Backpacker Jobs South West QLD

Baker

Gunsynd Bakery Goondiwindi, South West QLD

Published: 14th June 2022

Looking for an experienced Baker to join our team starting ASAP. Must have a "can do" attitude, be a self starter and... Read more

Farm Hand

Red Dog Recruitment Roma, South West QLD

Published: 10th June 2022

About the CompanyOur client is a family owned and managed agricultural business producing high quality dryland... Read more

2nd Year

 

Farm Hand

9Dorf Farms Lilydale, South West QLD

Published: 5th June 2022

Position available for a 3-6 or longer month work roster. Will count towards the second and third year visa.1.5... Read more

2nd Year

 

Rural Nanny / Housekeeper

Coulton Bungunya, South West QLD

Published: 26th May 2022

Full-time Nanny / HousekeeperOur family of five is on the lookout for a full-time Nanny / Housekeeper.We are... Read more

2nd Year

Bar Attendant

Warrego Hotel Motel Cunnamulla Cunnamulla, South West QLD

Published: 25th May 2022

Outback Qld Hotel seeks experienced Bar PersonRecent Bar Experience RequiredRSA and RSG RequiredTAB KENO and... Read more

Boilermaker

Red Dog Recruitment Mitchell, South West QLD

Published: 23rd May 2022

Join a team producing quality custom made rural products including inventing the legendary Ute Chute. We are now... Read more

Boat Skipper

Outback Pioneers Longreach, South West QLD

Published: 13th May 2022

The Skipper is a vital part of our Starlight’s Cruise Experience.The Outback Pioneers skipper needs to have... Read more

Pizza Maker - Pizzaiolo

4Stagioni Mobile Pizza Warwick, South West QLD

Published: 11th May 2022

We are a small family business with a loyal and dedicated customer base located in the beautiful Southern Downs of... Read more

Farm Hand

9Dorf Farms Lilydale, South West QLD

Published: 7th May 2022

Position available for a 3-6 or longer month work roster. Will count towards the second and third year visa.1.5... Read more

2nd Year

Head Chef/cook

Outback Pioneers Longreach, South West QLD

Published: 7th May 2022

This role is a great opportunity for someone who wants to make their mark and develop a distinctive outback offering... Read more

Fresh Produce Packing

Salad Makers GILSTON, South West QLD

Published: 3rd May 2022

Packing fresh produce40 hours per weekMust have own transportLong term positionGuaranteed workplease... Read more

2nd Year

 

Hospitality All - Rounder ( Housekeeping, Restaurant, Kitchen Hand /...

Best Western Ascot Lodge Motor Inn and Cascades Restaurant Goondiwindi, South West QLD

Published: 28th April 2022

FREE ACCOMMODATION. CONSISTENT WORK. NO TRANSPORT REQUIRED.Best Western Ascot Lodge Motor Inn and Cascades... Read more

 

Qualified Chef Or Experienced Cook. Free Accommodation And Utilities...

Best Western Ascot Lodge Motor Inn and Cascades Restaurant Goondiwindi, South West QLD

Published: 28th April 2022

Best Western Ascot Lodge & Cascades Restaurant, located in Goondiwindi QLD, is seeking to appoint a Chef or... Read more

 

Mill Hands

Parkside Group Wandoan, South West QLD

Published: 28th April 2022

We are seeking applications for Mill hands to work at our Wandoan Timber Mill. Wandoan is situated in the Western... Read more

 

Casual Farm Hand

Milla AgriCo Surat, South West QLD

Published: 22nd April 2022

We are a mixed cropping dryland and overhead irrigation farm located near Surat in South West Queensland.We are... Read more

2nd Year

Gardener

Paraway Pastoral Co Gregory QLD, South West QLD

Published: 19th April 2022

Gregory Downs Station is located 17kms from Gregory and 100kms from Burketown in the beautiful Australian Gulf of... Read more

2nd Year

Housekeeping Team Member

Noosa International Resort Noosa Heads, South West QLD

Published: 19th April 2022

We are a fun and vibrant hotel cleaning team looking for staff. Work is sometimes over 7 days commencing from 9am and... Read more

Section Waiter/ Bartender/ Food Runner/ Host

Hellenika at The Calile Fortitude Valley, South West QLD

Published: 19th April 2022

Section Waiters/ Section Supervisors / Hosts - Hellenika at The CalileBased in the heart of James Street at The... Read more

