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

Grape Pickers - Immediate Start - Ideal For Backpackers / Working Holiday

FruitPicking Mildura city / Mildura area, Mildura

Published: 2nd March 2021

• Grape Pickers - Immediate Start - Ideal for Backpackers / Working Holiday• Location: Mildura city /... Read more

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Grape Cutting Grape Picking

Kay group Mildura, Victoria

Published: 2nd March 2021

?Hi, we are HIRING Grape Picker??Location:Mildura, VIC☀️ The Season already start and we will finish... 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

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Grape Pickers

Eden Road Winery Murrumbateman, Australian Capital Territory

Published: 2nd March 2021

HelloOur premium Canberra region winery is looking for grape pickers for the upcoming harvest.This will be... Read more

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Banana Farm Workers Backpackers Wanted Innisfail - Male/ Female

Innisfail Budget Backpackers INNISFAIL, Cairns

Published: 1st March 2021

Banana farm workJob DescriptionImmediate startPacking / sorting jobs for girls and field work for boys... Read more

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Immediate Start "fruit Picking, Packing And Sorting Work Available -...

Innisfail Budget Backpackers INNISFAIL, Cairns

Published: 1st March 2021

Farm Work Available in Innisfail, Far North Queensland, for an immediate start.• Casual  positions• Award... Read more

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Grape Picking

Wentworth Club Motel Wentworth, New South Wales

Published: 26th February 2021

4 Grape Pickers neededStarts the 8th March 2021Monday to Friday8 hour days$24.80 per hourAccommodation and... Read more

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We Looking For Grape Farms Pickers

Multiple Labour supply Merbein, Mildura

Published: 25th February 2021

We supply to many farms in Merbein for grapes picking.If you will contact with me, I will let you know you will... Read more

We Looking For Apple Farms Pickers

Multiple Labour supply Batlow, New South Wales

Published: 25th February 2021

We supply to many farms in Batlow for apple picking.If you will contact with me, I will let you know you will... Read more

Apple Picking

Westcastle Partnership Orange, New South Wales

Published: 24th February 2021

We have apple picking work available for a couple of months starting now In February. Paying piece rates per bin.... Read more

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★★★ 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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Hourly Paid - Picking And Packing Positions - Up To 50 Hours Per Week -...

DingoBlue Working Hostel BUNDABERG, Queensland

Published: 22nd February 2021

Packing shed and picking positionsMonday- Friday up to 50 hours per weekCasual rate-$24.85/ hourMinimum of 3... Read more

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Strawberry Picking

ASHBERN FARMS Stanthorpe, Queensland

Published: 22nd February 2021

Strawberry pickers needed at Ashbern Farms in Stanthorpe.Picking is on a 4 day cycle with three days of picking... Read more

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Grape Pickers /packers

Busselton Backpackers Busselton, Western Australia

Published: 22nd February 2021

Grape pickers and packers wanted for table grape harvest.Must have an eye for detail.Immediate start. 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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Lemon Snipping Or Picking

GEO Golden Harvest Pty Ltd Gin Gin, Bundaberg

Published: 20th February 2021

Sniping/picking Lemon, Season just startedLocation: Gin Gin, Queensland 4671Wage by Contract: $140-$200/bin... Read more

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New Hourly Paid Jobs Work - Stay - Play @dingobluebackpackers Bundaberg

DingoBlue Working Hostel Bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 19th February 2021

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

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Grape Picking Bunbury Region

Bacchus Labour 6236, Western Australia

Published: 19th February 2021

We have grape picking work available in the Bunbury Region from Monday 22nd Feb and we are looking for some awesome... Read more

Farm Workers Wanted For Our Grape Harvest ----immediate Start---

Fresh Produce Group Red Cliffs, Mildura

Published: 18th February 2021

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

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Grape Pickers Needed For Grape Harvest 2021

Bacchus Labour Margaret River Region, Western Australia

Published: 18th February 2021

We are looking for superstar grape pickers to join our team for '21 Vintage!No experience necessary, just the... Read more

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Easy Job. Dry Fruit Picker($24.80/hour)

Lee Robinvale, Victoria

Published: 18th February 2021

Job DescriptionPicking dry grapes in Robinvale VIC- Wages is guaranteed minimum hourly rate $24.80(About... Read more

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Avocado Pickers

Barron Valley Hotel / Working Hostel Atherton, Cairns

Published: 17th February 2021

Barron Valley Hotel is a working hostel in the heart of Atherton and we are seeking Avocado pickers to arrive... 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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Strawberry Pickers

