Explore an exceptional journey with a program offering up to 13 nights of orientation and a robust 12-month job support system. For complete assistance, opt for the comprehensive Horsemanship Plus 8-night welcome package, including job setup in Sydney. If you’re already in the country or have your work admin in order, choose the fast-track program directly to the horsemanship course with a job to follow.

Immerse yourself in the finest Australian horsemanship during an exciting week of both theoretical and practical learning. From horse-breaking clinics and polo grooming to mastering set riding, handling youngsters and foals, and traditional cattle work skills – the experience is a blend of education and excitement. Our expert instructors ensure you’re fully prepared for a seamless transition into a job, making it the most captivating opportunity for paid work abroad!

Duration: 1-2 week orientation, 3 months minimum job, 12 months support
Dates: See BOOK NOW for availability calendar
Arrival: Sunday or Friday
Eligibility: From reciprocal countries eligible for a 417 or 462 visa. Driving licence required. Horse ability: upper intermediate to advanced preferable.
Age: 18-35


  • Secure a pre-arranged, paid position on an elite equine stud or farm
  • Engage in expertly crafted horsemanship workshops covering polo, cattle work, breaking, and handling youngsters
  • Expand and enhance your equine skills while gaining unique work experience and valuable references
  • Receive a bonus 8-night welcome orientation in Sydney (exclusive to full support program participants)
  • Optional opportunity for city work later in the year
  • Enjoy up to 12 months of support for maximum flexibility in your equine career journey


A week in the iconic city of Sydney!

This breath-taking city is not to be missed when you head to Australia – and what a way to kick off your adventure! Offering 8 nights  to explore stunning views of the opera house and harbour bridge, famous beaches like the white sands of Bondi, restaurants, museums, galleries, night life and MUCH more. You’ll have lots of free time to explore alongside your admin set up assistance with up to 30 other solo travellers. The hostel is so central that you’ll be in the hub of the city with everything at your fingertips.

Horsemanship clinics and learning

Saddle up, you’re off to outback Queensland! A couple of hours inland from Brisbane, you’ll be located at our fantastic training farm.  Here you’ll get stuck into 4-5 days of horse work and fun, ‘Australianise’ your existing equine skills and learn new ones from our expert team. Uncover trade secrets that will set you ahead of the game in the Australian polo, thoroughbred and horse-breaking industry. You’ll also gain a totally unique and eclectic mix of experience through learning a diverse range of horsemanship skills including cattle mustering! This programme comes with a paid job in the Australian equine industry. You’ll work on studs in industries such as polo, racing and equine sports from between 3-12 months. Food and accommodation is also included so you’ll have a fantastic opportunity to save money. This is a special week and a completely unique course of Australian horse activities and learning, aimed to fully prepare you for your job ahead. If you are taking part in the horsemanship only course, a mini weekend and orientation is included in Brisbane.

Additional support and a job

Our team will take the hassle out of finding interesting work abroad by organising everything for you. This will allow you to enjoy every moment of your time in Australia, safe in the knowledge that you have full support for the duration of your visa. The team will take care of your necessary paperwork, travel arrangements and will ensure that you’re well prepared for working in the Australian horse industry. When you start working, you will be employed independently by the farm or stud that hires you but we’ll still be able to support you in every way we can.

After your equine job, you may decide to enjoy your well earned cash and spend it on some touristing! However, remember the bonus of this programme is that you’re also fully set up with the team in Sydney. Your taster week might have given you the appetite to spend some extended time in this dynamic city or another… and no problem! You’ll have support in finding a job and accommodation.

What will I be doing?

One week in Sydney to set up paper work and get over jetlag (those on the full support programme)

  • Spend a week with a group of up to 30 solo travellers who’ve just landed into this amazing city!
  • Jam-packed schedule of fun activities in combination with the essential work set up admin
  • Sydney offers the very best of Australia’s tourist hot spots with The Opera House, Harbour Bridge, white sandy beaches of Bondi and Manly, surf, restaurants, bars… this is a must see destination
  • You’ll be staying in the best hostel in downtown Sydney- the heart of the action with plenty of bars, restaurants and clubs to explore
  • The team on the ground offer 12 months of job support… so if you decide you want to work in or near any city in Australia after your horse work – no problem!

