THE first person is set to fly to Australia under the SA Tourism Commission's £10 Flight campaign and aims to find farm work in SA.
Irish backpacker Niamh Mulkerrins is getting ready to head down under, just weeks after the announcement of the program, which aims to attract working holidaymakers to start their adventure in Adelaide and regional SA.
More than 16,000 people in the UK and Ireland registered their interest in buying one of the 200 £10 return tickets to Adelaide, with the flights selling out in under five minutes.
Ms Mulkerrins is departing Dublin today and will be joined by ten other young travellers in June.
"I'm so excited to be the first of the 200 £10 flyers to depart and can't wait to arrive in Adelaide on Tuesday evening," she said.
"I'm already thinking I'd like to extend my Working Holiday Visa, staying on for a second year.
"To do this I need to do 88 days seasonal work in regional Australia so I'm planning on finding farm work in SA.
"I've been working in insurance for the last seven years in Ireland so I'm seriously ready for a new adventure."
The SA Tourism Commission are extending the deal due to the success of the program, with £499 return airfares being offered to those Working Holiday Visa holders who were not successful in the £10 campaign.
Tourism Minister Zoe Bettison said she couldn't wait to welcome the £10 flyers.
"Adelaide is Australia's most liveable city and ranked the third most liveable city in the world, and we know the backpackers will love our small bar scene, beaches, national parks and wineries," she said.
"When they leave the city and its surrounds to explore regional SA, they'll have an incredible time working on outback stations, in country pubs, on oyster farms and on conservation projects.
"We have a range of exciting jobs on offer across the state which will earn them a great salary which they can use to fund travel experiences which will stay with them forever."
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