Station Jobs for Backpackers

Station Hand

Dampier Downs Broome

Published: 19th June 2022

Station hand – Broome, Western Australia - Where the outback meets the oceanDampier Downs Station is currently... Read more

2nd Year


Homestead Helper

AGP - Murray Downs Station Davenport, Northern Territory

Published: 17th June 2022

We are looking for someone that is happy, fun, outgoing and willing to work in a great team environment to help with... Read more

2nd Year

Hospitality & Farm

Flame Hill Vineyard Montville, Sunshine Coast

Published: 14th June 2022

Flamehill Vineyard has employment available for motivated experienced hospitality staff for front of house and back... Read more

2nd Year


Qld's Largest Cattle Station - Cook

Paraway Pastoral Company Ltd - Davenport Downs Winton, Queensland

Published: 13th June 2022

?‍? Now recruiting - Station Cook for Davenport DownsAfter almost 3 years, our cook is moving on so we're... Read more

2nd Year

Farm Hand - Domestic

Victory Grazing Alice Springs

Published: 11th June 2022

Victory Downs is a family run cattle station in central Australia - Located 320KM south of Alice Springs, with the... Read more


Girl Friday

Anna Creek Station William Creek, South Australia

Published: 9th June 2022

Anna Creek Station is a family owned and operated cattle station in the far north of SA. Situated 150kms east of... Read more

2nd Year

Station Hand/ General Labourer

Neales River Livestock Allandale Station., South Australia

Published: 29th May 2022

Allandale station is a family owned and operated company.We are located in the far north of South Australia,... Read more

2nd Year

All Rounder (homehelper/aupair/stationhand/housekeeper/girl Friday)

Hicks CLERMONT QLD, Queensland

Published: 8th May 2022

Looking for a happy friendly positive helper to assist on our cattle station in Qld.Our Central Queensland cattle... Read more

2nd Year


House Assistant / Nanny

Moore Agriculture Cloncurry, Queensland

Published: 26th April 2022

Live-in House Assistant / Nanny –A fun Cattle Station ExperienceOur family of five, inclusive of Mum, Dad,... Read more

Jillaroo/station Hand Position

Charles Ashby & co Coonalpyn, South Australia

Published: 24th April 2022

We require 1 or 2 fit girls to work on cattle properties in the upper south-east of South Australia. Work involves... Read more

2nd Year


Station Hand

Gingie Pastoral company walgett, New South Wales

Published: 20th April 2022

Skilled worker required for northern nsw area , carrying 15000 dorper sheep , mand cropping 30000 acSkills... Read more

2nd Year

Cattle Station Cook Potentially Lead To A Station Hand

Porcpine QLD HUGHENDEN;QLD, Queensland

Published: 10th April 2022

Looking for an enthusiastic happy garden loving person, who would like to like to come and cook some good old... Read more

2nd Year


Care Support

Daniels Cloncurry, Queensland

Published: 7th April 2022

Job DescriptionI am looking for a live-in Support worker. To help me take care of the house and my husband. I am... Read more

2nd Year

Cook (cattle Station)

Hancock Agriculture Katherine NT, Northern Territory

Published: 17th March 2022

We seek a Station Cook to work full-time hours (employed as a casual) and join our team at Riveren Station in the... 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


Camp Cook In Contract Mustering Camp

Bellingham Contract Mustering Pty Ltd Kununurra/Katherine, Northern Territory

Published: 12th March 2022

Camp Cook - Bellingham Contract Mustering Pty Ltd is seeking a camp cook in the Eastern Kimberley region to start Mid... Read more

2nd Year


Helping Hand / Cleaner - Short Term

Arubiddy Sheep Station Cocklebiddy, Nullarbor Plain - Western Australia, Western Australia

Published: 10th March 2022

SHEEP STATION - COCKLEBIDDY, WA$25+ Per Hour - Give me a helping hand to get ready for shearing.Would suit... Read more

2nd Year

Gardener/homestead Maintenance

Hancock Agriculture Tennent Creek, NT, Northern Territory

Published: 10th March 2022

We have two full-time Gardener/Homestead Maintenance roles, one at at Helen Springs and one at Brunchilly cattle... Read more



Jumba Holdings PTY LTD Charters Towers, Queensland

Published: 3rd March 2022

Location: We have a position 1/2 hrs South from Charters Towers (On the Gregory Developmental Road) 3 hrs from... Read more

