FARM JOBS IN AUSTRALIA

Picking And Packing in Australia

I really liked working on farms during my trip to Australia, even if it wasn’t easy every day… That’s true, that picking and packing fruits require physically hard effort but I generally got used to it pretty quick! It’s also a really good way to quickly earn a lot of money if you can motivate yourself. Make sure to learn that!

Working outside, enjoying the good weather, the landscapes, and eating the delicious fruits, that’s all the reasons, I enjoyed picking fruits.

I worked in different places and picked blueberries, grapes, peaches, oranges, and mandarins. Here you will find some tips and general information about fruits harvesting in Australia.

Blueberries

IMG_4488

I picked blueberries for 2 months. I got pay per kilos (usually low payment) but it was still worth it. I was pretty slow, I took my time, did some breaks and I was earning between 100 and 150 dollars per day (around 5 to 6hours a day). Some people did earn 400 dollars per day (Asian people crushed it, so impressive)!

TIPS for picking: Make sure to fix 2 buckets with a belt, not with a string on your waist, to make sure the buckets don’t move too much. Generally, the company gives you the buckets and the string (as I said don’t fucking use this string!!).

Then, put your hands under a cluster and barely tap the blueberries with your thumbs to pick them, pick only with your thumbs. Put the blueberries in the first bucket and empty it in the tray and do it again!

Ah yes, one more thing, we are not wearing gloves while picking the blueberries to preserve the white powder on them. So be ready to have plenty of spiders and insects on you! Uhhhh!!

Grapes

IMG_4490

Depending on the farm, but generally, when they pay you per bucket (low rates), it’s not worth doing it!

I was sometimes earning 5 to 6 dollars per hour!! I just did it for few days while looking for new jobs to be able to pay my rent!

If the farm is paying you per hour, definitely go for it!! The grapes bushes are on the same level than your hands so that make them really easy to pick. No bending over or reaching to not reachable branches! You just have to cut the stem with a clipper and put the grapes in your bucket! Easy!

Oranges and mandarins

IMG_4487

To pick citrus, you need to carry a bag which can be pretty heavy when it’s full. Generally, you can borrow one at the farm you work for.

The trees are high, so you need to use a ladder and a clipper to cut the stem of the fruits. Sometimes you can twist the oranges to pick them but the risk is to hurt the fruit.

I didn’t like picking oranges and mandarins. It was too hard for me because of the heavy ladder that you have to carry and of climbing all the time up and down… I’m a bit clumsy, I even would say completely clumsy!!!

Concerning the payment, generally, picking citrus is payed per bin. The rate isn’t really good but it will pay the bills sometimes!

Peaches

IMG_4489

I was getting pay per hour. Unfortunately, it was the end of the season; so I was working only a few days. Picking peaches is so easy, honestly! You only need to twist the fruit to pick it!

You also carry a bag, smaller than the bags for picking citrus which make the job easier. The only problem with picking peaches is that it makes your skin feels really itchy! So the most important advice for you, wear long sleeves, gloves and don’t touch your face while working 😉

Packing Shed

For me, packing fruits is one of the best ways to earn quickly a lot of money. I give to you only 2 tips:

  • Leave your brain at home
  • Have a goal and give everything to reach it!

IMG_4484

 

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT PICKING FRUITS

If you are traveling in Australia with a Working Holiday Visa, an easy way to extend it for the second year is to work 88 days (mostly farms which are signing you these days).

