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.
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
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
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.