2nd Year


Station Caretaker

Pritchard Wanaaring, New South Wales

Published: 26th February 2022

The job is on an outback NSW sheep and cattle station.You will be 200klm west of Bourke.The job entails general... Read more

2nd Year

Cook And Kitchenhand

Winton Roadhouse, Cabins & Caravan Park Winton, Queensland

Published: 24th February 2022

The Winton Roadhouse in outback Qld is hiring a Cook and a Kitchenhand.This family owned and operated business is... Read more

Construction Work

Rangeland Services Pty Ltd Dongara, Western Australia

Published: 28th January 2022

Fence construction predominantly on mine sites in remote areas of WA.Some cattle station and farm work.Working in... Read more

2nd Year

2022 Positions Available

Porcpine QLD Hughenden, Cairns

Published: 26th December 2021

JOBS AVAILABLEStation hands / ist yearsJobs include but not limited too, general station duties offencing,... Read more

2nd Year

Jackaroo Farmhand

Stewart Wirrinya, New South Wales

Published: 29th November 2021

Looking for a person to come for a month or two to help on a family farm . Must have a drivers license ,... Read more

Cattle Station Hand

Bamboo Pasteral Northen Queensland, Cairns

Published: 29th November 2021

EXPERIENCE BEAUTIFUL CAPE YORK PENINSULACATTLE STATIONSingle or couple wanted to help with all aspects of... Read more

2nd Year

Station Cook/all Rounder

Jenyns Pastoral West Kimberley, Western Australia

Published: 7th November 2021

Do you want to work on a Kimberley Cattle Station over the wet season? (November to March)We are looking for a:... Read more

2nd Year


TSR Services Julia creek, Queensland

Published: 31st October 2021

Looking to employ 1x energetic person to help with building renovations on a cattle station 1 hours drive from Julia... Read more

2nd Year

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RFTTEJOBS Brisbane, Darwin

Published: 17th September 2021

Cattle Stations and Farms around Australia are always looking for good workers to join their team for the season or... Read more

2nd Year

Mechanic Or Bore Runner

RFTTEJOBS Northern Territory, Alice Springs

Published: 8th September 2021


2nd Year

Au Pair/housekeeping/ Mother's Help - Clermont Cq Cattle Station Start Immediate

Hicks CLERMONT, Queensland

Published: 4th August 2021

Due to our last young lady wanting to her explore more of Australia, we are looking for our next homehelper/house... Read more

2nd Year

Station Hand

Stationhand rural, Western Australia

Published: 1st August 2021

Station hands required for general station duties and cattle musterCattle handling/motor bike experience preferred... Read more

2nd Year

Station Cook

Hancock Agriculture Birdsville, Queensland

Published: 30th July 2021

We seek a cook to join our Durrie cattle station in the Channel Country of south west QLD until the end of November... Read more

2nd Year

Domestic/cleaner - Cattle Station Nw Qld

Alcoyne Grazing Co JULIA CREEK, Townsville

Published: 23rd July 2021

Domestic/cleaner position available on our family run cattle station in North West QLD to help with general... Read more

2nd Year

Gardner/stationhand - Cattle Station Nw Qld

Alcoyne Grazing Co JULIA CREEK, Townsville

Published: 16th July 2021

Gardner/groundskeeper position available on our family run cattle station in North West QLD to help with general... Read more

2nd Year



Nebo Hotel Nebo, Airlie Beach & Whitsundays

Published: 13th July 2021

Au Pair is required for caring for an 8, 6 and 1 year old.Two older children are at school and the 1 year old is... Read more

2nd Year


Farm Work/au Pair

Southampton Downs Tambo, Queensland

Published: 9th July 2021

We are looking for someoneto join our team on a large cattle station near Tambo.The job will consist of feeding... Read more

2nd Year

Single Female - Help W/children & Cleaning. Cattle Station Central Qld $$$

Central QLD Organic Cattle Station INJUNE, Queensland

Published: 16th June 2021

Hello,Together with my husband and two boys (ages 5yrs and 3yrs) we are the second generation on our beautiful... Read more


Au Pair Needed On Family Owned Cattle Station.own Accomodation.start Late...

