Fruit Picking Jobs Australia

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Fruit picking is an awesome way for backpackers to earn extra cash during their trip when travelling in the countryside of Australia. There are many backpackers using fruit picking jobs as a way of funding their trip, meanwhile they enjoy the stunning nature of Australia!

Seasonal work in regional Australia is a way to extend your Australian Working Holiday Visa for a second year, which is an amazing opportunity to expand your visit for a little longer!

The Seasonal work has to be for a minimum of three months. The Australian government is quite strict about the definitions of both seasonal work and regional Australia. So make sure you check everything here before you start your job as fruit picker.

The fruit picking season in Australia can often differ due to changes in weather patterns and temperatures. However, the picking season usually starts in December and finishes in May. Fruit picking requires physically hard labour, it is therefore important that you are pretty fit and healthy! Make sure you’re prepared for spending all day outside, most of the time in the burning sun – sunscreen and a hat for protection against the sun are essentials. Drinking enough water is very important as well.

Wages

Obviously, you want to do fruit picking in order to stay longer in Australia, or to earn some money and enjoy the Australian countryside. What you get paid, is also important to know… As a fruit picker, you can be paid in two different ways; either per hour or for the amount of fruit you pick. The wages are based on the Australia Standard wage rate for casual farm work. Minimum wage for harvest work in Australia is AUD$21.6 per hour. So if you are a good and enthusiastic fruit picker, and get paid for the amount of fruit you pick – you will probably earn a little better than average!

Doing Fruit Picking work in New Zealand is also a way to extend the NZ working holiday Visa.

Locations and times

When & where to go for fruit picking jobs Australia
Before you are going to look for a fruit picking job, it would be useful to determine where you would like to go to. There are many possibilities of different fruit picking jobs as Australia is a huge country with numerous different landscapes and weather conditions.

Queensland

fruit picking jobs australia - bananasQueensland grows 1/3 of the nation’s fruit and vegetables. Farmers hire migrant workers, fruit & vegetables pickers and other (experienced) farmhands. Farm work varies across the Queensland region – the farmers grow sugar cane, beans, seasonal fruits and vegetables, also cattle, cotton and wool.

In Tully they grow many bananas. Tully is located 180 kilometres south of Cairns and is known for being the wettest place in Australia, receiving an average of 4134 mm of rain per year. In the Tully area there are lots of beautiful beach towns such as Mission Beach and Bingal Bay. The Tully River is also famous among people who are crazy about rafting!

From Stanthorpe in the south to the Atherton Tablelands in the far North; more than 120 types of fruit and vegetable are picked and packed in the state every year all year round so new and motivated workers are needed to fill a variety of fruit picking and harvest jobs.

HarvestCropLocation
Feb – MarPears / ApplesStanthorpe
Feb – AprRock MelonSt George
Feb – AprGingerSunshine Coast
Mar – DecVegetablesBundaberg
Apr – JunCitrusMundubbera
Apr – OctVariousLockyer Valley
Apr – NovBeansMary Valley
Apr – DecVegetables / TomatoesBowen / Ayr
May – OctBroccoliToowoomba
May – DecSugar CaneAyr / Ingham / Innisfail
Jul – SepGingerSunshine Coast
Jul – DecOnionsLockyer Valley
Nov – FebMangoes / Lychees / Avocados / BananasMareeba
Nov – JanPlumsStanthorpe
Nov – JanCottonGoodiwindi / St George
Oct – JanPeachesStanthorpe
Nov – MarCottonToowoomba / Milleran
Dec – JanBananas / SugarInnisfail / Tully
Dec – MarVariousStanthorpe

New South Wales

fruit picking australiaNew South Wales is one of best places to find seasonal farm jobs in Australia. The main produce in New South Wales include sheep, cattle, pigs, hay, apples, cherries, pears, legumes, maize, nuts, wool, wheat, and rice. Farmhands, migrant workers, fruit pickers, and vegetable pickers may all find work across New South Wales in fields and on ranches. November to April is the busiest harvest period which peaks in February. However, the harvest differs per crop.

