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Where can I swim with sharks in Australia?

What was Jaws to you: a cautionary tale or an adrenaline-pumping thrill? If you answered the latter, and you’re planning a trip down under, do we have some good news for you. Blessed with a stunning, biodiverse and seemingly endless…Read more
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A definitive list of all the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Australia

Approximately 99 million years ago Australia separated from the supercontinent Gondwana. It spent the subsequent aeons evolving into a place of entirely unique landscapes and wildlife. From Uluru to the platypus, Australia is the world at its weirdest and most…Read more
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6 Best Ski Season Jobs for Backpackers in Australia

Backpacking around Australia is one of the most exciting items on your bucket list, and finally getting to make it happen is a dream come true. But as you travel around this beautiful country, it is highly unlikely that you…Read more
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Ultimate Guide to the Blue Mountains

About 50km west of the Sydney CBD, on the edge of the metro area, the earth begins to swell. Beginning in Penrith, plains turn into hills, then hills turn into mountains; Blue Mountains, to be precise. The Blue Mountains is…Read more
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10 Most Instagrammable (& Lesser Known) Destinations in Australia

The Sydney Opera House, Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef… yawn. While these are all amazing sights to see, they’ve been done. At this point a photo of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge is less a joy than it is…Read more
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How Much Can I Earn Fruit Picking?

Fruit picking is almost a rite of passage for backpackers in Australia. Rural work is baked into the structure of the country’s Working Holiday Maker program, with the extension of both the 417 and 462 visas requiring the completion of…Read more
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10 Best Travel Apps for Backpackers

Travel is easier than it has ever been before, for a single (yet sprawling) reason: the internet. Pre-internet backpacking was a game of waiting hours for transport, knocking on hostel doors in search of a vacant bed, and hoping that…Read more
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How to eat out on a budget in Sydney?

We all know that the cost of living in Sydney is incredibly high. With some of the most expensive rents in the country, it’s understandable that you might want to cut down on expenses elsewhere. If you’re on a bit…Read more
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How to get your tax refund re-assessed

Updated: January 2022 After the recent victory in the Australian high court, changes to the backpacker tax may mean you are eligible to have your previous tax returns re-assessed. The Australian government have announced that eligible working holiday makers may…Read more
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UPDATE: Backpacker Tax Appeal –

Victory for Backpackers UPDATED: November 2021 Backpacker Tax Timeline A history of the controversial backpacker tax: The government first unveiled its backpacker tax plans in its 2015 budget, revealing that working holiday makers would be taxed at 32.5 per cent…Read more
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BREAKING: High Court Victory for ‘Backpacker Tax’

Best backpacker jobs in Australia for couples
The long running saga of the Backpacker Tax reached a conclusion today as the high court found the tax was ‘at odds’ with an international agreement. The news may well apply to working holiday makers who are citizens of the…Read more
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Agriculture Visa Australia 2021

What is the Agriculture Visa? The Agriculture Visa (also known as the Ag Visa or Agri Visa) is a new Australian visa aimed at helping fix a labour shortage in the farming, fisheries, forestry and meat processing industries. The visa…Read more
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