Training with Australian stock horses

  • You’ll receive a detailed schedule of horse activities with plenty of learning and riding in a mixture of disciplines
  • You’ll be coached by one of Australia’s best horseman and his team, in a fun and relaxed environment
  • Your trainers have vast experience in polo, cattle mustering, horse breaking, natural horsemanship, event riding,  and thoroughbred breeding – to name a few!
  • The induction is specially designed to give you broad experience, and to make sure you feel fully prepped for the specific work in your pre-organised job placement

You’ll be taking part in a range of horse related theoretical and practical activities which could include: 

  • Instruction on handling and working with young horses
  • Exclusive breaking and training clinics to observe
  • General groom skills the ‘Australian way’ to set you ahead of the game
  • Have a go at polo groom work by riding sets and learning how to tack up with polo gear
  • Natural horsemanship skills and horse training comes into all teaching
  • Horse welfare including farrier work, administering medication, feeding, checks and observation
  • The use of Australian stock horses and their equipment
  • A once in a lifetime experience day doing the traditional mustering on horseback and working with cattle
  • Trail riding in the beautiful Aussie outback
  • Safety guidance and handy tips
  • Riding everyday !

Onward to your job and beyond

  • Once you’ve completed the week you’ll travel to your paid work abroad job with professional horses and riders
  • All of your travel will be booked and you’ll be given a leaving pack with all you need to know about what happens next
  • Your paperwork including a bank account, tax file number, medicare and SIM card will be organised for you in Sydney so you’ll be fully prepared to start straight away
  • You can work with your first employer from between 3-12 months
  • You’re then free to do whatever you like with your savings for the rest of your working holiday visa and beyond if you stay for a second or third visa
  • If city work offers a refreshing change, the Sydney team are there to help
  • Most people find they have enough to live off and some extra cash for travel


  • You will be staying in the centre of downtown Sydney in a 6 bed dorm. This is known to be the best hostel in town. Almost all travellers in Australia stay in hostels because they are so specialised in catering for tourism. You’ll enjoy amazing facilities with speedy Wi-Fi, cafe on site, game room, bar and much more. The hostel offers a great opportunity for social networking, tours and recommendations, freebies and clean, safe accommodation. It is situated in the right location to hit all the tourist highlights! (full support programme).
  • You’ll be staying on site at the wonderful training farm just outside the horsey hub of historical Warwick, Queensland. You’ll may be sharing rooms and unisex bathroom facilities with your other course mates. On occasion we may rent a comfortable Air Bnb close by to house larger groups. You will have the same facilities with both locations.


  • Free hostel breakfasts for the full 8 days (full support programme)
  • All meals included during training programme
  • Snacks, tea and coffee throughout your stay
  • At your job – food is included as part of your wage or you will be given a budget or higher wage to compensate for this

Travel arrangements

Airport: Sydney NSW (full support programme) Brisbane QLD ( fast track programme)
Arrival day: Sydney – Sunday ( a complimentary pre-orientation night will be booked for you for Sunday night) Fast track to Farm – Monday. Brisbane – Friday and depart next Saturday morning to a job.
Transfer details: When you arrive at the airport you will be given a shuttle voucher for a bus to transport you to central Sydney. You will be provided with public transport tickets for between Sydney and Warwick. If you are arriving straight to the farm, we suggest a the Crisp coaches from Brisbane to Warwick (about 2.15 hours).
Departure day: Saturday

Supporting You

Georgie is Director of Operations at Oyster. Since moving back from Australia in 2016, Georgie has been running our Australian and New Zealand work programmes as part of her role.  As a dual national and founder of the horsemanship programme, you’ll benefit from her extensive knowledge as she’ll be your contact both pre-departure and on the ground during the course.

You’ll be trained by polo player and horse-breaker Beau and his wife Nicole. Beau is a 3rd generation horseman who comes from a long line of Australian cattle stockmen and polo players. Beau breaks, trains and re-educates thoroughbreds, polo ponies and jumpers. Beau is also a qualified Equine EMRT Bowen Therapist Practitioner. Nicole is a lifetime rider who competed in high level event riding. She’ll be focusing on all the groom work detail to get you up to speed about how things are done on this side of the world.


