Fruit Picking Jobs

Fruit picking jobs and harvest work is carried out on farms throughout Australia. These are usually in remote locations, so don't expect a lot of nightlife or attractions during your time fruit picking. There’s likely to be a few basic shops and a pub or hotel a short drive away. Because fruit picking jobs are so remote, you're likely to need your own transport to get around. Most fruit picking jobs will come with the option to live on-site so you are close to work, but your pay will be docked to cover the cost of rent. Luckily, nearly all fruit pickers are backpackers so it’s a great time to meet new people and make new friends. If you’re lucky, you’ll find yourself a great group to pick with that will make working much more fun.

Latest Fruit Picking Jobs

Farm Hand

Ricardoes Tomatoes and Strawberries Port Macquarie NSW, Coffs Harbour

Published: 22nd January 2022

Hi all, we're looking for workers at our strawberry and tomato farm 10 minutes from Port Macquarie, NSW. Work will be... Read more

Harvesting Tonnes Of Oranges!! A Life Altering Experience On Our Family Farm!

Fruitshack LEETON, New South Wales

Published: 21st January 2022

~Harvesting millions of oranges on our family farm. You are paid at piece rate as there are slow pickers and fast... Read more

 

Ginger Pickers Wanted

Avalouen Farms Kenilworth, Sunshine Coast

Published: 20th January 2022

Work near the beautiful town of kenilworth QLD only 40 minutes drive from the pristine beaches of Noosa and the... Read more

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Immediate Start Various Picking And Packing Jobs Second Year Visa Days...

North Bundy Backpackers bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 19th January 2022

!!! Immediate start !!!busy working hostel in bundabergneed people as soon as possible to fill hourly and good... Read more

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Blueberry Pickers Needed - Immediate Start

Moondarra Blueberries Moondarra, VIC, Victoria

Published: 19th January 2022

Moondarra Blueberries are organic blueberry specialists and love growing, eating and selling them. We strive for... Read more

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100/week Bring-your-own Backpackers Special

North Bundy Backpackers Bundaberg, Queensland

Published: 18th January 2022

$100/week Bring-Your-Own Backpackers SpecialBackpacker hostel in Bundaberg looking for backpackers either... Read more

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Tomato Picking - Indoor Work!!!

Tomato Brothers Eumundi, Sunshine Coast

Published: 13th January 2022

Hello everyoneTomato Brothers operate a 2ha Hydroponic Greenhouse on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast just 10... Read more

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Mushroom Pickers

Majestic Mushrooms Pty Ltd MURRUMBATEMAN, Canberra

Published: 10th January 2022

Mushroom Pickers - Indoor harvestingCompany; Majestic Mushrooms Pty LtdStart Date; ImmediatePicking season: All... Read more

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Cherry Pickers

Cherries Tasmania Orchards Old Beach, Tasmania

Published: 5th January 2022

Cherry Pickers wanted - IMMEDIATE STARTCampsites provided at no charge$10/8kg lugLocated only 20 minutes... Read more

Berry Picker Needed

Longford Berries Longford, Tasmania

Published: 27th December 2021

Job DetailsWe are looking for teams of enthusiastic people to take on the role of berry pickers for their... Read more

Fruit Picking!

Sami Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour

Published: 24th December 2021

⚠️*I don’t recruit people currently living oversea* ⚠️WHV welcome!!!Winter session start next week... Read more

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Berry Picker

Jolly Berries Tumbarumba, New South Wales

Published: 22nd December 2021

We are now taking applications for the Ongoing 2021 picking season.The picking season runs from early to Mid... Read more

Casual Berry Farm Worker

Left Field Group Pty Ltd Riana, Tasmania, Tasmania

Published: 17th December 2021

Take a moment to think about what your life would be like if you were working on a farm - surrounded by nature, fresh... Read more

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Fruit Pickers

Pinelodge Energy Fruits Shepparton East, Victoria

Published: 17th December 2021

Hard working reliable team orientated fruit pickers required for a fig farm in Shepparton East Victoria, 10 kms from... Read more

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Farm Workers Wanted For Our Grape Harvest

