With each season the type of farm work in Australia changes. For those with farming or horse riding backgrounds and experience, there are certain times of year when your skills will best be put to use- and thus make you more employable. Below is a good indication of times to go to work in Australia on the farms in the Outback:
Horse riding experience
There are loads of jobs in the Outback for those with riding and horse care experience. The jobs are available all year round but the best time for certain jobs are:
– Mustering If you would like to be doing cattle mustering on horseback (for the most proficient of riders) then the best time to go is from March onwards. The cattle mustering season lasts until September.
– Polo farms If you would like to work on a polo farm, working to groom and exercise the horses, the ideal season is from January until August.
– General jobs involving horses – whether this involves caring for horses on the farms or combining horse work with other farm jobs, these jobs are available throughout the year.
– Harvest season– the harvest season is September to December
– General farm work– there is a lot of general farm work in March, April and May, however it is of course in demand all year round
– Manual jobs – available year round. These could involce gardening and landscaping jobs combined with labouring on the farm
– Inside outside jobs– these jobs are perfect for someone who wishes to combine working in the Outback with something less farming orientated. Many farms and ranches want to employ people who can turn their hand to anything, and so the inside outside jobs can range from general farm work to bits of cleaning and helping out in the farm house.
For more information about farm work in Australia’s Outback, you can look at Oyster’s paid work Australia web page.