Farmhand/tractor Driver

JV & MH Brodie St George, South West QLD

Published: 19th April 2022

Position available Farmhand/Tractor driver25km west of St George on mixed farming/sheep feedlot. Experience... Read more

2nd Year

Housekeeper

Outback Pioneers Longreach, South West QLD

Published: 18th April 2022

At Outback Pioneers the housekeeper helps create the Outback Pioneers experience. With a supreme eye for detail and... Read more

Fresh Produce Packing

Salad Makers GILSTON, South West QLD

Published: 6th April 2022

Packing fresh produce40 hours per week guaranteedconsistent workFamily business on the Gold Coastplease email... Read more

2nd Year

 

Earth-moving Equipment Operator

Bremner Farms Dalby, South West QLD

Published: 2nd April 2022

Experienced Earth-moving Operator required for 6 to 12 months workExperience on Excavator, Grader or Laser Bucket... Read more

2nd Year

 

All Rounder

Waymark Hotels Pty Ltd Mount Isa, South West QLD

Published: 1st April 2022

The Isa Hotel and Red Earth Boutique Hotels are seeking All Rounders to join the team!As an All Rounder you will... Read more

Assembler / Installer

Fabcon Installations Toowoomba, South West QLD

Published: 30th March 2022

We are currently looking for backpackers to join our team!You will be required to:> Work effectively in a... Read more

 

Dairy Hands Required For Large Commercial Goat Dairy

Cranley Park Goat Dairy Clifton, South West QLD

Published: 30th March 2022

Cranley Park Goat Dairy is located between Clifton and Allora in Southeast Queensland. We are looking for reliable... Read more

2nd Year

Labourer

Range Event Hire Wilsonton, South West QLD

Published: 29th March 2022

Labourers Wanted - 3 to 6 months work in Toowoomba- Must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19- Must be... Read more

Hospitality

Hotel Australia & Swagsman Motor Inn Miles Miles, South West QLD

Published: 25th March 2022

Hospitality work available, no experience needed we will train you. We offer free accommodation with own room... Read more

Farm Job

Mr Ross Baker AYR, South West QLD

Published: 25th March 2022

Farm work,This job is on a passion fruit farm. It is a live in job and accommodation and meals are provided free... Read more

2nd Year

Baker

Gunsynd Bakery Goondiwindi, South West QLD

Published: 18th March 2022

Baker / bakers assistantExperience preferred but not essentialNight work Read more

2nd Year

Hospitality

Hotel Australia & Swagsman Motor Inn Miles MILES;QLD, South West QLD

Published: 9th March 2022

Are you needing plenty of work well we have it. Provide free accommodation with own room free wifi, free evening meal... Read more

Food And Beverage Manager

Outback Pioneers Longreach, South West QLD

Published: 10th February 2022

At Outback Pioneers you will help create the Outback Pioneers experience.You will need to be hands-on and... Read more

2nd Year

Bar Staff

Charleville Cattle Camp Hotel Motel Charleville, South West QLD

Published: 7th February 2022

General Bar duties in a friendly country pub in Charleville SW QLD, Great Atmosphere, accommodation, meals, Award... Read more

Chef/cook

Charleville Cattle Camp Hotel Motel Charleville, South West QLD

Published: 7th February 2022

serving Dinner 6 nights a week , full run of the kitchen, small, simple but well done menu,Friendly country pub in... Read more

Cooks, Barista's, Waitstaff, Housekeeping And Kitchenhands

Outback Pioneers Longreach, South West QLD

Published: 4th February 2022

Wow, Have we got the outback experience for you!Do you have a lively disposition and enthusiastic personality? If... Read more

Reservations Sales Consultant

Outback Pioneers Longreach, South West QLD

Published: 3rd February 2022

This is one of the most important roles at Outback Pioneers. You are the first voice many people hear or the first... Read more

Packer

John Dee Warwick Pty Ltd Warwick, South West QLD

Published: 26th November 2021

Packing jobs are not difficult and require some on the job training. Read more

2nd Year

Onion Packer- St George, Qld

Agri Labour Australia St George, South West QLD

Published: 21st October 2021

The Benefits- $26.15 per hour + Free accommodation- $2 per hour season commitment bonus- Immediate start!-... Read more

