English backpackers Ben Stevenson and Amy Coad are enjoying a working holiday on the Sunshine Coast.
English backpackers Ben Stevenson and Amy Coad are enjoying a working holiday on the Sunshine Coast. Brett Wortman

Sun and surf lure backpackers

WORKING Holiday Visas have lured overseas backpackers to the Sunshine Coast, despite the rising Australian dollar and increasing competition from other destinations, according to the Discover: Backpackers Uncovered 2011 survey.

Ben Stevenson from Kent, England has had visiting Australia on his bucket list for the last nine months – but he can finally cross it off, arriving on April 27.

The 24-year-old applied for a WHV and is now earning some sweet cash while strawberry picking on the Sunshine Coast.

“I’ll probably work three months fruit picking,” he said.

“I like it (as) it’s flexible (and) it allows me to travel and work.”

Ben, who is planning to stay here for a year, said Australia seemed “more Americanised” than he thought it would be.

What the survey says:

  • Indicators show backpackers are likely to return to and recommend Australia.
  • Friends and family are a key influence on why backpackers come to Australia.
  • Most backpackers are 18-24 years old.


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