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Trip Highlights

  • Get your hands dirty living and working the real Aussie outback lifestyle. 
  • Experience a week learning basic ranch work.
  • If you pass the course, we’ll help you find up to a years paid work on an Australian ranch. For those who would like to experience life on a real outback ranch, but do not require assistance in finding paid work, a non paid work option is available. 
  • Ride trail bikes, ride a horse, drive cattle. Do it all!

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Always wanted to travel and experience the diversity of life, outback travel and get up to a year's paid work on a “real” Australian cattle station? Then saddle up! Our Outback Ranch Training course is just for you! 

You’ll spend the first few days getting to know the sights of Sydney before heading to the ranch to experience a week learning the basic skills needed for ranch work. From cattle handling to fencing, you’ll be getting your hands dirty with this really big outdoor adventure - perfect for horse riders, tractor drivers, carpenters, joiners, builders, agricultural or veterinary students, anyone who has lived on a farm or anyone that wants to do paid farming and agriculture work which can go towards their 2nd year visa. But don’t forget, this is Australia, and Australians are big on people having the right attitude – if you’re willing to pull your sleeves up, work hard and muck in, it doesn’t matter if you’re not an expert - you’ll have the time of your life. 

 

Read past Real Gapper Chloe's experience on the Outback Ranch over on the Real Gap blog...


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What will I be doing?

  • Welcome to Sydney (Days 1 to 4)

  • Let the training begin (Days 5 to 9)

  • Passing the course (Days 5 to 9)

  • Get paid work on a real outback ranch in Oz (Up to 12 months)

Welcome to Sydney: Days 1 to 4

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Australia is a country of superlatives and extremes. It’s the only country that inhabits an entire continent. It has the world’s largest coral reef – the Great Barrier – the world’s largest monolith – Mount Augustus – is the flattest continent and the driest inhabited continent, has a population density among the lowest in the world, and animals and vegetation unique in the world. It has a scarily large number of animals that are out to get you if you don’t treat them with respect. It has climates that range from the temperate to the Mediterranean to the scorching and habitats ranging from alpine to tropical. It has bustling cosmopolitan cities and tiny one-horse towns in the middle of nowhere. It has beautiful gardens and total wilderness, vineyards and wide open Australian ranches. If you spend time there, you’ll be part of it forever.

  • Location: Sydney and journey to Coonabarabran

As there are different types of jobs available from the course and they are based on your preference, we obviously don’t know where you’re going to end up working. So an itinerary for the full year isn’t appropriate. This is how you’ll spend your time when you first arrive.

 

Day 1 to 3 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Welcome to Sydney! Enjoy a relaxing weekend exploring this cosmopolitan city. You'll spend your first three nights in a central hostel close to all the best attractions. You'll receive information on arrival at the hostel explaining all the things you need to know about your week ahead.

 

Day 4 - Monday 

Head to our training ranch! You'll be up early, to make your way to Sydney Central train station. The train you catch this morning will to take you to Mudgee where you will be met by a representative. There will also be the chance to set up bank accounts and make any last minute purchases.

 

Upon arrival at the ranch,  you'll meet the team who will start by telling you everything that you’re going to be doing in the week ahead, including paperwork, the job process, going through student handouts, and you'll begin lessons with knot tying, basic fencing knots and changing a tyre. The day is finished with an Aussie BBQ!

 

Let the training begin: Days 5 to 9

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Destination info

Australia is a country of superlatives and extremes. It’s the only country that inhabits an entire continent. It has the world’s largest coral reef – the Great Barrier – the world’s largest monolith – Mount Augustus – is the flattest continent and the driest inhabited continent, has a population density among the lowest in the world, and animals and vegetation unique in the world. It has a scarily large number of animals that are out to get you if you don’t treat them with respect. It has climates that range from the temperate to the Mediterranean to the scorching and habitats ranging from alpine to tropical. It has bustling cosmopolitan cities and tiny one-horse towns in the middle of nowhere. It has beautiful gardens and total wilderness, vineyards and wide open Australian ranches. If you spend time there, you’ll be part of it forever. 

