A lot of people want to live in Australia. Good weather, good economy – it’s a good place to live. Many young travellers come to Australia on working holiday visas, and then want to stay longer.
Some nationalities are allowed to extend their working holiday visa if they do 3 months of agricultural work. A lot of people chose this route. There are plenty of regional and agricultural jobs available but they can be difficult to find and sometimes do not pay that well. Also the work is hard…very very hard.
When I first got my working holiday visa, I didn’t think I would be staying more than 12 months, so doing the agricultural work was never really on the cards for me. But then of course I met Dan, and suddenly I wanted to stay. Although since I had already been working for several months, and then travelling around Australia, it was going to by tight for me to make the 3 month requirement.
Two good friends of mine were also doing their farm work. They were staying up in Bundaburg in Queensland, so I decided to go up there and join them. I arrived to the caravan park where I would be staying and started my work as a tomato picker.
There was nothing glamorous about being a tomato picker.
I woke up at 4 am in order to go to work at 5 am. Then I would spend hours and hours and hours squatting in a field picking tiny tomatoes and throwing them into buckets. I made 5 dollars per bucket. In the early hours of the morning it was all OK. But then it would get hotter… and hotter… and hotter. And the tomato bushes were not very tall, and the tomatoes were quite thin in the bush. This meant I was constantly moving,, and squatting. I was crab walking along the bushes.
I have long legs. Long legs are not meant to crab walk in the crazy Queensland heat for 10 hours a day. At the end of the day I could barely stand up. My legs were so cramped and sore I could barely move.
And for my effort? Maybe 50 dollars a day if I was lucky. Some of the people working there were able to fill up heaps of buckets super quickly. I was not one of those people.n After four days of torture, I was done. Dan even came up early to bring me home after another girl in the caravan park got bitten by a snake. (It was a very, very basic caravan park…)
So what do you do if you want to stay in Australia for a longer period of time, but don’t want to break your back in the middle of nowhere? Well there are several options available. My friends who completed their farm work up in Bundaburg ended up getting sponsored through their workplaces. And I ended up marrying an Australian. But more on my spouse visa later… that is a whole new story!
If you are looking for a way to immigrate to Australia, and want to take a more complicated route than simply picking A LOT of fruit or vegetables, you might want to consider looking into animmigration specialist such as IXPvisas.com to help you. Dan and I didn’t go this route, but another Australian friend of mine who married an international person did take this route.
More on that story later….