Fresh Produce Group Red Cliffs, Mildura

Published: 16th December 2021

We are seeking self-motivated and physically fit candidates to fill casual farm positions for our upcoming HARVEST... Read more

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Mangoe Picking And Packing

KF AND PD BURKETT NORTH PLANTATIONS, Western Australia

Published: 15th December 2021

Starting 29th December and going until mid February mangoes are harvested in Carnarvon. We require on our farm 4... Read more

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Fruit Picker/factory Hand

The Figgery Kangaroo Island Stokes bay, Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Published: 13th December 2021

We are a small family business at Stokes bay on the north coast of Kangaroo Island. We are looking for 3 people to... Read more

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Fruit Picking

Aussie Fruits Orchards Kyabram, Victoria

Published: 12th December 2021

Fruit picking available from December until late AprilPicking Apricots, Plums, Apples and PearsWork directly... Read more

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Summer Season Wants Picker For Blueberry In Coffs Harbour

Fantastic D PTY LTD Coffs Harbour

Published: 4th December 2021

Summer season of berry comingBlueberry Farm hiring Picker in Coffs Harbour NSWFollowing is the relevant... Read more

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Picker

Cathedral Cherries Taggerty, Melbourne

Published: 2nd December 2021

If you're looking to get out into the Victorian Countryside for an adventure this summer, make life-long friends and... Read more

Harvest 21 - Citrus Picker

MADEC Harvest Trail Services Robinvale, Victoria

Published: 2nd December 2021

Local farm is seeking the services of Citrus Pickers to work in the Robinvale area. This work is expected to start... Read more

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Fruit Picker

Just Picked Berries and Fruit Yan Yean, Victoria

Published: 2nd December 2021

Our StoryJust Picked Pty Ltd is an owner operated business located on the outskirts of Melbourne – being only 35... Read more

Fruit Picker

Tru-Blu Berries Lymington, Tasmania

Published: 30th November 2021

Job DescriptionWe are seeking Fruit Pickers for our large scale Fruit picking operation in located in the Huon... Read more

Berry Pickers

Three Peaks Organics Holwell, Tasmania

Published: 29th November 2021

Job DescriptionWe are looking for teams of enthusiastic people to take on the role of blueberry pickers for our... Read more

5 X Females & 5 X Males Needed For Farm Shed Work Immediate Start

Innisfail Budget Backpackers Innisfail, Cairns

Published: 25th November 2021

Job DescriptionImmediate start on arrival !Packing / sorting jobs for girls and boys and field work for boys... Read more

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Fruit Picker

Granton Berry Farm Granton, Tasmania

Published: 24th November 2021

Seasonal work is available for fruit pickers from early November to late May annually.We welcome fruit pickers with... Read more

Live In Nanny/tractor Operator

Bundaberg jobs 2020 Bundaberg

Published: 23rd November 2021

Looking for a live in nanny who can help with the kids around the house and also farm work operations mainly drive a... Read more

 

Live On Farm Blueberry Picking

Blueberry Greens Barraganyatti, New South Wales

Published: 23rd November 2021

Blueberry PickersGet 2nd & 3rd year Visas ASAP, in friendly flexible family farm.Blueberry Picking / Packing... Read more

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2021/2022 Berry Pickers

Burlington Berries Cressy, Tasmania

Published: 22nd November 2021

Job No: BB14 Location: CressyAbout Burlington BerriesEstablished in 2012, Burlington Berries is the largest... Read more

2021/2022 Packhouse Workers

Burlington Berries Cressy, Tasmania

Published: 22nd November 2021

Job No: BB13 Location: CressyAbout Burlington BerriesEstablished in 2012, Burlington Berries is the largest... Read more

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Passion Fruit Pickers

EW Exotic Fruits Pty Ltd Murwillumbah and Burringbar, Gold Coast

Published: 22nd November 2021

We are looking for Passion fruit pickers to start now and leading into our busy period, we need to have quite a few... Read more

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Cherry Packing

Nook Cherries Swan Bay, Launceston

Published: 18th November 2021

Several packing shed positions available with Woodmere Packing in newly constructed packing facility in Swan Bay,... Read more

