Australia Outback Ranch Training

£749, 9 days, Australia Trip code: OZOR

  • Adventure 4 out of 5
  • Relaxation 1 out of 5
  • Culture 3 out of 5
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Trip Highlights

  • Get your hands dirty training as a real Aussie Jillaroo/Jackaroo
  • Tool yourself up with the basics of ranch work 
  • Ride trail bikes, ride a horse, drive cattle - live the outback life!
  • Enjoy the bright, beautiful lights of Sydney

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Always seen yourself as a bit of a Jillaroo/Jackaroo type? Fancy trying your hand at life in the outback on a “real” Australian cattle station? Then saddle up! Our Outback Ranch Training course is what you've been looking for! 

 

As with all good trips downunder, you'll kick it off with a few days in beautiful Sydney, packing in as many of those iconic sites as you can (Opera House, Harbour Bridge, Taronga Zoo, Bondi Beach)! Then you'll head off to the ranch for an action-packed week designed to equip you with the skills you'll need to work on a station.

 

From cattle handling to fencing, you’ll be getting your hands dirty with this HUGE outdoor adventure - perfect for horse riders, tractor drivers, carpenters, joiners, builders, agricultural or veterinary students, anyone who has lived on a farm or anyone that wants to find themselves some paid farming and agriculture work.

 

It's not for the faint-hearted though - don’t forget, this is Australia, and Australians are big on people having the right attitude – if you’re willing to pull your sleeves up, work hard and muck in, it doesn’t matter if you’re not an expert - you’ll have the time of your life. 

 

Read past customer Chloe's take on the Outback Ranch over on our blog...

 

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What will I be doing?

  • Welcome to Sydney (Days 1 to 4)

  • Let the training begin (Days 5 to 9)

  • Passing the course (Days 5 to 9)

  • What can i do after the ranch training? (Up to 12 months)

Welcome to Sydney: Days 1 to 4

Next Leg

Destination info

Australia is a country of superlatives and extremes. It’s the only country that inhabits an entire continent. It has the world’s largest coral reef – the Great Barrier – the world’s largest monolith – Mount Augustus – is the flattest continent and the driest inhabited continent, has a population density among the lowest in the world, and animals and vegetation unique in the world. It has a scarily large number of animals that are out to get you if you don’t treat them with respect. It has climates that range from the temperate to the Mediterranean to the scorching and habitats ranging from alpine to tropical. It has bustling cosmopolitan cities and tiny one-horse towns in the middle of nowhere. It has beautiful gardens and total wilderness, vineyards and wide open Australian ranches. If you spend time there, you’ll be part of it forever.

  • Location: Sydney and journey to Mudgee

Day 1 to 3 - Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Welcome to Sydney! Enjoy a relaxing weekend exploring this cosmopolitan city. You'll spend your first three nights in a central hostel close to all the best attractions. You'll receive information on arrival at the hostel explaining all the things you need to know about your week ahead.

 

Day 4 - Monday 

Head to our training ranch! You'll be up early, to make your way to Sydney Central train station. The train you catch this morning will to take you to Mudgee where you will be met by a representative. There will be a chance to set up bank accounts and make any last minute purchases before driving a couple more hours to the ranch.

 

Upon arrival at the ranch,  you'll meet the team who will set out everything  you’re going to be doing in the week ahead, including paperwork and going through student handouts. The day is finished with an Aussie BBQ and free goon!

Let the training begin: Days 5 to 9

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Destination info

Australia is a country of superlatives and extremes. It’s the only country that inhabits an entire continent. It has the world’s largest coral reef – the Great Barrier – the world’s largest monolith – Mount Augustus – is the flattest continent and the driest inhabited continent, has a population density among the lowest in the world, and animals and vegetation unique in the world. It has a scarily large number of animals that are out to get you if you don’t treat them with respect. It has climates that range from the temperate to the Mediterranean to the scorching and habitats ranging from alpine to tropical. It has bustling cosmopolitan cities and tiny one-horse towns in the middle of nowhere. It has beautiful gardens and total wilderness, vineyards and wide open Australian ranches. If you spend time there, you’ll be part of it forever. 