  • Location: Coonabarabran

Days 5 to 9 - Tuesday to Saturday

 

Once you're kitted as a Jackaroo/ Jillaroo, it's time to start your training! Over the next 5 days, you'll learn everything you need to know to work happily, successfully – and, above all, safely – on an Australian ranch. From horse riding to cattle mustering, tractor riding to general maintenance, motorbike and quad work to stock horse riding to 4 x 4 vehicle driving and basic first aid, you'll know exactly what you need to work on a real outback ranch in Australia.

 

You'll also have time to discuss with the team where you'd like to be based (i.e location – town/ remote location) so that can help you find the right job to suit you. Please note that a job offer is only subject to you successfully completing the course. If you do not need wages immediately and wish to explore Australia on your own, the ranch team will help you find jobs for up to 12 months.

For those who would like to experience life on a real outback ranch, but do not require assistance in finding paid work, a non paid work option is available. 

 

Throughout the week, you'll end the day with a well-earned beer, great food and a chat by the campfire.... pure aussie style!

 

 

At the end of your training on day 9, the ranch will provide a return transfer back to Sydney at an extra cost of $50 AUD. You can arrange this with the team at the end of your course.

 

Passing the course: Days 5 to 9

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Destination info

Australia is a country of superlatives and extremes. It’s the only country that inhabits an entire continent. It has the world’s largest coral reef – the Great Barrier – the world’s largest monolith – Mount Augustus – is the flattest continent and the driest inhabited continent, has a population density among the lowest in the world, and animals and vegetation unique in the world. It has a scarily large number of animals that are out to get you if you don’t treat them with respect. It has climates that range from the temperate to the Mediterranean to the scorching and habitats ranging from alpine to tropical. It has bustling cosmopolitan cities and tiny one-horse towns in the middle of nowhere. It has beautiful gardens and total wilderness, vineyards and wide open Australian ranches. If you spend time there, you’ll be part of it forever.

  • Location: Coonabarabran

This programme requires you to be very active, so participants need to ensure they feel physically fit and able to join a programme of this nature. A willingness to learn and participate in farm life is essential as well being able to laugh at yourself... and others!! While not essential, if you have a trade, horse riding ability, motorbike riding experience, welding experience, sound mechanical knowledge, or are from a farming background it will be easier to assign a job upon successful completion of the training course.

 

Staff will be looking for people who are willing to work hard and get stuck in to each of the tasks, however, passing the course also has a lot to do with a positive attitude rather than level of skill and the success rate is extremely high.In the event that you do not pass the training course, we will not be able to offer you a job placement due to health and safety reasons. Positions during the Australian summer months (December and January) can be limited due to the heat and stress on the stock at ranches. January to March is also the time in the northern parts Australia that experience the torrential monsoon rains often resulting in widespread floods.

 

An option for non paid work is available for those who wish to experience life on an outback ranch but do not require assistance in finding work. 

Get paid work on a real outback ranch in Oz: Up to 12 months

Destination info

Australia is a country of superlatives and extremes. It’s the only country that inhabits an entire continent. It has the world’s largest coral reef – the Great Barrier – the world’s largest monolith – Mount Augustus – is the flattest continent and the driest inhabited continent, has a population density among the lowest in the world, and animals and vegetation unique in the world. It has a scarily large number of animals that are out to get you if you don’t treat them with respect. It has climates that range from the temperate to the Mediterranean to the scorching and habitats ranging from alpine to tropical. It has bustling cosmopolitan cities and tiny one-horse towns in the middle of nowhere. It has beautiful gardens and total wilderness, vineyards and wide open Australian ranches. If you spend time there, you’ll be part of it forever.

  • Location: Australia

Once you have successfully completed your training course, our partners will find you a job placement or you can head off and enjoy your independent travels in Australia. You will receive a certificate upon completing the course and the ranch team are also happy to provide verbal references to prospective job placements.

 

Please note: If you have booked the non paid work option, our partners will not be required to find you a work placement after the course has been completed. 