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Apple Farm , Easy Job

AnA Juicy berry Stanthorpe, Queensland

Published: 17th November 2021

Our team needs more workers !!We currently working in Apple farm$26.41 per hour6am to 6pm$300 a day... Read more

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Fruit Picker

Aviemore Farm Gravelly Beach, Tasmania

Published: 10th November 2021

Job Description:We are seeking Fruit Pickers for our large scale Fruit picking operation in Gravelly Beach, TAS.... Read more

Picking Summer Bluberries

Multiple Labour supply Central bucca rd, Coffs Harbour

Published: 1st November 2021

Picking is paid by piece rate. It price is between $3.5~4.5 / kg.(it depends on market price)Work time is about 8am... Read more

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Fruit Picker & Packer

Pinata Farm Wamuran, Queensland

Published: 1st November 2021

Job DescriptionOur farm at Applethorpe, near Stanthorpe in one of Queensland’s coldest regions, was especially... Read more

Friut Picking

Farmgate Backpackers Childers QLD, Queensland

Published: 28th October 2021

Summer picking jobs - Hourly RateWhy not knock out 4 weeks of fruit picking and have money for Christmas?... Read more

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Fruit Picking

Wolfe's Berry Farm Neika, Tasmania

Published: 27th October 2021

The FarmWolfe's Berry Farm is nestled in the foothills of Mt Wellington/kunanyi is where four generations of Wolfe... Read more

 

The Most Peaceful, Friendly & Professional Farm. Very Big Money To Make Here.

DingoBlue Working Hostel Bundaberg

Published: 26th October 2021

We work with SO many farms - 18 of them -- this is one of our favourites and one of our oldest.It’s also... Read more

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Blue Berry Picker

Chen Mundubbera, Queensland

Published: 26th October 2021

Mundubbera 4626 QLDBlueberry pickingWe are looking for 10 pickersPiece rate: $2.8 -$4/kgAverage people... Read more

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Fruit Pickers And Packers

Mates Group Young, New South Wales

Published: 26th October 2021

We are looking for 30 Cherry Pickers and Packers for the upcoming Cherry Harvest at Young. Experience is preferred.... Read more

Fruit Pickers And Packers

Mates Group Young, New South Wales

Published: 26th October 2021

Looking for 7 Cherry Pickers and Packers to start on the 14th November 2021. Experience is preferred. Read more

Fruit Pickers And Packers

Mates Group Young, New South Wales

Published: 26th October 2021

Looking for 6 people to join our team at Cherry picking and packing start date is 20th November. Experience is... Read more

Banana Farm Workers Backpackers Wanted Innisfail - Male/ Female

Innisfail Budget Backpackers INNISFAIL, Cairns

Published: 19th October 2021

10 + WORKERS WANDED FOR FARM WORK IN INNISFAILWORK FROM NOW TILL XMASFREE BUS TO AND FROM WORKPAID HOURLY... Read more

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Cherry Pickers Needed, November - Jan. Accommodation On Site

Cathedral Cherries Taggerty, Melbourne

Published: 13th October 2021

If you're looking to get out into the Victorian Countryside for an adventure this summer, make life-long friends and... Read more

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Picking Strawberries

Number Six Contracting Elimbah, Sunshine Coast

Published: 12th October 2021

Desperately looking for workers anybody really !!Come to the farm now no need to ask.If you want the job... Read more

Fruit Picker

Huntley Berry Farm Huntley, New South Wales

Published: 11th October 2021

AboutSituated in the rich, basalt plains of Mount Canobolas, Huntley Berry Farm is a lot more than just berries.... Read more

Blueberry Picking

Berry picking Regans Ford, Perth

Published: 10th October 2021

Blueberry pickers needed to start working immediately.Farm location: 384 Orange Springs, Regans Ford.Casual... Read more

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Cherry Picking

Alpw Contracting Services Young, New South Wales

Published: 7th October 2021

Cherry Harvest 2021 ‼️Picking1) Start Date : 8th - 10th November ( Approx 6 or 7 weeks job )2)... Read more

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Cherry Pickers Needed, November - Jan. Accommodation On Site

Cathedral Cherries Taggerty, Melbourne

Published: 3rd October 2021

If you're looking to get out into the Victorian Countryside for an adventure this summer, make life-long friends and... Read more

