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A Guide about all the farms in Australia.

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    • ON ON TII IIT ED ED h th 8t10 2013
    • NATIONAL HARVEST GUIDETABLE OF CONTENTS AcknowledgementIntroduction 1 The National Harvest Guide has been produced with the financial assistance of the General Information 2 Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations Harvest Trail 5 (DEEWR). However, DEEWR does not accept any responsibility for the contents of this Handy Hints 8 publication and any actions taken in reliance of its contents.New South Wales 9 DisclaimerNorthern Territory 38 The National Harvest Labour InformationQueensland 42 Service believes that all information supplied in this Guide to be correct at the time ofSouth Australia 70 printing. A guarantee to this effect cannot be given however and no liability in the event ofTasmania 87 information being incorrect is accepted.Victoria 98 The Guide provides independent advice and no payment was accepted during its publicationWestern Australia 117 in exchange for any listing or endorsing of any place or business. The listing of organisationsWool Harvest 132 does not imply recommendation.Grain Harvest 138 This Guide does not take the place of current and accurate advice. For the latest information on harvest labour opportunities please WELCOME TO THE FREECALL 1800 062 332. NATIONAL HARVEST GUIDE PublishedMonthly updated text of this guide is also December 2012 10th Editionavailable ‘free of charge’ on the internet Revised www.harvesttrail.gov.au November 2012Click on ‘Download the National Harvest GuidePDF’ © National Harvest Labour information Service 2012• Left click to read*• Right click to save* This work is copyright. You may display, print and reproduce this material in unaltered* Note: the National Harvest Guide is in pdf form only (retaining this notice) for your format - please use appropriate software to personal, non commercial use or within your read and save. organisation. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 all other rights are reserved. FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • IntroductionTHE NATIONAL HARVEST LABOUR The National Harvest TelephoneINFORMATION SERVICE Information Service FREECALL 1800 062 332 IntroductionThe Department of Education Employment This service operates weekdays from 8.00amand Workplace Relations contracted MADEC to 8.00pm throughout the year, to answerAustralia to establish a National Harvest queries related to harvest labour and toLabour Information Service to coordinate and connect callers to appropriate providers.distribute information on harvest labour in Call Centre Operators are in contact withAustralia. The service commenced on 1 July growers, labour providers and job seekers.2003. The National Harvest GuideAs growers often have difficulty finding The National Harvest Guide provides jobsufficient workers at harvest time, this service seekers with concise and comprehensivehelps to match an itinerant pool of workers information about harvest work opportunities,with variable seasonal work. A diverse range working conditions, transport andof organisations, growers and job seekers use accommodation. It is available free of charge tothis service. job seekers across Australia, both in hard copy and on the Harvest Trail WebsiteThe National Harvest Labour Information www.harvesttrail.gov.auService is operated by MADEC Australia. HARVEST FEEDBACKEstablished in 1969 to explore the delivery ofalternative adult education programs to groups If you wish to provide feedback regarding youror individuals in the community, MADEC experience on the Harvest Trail, or lodge aAustralia has established itself as a viable, complaint about an aspect of the Horticulturecommunity based organisation providing a Industry including wages, working conditionsrange of services to regional communities. and/or accommodation, you have threeEmployment and Harvest Labour Services options:are currently delivered by MADEC Australiasites extending across three states. This is 1. Complete a feedback form which is locatedsupported by MADEC’s Community College the front page of the Harvest TrailUnit which delivers accredited and non- Website, www.harvesttrail.gov.au. Click onaccredited training. the tab on the left menu titled ‘Feedback’, complete the feedback form and press theThe work of the National Harvest Labour ‘Send’ button. Please note that responses toInformation Service includes: emails can take up to five working days.Harvest Trail Website 2. Send your feedback/complaint via emailwww.harvesttrail.gov.au to the National Harvest Labour InformationThe website provides comprehensive Service at nhlis@madec.edu.auinformation about harvest opportunities,harvest locations, accommodation, transport 3. Contact the National Harvest Labourand other requirements. Job seekers are Information Service onreferred to harvest vacancies listed by Job FREECALL 1800 062 332.Services Australia Providers and growers. If you are dissatisfied with how the NHLIS responds to your concerns or feel that you cannot discuss the issue with the NHLIS, you can contact the DEEWR Customer Service Line on 1800 805 260. FREECALL 1800 062 332 1
    • Introduction GENERAL INFORMATION can be repetitious and tiring. From grape harvesting in Berri, to mango Crops are collected in various ways. Produce picking in Darwin, each year thousands is often placed into buckets, tubs or lugs. It can of people find work helping to bring in the be cut, clipped or picked and placed into a bag fruit and vegetable harvests. The Harvest strapped to the shoulders. On some occasions Trail gives them the opportunity to combine produce can be harvested in bunches and seasonal harvest work with travel around placed onto trays or placed into bins. Australia. Start time is usually from early morning and The Trail offers a way for anyone eligible to often the work is late into the day. Some work in Australia, be they young, middle aged evening and night time work can be required, or older to finance travel around the country. especially in the packing of produce harvested By working and following the Harvest Trail job earlier in the day. There is often work seekers from Australia and overseas find a associated with the harvest in packing sheds, great way to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle. canneries and other processing plants or They are able to meet people from around factories. Australia and the world. They can travel and see Australia at their own pace while working HARVEST CROPS and earning money. There are a variety of crops listed on the Harvest Trail. These are regularly