hello all, i've been reading your forums for a while, and havn't needed to ask any question yet!! (thanks guys)
I've been in oz for 12 months now (went so fast....) and have done 3 months of fruitpicking (some good some bad) at various farms(in victoria, WA, NSW and queensland). I"ve met many people doing this and they've all had different experiences.so i thought i'd share some of my knowledge.
1) the best advice i can say is: have a car and you're own tent or camper van. You'll find it a lot easier to find a job, won't have to beg for rides to town, and won't have to spend money on accomodation, which means extra savings.
2) if you're being treating badly,leave!someone else will be hiring
3)dont stay in work hostels: you pay a lot, and often get little work or none. besides its much easier getting up for work at 6am when you have a 1 minute commute.
4)Cover up and wear sunblock, and stay away from large amounts of beer (you'll thank me for this one, trust me, as hard as it seems)
5)Ask around at the farms for work, if they're not hiring someone else is, and they usually will point you in the right direction. If you go through an employment agency, show up everyday. they usually just give jobs to the first people they see, or the ones that keep bothering them.
6)Go to the more remote locations if you can. you usually get a better deal (i.e free acomodation, free bbqs, free laundry, free trips...)
7)We found (and other fellow workers) that Queensland is the worst place to look for work, because its so full of backpackers...head west if you can (although queensland is a great reward after the pickings done.)
And finnaly the list of my favourite fuitpicking places:
and if you are trying to get a second visa don't forget to get the form from the dimia signed by all you're employers http://www.immi.gov.au/
and enjoy, you can meet some great people and have a great experience (or a bad one, as we sometimes had)