I am looking to travel to Brisbane, AU for a period of 3-6+ months. I can obtain a work-holiday visa; but how easy is it for someone to make it a working holiday, especially without prior experience and without a university degree?

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about job hunting – Karlson Mar 3 '14 at 23:18
  • Questions about working holidays are Allowed(tm). meta.travel.stackexchange.com/questions/1637/… – lambshaanxy Mar 3 '14 at 23:35
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    @jpatokal he's not saying it's off topic because of the working holiday - working holiday visa TRAVEL questions are permitted. He's saying it's off topic because it's about job hunting, not travel. – Mark Mayo Mar 3 '14 at 23:37
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    @MarkMayo Questions about finding temporary employment while traveling is totally OK in my book, and we even have a tag for it: travel.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/working-holiday – lambshaanxy Mar 3 '14 at 23:42
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    I have to agree that if this question is about looking for a job as a backpacker/gap year/working holiday traveller then it's definitely on topic. Otherwise we would be saying things like "This question is off-topic because it's about car rental." Stuff that travellers do while travelling that they have to ask questions is on-topic. – hippietrail Mar 4 '14 at 5:48

Don't worry. Finding temporary unskilled jobs in Australia is easy, the economy is booming and Australians don't want to do them so hostels, cafes, restaurants, ski resorts, farms etc rely quite heavily on cheap, seasonal backpacker/working holiday labor.

As Mark says, the easiest thing is to simply ask around at your hostel after arrival, but also take a look at Gumtree to get an idea of the type of jobs and wages on offer.

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    I work in a backpacker hostel in Bondi Beach in Sydney where hundreds of foreign backpackers come to look for work. I can say that even though Australia did not go into recession after the Global Financial Crisis in 2008 that the number of jobs has definitely decreased and the number of people on working holiday visas giving up and going home early has definitely increased. Skilled jobs and hard work jobs are your best bet. Hostel/cafe/restaurant jobs are not as easy as before. Fruit picking is always available but not for everybody. Brisbane is less touristy so fewer seasonal. – hippietrail Mar 4 '14 at 5:44
  • simply ask around at your hostel after arrival I noticed when I travel on a holiday to hostels I (and other tourists too) often ask the staff there for advice on food/locations/etc, therefore not sure if they would be willing to accept somebody fresh off the boat without much knowledge of the area? And even if they would, feels a bit embarrassing not to be able to answer questions from the tourists (not sure what's the right way to deal with that). – kiradotee Jul 9 at 21:55

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