being added As you travel around Australia you might to. The list of crops shows the towns where encounter different driving conditions and these crops are grown and the approximate traffic laws to those you are used to. To keep time during the year that labour is required for yourself safe remember the following: you harvesting or other crop duties. must wear a seatbelt in a passenger vehicle (car, van or bus) whether you are the driver or a There are other activities required for crop passenger; driving without a licence is against production besides the picking of produce. the law; do not use a mobile phone or device These activities are available on the Trail and while driving; observe speed limits at all times; include pruning and trimming vines and trees, and you must wear a helmet when riding a thinning and trimming flowers and bunches and bicycle. general crop maintenance work. There is of course not just one Harvest Trail, Most crops and harvesting jobs are very but many. Harvest workers can choose to dependant on local weather conditions. The circle the continent or follow the sun. They size of crops and when they are harvested are can go south from the wet tropics of Far North often controlled by local weather during the Queensland to Tasmania’s Huon Valley or year. Considerable variations can occur and it east from Western Australia’s Margaret River is most advisable to check with local harvest to the Riverina in NSW. In some locations services for correct information. it is possible for workers to follow seasonal activities through much of the year on a trail Some crops cannot be harvested whilst the within kilometres of their doorstep. produce is wet and many others are affected by very hot or extremely cold conditions to a HARVEST WORK point where harvest is not possible. Harvesting of fruit and vegetable crops around However, remember not to rely on general Australia can often involve working individually, talk. ALWAYS contact a local harvest service in pairs or teams. The job can involve climbing for up-to-date and accurate information. The ladders, standing, kneeling, laying or sitting National Harvest Labour Information Service while moving through the crop or undertaking a on FREECALL 1800 062 332, can help to range of duties in a harvesting team. The work connect you to these people. 2 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • IntroductionTOWNS possible. Many harvesting jobs require working six days each week, with Saturday often beingThe location of harvest work opportunities is the “day-off” to meet market requirements. Introductionlisted by towns across the States. You should Usually the long hours of summer daylight arebe aware that many of these areas are known used to advantage to harvest the crop.locally by regional names such as the Riverina,Far North Queensland, the Barossa Valley and Transportthe Riverland. Always ask if you are unsure. Air, rail and bus services generally operate throughout Australia between state capitalsThe information listed under the town names and larger regional centres.will assist you with travel, accommodationand important local contacts. Also check the There are also regular local public services insmaller localities included in the town listing. many regions. Check the Towns list for localMany crops are planted in large volumes in details or call the National Harvest Labourspecific areas and as such harvest labour Information Service.requirements can be spread over a number oftowns in a region at the same time. Remember that many jobs are located on farms some distance from the harvest townHARVEST WORK OPPORTUNITIES where public transport is often not available.Generally placement is easiest for job Where possible this guide will includeseekers that have their own transport and information on the types of transport availableaccommodation but both may be available at to each town or region. Transport types aredifferent locations, particularly during peak depicted by the following symbols:harvest times. Arrival at the right time isextremely important. Being early means limitedwork and unless you have money and wish tobe a tourist for a short while. Do not arrive in Planea potential work town prior to the availabilityof work. Late arrival of course, can mean thatmany of the jobs are taken. Always contact the BusNational Harvest Labour Information Servicebefore moving to a harvest area. TrainWORKING CONDITIONSWeather CarMost harvesting jobs are done outdoors withlittle or no protection from the weather. Manyjobs are in locations where extremely high Accommodationtemperatures are common. Harvest workers with caravans, campervans or tents can be accommodated on manyPhysical / Personal properties and there are commercialMost harvest jobs require a reasonable level of accommodation, caravan parks or backpackerindividual physical fitness. The job can involve hostels in most areas if on farm facilities areclimbing ladders, standing, kneeling, laying or not available.sitting while moving through the crop. Liftingis often a required activity. The work can be Some farms provide basic accommodation withrepetitious and tiring. beds, food storage and cooking facilities. You may need to provide your own bedding, butTimes again check before you arrive.When the crops are ready they must beharvested as quickly and as efficiently as FREECALL 1800 062 332 3
    • Introduction Where possible this guide will include OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY information on the types of accommodation available in each town or region. Most matters of Occupational Health and Accommodation types are depicted by the Safety are regulated by law. Make sure that following symbols: the farmer or work supervisor gives sufficient instruction into what is required of you in the job, particularly in matters of personal safety and safety of others in the workplace. Take Motel / Hotel particular notice of the instructions as they apply to your operations and how they apply to work colleagues. Make sure that your Backpacker Hostel mind is clear about what is required of you when working particularly with, on, or around machinery. For further information and online Caravan Park service visit the DEEWR’s website at www. deewr.gov.au. Camping Ground SUPERANNUATION Superannuation is a form of savings where Farm Stay money is set aside by your employer and invested for your retirement. Under the Superannuation Guarantee scheme, Pay rates and conditions employers must pay workers’ superannuation Pay rates and calculations vary from crop to contributions of nine per cent of the crop and may include: employee’s earnings base, but are not required to pay superannuation