Easy payment: Full payment not required until 40 days before travel.
Easy payment: Full payment not required until 40 days before travel.

Oz Gap Year: Ranch Jobs in Australia

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Up to 12 months
Starts: Sydney
Finishes: Tamworth
Min Age : 18 to 39
Max People : 25

Learn how to work on a ranch or farm and possible job upon successful completion

Our Outback Ranch Training Program includes 5 days of fun horseback riding, sheep shearing, cattle mustering and whip cracking in the NSW Outback! You will gain the basic skills needed to work on a farm or cattle station in Australia whilst having the time of your life!


This trip is a great way to start your Gap Year adventure in Australia! Whether for a working holiday or just a trip around the country Oz Gap Year is the perfect introduction to the Aussie way of life.

To be able to work in Australia you need to be aged between 18 – 30 and be eligible for a working holiday visa.
You should have a sense for adventure, be curious to learn about new cultures and like to experience something different.


If you are planning to work in Australia whilst you’re here you’ll need to apply for a Working Holiday Visa. You can choose to book your Oz Gap Year programme with the visa included.

Please note: If you have a criminal record, you are still able to apply for a Working Holiday Visa, but due to the specific information required while filling out the application form we won’t be able to process your visa for you, and this must be applied individually.

This Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417) is available to passport holders who come from:

the Republic of Cyprus
Hong Kong SAR
the Republic of Ireland
the Republic of Korea
the Netherlands
United Kingdom

Or you’re a citizen of and hold a valid passport from one of these countries:

China, People’s Republic of
Czech Republic
San Marino
Slovak Republic
United States of America

People hold one of the above passports can still apply for a similar visa called the Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462). Grabatour Travel cannot apply for this visa for you, however once you obtain this visa it will allow you to participate in the Oz Gap Year programme.

To be eligible for a working holiday visa, applicants need to meet the following requirements:

Hold a passport issued by an eligible country or region
Be aged 18-30 (inclusive) at the time of applying
Not be accompanied by dependent children at any time during their stay in Australia
Meet health, character and financial requirements
Not have previously entered Australia on a Working Holiday visa (unless applying for a second visa)
Be outside Australia when they apply and when their visa is granted
Apply within 12 months of intended travel to Australia.
Have sufficient funds to cover your expected living/trip costs during your stay
Have funds for a return or onward ticket to depart Australia (or an actual ticket)
Have health insurance

How to apply:

You can choose our inclusive visa booking option and we can process the Working Holiday Visa application for you, or you may wish to apply for your own visa via Australian Immigration.


You will need to apply for Medicare once you are in Australia and in order to do this please ensure that you can provide TWO forms of ID e.g. passport, driving licence, birth certificate.


– Learn the ropes of ranch work for 5 fantastic days on our outback training adventure

– Lasso yourself a guaranteed ranch job in no time: We’ll work to secure you the perfect outback placement through our 12 month job support programme

– With accommodation and meals included in most ranch job placements it’s the ideal way to save money for some Aussie travels and adventures

– Ranch work is one of the few ways you can secure a second/third Working Holiday Visa and extend your time in Oz – awesome!

– Australian admin help (bank account, tax number, medical care, etc..) and support the whole time you’re in Australia.


You will be travelling with a group of fun, exciting and interesting people from everywhere in the world! And you can easily make new friends along the trip.

Small groups, insider access, and personal freedom to follow the whim of the moment are the order of the day, every day.
Groups sizes are usually between 3 – 12 people with most groups even celebrating reunions years after their trip! Chat with other people from your group before you leave home!


The trip lasts 8 days & 7 nights with start dates throughout the year.
Trips do book out quickly, so get in touch today!


All visitors to Australia (excepting those from New Zealand) will require a visa or e-visa/ETA to enter. These must be applied for before departure, and if you’re planning on working in Australia whilst you’re out here you’ll need a Working Holiday Visa. If you are just heading to Australia for fun however, an ETA will suffice. Both visas can be applied for online. Please feel free to contact us if you need any more information.
Also, check out the general Australian visa requirement here.


Sure! We recommend searching and comparing flight prices using SpareStay.com.
Travel insurance is highly recommended for all of our trips in Australia. You can get this in the Insurance section of our site.


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If your start date is more than 40 days away, you can secure your spot by paying a 10% deposit.
Simply select the ‘deposit’ option when you Check out. We’ll hold you a spot on your chosen start date and send you a link to pay the remaining amount.

The balance must be paid in full at least 40 days prior to your tour start date. If you are booking within 40 days of your start date the deposit option is not available so you need to pay in full.

Take advantage of the 18-30 Working Holiday Visa in Australia and head Down Under for a ranch job experience in Oz! This exciting Outback Ranch Course is the kick-start you’ll need to work your way across the outback as a ranch hand. You’ll possibly get a paid ranch job at the end of your training – awesome!

