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AUSTRALIAN HARVEST SEASONS

Any backpacker, "grey nomad" or student thinking of using fruit and vegetable picking to fund their travels or studies in Australia will find the lists and tables below useful.

The list is organized in categories after states. Under each state you will find all the information you need when looking for fruit picking work at different times of the year in different parts of Australia.


Queensland - Pick your way around the "Sunshine State"
Queensland is growing one-third of the nation's fruit and vegestable produce from Stanthorpe in the South to the Atherton Tablelands in the far North. Every year thousands of picking jobs are available throughout Queensland. More than 120 types of fruit and vegetable are picked and packed in the state every year all year round.

 

 

Harvest

Crop

Location

Dec-Jan

Bananas / Sugar

Innisfail / Tully

Feb - Mar

Pears / Apples

Stanthorpe

Feb - Apr

Rockmelon

St. George

Feb - Apr

Ginger

Sunshine Coast

Mar - Dec

Vegetables

Bundaberg

Apr - Jun

Citrus

Gayandah / Mundubbera

Apr - Oct

All sorts

Lockyer Valley

Apr - Nov

Beans

Mary Valley

Apr - Dec

Tomatoes / vegetables

Bowen / Ayr

May - Oct

Broccoli

Toowoomba

May - Dec

Sugar Cane

Ayr / Ingham / Innisfail

Jul - Sep

Ginger

Sunshine Coast

Jul - Dec

Onions

Lockyer Valley

Nov - Feb

Mangoes / Lychees / Advocados / Bananas

Mareeba

Nov - Jan

Plums

Stanthorpe

Nov - Jan

Cotton

Goodiwindi /St. George

Oct - Jan

Peaches

Stanthorpe

Nov - Mar

Cotton

Toowoomba / Millerran

Dec - Mar

All sorts

Stanthorpe




New South Wales - Pick & Choose your lifetime adventure!

Fruit and vegetable picking in New South Wales is an outstanding way to pay for all the exciting adventures and experiences the state has to offer! Travel to the breathtaking mountains, ski, hike, surf or gaze under the desert stars! Pick your way to any imaginable New South Wales adventure!


November to April is the busiest harvest period peaking in February. You can literally find fruit picking work all around Bathurst in the central Eastern district. Main produce includes orchard fruits, cotton and onions. Further North around the coastal areas of NSW, near Coffs Harbour bananas are grown all year.

Harvest

Crop

Location

Jan - Mar

Stone Fruit

Young

Feb - Mar

Grapes

Griffith / Leeton

Feb - Mar

Pears

Orange

Feb - Mar

Grapes

Hunter Valley

Feb - Mar

Prunes

Young

Feb - April

Apples

Orange

Mar - Apr

Grapes

Tumburumba

Mar - May

Apples

Batlow

Mar - Jun

Cotton Picking

Narrabri / Mooree

Sep - Oct

Asparagus

Gundagai

Sep - Dec

Asparagus

Cowra

Sep - Apr

Oranges

Griffith

Nov - Dec

Cherries

Young / Orange

Nov - Apr

Oranges

Lecton

Dec - Jan

Onions

Griffith

Dec - Mar

Stone Fruit

Tumut / Batlow

Dec - Apr

Blueberries

Tumbarumba



Victoria - Just pick a way!
You are more likely to run out of time than things to do in this stunning state and there is plenty of fruit picking work to get your hands on in proximity of the worlds most beautiful coastline, extraordinary national parks and the buzzing city life in Melbourne.

November to April (peaking in February) is the main season for fruit and vegetable picking jobs in Victoria. Work is plenty in central northern areas of Victoria around Shepparton (next door to the Grampians National Park). The Murray River area is also a great area to look for work, places such as Mildura and Swan Hill often require seasonal workers. Main harvests in these areas include orchard fruits, tomatoes, tobacco, grapes and soft fruits.

Harvest

Crop

Location

Jan - Apr

Pears / Peaches / Apples

Ardmona / Shepparton / Tatura / Cobram / Invergordon / Kyabram

Jan - Ap

Tomatoes

Ardmona / Shepparton / Tatura / Kyabram / Echuca / Rochester / Elmore

Jan - Apr

Tobacco

Ovens / King & Kiewa Valleys

Feb - Mar

Grapes

Lake Boga / Nyah West / Swan Hill / Robinvale Sunraysia Area

Feb - Apr

Grapes

Ovens / King & Kiewa Valleys

Mar - Apr

Apples

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

Sep - Nov

Asparagus

Dalmore

Oct - Dec

Strawberries

Silvan

Nov - Feb

Cherries / Berries

Wandin / Silvan

Nov - Feb

Cherries

Boweya / Glenrowan / Wagandary

Nov - Dec

Tomato Weeding

Echuca / Rochester




Tasmania - Pick your way across The Bass Strait
Also known as the "Apple Isle", Tasmania represents almost a fifth of the apple production in Australia. The first apple tree was planted in Tasmania in the 1700's. Today 120 families around the state grow approximately 55.000 Tones of apples every year. The bulk of Tasmania's apples are grown in the Huon district South of Hobart - just one of Tasmanias gateways to unspoiled wilderness, fascinating wildlife, history and heritage.