Diamond Cattle Co Winton, Queensland

Published: 15th June 2021

We are a fun, caring and busy working family looking for an AuPair on our cattle station in North Western QLD.We... Read more

2nd Year

Cattle Station Female Domestic/gardener

Mt Doreen Propietors ALICE SPRINGS, Alice Springs

Published: 14th April 2021

Cattle station looking for female domestic/gardener. Start date ASAP a few months work for right candidate can pick... Read more

2nd Year


Tattarang Onslow, Western Australia, Western Australia

Published: 22nd March 2021

HOUSEKEEPERWHO ARE WE?Minderoo Station is a core component of the wider Harvest Road and Minderoo Foundation... Read more

Horse Training Farm Experience

Mylandra Partnership Forbes, New South Wales

Published: 16th March 2021

Help us to look after and exercise our polocrosse horses. Learn more about this exciting ,fast game. Travel with us... Read more

House Keeper / All Rounder

Cobbold Gorge Tours and Accommodation Forsayth, Queensland

Published: 11th March 2021

Cobbold Gorge Tours is currently seeking hands-on, experienced, highly motivated and passionate people to help us... Read more

2nd Year

Station Cooks Wanted!


Published: 22nd February 2021

There are several Cattle Station Cooking positions currently available, includes accommodation and meals + excellent... Read more

2nd Year

Station Hands

Log Cabin Lands Barraba, New South Wales

Published: 19th February 2021

Two Station hands required on cattle operation in Northern NSW.7kms from the Town ship of Barraba.Horse riding... Read more

2nd Year


Welder For Cattle Station

Dumbarton Cattle Co Dingo, Queensland

Published: 17th February 2021

Dumbarton Cattle Co is looking for a practical, hands on Welder to work on a grain shed and feedlot build. Willing... Read more

2nd Year

Domestic/cleaner - Cattle Station Nw Qld

Alcoyne Grazing Co JULIA CREEK, Queensland

Published: 15th February 2021

Domestic/cleaner position available on our family run cattle station in North West QLD to help with general... Read more

2nd Year

Domestic/cleaner - Cattle Station Nw Qld

Alcoyne Grazing Co JULIA CREEK, Queensland

Published: 14th February 2021

Domestic/cleaner position is available on our family run cattle station in North West Queensland to help with general... Read more

2nd Year

Horse Training Farm Experience

Mylandra Partnership Forbes, New South Wales

Published: 31st January 2021

Help us to look after and exercise our polocrosse horses. Learn more about this exciting ,fast game. Travel with us... Read more


Station Hand

Avondale Station Mossgiel, New South Wales

Published: 30th January 2021

**Immediate start**Position available for male or female on large isolated sheep station in western NSW. Mostly... Read more

2nd Year


Station Cook

Triploe C Beef Pentland, Townsville

Published: 6th January 2021

Triple C Beef is a family run operation with properties throughout North QLD.We are currently seeking a cook for... Read more

2nd Year

Home Help/ Farm Hand

BST Pty Ltd Charters Towers, Townsville

Published: 21st December 2020

All rounder required for North Queensland Cattle Station.Position includes a variety of roles - ranging from... Read more

2nd Year

Experienced Station Hand - Family Cattle Station

Wynberg Station Cloncurry, Queensland

Published: 10th December 2020

We are looking for an experienced farm hand to work with us on family owned cattle station near Cloncurry in North... Read more

2nd Year

Station Cook

North Star Pastoral Daly Waters, Northern Territory

Published: 7th December 2020

North Star Pastoral are seeking a cook to join the team at Maryfield Station.Ideally located just 45km from the... Read more

2nd Year

Work For Accommodation In A Tropical Rainforest Hostel

Jackaroo Treehouse Mission Beach, Queensland

Published: 2nd December 2020

Feel like living in the tropics and enjoying the tropical rainforest and beach lifestyle?Want to work on your tan... Read more

Home Help/gardener

BST Pty Ltd Charters Towers, Townsville

Published: 25th September 2020

Active person required for 4.5 hours a day to help around the house and gardening on family cattle station.Role... Read more

Station Hand

Arthella Pastoral Company Pty Ltd Middlingbank, New South Wales

Published: 17th September 2020

Arthella Pastoral Company requires a fit hardworking person to carry out farm work on sheep and cattle farm in the... Read more

2nd Year

Teacher/home Help For Cattle Station

BST Pty Ltd Charters Towers, Townsville

Published: 12th September 2020

Qualified primary school teacher required for 8 weeks work teaching an 8 year boy, Grade 2 curriculum.Some home... Read more

2nd Year

Cattle Station Cook

Armraynald Station Burketown, Queensland

Published: 18th July 2020

Cattle station in the North west QLD, looking for a relief station cook for three to four months. Accomodation and... Read more

2nd Year

Horse Traning Free Food And Accomodation

Mylandra Partnership Forbes, New South Wales

Published: 14th July 2020

Help us to look after and exercise our polocrosse horses. This year our Polocrosse season runs till end of... Read more

