LIVING AND WORKING ON FARMS
Hiring Season: All year
Wage: Minimum $17.75 per hour, or contract (per quantity)
Commitment: No minimum although ideally three months – you can come and go as you please.
More people than ever are heading to Australia to take advantage of recent changes to the working holiday visa which allows travellers who have worked as a seasonal worker in regional Australia for at least three months to apply for a second work visa in Australia. So you can make friends, get a tan, and then get a second working visa!
- Minimum age 18
- A minimum of intermediate English
- No experience necessary
- Must be self-motivated
- Must be willing to plan your travel arrangements according to employer defined start dates
- Must be a working holiday maker or be eligible for an Australian Holiday visa
The definition of seasonal work required for application for a second working holiday visa was recently expanded to include not only fruit-picking and harvest work but work in other industries such as fishing, pearling, shearing, butchery and forestry.
What is fruit picking and harvesting work like?
If you enjoy the outdoors, harvest work is an exciting way to experience the beauty and culture of Australia. You'll meet other adventurous travellers and there'll be plenty of time after-hours to explore the breath-taking scenery of regional Australia and to enjoy the outdoor recreational activities many regions have to offer.
Be warned that harvest work and fruit picking in Australia can be demanding labour with lots of bending and stretching, often in hot temperatures and dusty locations. Being physically fit and healthy is important. In most orchards fruit pickers will start early in the morning at around six am to avoid the hottest parts of the day, but you will still have to wear sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, sturdy boots, insect repellent, and carry water with you.