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Crop Farm Workers Wanted

Moorland Organic Farm MOORLAND, Bundaberg

Published: 2nd October 2021

CROP FARM WORK AVAILABLE – Family owned and operated Organic Small crops farm in the North Bundaberg area, QLD.... Read more

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Fruit Picker

Naturipe Fruits Bacchus Marsh, Victoria

Published: 28th September 2021

Strawberries are one of summer’s most iconic flavours, bringing back simple memories like tucking into freshly... Read more

Fruit Picking Or Packing Workers

Ashbern Farms Stanthorpe, Queensland

Published: 27th September 2021

Welcome! If you’re looking for strawberry picking or packing work you can join us on Stanthorpe (QLD) farms soon!... Read more

 

Live On A Farm Blueberry Picking

Blueberry Greens Barraganyatti, New South Wales

Published: 22nd September 2021

Blueberry PickersGet 2nd & 3rd year Visas ASAP, in friendly flexible family farm.Blueberry Picking / Packing... Read more

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Fruit Picker

Sorell Fruit Farm Sorell, Tasmania

Published: 21st September 2021

Job Description:RELOCATION ASSISTANCE! We have partnered with a local Harvest Trail Services provider to facilitate... Read more

Tomatoe Picking/packing/pruning

Martins tomatoes Bridgewater, Bendigo

Published: 19th September 2021

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Good Opportunity In Nsw

Hsu COFFS HARBOUR, New South Wales

Published: 12th September 2021

Hey G'dayBlueberry picker needed!Location : Coffs (Macksville, Nana Glen, Bonvile)Rate : $3-4/kilo or... Read more

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Secure You Summer Job Now! Cherry Farm Work November – Jan

Cathedral Cherries Taggerty, Melbourne

Published: 10th September 2021

Hi,Welcome to Victoria's best job importunity this summer! Apply now and secure you space.My brother and I,... Read more

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Fruit Pickers

Mountainview Fresh Ayr, Townsville

Published: 28th August 2021

Picking and packing butternut pumpkins and watermelon. $25.40/hPicking will last until the end of December Read more

Mango Picker/packer

Wilderness Farms Katherine, Darwin

Published: 28th August 2021

Small Organic Farm looking for workers for upcoming mango seasonSecond and third year visa days applicableFree... Read more

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Stonefruit Thinning, Picking & Packing

Sunfruit Orchards Lake Boga, Victoria

Published: 27th August 2021

Fit, reliable and happy people required for Stonefruit picking for family business located in Lake Boga Victoria.... Read more

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Blueberry Picker

Alpw Contracting Services Casino, New South Wales

Published: 26th August 2021

We currently looking for blueberries pickers. Located in Casino, NSW. Accommodation & transport are available but... Read more

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Strawberry Picker&packer

Strawberry farm Beerwah, Sunshine Coast

Published: 25th August 2021

I’m not either a supervisor or a contractor. Looking for colleagues to work with.G’day mates! We are hiring... Read more

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Hiring Workers For Fruit Picking & Packing

strawberry farm Glass House Mountains, Queensland

Published: 21st August 2021

looking for strawberry pickers & packerspicking price$1.65 per tray (this week)100~300 trays per day... Read more

 

Bundaberg's Biggest & Best Hostel. 2nd & 3rd Year Visa. 12 Months Work. All...

DingoBlue Working Hostel Bundaberg

Published: 18th August 2021

2nd & 3rd Year Visa work - 12 months work available.Over 15,000 visa's granted over 15 years !Reputable... Read more

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We Looking For Blueberry Pickers

Multiple Labour supply Bucca, Coffs Harbour

Published: 12th August 2021

Hello~!★l am looking for blueberry picker ★- place : Coffs Harbour, NSW- price : $3.5~4.5 per kg-... Read more

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Casual Farm Pickers

Number Six Contracting Elimbah, Sunshine Coast

Published: 4th August 2021

Only Looking for serious strawberry pickers.No need for any experience aslong as you don’t mind getting dirty.... Read more

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Strawberry Picking

North Bundy Backpackers bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 1st August 2021

Backpacker hostel in Bundaberg looking for backpackers either currently working or looking for work. We have hourly... Read more