2nd Year

Onion Packer

Agri Labour Australia St George, South West QLD

Published: 8th October 2021

The Benefits:-- Immediate Start- $26.15 per hour- Duration: 6 months- Great team environment- $2/hour... Read more

2nd Year

Pub All Rounder

The Australian Hotel Motel St George, South West QLD

Published: 20th August 2021

We are looking for fun energetic people to join our team in Western Queensland.The pub is looking for bar staff,... Read more

 

Bottle Shop / Bar Attendants

Australian Hotel St George, South West QLD

Published: 27th May 2021

Large hotel in western Qld with all amenties that requires bar & bottleshop staffStarting salary $50k plus overtime... Read more

Bar/gaming & Bistro Attendant

Charleville RSL Memorial Club Charleville, South West QLD

Published: 14th May 2021

Charleville RSL Memorial Club is one of the best licensed venues in South West Queensland. We are looking for... Read more

Couple Required For Farm Work!

Orallo Enterprises Pty Ltd Roma, South West QLD

Published: 25th March 2021

Hello Travellers!We are looking for a couple to come and help us on our Beef Cattle Farm North of Roma in QLD in... Read more

2nd Year

 

Bar Staff

Royal on Ninety- Nine ROMA, South West QLD

Published: 23rd October 2020

Are you looking for an Outback Adventure?An exciting opportunity exists for Bar, Gaming and Café Staff at the... Read more

General Farm Hand

Hazelmont Pastoral Roma, South West QLD

Published: 13th September 2020

We are 50km out of Roma on a cattle & farming property.Looking for able bodied Helpers for 4-8 weeks work,... Read more

Jobs in South West QLD

A place that fewer than 30,000 people call home, but that boasts more land than most of the world’s countries, including New Zealand and the UK. South West Queensland is the perfect encapsulation of rural Australia – a seemingly never-ending vastness, dotted by small, close-knit and hardworking communities, each hundreds of kilometres from the next.

The unique experience offered by South West Queensland can make it a tempting destination for anyone who wants to experience the real Australia. It offers a chance to trade the modern metropolises and sandy beaches for the feeling of that famously red dirt between your toes.

Iron-heavy soil aside, why should you visit South West Queensland? Where is it, how do you get there, and will there be work available to those who’d like to stay a while?

The answers to all these questions can be found below.

Where is South West Queensland?

South West Queensland is a 319,808km² region that, as its name implies, encompasses the southwest corner of Australia’s second-largest state.

Pre-European settlement the area was the home of the Gamilaraay (or Kamilaroi) nation. European exploration began in 1860, with the ill-fated expedition of Burke and Wills, who passed away at Coopers Creek. The hot and semi-arid climate of South West Queensland offered limited access to water, making farming difficult, although this changed when the Great Artesian Basin was discovered which allowed water to be drawn from bore holes.

While South West Queensland remains sparsely populated, it is known for cattle grazing, opal mining, cotton farming, and its healthy deposits of oil and gas.

The major towns of South West Queensland

What are the major towns and communities in South West Queensland? As a place with fewer people than you’ll find attending the average professional football match, the word ‘major’ needs to be taken with a grain of salt. That said, what these communities lack in size, they more than make up for in character.

Roma

Home to around 7000 people, Roma is the largest town in South West Queensland. It is a 479km drive west of Brisbane, and is connected to the state capital by road and rail. Wheat and cattle form the backbone of this town’s strong agriculture industry, while rich gas deposits also contribute a significant amount to the local economy.

Charleville

As one of the first settlements gazetted in South West Queensland back in 1865, Charleville is an historic community that boasts a number of heritage listed sites. Agriculture is by far the town’s largest employer, with livestock and cereal crops sustaining the local economy.

St George

Found 440km due west of Brisbane, at the junction of four main Queensland highways and just within the border of South West Queensland, St George can perhaps be considered the region’s most connected community. Its position on the banks of the Balonne River have made it a popular fishing site, with locals enjoying a steady supply of Yellowbelly and Murray Cod. In terms of industry, St George is known for its cotton, garlic and onion production.

Cunnamulla

The only other South West Queensland town home to over 1000 people, Cunnamulla is slightly more remote than those above, being located around 750km west of Brisbane. As one of the driest towns in the region, crops can be difficult to cultivate here, so sheep grazing is the main form of agriculture.

