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Located on the north coast of New South Wales, Ballina is 865 km north of Sydney and is bordered by the sparkling Pacific Ocean and the lush green hills of the hinterland. A stone’s throw from Byron Bay the scenery and picturesque views is of similar to that of it’s neighboring town. You’ll find fruit picking opportunities year round, from picking lychees to custard apples.

Population: Approx. 800

Fruit Picking Work in Ballina

February to March – Lychees
April to September – Macadamias nuts, avocados
June to September – Custard apples
September to December – Stonefruit
October to December – Coffee
October to January – Blueberries

Fruit Picking Jobs in the Ballina

Fruit Picking Jobs in New South Wales

Where’s Ballina

Getting There

By car, Mungindi is 567 kms south west of Brisbane. The best way to get there is to follow the Cunningham, Newell and Carnarvon Highways and then look for the signs to Mungindi.
There is no regular public transport to the area.


If flying the closest airport is the Ballina Byron Gateway airport, where services operate on from Melbourne and Sydney. Otherwise you can fly to Brisbane or Coolangatta Airports and catch one of the frequent buses down south to Ballina.

If driving Ballina is located 218 kms south of Brisbane or 776 kms north of Sydney via the Pacific
Highway. There are also daily bus services from Sydney and Brisbane to the area.

Not Fruit Picking – What to do?

  • Grab a surfboard or boogie board and hit one of the many beaches on the coast. If that’s not your thing just pack some sunscreen, lie on the beach and get an amazing tan for free!
  • Check out The Big Prawn, another of Australia’s amazing fascination with BIG things and a huge hit with tourists.
  • Hire a boat and take a leisurley cruise around the lake, a great afternoon tradition.

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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Dimitri /

G'day Guys, My name is Dimi, I'm one of the admins/starters of . Freddie and I started this community to help working holiday makers and harvest workers find jobs in an easy and transparent manner. We're not just here to help you finding jobs, anything related to your working holiday down under, we will help try find a way to make it easier for you too achieve. Getting your tax done, deals, travel spots... you name it. If you ever have any questions or feedback please don't hesitate to ask. We're always looking for ways to improve the site and help meet our members needs and build a stronger community. Hope you're doing well and best of luck. Cheers Dimi

5 Responses to “Ballina”

  1. xavier

    hey im xavi from spain im very interested to go to ballina to pick fruit here from abril to september!
    im 31 years old from spain hard worker
    i want to know all the information about this with who i have to talk?

    xavi bernal

    • Dimi

      Hi Xavi,

      We’re officially launching in approximately two weeks time, then the forum will be up and running where you can post you’re looking for work :)

      Cheers and thanks for getting on board!


  2. Leandro

    I arrive from Argentina on Monday 17th looking forward to get the possibility to work in the Region doing some picking, packing fruit or farm work. I will be grateful if you please send me information of contractors, farms or any that would help me to find a job.


  3. Daizie

    Young, British Female looking for farm work to count towards second year visa. Ready to start immediately. Hard working, reliable and honest. Ideally looking for a set wage and happy to pay for food and accomodation seperate. I have a full UK driving licence, but not vehicle at the moment. Im currently in Whitsundays area but able to travel asap



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