Here, you will find some information about the farm jobs in Australia with the types of fruits/veggies and the periods. Notice that with the climate change, the periods can also vary. 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

HARVEST

FRUITS-VEGGIES

LOCATION

January – March

Dried Fruits, potatoes, corn…

Riverland

February – April

Grapes, Peaches

Riverland, Southern Vales, Barossa Valley

February– August

Apples, Pears, Brussels Sprout

Adelaide Hills

April- September

Citrus

Riverland

October – February

Strawberries

Adelaide Hills

TASMANIA

HARVEST

FRUITS-VEGGIES

LOCATION

February – April

Grapes

Huon, Tamar Valley

March – April

Hops

Scottsdale, New Norfolk, Devonport

March – May

Apples

Devonport, Hunter Valley, Tasman Peninsula, West Tamar

December – January

Soft Fruits

Channel District, Huon, Kingborough, Derwent Valley

December – February

Blueberries

Burnie

December – April

Strawberries, Raspberries

Devonport

QUEENSLAND

HARVEST

FRUITS-VEGGIES

LOCATION

January – April

Pears, Apples, Grapes, Tomatoes

Stanthorpe

February – April

Rockmelons

St George

February – April &

July- September

Ginger

Sunshine Coast

January – December

Sweet potatoes, avocados, tomatoes, citrus, zucchinis, capsicums…

Bundaberg

April – June

Citrus

Mundubbera

April – December

Broccoli, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, pumpkins, corn…

Lockyer Valley

April – November

Beans

Mary Valley

April – December

Tomatoes, various vegetables

Bowen, Ayr

May – October

Broccoli

Toowoomba

April – December

Tomatoes, various vegetables

Bowen, Ayr

May – October

Broccoli

Toowoomba

May – December

Sugar Cane

Ayr, Ingham, Innisfail

November – February

Avocados, Bananas, Mangoes, Lychees…

Mareeba

October – January

Plums, Peaches

Stanthorpe

November – January

Cotton

Goodiwindi, St George

November – March

Cotton

Toowoomba, Milleran

December – January

Bananas, Sugar Canes

Innisfail, Tully

 

NEW SOUTH WALES

HARVEST

FRUITS-VEGGIES

LOCATION

January – March

Stonefruits, prunes

Young

February – April

Pears, Apples

Orange

February – March

Grapes

Leeton, Hunter Valley

March – May

Apples

Batlow

March – June

Cotton

Narrabri, Mooree

September – December

Asparagus

Cowra, Gundagai

September – April

Oranges

Griffith

October – November

Blueberries

Corindi

November – December

Cherries

Young, Orange

November – April

Oranges

Leeton

December – January

Onions

Griffith

December – March

Stone Fruit

Tumut, Batlow

December – April

March – April

Blueberries

Grapes

Tumbarumba

VICTORIA

HARVEST

FRUITS-VEGGIES

LOCATION

January – April

Pears, Peaches, Apples, Tomatoes

Cobram, Ardmona, Shepparton, Rochester

February – April

Grapes

Lake Boga, Swan Hill, Nyah West, Ovens, King & Kiewa Valleys

March – April

Apples

Buckland Valley, Stanley, Wandilong, Red Hill, Main Range

September – November

Asparagus

Dalmore

October – December

Strawberries

Silvan

November – February

Cherries, Berries

Boweya, Glenrowan, Wagandary, Wandin, Silvan

November – December

Tomatoes

Echuca, Rochester

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

HARVEST

FRUITS-VEGGIES

LOCATION

January – March

Grapes

Margaret River, Swan Valley, Mt Barker

March – May

Apples, Pears

Pemberton, Donnybrook, Manjimup

May – September

Zucchini, Rockmelons, Bananas

Kununurra

April – December

Melons, Wildflowers

Coorow, Muchea

June – December

Melons, Tomatoes

Carnavon

October – January

Mangoes

Kununurra

NORTHERN TERRITORY

HARVEST

FRUITS-VEGGIES

LOCATION

September – November

Bananas, Flowers, Mangoes, Melons, Vegetables

Darwin

October – December

Mangoes, Citrus, Melons, Vegetables

Katherine

November – December

Grapes

Ti Tree

Source: fruitpickingjobs.com

Have you experienced Farm Jobs from the list above? Share your tips with us!

We would love to hear from you.


The best way to get in touch with us is by e-mail. Feel free to drop us a mail through the contact form — We reply to every e-mail we receive.

You can also find us online on Facebook, Youtube, and Instagram.


Amandine

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s