  • Location: Coonabarabran

Days 5 to 9 - Tuesday to Saturday

 

Once you're kitted out as a Jackaroo/ Jillaroo, it's time to start your training! Over the next few days, you'll learn everything you need to know to work happily, successfully – and, above all, safely – on an Australian ranch. From horse riding to cattle mustering to general maintenance, motorbike and quad work to stock horse riding to 4 x 4 vehicle driving and basic first aid, you'll know exactly what you need to work on a real outback ranch in Australia.

 

If you plan to find your own work placement after you have completed the course, the team will be able to point you in the right direction of the best places to source these types of jobs. On completion of the course you will also receive a reference explaining what you have done on the course and this should help you stand out from other applicates for ranch work. 

 

Throughout the week, you'll end the day with a well-earned beer.... pure Aussie style!

 

At the end of your training on day 9, the ranch will provide a return transfer back to Sydney at an extra cost of approximately $50 AUD. You can arrange this with the team at the end of your course.

 

Passing the course: Days 5 to 9

Next Leg

Destination info

Australia is a country of superlatives and extremes. It’s the only country that inhabits an entire continent. It has the world’s largest coral reef – the Great Barrier – the world’s largest monolith – Mount Augustus – is the flattest continent and the driest inhabited continent, has a population density among the lowest in the world, and animals and vegetation unique in the world. It has a scarily large number of animals that are out to get you if you don’t treat them with respect. It has climates that range from the temperate to the Mediterranean to the scorching and habitats ranging from alpine to tropical. It has bustling cosmopolitan cities and tiny one-horse towns in the middle of nowhere. It has beautiful gardens and total wilderness, vineyards and wide open Australian ranches. If you spend time there, you’ll be part of it forever.

  • Location: Coonabarabran

This programme requires you to be very active, so participants need to ensure they feel physically fit and able to join a programme of this nature. A willingness to learn and participate in farm life is essential as well being able to laugh at yourself! While not essential, if you are looking for work after the course and you have a trade, horse riding ability, motorbike riding experience, welding experience, sound mechanical knowledge, or are from a farming background you will probably find it easier to get a job.

 

Passing the course also has a lot to do with a positive attitude rather than level of skill and the success rate is extremely high. In the event that you do not pass the training course, they will not be able to give you a reference.

What can i do after the ranch training?: Up to 12 months

Destination info

Australia is a country of superlatives and extremes. It’s the only country that inhabits an entire continent. It has the world’s largest coral reef – the Great Barrier – the world’s largest monolith – Mount Augustus – is the flattest continent and the driest inhabited continent, has a population density among the lowest in the world, and animals and vegetation unique in the world. It has a scarily large number of animals that are out to get you if you don’t treat them with respect. It has climates that range from the temperate to the Mediterranean to the scorching and habitats ranging from alpine to tropical. It has bustling cosmopolitan cities and tiny one-horse towns in the middle of nowhere. It has beautiful gardens and total wilderness, vineyards and wide open Australian ranches. If you spend time there, you’ll be part of it forever.

  • Location: Australia

Once you have successfully completed your training course,  you can head off and enjoy your independent travels in Australia and look for work your new found skills. You will receive a reference upon completing the course and the ranch team are also happy to provide verbal references to prospective job placements. Finding a job, though, is up to you.

 

Please note: To be eligible to work, you will need to obtain a working holiday visa. As part of your working visa application you must demonstrate that you have sufficient funds to support yourself. The Australian Immigration set this as AUD$5000 minimum. You may have to provide evidence of this in the form of a bank statement.

 

 

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What's included?

