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

Strawberry Processing

My Berries, McGruddy Caboolture, Brisbane

Published: 26th July 2021

*** For immediate start Monday 2 July ***Strawberry processing positions now available at our food processing... Read more

Farm Work

Innisfail Budget Backpackers Innisfail, Queensland

Published: 26th July 2021

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

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Banana Packing / Sorting 4xgirls

Innisfail Budget Backpackers Innisfail, Cairns

Published: 20th July 2021

Immediate start on arrival !Packing / sorting jobs for girls and boys and field work for boysAll jobs paid... Read more

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Strawberry Processing

My Berries Caboolture, Sunshine Coast

Published: 20th July 2021

Job DescriptionFOR IMMEDIATE STARTStrawberry processing positions now available at our food processing... Read more

Cherry Picker Operator - Avocado Picking

Farmgate Backpackers Bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 18th July 2021

Job DescriptionAvocado Farm Work - Picking ( Cherry picker operator)2 requiredStart immediately - ends... Read more

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Strawberry Packer

Bowers Berries Wamuran, Queensland

Published: 17th July 2021

Strawberry Packer/s needed for small family farm where you are part of our team. Be available to work up to 6 days a... 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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Blueberry Farm Picker And Pakcer

Australia NSW, Coffs Harbour

Published: 12th July 2021

***Blueberry Farm Wants Your Join***We are currently looking for enthusiastic and motivated people to join our... Read more

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Major Picking Job / Tabulam Nsw

3J Employment Tabulam, Coffs Harbour

Published: 6th July 2021

Register for pre-approval before season start for more information.Location : Tabulam NSW 2469 (major blueberry... Read more

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Packers & Pickers

Harbourside Homestay Bowen, Queensland

Published: 25th June 2021

Pickers required for new harvest of Pumpkins starting in 2 weeks time. Paid Hourly at $24.80 and 6/7 days per week... 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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Live In Nanny/tractor Operator

Bundaberg jobs 2020 Bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 23rd June 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

Avocado Pickers

Redheart Ridge Avocados Cowalla, Western Australia

Published: 21st June 2021

We are seeking 2 workers (must be a couple or travel companions who work well together) to assist with avocado... Read more

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Blueberries Pickers

BLUEBERRIES COFFS HARBOUR 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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Citrus Pickers - Bonus Offer For Pickers.

Fresh Produce Group Colignan, Mildura

Published: 17th June 2021

Our Citrus picking season has started and our crop is larger than expected!!!We are looking for extra pickers and... Read more

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Blueberry Picking!!!

Sami Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour

Published: 16th June 2021

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

☀️ 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

100/week Bring-your-own Backpackers Special

North Bundy Backpackers Bundaberg, Queensland

Published: 8th June 2021

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

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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

Strawberry Picking Job In Caboolture Area

Queensland Farm Management and Training CABOOLTURE, Sunshine Coast

Published: 27th May 2021

Queensland Farm Management and Training(QFMT) is a Registered Labour Hire Provider.We provide workers to some of... Read more

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Harvesting Mandarins For One Employee Only!

Fruitshack Leeton, New South Wales

Published: 26th May 2021

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

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Mushroom Pickers - Indoor Airconditioned Work

Majestic Mushrooms Pty Ltd MURRUMBATEMAN, New South Wales

Published: 21st May 2021

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

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Avocado Harvesting

Redbank Plantation Pty Ltd Adare, Gatton, Qld, Brisbane

Published: 19th May 2021

Redbank Plantation Pty Ltd has vacancies for backpackers to harvest avocados starting. We have started harvesting at... Read more

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Mandarin Snipping

GEO Golden Harvest Pty Ltd Midura, Mildura

Published: 17th May 2021

Sniping Mandarin?Location: Mildura, Vic 3500Wage by Contract: $92-$95/bin before tax ???Working hours:... Read more

We Looking For Blueberry Pickers

Multiple Labour supply woolgoolga, New South Wales

Published: 15th May 2021

We looking for picker of bluberry picking at coffs harbour areaThis price $6 per kg (it can change by fruits... Read more

