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1. Posted by jassy83 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

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 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:

-kununurra (#1)
-Mount Barker

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

and enjoy, you can meet some great people and have a great experience (or a bad one, as we sometimes had)


2. Posted by jenko2 (Full Member 123 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

hi thanks for the advice all sound helpfull

3. Posted by SnuffleRag (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Be carefull if it is early season for the fruit. I had a bad experience in Bowen picking tomatoes. We were getting paid by the bucket, working as fast as we could. Yet we only manged what would work out to be about $5 an hour! $45 for 9 hours work just wasnt worth it!

4. Posted by masterblaster19 (Full Member 119 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all the great tips there. May I ask though, where would you stay if you didnt stay in work hostels?
What is the money like? realistically! because I've heard from my friends what must be exaggerated wages.
And is it actually easy to find this work? Unfortunatley we are just doing the east coast of aus, so will have to be concentrating on queensland!
Jenn xx

5. Posted by cleanboy (Budding Member 58 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

...again thatnks for the advice...i will be taking it in as i intend to do 3 months aswell...but i was curious...did u do all your 3 months worth of fruitpicking in one go? and what time of year i best to do it? i hear its the summer and i was planning on doing it then but the thing is my main plan was to arrive in sydney the 28th november stay till early january and go find some fruit to pick but i also here that theres loadsa great stuff happening up the east coast during this time. what would you reccomend i do?

6. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, can anyone offer advice on finding this kinda work in Melbourne in late March? I'm headed there at that time, and while I'm in no way obligated to stay on if the work's not offering, it'd be great to pick up a few weeks if possible. If not, could you tell me where I'd have the best luck at that time of year? many thanks:)