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A modern country town that now supplies approximately 25% of Queensland cotton. Emerald is also a popular cattle growing area but you will also find work picking Grapes, Melons & citrus fruits. Their is an fossilised tree aged at 250 million years old at the Emerald Town hall, make you sure check that out!
 

Population: Approx. 11,000

Fruit Picking Work in Emerald

March to May – Cotton picking & Cotton ginning
March to September – Citrus
April to December – Melons
May to June – Vine pruning
October to December – Grapes

Fruit Picking Jobs in Emerald

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Where’s Emerald

Getting There

Emerald is about 3hrs inland from Rockhampton accessible via the Capricorn Highway. Paradise coaches run buses from Mackay and Rockhampton to Emerald.

Accommodation

You can find accommodation where you work, on farm stays, caravan parks and the backpackers hostel. There is also motel and hotel accommodation available. The nearest airports are Rockhampton and Mackay, about 3 and 4 hour drives away.

Not Fruit Picking – What to do?

Emerald is a large modern country town located about 270km inland from the coast. Popular activities include off road driving, fishing, canoeing, camping, birdwatching and water skiing. Have a beer with the locals, always a good laugh! There is also nice Botanical Gardens, the Emerald Railway station and check out sunflower painting and the fossilised wood!

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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