Part of the quintessential Aussie experience is getting your hands dirty, getting away from the bright lights of the city, getting in touch with your inner farmer.
Now, we know the prospect of working on a farm may seem out of your comfort zone, but that’s where BUNAC's Ranch Experience comes in. This five day program will teach you all the skills you need to live and work on the farm, from learning horse riding and farming skills. You'll learn sheep shearing, cattle mustering, bush skills, lassoing, shoeing horses, fencing and basic horse training, making sure you stand out to prospective employers. At the end of your time on the ranch you'll even be given assistance bagging that elusive farm job!
You can add the Ranch experience onto our Work Australia Ultimate program.
- 5 day/ 4 night open-ended (departs selected Monday's) ranch experience course, where you’ll learn all the skills you’ll need to live and work on a farm
- Assistance securing a farm job after your course has finished
- Accommodation and most meals throughout the five day course in hostel-style housing
- Transport to the ranch from Sydney
- Training on everything you need to know to work on a farm
- Chance to get a bit closer to that second year visa!
On day one you’ll meet early to head to the train station where you will board a train to the ranch. At the other end you’ll be met by a member of the team who will talk you through the coming week and sort out all the housekeeping things, like paperwork. After this you’ll begin your first lesson on the ranch, which will cover everything from basic knot tying, to tire changing and fencing. Your first day at the ranch will finish with a good ol’ Aussie Barbie!
Throughout your 5 days on the ranch you’ll learn everything you need to know about working in the Australian outback, from cattle mustering, to horse riding and basic horse skills. After finishing your days with a well-deserved beer around the camp fire, you’ll feel like a true Aussie farmer in no time!
There will also be the opportunity within the week to talk to the team and get advice and assistance lining up your farm work.
How often does the 5 day Ranch Experience run?
The course runs weekly (arrive on Monday, stay for 5 days/ 4 nights and depart on Monday morning). They are closed over the Christmas period for a few weeks (approx. mid December until early/mid Jan) and they also have a couple of weeks off during the year for holidays. So all together they are open for approx. 46 weeks of the year.
How far in advance do I need to book my Ranch Experience once I have booked and paid for the program?
The maximum number of guests they can take in each course is currently 12, so we encourage you to book early to ensure you get a spot on your preferred date. The courses fill up very quickly in spring and summer, and less quickly in autumn and winter.