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-- Bundaberg Sss Farm Strawberry Pickers!! --

Lee Bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 13th May 2021

- SSS we are the biggest strawberry farm in Bundaberg -Season is just starting now!!We are looking for... Read more

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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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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

Avocado Picking (hourly Rate 24.8)-avocado Pruning(hourly Rate)

Hub Backpackers Bundaberg Central, Bundaberg

Published: 30th April 2021

Need 8 Avocado picking and pruning-picking avo-pruning avo-Hourly rate $24.8-Start working immediately.if... Read more

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Crop Farm Workers Wanted

Moorland Organic Farm MOORLAND, Bundaberg

Published: 28th April 2021

CROP FARM WORKERS WANTED - Organic Small crops farm in the north Bundaberg area, QLD.• Working up to 6 days per... Read more

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Casual Farm Labourer - Macadamia Nut Harvesting

Gingara Valery, Coffs Harbour

Published: 24th April 2021

It's macadamia nut harvest time. We have a small farm and require casual assistance with harvesting. 2 days work this... Read more

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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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Farm Workers

Barron Valley Hotel / Working Hostel Atherton, Cairns

Published: 15th April 2021

Barron Valley Hotel is a working hostel in the heart of Atherton and we are seeking to fill multiple positions in... Read more

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

2nd Year

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

2nd Year

Olive Picker / Farm Hand

Bega Valley Olive Grove Bega, New South Wales

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

2nd Year

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

Flower Picking And Packing

The Kingsmen Wyee, Newcastle

Published: 19th March 2021

We have a client - who is looking for a guy to pick and pack flower bulbs in their work shed 5 days a week and other... Read more

2nd Year

Live In Nanny / Farm Work

Bundaberg jobs 2020 Bundaberg, 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

2nd/3rd Year Whs Jobs Working Holiday Visa's

Tolga Country Lodge Tolga, Cairns

Published: 5th March 2021

We are currently recruiting workers immediately for farm work. We work with a number of different farms who... Read more

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Farm Work/picking

NTD AYR, Queensland

Published: 2nd March 2021

Requesting people to help pick out fruits from June onwards.Fruits that needs assisting;Thai ChilliChilli... Read more

★★★ Best Facility Hostel In Bundaberg - 2bed Room With Private Toilet...

Palm Tree Backpackers Bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 22nd February 2021

Palm Tree Backpackers•All rooms are 2beds room have private toilet and shower room for 2 people. Comfortable... Read more

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Fruit Picking/packing $25.41 P/h For 2nd/3rd Year Visa

DingoBlue Working Hostel BUNDABERG, Bundaberg

Published: 22nd February 2021

We are looking for fruit pickers and packers to start immediately! We have roles in Packing Sheds and out in the... Read more

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Farm Labour Wh Visa Accommodation Provided

Valley Pride Produce Kalbar, Brisbane

Published: 21st February 2021

Are you wanting to join a small family owned farm?Are you hardworking, physically fit and wanting toexperience... Read more

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Pear And Apple Pickers

Finborough life style park Mooroopna, Victoria

Published: 17th February 2021

Apple and pear pickers required; immediate start :Government relocation grant avaliable :Paid weekly into your... Read more

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50 Hourly Paid Jobs - 2nd & 3rd Visa - Bundaberg

DingoBlue Backpackers Bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 17th February 2021

Australia’s largest working hostel group - DingoBlue Backpackers.Over 15,000 2nd year visas granted over 15... Read more

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Wine Grape Picking/winery Work

Sally’s PaddockptyLtd Redbank, Victoria

Published: 13th February 2021

Grape pickers/winery work needed for small family owned winery in the Pyrenees region of Victoria.Hourly rate... Read more

Grape Pickers Required

Down to Earth Labour & Supplies MARGARET RIVER, Western Australia

Published: 12th February 2021

Grape picking in beautiful Margaret River- Register your interest online via our job portal... Read more

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Grape Picking And Numerous Farm Work

