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1. Posted by Baldock92 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!


First post here so hopefully I'm doing it in the right place.

So, my girlfriend and I have been backpacking for over 5 months through SE Asia, and have our WHV's sorted. We plan to fly into Aus around June 10th, and the idea is to find agricultural work (cattle farming, fruit picking, fishing etc) to count towards our 2nd year visas straight away, but we don't have any farm experience before. I have a few questions about the process though as I'm not sure on a few things:

1) Where should we fly into? We originally thought about flying into Sydney/ Melbourne but this is where the majority of backpackers start and look for work, so would we have a greater chance of finding farm work if we flew into Perth, for example, or somewhere else in Aus?

2) What's the best way to look for jobs, and when should I start searching? Online job sites, or just turn up in a city and seek work via agencies, adverts etc.

3) We plan on buying a campervan as it'll be cost beneficial in the long run. Is it better to do this right at the start when we land in Aus? Also any tips would be helpful with regards to buying a campervan, complete noob when it comes to that stuff.

Thanks in advance for any help that can be given!

2. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 859 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

You might get an idea of suitable jobs available on Seek - 474 Farming, Animals & Conservation jobs around the country at the moment. It'll also give you some idea of which region has the most jobs for your area of work. Good luck!:)

3. Posted by Baldock92 (Budding Member 2 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Ok thanks for your reply, I'll check it out. I presume not all farms advertise online, and I've heard fishing rarely do online.

Any other help regarding the questions would be awesome :)

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5157 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

The Harvest Guide (downloadable PDF at the bottom of that page) is helpful with detailing exactly which regions have top season for which produce at what time of the year. I don't have personal experience, but would say that being on location right before farms have the highest demand would be your surest bet for getting work straight away.