K.Yun Agricultural Services Pty Ltd Stanthorpe, Queensland

Published: 15th February 2021

Farming and pick-packing company-K.YunNOW HIRING Strawberry Pick-packers  in STANTHORPE***Please note we... Read more

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Strawberry Planter

Hermes Strawberries wamuran, Sunshine Coast

Published: 15th February 2021

Planter Positions AvailableWork Commences: 1st Week of MarchCasual PositionPay Rate: $24.80 hourHours /days... Read more

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Fruit Picking

Greenview Farm Pty Ltd Griffith, New South Wales

Published: 14th February 2021

Greenview Farm is now looking for strong hard working people to help with our melon harvest.These people must be... Read more

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

Farm Work For Backpackers

Moorland Organic Farm MOORLAND, Bundaberg

Published: 12th February 2021

FARM WORK FOR BACKPACKERS - Small crops farm in Bundaberg QLD.• Working up to 6 days per week, Combination of... Read more

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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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Fruit Picking

Brook Lodge Backpackers Donnybrook, Western Australia

Published: 11th February 2021

Fruit picking available with immediate start. Counts towards your days. Hourly and piece rate work available. Read more

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Fnq - Berry Pickers/farm Worker

Costa Group Tolga, Queensland

Published: 10th February 2021

We are currently looking for enthusiastic and motivated people to join our team on our Atherton Tablelands farms!... Read more

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Hourly Pickers Packers Needed

North Bundy Backpackers bundaberg, Bundaberg

Published: 8th February 2021

we need strong workers to pickthis is a good hourly jobstart work asapFREE internetFREE transport... 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

Chestnut Pickers

independent Stanley, Victoria

Published: 1st February 2021

We are a small farm looking for chestnut pickers for 4-6 weeks. Starting mid march. Free accomadation provided. Hours... Read more

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Fruit Picking

Pinelodge Energy Fruits Shepparton East, Victoria

Published: 31st January 2021

Immediate start for reliable fruit pickers for a fig orchard in Shepparton East Victoria. Work available until May... Read more

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

Tolga Country Lodge Tolga, Cairns

Published: 29th January 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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Mushroom Pickers - Indoor Airconditioned Work

Majestic Mushrooms Pty Ltd MURRUMBATEMAN, Canberra

Published: 27th January 2021

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

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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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Come And Join Our Team In Margaret River For Vintage 2021!

Bacchus Labour Margaret River, Western Australia

Published: 24th January 2021

We are now seeking motivated and reliable vineyard workers to join our team for the harvest season.The season is... Read more

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Fruit Picking

Aussie Fruits Orchards Kyabram, Victoria

Published: 23rd January 2021

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

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Watermelon Picking

Wentworth Club Motel Wentworth, New South Wales

Published: 22nd January 2021

Watermelon Pickers wantedWentworth, NSW 2648$24.80 Per hour30+ hours a weekapprox 6 weeks workpay slips,... Read more

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Farm Work For Backpackers

Moorland Organic Farm BUNDABERG, Queensland

Published: 20th January 2021

FARM WORK FOR BACKPACKERS - Small crops farm in Bundaberg QLD.• Working up to 6 days per week, Combination of... Read more

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

Fruitshack leeton, New South Wales

Published: 18th January 2021

~Harvesting millions of oranges on our family farm (and neighbour’s farms too!). You are paid at piece rate as... 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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Farm Work For Backpackers

Moorland Organic Farm BUNDABERG, Queensland

Published: 3rd January 2021

FARM WORK FOR BACKPACKERS - Small crops farm in Bundaberg QLD.• Working up to 6 days per week, Combination of... 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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Vegetable Pickers Needed Asap

Jemz Group Pty Ltd Bathurst, NSW, New South Wales

Published: 23rd December 2020

A small family farm farm requires 5-6 vegetable pickers starting asap.Hourly rates paid, $24.90 per hour.38 hours... 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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Fruit Picker

Brackley Family Farm Bowen, Queensland

Published: 20th December 2020

Brackley family farm is a horticultural enterprise located in Bowen at the top of the Whitsundays. Bowen is well... Read more

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

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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

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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Fruit Picking

Aussie Fruits Orchards Kyabram, Victoria

Published: 4th December 2020

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

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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Stonefruit Picking & Packing

Sunfruit Orchards Lake Boga, Victoria

Published: 28th November 2020

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

Blueberry Pickers Needed

Mckenzie Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

Published: 15th November 2020

*THIS VACANCY IS NOT FOR PEOPLE THAT ARE CURRENTLY OVERSEAS.*✔️2ᴺᴰ/3ᴿᴰ year visa eligible.... Read more

