Mining Jobs for Backpackers


Geophysics Team Member

Fender Geophysics Artarmon, New South Wales

Published: 28th April 2022

Fender Geophysics is looking for casual field staff on geophysics crews. The role offers great opportunity for travel... Read more


Food And Beverage/housekeeping

Seasons Hotel Newman Newman, Western Australia

Published: 13th April 2022

Pacific Hotels Group is an Australian owned and operated company with 5 hotels across the country, and we are... Read more

2nd Year

Early Childhood Educator

Thriving Futures Port Hedland Western Australia, Western Australia

Published: 12th April 2022

Does your family have plans to move to the Pilbara region in Western Australia?Has your partner secured a role in... Read more

Trade Assistant

Programmed Industrial Maintenance ALL VICTORIA, Victoria

Published: 8th April 2022

Who Are We?Programmed Industrial Maintenance is a leading provider of industrial maintenance solutions to the... Read more

Bar Staff / Supervisor

The Gerald Apartment Hotel Geralton, Western Australia

Published: 4th April 2022

The Gerald Apartment Hotel was established in 2018. We are a 40 room boutique hotel. Included in our venue is Bobs... Read more

Tour Guide - Undara Experience

Discovery Holiday Parks Mount Surprise, Cairns

Published: 18th March 2022

About UsG’day Group comprises three leading Australian tourism brands in Discovery Parks, G’day Parks and... Read more

Geophysical Field Technician

Core Geophysics Regional WA, Western Australia

Published: 18th March 2022

We are seeking adventurous, motivated people for field work positions. Work is general labour assisting in the safe... Read more

2nd Year


Hospitality All Rounders & Handy Man/maintenance

Cheela Plains Pastoral Co Paraburdoo WA, Broome

Published: 16th March 2022

CHEELA PLAINS STATION STAY, in the remote outback Pilbara region of Western Australia, offers an ideal stop over... Read more

2nd Year

Tourism Allrounder With A Difference!

Zebra Stone FINNISS VALLEY, Darwin

Published: 16th March 2022

Do you enjoy having a joke and a laugh with customers, delivering top fun customer service?Would you like to work... Read more

2nd Year

Chef De Partie

The Cambridge Kununurra Kununurra, Western Australia

Published: 1st March 2022

The Cambridge Kununurra, is undergoing major renovations to become the hotel of choice, so we are calling out to all... Read more

2nd Year

Housekeeping / Cleaner Position Mining Camp

Regional Labour Hire Gingin, Perth

Published: 28th February 2022

Exciting Housekeeping / Cleaning All Rounder opportunity coming available at a camp located in Gingin WA!Duties... Read more

2nd Year


Geological Field Assistant

Munro Geological Services Bourke, New South Wales

Published: 27th February 2022

Geological Field AssistantRole is DI/DO Western NSW.2/1 roster, food and accommodation is provided.As a... Read more

Hr Advisor

Doubletree by Hilton Alice Springs Alice Springs

Published: 20th January 2022

A Human Resources Advisor is responsible for supporting and advising management on proper policies and procedures to... Read more

2nd Year


Bottleshop & Bar Staff Immediate Start

Last Chance Tavern South Hedand, Western Australia

Published: 21st December 2021

MULTIPLE POSITIONS AVAILABLE, FRIENDS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY TOGETHER!1 month free rent + relocation travel reimbursed... Read more

Cellar Door Team Member

Cape Byron Distillery McLeod's Shoot, New South Wales

Published: 2nd December 2021

CELLAR DOOR TEAM MEMBER POSITIONSituated in the heart of our Byron Bay Hinterland farm, amongst lush subtropical... Read more

Bar Staff

Last Chance Tavern South Hedland, Western Australia

Published: 25th November 2021

MULTIPLE POSITIONS AVAILABLE, FRIENDS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY TOGETHER!Interested in joining a bustling skimpy bar is... Read more

