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WWOOFING in Australia and other subjects!

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1. Posted by Mariannam (Budding Member 7 posts) 8y

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Hi everyone! I’m off to Australia in a year, and although I’m doing all the research I can on my own, there are still a few questions I’ve got in mind. I wonder if you can help me out a wee bit. My plan would go like this more or less:
- I plan to stay there for a year with a WHV. I want to travel around the country (all of it) doing wwoofing, and working in fruit picking, or whatever else like (youth hostels cleaning or reception work.., bar work, call centre…) to support myself a bit. Any suggestions and tips about that will be very welcome!
For the ones that don’t know about it, Wwoofing stands for: willing workers on organic farms (WWOOF). You work for about 4 to 6 hours per day and you get food and accommodation in exchange. It looks to me like an ideal way to travel around and get to know the land, nice people from all over the world but specially the locals as well. The website if you are interested: http://www.wwoof.com.au/
So, although I read a few things about it I’m wondering: have any of you done some wwoofing in Australia before?? What about the experience?? Is it easy to find Hosts available? Any suggestions/ tips on some Hosts or areas, or activities? I’m really interested in first hand experiences so I can know a little bit better what to expect.
Am I crazy in planning to travel around the whole country only doing wwoofing, travelling and working eventually?? The thing would be something like:
- 8 months wwoofing (2 weeks in each farm)
- 2 months travelling (in between)
- 2 months working (whenever, saving as much as possible)
This is not accurate, it’s only an idea. So, if I land in Australia with only 2000 Euros to spend (I know I need much more in my bank account but don’t know if this is to get the visa or to enter the country, and I don’t know how much would that be) = 1500 GBP = 3400 AUD, with my return flight paid, and the bus for the whole trip inside the country paid; do you think I could manage to survive?? Should I plan to work for much longer? How much do you get paid for about 8 hours daily work in a shitty normal job? I guess it’s quite essential to know that before planning all that stuff, so, if anyone knows, that would help a lot.
I read, that to be able to work I need a tax number, and to work as a bar tender, I need a training first. Anyone knows where and how to get both of those??
- At some point I want to go from Adelaide to Darwin, stopping at the usual points during the trip through the red centre. What do you advice: using Greyhound? Or is it much more fun to share a van or car with some other people? I think that would b maybe better cause you can stop when you want, and you share the experience with others, where as you can’t do the same in a bus. But the thing is: is it easy to find some people to share a car with?? And another thing is: I still don’t have a driving license so, would it be a good idea to get it before going to Oz just so I could drive as well ( I’m 26), sharing this as well as the fuel expenses??

Well sorry for the long, long message…. I think this is about everything for now.
Thanks in advance for any reply that I might get!
Mariannam

2. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 8y

I haven't done any WWOOFing so I can't help you out there, but I do have some answers for a couple of your other questions :)

You can apply for your TFN (tax file number) online through the Australian government website, once you've arrived in the country. It takes a couple of weeks for them to issue your number, which you will receive via mail.

When you're working for a wage, the amount you earn can vary greatly, depending on what field of work you're in. Fruit picking etc is usually paid below minimum wage, and is considered something people do for a fun, social experience rather than to rake in the dollars!! Whereas if you get into something like call centre work, you could be getting $18-$20/hr. And if you are keen on bar work, you need to sit the RSA certificate - I think the training is only a day and costs about $120 (but check these details, I'm not too sure on that!).

When you come to the Adelaide-Darwin leg of your trip, theres a multitude of tour companies that do such trips that you could look into. I stayed at a hostel (Annie's Place) in Adelaide that did their own trips of different lengths into the red centre. A tour could be a nice way to do it to meet people etc.

Enjoy your trip, you'll have a great time!! Any other questions I might be able to help you with, PM me and I'll see what I can do

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

I had a very positive experience WWOOFing and stayed with 2 very friendly (and very different) hosts:
- one was a tropical flower farm in Queensland, set in their own 5 acres of rainforest. There was a waterfall on their property, and wildlife everywhere (including beautiful tree frogs and spectacular spiders).
- the other was a berry farm set under the Western Tiers in Tasmania. The owner was pretty much self sufficient, had his own herd of lovely, well-kept livestock and grew a huge variety of vegetables. The wilderness area was a couple of hours walk from the farm, so there was the opportunity to get out into some really wild country.

We had no trouble finding these hosts, and neither expected us to do more than about 4 hours work per day, nor did they expect us to do anything beyond our abilities. Read the booklet carefully, and try to read between the lines about what you're going to be expected to do - we did hear stories of some hosts just using their WWOOFers as free full-time labour with no reward and bad conditions.

4. Posted by LusciousLu (Budding Member 72 posts) 8y

Me and Chocky are heading out to Oz in the next 3 months or so and will be WWOOFing at some point in order to learn the ways of permaculture and generally living a lush life whilst meeting top people and working hard...but not too hard eh? :)

Cant decide at this point whether to head to Syd first to try and earn some cash...something I know is very difficult considering the surroundings or arrive, party for a short while then head north to Byron to WWOOF at the places which have taken our fancy? Any advice...sorry maria for cutting in here...

booking flights tomorrow...wwweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!