So you’re getting ready to plan out your fruit picking adventure, well you’ve come to the right spot! Australia is a large place with a very big agricultural and horticultural industry. As a harvest worker you’re supporting the Australian Economy, assisting our farmers whilst earning a quid or two to see the sights of Australia.

Here you’ll find all the basic information of whats going on when and where. What’s in season, how long for and which regions you should visit. So whether your a seasoned picker, working holiday maker, student looking for extra cash,this is an essential resource.

There’s also individual write ups on all Fruit Picking Locations across Australia which will be very handy when trying to source additional information. Not to mention individual crop descriptions with information on picking each fruit and vegetable.


Northern Territory


The Northern Territory is notorious for its dangerous salt and freshwater crocs and jellyfish that often loiter around beaches, billabongs and rivers. The region itself is said to be one of the last places left in the world to offer a breathtaking remote natural environment so make sure you get out there and explore. You can lose and find yourself in the Northern Territory but one thing you’ll definitely find is the opportunity to get a harvest or fruit picking job. If you’re going for a holiday first we recommend visiting during dry season, there’s heaps of backpackers floating around so fun to be had by all.

 

Harvest Dates Main Crops Locations
Mar – Oct Melons ( Various) Darwin & Katherine
Oct & Nov Mangos (both picking & packing) Darwin & Katherine
Year Round Citrus Darwin & Katherine
Year Round Bananas Darwin & Katherine
Year Round Asian vegetables Darwin
Year Round Wildflowers Darwin


Western Australia


You’re way out west now, the state offers so much from the Coral Coast, Golden Outback, relaxed beach vibe of Perth not to mention Australia’s Northwest. Western Australia is often missed out when people visit Australia, but there’s more down-under then the east coast! So make sure you head west and experience Western Australia. Due to it’s large size and varied climate, Western Australia is offers different work opportunities year round.

 

Harvest Dates Main Crops Locations
Jan – Mar Grapes Margaret River, Mt Barker, Swan Valley
Mar – May Apples & Pears Manjimup, Donnybrook, Pemberton
Mar – Oct Scalloping & Prawning Carnarvon
May – Sep Rockmelons & Zucchini Kununurra
Apr – Nov Melons Coorow
Jun – Dec Tomatoes & Melons Carnarvon
Jul – Aug Bananas Kununurra
Jul – Dec Wildflowers Muchea, Coorow
Oct – Jan Mangoes Kununurra
All Year Fishing Broome
Nov – Jun Rock Lobster Dongara, Geraldton, Broome,Freemantle , Kalbarri


South Australia


One things for sure, they do know how to make a good drop of wine in South Australia. So expect to find yourself picking grapes, regardless there will be other harvest work opportunities on offer. The state itself is known for it’s long summers, mild winters with many things to explore, from the Barossa Valley to Kangaroo island you’ll definitely find something to get stuck into when over in South Australia. The capital Adelaide is often referred to as the city of Churches, do you think the name is fitting? Let us know :)

 

Harvest Dates Main Crops Locations
Jan – Mar Dried Fruits Riverland
Feb – Apr Apples & Pears Adelaide Hills
Feb – Apr Peaches & Grapes Riverland
Feb – Apr Grapes Barossa Valley, Southern Vales
Feb – Aug Brussels Sprouts Adelaide Hills
Jun – Aug Oranges Riverland
Jun – Sep Pruning Riverland
Sep – Jan Oranges Riverland
Oct – Feb Strawberries Adelaide Hills
Dec – Feb Apricots Riverland


Tasmania


Travelling the road less travelled may involve a flight or a ferry ride. Tasmania is often neglected by travellers and fruit pickers when visiting Australia but let’s get one thing straight, you’re definitely missing on some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes. The east coast, western wilderness, Launceston and Hobart have so much to offer and explore! So get involved and discover Tasmania. Harvest work wise you’ll expect to find work picking Apples, Hops, Grapes and the list goes on!

 

Harvest Dates Main Crops Locations
Mar – May Apples West Tamar,Hunter Valley, Tasman Peninsula
Dec – Jan Various Fruits Kingborough, Derwent Valley, Channel District, Huon
Feb – Apr Grapes Tamar Valley, Huon
Mar & Apr Hops Devenport, Scottsdale, New Norfolk
Jan & Feb Scallop Splitting Bicheno


Victoria


There’s so much to see and do in Victoria, from the Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges, Mornington Peninsula, Great Ocean Road, Phillip Island, Gold fields, Grampians and the list goes on! Melbourne, wow, how can we describe Australia’s if the not Worlds Sporting Capital, there’s so much going on it’s endless! Make sure you get down to Victoria, travel around and get some harvest work. We couldn’t recommend it any more!

 

Harvest Dates Main Crops Locations
Jan – Apr Pears / Peaches / Apples Cobram, Invergordon, Kyabram,Ardmona, Shepparton,Tatura
Jan – Apr Tomatoes Kyabram,Echuca, Rochester, Elmore, Ardmona,Shepparton, Tatura
Jan – Apr Tobacco Ovens, King & Kiewa Valleys
Feb & Mar Grapes Swan Hill, Robinvale, Sunraysia Area,Lake Boga, Nyah West
Sep – Nov Asparagus Dalmore
Oct – Dec Strawberries Silvan
Nov – Feb Cherries / Berries Silvan, Wandin


New South Wales


The most populated state in Australia, there’s always something to do in in NSW from the Blue Mountains, North Coast, Outback NSW, Snowy Mountains you’ll be entertained by an abundance of options. The capital city is home to one of the worlds most recognizable landmarks, the Sydney harbor bridge not to mention many other popular destinations such as Bondi Beach. Harvest work wise you’ll be looking at positions picking stone fruit, grapes, pears, citrus, onions, asparagus, berries and the list goes on!

 

Harvest Dates Main Crops Locations
Jan – Mar Stone Fruit Young
Feb & Mar Grapes Leeton, Griffith
Feb & Mar Pears Orange
Feb & Mar Grapes Hunter Valley
Feb & Mar Prunes Young
Feb – Apr 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


Queensland


You’re up north with the Banana Benders now! Queensland really encapsulates the imagery of the east coast with so many popular tourist destinations.  The Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, Surfers Paradise, the list goes on! Getting a campervan and experiencing Queensland is a great idea, you can get a tan, make some cash fruit picking and really explore the sunshine state. Harvest work wise you’ll expect to be picking Bananas, Apples, Pears, Citrus, Ginger, Melons and the list goes on!

 

Harvest Dates Main Crops Locations
Dec-Jan Sugar & Bananas Innisfail, Tully
Feb – Mar Apples & Pears Stanthorpe
Feb & Apr Melons (Rockmelon) St. George
Feb – Apr Ginger Sunshine Coast
Mar – Dec Various Vegetables Bundaberg
Apr – Jun Citrus ( Oranges, Mandarins) Gayandah, Mundubbera
Apr – Oct Various Fruits & Vegetables Lockyer Valley
Apr – Nov Beans Mary Valley
Apr – Dec Various Vegetables & Tomatoes Bowen, Ayr
May – Oct Broccoli Toowoomba
May – Dec Sugar Cane Ayr, Innisfail, Ingham
Jul – Sep Ginger Sunshine Coast
Jul – Dec Onions Lockyer Valley
Nov – Feb Mangoes, Lychees, Bananas, Advocados Mareeba
Nov – Jan Plums Stanthorpe
Nov – Jan Cotton Goodiwindi, St. George
Oct – Jan Peaches Stanthorpe
Nov – Mar Cotton Millerran, Toowoomba

 

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