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Work & Play in Cairns

Earn money while you holiday.

Work & Play in Paradise

Work and play in one of the most diverse and beautiful destinations on earth, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef – where summer never ends. With a fun laidback lifestyle, a vibrant nightlife, pristine beaches, unique wildlife and a wide range of inspiring activities to keep even the most adventurous entertained.

Cairns and the wider region including world famous Port Douglas, the Atherton Tablelands, Cape Tribulation, Cooktown & Cape York, the Gulf Savannah & Outback and the Cassowary Coast have a wide variety of jobs available and great value accommodation whether you want to stay for a season or a lifetime.

Josephine Falls waterslide

Work in Paradise

Ready to relocate for work? Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef is calling! Whether you are looking for a gap year or a life change, this is your change to work, live and play in literal paradise.

More info: Work in Paradise
Enquiries: [email protected]


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Seasonal harvest work

In Tropical North Queensland, you’ll find an abundance of farms producing incredible tropical produce including mangoes, bananas, lychees and more.

Find seasonal farm work on the Australian Government’s Harvest Jobs hub.

Harvest Trails

Study in Cairns

Want to up-skill in paradise? Study Cairns has everything you need to know.

Study Cairns

If you are planning on moving to Cairns to live and work, check out the Choose Cairns website

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Camper Deals

Live, travel and work in Tropical North Queensland in a JUCY camper.

JUCY Crib: Hire $299 per week

JUCY Champ: Hire $349 per week

Find out more

Where to stay

Accommodation in Cairns.


The Australians that moved to Cairns and Tropical North Queensland for work share their stories.

Ben’s Story

After finishing his studies in Brisbane, Ben was craving a tropical lifestyle, so he made the move to Cairns. He now works as a dive instructor on the Great Barrier Reef with Diver’s Den.

Renee’s Story

Renee and her husband hated the cold, so they decided to move to Port Douglas, where it barely tapers below 20 degrees. When Renee isn’t taking care of giant crocodiles, she’s taste-testing all of the local restaurants.

Nao’s Story

Nao moved from Japan to Cairns and is loving the warm weather and outdoor adventure lifestyle. This adrenaline junkie works as the social media manager at Banora International Group.

Hunter’s Story

Zookeeper hunter craved a lifestyle change and moved to Port Douglas from central Victoria. When he’s not working at Wildlife Habitat, he enjoys four wheel driving on the many 4WD tracks in the area.

Mex’s Story

Mex works as a dive instructor at Cairns Aquarium. He’s made many friends in Cairns and has a thriving social life.

Jacob’s Story

Jacob swapped his office job in Melbourne for white water rafting in the tropics. As well as enjoying the warm weather, he’s also impressed by Cairns’ thriving brewery culture.


There are so many ways you can play in Tropical North Queensland.

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Hit the famous waterfall circuit, uncover those lesser known or stretch a little further and take a dip in Australia’s widest, single-drop waterfall on the Atherton Tablelands.

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Are your campsites better described as camp palaces, or do you just roll with the bare essentials? Whether you’re at one end of the spectrum or the other, lace up your hiking shoes, load up your 4WD (or hatchback) and string your fairy lights around these camping sites near Cairns.

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Book now and save $100 on tours

Are you visiting Tropical North Queensland soon? Take advantage of our Tropical Dollars and get $100 off tours and experiences* when you book through Experience Oz! Use code TNQ100

*Min spend $200. T&C’s apply. Travel by 21 June 2024.