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Paringa apparently means “land by the river”, we’re still to get confirmation, but it sounds about right considering you’ll be nestled right on the Murray. Harvest work wise you’ll be expecting to find specified work picking grapes, citrus fruits and stone fruit. Make sure you get a house while you’re living in Paringa, whether it’s for 3 days or 3 months!


Population: 1,800

Fruit Picking Work in Paringa

January to April – Grape picking
May to February – Citrus
June to August – Vine pruning
October to March – Stonefruit

Fruit Picking Jobs in the Adelaide Hills

Fruit Picking Jobs in South Australia

Where’s the Adelaide Hills

Getting There

Paringa is a 3 hour drive from Adelaide along the Sturt Highway. Daily Coaches operate from Adelaide if you don’t have a car.


Farms may provide dorm style bedding or will accommodate harvest workers with camper vans or camping equipment. Otherwise there’s a caravan park, cottages or B&B’s in town. Don’t forget as you’re along the Murray you could even stay in a house boat!

Not Fruit Picking – What to do?

  • Get a Houseboat for a few days or for the duration of your stay
  • Check out the Paringa Lifting Span Bridge
  • See the Black Stump and Lock 5

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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Freddie /

Founded Fruit Picking Jobs with Dimi back in 2011. He did his working holiday visa back in 2007-2009 and worked on a tomato farm in Bowen as a bucket boy and had a blast! Now Freddie likes to build stuff! He focus mainly on Web Design, Development and Infrastructure.

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