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IF IT NEEDS PLANTING, PRUNING, PICKING or PACKING...
ITS PROBABLY HORTICULTURE!

If you have a valid Working Holiday or Student Work Visa, Tax File Number and at least 3 weeks availability (Workstay recommends at least 3 weeks or ideally more) and are reasonably fit (bending, climbing ladders, long hours standing, all weather) then you will probably consider doing some kind of horticulture work during your Australian travels. An average horticulture working week would consist of between 40 to 48 hours (Remember: Horticulture work can be subject to change without notice). The average hourly rate of pay for Horticulture work is currently between $15 and $20 per hour. Many fruit picking jobs are paid at piece rates - also called "contract" - which allows you to make better than the average hourly rate once you've got your speed up.
Seasonal horticulture work attracts a Tax rate of 13% if you tick the Resident box on your Tax File Number Declaration Form. If you complete 3 months horticulture work in a regional area i.e. outside a capital city, you will be eligible to apply for a 12 month extension to your working holiday visa.
Please Note: Due to a high demand of inquiries from backpackers and working holiday visa holders, we have decide to put together a list of fruit growers around each state where you can contact them directly so you can find work in the fruit picking industry. Please check the seasons below also for the best places to start looking for jobs in these industries.




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Albany
Seasons High season
LOCATION Job Options
Aquaculture
Grainhandling
Grape Picking
Grape Pruning
Meat Processing
Olive Picking
Olive Pruning
Salmon fishing
Strawberry
Medium requirement for labour All Year
Medium requirement for labour All  Year
March-April
June-September
Medium requirement for labour All Year
May-June
July-August
Feburary
October-May
No High season
No High season
March-April
July-August
No High Season
No High Season
No High season
No High Season
Nov-Feb
South West of WA
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Broome Seasons
High season
LOCATION
Job Options
Melon October-November
Greater West of WA

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Carnarvon Seasons
High season
LOCATION
Job Options
Banana
Capsicum
Cucumber
Eggplant
Grape - Picking
Grape - Pruning
Line Fishing
Mango
Net Fishing
Rockmelon
Tomato
Watermelon
Zucchini


High requirement for labour All Year
May-December
May-November
May-November
August-December
May-July
Medium requirement for labour All Year
January-March
April-September
November-April
May-December
November-April
May-October
All Year
May-Dec
June-Nov
June-Sept
Aug-Sept
June-July
May-July
Jan-Feburary
April-August
Nov-March
May-December
Nov-March
Jun-Sept
Greater West of WA
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Denmark Seasons
High season
LOCATION
Job Options
Blue Berries
Grape - Picking
Grape - Pruning
December-March
Feburary-March
June-Sept
No High Season
No High Season
July-August
South West of WA
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Donnybrook Seasons
High season

Job Options
Apple - Picking
Apple - Pruning
Apple - Thinning
Grape - Picking
Grape - Pruning
Pear - Picking
Stone Fruit - Picking
Stone Fruit - Thinning
Tomato - Picking
Febuary-June
June-september
November-December
January-April
June-September
Feburary-April
December-March
November-December
Feburary-April
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
Dec-March
No High Season
No High Season
South West of WA
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Frankland Seasons
High season
LOCATION
Job Options
Grape - Picking
Grape - Pruning
Olive - Picking
Olive - Pruning
Feburary-April
June-September
May-June
July-August
No High Season
July-August
No High Season
No High Season
South West of WA
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GinGin Seasons
High season
LOCATION
Job Options
Citrus - Pack/Picking
Citrus - Pruning
Grape - Picking
Grape - Pruning
Olive - Pruning
Stone Fruit - Pack/Picking
Tree Planting
Vegetable - Picking
Medium requirement for labour All  Year
June-July
January-Feburary
June-August
July-September
November-January
December-January
Medium requirement for labour All  Year
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
North of Perth
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Kununurra Seasons
High season
LOCATION
Job Options
Citrus
Corn
Mango
Melon
Pumpkin
Tree Planting
January-March
June-September
October-December
May-November
May-November
March -September
Feburary-March
June-July
Oct-Nov
May-Sept
May-Sept
March-July
Far North of WA
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Manjimup Seasons
High season
LOCATION
Job Options
Apple
Pear
Feburary-May
Feburary-May
March-April
March-April
South West of WA
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Margaret River Seasons
High season
LOCATION
Job Options
Grape - Picking
Grape - Pruning
January-March
June-August
Jan-March
No High Season
South of Perth
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Mount Barker Seasons
High season
LOCATION
Job Options
Cherry
Grape - Picking
Grape - Pruning
Strawberry
Tree Harvesting
Nurseries
November-January
March-April
June-August
October-May
Medium requirement for labour All  Year
Medium requirement for labour All  Year
No High Season
No High Season
July-August
Nov-Feb
No High Season
No High Season
South West of WA
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Narrogin Seasons
High season
LOCATION
Job Options
Broad Acre Cropping
Hay Mowing/Bailing
Meat Processing
Tree Harvesting
Nurseries
Wheat Handling
Grain Harvest
April-June
October-January
Medium requirement for labour All  Year
Medium requirement for labour All  Year
Medium requirement for labour All  Year
October-January
October-January
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
No High Season
South West of WA
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Swan Valley Seasons
High season
LOCATION
Job Options
Grape - Picking
Grape - Pruning
January-April
June-September
Jan-Feb
July-August
Perth Region
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DONNYBROOK Fruit picking region of Western Australia

Donnybrook is a 2 hour drive south of Perth and 30K's inland from Bunbury.
There is a TransWA train/bus service to Donnybrook via Bunbury every day from Perth.
Home of the Granny Smith, Pink Lady Apples. Also has stone fruit, vineyards, tree planting. Seasonal work available from October to May
Very nice, picturesque area. Town has 2 pubs, 7 day supermarket
chemist, bakery etc ... and a working Hostel in town.
 

Manjimup

Is one hour south of Donnybrook and is the gateway to the Karri Forrest. Manjimip has a large variety of fruit & vegetable crops as well as some vineyards. Some seasonal work available all year. Peak season from October through June has a Pub, 7-day supermarket and a working Hostel in Town.

WHEAT & SHEEP FARMS

Workstay is about "real" working holiday experiences and for the right people
working on a wheat & sheep farm or cattle station is not only a unique Workstay but also a unique Working Holiday Experience.

BROOME

Broome has a very high turnover of travellers looking for work between April and October. Employers are really only interested in those looking to work for a minimum of 3 months (though the type of work available will in most cases not qualify for a Visa extension). Accommodation can be the big problem as it is in short supply and expensive. Hospitality and tourism is the biggest employer followed by ad hoc labouring type work. The horticulture industry (fruit-picking) is almost non-existent. The pearling industry does have some work available from April/May through to Sept/October. To find work in and around the Broome region is very much a case of knock knock knocking on doors and being in the right place at the right time. Check with Workstay
More about Jobs in Broome

KUNUNURRA

Kununurra is a big horticulture area and ideal for travellers looking for a visa extension after 3 month's harvest work.
More about: Jobs in Kununurra


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