Chilli Picker

Chen Bundaberg

Published: 1st August 2021

Chilli picker wanted$4/bucketWe also have zucchini$3.2/bucketPeople make around 50-70buckets a day6... Read more

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☀️ 100 Blueberries Pickers Wanted Right Now

FruitPicking Nambucca / Coffs Harbour/ Sandy Beach/Nana Glen / Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour

Published: 17th July 2021

☀️ 100 BLUEBERRIES PICKERS WANTED RIGHT NOW IN 2450 NSW• Location: Nambucca / Coffs Harbour/ Sandy... Read more

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Harvest Pickers

AGRIFresh BADGINGARRA, WA, Western Australia

Published: 24th June 2021

We are looking for fit healthy workers for citrus picking. Work is strenuous.Transportation to the farm required... Read more

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Blueberries Pickers

BLUEBERRIES COFFS HARBOUR Coffs Harbour

Published: 18th June 2021

?‍??‍?We need blueberry pickers for the winter season!✅ Anyone who needs to WORK or needs to complete the... Read more

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☀️ 100 Blueberries Pickers Wanted Right Now In 2450 Nsw

FruitPicking Location: Nambucca / Coffs Harbour/ Sandy Beach/Nana Glen..., Coffs Harbour

Published: 14th June 2021

☀️ 100 BLUEBERRIES PICKERS WANTED RIGHT NOW IN 2450 NSW• Location: Nambucca / Coffs Harbour/ Sandy... Read more

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Bundaberg’s Premier Hostel ! Hourly Paid Jobs.

DingoBlue Backpackers Bundaberg, Queensland

Published: 13th June 2021

Bundaberg’s biggest and best hostel.CBD location. Riverfront.Giant resort pool. Giant outdoor movie screen.... Read more

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We Are Strated Strawberry Farm!!! Plz Send Me Message

strawberry very goood NARANGBA, Queensland

Published: 10th June 2021

### Strawberries farm begins in beerwah near caboolture !! ########Second visa , you'll do it without getting a... Read more

Smart Berries Crows Nest Raspberry+blueberry Pickers & Maintenance Workers...

Fresh Produce Group Perseverance Dam, Brisbane

Published: 8th June 2021

We have work all year around located on our beautiful Smart Berries farm in Perseverance Dam.Our berry plants are... Read more

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Citrus Fruit Pickers Required With Immediate Start! No Experience Ok!

Killala Creek Citrus Mundubbera QLD, Bundaberg

Published: 7th June 2021

Citrus Fruit Pickers to start immediately! Very Good Pay for Hardworking people!Registration Email is :... Read more

Blueberry Picking~~ $24.97~~

Hub Backpackers QLD, Bundaberg

Published: 30th May 2021

The Hub backpackersWanted workers~~~Location : 2 Crofton st BundabergAccom fee : $150 per week(Free... Read more

Fruit Picker

Swan Lake Blueberry Farm Fairy Hill, New South Wales

Published: 12th May 2021

Swan Lake Blueberry Farm are growers of world renowned Southern Highbush “Mountain Blue” varieties, which are... Read more

Fruit Picker

Alpw Contracting Services Swan reach, Adelaide

Published: 11th May 2021

We are hiring fruit picker for Citrus farm. Located 1.5 hours from Adelaide. Accomodation & transport available... Read more

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Expressions Of Interest Mushrooms Pickers In Mernda, Vic 3754

Direct Personnel Mernda, VIC 3754, Victoria

Published: 11th May 2021

We are seeking expressions of interest for upcoming work for our client in Mernda VIC, 3754, the location is 30kms... Read more

 

Hourly Pickers Packers Needed 100/week Bring-your-own Backpackers Special

North Bundy Backpackers bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 11th May 2021

we need strong workers to pickthis is a good hourly jobstart work asapheavily discounted rate for... Read more

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Strawberry Pickers & Packers

SSS Strawberries Farm Bundaberg, Queensland

Published: 9th May 2021

SSS Strawberries is a family run and owned strawberry farm. The farm is now ran by the 2nd generations of the Dang... Read more

