Australia is famous for its beaches but there’s also great jobs in stunning towns in the high country. Here are four of my favourite high country locations.
This gorgeous town at the foot of the alps in North East Victoria is long time favourite for Melbournites. In winter it is a valley base for skiers heading to Mt Hotham and Falls Creek. In Summer, Autumn and Spring, Bright is a haven for hikers and mountain bikers.
Mystic Mountain is a popular mountain biking precinct with downhill hero trails and technical routes. There’s also plenty of road and gravel riding. The region also has half a dozen swimming holes, the most popular one being right in the middle of town. Fine food and wine also attracts thousands of tourists.
Bright basically needs all types of hospitality workers and if you want construction jobs, you’ll find them in Bright too.
When the snow melts, Thredbo has Australia’s best lift accessed gravity mountain bike trails.
Mountain bikers can take the Kosciuszko Chair up the mountain and enjoy the 550m vertical drop trails back into town. These trails will excite intermediate and expert mountain bikers, and there’s a reason why Thredbo hosts Australia’s premier mountain bike race series.
Hikers can take the same chairlift and then walk a 13km out-and-back trail to the top of Australia’s highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko. It’s just one of many hikes around the village.
Thredbo also hosts a series of events over summer. Adventure races, concerts, and microbrew festivals attract regular visitors over the warmer months. This means the town needs hospitality staff, events workers, mechanics, trail crews, and of course construction people. Accommodation is not a problem over summer, so Thredbo is a good place to earn some decent cash when the skiing stops.
Blue Mountains (NSW)
Just west of Sydney, the Blue Mountains has a world heritage listed national park, historic towns, and plenty of high end hotels.
There’s ample work for adventure guides with abseiling and canyoning businesses, horse riding operators, and in bike tourism.
The high end hotels are looking for people to cook, clean, drive guests, and run events. Some even have onsite staff accommodation.
Sydney is expensive and it’s pretty easy to blow you cash night clubbing. If you want to save some serious cash, working in the Blue Mountains is not a bad option. The rent is much lower and you’ll have to get on the train and head back into the city to go clubbing.
75km East of Melbourne, Warburton is at the foot of Mt Donna Buang in the Yarra Ranges.
It’s a popular place for Melbourne day-trippers and people going away for a quick weekend break. The Main Street backs onto the Yarra River where the town swimming hole attracts a regular crowd.
Warburton is another biking and hiking town. Thousands of people, young and old, ride the Warburton to Lilydale Rail trail, and there is a large mountain bike precinct planned for the town. If this goes ahead Warburton will need a large number of trail builders.
It’s a quirky town with a thriving art and music scene. Boinga Bob’s house is also a must see.
Warby is a good place for hospitality workers who want to live in a beautiful town that is close enough to the city for the occasional bit of partying.
If you are interested in working in any of these towns tag Thredbo, Warburton, Blue Mountains or Bright in the “Destinations you want to work” section in your profile.