Working Holiday Opportunities: Jobs on The Outback Loop

Several venues on the Outback Loop are looking for new team members in preparation for the exciting winter visitor season

Gap years overseas may be on pause but a working holiday in the Outback could be the adventure you didn’t know you needed.

 

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What is it like to work on the Outback Loop?

Working in remote areas can be challenging, but it can be a lot of fun too. You can see an extraordinary side of Australia, meet fantastic people, and make connections that can last a lifetime.

During the cooler months, The Outback Loop attracts a fantastic crowd who come to enjoy the region’s natural wonders, quirky towns and iconic events like the Birdsville Races, Finke Desert Race and the Big Red Bash.

Businesses require energetic, experienced team players. Service can be fast paced, especially around events, and workers need to be supportive of each other and do whatever it takes to get the job done.

Events Manager Georgie McQuade has enjoyed a few stints working on the Loop, including working holidays at the Innamincka Hotel and the Birdsville Hotel.

Every person you greet is always happy, and why wouldn’t they be? 

“They are on holiday in one of South Australia’s most beautiful and remote locations, and they’re about to get a cold beer in an iconic Australian outback pub”.

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A change of scenery that will stay with you long after you leave.

Working in the outback is an experience that changed my life forever”, says Georgie. 

“I worked hard but never stopped having fun.”

What about time off?

If you’re adventurous, active and love new experiences, you’ll have a blast while you’re living and working in the Outback. 

Your time off will be an opportunity to stretch your legs and discover incredible places. Take scenic flights over stunning Australian landscapes, camp in the bush, swim in the tranquil waterways of Channel Country, and pull up a perch in the front bar of our beautiful old pubs to share a yarn with some of the best storytellers in the country.

To get the most out of your working holiday, Georgie recommends embracing it as not just a job, but as a lifestyle.

“One of the greatest things about working in a small outback town is you very quickly become a local. I made friends for life and memories I will cherish forever.

“Yes you work hard, but it was all worth it when I could wake up to that beautiful outback sunrise, watch the sun set over Innamincka and see those incredible outback stars blanket the sky.”

A group of friends enjoy happy hour as the sun sets over Coober Pedy.

What’s next?

If workers have been thriving in their position but are ready for a change of scenery, many employers will be happy to put you in touch with each other so you can experience a new location on the Loop.

Or, if you’ve enjoyed the time in the Outback and are ready to return to the coast or city, you’ll have another line on your resume to support your hospitality career.

Having a great reference from your working holiday in the Outback demonstrates that you work well in a team, have an excellent work ethic, and have shown initiative and a range of hospitality skills.

You can also be proud to say that you have contributed to an exceptional guest experience for travellers in one of Australia’s most incredible destinations.

Job Opportunities on the Outback Loop

To see available jobs and apply, please contact the businesses directly.

Innamincka Hotel – multiple jobs available now for immediate start

Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary – expressions of interest

Birdsville Hotel – accepting expressions of interest for 2021 opportunities

Birdsville Adventure Tours – accepting expressions of interests for event work

William Creek Hotel – hiring now for immediate start

Wrightsair – expressions of interest (minimum 200 hours required)