 

The majority of ranch placements are in Queensland and New South Wales, however the ranch employee database is strongly increasing in South Australia and Western Australia. 

 

Students generally work at a ranch for 2-3 months, however the duration will usually be negotiated between the employer and student when they first make contact. Paid farming and agriculture work goes towards 2nd year visa (Please ensure that you are eligible and speak to one of our sales advisors for more information)

 

Wages will depend on your contract with your employer however will meet the national minimum wage in Australia (which is around $10/$12 AUD per hour). An added bonus with most job placements is that accommodation and meals are usually included which means you get to save most of your wages for your independent travel to explore Oz!

 

Please note: To be eligible to work, you will need to obtain a working holiday visa. As part of your working visa application you must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself. The Australian Immigration set this as AUD$5000 minimum. You may have to provide evidence of this in the form of a bank statement.

 

Why not add a working holiday visa to your booking?

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What's included?

  • Transfer from Sydney International Airport
  • 3 nights dorm accommodation at Sydney Hostel
  • Pick up and transfer from hostel to training ranch
  • 5 nights accommodation at training ranch
  • Meals at the ranch + discounted meal at the pub one night
  • 5-Day Farm Training Course (Which includes stock horse riding, cattle mustering, motor bike and quad lessons, tractor work and maintenance and first aid)
  • Job offer on successful completion of course
  • Help to open a bank account and apply for a Tax File number
  • Work shirt
  • Working Holiday Visa (if you pick visa included option)

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Working Holiday Visa (if you don't pick visa included option)
  • Travel Insurance which will cover horseback riding and ranch work
  • Return transfer from training ranch back to Sydney
  • Meals and drinks while in Sydney
  • Drinks at the ranch except water, cordial, tea and coffee

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Participants must be aged 18-30 (due to working holiday visa restrictions).

 

Accommodation

Your first three nights will be spent in a hostel in Sydney. After that the next five nights are spent on-site at the training ranch.

Accommodation at your job placement is dependent on the set-up at each individual ranch. As we are not aware of where your placement will be until your course has been completed, we are unable to confirm the type of accommodation you will be staying in.  

Please note that ranch accommodation and facilities may be basic and that some ranches are, by their very nature, extremely remote. Internet and mobile phone service are not always available in remote areas and ranches may not be close to public transportation.

 

Accommodation type varies and might include living in trailers on site or in caravans on the move if the job requires it. Rooms can vary from single rooms to dorm rooms and may be unisex. This is authentic outback ranch-life so forget about your home comforts and embrace the experience!

 

 

Meals

Meals are not included during your stay in Sydney. Once on the training course meals are included (except Weds night where you will be taken to the pub for dinner - pub meals are subsidised - approx $10-12 per meal). Food and accommodation is often included with your job placement. If it is not, you will usually be paid more to cover these extra costs.

Beers and soft drinks are not included at the training ranch. You can buy your own refreshments in town or help yourself to the drinks in the fridge on the training ranch. The ranch operates an honesty system, it's approx $2 a beer and $1.50 for soft drinks. Tea, coffee, water and cordial is available for free.

 

 

Is this trip for you?

This outback farm training course is actioned packed and not for the faint hearted! It guarantees to teach new skills and to build on existing skills. Completing the course allows the trainers to assess you to ensure the job duties are most suited to you. The course is hard work, but also a fun filled and an exciting experience.


Requirements for the course
 

English

  • Understand, speak and write fluent English
  • Comprehend instructions – on the job the employers will not have time to repeat instructions, and may put you and other staff in danger doing so have the ability to ask questions and make conversation

Personality

  • Accept and embrace cultural differences including food, activities, and conversation voluntarily get involved with all activities
  • Use initiative
  • Be motivated to take on anything that is put in front of you

Please note: To protect the health of the horses at the ranch participants must weigh under 100kgs to be able to participate in the course.

 

Please Note

You must hold a driving licence. We strongly recommend that it is a full manual driving licence - a student without a full licence will have limited job opportunities. In addition, if you are vegetarian, or if you wish to be placed with a friend/partner, it may take longer to find a job.

