Any trouble finding a job?

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1. Posted by pmaffe03 (Budding Member 4 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hello all.....I am headed to Australia for four months in February and then onto New Zealand for an additional four months. I was thinking about staying along the Sunshine Coast when I get to Oz. Ideally, I would like to get a job working in a bar or restaurant....are there a lot of places in that area that would hire someone on a four month working visa? Would I have a lot of trouble finding a room to rent?

I am traveling by myself and I am anxiously awaiting my departure but also feeling a little on edge. If anyone could answer my questions it would be greatly appreciated.


2. Posted by Peggy12 (Budding Member 9 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

G'Day Pete,

I figure that you are travelling on a Working Holiday Visa. If not, forget about working in Australia - you would put yourself at risk of expulsion, detention and possibly a ban from Australia.

So, with your Working Holiday Visa in hand, you have a good chance of finding a job in the area you'll be travelling around. You can take up several jobs, but never stay more than three months with the same employer on this visa, this is the main condition.

Job opportunities are often posted on message boards in Youth Hostels and hotels were young people stay. Universities often also post job offers. Word-of-mouth, that is meeting with like-minded people jobbing through Australia, will give you the best hints on open positions. Door knocking is the other variety to find a job, one probably everyone does at one stage or another of their trip.

There are also travel guides specifically for "job-trotters" to be found in the travel section of bookstores. Here is a French title, but I am sure you'll find the equivalent in English: Jobs et stages autour du monde,

Good luck with everything and enjoy a fantastic trip to Australia!



3. Posted by pmaffe03 (Budding Member 4 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

You are correct...I have already obtained a Working Holiday Visa and I am all set to go. I was wondering if there are usually are great deal of jobs available along the Sunshine Coast? Thank again


4. Posted by Peggy12 (Budding Member 9 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi again, Pete,

the Sunshine Coast being prime holiday destination, there are obviously many restaurants, cafes and bars to be found. From what I know they mostly operate with casual staff - so they will need you! You can search the internet reg. restaurants, cafes and hotels in the area and try to apply via email or phone, but I think most employers like to see the person before hiring them.

Anyway, why not post your CV and browse for jobs (by type of job or by region) on:

or on:

Hope this helps!

Bye and all the best ,


5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hi Pete,

A 4 month working holiday visa; from the US I guess? What organization are you travelling with as I believe the only way to get that visa is through Bunac, Council or Interexchange. All three of these companies have an office (or representative) in Australia that also can help in finding work. Usually they can't do too much outside of Sydney where they are all located but they certainly have lots of great tips and ideas on how and where to find a job.

Regarding the Sunshine coast and job availability, it depends a little on what you mean with the Sunshine Coast (and the time of the year). A lot of people think a lot of different things when they are talking about exactly what part of the East Coast this is. Anyway, in general, the East Coast has the largest amount of job availability, especially in the hospitality area (bars, restaurants, hotels, hostels are very popular) as you mention. This of course is due to the fact that it is the most popular area to travel.

If you are planning to stay in one place for 2+ months, finding an apartment, or sharing a room in an apartment, is going to be your best bet financially and usually is not that hard to arrange. That is the hardest (at a reasonable price) in Sydney, and even then most backpackers I know never spent more than 2-3 weeks finding one. As Peggy says, there is lots available through hostels notice boards. Other areas to find both work and accommodation is in the backpacking travel agencies, where they often have notice boards as well. Backpackers Travel Centre and Backpacker World are two big ones and have offices in most cities or backpacker destinations around Australia. TNT magazine, which will be lying in any backpacker related business in Australia, also has a lot of ads for jobs etc.

The main thing to remember is that you won't likely be finding a job that is going to be directly beneficial to your career (some people think they will) as you are always going to be a temp worker. Having said that, the indirect benefits are very big in my own view!

Have you checked out It has quite a few very relevant links, work and travel wise for Australia.



6. Posted by pmaffe03 (Budding Member 4 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thank you Sam and Peggy for the info, I appreciate your responses. You are correct, I am am going with the BUNAC program on a four month holiday visa. I will take your advise and post my resume on the websites, but I think you are correct when you say that I need to show up in person before I get hired anywhere.

I still have a few questions about accomodations. As I have mentioned before, I would like to find an apartment somewhere along the Sunshine Coast (preferably a stone throws distance away from a beach) but would also like to do some traveling while I am in Oz. Does it make economic sense to get an apartment even though I could be taking off for one/two weeks at a time to do some traveling?

Thank you in advance for the advice.


7. Posted by Deb (Full Member 21 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I would be more inclined to get a room somewhere like a hostel, and see first if, for example, the Sunshine Coast is somewhere you want to base yourself for a couple of months. If yes, then get a job, like a barman, then only look for somewhere to stay, preferably within walking distance of work. I think it would be a pain somewhere like either the Gold or Sunshine coast, where public transport isn't exactly wonderful, to get an apartment somewhere then find you have a 40min trek to get to work each day. Also, short term apartments are quite expensive and can run to something like $500 - $700 a week. I think more fun and interesting would be to rent a room in a shared household (probably no more than $200 a week and that would be a pretty good room close to a beach, I would have thought).

Gold Coast/Sunshine Coast are okay, but most Australians rave about Byron Bay ( fantastic diving, between Sydney and the Gold Coast) or Port Douglas (close to Cairns, stunning, beautiful, should be a fair bit of work, and heaps and heaps to see and do, including close to the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Forest, and (well, hardly close but a great place to see) Kakadu).

Have fun on your holdiay. By the by, if you are coming from the States and are addicted to Hersheys anything, I suggest you bring some. Hersheys is not so easy to find and is expensive here.