As some of you may or may not know, visitors to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa can stay Down Under for up to one year working and travelling around the country. We are also eligible for a second year visa, but there are some provisos. In order to qualify for the 12 month extension you must complete 88 days (or three months) of regional work. This is defined as work in one of the specified postcodes that counts as rural Australia. Types of work can include, but are not limited to, fruit picking, construction, animal care, agricultural maintenance etc. Basically anything that gives back to the rural businesses around The Outback.
I was meant to just be ‘popping over’ to Oz for a six month adventure but, as you can read in my post 10 Reasons to Stay, I decided I wasn’t ready to go back to Blighty just yet. So I flew to New Zealand (you have to be out of the country to apply for the Working Holiday Visa, more on that trip HERE), said goodbye to the UK for another 12 months, moved my flight from February to August and settled in for the long haul.
But then I got to thinking, if I’ve committed to staying in Australia until December 2014, wouldn’t it make sense to make the most of the visa opportunities and do the work for a second year visa?
YES! Yes, Susie Maggie Thorne, yes it would.
(yes, I might have been swayed by the Sydney sunshine…it didn’t take much convincing)
So after leaving my adopted family and moving into my own place in February (see my post Leaving home…again) I started looking for places to do this regional work. Where would I like to be for three months? What could I experience there that I might not otherwise see? Where could I continue my thus far ten month-long summer? Where could I do something new and exciting without breaking my back picking teeny tiny blueberries for 12 hours a day?
The answer soon* became clear…BROOME!
*please note, in this case ‘soon’ means about six weeks of researching, emailing and phoning to make sure it was as close to perfect as it could be for me and the fussy Other Half.