 

It is absolutely essential that you have the correct insurance cover, especially if you intend to work with horses and use machinery.

 

Job Finding Services

After all your training our ranch team will match you to a placement that suits you best. The team will take into account your skills, where you want to be located and whether you want to be nearer to a town or if you want to experience the real Aussie outback and be stationed on a remote ranch.

 

If you successfully pass the course, you will receive an offer of a job as soon as possible. The time it takes to receive a suitable job offer depends on the availability at the time and the number of jobs that suit your skills. Most people go straight to a job on the grounds that they would rather have money in their pockets before travelling around Australia. However, if you decide you want to travel around for a while before settling into a job, then that is fine by us! You can pick and choose when you work and when you play. You have the security of knowing that the ranch team will help find you jobs for up to 12 months.

 

The ranch has contact with many employers throughout Australia so you can work your way around the country taking jobs as it suits you; employers do prefer two or three months work though, and not just one or two weeks.
Please be aware that you will be working for full wages like any other Australian in that position, the farms and stations you will be placed at are real working farms and although you will have a great time, positions should be taken seriously. Employers will usually work alongside you and at times the jobs are tough and demanding. A good reference is usually required before further work is offered.

 

Please be aware that you will be required to write and speak fluent english. 

 

Important notes:

  • If you are looking for work it is your responsibility to contact the ranch team to inform them of your needs. Clearly, if you do not let them know that you are looking for work they cannot find you a job. By keeping in regular contact with the ranch they will be aware of your needs and address them as soon as is possible.
  • A good work ethic as well as willingness to learn and get stuck in is often more important than your actual skills, so make sure you bring an open mind and a hard working attitude!
  • Placement types are many and varied and you will have the choice as to whether you want to work somewhere close to a town or in a more remote area, although this will be dependent upon availability. Please be aware that the remote placements can often be quite isolated with maybe only one or two other employers. The ranch will give you lots of information about the job placement when it is offered to you and you will also have the opportunity to call the employer and ask any questions before leaving the training ranch. It’s important you find out as much as possible about your potential placement and are sure that you are happy to accept it. Although it is possible to change placements once you are there, this is not encouraged, as it is disruptive for yourself and your employer.
  • Although it may not affect the outcome of the training course, for health and safety reasons, we need to be made aware of any learning difficulty such as dyslexia or ADHD etc (no matter how mild) so we can pass this information onto the Ranch team.
  • Positions during the Australian summer months (December and January) can be limited due to the heat and stress on the stock and horses at ranches. Adverse weather conditions caused by monsoon rains can also affect the availability of animal and horse jobs in Northern Australia during February and March.
  • The ranch strongly recommend students have a full manual drivers license (however they will not turn away a potential student with a provisional or automatic - it will just limit job opportunities).
  • If you are a vegetarian, or if you want to be placed with a friend/partner, it may take longer than usual to offer you a job placement.

Do you want to work with horses? If you are wishing to work in the equine industry (working with horses in any kind of role), you will need to prepare and take with you a CV that should include details about the following:

 

  • Age started riding
  • Number of years of consistent riding and frequency
  • Ownership of horse (number of horses)
  • Riding competition i.e. eventing, dressage, show jumping, showing etc
  • Work experience part-time/full-time in stables, pony clubs, vet assistant, polo groom, etc (please supply references from employers)
  • Qualifications, such as, certificates, diplomas etc (supply copies)

Please note: To take part in horse riding and quad bike activities there is a maximum weight limit of 100kg (15st 11lb). If you are over this weight you can still take part in the programme, just not these activities.

 

Rates of pay

Food and accommodation will almost always be included with the job. On average you can expect to earn around AUD$250-320 per week… and as your outgoings are generally quite low it’s a great opportunity to save some cash ready for your travels.
 

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. Do I need to be able to ride a horse?

We recommend that if you do not have any riding experience before your start the course that you take a few riding lessons so that you feel comfortable riding. Furthermore if you can confidently ride it will open up more work opportunities for you!