Bottleshop Attendant / Bar Staff

Last Chance Tavern South Hedland, Western Australia

Published: 28th October 2021

MULTIPLE POSITIONS AVAILABLE, FRIENDS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY TOGETHER!Interested in joining a bustling skimpy bar is... Read more

2nd Year

Bottleshop Attendant

Last Chance Tavern Port Hedland, Western Australia

Published: 7th October 2021

Interested in joining a bustling skimpy bar is a booming mining town?Want to save $$$$ for your next road trip?... Read more

Sample Preparation Assistants - Entry Level

Synaco Global Recruitment Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Published: 10th September 2021

Our value client is actively seeking Entry Level Sample Preparation Assistants to join their busy team in Kalgoorlie... Read more

2nd Year

Bar Attendant For Immediate Start

Marvel Loch Hotel Marvel Loch, Perth

Published: 11th August 2021

The Marvel Loch Hotel is located 28km from Southern Cross and a thriving mining community.We are looking for... Read more


Preparation Samplers | Kalgoorlie Residential | Entry Level

Laboratory Recruitment Services (LRS) Kalgoorlie,, WA, Western Australia

Published: 5th August 2021

Laboratory Recruitment Services (LRS) was founded to provide candidates with a central place of information on... Read more

2nd Year

Chefs Needed For Mining In Qld And Wa

Atlas People & Atlas Chefs Townsville

Published: 24th March 2021

Our client is located in northern Queensland. A trip to Magnetic Island, a guided snorkel dive through wrecks, a... Read more

Qualified Chef For Mining Site 2:1

Atlas People & Atlas Chefs Perth

Published: 24th March 2021

Our client is located in the north west of Western Australia. Gradually as the wet season passes, this place comes... Read more

Mining Chef

Atlas People & Atlas Chefs Broome

Published: 24th March 2021

Our client is located in the north west of Western Australia. Gradually as the wet season passes, this place comes... Read more


Sales Representative

Call a Cooler Welshpool, Perth

Published: 22nd March 2021

Join one of Australia's fastest-growing Water Cooler Companies and fast track your career.Get paid what you are... Read more


Sydney Sales Representative

Call a Cooler Mascot, Sydney

Published: 22nd March 2021

Join one of Australia's fastest-growing Water Cooler Companies and fast track your career.Get paid what you are... Read more

Timber Mill Labourers - Greenbushes

Parkside Group Greenbushes, Western Australia

Published: 23rd February 2021

Parkside is a 70 plus year old large company with divisions in saw milling, timber manufacturing, land and property... Read more


Factory Hand With Forklift Or Telehandler Experience Mildura Area.

Farm maintenance MILDURA, Victoria

Published: 16th February 2021

Work for an innovative processing company that specialised in land rehabilitation and recovery, if you have a hands... Read more

2nd Year


Frog Services Chinchilla, Queensland

Published: 16th February 2021

We are looking for a draftsperson for 3-12 months using DraftSight Professional/Ares commander. The primary focus of... Read more

2nd Year

Exploration Field Hand

Peel Mining Cobar, New South Wales

Published: 25th January 2021

WANTED FOR IMMEDIATE STARTWorking in a small exploration team in central NSW as an exploration field hand, duties... Read more

2nd Year

Cleaner - Work For Accommodation

Travellers Haven Mount Isa, Queensland

Published: 11th January 2021

We are currently looking for a cleaner with a strong attention to detail to do approximately ten to twelve hours of... Read more

Au Pair - Live In Position

Money Family Moranbah, Queensland

Published: 18th September 2020

* Every weekend off*2 long weekends off per month*Car to use on your days off to get away on weekends... Read more

Cafe Cook And All Rounder

The Gourmet Gecko Cafe Lightning Ridge, New South Wales

Published: 30th August 2020

We are looking for a friendly, reliable cook to work the weekends and could be more hours if wanted at our little... Read more

Warehouse Assistant And Parts Painter

MASPRO Engineering Condobolin, New South Wales

Published: 25th August 2020

Maspro Engineering manufactures after-market spare /replacement parts for the mining industry, while also providing... Read more

