Within close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef, Mackay is a great place to do harvest work. It’s a sugar cane area and some of the work involve operating heavy machinery therefore having a HC or UD license will give you the edge. ( Heavy Combination (HC) and Undefined (UD) licence) We’ve heard that some employers are willing to train you on site if your in it for the long run.
Fruit Picking Work in Mackay
March to April – Cane planting
June to November – Sugar cane
June – Cane planting
August to September – Cane planting
Mackay is just about half way up the Bruce Highway, 1000km north of Brisbane and 750km south of Cairns. Bus and rail services also service the east coast or you can fly in directly to Mackay.
Heaps of options are available in Mackay including camping, backpackers hostels, caravan parks and of course hotels and motels are available. Getting accommodation on site is always a good option too!
Not Fruit Picking – What to do?
Set within 31 beaches there’s heaps to do in Mackay apart from harvest work. The Great Barrier Reef real close, so take a tour or a scenic flight you will never forget.
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