Working Holiday in the Northern Territory

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There's plenty of work and high demand for skilled and unskilled workers in the Northern Territory. There are also job opportunities you just won’t find anywhere else. Just check out these case studies for example... 

A working holiday in the Northern Territory gives gappers the opportunity to experience a lifestyle that's very different from the rest of Australia and the world. You can try cooking, cattle mustering or domestic duties on an outback cattle station; teaching or nursing in a remote Aboriginal community or small outback town; pick mangoes or melons; or tend the bar in a regional roadhouse. If you love the experience, the Northern Territory's status as a regional destination makes it easy to extend your visa by up to 12 months.

To be eligible for a working holiday visa, you must be between 18 and 30, and apply for the visa before your trip. You can usually stay up to 12 months, work for up to six months for any one employer and study for up to four months. If you engage in harvest or 'specified' work, you may be eligible for a 12-month visa extension. You can find out more in our Northern Territory visas section. 

Darwin Waterfront © Peter Eve

Opportunities in the Northern Territory


From April to October, hospitality workers are in high demand. International travellers with experience and a work permit can pick up regular work as chefs, cooks, food and beverage attendants, hotel administration, kitchen hands and hotel maintenance. 

Fruit picking

Take your pick of seasonal harvest work on fruit farms between Katherine and Darwin. The mango season in the Top End requires many hundreds of harvest workers, from September to November.


Nurse in urban hospitals or in remote communities right across the Territory. Casual nurses are always in demand, especially those with ICU, A&E, aged-care and midwifery skills. 

Buley Rockhole, Litchfield National Park ©Tourism NT


Darwin has a booming economy with lots of construction projects in place, construction work is available year round with a peak in demand from April-October. 

Cattle station work

Try your hand on the land at a cattle station. Many stations employ international travellers for fencing and mustering work, or as governesses, chefs and kitchen hands. Experience isn't always necessary.


Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOFing) Work on organic farms and live with a local family in exchange for room and board. This is a great way for international travellers to see the Territory.

Darwin has an average temperature of 32 degrees celsius year round. It's the perfect place to settle your bags for a few months and see how the Northern Territory like to live life.