Avocados mature on the tree but will not ripen until they are picked! Picking avocados will involve picking poles, cherry pickers and ladders. After the fruit is picked the avocados are placed into baskets for transportation to the packing and grading shed. The work itself can be repetitious, tiring and lack intellectual stimulation.
Avocado Picking Tips
Avocados must be picked carefully to avoid bruising. You’ll know when to pick the avocados when the stem becomes more yellow, darker varieties appear to be changing from green to purple. Your farmer or boss will know when the fruit is ready to be picked, so remember to ask them or people staying at your accommodation for any tips and hints.
Avocado Picking Locations
Mareeba, Dimbulah, Lismore, Busselton
Berri, Atherton, Barmera, Coffs, Harbour
Waikerie, Childers, Byron Bay, Sydney Basin
Manjimup, Bundaberg, Ballina, Gin Gin
Things you’ll need
Work will be in hot conditions so remember to stay cool and hydrated unless you’re working in a Greenhouse.
- Non slip sturdy footwear.
- Long Pants or Shorts
- Long-sleeved shirt
- Broad Brimmed Hat
Up North weather can be tropical so be prepared for all sorts!
Did you know?
Avocados contain more potassium than bananas.
Pay rates are typically calculated on a per piece basis, so the more avocados you pick, the more you’re going to earn. As you perfect your technique you’ll become more efficient and in turn increase the quantity pick. Hourly pay can range from $15-$20 per hour but per piece pay will vary from farm to farm.