Australia Is Offering Working Holidaymakers Flights From The UK For £10
| Last updated
If you're contemplating a working holiday in Australia, a new deal may have made the decision for you.
It's a daunting prospect packing up your bags and moving to the other side of the world to start a completely different life, and the cost of getting over there makes it even more of a gamble.
But if it's just the funds that are stopping you from taking the plunge then you're in luck, as you can now get Down Under and back for just a tenner.
Of course, there's small print and pesky strings to take a look at, but if you fit the bill - and the bill fits you - this could be the bargain of your life.
The initiative is being run by the South Australian Tourism Commission (SATC) - in conjunction with Trailfinders and Qatar Airways - and is offering up 200 return flights from the UK and Ireland to Adelaide for just £10 (or €10, for applicants from Ireland).
To be eligible, you must have a valid Working Holiday Visa and must purchase an Adelaide Starter Package, which covers some accommodation on arrival, as well as access to a tax file number and bank account (a three-day pack is priced from £171/€218). Applicants must be aged between 18 and 30 in the UK, or 18 and 35 in Ireland.
You also need to be able to jet off from Heathrow, Manchester, Edinburgh or Dublin to Adelaide before 30 September.
The scheme is reminiscent of the 'Ten Pound Poms' assisted migration passage scheme, which was launched in 1945 and ended in 1982.
It's hoped the initiative will encourage working holidaymakers to return to Australia and plug employment gaps after Covid-19 lockdowns saw borders closed.
South Australian Minister for Tourism Zoe Bettison said: "South Australia is welcoming the return of working holiday makers – it's a real win-win for young people eager to travel and work abroad, and for our local tourism industry.
"Our tourism operators have missed having international visitors on their tours and experiences and booking up accommodation, and they've also missed the backpacker workforce and the vibrancy they bring.
"These backpackers foster a love for our state and our country which often inspires them to return later in life.
"Whether it's in our bars, restaurants, wineries and hotels, or on our outback stations and farms, there are so many ways that British and Irish citizens can work in Adelaide and in regional South Australia, helping to not only fill roles but provide an economic and cultural exchange benefit which advantages both sides of the globe.
"We look forward to welcoming back young people from the UK and Ireland, and encourage them to make the most of these £10 fares."
You can apply on the Trailfinders website here.