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Work & Play in Cairns

Earn money while you holiday.

Work Great. Play Greater.

Work and play in one of the most diverse and beautiful destinations on earth, Cairns in Tropical North Queensland – where summer never ends. With a fun laidback lifestyle, a vibrant nightlife, pristine beaches, unique wildlife and a wide range of inspiring activities to keep even the most adventurous entertained.

Cairns is a major tourism destination with a variety of jobs available in the tourism and hospitality industry. With the food bowl of the Atherton Tablelands and farmlands of the Cassowary Coast on its doorstep, there are many farm jobs available, which is great for working holiday visa holders wishing to extend their visas or students looking for work during the semester breaks.

Students can work up to 20 hours while studying and then work full-time over the semester breaks. Working helps you develop new skills and build your work experience for future employability.

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Student summer holiday deal

Book your work and play trip through Study Cairns and receive following bonuses:

  • Discounted tour packages from $330 (5-day package)
  • Earn $ by working
  • Receive up to $2000 government incentives for international students and up to $6,000 for Australian students for your travel and work expenses*

Find out more at Study Cairns

*If you commit to working 6+ weeks on a farm. Further T&Cs apply. Visit Study Cairns for more information.

banana plantation near josephine falls

Seasonal harvest work

In Tropical North Queensland, you’ll find an abundance of farms producing incredible tropical produce including mangoes, bananas, lychees and more.

Find seasonal farm work on the Australian Government’s Harvest Jobs hub.

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Working Holiday Maker Visas

On an international holiday and want to stay longer in Tropical North Queensland? A working holiday could be right for you. The Australian Government has strict laws surrounding who can work in the country, so there are a few things you need to know.

If you want to work in Tropical North Queensland you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Maker visa before you arrive in Australia. This applies to all kinds of work – full-time or part-time, casual and volunteer.

You must be aged between 18 and 30 when you apply for a visa.

Not all countries are eligible for the Working Holiday Maker visa. You can see the full list here.

You can stay in the country for a maximum of 12 months and are able to work for six months per employer.

If you want to stay even longer, you may be able to extend your visa by another 12 months by working in a regional area – like Tropical North Queensland! Find out more here.


There are so many ways you can play in Tropical North Queensland.

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