contributions where • wages paid on a weekly basis. employees are paid less than $450 in a • casual work paid on an hourly basis. calendar month or aged 70 years and over. • piecework paid on a per unit harvested basis. • negotiation agreed on a start to finish basis. Eligible temporary residents can access their superannuation (subject to withholding tax) Rates and conditions are based on registered when they permanently leave Australia. While awards that are binding on the farmer and they are in Australia they must be made aware you. It is extremely important that you seek of: the correct information from local employment offices and farmers before commencing work. • the superannuation fund their employer is contributing to on their behalf WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE • the amount of superannuation they have • that they should contact their It is a requirement of law that all workers superannuation fund before they leave are covered for workplace injury by the Australia to check if they are eligible to employer. Make sure that you are properly access their superannuation benefits. instructed in all aspects of the work before commencing your actual employment. Take Most employees are able to choose their super adequate care, through your own actions, of fund. If you don’t choose a super fund, your yourself and others in the workplace. Talk to superannuation contributions will be paid into the farmer about any matters which you are a fund chosen by your employer. While you not sure about and ask for further instruction can choose a fund at anytime, your employer from the farmer if you are not clear. It is has to accept only one choice from you in a your responsibility to follow all health and 12-month period. safety instructions and to report any injury immediately to the farmer. 4 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • IntroductionFurther information on superannuation is Immigration & Citizenship (DIAC). For furtheravailable from the Australian Tax Office information and online service visit the DIACSuperannuation Information Line: 13 10 20 or website www.immi.gov.au. You can link Introductionat the superannuation home page which is part directly to this website site from any of theof the Australian Tax Office web site at Towns and Crops listings via the Harvest Trailwww.ato.gov.au. website www.harvesttrail.gov.au.This information is provided by Prime Super, a HARVEST TRAILnot for profit Industry Superannuation Fund.This article contains general information only To follow a “Harvest Trail” can be a greatand does not take account of your personal adventure as an individual, a couple or as acircumstances. You should obtain personal group.advice where appropriate. Prime Super (ABN60 562 335 823) is issued by Prime Super Pty A Harvest Trail can be anything you want itLtd (ABN 81 067 241 016, AFSL 219723). A to be, from a short haul close to yourProduct Disclosure Statement is available from homebase, or a long journey which may takethe issuer by phoning 1800 675 839. a year to travel and work right around Australia. There are no formal arrangementsPRIVACY required. Join in wherever you are and whatever the season might be. Have a goodPrivacy for yourself and your employer is read of this guide and work out your ownessential. Both you and the farmer have a personal Harvest Trail. Look to take in workdirect responsibility to and for each other in all opportunities and to visit places of interestmatters of privacy. and history wherever you choose to travel.WORK REQUIREMENTS Remember to ask first before moving on, use the FREECALL 1800 062 332 to gatherAustralian Tax File Number (TFN) your information.To work you will require an Australian Tax FileNumber. BIOSECURITYAppropriate taxes are to be paid on all It is illegal to carry some fruits and vegetablesearnings by you. The rate will be determined into the Fruit fly free zones which exist inby your background and the current working southern Australia. Produce must be disposedarrangements. Taxes are collected by the of before entering these zones which are foundfarmer and submitted to the Australian by visiting www.pestfreearea.com.au andTaxation Office. If you fail to provide a TFN you www.fruitfly.net.au.will be taxed at the highest rate. Fruit fly does not naturally occur in theA Tax File Number may be obtained from production areas of southern New South Wales,the Australian Taxation Office. For further northern Victoria and South Australia and is onlyinformation and online service visit the ATO ever found because someone has brought it in.website www.ato.gov.au. You can link directlyto this website site from any of the Towns and A fruit fly outbreak can close sensitive domesticCrops listings via the Harvest Trail website and export markets leaving the fruit worthless.www.harvesttrail.gov.au. Be aware of the zones as spot fines of up toWORKING VISAS $550 can be issued.If you are visiting Australia and you wish towork you will require a current andappropriate Working Visa. These may beobtained from the Department of FREECALL 1800 062 332 5
    • Chasing the sun around Australia - example of a 12 month Harvest TrailFebruary to April South Australia Limestone Coast / Riverland / Clare Valley / Adelaide Hills / Grapes / Citrus Fleurieu Peninsula / Barossa Valley Adelaide Hills / Riverland / Limestone Coast Apples / Pears Tasmania Burnie / Meander Valley / Devonport Vegetables / Berries Tamar Valley / Huon Valley Apples Huon Valley Strawberries / Berries Victoria Yarra Valley / Shepparton Apples / Stonefruit / Pears Echuca / Shepparton Tomatoes / Vegetables Yarra Valley / Mildura / Robinvale / Swan Hill Grapes / Citrus Mornington Peninsula Grapes / Strawberries New South Wales Bathurst / Orange / Tumut Apples Sydney Basin Apples / Stonefruit / Vegetables Narromine / Wentworth / Leeton / Griffith Citrus Griffith / Mudgee / Hunter / Tooleybuc / Wentworth / Leeton Grapes Griffith / Swan Hill / Leeton Stonefruit Southern Queensland Boonah / Gatton / Laidley Vegetables Caboolture Strawberry Planting Childers Avocados / Mangoes Chinchilla / St George Melons Gayndah / Gin Gin Citrus Sunshine Coast Ginger / Pineapples St George Grapes Far Northern Queensland Stanthorpe Apples / Vegetables Atherton / Dimbulah / Mareeba Avocados Atherton / Innisfail / Mareeba / Tully Bananas Dimbulah / Mareeba Mangoes / Paw Paws Mareeba CitrusApril to June Northern New South Wales Dubbo / Narromine / Narrabri / Moree / Mungindi / Wee Waa Cotton Ballina / Byron Bay / Coffs Harbour Avocados / Macadamia Nuts Southern Queensland Bundaberg / Gin Gin Avocados / Citrus Bundaberg / Boonah / Gatton / Laidley Vegetables Caboolture Strawberries Childers