Live In Au Pair - 7 Days On 7 Days Off

Alan and Vicky Louw Moranbah, Queensland

Published: 13th August 2020

We are a family of 4 living in Moranbah, looking for our next au pair to look after our two children ages 2 and 1 on... Read more

Drillers Offsiders

Precision Exploration Drilling Pty Ltd Geraldton, Western Australia

Published: 11th August 2020

Drillers Offsiders for immediate start.Work in various locations across regional WA. Accommodation and meals... Read more

2nd Year

Au Pair

Moore Roxby Downs, South Australia

Published: 27th July 2020

Looking for our first Au Pair to join our family preferably longer term!Come to outback Roxby Downs South... Read more

Rooftop Bar Manager

The Gerald Apartment Hotel Geraldton, Western Australia

Published: 27th July 2020

The Old Man & the Sea Rooftop Baris an exciting and unique boutique bar licensed for up to 250 people, overlooking... Read more

All Rounder / Cook

Thai spice Moranbah, Queensland

Published: 10th July 2020

Cook/ kitchen hand needed.. For Thai cuisine in Food truck and Restaurant. A sound knowledge of Asian cuisine, would... Read more

Roadhouse Cook/chef (nt)

The Job Shop Northern Territory

Published: 9th July 2020

A remote roadhouse/pub/restaurant is looking for an experienced & qualified Cook/Chef to join their team starting... Read more

2nd Year


Au Pair

Phelan family Port Hedland, Western Australia

Published: 24th June 2020

Dear Future Au Pair,We are seeking our Seventh amazing Aupair to join our family around August 2020.We live... Read more

Au Pair

Cluff family North Lakes, Brisbane

Published: 27th May 2020

⭐️Commence 5th June 2020⭐️6 months position⭐️Weekends off. And bonus every second Friday off. And a... Read more

Construction Labourer

Benang Canning vale, Western Australia

Published: 4th December 2019

Benang Energy is an emerging Infrastructure services provider focused on sustainable solutions within the Utilities,... Read more

Newman Mining Camp Cleanup

Brixle Pty Ltd Newman, Western Australia

Published: 25th November 2019

Abandoned mining camp/resort cleanup in Newman.Starting early December.Looking for upto 4x fit and able people... Read more

Fly In Fly Out - Mining Chef

Building Careers Australia Perth, Western Australia

Published: 5th November 2019

Building Careers Australia is on the lookout for Trade Qualified Chefs for an immediate start to work on large and... Read more

Bar And Kitchen Staff Wanted... Free Accomodation

wells nsw, New South Wales

Published: 18th August 2019

Looking for another great member to join our team in outback nsw. Must have RSA and rcg or willing to obtain... Read more

462 Visa Hospitality People

Tropicoast p/l Cardwell, Cairns

Published: 11th August 2019

We are seeking EXPERIENCED hospitality 462 workers seeking second year visa .The position is live on site with... Read more

2nd Year

Pub Allrounders

Great Western Hotel Cobar, New South Wales

Published: 28th October 2018

****PUB/HOTEL ALLROUNDERS WANTED***The Great western hotel in cobar are looking for enthusiastic individuals to... Read more

Aupair Required 2018

Rafferty Moranbah, Queensland

Published: 12th August 2018

Aupair Required - 22 years +- Full time- Minimum 2 days off per week- Private furnished bedroom/bathroom... Read more

Exploration Field Hand

Peel Mining Cobar, New South Wales

Published: 8th June 2018

WANTED for IMMEDIATE valid for 2nd Year Visa Extension.Working with an exploration team in central... Read more

2nd Year


Start Your Central Queensland Adventure Now!!