For example – Griffith is a thriving agricultural and industrial city boasting the third largest population in the Riverina region and many well regarded wineries. Next to grape picking it’s also possible to do orange picking or onion picking at different times of the year. Griffith is located approximately 600 kilometres west of Sydney. This country town is well known for its food, wine and festivals.

HarvestCropLocation
Jan – MarStonefruitYoung
Feb – MarPrunesYoung
Feb – MarPearsOrange
Feb – MarGrapesLeeton / Hunter Valley
Feb – AprApplesOrange
Mar – AprGrapesTumbarumba
Mar – MayApplesBatlow
Mar – JunCotton PickingNarrabri / Mooree
Sep – OctAsparagusGundagai
Sep – DecAsparagusCowra
Sep – AprOrangesGriffith
Nov – DecCherriesYoung / Orange
Nov – AprOrangesLecton
Dec – JanOnionsGriffith
Dec – MarStone FruitTumut / Batlow
Dec – AprBlueberriesTumbarumba

Victoria

fruit picking seasons australia - tomatoesNovember to April (peaking in February) is the main season for fruit and vegetable picking jobs in Victoria. There is plenty of work in the central northern areas around Shepparton. The Murray River area is also a great area to look for work; places such as Mildura and Swan Hill often require fruit picking / harvest workers. Main harvests in these areas include orchard fruits, tomatoes, tobacco, grapes and soft fruits.

Fruit picking in Cobram – “Cobram is a large fruit growing area situated on the Murray River just 250 kilometres north of Melbourne. This region is well known for its irrigated fruit and dairy with large areas of stone fruit varieties. The small farm area expanded after WWII , when a significant number of Italian immigrants arrived and established themselves in the farming community.” – http://workstay.com.au/fruit-picking-cobram-victoria

Fruit picking Yarra Valley in Victoria – “This valley is about 40 kilometres north east of Melbourne. A large variety of cool climate crops have traditionally been grown in the Valley and there are more than 80 vineyards and wineries in the Valley with many different selections of wines.” http://jobsearch.gov.au/

HarvestCropLocation
Jan – AprTomatoesArdmona / Shepparton / Rochester
Jan – AprPears / Peaches / ApplesArdmona / Shepparton / Cobram
Jan – AprTobaccoOvens / King & Kiewa Valleys
Feb – MarGrapesLake Boga / Swan Hill / Nyah West
Feb – AprGrapesOvens / King & Kiewa Valleys
Mar – AprApplesBuckland Valley / Stanley / Wandilong / Red Hill / Main Range
Sep – NovAsparagusDalmore
Oct – DecStrawberriesSilvan
Nov – FebCherriesBoweya / Glenrowan / Wagandary
Nov – FebCherries / BerriesWandin / Silvan
Nov – DecTomato WeedingEchuca / Rochester

Tasmania

fruit picking season australiaTasmania is all about apples. It grows almost a fifth of the apples in Australia, approximately 55,000 tonnes every year. The main areas are in the Huon district South of Hobart. Tasmania has a relatively short fruit picking season, generally from December to the end of May, fruit picking and harvest jobs are available all around Tasmania. As well as picking apples there are also pears, stone fruits, hops, grapes, berries and much more.

HarvestCropLocation
Jan – FebScallop SplittingBicheno
Feb – AprGrapesHuon / Tamar Valley
Mar – AprHopsScottsdale / New Norfolk / Devenport
Mar – MayApplesHunter Valley / Tasman Peninsula / West Tamar
Dec – JanSoft FruitChannel District / Huon / Kingborough / Derwent Valley

South Australia

fruit picking australia strawberriesSouth Australia offers fruit and vegetable picking jobs all year around e.g. picking citrus and soft fruits such as raspberries and strawberries around the Riverland area. February to April work is available around The Barossa Valley picking and packing the grapes.