Citrus Picker

K.Yun Agricultural Services Pty Ltd Mildura, Victoria

Published: 7th May 2021

Hi, we are hiring in Victoria‼️‼️Citrus pickers required in Mildura area.??????All citrus related work... Read more

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Strawberry Pickers And Packers

Queensland Strawberries Wamuran, Sunshine Coast

Published: 6th May 2021

31 Strawberry Farms across 5 regions in Queensland are currently boosting their picking & packing workforce to... Read more

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Farm Work

Mission Beach Farm Work MISSION BEACH, Queensland

Published: 4th May 2021

BOYS/ GIRLS REQUIREDApplicants must be honest ,reliable and hard working and prepared to work outside in hot... Read more

Picking And Packing In Orange Farm

Wentworth Central Motor Inn Wentworth,, New South Wales

Published: 2nd May 2021

Immediate start Orange Nursery looking for couple, preferably backpackers.Wentworth, NSW 2648.Hourly paid $24.80,... Read more

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I'm Looking For A Worker To Work At A Strawberry Farm In Brisbane.

Choi glass house mountains, Brisbane

Published: 2nd May 2021

I'm looking for a worker to work at a strawberry farm in Brisbane.It is a farm where you can get a second visa and... Read more

Start Strawberry Farm Work!! Crazt Price!!!

strawberry very goood NARANGBA, Brisbane

Published: 20th April 2021

### Strawberries farm begins in beerwah near caboolture !! ########Second visa , you'll do it without getting a... Read more

Apple Pickers

Finborough life style park Mooroopna, Victoria

Published: 19th April 2021

People wanted to pick pink lady apples : full visa qualifying position for backpackers : Australian citizens are also... Read more

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Farm Job

Alpw Contracting Services Swan reach, South Australia

Published: 18th April 2021

We are hiring pickers for working at citrus farm at South Australia. 1.5 hours from Adelaide. Count towards 88 days.... Read more

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2nd Year Visa , Factory Work Packing, Stacking, In Doors And Outdoors.etc

Bakpack at 15th (Borderline VIC) Mildura, Victoria

Published: 11th April 2021

Factory workPacking, stacking , fruit ,indoors2/3 year work visaHourly paid the award wage.Weekly pay... Read more

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All Hourly Rate Jobs Postions~~many Different Fruits Picking & Packing ~~

Hub Backpackers QLD, Bundaberg

Published: 7th April 2021

The hubbackpackers2 Crofton st Bundaberg****Work available ******Rent fee*Promotion $150 per week (no extra... Read more

Picking

Castanea Orchard Tumbarumba, New South Wales

Published: 7th April 2021

Chestnut PickingImmediate Start Read more

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Picking Fruit

jns harvest and pruning Renmark, South Australia

Published: 4th April 2021

We are in Renmark in the riverland SA just about to start the citrus season for this year from April to November... Read more

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Grape Tomato Picking

Bunya Fresh North Arm, Sunshine Coast, Qld, Sunshine Coast

Published: 26th March 2021

Tomato picking jobs available for immediate start for the right candidates. Great location and great environment to... Read more

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Olive Picker / Farm Hand

Bega Valley Olive Grove Bega, South Coast

Published: 24th March 2021

Hi,We need help picking olives, pruning trees, taking care of a variety of animals and general farm work.If... Read more

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Strawberry Farm Workers

Strawberry Farm Workers Caboolture, Queensland

Published: 20th March 2021

Strawberry planting   (100 people) !!!Locations :1. Caboolture  (1hour from  Brisbane city )2. Bundaberg... Read more

Strawberry Packers And Pickers Wanted

Trivodi Fruit Pty Ltd adelaide, South Australia

Published: 19th March 2021

We are looking to hire a number of workers on a strawberry farm.Positions available are for pickers and packers.... Read more

Live In Nanny / Farm Work

Bundaberg jobs 2020 Bundaberg

Published: 11th March 2021

Looking for a live in nanny who can help with the kids around the house and also farm work operations mainly drive a... Read more

Fruit picking is hard, manual work in very hot conditions, so prepare to put some blood, sweat and tears in no matter what fruit you end up picking. That said, there are definitely some fruit picking jobs that are easier on the body than others.

