Working Holidays in the Northern Territory, Australia

One of the best things to do in Australia is a working holiday, and the Northern Territory is one of the country’s best regions in which to do that. Most travellers base themselves in either Darwin, close to highlights including Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge, or Alice Springs, close to Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and Kings Canyon. You’ll find heaps of employment options, covering everything from working with cattle in beautiful Outback ranches, or working with people in the buzzing lights of Darwin. It’s important to have a Working Holiday Visa, as this will give you permission by the Australian government to work for up to 12 months once you’ve entered the country.

Flights to Darwin

Working Holiday Visa

12 months from: £349

The Australia Work Abroad Visa gives you permission to work in Australia whilst you travel and is a hige hit with backpackers the world over.

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Work & Travel Arrival

4 days from: £230

Work & Travel Arrival is one of StudentUniverse’s most personalised work programmes for Australia, giving you everything you need to work independently.

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Work & Travel Plus

6 months from: £1,200

The "Plus" is our work abroad program that gives you the chance to explore the beauty of Australia while funding your fun by working in guaranteed job placements.

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Work & Travel Pro

6 months from: £1,400

Work & Travel Pro program helps students and young professionals grow professionally in their field of study or professional experience.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Working in the Northern Territory is one of the most rewarding and fulfilling experiences that you'll ever have. But there is no denying, it's can feel like a pretty big undertaking. Fortunatley for you, we're on hand, with our frienda at Alliance Abroad, to make sure that we can guide you through the whole process. We've even gone ahead and answered some of your most asked questions below.

Darwin has an international airport and is the main entry point for those travelling by air. The airport is only a 15-minute drive from the city centre – winner. If you’re coming from elsewhere in Australia by road, there are pretty much only three options: from the south follow the Stuart Highway; from the east you’ll need the Barkly Highway and from the west it’s the Great Northern Highway. You can also get there on the Ghan train, which links Darwin with Adelaide in Southern Australia, about 1600 miles away.

Some of the best things to do in Australia can be found in the Northern Territory. This is where you’ll find Uluru, probably the country’s most iconic sight, the Olgas, which are inexplicably not as famous but arguably more impressive, and Kings Canyon, which is as majestic as its name suggests. Further north, you’ll find the Devil’s Marbles boulder field – get ready to question the laws of physics as you know them – and Nitmiluk Gorge, which offers truly splendid kayaking. Further north still you’ll find Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park, and of course Darwin itself, a little beacon of civilisation amongst all the lovely emptiness.

Yes, in short. But which one will depend on what you want to do. If you’re visiting just as a tourist, you’ll need to apply for an Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) which can be done online for about £15. If you want to settle down and earn some cash for a bit, you should apply for an Australian Working Holiday Visa. Make sure you do this before you go – they can’t be issued once you’re there!

Probably walking. That was a joke. You’ll need wheels – or even wings. If you’re tight on time and want to see the Red Centre, you can catch a domestic flight from Darwin to Alice Springs, which will take about two hours. If you want to drive, it’ll take more like two days, though if you want to make stops along the way then give yourself a week. If you have the time and can afford it, driving is by far the best way to get around the Northern Territory, either independently or on a tour. Immersing yourself in the landscape is a huge part of the Outback experience.

The Northern Territory is so big that different parts of it go through different seasons. The top part is tropical, meaning it has a wet season (November-March) and a dry season (April-October). The best time to visit is the dry season, as during the monsoon period many roads become flooded and impassable. The bottom part of it (that’s central Australia) is made up of deserts and has an according climate, meaning it’s very hot in the day and cold at night. The climate here is fairly consistent throughout the year – in the daytime temperatures are around 25-35 degrees. January is the wettest month.

How long you got?! To see the big hitters at a leisurely pace – that is, driving and making fairly frequent stops – two or three weeks should be enough. However, depending on how much you want to explore, you could easily fill a couple of months. However long you spend here, you’ll never, ever forget it.

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