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Bairnsdale is located on the river flats of the Mitchell River, near where the river flows into Lake King and is the regional and commercial centre of East Gippsland. Harvest work wise most of the opportunities exist from August through to may where you’ll expect to find work picking cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, potatoes, carrots, chillis, capsicums and many others.

Population: Approx 11,700

Fruit Picking Work in Bairnsdale

January to December – Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, potatoes, carrots
February to June – Chillis, capsicums, egg plant, tomatoes
August to January – Asparagus
November to May – Celery, snow peas
December to May – Corn, beans, pumpkin,cucumbers, squash, onions, leeks

Fruit Picking Jobs in Bairnsdale

Fruit Picking Jobs in Victoria

Where’s Bairnsdale

Getting There

Bairnsdale is 3-4 hours west of Melbourne along the Princess Freeway. Train services operate regularly to so you won’t have any problems there if without a car.

Some farms will provide basic dorm style accommodation for harvest workers or will accommodate harvest workers with camper vans or camping equipment. Otherwise there’s a caravan park and motel in town.

Not Fruit Picking – What to do?

  • Go on one of the many river or heritage walks
  • Check out the 90 mile beach and the Gippsland lakes
  • See the Buchan Caves

Extending Your Australian Working Holiday Visa

Many harvest jobs will meet the Second Australian Working Holiday Visa eligibility and count towards the 88 days of specified work. Some regional locations and jobs are ineligible which could lead to the Department of Immigration rejecting your application. So remember to confirm whether or not your fruit picking or harvest job will count towards the Second Australian WHV.


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4 Responses to “Bairnsdale”

  1. Veronica Barry

    Any fruit or veggie picking positions available?


    • Dimi

      G’day Veronica,

      We are working on our Job Board and aim to have positions up as soon as possible!

      Stay tuned!

  2. Lee Carol

    and my friend are holding working visa. We are looking for fruit picking jobs. We can start work on the begining of Sept. Please feel free to contact us if there are vacanies of workers. Thanks a lot.


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