Western Australia is one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world. It’s no surprise that the state produces some of the most dynamic and fresh local food and the best wines in the world. Coupled with our diverse landscapes and tourist attractions, WA has so much to offer job seekers in tourism and hospitality.
Our state is filled with culinary innovation, cultural exploration, and endless opportunities. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a diverse range of roles that suit your interests. Think bartending and waitressing to managing a hotel or running tours.
Currently, there are more than 100,000 people employed in tourism and hospitality in WA. Nearly half are young people under the age of 24, and nearly one-third are international workers.
By choosing a career in WA, you’ll meet people from all walks of life and from across the world. Then when you clock off, you can explore WA’s extraordinary experiences or enjoy our relaxed, laidback lifestyle. Watch the videos below to find out more about what the WA tourism and hospitality industry can offer you.
Travel WA’s world-class hotels like Anneke
Take advantage of WA’s diversity across roles, locations and experiences. The skills you learn from working in the hotel industry are transferrable and can open you up to a world of new experiences.
“I love the adrenaline that you get from a hotel… you never know what’s going to happen.” – Anneke Brown, Tourism & Hospitality Consultant, Hotelier, Perth
Explore our fresh produce as a head chef like Emily
Work with local artisans and growers to source fresh local produce from across the state. Choose from a range of kitchens across fine-dining restaurants and world-class wineries, boutique breweries, distilleries and cafes.
“We’re making everything in-house… it comes all the way through into the kitchen and into the bar.” – Emily Jones, Head Chef at Republic of Fremantle
Take tourists and locals on a walking tour like Michael
Owner operators are the heart and soul of our tourism and hospitality industry. Find your passion for heritage, culture, art, food and drink in local communities across WA.
“These are the things you pay to do… but then you can do it for work, you can get paid to do that!” – Michael Deller, Owner at Fremantle Tours
Bring your energy to tour guiding like Rhys
As a tour guide, you’ll help to sell the beauty of Western Australia by helping turn every guest into an avid advocate who can’t stop talking about their experience with others.
“If you want to work at a place where it seems like you’re on holiday all day, tourism and tour guiding is where it’s at.” – Rhys Speyer, Tour Guide at Matagarup Zip+Climb, Perth
Work in a brewery by the water like Alexis
Follow the sun like Alexis from France, and work and travel across Western Australia. Take advantage of Perth’s beautiful summers, then explore the regions across the seasons.
“Western Australia is so nice. You can work wherever you want, we have a lot of job opportunities now.” – Alexis Mazroui, Working Holiday Maker at Gage Roads Brewing Company, Fremantle
Manage a cafe in a regional paradise like Romina
Follow the sun like Romina from Argentina and work and travel your way north of Perth up Western Australia’s Coral Coast. Our vibrant regional destinations and strong economy means that there are loads of exciting jobs in tourism and hospitality, from tour guides to hotel duty managers, deck hands to bartenders, or marketing and content creators (and more). Enjoy the ultimate work life balance, combining your work day with a hike in the gorges or a snorkel over the reef.
JOIN WA’S TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY COMMUNITY
SPOTLIGHT ON: RYAN ZAKNICH
Meet the co-founder and operator of the multiple gold-award-winning walking tour company, Two Feet & a Heartbeat, who’s now powering Perth’s newest adrenalin adventure. Ryan is heading up the team that’s leading the climb up Matagarup Bridge climb and zipping Perth’s longest zipline – the 75km/hr flying fox ride over the Swan River.
SPOTLIGHT ON: PAUL ‘YODA’ ISKOV
Roaming chef Paul can probably claim to have cooked in more places than any other chef in WA. From the highly acclaimed kitchens of Amuse, Vue De Monde, D.O.M, COI, Pujol and Noma in his early career.
SPOTLIGHT ON: JAKE CURNOW
Heading up Front of House at Perth’s best sports entertainment venue and burger joint, Jake loves nothing more than making everyone’s Varsity experience one-of-a-kind-five-star-incredible. He lives and breathes the brand values that gave him and his mates one of the best nights of their lives. “We tried the devil wings, which are like the hottest thing on Earth! It was one of the most intense, funny and euphoric experiences.”
SPOTLIGHT ON: ANNEKE BROWN
On her last day in one of her early roles as a travel agent in Sydney, Anneke picked up the latest copy of the Qantas luxury travel brochure featuring Amankila’s iconic three-tiered infinity pool on the cover and said, laughing to her colleagues, “One day, I’m going to work there!” Just two years later she was right there working as reservation manager, and later Global director of training, for Amanresorts.
SPOTLIGHT ON: BRENDAN PRATT
Brendan Pratt’s creative experimentations with regional flavours, textures and cuisines and sheer drive have catapulted him from kitchen hand at a Fremantle golf course to raising the award-winning winery restaurant benchmark in Australia.