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Get more out of your travels in Victoria by volunteering. It’s a great way to contribute to the community you are visiting, to interact with locals and to go to places tourists don't normally go.

Volunteering can be very rewarding and may help you achieve some of your career or personal goals. Many students undertake voluntary work in Melbourne and regional Victoria to develop their skills and gain an insight into the workforce as well as to make friends.

Finding volunteer work

Victoria now has a new volunteer information resource to help volunteers. Visit volunteer.vic.gov.au to look for volunteer opportunities in Melbourne and Victoria, and check our list of useful contacts below.

Volunteer work is available in a wide range of sectors. Farm and conservation work is popular with travellers, including schemes such as Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) which offers work on organic farms, and organisations such as Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) which can arrange opportunities with conservation projects.


The visa type you need depends on the organisation you choose. Visitors from some countries do not require visas, and some volunteer programs qualify Working Holiday Visa holders for a visa extension. Be sure to check the visa requirements with your volunteer organisation or with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Qualifications and training

Usually no formal qualifications are needed for volunteering, but certain skills, previous experience and a reasonable level of fitness might be required. Training is usually provided on the job.


Volunteer organisations offer different arrangements for paying for your food and accommodation. For example, WWOOF volunteers work in exchange for board, but when you volunteer your time at CVA, you pay for the cost of your meals and accommodation, just like any other holiday.

Useful contacts

Victoria's Volunteering Portal
Conservation Volunteer Australia (CVA)
Volunteering Australia
Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Seek Volunteer
The Wilderness Society
Willing Workers on Organic Farms (WWOOF) Australia

For more information about volunteering in Victoria, visit volunteeringvictoria.org.au.

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The Standard

This is how things used to be. Have a pint in the public bar, down a steak, or relax with mates in the leafy beer garden.


Windsor Castle

Leave the bustle of Chapel Street for this quirky, beloved bar, where a leafy courtyard and cosy, indoor nooks ensure an escape for all seasons.


Northcote Social Club

Pick up a cold beer, grab a seat on the sunny deck and tuck into a killer counter meal. Bring the kids too, or stay on to catch live music at night.


The Beaufort

If you've just stepped off a fishing boat in search of rum and pickles, this self-proclaimed nautical dive bar in Carlton is the place for you.


The Retreat

Boasting a cosy front bar, massive beer garden and dance hall/band room, The Retreat is cherished by all who pass beneath her faded façade.


The Bridge Hotel

Awake the adventurer within − the revamped Bridge Hotel is a maze of saloons and balconies, with a laneway running right through the middle.


Prince Alfred

Hit the long front bar for an evening of boutique beer sipping or roll out into the busy beer garden tailor-made for afternoons in the sun.


Prahran Hotel

Classic pub fare and an expansive beer garden pair with the striking new building design to ensure this 'reborn' pub remains a well-loved local.


The Grace Darling Hotel

Make yourself cosy at your local away from home, where the ales and gourmet pub fare are reliably comforting and the music is as loud as you like it.


The Evelyn

Discover the best of the Fitzroy pub scene under one roof – comfy sofas and beer garden by day, sticky carpets, crowds and heaving moshpit by night.


The Gem Bar & Dining

Step into the wild west via your local pub and chow down on American classics beneath buffalo skulls, Mexican wrestling masks and Elvis posters.


The Prince

Get royally raucous in the iconic public bar of this St Kilda institution or catch major local and international acts in the bandroom upstairs.