Farm Hand

Yarraman Pastoral Company Bigga, New South Wales

Published: 24th January 2020

Looking for a few workers to join us for a few weeks. More time may be awarded pending performance.We have a sheep... Read more

Station Hand Labour

Johnson Hughenden, Queensland

Published: 2nd May 2019

Station hand workFencing yard building welding machinery operating eg loader skid steer fork lift cattle mustering... Read more

2nd Year

Au Pair/ Nanny

Ashbacher Surat, Queensland

Published: 23rd May 2018

Au pair wanted - Immediate start, 3 weeks(option for longer for right person)Experience rural Australia on a... Read more

Rural Au Pair

Licciardo St George, Queensland, Queensland

Published: 4th April 2018

Lovely family with two children aged 6yo and 2yo are looking for their next rural Au Pair.The family are... Read more

Station Hand - Fencing

CWL Shearing Crookwell, New South Wales

Published: 24th February 2018

Currently looking for workers for fencing on rural propertiesLocation in Crookwell and surrounding suburbs Read more


Cattle Station Position

Cattle Station Kynuna, Queensland

Published: 9th January 2018

We require some help on our cattle station to assist the manager with the general running of the property.The... Read more

2nd Year

Au Pair/nanny Wanted

Struckel Greenvale, QLD , Queensland

Published: 3rd January 2018

Are you looking for a true Outback Experience, looking to meet amazing people & eating home cooked meals around the... Read more

Aupair On Cattle Station For Short Term

- Kalgoorlie , Western Australia

Published: 3rd January 2018

Aupair neededone kid 9 old and very independent she just need an adult around.Located on a cattle station... Read more

Domestic, Nanny Duties In Exchange For Outback Aussie Experience (full Board...

Blacklock Georgetown Qld, Cairns

Published: 10th October 2017

Accommodation, food and limited WI-FI in exchange for Domestic (cooking and cleaning) and nannying duties (6 month... Read more


Nonning Pastoral Company  Port Augusta SA, South Australia

Published: 25th April 2017

We are a million acre sheep station only 5 hours drive from Adelaide, west of port Augusta.We are looking for... Read more

2nd Year

Farmhand / Gardener

Barunah Plains Station Inverleigh , Victoria

Published: 26th February 2017

Farmhand wanted for family farm 30minutes from Geelong, 1hour 20 minutes from Melbourne. Barunah Plains station is... Read more

2nd Year

Multiple Farm/hospitality Positions Available

Workers Wanted Cairns Surrounds, Cairns

Published: 12th February 2017

Workers required for multiple locations in North QueenslandFarm Positions - Various roles for Males and Females ,... Read more

2nd Year

Looking For Farm Hand Work

forde any, New South Wales

Published: 5th January 2017

I am a 25 year old English girl currently looking for farm work starting in February. I have just worked for 3... Read more


Outback Cattle Station - Horse Rider/stock Camp Co-ordinator

Neales River Livestock Oodnadatta, South Australia

Published: 26th September 2016

Seeking am outgoing, energetic girl to help with exercising and all other jobs associated with maintaining the... Read more

2nd Year

Position Vacant For Couple In Contract Mustering Crew, Camp Cook/ Stockman.

Cob n Co Contracting Daly Waters, Darwin

Published: 11th August 2016

Hello,We are needing a couple to join our contract mustering crew based at Daly Waters, NT. The crew consists of 8... Read more

2nd Year

Home Tutor/teacher

Gilgunyah Station Hughenden , Queensland

Published: 18th July 2016

Hi, we live on a cattle station 100km north west of Hughenden in sunny QLD.We are looking for a friendly, happy,... Read more

Au Pair Needed For A Busy Family

Weipa Caravan Park & Camping Ground Weipa, Qld, 4874 , Queensland

Published: 12th July 2016

A beautiful 8yo girl and cheeky 3yo old boy need a fun loving, energetic, kind and mature minded nanny to watch over... Read more

Au Pair

Croydon Croydon , Queensland

Published: 30th June 2016

Looking for an aupair girl to join us asap. Is a live in position. $150 a week plus food, accommodation and wifi.... Read more


Teacher/governess Reqd For Cattle Station 2nd Year Visa Welcome

Nick Weir Contract Mustering Julia Creek, Queensland

Published: 13th March 2016

Outback Queensland Teacher’sPosition Term 1-4 2017Experience The Real OutbackIf you are looking for a... Read more