Tomatoes Mundubbera / Gayndah Citrus Sunshine Coast Pineapples Stanthorpe Apples / Vegetables Northern Queensland Ayr / Bowen Melons / Vegetables Far Northern Queensland Atherton / Mareeba Avocados Atherton / Innisfail / Mareeba / Tully Bananas Atherton Custard Apples Dimbulah / Mareeba Paw Paws Mareeba Citrus6 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • June to August New South Wales Sydney Basin Nursery Work / Vegetables / Turf Production Ballina / Byron Bay / Coffs Harbour Avocados / Bananas / Macadamia Nuts Southern Queensland Bundaberg / Childers / Gin Gin Avocados Mundubbera / Gayndah / Gin Gin Citrus Bundaberg / Boonah / Gatton / Laidley Vegetables Caboolture / Sunshine Coast Stawberries Childers Tomatoes Stanthorpe Apples / Pears / Vine Pruning Northern Queensland Ayr / Bowen Vegetables Far Northern Queensland Atherton / Mareeba / Innisfail Bananas / Custard Apples Dimbulah / Mareeba Paw Paws / CitrusSeptember to November New South Wales Dubbo / Narromine / Narrabri / Moree / Mungindi / Wee Waa Grain Southern Queensland Bundaberg / Childers / Gatton / Laidley Vegetables Caboolture / Sunshine Coast Strawberries / Pineapples Childers Avocados Emerald Melons Stanthorpe Stonefruit Thinning /Vegetables Northern Queensland Ayr / Bowen Melons / Vegetables Far Northern Queensland Atherton / Innisfail / Mareeba / Tully / Dimbulah Bananas / Paw Paws Northern Territory Darwin / Katherine Mangoes / Melons Northern Western Australia Kununurra / Carnarvon Bananas / Melons / VegetablesDecember to January Tasmania Burnie / Meander Valley / Devonport Vegetables / Berries Tamar Valley / Huon Valley Cherries / Berries Southern Queensland Bundaberg / Childers Mangoes Bundaberg / Childers / Gatton / Laidley Vegetables Childers / Gin Gin Avocados / Citrus Chinchilla / St George Melons St George Grapes Stanthorpe Stonefruit / Vegetables Northern Queensland Ayr / Bowen Mangoes Far Northern Queensland Atherton / Innisfail / Mareeba / Tully Bananas Dimbulah Mangoes / Lychees Dimbulah / Mareeba Paw Paws / Citrus / Pineapples Northern Western Australia Carnarvon Bananas / Melons / Vegetables Southern Western Australia Albany / Mount Barker Strawberries Perth Hills Stonefruit / Apples / Pears Mount Barker Cherries Denmark / Manjimup Blueberries / Vegetables Northern New South Wales Byron Bay / Coffs Harbour Blueberries / Bananas FREECALL 1800 062 332 7
    • Introduction HARVEST TRAIL TEN TIPS FOR WORKING you wont get paid and someone else might HOLIDAY MAKERS: end up with your job. Be sun smart (hat, sunscreen & shade). Don’t pay a high price in • Call the NHLIS on 1800 062 332 or a local the future for the work you do now. Harvest Labour office to check work availability and local conditions before • We want to hear about your experiences travelling to an area for work. on the Harvest Trail (this helps us provide a better service) please tell us your good • Having your own reliable transport is a and bad stories by contacting the NHLIS on real advantage - consider travelling with 1800 062 332 or a local Harvest Labour Office. others to share the cost for buying or hiring a car it really increases your This information is provided to assist workers options. in getting the most from their Harvest Trail experience. Please read the appropriate • Make sure you are entitled to work and sections of the Harvest Guide to obtain more have with you any documents that prove comprehensive information regarding work this. opportunities, working conditions, workers insurance, industrial relations, biosecurity, • It is not necessary to pay a fee; the NHLIS privacy and immigration. and Harvest Labour Offices are Australian Government funded and free to use. You do USEFUL CONTACTS not need to pay for this Harvest Guide, it is also provided free. Some legitimate Department of Education, Employment and businesses will charge a fee to find work but do Workplace Relations some research to make sure they provide good www.deewr.gov.au value with a solid history of placing customers 1300 363 079 with good employers. Accommodation and Contact DEEWR for all information on finding equipment bonds / deposits may apply. work, careers and training, and other labour Before you hand over money, ask around to market information. check what is reasonable. You should get your money back once you have finished and your Department of Immigration and Citizenship obligations have been met. www.immi.gov.au 131 881 • Listen to instructions and practise Contact DIAC for all information on visiting workplace safety at all times, this includes and working in Australia including Visas and having the right clothing. associated details. • Employers are obliged to give you a payslip Australian Taxation Office - always check it and question anything you www.ato.gov.au don’t understand. 13 28 61 Contact the Australian Taxation Office for all • It is not necessary to give your passport information on the Australian taxation system to anyone to hold onto; an employer can ask including Tax File Numbers and associated to take a photocopy to verify your legal work details. entitlements. Your passport is a valuable piece of personal information; you can choose Fair Work Australia to lodge it with someone you trust for safe www.fwa.gov.au keeping. 1300 799 675 Contact Fair Work Australia for all information • Eat well. Its important to have energy for a on minimum wages, employment conditions, day of physical work. dispute resolutions, termination of employment and other workplace matters. • Stay clean and healthy. If you can’t work 8 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South Wales Byron Bay Mungindi Moree Lismore Ballina Bourke Wee Waa Narrabri NEW SOUTH WALES Coffs Harbour New South Wales Warren Trangie Narromine Dubbo Hunter Valley Wentworth Dareton Buronga Orange Gol Gol Hillston Forbes Mildura Euston SYDNEY Griffith Leeton Hay Young Tooleybuc Jugiong Tumut Koraleigh Batlow Tumbarumba NSW ABOUT NEW SOUTH WALESNew South Wales is the site of Australia’s first permanent European settlement which is nowSydney. The city is built on the magnificent Sydney Harbour, one of the most spectacular andidentifiable harbours in the world, Sydney is now a bustling metropolis.New South Wales is a large state with a climate ranging from sub tropical to alpine to semi desert.The Great Dividing Range to the east divides the many popular beaches, national parks andresorts of the east coast, from rich farming lands of the western slopes and the dry western plainsthat occupy two-thirds of the state. The mighty rivers: the Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee, bringlife and riches to the dry continent as they meander across the vast inland plains of NSW. FREECALL 1800 062 332 9