Getting to and around South West Queensland

As a sparsely populated area with limited public transport, by far the best and most common way to get to and around South West Queensland is to take your own car. Both Roma and St George are a 5.5 hour drive from the Brisbane CBD, while the region’s major centres are between two and five hours from each other.

Roma and Charleville (and some smaller communities in between) are serviced by a twice weekly passenger train to Brisbane. This doesn’t make for the most efficient travel however, with the service taking 17 hours end-to-end, twice the time it takes to drive the same route.

The most efficient – though also the most expensive – way to travel to and around South West Queensland is by plane. The area has a rich air travel history, as one of the first regions to be serviced by Qantas, in 1921. Seven airports are spread across the major towns, with semi-regular flights connecting the area with much of the state.

Perhaps the most common form of public transport is the bus network. This affordable, reliable, comprehensive and quite efficient network is often used by working holidaymakers.

6 things to see and do in South West Queensland

  1. Charleville Cosmos Centre: The perks of being in the middle of nowhere come into clear view at this centre, which uses powerful telescopes to offer amazing, light pollution-free views of the Milky Way.
  2. Royal Flying Doctor Service Museum: A service that rural Australia relies upon heavily, the RFDS has saved countless lives, as this museum explains.
  3. Roma bottle trees: The Australian version of the girthy baobab trees of Africa, the circumference of Roma’s biggest measures an incredible 10m.
  4. Yowah opal fossicking: South West Queensland is known for its opals, and at Yowah you can try and find your own!
  5. Bilby spotting: Perhaps the cutest of Australia’s desert animals, the bilby calls the red earth of South West Queensland home, and those with sharp night vision might be lucky enough to spot one!
  6. Eulo mud baths: Water bubbles up from the Great Artesian Basin at Eulo, and visitors can enjoy a soak in the mineral-heavy mud.

9 in-demand jobs in South West Queensland

Are you eager to see what South West Queensland has to offer, and hope to stay a while? While the population might be small, there are a surprising number of work opportunities on offer here, including:

1. Station farmhand (livestock)

Cattle and sheep are big business in South West Queensland. The area has a number of stations that cover more arid areas, and these vast operations are often on the lookout for an extra set of hands. This work is a truly unique experience, though you’ll need to be comfortable with animals, motorbikes and getting your hands dirty!

2. Farmhand (cereal crops)

On the eastern side of the region, where rainfall is a little more reliable, cereal crops are big business. Farmers here are on the lookout for help all year round, but particularly during harvest.

3. Cotton ginning

It can be a surprise to see such a thirsty crop as cotton in such an arid environment, but with the Balonne River serving up plenty of water, the area around St George is home to a healthy cotton industry. Farmers often need help in cotton ginning – separating fibres from seeds – packing and dispatch.

4. Grape harvesting

While its climate means that South West Queensland isn’t really known for wine, the region is known for supplying a healthy portion of Australia’s table grapes. Here you can find work picking, pruning, covering and generally maintaining the vineyards.

5. Onion and garlic harvesting

Bulb plants are another staple crop of South West Queensland. Onion and garlic are particularly big in the area around St George, where workers are tasked with picking, packing and stacking the vegetables for dispatch.

6. Sheep shearing

Those with the necessary skills and strength won’t be short of work in the western part of the South West Queensland region. This is sheep grazing country, where the demand for shearers rarely lets up. While not a job for the faint of heart (or weak of back), there’s real money to be made for those who can shear hundreds of sheep per day.

7. Fencing construction

Fences are the only way for a station owner to protect their assets, and as a region that is larger than the entire country of New Zealand, there are quite a few fences to fix and construct. This work might be laborious, but it’s also consistent and often well-paid.

8. Trades

Do you hold a trade? Whether you’re a carpenter, electrician, plumber, bricklayer or arborist, you can be as in-demand in South West Queensland as anywhere.

9. Hospitality

With pubs and cafés forming the social hubs of rural townships, and with the unique experiences of South West Queensland drawing an ever-greater number of visitors to the region, hospitality is a growing industry. Cooks, cleaners, waiters, bar staff, tour guides; there are a wealth of opportunities available, many of them short-term and casual.