2nd Year

Station Hands

Hostel Gin Gin, Queensland

Published: 11th February 2016

station hands needed in gin gin, qldwork is arranged through working hostel - however live in option at the farm... Read more

2nd Year

Governess/home Tutor For Cattle Station

Kalala Station Daly Waters, Northern Territory

Published: 25th January 2016

Governess/Home Tutor required for family owned and operated station, Daly Waters, NT.We go through the Katherine... Read more

2nd Year

Plumber In Outback Queensland

Crawford Plumbing Julia Creek, Outback Queensland

Published: 20th November 2015

Plumber required to start in the new year.Accommodation supplied.Work vehicle supplied.Own tools preferred.... Read more

Home-help - Cooking, Cleaning, Nannying, Etc.

NAPCO Remote NT, Northern Territory

Published: 16th September 2015

Position available on a remote, company run cattle station in theNorthern TerritoryThe position is an all-rounder... Read more

Cleaning / Hospitality/ Farming

Mt Ive Trust Mt Ive Station Gawler Ranges SA, South Australia

Published: 11th September 2015

Mt Ive is a sheep station located 'off the beaten track' within the ancient volcanic Gawler Ranges, SA. 200ks... Read more

2nd Year


Toni Whyte Georgetown, Queensland

Published: 11th September 2015

GOVERNESS/TEACHERHi looking for someone who loves kids love the outback and is a happy loving girl to teach... Read more

2nd Year

Live In Nanny In Outback Queensland

 Mitchel, Queensland

Published: 14th August 2015

Wanted for immediate start - Live in Nanny for 3 weeks plus.Looking for a reliable, trustworthy easy going person... Read more

Cattle Station Outback Experience

W Station Anywhere

Published: 2nd June 2015

Cattle station in the Far North of South Australia, approx 10 hours from Adelaide and 5 hours from Alice Springs... Read more

Cattle Station

TCC Quilpie, Queensland

Published: 14th March 2015

Looking for 2 English speaking females for one month with possibility of longer on a cattle station in Western... Read more

Remote House Sitter /nanny

AF PRIOR Mt Garnet, Cairns

Published: 16th January 2015

Hi we are a young family that live on a remote cattle station. My husband has recently had an accident that requires... Read more


PJ & CR Britton QLD, Winton

Published: 11th January 2015

Position available for an English speaking female on our cattle stations in QLDDuties include being a nanny for two... Read more

Help Exchange In The Outback

Mt Swan Station Mt Swan Station, Northern Territory

Published: 27th October 2014

We are looking of some help (gardening, helping in a Community Store, general maintenance) in exchange or food and... Read more

Female Backpacker Needed ( Second Year Visa Work)

shalene rooney , Queensland

Published: 17th August 2014

Hello,I am looking for a fun, responsible female to help out around the house/ farm. I live I Nth Queensland ( 2... Read more

Cattle Station Work Outback Wa.

Swan Valley nursery , Western Australia

Published: 6th June 2014

Hi All,My boss has a cattle station which is about 1000km's north of Perth, he is looking for people to help with... Read more

Teacher For School Of The Air Students

Kate Greenfield , South Australia

Published: 19th December 2013

Amazing opportunity to work with two bright bubbly boys studying with School of the Air who require a teacher for the... Read more

Nanny / Home Help On Cattle Station

Nancy Shrimp , Queensland

Published: 22nd November 2013

We have a great job for a backpacker who loves kids and would like to come and experience a bit of country life. We... Read more

Help Needed Asap

Jumba Holdings Pty Ltd , Queensland

Published: 2nd November 2013

Help needed around home and with children on Cattle Station North QLD. 3 girls 3 1/2 and 10 week old twins. Mother is... Read more

Farm Hand

C & S Tindall family Trust , Queensland

Published: 9th October 2013

Looking for a energetic person for work on two cattle stations/farms near Longreach and Charters Towers. Variety of... Read more


Robyn O'Brien , Queensland

Published: 7th October 2013

Temporary teaching position for three to five weeks. Three boys years one, two and four in distance education school.... Read more


Jersey Plains Pastoral Co Pty Ltd , Queensland

Published: 31st August 2013

We require someone who can cook for a camp of men and help with the Gardens on a cattle station outside Cloncurry,... Read more

House And Garden Help On Cattle Station

Nicole , Queensland

Published: 28th August 2013

I am looking for some help in the house and gardens on a cattle station located 2 hours north west of Charleville... Read more

Station Jobs in Australia

Station Jobs Australia
Station Jobs

Australia is a wide brown land of almost mind-boggling vastness. It's so big that its mainland can fit all of Western Europe and vast parts of the east. The Aussie mainland is also close to the same size as the United States.

