When you hear Bundaberg what springs to mind is probably Rum, but Bundaberg is one of Australia’s leading harvest work regions. Located about 375km north of Brisbane, Bundy produces the most tomatoes Australia wide and accounts for approximately one-fifth of all national sugar production. This supports the production of Ginger Beer and Rum, where harvested canes are easily transported to these codependent industries . Don’t worry it ain’t just sugar and tomatoes! Their is loads of fruit picking and vegetable picking work with cucumber, mango, capsicum, beans, paw paw, corn, avocado, citrus, potatoes and many others ready for the picking. With farm work also available Bundaberg has opportunities all year round.
Fruit Picking Work in Bundaberg
January to December – Sweet potatoes
February to September – Avocados
March to July – Citrus
March to December – Zucchinis
April to May – Beans
April to August – Capsicums
April to June – Cucumbers, custard apples
April to August – Tomatoes
May to July – Pumpkins
August to November – Cherry tomatoes
August to September – Strawberries
October to November – Beans, cucumbers
October to December – Capsicums, tomatoes, melons
November to December – Pumpkins
December to February – Mangoes
For more information check the fruit picking harvest calendar.
Same story different destination, the Bruce Highway will get you to Bundaberg if driving along the east coast. Bundaberg-Brisbane is about a 4-5 hour drive south, while Bundaberg-Rockhampton is a 4 hour drive north. All the coach services will run through Bundaberg so you won’t have a problem getting there! The nearest major airports are the Sunshine Coast ( 3-4 hour drive south) or Mackay (4hour drive north ).
There are heaps of accommodation options in Bundaberg, in season there will be camping opportunities on farms, backpacker hostels are also popular places to meet people and find additional work and there’s also caravan parks and camping facilities around. Of course you will find hotels and motels if you need a break from the backpacker/camping life.
Not Fruit Picking – What to do?
Fruit picking work aside there’s a few historical museums and wineries to get too. If you have a car there are many options within an hours drive. Get in contact with the guys at the local visitor centre.
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.
Get in Contact with the local visitor centre