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1. Posted by musharoom (Budding Member 33 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!


Am looking to do fruitpicking on the east coast at some stage between april and september, does anyone have any recomendations on areas or good hostels to stay? are working hostels worth looking into??

Am travelling alone so would like somewhere thats friendly and where I can meet other people
Also like a drink and a good time so nowhere thats 'boring' have read some reviews of quite strict places...

was looking at bundaberg possibly...Not too sure!

Any advice on $ great too.


A very confused backpacker! LOL

2. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

heaps of fruitpicking work up in the northern Queensland area, i spent 2 months fruitpicking in Cardwell which is around 2 hours south of Cairns - in and around that area you have the choice of many small towns heading south towards Brisbane .... alot of which have 'working hostels' ... i got my job and checked into a Hostel (Cardwell Backpackers) and later found out that its a 'working hostel' of which you can turn up without a job and the owners will find one for you with the many farmers they have contact with in the area ... they even take you and pick you from work!!

the fruitpicking pay is pretty damn good ... i was on $17.50 PH ... this was during June/July 2008 so i cant comment if thats gone up or down since.

you mentioned Bundaberg - i had friends who crashed @ 'C Block' in Bundaberg and they had a blast, its a much bigger hostel than the 1 i stayed in so purhapse a better atmosphere come weekends (for the parties etc) ... that didnt worry me as all i wanted to do was knuckle down for 2 months solid, save the $$$ and get back on the road asap!

the time there is less Fruitpicking work is when the rain is about, altho June/ July is dry season in N-Queensland we had alittle spell of rain for a few days which put alot of us out of work ... so if your looking for work in the 'Rainy' season ... bear that in mind.

3. Posted by LaurenLolz (Respected Member 226 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

You can also look for working hostels in Mildura and Leeton ... between Sydney and Melbourne.

4. Posted by Rogo (Budding Member 36 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi im getting to perth End of May - can anyone reccomend any Fruit picking type jobs at that time? Or should I go else where. Im basically looking to work on arrival as im going over on a wing and a prayer!!x

5. Posted by char1208 (Inactive 26 posts) 9y Star this if you like it!

Hi I did my fruit picking about an hour north of Cairns in a place called Mareeba. Stayed on a great farm with about 30 other backpackers, staying in 3 houses. The farm "Mum and Dad" "pimped" us out different farms in the area. I was lucky enough to get onto a banana farm and packed bananas for 3 months,. The money is so much better than say picking, its much easier work and time flys! If you want the number of these people in Cairns lets me know. W e also got to drive to cairns every weekend which is a MUST !! 3 months on a farm in the middle of knowhere is HELL!