A great way to explore and learn at the same time!

Working holidays in WA

Planning to stay a little longer? A working holiday in Perth offers something for everyone - sun, adventure, an awesome natural environment and friendly people. Under Australia's working holiday program, visitors aged 18 to 30 can supplement their travel funds through temporary employment.

Citizens from the United Kingdom, Canada, the Netherlands, Japan, Republic of Ireland, Republic of Korea, Malta, Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Hong Kong, Finland, the Republic of Cyprus, France, Italy, Belgium and Taiwan aged between 18 and 30 and without children can participate in the Working Holiday Program.

  • Department of Immigration: Working holiday makers who spend at least three months doing specified work are eligible to apply for a second working holiday visa and extend their stay by 12 months.
  • Go Western Australia: This Government website provides information on living and working in Western Australia and you can browse the latest jobs on offer around the State.
  • Willing Workers On Organic Farms (WWOOF): For something different, sign up to do voluntary work on organic farm with and get involved in everything from animal care to gardening and permaculture. Alternatively you can throw yourself into nature as a conservation volunteer.
  • Working Holiday Visa Fact Sheet (PDF 71KB): A fact sheet with information about how to start a working holiday in Western Australia.

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