Harvesting bananas is not for the faint at heart, it’s work that leans itself to fit and strong individuals. If you’re not suited to hard labour try spraying for weeds, fertilising or applying covers to protect banana plant from wind damage. Cultivators typically work in teams of two, to ensure the bunch of bananas are removed without being damaged. Bunches are then stacked and then transported to the packing area/shed.
Banana Picking Tips
Guys normally to do heavy work, carry the bananas on their shoulders to the hangers and other heavy lifting and strenious work. Females will typically find themselves in the packing sheds sorting bananas. Remember to ask your farmer or working hostel for any tips and hints.
Banana Picking Locations
Mareeba, Carnarvon, Atherton, Innisfail, Tully
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?
Queenslanders are known as Banana Benders!
Payment is typically per hour, but some cultivators are paid per bunch, it all just depends on the specific farm you’re working at.