    • New South Wales NEW SOUTH WALES HARVEST CHART Crop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Ballina Avocados Berries Custard apples Nuts Stonefruit Batlow Apples Bourke Citrus Cotton Grapes Melons Byron Bay Avocados Berries Coffee Custard apples Lychees Nuts Stonefruit Coffs Harbour Avocados Bananas Berries High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 10 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South WalesCrop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecCoffs Harbour (continued)Custard applesDubboCottonEustonGrapes New South WalesVegetablesForbesApplesCherriesGrapesStonefruitTomatoesGol GolAsparagusCitrusGrapesVegetablesGriffithCitrusGrapesVegetablesHayVegetablesMelons High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 11
    • New South Wales Crop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Hillston Cherries Citrus Cotton Vegetables Hunter Valley Grapes Leeton Citrus Grapes Stonefruit Vegetables Lismore Avocados Berries Coffee Custard apples Nuts Stonefruit Moree Cotton Nuts Olives Mungindi Cotton Narrabri Cotton High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 12 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South WalesCrop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecNarromineCitrusCottonOrangeApplesCherries New South WalesGrapesSydney BasinApplesAvocadosCitrusFlowers / NurseryStonefruitTurfVegetablesTooleybucCitrusGrapesStonefruitVegetablesTrangieCottonTumbarumbaApplesBerriesGrapes High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 13
    • New South Wales Crop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Tumut Apples Warren Cotton Wee Waa Cotton Wentworth Citrus Grapes Vegetables Young Cherries Berries Grapes Stonefruit High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 14 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South Wales BALLINA September - December Stonefruit October - January BlueberriesBallina is located on an island at the mouthof the Richmond River in the heart of the How do I get there?Northern Rivers, NSW. The township is locatedan easy hour and a half from the Gold Coast Ballina is located 189 kms south of Brisbaneand only a 30 minute drive south of popular or 737 kms north of Sydney on the PacificByron Bay. Ballina is surrounded by 32 kms Highway. The town is serviced by the Ballinaof beautiful surfing beaches and picturesque Byron Airport. There are also daily busheadlands. The main streets of Ballina are services from Brisbane and Sydney providinglined with stylish cafes and restaurants, shops transport into the Ballina region. New South Walesand galleries.Harvest labour assistanceNational Harvest Labour Information Service Where can I stay? 1800 062 332 Ballina offers a range of accommodation www.harvesttrail.gov.au including resorts, motels, hotels, self contained units, caravan parks, B&Bs and guesthouses.Places to visitBallina Naval and Maritime Museum, BallinaLighthouse, Richmond River, BallinaManor, Thursday Plantation, MacadamiaCastle, Northern Rivers Community Gallery, BATLOWSummerland House Farm, Amaze-N Place,Richmond River Princess Cruise, Lake In the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, BatlowAinsworth, Pat Morton Lookout. Follow the is situated 443 kms south west of Sydney. Acoastline on paved cycle ways and watch the strong timber industry and the harvesting,migration of the humpback whales from East packing and processing of the district’s fruitBallina lookouts between May and November. crops are the town’s main employers.Tourist information Harvest labour assistanceBallina Visitor Information Centre National Harvest Labour Information ServiceCnr River Street & Las Balsas PlazaBallina NSW 2478 1800 062 332 1800 777 666 www.harvesttrail.gov.au balinfo@ballina.nsw.gov.au Places to visit www.discoverballina.com Springfield Orchard, Batlow Fruit Co-operativeWhen should I go there? Ltd, roadside fruit stalls (seasonal), Weemala lookout and flora & fauna reserve, CascadeApril - September Macadamia nuts, fuchsia nursery and the Bago State Forrest. avocadosJune - September Custard apples FREECALL 1800 062 332 15
    • New South Wales Tourist information Harvest labour assistance Tumut Regional Visitor Information Centre National Harvest Labour Information Service 5 Adelong Road 1800 062 332 Tumut NSW 2720 www.harvesttrail.gov.au 02 6947 7025 tumutrvc@environment.nsw.gov.au Places to visit www.tumutregion.com.au Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre, Aboriginal Arts and Crafts Centre, Mount Gundabooka, historic buildings, Fred Hollows Grave and When should I go there? Memorial, Cotton Gin Tours and Jandra Paddle Boat operation on the Darling River. March - May Apples June - November Tree pruning Tourist information October - April Stonefruit Bourke Tourist Information Office December - January Cherries Kidman Way Bourke NSW 2840 How do I get there? 02 6872 1321 Batlow is 443 kms south west of Sydney via the Hume and Snowy Highways and is accessible info@backobourke.com.au by rail and bus. There is no public transport available between farms. www.visitbourke.com.au When should I go there? January - May Melons Where can I stay? April - May Cotton picking, cotton ginning Batlow has a hotel, motel and caravan park. May - June Vine pruning May - September Citrus November - January Grapes December - February Citrus thinning BOURKE How do I get there? Bourke is located in north western NSW and is positioned at the junction of three Bourke is situated alongside the Darling highways: the Kidman Way, Mitchell Highway River and the Mitchell Highway and is located and Kamilaroi Highway. The township’s main approximately 800 kms west of Sydney. From industries include cotton, stonefruit, citrus, Melbourne you will need to travel 1030 kms irrigated wheat and wool. Bourke provides an north, via Hillston, on the Kidman Way. ideal gateway for seeing the remote parts of New South Wales. 