One of the most common questions asked amongst travellers in Australia is “have you done your farm work?” If you’re keen to save money, get your 88 days for your second year visa and have a proper Aussie experience, working on a farm in outback Australia is for you. It can be challenging and enjoyable, hot and cold, tiring and fun, and it will certainly be something you will never forget. Here’s seven top tips for travellers out there thinking about farm work or already working in the outback.
- Tell people you’re going off grid. Don’t spend all your time trying to post pictures to Instagram or scrolling through Facebook for fear of missing out. It can all wait. Depending on where you’re going you’ll probably have limited phone signal and internet anyway. Of course you should keep in touch with friends and family, but don’t be glued to your phone all the time. Disconnect from social media for a while and enjoy living in here and now.
- Get organised and stock up before you go. In the outback there’s no convenient shop down the road when you need something. Stock up on toiletries like shampoo, soap, toothpaste, insect repellent, sun screen and painkillers – and maybe a bag of your favourite snacks. If you’re doing your three months all in one go, plan ahead and look at how much you’ll need for that period of time. You don’t want to be running out of deodorant by week four. If you’re working over autumn and winter, remember to take warm clothes too. It can get pretty chilly at night in the outback so you will need your beanie as much as your sunnies.