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Tourism boosted by international backpackers

International backpackers taking working holidays in outback Australia are helping to bolster tourism in various regions. 

Tourism Research Australia data shows that over 321,000 working holidaymakers spent an average of five to six months in Australia during the 2015-2016 financial year - and one-third of those worked outside the capital cities, ABC News reports. 

Cleaning rooms, cooking food and acting as bar staff in remote parts of Central Australia and the Top End are other examples of work taken on by backpackers keen for a taste of life in the outback. 

The economic contribution international travellers make to the agricultural industry, as well as the tourism industry, has been highlighted by recent debate over the Federal Government's proposed backpacker tax. 

Thomas Leaning - a 24-year-old is a printer from Lincolnshire - told ABC News that he now works on a former cattle station in the Northern Territory that is now a tourist wilderness park, after spending 12 months travelling the world.

He said he applied online for a job at Lorella Springs, a remote 4,000 sq km property along the Gulf of Carpentaria coastline when his money started to run out. 

"I'm just used to getting so much rain and cloud and every day here it's just been bright sunshine," he said.

Fiorella D'Onofrio sought work at the isolated Hell's Gate roadhouse close to the Queensland-Northern Territory border. 

The 25-year-old from Buenos Aires, Argentina chose to spend 12 months on a working holiday in Australia because she wanted to see how people lived outside big cities. 

"We thought it would be like [the] Sahara Desert or something like that with a lot of sand," she remarked.

"But it's really nice - the sunsets in the outback are amazing, so we love it."

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