  • Access to your own personal ‘My Oyster’ account – our online portal where you can find out much more about the program and manage your booking
  • Dedicated contact time with an experienced destination manager to discuss the project, answer any of your questions and for us to find out more about you
  • Help and advice from our UK office before arrival and whilst you are away
  • In-country support
  • Pre-departure information covering medical, safety and project advice
  • Gold level, 24/7 Pharos crisis management and incident support cover
  • Financial protection: ATOL (if we book your flights); IPP (if we don’t book your flights)
  • Thorough orientation on arrival
  • Accommodation (see the ‘accommodation’ section above for details)
  • Advice on visa requirements
  • Oyster plants a tree in Africa with TreeAid to help reduce the impact of global carbon emissions
  • Food (see above in the ‘food’ section)
  • Pre-departure job matching service and confirmation of job
  • A suggested packing list
  • Airport transfer to Sydney (full support programme)
  • An orientation setting up your bank account, tax file number, medicare and free SIM card
  • Full week of guided tourism activities in Sydney (full support programme)
  • Friendly hostel staff with a tour desk to advise on local trips (full support programme)
  • Free facilities in the city including breakfast, tea and coffee, luggage storage, WiFi, discount meals and organised events (full support programme)
  • Transfer to training farm accommodation (full support programme)
  • Complimentary branded gifts including hat and shirt
  • An exclusive custom-made horse experience week taught by expert horsemen and women
  • Riding helmets provided
  • Course notes and completion certificate
  • WiFi throughout
  • Free SIM card
  • Departure pack
  • A job in the horse industry
  • Jobs in Sydney (full support programme)
  • Support for up to 12 months

On your return:

  • References (on request)

Not Included

  • Flights – as an ATOL bonded company, Oyster can book flights for you
  • You need a valid passport that meets the requirements of the country you will be travelling to
  • Insurance (covering your time with Oyster and any planned independent travel)
  • Any costs associated with changing your return flight date if you need to
  • Independent travel costs
  • Home country travel costs
  • Spending money for additional trips, food and entertainment
  • Cost of your Working Holiday Visa. You must be eligible for a Working Holiday visa 417 or Work and Holiday visa 462 (aged between 18-35 and a permitted nationality for the visa. See here for work visa eligibility criteria)
  • Access to approximately $1200 Australian dollars (£600-700) when you arrive (we recommend you have extra emergency funds) – this is for travel costs, work clothes, some food and tourist activities in Sydney
  • Cost of travel from to the job (within the budget above approximately £100 – £150)
  • Living and travel costs if you decide to stay in Australia following your job placement
  • Living costs in Sydney if you decide to work there following your rural job (full support programme)

Project story

In 2009 Georgie moved to Australia on a working holiday visa. She now has dual nationality and 6 years management experience in the Australian, rural tourism industry. She continues to support Australian programmes as well as many other international projects through her work as an Oyster agent since 2016. Having had a passion for horses her entire life, she has always wanted to set up a programme of her own to help other international riders fulfil their dream of working with horses in good jobs in Australia.

Although riding classically from a young age, for the past years it’s mainly be Australian stock style and natural horsemanship techniques. Georgie has experience in teaching stock riding to beginners, working on a polocrosse training and breeding stud, mustering cattle on horses and working with cattle in the yards. She is also a qualified equine therapist.

More Information

Above all this is a programme for those who have paid or unpaid experience with horses (intermediate to advanced). The intention of the programme is to offer you a chance to earn money abroad and to expand your experience by taking home new equine skills. You do not need pre-existing skills in any particular field but must be a confident rider and horse handler.

To qualify for application:

  • You must be aged between 18-35 (UK) and eligible for an Australian Working Holiday Visa 417 or Work and Holiday Visa 462 (includes UK, USA, Canada and most of Europe)
  • You must have a very good level of English and be able to communicate clearly
  • You must have a driving licence from your own country (if you are eligible in all other aspects then you may be considered by some employers – it is definitely worth enquiring)
  • You must be able to provide a good ‘equine’ engineered CV on application for the team to assess and present to potential employers
  • References from somebody who can vouch for your riding ability
  • You will need to provide short film clips of yourself riding
  • Weight and fitness levels are considered before acceptance on to the programme

Following your horsemanship preparation week, you will be working as a groom on an elite equine stud. The sort of work available is on top thoroughbred studs or with well known polo players. These quality establishments are pre-organised and you will have lots of information about what the job entails pre-departure.

You’ll have the chance to experience a new way of working with horses no matter what industry you work in or what sort of work that you have done before. As a horse-person you will be aware of all the physical jobs and hours that come with paid horse work, and it is important to know that we cannot not guarantee riding will be part of the paid package.

It is likely that if you are working in any one field, there will be cross-overs into others, and you will get to brush shoulders with many different contacts in the equine world. 

