Victroia is located down in the south-east corner of Australia and each year backpackers from all corners of the world head here during their time in the use to enjoy the many great sites and take in the city of Melbourne, which is said to be one of the best cities in the world to live in.
Fruit picking jobs in Victoria are offered on a casual basis with the peak season for picking jobs being November - April, although many farms have opportunities throughout the year.
One great thing about this area is that there are so many different farms and orchards located in such a short distance that you have plenty of options if one picking job isn't working out. Also, with the very nature of the job, staff turnover is particularly high with individuals visiting Victoria for a short period of time before heading off to explore other parts of the country.
In terms of the type of picking, well there is almost everything you can think of in this area - tomoatoes, grapes, vegetables, citrus fruit, you name it! Victoria is no different than other regions in that the work is extremely hard and the pay is not great, but if it helps you raise a few dollars to support your adventure around this great country - who cares!
Fruit Picking Jobs - Victoria
Wentworth - About 400 miles from Melbourne you will find the Wentworth area with a population of around a thousand people. It is a small area with lots of picking opportunities throughout the year! The main harvesting in this area is citrus fruits, grapes and vegetables.
Merbein - This is a great location for fruit picking, especially during the months of June, July and August, winter in Australia, when you can find all kinds of picking jobs on different farms. The area is about 5 - 6 hours from Melbourne and is slightly bigger than Wentworth with a population of just over 2500.
Echuca - Located only about 100 miles from Melbourne is the Echuca area. With plenty of picking jobs and accommodation options for backpackers, this is a popular destination for havesting jobs in Victoria. The main season is typically from February to April and there are numerous farms looking for staff during this period.
Bairnsdale - Home to more than 10000 residents and with all kinds of picking jobs from August to May, Bairnsdale is a popular spot due to its relatively close distance to Melbourne, only about 150 miles, and with numerous picking jobs. It is located east of Melobourne and is one of the most southern regions in Victoria for picking work.
Rutherglen - Rutherglen offers two distinct picking seasons with jobs available from February - April and then again from November - December. Rutherglen is located on the Murray River and is one of the main wine regions in Australia.
What They Say...
"The Victoria region is absolutely awesome and we had a wonderful time in this area exploring the city of Melbourne and then venturing out to the wine region to earn some extra cash fruit picking. The work was quite easy to find with lots of farms needing staff. If you are visiting Australia I would certainly may Victoria one of your priorities."
"Hard work and terrible pay, but hey you are living it up traveling around Australia so who cares! We spend about a month in this area and worked at a few different farms. The work is quite simple but is very hard work and can take its toll on your muscles. The first few days of fruit picking are the worst and you will certainly feel it the next day. I would recommend heading to the Mildura area, lots of jobs and good places to stay.".
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