  • Transfer from Sydney International Airport to hostel by shuttle bus
  • 3 nights dorm accommodation at Sydney hostel
  • Train ticket from Sydney to Mudgee
  • 5 nights accommodation at training ranch
  • All meals at the ranch, plus unlimited tea/coffee and snacks
  • 5 day outback experience and training, including: dirt bikes, horse riding, mustering, fencing, tractor safety, whip cracking, lassoing... and much more!

What's not included?

  • Flights
  • Visa - (if you wish to apply for a Working Holiday Visa we can help you with this)
  • Travel Insurance which will cover horseback riding and ranch work
  • Return transfer from training ranch back to Sydney
  • Meals and drinks while in Sydney
  • Drinks at the ranch except water, cordial, tea and coffee

Additional Information & FAQs

Minimum age

Participants must be aged 18-30  if you plan to find work after (due to working holiday visa restrictions).

 

Accommodation

Your first three nights will be spent in a hostel in Sydney. After that the next five nights are spent on-site at the training ranch where you will be staying in mixed sex shared rooms with other people on the course.

 

Please note that if you decide to pursue ranch work after the course many may have basic accommodation and facilities and that some ranches are, by their very nature, extremely remote. Internet and mobile phone service are not always available in remote areas and ranches may not be close to public transportation. Accommodation type varies and might include living in trailers on site or in caravans on the move if the job requires it. Rooms can vary from single rooms to dorm rooms and may be unisex. This is authentic outback ranch-life so forget about your home comforts and embrace the experience!

 

 

Meals

Meals are not included during your stay in Sydney. Once on the training course meals are included. If you find yourself work after the course, food and accommodation is often included with your job placement. If it is not, you will usually be paid more to cover these extra costs.

 

Beers and soft drinks are not included at the training ranch. You can buy your own refreshments in town or help yourself to the drinks in the fridge on the training ranch. The ranch operates an honesty system, it's approx $2.50 for a beer and $1.50 for soft drinks. Tea, coffee, water and cordial are available for free, plus Australian food samples such as kangaroo!

 

 

Is this trip for you?

This outback farm training course is actioned packed and not for the faint-hearted! It guarantees to teach new skills and to build on existing skills.


Requirements for the course
 

English

  • Understand, speak and write fluent English
  • Comprehend instructions – on the job the employers will not have time to repeat instructions, and may put you and other staff in danger doing so have the ability to ask questions and make conversation

Personality

  • Accept and embrace cultural differences including food, activities, and conversation voluntarily get involved with all activities
  • Use initiative
  • Be motivated to take on anything that is put in front of you

Please note: To protect the health of the horses at the ranch participants must weigh under 100kgs to be able to participate in the course.

 

Driver's Licence

  • To hold and competently drive a manual car

 

Please Note

You must hold a driving licence. We strongly recommend that it is a full manual driving licence - a student without a full licence may be limited in some of that activities they can participate in.

 

It is absolutely essential that you have the correct insurance cover, especially if you intend to work with horses and use machinery.

 

Important notes:

  • A good work ethic as well as willingness to learn and get stuck in is often more important than your actual skills, so make sure you bring an open mind and a hard working attitude!
  • Although it may not affect the outcome of the training course, for health and safety reasons, we need to be made aware of any learning difficulty such as dyslexia or ADHD etc (no matter how mild) so we can pass this information onto the Ranch team.
  • If you are looking for work after the course it is worth noting that positions during the Australian summer months (December and January) can be limited due to the heat and stress on the stock and horses at ranches. Adverse weather conditions caused by monsoon rains can also affect the availability of animal and horse jobs in Northern Australia during February and March.
  • The ranch strongly recommend students have a full manual drivers license (however they will not turn away a potential student with a provisional or automatic - it will just limit job opportunities if you look for work after the course).