16 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South Wales When should I go there? February - March LycheesWhere can I stay? April - September Macadamia nuts,Bourke offers a selection of excellent caravan avocadosparks, hotels, motels and B&Bs. June - September Custard apples September - December Stonefruit October - December Coffee October - January Blueberries New South Wales BYRON BAY How do I get there?Byron Bay is located on the north coast of Byron Bay is located just off the PacificNSW with Cape Byron being Australia’s most Highway, 800 kms north of Sydney and 175easterly point. The region boasts beautiful kms south of Brisbane. Airports are locatedbeaches, unspoilt surroundings and a relaxed in Ballina (30 minutes south) or Coolangattalifestyle. Byron Bay offers a range of adventure (60 minutes north) and buses and trains arrivesports, dining, accommodation and live regularly. Most bus companies located on theentertainment. east coast of Australia have a regular service to Byron Bay. There is also a daily rail/coachHarvest labour assistance transfer service to Byron Bay.National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au Where can I stay?Places to visit There is a wide variety of places to stay in and around Byron Bay. AccommodationByron Bay markets, Cape Byron Lighthouse, includes motels, guesthouses, B&Bs,Tyagarah nature reserve. Dive in the Julian farmstays, backpackers hostels, self containedRocks Marine Reserve, watch the whale apartments, and caravan parks/campingmigration (August – October), embark on a grounds.sea kayaking safari through the reefs andshipwrecks, explore the surf beaches andenjoy the events and festivals.Tourist information COFFS HARBOURByron Visitor CentreOld Stationmaster’s Cottage, 80 Jonson Street Coffs Harbour is one of the largest regionalByron Bay NSW 2481 cities in New South Wales, located 540 kms north of Sydney and 350 kms south 02 6680 8558 of Brisbane. The region boasts contrasting landscapes, from the Great Dividing Range info@visitbyronbay.com flourishing with banana plantations to the three main beaches close to the CBD of Coffs www.visitbyronbay.com Harbour. The natural beauty of the region makes for an inviting holiday destination – with FREECALL 1800 062 332 17
    • New South Wales surfing, golfing and fishing popular activities. to Coffs Harbour. Approximately 40 kms north of Coffs Harbour at Corindi lies one of the largest blueberry plantations in the Southern Hemisphere. Harvest labour assistance Where can I stay? National Harvest Labour Information Service Coffs Harbour and the surrounding area 1800 062 332 has a wide range of accommodation options including hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, www.harvesttrail.gov.au B&Bs, country retreats and apartments. Places to visit Clog Barn, Emerald Beach, Diggers Beach, Bunker Cartoon Gallery, North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Old Butter Factory, Coffs DUBBO Harbour Butterfly House, Maza tea rooms, Big Banana and Pet Porpoise Pool. The City of Dubbo is situated on the banks of the Macquarie River in the central western Tourist information plains of NSW, 412 kms to the north west of Sydney. Dubbo is the centre of a large wheat Coffs Coast Visitor Information Centre and sheep industry as well as commerce and industry. Work opportunities exist in the cotton Cnr Pacific Highway & McLean Street industry in the surrounding towns. Tourism is Coffs Harbour NSW 2450 well featured through the Western Plains Zoo 1300 369 070 and the Old Dubbo Gaol. Most of the work is carried out in the summer, tourism@coffscoast.com.au which can be extremely hot. www.coffscoast.com.au Harvest labour assistance National Harvest Labour Information Service When should I go there? 1800 062 332 January - December Bananas www.harvesttrail.gov.au June - December Avocados October - January Blueberries Places to visit How do I get there? Western Plains Zoo, Old Dubbo Gaol, Heritage Walk, Dubbo Regional Gallery, Heritage Drive, Coffs Harbour has the largest regional airport The Claypan Gallery, Jedda Boomerangs, in NSW. Airlines operate regular flights from Dundullimal Homestead, Dubbo Observatory, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Newcastle. Dubbo Military Museum, Indidjinart Aboriginal The drive from Sydney to Coffs Harbour is Art & Craft Studio and Workshop and the approximately six hours or 550 kms. Brisbane Terramungamine Reserve. to Coffs Harbour is approximately a five hour drive or 427 kms. There are two rail services Tourist information daily from Sydney and Brisbane to Coffs Harbour. Most bus companies located on the east coast of Australia have a regular service Dubbo Visitor Information Centre 18 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South WalesCnr Macquarie Street and Newell Highway robinvale@madec.edu.auDubbo NSW 2830 www.madec.edu.au 02 6801 4450 tourism@dubbo.nsw.gov.au National Harvest Labour Information Service www.dubbotourism.com.au 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.auWhen should I go there? Places to visit New South WalesApril - May Cotton picking, cotton ginning Lock 15, Weir and Fish Ladder and Lake Benanee.How do I get there? Tourist informationDubbo is 412 kms to the north west of Sydneyvia the Mid Western Highway to Bathurst and Robinvale Euston Tourist information Centrethen the Mitchell Highway to Dubbo. Regularrail, bus and air services operate daily from Bromley RoadSydney. There is no local public transport to Robinvale Vic 3549farms in the area. 03 5026 1388 tourism@westserv.net.au www.murrayriver.com.auWhere can I stay? When should I go there?There are many hotels, motels, B&Bs, caravanparks and cabins in town. January - May Grapes May - February Vegetables May - September Vine pruning How do I get there? EUSTON Euston is accessible by road via the Hume and Sturt Highway, 960 kms from Sydney viaLocated on the banks of the Murray River, 400 the Sturt Highway, 400 kms from Melbournekms north west of Melbourne, 960 kms south via the Calder Highway and 550 kms fromwest of Sydney and 550 kms north east of Adelaide. Daily bus services between theAdelaide. Euston is immediately across the capital cities travel via Euston.Murray River from Robinvale.Harvest labour assistanceMADEC Australia68 - 72 Herbert Street Where can I stay?Robinvale Vic 3549 There are motels, hotels and caravan parks in 1800 062 332 town. FREECALL 1800 062 332 19
