Station Jobs for Backpackers

Farmhouse Worker, Visa Sign Off

SL &HJ Goldsworthy Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Published: 21st October 2020

Hello, we are looking for or TWO SINGLE girls to start as soon as possible and would like the chosen people to commit... Read more

2nd Year

Station Cook

Triploe C Beef Pentland, Townsville

Published: 16th October 2020

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

2nd Year

Sheep Station / Nullarbor Plain / 4 -6 Weeks Work

Arubiddy Sheep Station Cocklebiddy, Western Australia

Published: 12th October 2020

SHEEP STATION NULLARBOR PLAIN WAImmediate StartArubiddy Station at Cocklebiddy - on the Nullabor Plain, Eyre... Read more

2nd Year

Nanny | Home Help

Consolidated Pastoral Company Katherine, Northern Territory

Published: 12th October 2020

Great opportunity to be a part of station life whilst caring for two young children in a safe, nurturing and... Read more

Station Hand

Victory Grazing Alice springs, Alice Springs

Published: 7th October 2020

Victory downs station - located 320km south of Alice springs is looking for an English speaking female to join our... Read more

2nd Year

Au Pair/home Help On Cattle Farm

Wynberg Station Cloncurry, Queensland

Published: 7th October 2020

We are after someone to join our busy family on our cattle station in outback Queensland. We would love someone who... Read more

2nd Year

Personal Carer/ Home Help

Daniels Cloncurry, Queensland

Published: 30th September 2020

I am looking for a live-in female helper, aged around 25-30. To help me take care of the house and my husband. I am... Read more

2nd Year

Gardening, Domestic, Kitchen Duties

Corella Park Station Cloncurry, Queensland

Published: 29th September 2020

Work on a Cattle Station in North west QueenslandWe are seeking a self motivated person to join us till... Read more

2nd Year

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

Cleaner

Limestone Station WA Marble Bar, Western Australia

Published: 24th September 2020

Cleaner Wanted**Must already be in WA, 417 visa eligible work**Marble Bar, WALooking for people to join... Read more

2nd Year

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

Station Hand

Bamboo Pasteral Bungalow, Cairns

Published: 13th September 2020

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

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

All Rounder Needed For Outback Hotel

Marree Hotel Marree, South Australia

Published: 11th August 2020

Experience the Real Outback in the Far North of South Australia......Established in 1883, the Marree Hotel won... Read more

Jackaroo/ Jillaroo

Wooramel Pastoral Co CARNAVARON, Western Australia

Published: 5th August 2020

Hi All,We are looking for energetic people to help out on a pastoral property that breed Cattle, Sheep and Goats... Read more

2nd Year

Station Caretaker

Pritchard Bourke, New South Wales

Published: 1st August 2020

The job consists of general maintenance.Checking waters on station gardening and lawn mowing cleaning maintenance... Read more

2nd Year

Station Hand

Rod Barrett Central Queensland, Queensland

Published: 24th July 2020

The job is full time at twenty dollars per hour with board an keep ? Mainly feeding drought cattle an some house... 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

Backpacker Farmhand

Bangor Cattle Mitchell, Queensland

Published: 26th May 2020

One Backpacker required for all types of work on a family owned and operated remote southern Queensland cattle... Read more

2nd Year

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

Cattle Station Hand

Porcpine QLD Hughenden, Cairns

Published: 4th November 2019

If you have no plans for the holiday period then this is perfect for you!!!Looking for an enthusiastic passionate... Read more

2nd Year

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

Station Hand

Neales River Livestock Allandale Station, South Australia

Published: 17th December 2018

Neales River Livestock is currently seeking you energetic individuals to join our team for the new season in January... Read more

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

Cook/gardener

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

Station Hand

Wyoming Station Charleville, Queensland

Published: 1st April 2017

Wyoming Station in South West Queensland has vacancy for volunteers seeking a chance to work with horses on a large... Read more

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

Cattle Station Job

Camm cattle co Hughenden, Cairns

Published: 19th February 2017

Looking for an enthusiastic clean tidy organised person who loves animals and wants to come an be our station cook.... 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

Learn The Skills Of A Jackaroo Or Jillaroo, No Experience Needed

Goticopark Blayney, Blayney

Published: 28th December 2015

Learn the skills of a Jackaroo or Jillaroo No experience needed... 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

Gov/teacher

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

Volunteer

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

Teacher

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

Cook/gardener

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?