A British backpacker who saves just $6,500 says working long hours in rural Australia has prepared her for the future after saving nearly $100,000 in five years.
Dom, 23, from a small town near Manchester in England, flew to Australia to travel for a few months in 2018.
She fell in love with life in the Down Under and committed herself to staying in the country for as long as possible.
Dom revealed that working 60 hours a week on solar farms was the secret to success.
She now saves $1,500 each week and is set to make $100,000 by the end of 2023.
Dom, 23, from a small town outside Manchester in England, traveled to Australia to travel for a few months in 2018
What is life like working on a solar farm and how do you get into it?
You can earn $8,000 per month and qualify for a solar farm work visa extension. Positions in this industry are competitive as word spreads about excellent pay and working conditions.
What do you do on a solar farm?
Most of the jobs will be labor or trade assistant positions. This includes assisting tradesmen with manual handling, cleaning, and maintenance. The work environment can be hot and humid depending on the location, and you’ll often be required to work hard 10-12 hours a day, but if you can stick with it, the rewards are well worth the effort.
How much do you get paid?
You can earn $30 to $40 per hour doing entry-level work, cleaning, and trade assistant jobs at a solar farm. This results in some working holiday visa holders earning $2,000 per week or more. You may also get cheap accommodation and meals. This is to compensate for the work that is often done in remote areas. In addition, work, travel abroad, can include rosters where workers are taken to a location, work for several weeks and return to their usual location for an extended break.
What are the requirements?
The first step to getting a solar farm job is to complete two core courses.
One of the courses is the White Card, which is a general introduction to safety. This course is typically four to six hours long and covers the basics of construction safety. The other course is CPR and LVR (Low Voltage Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and Resuscitation).
source: White Card Brisbane
“I came to Australia five years ago with only $6,500 in my name,” she said. “Now I’m on track to save $100,000 by the end of this year.”
“I remember dreaming of traveling to the other side of the world, always wanting to experience life to the fullest and get away from my little hometown.”
Dom spent the first three months traveling along the east coast of Australia making great memories and new friends.
“Like any 18-year-old girl, I spent a lot of money partying and going out,” she recalls.
The traveler was shocked when, after spending three months in the country, her money dwindled to just $300.
But Dom revealed that her luck soon changed as she landed a job off Facebook that offered her $30 an hour and a free hotel stay.
“I knew how much opportunity Australia would have provided,” she said.
“After a few months of living in luxury, I decided to take a night bus and travel ten hours away from the city so I could complete my farm work and get my visa extension.”
Doom spent six weeks working on a vineyard to earn minimum wage.
I couldn’t save any money at that time because I had to pay for the hostel and transportation to and from work.
Musafir then began working 60 hours a week on a solar farm for the next five months as her employer covered her food and accommodation.
“This was the greatest opportunity I’ve had – I’ve saved $30,000 in a very short time.”
Dom revealed that she has traveled all over Australia and Indonesia without worrying about money.
“I started doing work assignments where I would work for three months and spend the next period traveling.”
It really blew me away, because I didn’t pursue my studies and never planned to stay in Australia for longer than 12 months.
“Australia is full of so many opportunities and you don’t need a lot of money to start with.”
Dom really encourages those who can put their lives on hold and work in remote areas.
A British backpacker talks about her financial secrets and how working in rural Australia gave her a future
Many were shocked by Dom’s life and how successful she was.
‘You work so hard!’ One woman said, “You should be proud of your life.” “That’s really cool—the rest of us work so hard five days a week and why?”
“I’m crying, I’m so happy for a stranger.”
“This is very inspiring.”
Others revealed similar stories from their lives.
I did something similar with my partner in their 20’s. We were able to save nearly $140,000 between us in two years. We are set for life.
“I bought a house with the money I earned and sold it for a double!”
But some weren’t impressed.
“Yes, I voluntarily shoved my early twenties on a remote island,” one man wrote sarcastically.
“This is very unrealistic and will never work.”
In a video posted to TikTok, a French backpacker (pictured) wondered how poor Australians could be after he saved $15,000 in just three months of agricultural work in Western Australia
But Dom is not the only foreigner who managed to make quick money after traveling to Australia.
The French backpacker, who claimed to have saved $15,000 in just three months while working on a farm, has recently bothered some Australians by wondering how poor people can be in the country.
The man claimed to earn more while working a 50-hour week at minimum wage – picking cherries and ‘cutting down trees’ on a farm in Western Australia – than he did as a professional marketer with a postgraduate degree in Europe.
“So here’s my question, how can you be poor in Australia?” He said in a video posted on Tik Tok.
“My salary is the minimum that you can pay you here in Australia,” he said.
The minimum wage in Australia is $21.38 an hour with a 25 per cent load to $26.73 an hour for casual work.
“I’m probably doing 50 hours a week… I’m trying to make a lot of money,” he continued. “And in three months, I might have $15,000 in my savings.”
In the comments section, he details what he has to pay for.
“I pay rent, I pay electricity and gas, and I have a car,” he wrote. “The truth is, I don’t spend my money on beer and cigarettes.”
French said he had a “****y” job running fruit pickers and felling trees 50 hours a week for minimal wages, but still made money.
The video sparked a strong reaction online with some Australians praising the man for his work ethic while others thought he was “a bit off the hook”.
“Well done, I hope you make a lot of money, we need hard working people here,” one user wrote.
“As an Aussie who doesn’t give my best, this was a good kick in the ass. Really appreciate hearing this,” one wrote.
But others were quick to point out the huge difference between living and working on a farm and doing the same in the city.
“Come to Sydney, these (savings) will last 2 weeks,” one user wrote.
Someone wrote: “When you make $960 a week, rent $540, gas $80, food $200, electricity, etc. It’s not easy.”
When you pay your rent/bills in full, you may realize why, my friend. Good for you for working hard, but living on a farm is so cheap, I say,” wrote a third.
A young Australian woman earns $500 a day working on a farm
Kirasie Tate, from Sydney, has moved to Orange to work with her father who is a full time professional fruit picker.
“I’ve been to beautiful regional towns across the East Coast that I wouldn’t normally go to,” she told FEMAIL.
“While it’s certainly not a glamorous job—you work long days and camp with shared facilities—there are upsides.”
Tate has also been to places such as Gayndah in the Queensland country, and Huonville and Richmond in Tasmania for her work.
The 23-year-old revealed that the process of picking the fruit is arduous – workers have to use scissors to carefully cut the fruit from the stem and then put it in their bags which go on to fill the crates.
Fruit pickers must also be especially careful not to bruise or damage the fruit in the process.
But the part-time fruit picker revealed that certain parts of the work are less than ideal, citing an example in which she woke up with a green tree frog stuck to her cheek.
Farm work is often very risky because it depends on good weather.
Read more: Meet the young Australian, 23, who traded the city for the country’s ‘nomadic’ fruit-picking life – but still made $500 a day
Kirasie Tate (pictured), from Sydney, has moved to Orange to work with her father who is a full time professional fruit picker