Wentworth Central Motor Inn Wentworth, New South Wales

Published: 11th February 2021

Grape Picking / Numerous Farm JobSeeking for 25 to 30 workers, hourly rate ($24.80) and piece rate are available.... Read more

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Zucchini Picking

Tradie fresh produce Young nsw, New South Wales

Published: 7th February 2021

Hard jobSeven days a week.Minimum work available for two months to a maximum of 5 monthsWork is available... Read more

Pickers Wanted

K.Yun Agricultural stanthorpe, Brisbane

Published: 7th February 2021

Farming and pick-packing company*Strawberry picking* ????*piece rate applies*NOW HIRING - WORK IN STANDTHORPE... Read more

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Picker

K.Yun Agricultural stanthorpe, Queensland

Published: 5th February 2021

Farming and pick-packing companyNOW HIRING - WORK CLOSE TO BRISBANE & GOLD COASTQUALIFIES FOR 2ND & 3RD YEAR... Read more

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Wine Grape Picking

Sally’s PaddockptyLtd Redbank, Victoria

Published: 1st February 2021

Wine grape pickers needed for our harvest in the Pyrenees wine region of Victoria... car essential and own... Read more

Pickers

Finborough life style park Mooroopna, Victoria

Published: 26th January 2021

People required for picking pears and applesPaid weeklySuperanuationWorkcoverPaid directly into your... Read more

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Fruit Pickers

GV Labour Hire Pty Ltd Shepparton, Victoria

Published: 20th January 2021

FRUIT PICKERS WANTEDLooking for enthusiastic, fit and energetic workers to pick fruit in the Shepparton, Victoria... Read more

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Live On Farm Blueberry Picking For 2nd/3rd Year Visa

Blueberry Greens Barraganyatti, New South Wales

Published: 17th January 2021

Job DescriptionBlueberry PickersBlueberry Picking / Packing Blueberry Greens is looking for 8-10 female... Read more

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Work And Travel Tasmania!

Partners In Professional Outsourcing Pty Ltd North-West Tasmania, New South Wales

Published: 10th January 2021

The boarders are opening!People travelling from Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia,... Read more

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?‍??‍?we Need Blueberry Pickers To Start Asap!

BLUEBERRIES COFFS HARBOUR Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

Published: 8th January 2021

✅ Anyone who needs to WORK or needs to complete the days for the 2ND and 3RD YEAR VISA is welcome to join our team... Read more

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Blueberry Raspberry Blackberry Picking Jobs Www.aladdin.rocks

ALADDIN Coffs Harbour, Coffs Harbour

Published: 7th January 2021

THIS JOB IS ONLY FOR PEOPLE CURRENTLY IN AUSTRALIA (IF YOU ARE LOCATED OVERSEAS WE WILL NOT RESPOND).ALADDIN... Read more

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Blueberry Picker - High Season Grafton

Monstaz Pty Ltd Grafton, New South Wales

Published: 3rd January 2021

We are looking for enthusiastic and motivated people to join our teamHurry up~ Enjoy your work and make money!... Read more

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Tomato Picking - Horticulture Labourers (tatura)

DEV Personnel Tatura, Victoria

Published: 29th December 2020

DEV Personnel provides specialised Employment Services in the Agriculture & Manufacturing industries.We are... Read more

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Picker

Chu Coffs Harbour, Coffs Harbour

Published: 21st December 2020

??????????????Location: Coffs HarbourFarm: Benning FarmDemand: Blueberry PickerSalary: piece rate... Read more

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Hiring Strawberry Pickers

leo Boneo, Melbourne

Published: 17th December 2020

Hello.The big strawberry farm near Melbourne is hiring new pickers.... Read more

Fruit Picking

Sweet Strawberry Farm Bullsbrook, Western Australia

Published: 15th December 2020

Sweet Strawberry Farm is leading grower, packer and marketer of premium quality fresh berries. We nurture our people,... Read more

Picking Raspberry And Strawberry

Kang Springvale, Victoria

Published: 13th December 2020

I’m looking for the peoples who is working in the farm. We have 2 kind of picking job.It’s Raspberry and... Read more

