A working holiday visa (WHV) is a great way to see the world while saving money to see more of the world. The strength of the Australian dollar and high wages make it possible to travel long after your year is complete. With Asia right next door, you can travel for two to three times the amount of time you spend working. If you plan to see the world, it is a great idea to work/travel Australia, save money and continue traveling afterwards.
It’s also a great way to learn skills that you never even anticipated learning. While in OZ I learned to weld, surf, ride horses, build fences, muster cattle, live at sea, service diesel engines, fix all sorts of things and work farms. I took the outback approach but you can do anything you wish. For example:
A friend of mine lived in Sydney. We visited the Sydney Ballet and he was deeply inspired by the performance. He earned a rigging certificate (rope work for theaters), became deeply involved in the theater scene and now he is a ballroom dancing coach. He also learned excellent Batista skills (Australia has excellent coffee shops).
Other friends of mine learned to be bartenders, fishermen, bakers, chefs among others! This is a great opportunity to find yourself.
While picking apples I was able to make $900 + a week. They were long hard hours (7:00 – 17:00). For one weeks wages I was able to live in Bali w/ my girlfriend for an entire month. In Bali we had a rented scooter, a room overlooking an excellent surf spot (Padang Padang in Bali), surfboard rental, ate out 2-4 times a day and generally did whatever we wanted.