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Fruit picking - easy to save up?

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1. Posted by adampatti1 (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

Hi,

3 of us are travelling to Australia on a years WHV in september, and would basically be looking to work fruit picking/harvest work pretty much straight away.

How much generally can be saved from doing this type of work? Could we work for quite a few months and build up enough funds to last a while and travel around? (although abviously we are bringing some money with us!) We would be living on a very tight budget whilst we worked as well.

Thanks for any info,

Adam

2. Posted by suziehol (Budding Member 4 posts) 7y

I didn't do any of this work myself when I was there, stuck to waitressing jobs. But lots of my friends did and the work was very touch to quote them "zucchinis are the droppings of satan". They were also cutting lettuce and bending over the entire day. I'm not trying to turn you off, but just be prepared for very manual and repetitive work. They do have some great stories though from their travels and met lots of great characters along the way in the hostels. Don't think the money is the best, but when you are working on the farms, you don't really spend too much money either. If you wanted to save money to travel around, my thinking would be that it's better to try and save at home first a bit before you go?

Check out this list to find out the times when particular crops are harvested http://jobsearch.gov.au/harvesttrail/towncroplist.aspx
It’s important to make sure you arrive in time for the work before all the jobs are taken.

3. Posted by flanby (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Hi,

I did fruit picking several times while I was in Australia and I saved a lot of many, it enabled me to spend 2 and a half months in south east asia :)

I heard that it was harder now (compared to 2007) to find that kind of jobs, I don't know if it's true.

The thing is that you usually work in remote places so you don't spend money, you just buy food.

In 3 months, I saved a lot of money as I earned $700/week.

Fruit picking was part of my best times in Australia, it's so much fun, you should definitely do it, for money and for fun ;)

Flanby

4. Posted by pawsh (Budding Member 6 posts) 7y

I did some fruit picking too.. (bananas, avocados, mandarines & bamboo) I only did the 3 months for my 2nd WHV. If you wish to save money I wouldn't say fruitpicking is the way to go. In some places you get paid depending on how much you pick. I had some friends picking grapes and they ended up getting $20 for one day! It really depends on how much fruit there is to pick! Make sure you get a job where you get paid by the hour. I did and i pretty much got $16/h (on all the farms I worked at) before tax. I guess it all depends on how much you spend on accommodation and food etc.. But I usually got to save around $150-200 every week.

There are lots of jobs that aren't as heavy with better wages. Some people love it though and I guess it's an experience but I sure wouldn't go through with it again ;).

5. Posted by danielle21 (Budding Member 64 posts) 7y

Hi Adam, i would recommend fruit picking/packing in order to extend your visa but it can be hard work to save i found!

Though i was lucky i landed a job in a fruit factory more packing and sorting which was less physical but still demanding on your feet for 12 hours but i couldnt complain i managed to get a night shift as was on about 19-23 dollars per hour.
if you can get contract work its alot more rewarding, i know a lot of friends that were picking everything from grapes to tomotatoes and they were unable to pick enough to make a huge amount.

The money i earnt helped me continue my travels and i made friends for life at the hostel i stayed in.

As long as you are having a good time while you are doing it then go for it. Research what friuts/vegs are in season when you arrive and do some research on good areas to work.

hope you have a great time.