  • You need to apply at least 2 months before you go, but we recommend booking at least 4 – 6 months in advance of departure
  • Work visas can take anything from between 1 and 8 weeks so it is best to start the process as soon as you can
  • We have set weeks and limited numbers so please enquire as soon as you can

This program to work with horses in Australia is one of a kind. You’ll be working for top horse owners and some of the best performance horses in the industry. The horsemanship week is so exclusive to participants on this program, they’ll be plenty of riding and handling for the maximum experience.

Australia is best known for its hot, dry climate. However it can also get very wet and cold. Inland areas are often chilly in the winter at night, even if day time temperatures rise. It’s best to bring layers and be prepared for the changes. Whenever you are going, make sure to pack for rain and cooler temperatures.

Australia is larger than Europe and thus the climate can vary dramatically depending on where you are. Spring is September to November, summer is December to February, autumn lasts from March to May and winter begins in June and lasts through August.

Typically the northern parts of Australia are warmer and tropical all year round because these regions are closer to the equator. In the north, there tends to be two seasons; wet (summer) and dry (winter). Southern Queensland experiences what’s known as subtropical, with a combination of wet and dry but also following the general rule of four seasons. Sydney and the rest of New South Wales are fairly mild in the winter with minimum temperatures often staying above 10°C. The summers are beautiful but can often reach scorching temperatures.

You should be warned that there are some instances where Australia may become very cold during the winter, especially at the higher elevations in Tasmania and Victoria, snow may be abundant and temperatures are below freezing. It is much more seasonal down south so wrap up in winter! In saying that, Melbourne is known as the city with four seasons in one day and has experienced some of the hottest days in Australia on record.

The weather dictates a lot of the what happens in rural Australia and everybody is always talking about it. You may find yourself getting hooked on following weather forecasts such as BOM (Bureau of Meteorology).

When you arrive at Sydney Airport you will catch a pre-booked shuttle bus to your upmarket hostel in the city, the journey takes just under an hour. 

Early Arrival

It is advisable to catch the same flight as the rest of the group in order to arrive together. However, participants will be coming from several different airports so this is not essential. 

If you choose to arrive a few days early, this is no problem. In this instance, you will need to book extra nights at the hostel yourself. If you are staying in alternative accommodation, please make your way to the hostel in the afternoon on the day of our programme for check in. 

Horse country is Australia wide, however there are a lot of horse studs located in northern New South Wales and southern Queensland. This is mostly likely the location for where your job will be – our horsemanship course is located in the heart of this.

City work will mostly be in Sydney but the team can help you find work in some of the other major cities and some work in rural locations too.



You can expect to start on the minimum wage. Under the terms of the Fair Work Act, those aged 18 may be paid only 80% of the adult wage, and those aged 19 may be paid 90% of the adult wage.

The national minimum wage is currently $882.00 per 38 hour week (before tax), with reductions for tax and keep.

Most of our employers pay this or more with free accommodation and no energy bills, council tax. Food is usually a separate cost to give you flexibility.

Pay rates and workplace conditions are set by Australian law. All people working in Australia, including those from overseas have rights and protections at work. These cannot be taken away by contracts or agreements. If you have questions about your pay and conditions while in Australia, you can contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for free help. You can also contact the Fair Work Ombudsman by phone within Australia on 13 13 94 (Translating and Interpreting Service 13 14 50).

To be able to qualify for a 417 or 462 work visa, you must be between the ages of 18 and 35, and hold a passport from one of the eligible countries stated by the Australian Embassy. 

It is important that your level of English is sufficient to be able to operate safely with horses. When working, it is vital that you understand verbal instructions to ensure that you and others are safe.

  • There are always things to do with horses in your free time
  • You’ll meet other grooms and be able to socialise at local events and in the small towns
  • There is always a local pub
  • Head to the coast for the weekends or enjoy the many national parks on offer
  • Post job placement, you’ll have the whole of Australia to explore and travel


Yes! We’d love for you to enjoy the horsemanship course with your friend. We will do everything we can to obtain a job for you and your friend(s) together, but you may have to be more flexible with job offers.

This course has limited spaces with between 3-8 equine elite on each. We want to focus on giving you the best experience through small groups. It is important you are provided with lots of knowledge for our employers who expect a high standard.

The courses run throughout the year but ensure that you book early to get a place as this is a very unique program so spots are limited and fill up fast.