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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

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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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Blackberry Picking

3j employment pty ltd Woolgoolga, Coffs Harbour

Published: 26th October 2020

We are currently looking for Blackberry picker to join our team.Season : Summer Harvest until December and... 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

Strawberry (grown On Tables) Picking/packing

Amuri Creek Fruit Mount Barker WA, Western Australia

Published: 26th October 2020

We are needing fit strong individuals to work as fruit pickers and packers in strawberries. 
We are growing... Read more

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Cherry Picking

IAS Orange, New South Wales

Published: 26th October 2020

Staff required for upcoming cherry season in orange NSW.Season will commence end of November till 1st week of... Read more

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Calling All Blueberry Pickers

LLS Australia woogolga, Coffs Harbour

Published: 16th October 2020

Blueberry Pickers !!! Plenty of Blueberries to be Picked Apply now to start ASAPLocation: Coffs... Read more

Garlic

Waters Bonville, Coffs Harbour

Published: 16th October 2020

Looking for garlic pickers, no experience required8 hour day starting around the 15 of NovemberMust have... Read more

Orange Pickers Required

BCFG Pike River, South Australia

Published: 13th October 2020

??? ORANGE PICKING IN PIKE RIVER (RENMARK), SOUTH AUSTRALIA ???Immediate start, approximately 4 weeks work. Picking... Read more

Seasonal Harvest Work

Linx Employment TAS Pty Ltd Legana, Tasmania

Published: 13th October 2020

Jobs, jobs and more jobs!!!!Linx Employment Tas Pty Ltd are a recruitment and labour outsourcing company that... Read more

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I'm Looking For Worker To Work On A Strawberry Farm In Melbourne.

Ace Hg Harvest Healesville, Melbourne

Published: 11th October 2020

I'm looking for worker to work on a strawberry farm in Melbourne.PricePicking – $ 3 ~ $ 6 per tray... Read more

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Fruit Picker

jns harvest and pruning renmark, Adelaide

Published: 9th October 2020

We are looking for 30 people for fruit picking in Renmark in the Riverland in South Australia we are picking oranges,... Read more

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Berry Picking Jobs Available!

Fresh Produce Group Crows Nest, Queensland

Published: 9th October 2020

We have work from September through to November located on our beautiful Smart Berries farm in Perseverance Dam.... Read more

Fruit Pickers/farm Workers - Corindi Nsw Multiple Positions Asap Start!

APG Workforce Coffs Harbour, Coffs Harbour

Published: 9th October 2020

Fruit Picker/Farm Worker – North Coast NSWOur client – one of Australia’s leading suppliers of fresh fruit... Read more

Fruit Picker - Cherry Orchard

Chandler AgriBusiness Cobram, Victoria

Published: 5th October 2020

- - Casual work but Full time hours in beautiful Cobram area- - Counts towards 88 days 2nd year visa- - Friendly... Read more

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Blueberries Pickers Needed Asap In Coffs Harbour

BLUEBERRIES COFFS HARBOUR Coffs Harbour, New South Wales

Published: 4th October 2020

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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Cherry Tomatoes & Mini Capsicum Pickers Immediately Start!!!!!!

Agquip Fresh Farming bundaberg, Queensland

Published: 3rd October 2020

Backpackers/Australian/Students/Part-Time All welcomed!!Great chance to make Money and also get your 88 DAYS!!!!... Read more

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Nursery Triming For Your 88 Days

One Life Live It House Curlwaa, New South Wales

Published: 3rd October 2020

Hi Everyone,how are you going? We are looking for 4 to 6 people to start on Monday in a Nursery triming trees for 3... Read more

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Strawberry/blueberry/raspberry Picking Job(eligible For Applying 2nd Visa)

Jay Elimbah, Sunshine Coast

Published: 3rd October 2020

Hi Everyone!Our Company is looking for new farm workers.Farm Location: ElimbahRecruitment Parts: Strawberry... Read more

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Farm Work And Fruit Picking

Kookaburra Hostel Cardwell Queensland Cardwell, Cairns

Published: 2nd October 2020

Up to 80 farm jobs available in Cardwell for the picking season - October to December, some jobs are a couple of... Read more

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Picking And Crop Care Jobs Available

Flavorite Hydroponic Tomatoes Katunga, Victoria

Published: 2nd October 2020

Looking for Farm Work?Wanting to work 88 days or more?Come work in a greenhouse environment that provides work... Read more

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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!