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Harvest Work in Australia

Australia has a huge farming industry and fruit picking is a tried and tested form of backpacker graft. It can be hard work, and it won’t make you rich, but fruit picking is a good way to see other bits of the country and meet people.

Harvesting can involve a lot of different tasks, everything from fruit picking to driving the tractors or feeding the workers. You name it – Australia grows it. Apricots, asparagus, melons, bananas - you could pick them all.

What you need for harvest work:

  • To be relatively fit!
  • Comfortable shoes which are safe for standing in fields all day
  • A hat
  • A water bottle
  • Sun block
  • Insect repellent
  • You should also bring some cash just in case the weather puts back the harvest

Case Study - Harvest Work in North Western Victoria

Mildura is in North Western Victoria and is known as the “gateway to the Outback”. Between February and April there is lots of work and they encourage travellers with working holiday visas to come along. Some growers provide huts for pickers to sleep and cook in, but if you have a tent you will be at an advantage as accommodation is limited. You will be working in temperatures of around 20 – 35 degrees, with an early start to avoid the worst of the afternoon sun. Expect to be paid one week after you start.