Book your Work Australia experience with a £100 deposit today!
Part of the quintessential Aussie experience is getting your hands dirty, getting away from the bright lights of the city, getting in touch with your inner farmer… and most importantly, getting that second year visa!
Now, we know the prospect of working on a farm may seem out of your comfort zone, but that’s where BUNAC's Ranch experience comes in. This five day programme will teach you all the skills you need to live and work on the farm, from tractor and quad bike driving, to cattle mustering, fencing and horse riding, all making sure you stand out to prospective employers. At the end of your time on the ranch you'll even be given assistance bagging that elusive farm job!
But it doesn’t end there… as part of BUNAC's Ranch experience you’ll also receive year long job finding support through our backpacker recruitment agency and support services. They’ll help you to find as many jobs (not just farm work) as you like throughout your whole 12 months in Oz. On top of this you’ll also get the opportunity to meet like-minded backpackers at their weekly and monthly social activities! It doesn’t get any better than that.
Up to 12 months
18 to 30
When you’re on the ranch:
When you’re not on the ranch:
As part of Ranch Experience you’ll also receive everything included in our Work Australia Essentials package…
Arrival fun week:
On our Ranch Experience package you’ve also got the opportunity to add the seven day activity week included in our Work Australia Ultimate package, for an extra £250!
Days 1 to 3
After landing in Sydney you’ll be whisked off to ‘Sydney’s best hostel,’ Wake Up, which will be your base for your first few days Down Under. You’ll have the opportunity to explore all of Sydney’s hidden gems and make the most of a comprehensive arrival orientation, where you’ll learn all about the ranch week you have ahead, how to set up all the Aussie essentials and all the job finding support you’ll receive for the duration of your working holiday!
Days 4 to 9
On day four you’ll have to be up bright and early to head to the train station where you will board a train to the ranch. At the other end you’ll be met by a member of the team who will talk you through the coming week and sort out all the housekeeping things, like paperwork. After this you’ll begin your first lesson on the ranch, which will cover everything from basic knot tying, to tyre changing and fencing. Your first day at the ranch will finish with a good ol’ Aussie Barbie!
Throughout your 5 days on the ranch you’ll learn everything you need to know about working in the Australian outback, from cattle mustering, motorbike riding and tractor driving, to horse riding, four wheel driving and farm maintenance. After finishing you’re days with a well-deserved beer around the camp fire, you’ll feel like a true Aussie farmer in no time!
There will also be the opportunity within the week to talk to the team and get advise and assistance lining up your farm work.
How often does the 5 Day ranch course run?
The course runs weekly (arrive on Monday, stay for 5 days/nights and depart on Saturday morning). They are closed over the Christmas period for a few weeks (approx. mid December until early/mid Jan) and they also have a couple of weeks off during the year for holidays. So all together they are open for approx. 46 weeks of the year.
How far in advance do I need to book my ranch course once I have booked and paid for the programme?
The maximum number of guests they can take in each course is currently 12, so we encourage you to book early to ensure you get a spot on your preferred date. The courses fill up very quickly in spring and summer, and less quickly in autumn and winter.