You should visit your doctor or travel nurse to find out what vaccinations you will need. Typically you will need your routine travel vaccinations to be in date and it is essential that your tetanus is up to date. Australia does not require any additional vaccinations to Europe.

For any more information, including entry requirements related to Covid-19, please see the Fit for Travel website or the UK government’s travel advice page for Australia.

This will vary depending on the exact location of your job but there will always be medical facilities in a town or city near by. The studs that you will be working on will have procedures for emergencies. It is possible to get an air ambulance to remote locations.

The hospital closest to the training facility is 12 minutes drive.

You should expect to leave the training farm on the last day and arrive at your job either that day or the next depending on where it is located

Most jobs last for about 3 months, sometimes longer. It is possible to work for one employer for up to 12 months on a working holiday visa.

It is likely you will meet lots of people in the equine world and subsequent jobs could follow if you want to continue working throughout your visa.

You will have extensive information on your job offer before you depart for Australia. We want to manage your expectations before you arrive so that you know exactly what you are going to be doing. In unique circumstances, it may be possible to find you another job, but you must be prepared to wait at your own expense for us to find you something suitable.

If you walk out on the job then it is unlikely that you will be offered another. Communication is key and if you aren’t getting on well with your job you must let the team know in order for them to help you.

Many equine studs are able to offer this option but it is not guaranteed.

It is essential that you have a full driving licence to be able to work in rural Australia. The ability to drive a manual vehicle not only makes you more employable, it also means you are much safer to work.

Here are a few reasons why:

  • The majority of the jobs on offer are on properties that can only be reached by car. Employers will always require their workers to drive somewhere, be it in or around the property.  A major job role for our workers is transporting horses or people to games, races or events
  • Holding a driving licence means that you have reached a certain level of comprehension of how cars and gears work. Knowledge of using gears is important when driving four wheeler quad bikes or tractors – this may be required at your job. These are not skills that we expect you to have before you arrive but knowledge of gears is important
  • Safety, safety, safety. Using machinery and driving when you do not have a licence is dangerous. We do not want you or the employers to be put in compromising situations


The Aussies love their meat. Expect fairly simple meals that will fill you well for all the hard work you will be doing. There is usually a beer to accompany most of what you eat! Other than that, you will find all the typical western foods with a few extras thrown in such as vegemite and milo!

In saying this, there are plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options available, and places on the coast are very accommodating with dietary requirements. In many cases you will be cooking for yourself in groom’s accommodation so you will be able to eat exactly what you like.

All dietary requirements can be met at the training farm and in Sydney.

It is usually limited in rural areas but WiFi is accessible in most places. Telstra is the network to sign up with to increase your chances of rural signal.

Eastern Australia is 10 hours ahead of GMT (GMT +10) but if your job is located slightly further afield then this might vary

Providing you follow all instructions given by your employer, you should feel secure working in Australia as you would be at home. Probably more so.

Whilst Australia is developed country, it is important however, as in any big city, to be aware of your surroundings, keep your belongings in sight and keep your wits about you. Crime levels in Australia are low.

Australian electrical appliances operate on 240v at 50hz but the socket outlets are not compatible with the other countries’ plugs. This means you will need a specific Australian adapter.

This paid work abroad programme aims to help you hit the ground running once you arrive in Australia. It therefore involves support and advice, rather than supervision. You will have a lot of interaction with our UK rep (Georgie) and the team on the ground during the first week or so. When you get to your job, you will probably feel able to do most things independently or with the help of your employer. However, you will still be able to to call on us at any time for support.

Oyster has responsibility for your safety on all activities directly organised by us. However, during your free time, and after the first week of intensive support, we will not be in control of your activities and you will need to take responsibility for making safe decisions. We will provide plenty of guidance about this. We will also be able to provide help in an emergency for up to 12 months.

Take a Gap Year in Australia to one of the most popular destinations in the world for work and travel. Some of the greatest attractions for people wanting to work there include that the English language is spoken, the laid back culture is very appealing, the weather is great and there is a variety of work on offer.

This Gap Year Program gives you the opportunity to embrace life down-under, safe in the knowledge that you have support and a group of young like-minded people around you.

Travelling in Australia is safe and easy and by obtaining an Australian working holiday visa, you can get a paid job to keep the cost of living down. Start by getting a job in Australia on this gap year program to kick start your Aussie Adventure.

Got a question or want to chat to Project Manager Georgie who has first-hand experience of the project? Call +44 1892 771 977 or email: – [email protected].

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