Holt Moranbah, Queensland, Queensland

Published: 24th May 2018

Are you looking for a unique Australian Au Pair job - wanting to earn some money to go towards your next travels?... Read more

Truck Driver

Saltbush Pastoral Kalgoorlie, Western Australia

Published: 12th April 2018

Saltbush Contracting Pty Ltd is a privately owned contracting firm providing a diverse range of civil services,... Read more

2nd Year


Au Pair

Lawrence Gunnedah, New South Wales

Published: 1st February 2018

Looking for our first AU Pair to join our little family starting in February 2018 for a short term of 6-12 weeks... Read more


Bar Work

Outback Railway Hotel Ravenswood, Queensland

Published: 24th January 2018

We require an energetic happy person to help us run a beautiful old Historic hotel in a Outback Gold mining town in... Read more


Trades Assistant - Mechanical

Perth Recruitment Services Canningvale, Perth

Published: 9th January 2018

Perth Recruitment Services are urgently looking for a mechanical trade's assistant to fill a short term role (up to... Read more

Temporary Customer Service Position In Technical Support Team

Medical Media  North Sydney, Sydney

Published: 15th November 2017

A Customer Service position has become immediately available in the Technical Support Team at Medical Media. Medial... Read more

Production Workers

CQ Commercial Laundry Emerald, Queensland

Published: 12th October 2017

Production WorkersCQ Commercial Laundry is a locally owned business supporting the Local, Mining & Tourism... Read more

Chef Or Experienced Chef

Lightning Ridge Bowling Club Lightning Ridge, New South Wales

Published: 28th September 2017

Hi, looking for a Chef or experienced cook how is looking to venture away from the coast to a small opal mining town... Read more

All Rounder

White Cliffs Hotel White Cliffs, New South Wales

Published: 6th June 2017

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic, passionate and dedicated individual to join our team. The White... Read more

Big Sister Wanted!! Asap Start

Nash Gladstone, Queensland

Published: 22nd February 2017

WANTED someone to become part of our family. We are not interested in having someone WORK FOR US but want someone... Read more

Bar Work Out Back

Janz Meandarra, Queensland

Published: 17th February 2017

Job available!Hello backpackers, we currently are looking for another person to work at our small country,... Read more


Lab Coopers Plains, Brisbane

Published: 29th November 2016

Do you have the efficiency and attention to detail of a German?The scientific background of Curie, Mendeleev or... Read more

Data Entry Clerk

Bouygues Pty Ltd Perth, Western Australia

Published: 10th November 2016

• Answers incoming telephone calls, determining the purpose of the call and directs the call to appropriate... Read more

Account Payable Clerk

Bouygues Pty Ltd Sydney, New South Wales

Published: 8th November 2016

• Answers incoming telephone calls, determining the purpose of the call and directs the call to appropriate... Read more

Grubfinder Is Looking For People To Pickup Takeaway Menus. Up To $2/menu

GrubFinder Anywhere

Published: 8th September 2016

Want to make some easy money as you are travelling around?GrubFinder is looking to expand their takeaway... Read more

Cafe Alrounder /cook

3c's cafe Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory

Published: 31st August 2016

We are looking for a motivated person to join our team. Our cafe is in a remote seaside mining town, full time hours,... Read more

Au Pair Newman, Plenty Of Paid Time Off!!!

Tiny Tot Nannies Newman, Western Australia

Published: 30th August 2016

*Aupair job Available in Newman- WA**This job is perfect for someone who is planning to save money; or someone... Read more

Rope Access Technicians, Arborists And Riggers

Specialised Geo Pty Ltd Wollongong

Published: 11th August 2016

Specialised Geo provide expert geotechnical solutions for civil, construction, mining and maintenance projects... Read more

Catering And Housekeeping Attendants

Compass Group  Howard Springs, Darwin

Published: 14th April 2016

ESS is the market leading support services division of Compass Group, providing multi-service capability to major... Read more

Urgently Seeking An Amazing Aupair For 2 Beautiful Children In Central...

