Become a divemaster or a yatch hand in Queensland

Tourism Queensland has been handing out tips to job seeking backpackers in a bid to attract young travellers to the Australian state.

With one of its surveys revealing that 77 per cent of young Britons are enticed to follow their dreams abroad and over 70 per cent of 16-24 year olds are keen to travel overseas to find adventure and new experiences, the tourist board has come up with a few suggestions to help people fund their trips.

For the “hardworking adventure seeker”, it recommends becoming a yacht hand in the Whitsunday Islands. Sailing out of the lively town of Airlie Beach you will hit the water to help out on one of the many vessels that depart for white-sand islands.

“Intrepid but patient explorers” could enjoy life as a divemaster on the Great Barrier Reef – one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

For the cash-strapped nature lover, fruit picking offers the advantage of short-term contracts and a sociable experience, as well as the opportunity to extend a visa by a full 12 months after a minimum of three months’ service.

Other options suggested were becoming a Jillaroo or Jackaroo on an Outback cattle ranch, a surfing life guard or a hostel worker.

Written by Ruth Norris

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