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fruit picking jobs australia - bananasFruit 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.

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 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.
fruit picking australiaHarvest Crop Location
Feb – Mar Pears / Apples Stanthorpe
Feb – Apr Rock Melon St George
Ginger Sunshine Coast
Mar – Dec Vegetables Bundaberg
Apr – Jun Citrus Mundubbera
Apr – Oct Various Lockyer Valley
Apr – Nov Beans Mary Valley
Apr – Dec Vegetables / Tomatoes Bowen / Ayr
May – Oct Broccoli Toowoomba
May – Dec Sugar Cane Ayr / Ingham / Innisfail
Jul – Sep
Jul – Dec Onions
Nov – Feb Mangoes / Lychees / Avocados / Bananas Mareeba
Nov – Jan Plums
Cotton Goodiwindi / St George
Oct – Jan Peaches
Nov – Mar Toowoomba / Milleran
Dec – Jan Bananas / Sugar Innisfail / Tully
Dec – Mar

New South Wales

New 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.
fruit picking seasons australia - tomatoesHarvest
Jan – Mar Stonefruit Young
Pears Orange
Grapes Leeton / Hunter Valley
Mar – Apr Tumbarumba
Mar – May Batlow
Mar – Jun Cotton Picking Narrabri / Mooree
Sep – Oct Asparagus Gundagai
Sep – Dec Cowra
Sep – Apr Oranges Griffith
Nov – Dec Cherries Young / Orange
Nov – Apr Lecton
Stone Fruit Tumut / Batlow
Dec – Apr Blueberries


November 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.” – 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.” –
Jan – Apr Tomatoes Ardmona / Shepparton / Rochester
Pears / Peaches / Apples Ardmona / Shepparton / Cobram
Tobacco Ovens / King & Kiewa Valleys
Lake Boga / Swan Hill / Nyah West
Buckland Valley / Stanley / Wandilong / Red Hill / Main Range
Sep – Nov Dalmore
Oct – Dec Strawberries Silvan
Boweya / Glenrowan / Wagandary
Cherries / Berries Wandin / Silvan
Tomato Weeding Echuca / Rochester


Tasmania 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.
Jan – Feb Scallop Splitting Bicheno
Huon / Tamar Valley
Hops Scottsdale / New Norfolk / Devenport
Hunter Valley / Tasman Peninsula / West Tamar
Soft Fruit Channel District / Huon / Kingborough / Derwent Valley

South Australia

South 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.
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