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1. Posted by TravelNowWorld (Budding Member 7 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

I am panning to explore as much of Australia as I can in Sept 2018. How much I am able to explore will depend partly on my budget. Thus, I was hoping to pick up off jobs for a couple of days that can help me boost my budget while I am there. Within the time I have, it seems unlikely I will be able to take up jobs that require me to be at one place longer than a week. I have the necessary skills for a wide variety of jobs ranging from waiting tables to managing events or shops or even technical projects.

Any suggestions would be very helpful.

Thanks in advance

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5227 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Will you be there on a visa that'll allow you to work (e.g. a working holiday visa?) If not, forget about it.

If you are, I still won't give you much hope. Almost any business will prefer people to stay on for a longer time to benefit from any time spent training them; even those specifically targeting backpackers will generally ask for a minimum stay of several weeks.
There's a couple of exceptions (handing out flyers to passersby on busy shopping streets and such), but they might be hard to find. Might be that you'll luck out here with anyone who previously did such work, and can tell you which agency arranged it for them?

3. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 482 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

The only thing I can think of is maybe getting on AirTasker and picking up odd jobs there.

4. Posted by TravelNowWorld (Budding Member 7 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Thanks @Sander & @Teoni for your candid comments. I know it is going to be tough to get such short duration jobs but I have been able to pick up jobs at dive shops or similar in SE Asia in the past so am hoping I can find something similar here too. AirTasker looks interesting, will definitely give it a go.

I was also recommended GumTree by someone else, will check that out too.

Thanks again for the info. I still have a few months to go, so hoping something turns up :)

5. Posted by Forever_Roaming (Budding Member 19 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

As somebody who spent 2 years in Australia on a working holiday visa but also knowing people who went on tourist visa's - you will be able to pick up odd jobs while you're out there if you look in the right places.

There are plenty of 'cash in hand' jobs that you can pick up as a lot of smaller businesses and one man jobs just need a extra pair of hands. If you are not fussy about the jobs you can pick up.

Examples of work you can do:

work for local builders - just as a helping hand, do the skivvy work, assist them
demolition work
removals companies
pick up odd jobs in hostels
bar work '

Also gumtree is a good option - you'll find some jobs posted on there but be careful with that as sometimes those posted jobs are un-reliable.

Obviously if you're looking for more corporate or office based jobs then they will be looking for more formal ways to employ you.

Trust me during my 2 years in Aus I did enough cash in hand jobs' just to keep me going - Once while I was in Sydney, while I was staying in the Kings cross the manager at the British lollipop shop came to the hostel to ask for somebody to help him move an Air conditioning unit. I volunteered - he paid me $50 in cash and let me have whatever I wanted from the shop.

I was lucky to be staying in a Hostel that local business's and one man band would call up in the morning asking for help; anything from a couple of hours to a few weeks - Through the hostel I had a removals job which was on and off for a few months, and worked for a builder everyday for a month.

SO if you look around and ask around there will be people willing to give you work, and if that fails ask to work in hostels in exchange for free rent.

Where about's in Aus are you going? IF you're doing the East coast picking up isn't that much of a problem.

[ Edit: Edited on 04-Apr-2018, at 03:45 by av9901 ]

6. Posted by TravelNowWorld (Budding Member 7 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Thanks @av9901. Mostly will be on the east coast, planning to start around Daintree National Park and slowly move south till Melbourne.

It is not a do or die situation for me, just something to ease the budget given that Australia is a very expensive country. While I definitely have the skills for a office job, I am not looking for something like that and definitely not looking to settle down in Aus. I have done barwork and handy man jobs in the past and I dont mind getting my hands dirty.

Thanks for the advice and details. I am also searching for online Freelancer jobs that I can pick up which would probably be easier as I dont need to find a local job and it will still be making money. ;)

I am looking forward to my trip, very excited !!

[ Edit: Edited on 06-Apr-2018, at 04:37 by TravelNowWorld ]

7. Posted by Forever_Roaming (Budding Member 19 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

No worries pal I hope you have a good trip - The Daintree is nice but watch out for the Cassowary's :P and the crocs in the river :D

IF you get a chance I highly recommend doing a sky dive in mission beach (it's done over the great barrier reef, of course scuba in the great barrier reef, Fraser Island is amazing (Do the 4x4 option)

As you mentioned you don't mind doing the mucky work or manual jobs so you'll be fine in picking up odd jobs and also you have your freelancing to cast your net out so to speak - If you need any more specific info give me a shout, I did the whole east coast and was based in Sydney for the majority of time.

8. Posted by Uppo_88 (Budding Member 18 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

Hey! :)

So the types of jobs you mention below would you need a working visa or could get a normal visiting one for that type of work?

As somebody who spent 2 years in Australia on a working holiday visa but also knowing people who went on tourist visa's - you will be able to pick up odd jobs while you're out there if you look in the right places.

There are plenty of 'cash in hand' jobs that you can pick up as a lot of smaller businesses and one man jobs just need a extra pair of hands. If you are not fussy about the jobs you can pick up.

Examples of work you can do:

work for local builders - just as a helping hand, do the skivvy work, assist them
demolition work
removals companies
pick up odd jobs in hostels
bar work '

Also gumtree is a good option - you'll find some jobs posted on there but be careful with that as sometimes those posted jobs are un-reliable.

Obviously if you're looking for more corporate or office based jobs then they will be looking for more formal ways to employ you.

Trust me during my 2 years in Aus I did enough cash in hand jobs' just to keep me going - Once while I was in Sydney, while I was staying in the Kings cross the manager at the British lollipop shop came to the hostel to ask for somebody to help him move an Air conditioning unit. I volunteered - he paid me $50 in cash and let me have whatever I wanted from the shop.

I was lucky to be staying in a Hostel that local business's and one man band would call up in the morning asking for help; anything from a couple of hours to a few weeks - Through the hostel I had a removals job which was on and off for a few months, and worked for a builder everyday for a month.

SO if you look around and ask around there will be people willing to give you work, and if that fails ask to work in hostels in exchange for free rent.

Where about's in Aus are you going? IF you're doing the East coast picking up isn't that much of a problem. [/quote]

9. Posted by Forever_Roaming (Budding Member 19 posts) 6w Star this if you like it!

[quote=Uppo_88]Hey! :)

So the types of jobs you mention below would you need a working visa or could get a normal visiting one for that type of work?

Hi Uppo,

Like I said, I was there on a working holiday visa, but I knew people on just tourist visa's that did odd jobs here and there

Mostly it would be better and 'legal'if you had a working holiday visa but there will be some that will take people on for a few days to a few weeks, some of the traders out there just need a helping hand with jobs and if you look in the right places those jobs can come about.