Oranges and mandarins are a good choice because they are large, so will fill your container quicker, and they’re light so you can carry a full bag without straining your back too much. Some orchard owners will also give you clippers so you can cut the stems without damaging the fruit. This will slow you down a bit, but it will prevent you from getting repetitive strain injury to your wrists from pulling the fruit.

FAQs

Fruit Picking
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Is fruit picking hard work?

The short answer? Yes.

Fruit picking is physical labour, done for up to eight hours a day. You may need to spend a lot of that time standing, crouching, climbing or stretching, and because you're most likely to be paid based on how much you pick, you’ll need to keep up the pace if you are to earn well.

On the bright side, fruit picking is great for your fitness, and usually allows you to spend plenty of time outdoors!

How much money can you make fruit picking in Australia?

This depends on how you are paid: per hour or per piece.

An hourly rate will guarantee you are paid at least the minimum wage – currently around $22/hour – but puts a hard limit on how much you can earn.

It’s more common for pickers to be paid according to the amount of fruit they pick, called ‘piecework’. The piece rate is calculated in a way that ensures the average picker earns approximately the minimum wage. This means that the best fruit pickers can make double the minimum wage or more, but slow or beginner pickers often struggle to reach that minimum wage mark.

What are fruit picking pay rates Australia?

At around $20/hour (depending on your age and the job), Australia has the highest nationally regulated minimum wage in the world, meaning even the most entry-level of jobs gives you the capacity to earn relatively good money.

It should be noted that the minimum wage doesn’t strictly apply to fruit pickers though.

Fruit pickers are most commonly paid according to the amount of fruit they pick (measured either in number or in weight) – this ‘piecework’ rate is calculated so that the average picker will make minimum wage. If you are below average, you may make less than $20/hour. If you’re above average, however, you could earn far more!

What do you wear to do fruit picking?

What you wear fruit picking will depend on what, where and how you’re picking. Your outfit will need to adequately protect you from both the weather and the work. Any number of the following items may be required.

  • Weather protection:
    • Hat
    • Sunglasses
    • Sunscreen
    • Long sleeve shirt
    • Pants
    • Rain jacket
  • Personal protective equipment:
    • Gloves
    • Steel-capped boots
    • Hearing protection
    • Safety glasses
    • Respiratory protection

Do fruit picking jobs come with accommodation?

Farmers are not legally required to offer accommodation to their pickers, but because farms are generally located in regional areas with limited accommodation options, many will have on-site lodgings that pickers can use.

It’s important to speak to potential employers about accommodation before you lock in a job. Ask whether they have somewhere to stay on-site, whether you need to pay to use it, whether you can park your van or pitch your tent on the property, or whether the farmer has any recommendations for places to stay in the area.

How do I get a job fruit picking in Australia?

At the right time of year, finding harvest work can be quite straightforward. During peak season, there's plenty of jobs. It's important to make sure you are in the right location at the right time of year. Note; it can take about 5 days to find work successfully and you may need a few items (WiFi, Resume, Computer, Mobile Phone).

1. Do you research

Check the Harvest Guide to learn what produce is in season at what point in the year. The Harvest Guide will also help you discover which harvests are going on nearest to you.

2. Prepare your resume

Make sure you update your resume with all relevant experience and qualifications. Preparing an awesome cover letter is also a wise move and will save you time in the long run.

3. Search Backpacker Job Board

Check Backpacker Job Board daily. New jobs come in thick and fast and you'll want to be one of the first to submit your application. Keep an eye on the fruit picking and farm jobs categories for latest vacancies in this area.

4. Contact farms direct

Your final option is to contact farms direct to see if they are staffing their harvest teams. Choose farms which already have a positive online reputation and have all resume ready to email through.

What are the best fruit picking jobs in Australia?

Small fruits like berries and cherries often seem like a good option because they’re light and you strip a bush rather than having to move and climb a ladder to strip a tree. They can be problematic though - you have to be very gentle when stripping the plants and then place the fruit in your container slowly to avoid squashing them, which makes it a much slower process than more robust fruits like apples and pears.

Apples and pears are a fairly good option. They’re large enough to fill your container quick(ish) and you don’t have to worry about damaging them too much. Be warned though, carrying a full bag of apples down a ladder will be tough work on your back!