HarvestCropLocation
Jan – MarDried FruitsRiverland
Feb – AprGrapes & PeachesRiverland
Feb – AprGrapesSouthern Vales / Barossa Valley
Feb – AprApples & PearsAdelaide Hills
Feb – AugBrussel SproutsAdelaide Hills
Jun – AugOrangesRiverland
Jun – SepPruningRiverland
Sep – JanOrangesRiverland
Oct – FebStrawberriesAdelaide Hills
Dec – FebApricotsRiverland

Western Australia

fruit picking australia - zucchiniFruit picking and harvest jobs are available in the Southwest of the state. From October to June you can harvest grapes and orchard fruits. March to November there is also fishing and processing work available for crayfish, prawns and scallops between Fremantle and Carnarvon. From May to October head northeast, around Kununurra for harvest jobs and fruit picking.

HarvestCropLocation
Jan – MarGrapesMargaret River / Swan Valley / Mt Barker
Mar – MayApples & PearsPemberton / Donnybrook / Manjimup
Mar – OctPrawning & ScallopingCarnavon
May – SepZucchini & Rock MelonsKununurra
Apr – NovMelonsCoorow
Jun – DecMelons & TomatoesCarnavon
Jul – AugBananasKununurra
Jul – DecWildflowersCoorow / Muchea
Oct – JanMangoesKununurra
Nov – JunRock LobsterFremantle / Kalbarri / Dongara / Geraldton / Broome
All YearFishingBroome

Northern Territory

fruit picking seasons australia - mangoesMay to October picking melons around Katherine and Darwin is popular. From October to November head to Katherine and Darwin for mango picking and packing jobs as well as citrus and bananas which are grown all year around there.

HarvestCropLocation
Mar – OctMelonsKatharine / Darwin
Oct – NovMangoesKatharine / Darwin
All YearCitrus / BananasKatharine / Darwin
All YearAsian Vegetables & Cutting FlowersDarwin
Information from: http://www.fruitpicking.org/fruit-picking-essentials/crops-calendar
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    • Elizabeth

      Hi Adeniji,
      Thank you for your message. It sounds you have excellent experience. Are you already in Australia? If not, have you applied for a working visa for Australia?

  • Hassan (Paolo)

    I can do any kind of the Seasonal work in any Australian region during the months (Jul – Aug).

    Thanks for the attention

  • Hassan (Paolo)

    I am Italian; I live in Rome. I’d like do the experience for the seasonal work in any Australian region.

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  • Hassan (Paolo)

    I am italian, I live in Rome. I’d like do the experience for any kind of the seasonal work in any Australian region during the months (July _ August).

    Thanks for the attention

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Paolo,
      Thank you for your message. Are you in Australia at the moment or still in Rome? For us to be able to assist you you will need to have a valid working visa. For more information on this please see the below link;
      http://www.jobsearchoz-whm417-1.lnk.visafirst.com/

  • david chikoore

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  • samson DEKA

    Hello, I am Samson DEKA, an Accounting and Management student who will complete my degree in December. I am trilled to spend holiday in Australia by working in the farms. I am in fine physical health and hard labour would not be a problem at all. Therefore kind assistance in finding a seasonal farm work in Australia would be much appreciable. Sincerely, S DEKA

  • Rana Sameer

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      • Elizabeth

        Hey Rana,
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  • eliash gideon

    Sir, can I get jobs for 2 years.

    • Elizabeth

      Hey Eliash, thanks for your message. Are you already located in Australia? What kind of visa do you have? Feel free to fill out our inquiry form and one of our staff will be in touche with you shortly.

  • Laura king

    Hi, my name is Laura King and I am currently traveling Australia with my boyfriend. We are very keen to start farm work ASAP to get our second year working visa and are willing to travel anywhere for work and work any hours available. Please get back to me if you have any available positions for this job!

    • Elizabeth

      Hey Laura,
      Thanks for your message. Where are you currently located? Can you please fill out our inquiry form and someone will be in touch with you shortly.

  • Jolame Daurua

    Hello I’m Joe how to join for work .

  • Luisa Silimaibau

    Bula
    I am interested in fruit picking on a seasonal basis…..could you please advise how to go about it??… What are the requirements?and how fo we apply??
    Appreciate your kind reply
    Thank
    Luisa

    • Gareth

      It depends on what country you are from and how old you are. Look at the Australian government immigration website for basic details, then contact the Australian embassy in your country, or a registered migration agent.

