The Yarra Valley covers a pretty large area, from Croydon to Healesville, with the Coldstream Brewery in between! Make sure you stop by there for a fresh beer off tap. There’s also 80+ wineries in the region, we guarantee you will end up on a wine tour. Fruit Picking wise you will obviously find work, pruning and thinning vines and grape picking but there’s also opportunities grape, strawberry, lemon, cherry and berry picking.
Feature image courtesy of Mike Emmett – Redfish Bluefish Photographic
Fruit Picking Work in Yarra Valley
February to March – Pears, Grapes(April),Apples(May)
May to August – Vine pruning
September to November – Vine thinning
October to May – Strawberries
November to January – Cherries, berries, Lemon ( May)
Where’s the Yarra Valley
From the Melbourne CBD the drive is about 45 minutes, if you live in Melbourne’s east and car pool you can still live within close proximity to the city.
Being located near Melbourne’s outer suburbs you could always rent a place cheap out there. If that’s too much trouble there is hostels, caravan parks, self contained units and many other options in the area.
Not Fruit Picking – What to do?
- Check out one of the 80+ wineries in the region
- Coldstream Brewery, have a couple beers there, always a good laugh
- Healesville Sanctuary
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 tourism centre