Do you want to work with horses? If you are wishing to work in the equine industry (working with horses in any kind of role), you will need to prepare and take with you a CV that should include details about the following details as ranches you approach may request it:

 

  • Age started riding
  • Number of years of consistent riding and frequency
  • Ownership of horse (number of horses)
  • Riding competition i.e. eventing, dressage, show jumping, showing etc
  • Work experience part-time/full-time in stables, pony clubs, vet assistant, polo groom, etc (please supply references from employers)
  • Qualifications, such as, certificates, diplomas etc (supply copies)

Advice & Safety

Throughout your programmes you will have the support and guidance of the programme co-ordinator and team. You will be provided with competent assistance and help with any questions or advice you may need during your stay.

 

In addition, you will have access to a 24 hour emergency contact number so you can contact one of our staff at any time should you need to.

 

FAQ

1. Do I need to be able to ride a horse?

We recommend that if you do not have any riding experience before your start the course that you take a few riding lessons so that you feel comfortable riding. Furthermore if you can confidently ride it will open up more work opportunities for you!

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2. Can I take my girlfriend/boyfriend with me?

Yes. You can both participate in the course.

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3. Do I need to take a sleeping bag?

Sleeping bags are not needed at the ranch where you will have your training, but some jobs require their employees to have their own sleeping bag. If you choose not to take a sleeping bag but require one for a job, you will have to make time to purchase it between your training at the ranch and on route to your job.

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4. Do I need to take a mosquito net?

A net it not essential, however if you wanted to take one for your own comfort then you are more than welcome to.

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5. Will a safe/safety deposit box be available?

There is a secure place for your valuables while you are doing your training, however this cant be guaranteed when you get a job.

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DBS

You have booked a programme which requires an enhanced Disclosure Barring Service check to be completed. We can carry this out for you and your travel advisor will explain the charges at the time of booking.

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Chloe Phillips - June 2013

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Meeting some amazing people and having endless laughs. Learning lots of useful skills. Learning the ways of ranch life.

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Be prepared for hard work Laugh lots at yourself and others Have a go even if you think you can't do it. Nine times out of ten, you can.

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learning to ride australian western, swimming with horses in a large pond and mustering cattle and sheep on horse back

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Joe Nicholson - September 2012

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The experience of training on the ranch was amazing, it was hard work but really good fun.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

1. Get involved with everything it will be the most fun you ever have.

2. Be prepared to laugh at yourself when you make mistakes because everyone will make them.

3. Make the most of every day. 

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Will Hardie - August 2012

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Best week of my life. The people that teach you on this experience are awesome. As soon as I arrived at the ranch I began laughing. As long as you are an outgoing person there is not a better thing to do with your time. I could not recommend this experience enough.

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Be up for anything so you have no regrets. Be fun and outgoing. Do not worry what people think of you!

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Sue Batch - October 2011

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meeting great like minded people, hands on experience with the animals and machinery, living with a great family for 3 months, experiencing the true australian outback

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Emma Sheard - July 2011

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Best time of my life.

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Mustering cattle in from an Australian cattle station on horseback. Skydiving from 14,000ft to land on Mission Beach. Seeing Uluru in the rain. And working for 5 amazing months on a stud farm in Australia.

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Don't be scared to do new, challenging things and to travel on your own. Pack extremely lightly, you won't use half the stuff that you take and it's annoying lugging it all around. Aim to enjoy every second of your trip.

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Lisette De Jong - July 2011

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Amazing experience, unbelievable people, time of my life!

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The highlight for sure was the Ranche experience. My goodness it was amazing. I grew ten feet (in confidence) and experienced adventures I never thought I would. The people were extremely nice and welcoming and helped out everywhere they could. I couldn't have asked for anything more. It was the best time of my life and I will never ever forget it :D

Do you have 3 top tips for future travellers?

Go with it, don't stick to old values and ideas. Just take everything for what it is and work hard. So be openminded. Try to see as much as possible it is a genuine beautiful country filled with lovely people who want to help. Dont by sunscream at home :P It is way better and cheaper over there ;)

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