McIntosh  Blackwater , Queensland

Published: 3rd March 2016

Hello!!Are you an energetic, fun, friendly, smiley and a warm hearted person? Do you genuinely love children? Then... Read more

Logistics Clerk

Job Capital Sydney

Published: 12th February 2016

Are you looking for a 3-6 month working contract to fund your travels around Australia?We are currently looking... Read more

Customer Service Representative

Hunter Bailey Pty Ltd Brisbane CBD, QLD, 4000, Brisbane

Published: 9th November 2015

Hunter Bailey is seeking an Entry Level Sales Assistant for a rapidly expanding marketing and sales team! Our... Read more

Scaffolders Required For Shut Down

Scaffolding Management Services Pty Ltd Karara Mine Site, Perth

Published: 22nd September 2015

SMS Contracting Pty Ltd is a Western Australian privately owned business and a market leader in scaffolding, project... Read more

Backpacker For Rural Pub

Metropolitan Hotel Nymagee Nymagee, New South Wales

Published: 29th August 2015

Rural pub currently seeking an all-rounder, jobs include : bar work, housekeeping, some cooking and general upkeep of... Read more

Fifo Hospitality Professionals - Casual Opportunities

Compass Group FIFO Perth, Perth

Published: 7th August 2015

ESS is the market leading support services division of Compass Group, providing multi-service capability to major... Read more

Building / General Maintenance / Groundskeeping


Published: 9th February 2015

We have an accommodation/camping lodge situated in Chillagoe, Far North Queensland -approx 3hrs inland from Cairns.... Read more

Morris Corporation Open Day

Morris Corporation Perth, Western Australia

Published: 2nd February 2015

Morris is an Australian owned facilities management and industrial hospitality company. Morris provides solutions... Read more

Au Pair Required For Family In Moranbah

Private Moranbah , Queensland

Published: 27th January 2015

We are currently seeking an Au-Pair to assist our family in caring for our two beautiful little girls whilst we both... Read more

Technical Sales Agent

Toptal Melbourne

Published: 13th January 2015

Toptal is one of the most innovative and rapidly growing tech startups from Silicon Valley. Our exclusive network of... Read more

Technical Sales Agent

Toptal Sydney

Published: 13th January 2015

Toptal is one of the most innovative and rapidly growing tech startups from Silicon Valley. Our exclusive network of... Read more

Employment Opportunities- Various Positions

Morris Corporation Western Australia- Regional , Western Australia

Published: 30th December 2014

Morris Corporation is Australia's largest privately owned facilities management specialist; with over 45 years'... Read more

Workers For Privately Owned Underground Gold Mine

Three Two's Gold MIne Clermont, Qld, , Queensland

Published: 29th December 2014


Free Energy Consultant

Free Energy Solution Gympie and Sunshine Coast, Sunshine Coast

Published: 4th October 2014

Want to make minimum $150 per day, but sky is the limit, playing a major role in saving the planet and saving... Read more


Cameco Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Published: 25th September 2014

The available position is for a Chef /Cook for 1 -2 weeks work cooking for approximately 15 people in a remote... Read more

Warm Outbound Sales L Call Centre L Financial Services

TRASK , Sydney

Published: 1st June 2014

We currently have roles with this established and highly regarded Contact Centre. The Contact Centre is State of the... Read more

Hospitality And Cleaning Positions

Compass Group , Darwin

Published: 6th March 2014

Join our relief pool teamJoin the preferred support services partner to the resources sectorWork locally and... Read more

Heavy Equipment Operators

Private , Queensland

Published: 28th February 2014

Wanted: Heavy Equipment Operators Lockyer Valley Qld.Excavator, Dumptruck, Loader & Crushing Equipment Operators... Read more

Warm And Friendly Live In Au Pair Wanted

Trin , Queensland

Published: 30th January 2014

Hi,We are a family in Moranbah looking for a Live in Au Pair to look after our two boys 4 and 8. The eldest is... Read more

Bar & Wait Staff

The Globe Hotel , New South Wales

Published: 29th December 2013

The Globe Hotel is a country pub located 3 hours from Sydney in the heart of the Mudgee wine country. Our pub... Read more

Electrical &/or Communication Technicians

AWX , Darwin

Published: 23rd October 2013

AWX are market leaders in Recruitment and pride ourselves in employing quality people, partnering industry,... Read more

Yard Labourers

Civmec Construction & Engineering , Darwin

Published: 13th August 2013

Darwin Offshore Logistics BasePosition:The Darwin Offshore Logistics Base (DOLB), part of Civmec Construction... Read more

Mining Jobs in Australia

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The truth is that Australia is very mineral rich. From coal and iron ore to some of the world's most sought-after gems, Australia's mining industry is one of the biggest in the world, which is great news for backpackers on a 417 or 462 visa looking for work.