Pre-Course Travel Day

Your train leaves from Sydney to Tamworth on Sunday morning.
You’ll have a night of accommodation booked for you at the YHA in Tamworth.

If you want to arrive a few days earlier in Sydney, we will be happy to help you organise any additional accommodation you may need (at extra cost). Please contact us for further details.

What to bring?

a sleeping bag
a towel
your toiletries
a hat or cap
sunscreen & insect repellent in the warmer months
a raincoat
riding boots (optional)
work clothes


Pick up at 9.00am from Tamworth YHA in Tamworth
A quick stop at a second hand store where you can buy cheap work clothes
Introduction and a cup of tea on arrival
A grooming and saddling up lesson
A lesson on Natural Horsemanship riding followed by a ride including bush survival and local bush tucker


Catch and saddle the horses
A Natural Horsemanship lesson
Barefoot trimming Lesson
A whip cracking and lassoing lesson
Before the ride we play some Natural Horsemanship games with our horse
Mustering sheep on horseback
A demonstration in using working dogs
Trotting & cantering in the arena
A barrel race on horseback
A talk on sheep health and husbandry
A sheep shearing lesson


A Natural Horsemanship lesson
Pasture improvement
Fencing or yard building


Catch and saddle the horses
We play some Natural Horsemanship games with our horse
Mustering cattle on horseback
Yarding and drafting cattle
A talk on cattle breeds and husbandry
A lassoing competition
Wrestling, branding and marking calves


A lesson on maintaining saddlery
catch and saddle the horses
Swim the horses (in the warmer months)
We play some Natural Horsemanship games with our horse
Games on horseback
A ride where we take the horses for a trot and a canter
Muster cattle in for cow working in the arena
Head to local pub for dinner around 6pm
Return to Tamworth YHA around 9pm

LET THE JOB HUNT BEGIN!Earn $200 – $500 per week after tax and accommodation in Australia

Examples of Ranch Jobs Available in Australia

Once you have completed training we will find you a farm or ranch job, plus 12 months of job support. Common ranch positions include:

Tractor work and farming
Sheep and cattle station work
Horsemanship work
Teaching in the outback

Upon successful completion of the program you will be granted access to a list of available job contacts so you can source a farm job somewhere in Australia that suits your skills and ability. Most job offers include accommodation and meals as part of the deal so you can soon save some money for Aussie adventures! Depending on the job, the location, your skills, expertise and dedication, wages can vary though, with minimum wage at AUD 350 a week. In most positions, you’ll start out on a basic wage, which may increase as your skills progress. You can expect to earn $350 – $600 per week after tax and accommodation. Please be aware, a job offer is not guaranteed.



We’ll arrange your train journey to Tamworth, NSW where you’ll spend a night before starting your Ranch Course. Get to meet others in your group. Your accommodation is pre-arranged. The following morning, our rep will meet you at reception and take you to the farm.


Learn how to ride on horseback, and gain knowledge and skills needed for general horse handling and care. Be introduced to the way of Natural Horsemanship, learn how horses think and communicate with them. Take the horses for a swim in a local swimming hole (in the warmer months).


The lasso is used today in rodeos as part of the competitive events, such as calf roping and team roping. It is also still used on working ranches to capture cattle or other livestock when necessary. You will learn to catch cattle with a lasso and have competitions with your fellow students.


We’ll muster cattle from the paddocks to the yard. Assist with stock work such as drenching and tagging. A muster is the process of gathering livestock and usually involve cattle, sheep or horses, but may also include goats, camels, buffalo or other animals.


Fencing is one of the most important pieces of farm infrastructure and our instructors will show you how to install and maintain fences. A properly installed fence will keep livestock/pets safe and secured and will keep any unwanted visitors outside the property.


On Aussie farms, shearing is generally carried out in the spring, so sheep don’t become overheated in the summer. A long fleece is likely to become dirty and drag along the ground, decreasing the mobility of sheep. During your course, you will shear a sheep and learn about sheep health and husbandry.


On the Ranch you will receive 5-days/4-nights accommodation and all meals. All evenings are spent around the campfire with open-air camp oven cooked meals.


Upon successful completion of the program you will be granted access to a list of available job contacts so you can source a farm job somewhere in Australia that suits your skills and ability. Most jobs include meals and accommodation and you can expect to earn $200 – $500p/w after tax and accommodation. Please be aware, a job offer is not guaranteed.


5-Day / 4-Night Ranch Program
Travel Sydney > Outback Ranch
One night in Tamworth
All Meals & Accommodation
Possible job upon successful completion.



International flights not included.
We recommend searching and comparing flight prices using SpareStay.com or contact us for a great flight deal.


Travel Insurance is NOT included, however it is mandatory for you to have travel insurance for the duration of your tour. You can get this in the Travel Insurance section of our website.


Optional experiences are available on this tour for an additional cost and will be provided to you with your finalised travel documents.


Flights, visa and insurance are not included. Get in touch for quotes & we can assist with your visa as well

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