    • New South Wales 02 6850 2300 forbes@forbes.nsw.gov.au FORBES www.forbes.nsw.gov.au On the Newell Highway, Forbes is nestled on When should I go there? the Lachlan River in the heart of the Lachlan Valley, 386km west of Sydney. Founded in 1817 by explorer John Oxley, the historic October - March Stonefruit town is now celebrated for its magnificent heritage buildings and natural environment. November - December Cherries The beautiful Lake Forbes is the gateway to the town; with cycle and walkways, BBQ How do I get there? facilities, amenities and parks. The gold rush history is proudly revealed including Forbes is 386 kms west of Sydney following the the deeds of infamous bushrangers Ben Hall Great Western Highway to Bathurst. It is 175 and the Gardiner Gang, who are well known kms west of Bathurst, via Orange and Eugowra. for their daring robbery of a stage coach at A bus service travels from Sydney to Forbes Escort Rock in 1862. Following the gold via Orange daily. Regular daily bus services rush the region resumed its importance with also operate from Melbourne to Brisbane via vibrant pastoral and dairy industries and Forbes, following the Newell Highway. Forbes some horticulture. is 120 kms south of Dubbo and 105 kms north east of West Wyalong. An air service operates from Sydney to nearby Parkes each day. Harvest labour assistance National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 Where can I stay? www.harvesttrail.gov.au There are many hotels, motels, B&Bs and Places to visit caravan parks in town. Some limited camping facilities may be available on some farms but it Forbes Railway Arts & Visitor Information would be wise to ask the farmer first. Centre, Forbes and District Historical Museum, Forbes Town Hall and Post Office, McFeeters Motor Museum, Gum Swamp Bird Hide, Forbes General Cemetery (Grave sites of Ben Hall and Kate Foster -Ned Kelly’s sister), Weddin Mountains National Park (Ben Hall’s Cave), Escort Rock (Gold Robbery site), Nangar National Park (Located in neighbouring town Eugowra). GOL GOL Tourist information Gol Gol is a small settlement located on the banks of the Murray River just 10 kms north Forbes Railway Arts & Visitor Information east of Mildura. Centre Railway Station, Union Street Forbes NSW 2871 20 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South WalesHarvest labour assistance from Adelaide. There are daily flights from Melbourne and Adelaide into Mildura as well asMADEC Australia daily bus services between capital cities.126-130 Deakin AvenueMildura Vic 3500 1800 062 332 harvest@madec.edu.au Where can I stay? www.madec.edu.au There are motels, hotels, backpacker hostels and caravan parks in town or in nearby Mildura. New South WalesNational Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au GRIFFITHPlaces to visit Griffith is located 635 kms west of Sydney following the Hume Highway, Sturt HighwayRiver walks. and Irrigation Way. Griffith is the geographic, production and industrial hub of the richTourist information Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) in central NSW. Australia’s largest citrus producingWentworth Shire Visitor Information Centre area, the MIA produces over 230 000 tonnes66 Darling Street of citrus each year. A large viticultural area, itWentworth NSW 2648 produces more than 20 per cent of Australia’s wine; rice has also become a significant crop in 03 5027 3624 the region. tourism@wentworth.nsw.gov.au Griffith is Australia’s largest poultry and egg producer as well as significant amounts of www.murrayriver.com.au/gol-gol stonefruit, cotton, sheep, wool, canola, fruit and vegetables including gherkins for theWhen should I go there? McDonald’s franchises. Harvest labour assistanceJanuary - May Grape pickingMay - January Citrus Summit PersonnelMay - February Vegetables 86 Yambil Street Griffith NSW 2680May - September Vine pruningSeptember - January Asparagus 02 6964 2718 griffith@summit-et.com.auHow do I get there? National Harvest Labour Information ServiceGol Gol is accessible by road 1025 kms via 1800 062 332the Hume and Sturt Highways from Sydney,560 kms on the Calder Highway from www.harvesttrail.gov.auMelbourne and 450 kms on the Sturt Highway FREECALL 1800 062 332 21
    • New South Wales Places to visit HAY Cocopara National Park, Scenic Hill and Pioneer Park Museum, Lookout and Hermit’s Positioned alongside the charming Cave, MIA forest and river drives, wineries, Murrumbidgee River, Hay is located 735 kms galleries and farm tours. from Sydney and 410 kms from Melbourne. It is at the intersection of three highways; the Sturt Highway, the Cobb Highway and the Tourist information Western Highway. With its well renowned flat, open plains, the road to Hay is certainly an eye Griffith Visitor Information Centre opener. Cnr Banna and Jondaryan Avenues Griffith NSW 2680 Harvest labour assistance 1800 681 141 National Harvest Labour Information Service visitgriffith@griffith.com.au 1800 062 332 www.visitgriffith.com.au www.harvesttrail.gov.au When should I go there? Places to visit January - December Citrus The Hay Gaol Museum, Shear Outback Hall of Fame, the historic Bishops Lodge, Hay Railway January - April Grape picking Station, Hay Court House and the “Sunbeam” June - August Vine pruning Cobb & Co Coach, Dunera POW Camp. November - March Onions Tourist information How do I get there? Hay Visitor Information Centre Griffith is well serviced with daily bus services 407 Moppett Street from Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. Hay NSW 2711 Regular daily air services operate from Sydney. 02 6993 4045 Daily rail services operate from both Sydney and Melbourne. hayvic@hay.nsw.gov.au www.hay.nsw.gov.au When should I go there? Where can I stay? March - October Broccoli, lettuce Griffith has a number of hotels, motels, caravan November - February Onions and cabin parks and backpacker hostels. December - March Rockmelons Limited on farm accommodation is available in huts and some farms do have camping How do I get there? facilities. If you are not driving there are a number of different ways to get to Hay. These include coach travel from both Sydney and Melbourne and the train from Sydney that runs through to Cootamundra then connecting with a coach to Hay. Alternatively there is the train 22 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South Walesfrom Melbourne which goes through to Tourist informationCootamundra and coach connection to Hay.A coach and train also operate from Adelaide Hillston Visitor Information Centreand coach travel from Canberra. 190 High Street Hillston NSW 2675 02 6967 2555 council@carrathool.nsw.gov.auWhere can I stay? www.carrathool.nsw.gov.auThere are motels, hotels, caravan parks, B&B New South Walesaccommodation, farm stays in and around the When should I go there?Hay area. April - June Cotton June - September Potatoes October - August Citrus HILLSTON November Cherries November - December OnionsHillston is located near the Lachlan River,but importantly on top of the Great Artesian How do I get there?Basin. The excellent quality artesian water hasallowed orange growing to flourish. Cotton and Hillston is 682 kms west of Sydney via the Midother fruit including grapes are also produced Western Highway and Kidman Way and 109in the area. kms north west of Griffith. There is no public transport to or around Hillston.Harvest labour assistanceSummit Personnel86 Yambil StreetGriffith NSW 2680 Where can I stay? 02 6964 2718 Hillston is supported by hotels, motels and a griffith@summit-et.com.au caravan park, all in High Street.National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au HUNTER VALLEYPlaces to visit The Hunter Valley in New South Wales is located in the Hunter River Basin some 150Hillston Museum, lake, Willandra National Park. kms to the north of Sydney and 60 kms inland from the Pacific Coast. The Hunter Valley stretches from the Goulburn River and Wollemi National Park to the south right up to Barrington Tops National Park to the north. Not only does the Hunter boast wonderful FREECALL 1800 062 332 23