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  • Ajit Shankar

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  • Epeli Saukuru

    September to January season. Oranges, picking at River land, South Australia. Need assistance to be recruited asap…!Will someone help? Vinaka!!!

    • Christina Tampubolon

      I’m seriously be fruit pickers for 3-6 months. But it’s important for me to know it’s posible to work there as tourist visa holder? RSVP at: [email protected]

    • Olive Angel

      Can I be your assistance.How can I do ?

      • Epeli Saukuru

        Bula Olive Angel. True it’s after 2 months now since I posted mt request to be assisted for fruit picking jobs in Australia.

        I need to be assisted in the “arrangements” of a fruit picking job with an employer in Aussie.
        Please find out if you are able to help in this.
        Sorry for the long delays but thank you for responding kindly.
        Hoping to hear from you soon mam. Vinaka.

    • Hoi Kit Fai

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      • Gervasius Gervasius

        Please help me, am also interesting in fruit picking job. I am a Namibian guy living in Namibia please give me clue on how to apply this job. My contact email:[email protected]

  • Miguel Tolentino

    I’m a Filipino.. I’m very much interested for that job.. I’m 43 years of age.. A farmer here in my country.. Can I avail for that position?

    • Gareth

      No. There is no working holiday visa for Philippine citizens. To work in Australia you would have to apply for the skilled migrant visa or something similar. These visas are much harder to get than working holiday visas. Contact the Australian embassy in your country, or a certified migration agent for more details.

  • Nichola Timo

    I am interested in fruit picking on a seasonal basis
    Could you please advise how to go about it??

  • Alyssa Cooray

    Im Sri Nankan, and im interesting to work your farm. Then could you please tell me can i apply for a job

  • Sandi

    Hi I’m Sandixing from Indonesia. I’m really interested to work abroad especially in Australia.
    Please help me what should I do to apply for a job?

  • Luke Kombati Jacob

    I am a Papua New Guinean and am very interested in working in Australia as a Seasonal Worker. Please, help me find a job there.

  • Yani Yane

    I am interested to work as fruit picking worker. Been applying this job recently with an agent from malaysia. Have to wait for her feedback. Is there any easy way for me to apply and start working as fruit picking in Australia? Anyone please do assist me. Thanks.

    • Gareth

      You don’t need to use an agent, just ask the Australian embassy in Malaysia.

      If you are a citizen of Malaysia just get at 462 visa. It costs AUS$440 and takes a month to process. You also need $5000 in the bank (to prove you can afford a flight back home). You may also need to take a health check. And you need to be between 18 and 30 years old.

      Once you are in Australia, find work on the internet. The Australian government has several websites to help people find fruit picking work. Most work is in small towns with no public transport, so you will need a car to get there. Make sure you go with friends: country Australia can be VERY dangerous for people traveling alone.

      In the town there will usually be backpacker hotels. These will help you find work. Many will also have small buses to take backpackers to and from work.

      • Yani Yane

        Hi Gareth. Thank you for you info..wow, didnt realize that so much thing and budget used just to work in Australia.

  • Zak Kunce

    Hi I’m Zak from Manchester/England, I’m arriving in Australia/Brisbane 28th October and like many, I’m in the same boat as others. I’m looking for work as a fruit picker as well as looking to travel, is anyone up for renting a car over there to travel & share accommodation and have a buddle of laughs as we go? If so hit me up @ [email protected].. I’m looking for an employer to work for my second years visa! 😆

  • RV RV

    Hi i would like to join as a fruit picker. What do i need to do. I am from india.

    • Morgan Magari

      Hi,magari and I’m interested in fruit picking,papua new guinea

  • Adhikari Shovit

    I am interested to work as fruit picking worker. Been applying this job.iam from nepal but now am working malaysia before 2 yrs ago contineu . Have to wait for her feedback. Is there any easy way for me to apply and start working as fruit picking in Australia? Anyone please do assist me. Thanks

  • MD Hasan

    Hi i am hasan from Bangladesh but i live now kuwait, I also like fruit picking job.i interest but i no need to much salary if you help me getting visa to entering Australia. please tell me your requirement. i have also doing store kipper job and this my gmail add [email protected]m