Making a buck from bananas


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Making a buck is suddenly very hard again for banana growers, a challenging period for Australian Farms. The shortage caused by Cyclone Yasi last year pushed prices in the supermarket to $17/kilo, but there’s a massive oversupply now and they are as cheap as chips. Growers on the north coast of NSW are struggling with other problems as well. They blame the supermarkets for preferring big bananas and those grown in QLD which have less skin blemishes. Ron Gray, president of the of the Coffs Harbour banana growers, says prices have plummeted in the supermarket and he’s struggling to make Read more



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Located about 90km south of Cairns, sugar has been grown here since the late 1800’s. There is also fruit picking work in Innisfail with bananas, paw paws and other tropical fruits grown in the region.   Fruit Picking Crops in Innisfail Year round – Bananas Also opportunities with Sugar cane & paw paw Fruit Picking Jobs in Innisfail Fruit Picking Jobs in Queensland Where’s Innisfail Getting There Queenslanders best mate the Bruce Highway will get you there! Innisfail is 260km north of Townsville ( 3hrs drive) and 90km south Cairns. Accommodation There’s a backpackers hostel in town otherwise caravan park, Read more



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Located in the Atherton Tablelands, Mareeba is home to some of Australia’s best mango and paw paw harvests. You may also find work with many other crops including: pineapples, avocados, lychees, sugar cane and cashews.   Fruit Picking Work in Mareeba January to December – Paw paws, bananas, citrus February to March – Longans February to May – Avocados October to February – Pineapples November to January – Lychees November to March – Mangoes Fruit Picking Jobs in Mareeba Fruit Picking Jobs in Queensland Where’s Mareeba Getting There Take the Kennedy highway west from Cairns, the drive should take just Read more

Coffs Harbour


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According to the CSIRO, Coffs Harbour has the most liveable climate in Australia, so be sure to enjoy the many unspoiled beaches and scenic mountain backdrop. The Coffs Harbour’s economy is based mainly on banana farming, manufacturing and tourism. So remember to check out the Big Banana on the northern outskirts of the city to get a real insight into the banana farming industry.   Fruit Picking Work in Coffs Harbour January to December – Bananas May to October – Avocados June to September – Custard apples September to December – Stonefruit October to December – Coffee October to January Read more



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The largest town in the Gascoyne region, Carnarvon is located between Exmouth and Monkey Mia, approximately 900km north of Perth. Famous for it’s Banana plantations you’ll also find working picking mangoes,watermelons, rockmelons, eggplant and zucchinis to name a few. Makes sure you check out the Ningaloo Reef and the beautiful wildflowers when your off the clock.   Fruit Picking Work in Carnavon January to March – Mangoes January to April – Watermelons, rockmelons January to December – Bananas May to July – Vine pruning May to November – Egg plant, cucumbers,zucchinis May to December – Tomatoes, capsicums August to December Read more


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Darwin is a major city, a hub for backpackers during dry season. Know for its beaches, nightlife and sunshine Darwin get’s very busy from May to October. Things slow down tourism wise from November – April as it’s wet season, but workwise there will still jobs out there.   Fruit Picking Work in Katherine January to December – Bananas, cutting flowers May to October – Vegetables June to October – Melons September to April – Citrus September – November – Mangoes November to February – Rambutans Fruit Picking Jobs in Darwin Fruit Picking Jobs in Northern Territory Where’s Darwin Getting Read more


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Situated in the Tropical North East Queensland Tablelands region, Atherton is  know for its lakes, waterfalls, tropical rainforest’s and easy pace . It was the  first town to be settled in the tablelands and now even has a McDonald’s! Crops in the region include, maize, avocados, citrus, peanuts & potatoes so there should be plenty of work going if your rock up at the right time of year!   Fruit Picking Work in Atherton January to December – Banana picking February to June – Avocados March to July – Custard apple picking September to December – Potatoes Fruit Picking Jobs in Atherton Fruit Picking Jobs in Queensland Where’s Read more