Unlike most other states in Australia, Tasmania has a relatively short fruit picking season. For about six months, generally from December to the end of May, fruitpicking jobs are available all around this beautiful island. When the fruitpicking season starts there is plenty of work available picking apples, pears, wide variety of stonefruits, hops, grapes, berries and much more.

Harvest

Crop

Location

Mar - May

Apples

Hunter Valley / Tasman Peninsula / West Tamar

Dec - Jan

Soft Fruit

Channel District / Huon / Kingborough / Derwent Valley

Feb - Apr

Grapes

Huon / Tamar Valley

Mar - Apr

Hops

Scottsdale / New Norfolk / Devenport

Jan - Feb

Scallop Splitting

Bicheno




South Australia - Gateway to outback adventures, vineyards & Kangaroo Island
In South Australia you can get a real taste of the finer things in life combined with unique nature experiences, rare wildlife and exhilirating outback adventures! And most amazingly - you can easily find work in this beautiful Southern state to pay for it ALL!

South Australia offers fruit and vegetable picking jobs all year around e.g. picking citrus and soft fruits such as raspberries and strawberries around the Riverland area. Seasonal work from February to April work is usually available around The Barossa Valley picking and packing the grapes that have made this region famous worldwide.

Harvest

Crop

Location

Jan - Mar

Dried Fruits

Riverland

Feb - Apr

Apples & Pears

Adelaide Hills

Feb - Apr

Grapes & Peaches

Riverland

Feb - Apr

Grapes

Barossa Valley

Feb - Apr

Grapes

Southern Vales

Feb - Aug

Brussels Sprouts

Adelaide Hills

Jun - Aug

Oranges

Riverland

Jun - Sep

Prunning

Riverland

Sep - Jan

Oranges (Juices & Packing)

Riverland

Oct - Feb

Strawberries

Adelaide Hills

Dec - Feb

Apricots

Riverland




Western Australia - Australias largest state!
Awesome environment, super friendly people, the worlds largest fish, ancient trees and more sunshine than you know what to do with! Western Australia is an amazing place to work!

Fruit and vegetable picking jobs are widely available in the Southwest of the state. Every year from October to June you can cash up by harvesting grapes and orchard fruits. From March to November fishing and processing work is available for crayfish, prawns and scallops on the west coast between Fremantle and Carnarvon. From May to October fruit and vegetable picking & packing jobs are easy to find in the northeast, around Kununurra.

Harvest

Crop

Location

Jan - Mar

Grapes

Margaret River / Mt Barker / Swan Valley

Mar - May

Apples & Pears

Manjimup / Pemberton / Donnybrook

Mar - Oct

Prawning & Scalloping

Carnarvon

May - Sep

Zucchini & Rockmelons

Kununurra

Apr - Nov

Melons

Coorow

Jun - Dec

Melons & Tomatoes

Carnarvon

Jul - Aug

Bananas

Kununurra

Jul - Dec

Wildflowers

Coorow / Muchea

Oct - Jan

Mangoes

Kununurra

All Year

Fishing

Broome

Nov - Jun

Rock Lobster

Freemantle / Kalbarri / Dongara Geraldton / Broome




Northern Territory - Work your way North!
Blessed with iconic natural wonders, spectacular national parks, amazing wildlife and the wast red desert, Northern Territory has it all! The best thing is; you can simply work your way to explore it all!

Whilst it can be diffecult to find good information about the possibilities for fruit and vegetable picking jobs in the Northern Territory it is widely available. Seasonal work from May to October picking melons around Katherine and Darwin is popular. From October to November mango pickers & packers are needed both around Katherine and Darwin. Citrus and bananas are grown all year around Katherine. And Darwin (Gateway to Kakadu National Park) offer possibilities for picking work all year picking bananas, citrus, vegetables and cutting flowers.

Harvest

Crop

Location

Mar - Oct

Melons

Katherine / Darwin

Oct - Nov

Mangos (picking & packing)

Katherine / Darwin

All year

Citrus

Katherine / Darwin

All year

Bananas

Katherine / Darwin

All year

Asian vegetables

Darwin

All year

Cutting wildflowers

Darwin