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Fruit picking Australia

Working Hostel Australia is a community especially designed to create and maintain transparency within the fruit picking and harvest work area. If you want to enjoy finding a job, hostel, rideshare and more under one roof, Working Hostel Australia is here to offer you thrilling fruit picking experiences.

Working Hostel Australia is a website for Backpackers and fruit pickers who are desperately looking for fruit picking work in Australia and accommodation facilities. Fruit picking jobs in Australia offer a great opportunity to the backpackers to earn extra income to support their trip when travelling for the same job in rural areas of Australia. Plus it's the pathway to receiving your second year visa for Australia.


Working Hostel Australia is a wonderful way to earn money fast. The big area and changing climate from tropical to sub-temperate of Australia allow an individual holding working visa to get involved in fruit picking jobs. The tricky part is knowing where to go, and at what time of the year is best for that fruit picking crop.

If you are on a working holiday or student work visa in Australia, you may truly enjoy fruit picking work. Additionally, you can extend your visa for 12 month more to enjoy the fruit picking jobs and industry all over again. The average daily rate of pay for fruit picking Australia is currently between $115 plus. However, there are many fruit picking jobs are paid at piece rates or on contract basis which enable you to make better than the average hourly rate especially when you're fit and healthy to speed up your work.

Fruit Picking Seasons

The fruit picking season or harvest season in Australia peaks during summer. The months between December to May are the perfect seasons to harvest different fruits including grapes, mangoes, stone fruits like plums, peaches and apricots across Australia. However, different weather patterns and temperatures in different states and territories in Australia may also different the picking seasons.

Regions in Australia for Fruit Picking

No matter what time of year it is or where you are in Australia there are always farming jobs, fruit picking and Harvest jobs available. Use the table below to see what needs picking when as you work your way around Oz.


Queensland grows 1/3 of the nation's fruit and vegetables. From Stanthorpe in the south to the Atherton Tablelands in the far North. More than 120 types of fruit and vegetable are picked and packed in the state every year all year round so there are plenty of fruit picking and harvest jobs.

Dec - JanBananas / SugarInnisfail / Tully
Feb - MarPears / ApplesStanthorpe
Feb - AprRockmelonSt. George
Feb - AprGingerSunshine Coast
Feb - AprVegetablesBundaberg
Apr - JunCitrusGayandah / Mundubbera
Apr - OctAll sortsLockyer Valley
Apr - NovBeansMary Valley
Apr - DecTomatoes / vegetablesBowen / Ayr
May - OctBroccoliToowoomba
May - DecSugar CaneAyr / Ingham / Innisfail
Jul - SepGingerSunshine Coast
Jul - DecOnionsLockyer Valley
Nov - FebMangoes / Lychees / Advocados / BananasMareeba
Nov - JanPlumsStanthorpe
Nov - JanCottonGoodiwindi /St. George
Oct - JanPeachesStanthorpe
Nov - MarCottonToowoomba / Millerran
Dec - MarAll sortsStanthorpe

New South Wales

November to April is the busiest harvest period which peaks in February. There is fruit picking work 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 and hence why it is home to the world famous "big Banana!!"

Jan - MarStone FruitYoung
Feb - MarGrapesGriffith / Leeton
Feb - MarPearsOrange
Feb - MarGrapesHunter Valley
Feb - MarPrunesYoung
Feb - AprilApplesOrange
Mar - AprGrapesTumburumba
Mar - MayApplesBatlow
Mar - JunCotton PickingNarrabri / Mooree
Sep - OctAsparagusGundagai
Sep - DecAsparagusCowra
Sep - AprOrangesGriffith
Nov - DecCherriesYoung / Orange
Nov - AprOrangesLecton
Dec - JanOnionsGriffith
Dec - MarStone FruitTumut / Batlow
Dec - AprBlueberriesTumbarumba


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

Jan - AprPears / Peaches / ApplesArdmona / Shepparton / Tatura / Cobram / Invergordon / Kyabram
Jan - AprTomatoesArdmona / Shepparton / Tatura / Kyabram / Echuca / Rochester / Elmore
Jan - AprTobaccoOvens / King &Kiewa Valleys
Feb - MarGrapesLake Boga / Nyah West / Swan Hill / RobinvaleSunraysia Area
Feb - AprGrapesOvens / King &Kiewa Valleys
Mar - AprApplesBuckland Valley / Stanley / Wandilong / Red Hill / Main Range
Sep - NovAsparagusDalmore
Oct - DecStrawberriesSilvan
Nov - FebCherries / BerriesWandin / Silvan
Nov - FebCherriesBoweya / Glenrowan / Wagandary
Nov - DecTomato WeedingEchuca / Rochester


Like Coffs Harbour is to the banana, Tasmania is to the apple!. It grows almost a fifth of the apples in Australia, approximately 55.000 tones every year. The main areas are in the Huon district South of Hobart. Tasmania has a relatively short fruit picking season, generally from December to the end of May, fruit picking and harvest jobs are available all around Tasmania. As well as picking apples there are also pears, stone fruits, hops, grapes, berries and much more.

Mar - MayApplesHunter Valley / Tasman Peninsula / West Tamar
Dec - JanSoft FruitChannel District / Huon / Kingborough / Derwent Valley
Feb - AprGrapesHuon / Tamar Valley
Mar - AprHopsScottsdale / New Norfolk / Devenport
Jan - FebScallop SplittingBicheno

South Australia

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. February to April work is available around The Barossa Valley picking and packing the grapes.

Jan - MarDried FruitsRiverland
Feb - AprApples & PearsAdelaide Hills
Feb - AprGrapes & PeachesRiverland
Feb - AprGrapesBarossa Valley
Feb - AprGrapesSouthern Vales
Feb - AugBrussels SproutsRiverland
Jun - AugOrangesRiverland
Jun - SepPrunningRiverland
Sep - JanOranges (Juices & Packing)Bicheno
Oct - FebStrawberriesAdelaide Hills
Dec - FebApricotsRiverland

Western Australia

Fruit picking and harvest jobs are available in the Southwest of the state. From October to June you can harvest grapes and orchard fruits. March to November there is also fishing and processing work available for crayfish, prawns and scallops between Fremantle and Carnarvon. From May to October head northeast, around Kununurra for harvest jobs and fruit picking.

Jan - MarGrapesMargaret River / Mt Barker / Swan Valley
Mar - MayApples & PearsManjimup / Pemberton / Donnybrook
Mar - OctPrawning & ScallopingCarnarvon
May - SepZucchini &RockmelonsKununurra
Apr - NovMelonsCoorow
Jun - DecMelons & TomatoesCarnarvon
Jul - AugBananasKununurra
Jul - DecWildflowersCoorow / Muchea
Oct - JanMangoesKununurra
All YearFishingBroome
Nov - JunRock LobsterFreemantle / Kalbarri / DongaraGeraldton / Broome

Northern Territory

May to October picking melons around Katherine and Darwin is popular. From October to November head to Katherine and Darwin for mango picking and packing jobs as well as citrus and bananas which are grown all year around there.

Mar - OctMelonsKatherine / Darwin
Oct - NovMangos (picking & packing)Katherine / Darwin
All yearCitrusKatherine / Darwin
All yearBananasKatherine / Darwin
All yearAsian vegetablesDarwin
All yearCutting wildflowersDarwin