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2. Can I take my girlfriend/boyfriend with me?

Yes. You can go as a couple, but this may restrict job opportunities for you.

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3. Do I have to stay and work for 12 months?

No. You can stay anytime up to 12 months. But to receive the full service, you are required to stay for a minimum of 3 months.

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4. Where will I be working?

Many ranch placements are based in Queensland and New South Wales with the majority of backpackers finding ranch work in Roma, Queensland however the ranch employee database is strongly increasing in South Australia and Western Australia.

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5. Will I be somewhere remote?

Some of the ranches are really remote and may not have internet or phone reception. But that's what it's all about - experiencing the real outback Australia. If there's internet and phones - that's a bonus!

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6. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

Sleeping bags are not needed at the ranch where you will have your training, but some jobs require their employees to have their own sleeping bag. If you choose not to take a sleeping bag but require one for a job, you will have to make time to purchase it between your training at the ranch and on route to your job.

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7. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

A net it not essential, however if you wanted to take one for your own comfort then you are more than welcome to.

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8. Will a safe/safety deposit box be available?

There is a secure place for your valuables while you are doing your training, however this cant be guaranteed when you get a job.

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(8/10)
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"Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"
Made lifelong friends, experienced a completely different lifestyle.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(9/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(7/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(7/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The experience of training on the ranch was amazing, it was hard work but really good fun.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Get involved with everything it will be the most fun you ever have.

2. Be prepared to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes because everyone will make them.

3. Make the most of every day. 

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Outback Ranch Training2012-09-18

Will Hardie - August 2012

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Best week of my life, hands down.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(7/10)
Please rate the accuracy of your pre-departure information
(10/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(7/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(7/10)
Please rate the worthwhileness of any volunteering in your trip if applicable.
(10/10)
Please rate your airport pickup (where applicable)
(9/10)
Please rate your in-country orientation
(3/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Best week of my life. The people that teach you on this experience are awesome. As soon as I arrived at the ranch I began laughing. As long as you are an outgoing person there is not a better thing to do with your time. I could not recommend this experience enough.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Be up for anything so you have no regrets. Be fun and outgoing. Do not worry what people think of you!

Would you travel with our company again?

yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Outback Ranch Training2012-08-27

Sue Batch - October 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

meeting great like minded people, hands on experience with the animals and machinery, living with a great family for 3 months, experiencing the true australian outback

Australia Outback Ranch Training2011-10-11

Emma Sheard - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Best time of my life.

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(5/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(8/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(8/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

Mustering cattle in from an Australian cattle station on horseback. Skydiving from 14,000ft to land on Mission Beach. Seeing Uluru in the rain. And working for 5 amazing months on a stud farm in Australia.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't be scared to do new, challenging things and to travel on your own. Pack extremely lightly, you won't use half the stuff that you take and it's annoying lugging it all around. Aim to enjoy every second of your trip.

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Outback Ranch Training2011-07-04

Lisette De Jong - July 2011

How would you rate your overall experience?
(10/10)
Give us up to 10 words that sum up your experience: for example - "Great experience, made new friends, totally unforgettable!"

Amazing experience, unbelievable people, time of my life!

Please rate the service received from our team before departure
(8/10)
Please rate the service provided by the team in country
(9/10)
Please rate the accommodation during your stay
(10/10)
What were the highlights of your trip?

The highlight for sure was the Ranche experience. My goodness it was amazing. I grew ten feet (in confidence) and experienced adventures I never thought I would. The people were extremely nice and welcoming and helped out everywhere they could. I couldn't have asked for anything more. It was the best time of my life and I will never ever forget it :D

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Go with it, don't stick to old values and ideas. Just take everything for what it is and work hard. So be openminded. Try to see as much as possible it is a genuine beautiful country filled with lovely people who want to help. Dont by sunscream at home :P It is way better and cheaper over there ;)

Would you travel with our company again?

Yes

Would you recommend us?

Yes

Australia Outback Ranch Training2011-07-04

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