Where are most mining jobs located?

Australian mining jobs aren't exactly in convenient locations. Most of the jobs are found in regional, hard to access parts of the Australian mainland - places where minerals have been left to slow cook for millions of years, and where the opening of a huge open cut mine won't be met by much, if any, resistance. Mount Isa, Queensland's largest mining town, is a 20 hour drive from the state capital of Brisbane, for example.

With the greatest amount of land at their disposal, it makes sense that Australia's two biggest states, Western Australia and Queensland, are the country's mining powerhouses.

What are FIFO jobs?

If you're looking for a mining job, you've probably heard the term FIFO, which stands for 'fly in, fly out'. Because most Australian mining jobs are seriously remote, it makes sense for mining companies to fly their workers in and have them work non-stop for weeks at a time, before flying them out again for an extended break.

A FIFO worker's schedule will depend on the company and the job. Some FIFO workers will work two weeks on before getting two weeks off, others will have three on and one off, etc.

What mining jobs are available to working holidaymakers?

While many mining jobs require a university-level education, there are a number of entry-level positions open to willing working holidaymakers that require minimal training and expertise. Examples include:

  • Labourer: Such a large scale project as a mine needs plenty of hired hands to do simple labouring tasks.
  • Truck driver: Ever felt the desire to drive a vehicle as big as a house? Being a driver on a mine site grants you the opportunity!
  • Cleaner: Things can get dirty and dusty on a mine site, and someone's got to clean it!
  • Admin/ in-office jobs: If you're not a fan of dirt under the nails, there are always a wealth of in-office roles available, including administration, payroll, procurement, reception and scheduling.

What qualifications are needed?

When you combine big machinery with a notable lack of medical facilities, safety becomes all the more important. Mining sites are some of the most red tape filled workplaces in the world, and for good reason.

The 'tickets' - the qualifications and licences - that you'll need will depend on the job that you're going for. As a minimum you'll have to show a white card, the same card necessary to step foot on any construction site in Australia, and a police security clearance.

From there the necessary tickets become job-specific, like a heavy vehicle (sometimes called a 'heavy rigid' or HR) licence for drivers. The necessary tickets should be stated on the job description.

If you get through the first few stages of the interview process, you'll most likely be asked to undergo a pre-employment medical to ensure that you are fit to work in what can often be challenging conditions.

What is the pay like?

In short? Really good.

If you're willing to put up with the less desirable aspects of the job, you can often earn more as an entry-level worker in the mines as you can as a highly trained professional in the city. It's common for a cleaner or labourer to earn $40 an hour - double Australia's world-leading minimum wage. On top of that, many mining jobs, in particular FIFO, will see living expenses like accommodation and food paid for. You also won't be tempted by a trip to the mall or cinema, because there is no mall or cinema.

Pros and cons of mining jobs

So, is a mining job the right choice for you, the working holidaymaker? Let's sum up the pros and cons.


  • Great pay
  • Counts as specified work for your second and third year visas
  • Living costs are often taken care of
  • Forced saving, as there's minimal temptation to spend
  • Work hard, play hard: extended breaks for FIFO workers


  • Away from civilisation (perhaps a pro to some!)
  • Limited ways to unwind and relax outside of work hours
  • FIFO workers will work for weeks at a time (before getting an extended break)
  • Work and live with a small group of people

So while Australian mining jobs are terrific for your bank balance and your visa extension, the more human sides of the job can be a challenge.

The pay and limited amount of jobs can mean it's a competitive space to get work in. But if you can, there's almost no better way for a working holidaymaker to make good, fast money.