Just under an hours drive from Brisbane there’s work all year round in Laidley. You’re most likely going to get a job between March and November , but many of the farmers know each other, so you may secure work after the current harvest is exhausted. Its a very scenic region and within close proximity to two major cities. Overall Laidley is a good destination for harvest work.
Fruit Picking Work in Laidley
March to April – Sweet Potatoes
March to June – Beans
May to September – Snow peas
May to October – Celery, Chinese cabbage
May to November – Cabbage, cauliﬂower, lettuce, broccoli
May to December – Potatoes, beetroot
July to November – Carrots
August to December – Onions
September to November – Garlic
November to May – Pumpkins, sweet corn, tomatoes, capsicums
November to December – Beans
December to February – Melons, zucchinis
An hour drive west of Brissy along the Warrego highway and about an hours and 45 north west from the Gold Coast. Train and bus services also operate to Laidley but it may be handy having a car when doing harvest work.
On site camping is an option at certain farms, their are also caravan park, farm stays, a backpackers lodge along with motels and hotels. The nearest major airports are Brissy and Goldy which are 1hr and 1.45 hrs away respectively.
Not Fruit Picking – What to do?
When not doing harvest work there is plenty of things to do, you can step back in time and check out the Pioneer village or check out some of the historic pubs. Heaps of lookouts offer scenic views, as well as Hot Air Balloon ride and sky diving!
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