With so much room to play with, Australia is a paradise full of adventure that's at the top of every backpacker's to-do list, with everything from world-class surf breaks to wineries, rock climbing and indigenous culture to explore and enjoy.

Best of all, you can get paid to holiday there, with working visas available for backpackers to spend heaps of time in Australia and earn some coin to help the local economy and their own pockets.

Station jobs for backpackers are some of the most popular roles, combining hard work with adventure second to none. So, to help get you in the saddle, here's what you need to know:

Working on a station

With so much land down under, Australia has become one of the world's biggest agricultural producers with vast tracts of the nation devoted to cattle and sheep grazing. This has led to the creation of what's known down under as stations, which are just like American ranches. Here you'll find some of the most common farm jobs in Australia.

Anna Creek Station in South Australia is the world's largest cattle station with its livestock grazing over 23,677 square kilometres, which makes it just over half the size of Switzerland.

There are hundreds of stations dotted around the nation, and there's always work to be done and high demand for hands to do it.

Station jobs for backpackers

While there are many jobs available, the main station jobs for backpackers are usually to do with running the household or maintaining the livestock.

It's said that an army marches on its stomach, and on a station, the station cook is responsible for keeping the army of workers well-fed and satisfied. Depending on the size of the station and its workforce, there may be a whole team of station cooks on hand, preparing meals and snacks throughout the day and night.

Another important role is that of a nanny, also known as a Governess on an Australian station. This person is responsible for the care and sometimes education of any children that may be at the station, whether they are the sons and daughters of the station owner or even the workers.

Outside, the main focus of an Australian station is the care of livestock, with cattle and sheep spread out grazing over hundreds or even thousands of kilometres.

Station hands – also called Jackaroos (males) and Jillaroos (females) - are tasked with helping to take care of the livestock and helping out with whatever jobs need doing around the station. This can be everything from putting in new fences to taking out the rubbish.

You can also be put on horseback and tasked with mustering the livestock when the time comes to round them up for sale or checks, or ride out to find lost animals. This is a prized job and one that even Prince Harry has done!

Horses are a big part of life on an Australian station, so Stud Hands are required to help take care of all the equine needs, everything from feeding to grooming. Another major job is Tractor Operator, which involves operating heavy plant machinery around the station.

What you'll need to work on a station

Stations have been established in Australia since the nation's earliest days, so they tend to be well-oiled workplaces that are used to new arrivals and showing them the ropes. Due to their remoteness, you can expect to be given accommodation of some kind on most stations, usually a bunkhouse or quarters called a “donga” that has sleeping areas and bathrooms and toilets.

These quarters are usually quite sparse, so it's wise to check with the station you are working at beforehand if you need to bring your own blankets, sheets and pillows, and any other essential supplies.

If you have your own accommodation, like a van with sleeping quarters, most stations will allow you to drive that onto the property.

For food, many stations provide meals with a dedicated station cook, though whether this service is included as part of your employment or paid out of pocket depends on the individual station.

Regardless of the station you're working at, it's vital that you have the right clothing so you can do the work effectively and stay protected. With the sun an ever-present element, if you're working outside, you'll need a good quality wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and sunscreen, with hardwearing long-sleeve shirts and tough trousers like jeans. You'll also need a sturdy pair of boots and plenty of changes of socks and underwear. Many stations will provide safety gear for jobs like Jackaroo/Jilleroo and station cook.

Just like preparing for any job, it's always best to check with the station you're working at what you'll need to bring before you arrive.

Station work that helps you travel

Aside from the great adventure and decent pay that station work can bring, a huge drawcard for taking on this kind of employment is supporting extensions to visas for backpackers.

Working on a remote cattle or sheep station can count as what's called “specified work” for gaining a 2nd or 3rd year visa extension for your working holiday.

Specified work has a number of categories of jobs that count toward this extension, and station work is classified as "plant and animal cultivation." The guidelines say your plant and animal cultivation work must be "maintaining animals for the purpose of selling them or their bodily produce, including natural increase" or "immediate processing of animal products including shearing, butchery, packing and tanning."

With sheep and cattle stations directly involved in developing livestock for sale they firmly meet these guidelines and represent a great opportunity to qualify for an extension of your stay in Australia. And what could be better than being paid to have an adventure that extends your holiday?