Fruits that are notorious for being hard work are bananas because you need to be strong enough to carry a whole bunch (we’re talking hundreds of bananas!) at once, and citrus fruits, which are covered in thorns.

Where in Australia

Not every part of Australia has fruit picking seasons, so you’ll need to suss out where the most job opportunities are. New South Wales is probably the best place to pick fruit in Australia because it has a mixed climate that is suitable for growing a huge variety of fruit and vegetables. Because of this, you’ll be able to find picking jobs in New South Wales at any time of year.

South Australia is also a good place to fruit pick because of the ready availability of work, and if you choose to pick in the autumn/ winter months, you’ll be grateful for the cooler days!

There’s plenty of work available year-round in Northern Territory and Queensland but it is very hot in these states - particularly in the summer months - so the work can be very grueling!

You'll find full details in our Fruit Picking harvest season calendar.

The fruit picking seasons run differently in each state because of the different climates. Just because it is apple picking season in one state does not mean that you’ll find apple picking jobs in another state. Generally, the fruit picking seasons run as follows:

Northern Territory

MonthHarvest
FebruaryMelons
OctoberMangoes

Queensland

MonthHarvest
FebruaryApples, pears, grapes, melons and ginger
MarchVegetables
JulyGinger and onions
OctoberPeaches
NovemberMangoes, lychees, bananas, plums, cotton and avocados
DecemberSugar and bananas

New South Wales

MonthHarvest
JanuaryStone fruits
FebruaryApples, pears and grapes
SeptemberAsparagus and oranges
DecemberOnions, stone fruits and blueberries

Victoria

MonthHarvest
JanuaryPears, peaches, tomatoes, tobacco and apples
FebruaryGrapes
OctoberStrawberries
NovemberCherries and berries

South Australia

MonthHarvest
JanuaryDried fruits
FebruaryApples
SeptemberStrawberries
DecemberApricots

Tasmania

MonthHarvest
FebruaryApples, grapes, peaches and brussel sprouts
MarchPears

Western Australia

MonthHarvest
JanuaryGrapes
MarchApples and pears
AprilMelons
MayRockmelons and zucchinis
JuneTomatoes
JulyBananas
OctoberMangoes

Fruit Picking for the Second Year Visa

Fruit picking isn't the only way to earn your second year visa, but it’s the most popular way. Fruit picking jobs are easy to come across, aimed mostly at backpackers and are nearly always regional enough to count towards your second year visa (although you should still check the farm’s postcode). The process for earning your second year visa has changed recently, and now your approval is based on whether or not you can submit payslips with your application. This ruling means that volunteer working and WWOOFING no longer counts, so fruit picking jobs are becoming all the more popular for backpackers.

Regional Work Requirements

If you do intend to fruit pick in order to gain your second year visa, you need to make sure that you are filling all of the requirements. In order to be eligible you need to provide:

  1. 88 days of signed off work from your employer
  2. A bank statement covering the entire 88 days
  3. All of your payslips
  4. Tax returns
  5. An employer reference on an official letterhead
  6. Any travel tickets, accommodation notes or receipts in your name

Fruit Picking and Backpacker Tax

The tax part of your fruit picking job is very important for your second year visa. If you haven’t been paying tax, your application may be denied. If you are fruit picking for money rather than for your second year visa, you still have to pay tax. Your employer is legally obligated to deduct tax from your wages and pay it to the Australian Tax Office. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. Because you are not an Australian resident, when you do leave the country, you are entitled to most of that money back. This can be a nice departing gift from Australia when it is time to leave! To claim your tax back, your first need to make sure that you were paid above board and legally, and secondly that you have a tax file number. It will be very hard to make your claim without payslips and a tax file number on record.

Fruit Picking and Superannuation

Superannuation tax refunds are not so frequent with fruit picking jobs because the threshold to be eligible is $450 earned a week. And, well, not many pickers earn that much! If you are one of the lucky ones, however, you will also be eligible to have this money refunded. You have to opt in to superannuation, but make sure you do because it’s a fantastic way to boost your cash flow on your way home or on to further travels. The average superannuation refund for backpackers is a whopping $3,380!