Volunteering in Australia is a great way to explore our large continent while at the same time learning new skills to add to your CV on your return home.
Volunteer opportunities include working at established volunteer organisations, or by joining WWOOF Australia and getting your meals and accommodation in return for 4-6 hours per day work.
Imagine waking up in the morning on a Cattle Station, deep in the Australian Outback. Have a hearty breakfast with your Host Farm family, and then venture out to do a days work on the farm. Working in environments such as this, are once in a lifetime opportunities. To experience the desert culture, wide open spaces and starry skies is a unique experience.
Or you could be harvesting bananas on a tropical fruit farm way up North in Northern Territory or Queensland. Australia is divided up into roughly three very distinct climates. Up north, you have the tropical Wet and Dry seasons, 6 months each. Travel during the Wet season is virtually impossible on many country roads, so if you’re in Australia between November and March, plan to visit the Southern States.
Down south, you’ll be subject to the typical European four seasons. Summer, winter, spring and autumn. All seasons are suitable for travelling, working and exploring, but winter (May-Sept) would be best spent up North in the tropics.
Then of course there is the desert climate. Very similar seasons to the tropics, Wet and Dry, but the temperature shifts are more dramatic, with night time temperatures sometimes dropping below 10 degrees celsius. So take warm clothes even if your are planning on heading Outback.
WWOOFing is a great way to see Australia, as you stay with a Host Farm family, usually participating in their daily chores and routines. The benefits of staying with locals, is that when you have time off, they can be a great source of information on where to go and what to see. Step off the tourist trail and experience the real Australia.
So whether it’s WWOOFing, Volunteering or getting a Working Holiday Visa and doing some part-time, casual work, checkout our Volunteer Australia website and see what suits you.