Australian working holiday in August, Cairns or Brisbane?

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1. Posted by Ninetysix_96 (Budding Member 2 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

Hi guys, new here. I'm a 21 year old male who has decided to travel solo on a working holiday visa to Australia for a year this August. However I'm still undecided as to which city I should start with during this time of year. I'd like to stay in one place sort of long term-ish to save money.

I've originally decided on Cairns because fruit picking there is abundant and pays well, and I can save up a lot living in a remote area. However, on a backpacker facebook group recently I've read that people have found it hard to fruit picking jobs for some reason there due to the weather. Also, I've heard of some backpackers in Cairns getting scammed, underpaid and being put to work in perilous conditions, so I'm sort of skeptical right now.

Next up on my list would be Brisbane, because I have a friend there and it's one of the cheapest amongst the big cities in terms cost of living (correct me if I'm wrong), and doesn't have that heavy of a backpacker scene (something that also appeals to me) but I'm worried about not being able to find a job there easily as the population of the city isn't as huge.

I have experience in admin work, translation, teaching and manual labor. I also have a beginner barista certificate, dunno if that'll help. If there's any farm work near Brisbane I will also be down for it.

So guys which city would you recommend in August for me to go, Cairns or Brisbane? If there are any other cities that you would suggest feel free to do so.

[ Edit: Edited on 08-Jun-2018, at 15:08 by Ninetysix_96 ]

2. Posted by SirGaw (Budding Member 45 posts) 26w Star this if you like it!

100% for Cairns. Peak tourist season there and there are plenty of jobs in the hospitality industry + its warmer being in the tropics. Consider looking north to Port Douglas.