Work for accommodation. Regional and farm work

Work for accommodation @ Reef Lodge. This is a great chioce for backpackers looking to stay in an area in exchange of few hours work each day. In these cases it is often best to ask at the hostel reception. If they do work / accommodation exchange it is usally about 3 to 4 hours a day. If they don't, keep looking at the job board at the hostel. Another good place to look is on the internet and in particular "Gumtree"


Are you looking for paid work in Townsville, then best bet is to get to Townsville and hit the pavemant. The main industries you will be looking at are hospitality, labouring and marketing. Townsville does not have much in the way of fruit picking or regional work for 2nd year Visa's. Make sure you have a Resme' and ready to start work.

If your looking for fruit picking, then best try the following towns.

  • Bowen
  • Ayr
  • Homehill
  • Ingham
  • Cardwell
  • Tully
  • Innisfail
  • Atherton
  • Mareeba


We love meeting people at Reef Lodge but It makes us very mad when we hear about "Backpackers" working and getting ripped off.

Don't be scammed! If you feel some thing is not right, check-up on the person or farm. You will need a Tax file number if you are starting a paid job. Also be careful when you are offered food and accommodation included and ask the question is it FREE, or does it come out of your pay. Also if you are living on site, be sure to buy up at the local shops. Some of these places have a shop on site, but you pay high prices for your groceries.

the following URL's is a good read about scams and how to spot one.

Time for a hard earned beer!