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1. Posted by moolieness (Full Member 48 posts) 11y

Im staying in OZ for 6 months on my RTW and was just wondering what money I could look to earn on my WHV. I am thinking of fruit picking, but was wondering what the pay is like? Or does anyone know of better payed work.

Any advice would be great as I go real soon - I finish work tomorrow, offically become homeless a week on tuesday and fly on the 18 May.


2. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 11y


Fruit picking can either be paid by what you pick or hourly rates of between $13 to $16. Tax is a bit iffy. Officially your supposed to be taxed 29% (full tax) but the tax for harvest season when fruit picking is only 13%. It depends on your employer what your taxed though as one place taxed me 13% whilst picking and another 29%.

You can earn a fair bit of cash picking if you live on a tight budget whilst your working (I saved $2000 in 6 weeks picking pears).
For loads of picking jobs go to the Harvest Trail on pick a state and select "all seasonal vacancies"

For other kinds of work, mainly in Sydney, have a squiz at

Good luck:)

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Fruit picking can be hard on the back ... So anyone with back problems should think twice beforehand

4. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 11y

Every type of picking has different annoyances but not all involve bad backs!

5. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Scotsman,

During what months of the year did you pick fruit?


6. Posted by scotsman (Respected Member 128 posts) 11y

Started picking on 14th of Feb for the pears in the Adelaide hills, the season was a couple of weeks early there because of the weather. Also picked grapes last week here in Victoria, just outside Melbourne. WA is next stop and there are still jobs advertised for grape pickers down at margaret river so hopefully get some fine yellow fifties in the pocket there too ;) if not then maybe citrus further north. Why do you ask?