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Field Hands

Working Hostel yenda, New South Wales

Published: 12th December 2020

Need a farm Job,Can Handle being on your feet and in the elements Then We would like to talk to you.Come join a team... Read more

2nd Year

Looking For Farm Workers

Dave team workimg hostel Bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 9th December 2020

1. Zucchini Picking, Packing ($24.xx per Hour)2. Lemon picking ($230 per bin)3. Corn Picking ($24.xx per Hour)... Read more

Fruit Picking, Packing

Palm Tree Backpackers Bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 9th December 2020

We’re looking for positive backpackers and tourists and local people.You can travel around beautiful bundaberg... Read more

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Fruit Picker

City Farms Camperdown, New South Wales

Published: 9th December 2020

ABOUT THE ROLE:Do you like sunshine and earning great money? Are you wanting to earn some cash to set you up for... Read more

Fruit Picker - Farm Hand

Rowe Tweed Heads, New South Wales

Published: 6th December 2020

Fruit Picker - Farm Hand required. Must have own transport and available to work weekends. 3 to 5 hours per day.... Read more

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Blueberry Picking

Sherwood Creek organics Woolgoolga, New South Wales

Published: 5th December 2020

Positions available for picking blueberries and the season is just beginning. I can also help out finding Sharehouse... Read more

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Pickers And Packers

KF AND PD BURKETT Carnarvon, Western Australia

Published: 4th December 2020

Picking and packing mangoes from now until the end of February Read more

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Fruit Picking

Pacific Farm Contracting Emerald, Queensland

Published: 28th November 2020

Lemon PickingBackpackers/locals/students/anyone looking to earn extra cashPacific farm contracting is currently... Read more

Raspberry Pickers

Adelaide Hills Berry Farms Uraidla, Adelaide

Published: 24th November 2020

Raspberry and Strawberry picking work available for several months on our farm 20 minutes from Adelaide CBD.... Read more

Immediate Start - 2nd & 3rd Year Visa Work - Farm Work

Tolga Country Lodge Tolga, Queensland

Published: 13th November 2020

We are currently recruiting workers immediately for upcoming farm work. We work with a number of different farms who... Read more

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Farm Worker

troppo Innisfail, Cairns

Published: 12th November 2020

Looking for hard working individuals to start immediate farm work . Hourly pay and up to seven days a week if wanted . Read more

10/12/2020 8100+ View! _ Coffsharbour Blueberries Farm

Paranberries COFFSHARBOUR, Coffs Harbour

Published: 10th November 2020

*If you are staying outside Australia, We can't provide work. Sorry.Hello Guys, Are you looking for farm to get a... Read more

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Raspberry/farm Hand(hourly)

Smith farm Caboolture, Queensland

Published: 10th November 2020

Hello guys I'm a Japanese super visor on my farm.We are seeking casual workers for raspberry picking and farm hand... Read more

2nd Year

Recruiting Workers - Mildura - Grape, Fig Farm

Kim Mildura, Mildura

Published: 6th November 2020

Recruiting workers at Victoria - Mildura Grape farm*Need a farm work for 88~150 days for second,thrid working... Read more

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Fruit Picking

PalmTree Backpackers Bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 31st October 2020

Palm Tree Backpackers in BundabergAll rooms are 2beds room have private toilet and shower room for 2 people.... Read more

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Blackberry/blueberry Picking Hiring

New mission Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

Published: 30th October 2020

Coffs Harbour, NSW- Blackberry/Blueberry PickingLocation: Coffs Harbour, NSWStarting time: Work available... Read more

Cherry Picking

Angus Manpower Pty Ltd Mudgee, New South Wales

Published: 29th October 2020

Cherry picking in MudgeeStart from ~7th -9th Nov.Our team then move to Orange,NSW and Mansfield,Vic. after... Read more

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Exciting Opportunity- Fruit Picking

LLS Australia coffs harbour, Coffs Harbour

Published: 26th October 2020

ASAP STARTget paid per kilo - 6-7 days of on going workplenty of opportunityGet in touch by call Marian... 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

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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!