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Australian Harvest Calendar

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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

Queensland is 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.

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

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!!"

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

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.

Harvest Crop Location
Jan - Apr Pears / Peaches / Apples Ardmona / Shepparton / Tatura / Cobram / Invergordon / Kyabram
Jan - Apr 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

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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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