    • New South Wales scenery, it is also home to large wine and coal posted ’Cessnock and Hunter Valley Vineyards’, industries. The Hunter has one of the oldest approximately 105 kms from the Harbour and most famous wine regions in Australia, Bridge and follow the signs to Cessnock. boasting many of the large names in wine, Daily flights to Newcastle are available from including Lindemans Wine, Tyrell’s Vineyards Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Brisbane and and Wyndham Estate. There are plenty of some regional centres. Rail services also attractions in the Hunter Valley to suit every operate on a daily basis from Sydney through taste, from horse riding and golf to hot air Broadmeadow (Newcastle), Maitland and ballooning and sky diving, all set amongst Singleton. Buses operate daily from Sydney wonderful landscapes. direct to the Hunter Valley. Harvest labour assistance National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 Where can I stay? www.harvesttrail.gov.au There is a wide choice of hotels, motels, backpacker hostels, caravan and cabin parks, Places to visit B&Bs and farmstays. Ogishi Craft Centre, Rusa Park Zoo, Lavender Gate Farm, Hunter Valley Cheese Co, Hunter Valley Gardens, Binnorie Dairy, Country Farm Delights, Blue Tongue Brewery, The Olive & The Grape, Potters Hotel & Brewery, Stapleton LEETON Station, the Oaks Golf & Country Club. Leeton is the administrative hub of the massive Tourist information Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA) with many reminders of Sir Samuel McCaughey, whose Hunter Valley Wine Country Tourism vision created the Murrumbidgee irrigation scheme. Another Walter Burley Griffin design, 455 Wine Country Drive Leeton is known for its historic architecture, Pokolbin NSW 2325 horticulture, extensive rice farms, processing 02 4990 0900 facilities, art deco buildings and plentiful, wide open parklands in town. info@winecountry.com.au Harvest labour assistance www.winecountry.com.au Summit Personnel When should I go there? 86 Yambil Street Griffith NSW 2680 January - March Grapes 02 6964 2718 June - September Vine pruning griffith@summit-et.com.au How do I get there? National Harvest Labour Information Service By road from Sydney proceed north from the CBD via Harbour Bridge or tunnel. Follow 1800 062 332 the signs ’Newcastle and North Coast’ onto the Pacific Highway, exiting to National One www.harvesttrail.gov.au at Waitara. Leave National One at exit sign 24 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South WalesPlaces to visitSunrice Country Visitor Centre, Leeton RiceMills, Leeton’s art deco architecture, RiverinaCheese, Chelmsford Place, Hydro Hotel, LISMOREBerri Juice Factory, the Court House, SaintMary’s Convent, local parks and reserves, Lismore is located 40 kms inland from ByronMurrumbidgee River locations, Yanco Bay between the rainforests and the sea. ItAgricultural High School, Yanco Powerhouse is the region’s major commercial centre thatMuseum and Yanco Weir. plays host to significant theatrical, artistic and musical activities. Speciality coffee and tea,Tourist information New South Wales macadamia nuts, bush tucker and exotic fruits are all on offer throughout the region.Leeton Visitor Information Centre10 Yanco Avenue Harvest labour assistanceLeeton NSW 2705 National Harvest Labour Information Service 02 6953 6481 1800 062 332 enquiries@leetontourism.com.au www.harvesttrail.gov.au www.leetontourism.com.au Places to visitWhen should I go there? Citrus picking and Rainforest Gallery, Cultural Gallery,January - December GunnaWannaBe, Koala Care Centre, Protestor packing Falls, Nightcap World Heritage National Park,February - March Grape picking Tucki Tucki Koala Reserve, Southern CrossSeptember - May Vegetables University, Minyon Falls, art galleries, weekend markets including the famous Channon Market,November - April Stonefruit a variety of restaurants and live theatre.How do I get there? Tourist informationLeeton is 595 kms by road from Sydney viathe Hume and Sturt Highways and Irrigation Lismore Visitor Information CentreWay from Narrandera. It is located 84 kms Cnr Molesworth Street and Ballina Roadsouth east of Griffith and 29 kms north west Lismore NSW 2480of Narrandera on Irrigation Way. Leeton isaccessible by rail and bus daily from Sydney. 1300 369 795 tourism@lismore.nsw.gov.au www.visitlismore.com.auWhere can I stay? When should I go there?There are hotels, motels, guest houses, B&Bs, April - September Macadamia nuts,caravan parks and backpacker hostels in avocadostown. Some farms may also have provision forcamping on-site. June - September Custard apples FREECALL 1800 062 332 25
    • New South Wales September - December Stonefruit 02 6759 1100 or 1800 627 564 October - December Coffee cotton@joblinkplus.com.au November - January Blueberries How do I get there? National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 Lismore is located on the Bruxner Highway, 225 kms south of Brisbane and 800 kms north of Sydney. The Ballina/Byron Bay Coast is a www.harvesttrail.gov.au short half-hour drive away. There is a regular air service between Lismore and Sydney Places to visit and also a daily bus service from Lismore to Brisbane and Sydney. Moree Artesian Spa Baths (hot bore baths), Visitor Centre, historic walking trail, Moree Plains Gallery, Cotton Gin, Amaroo Tavern DC3, Mary Brand Park, historic cemetery, weirs and swimming spots, Waa Gorge, Devil’s Waterholes and the pecan nut farm. Where can I stay? Tourist information You will find an excellent choice of hotels, Moree Visitor Information Centre motels, B&Bs, apartments, backpacker hostels Cnr Newell and Gwydir Highway and caravan parks. These properties are conveniently located in the centre of town and Moree NSW 2400 on the main highway. 02 6757 3350 tourismmoree@optusnet.com.au www.moreetourism.com.au MOREE When should I go there? The town of Moree is located adjacent to March - May Cotton picking, cotton the banks of the Mehi River. Its open, flat ginning flood-plain black soils provide ideal growing conditions for wheat and other cereals, cotton, April - August Olives, pecan nuts oil seed crops and in more recent times, pecan nuts and olives. Australia’s “Artesian How do I get there? Spa” capital, Moree has two hot artesian spas (bore baths) in town, providing a great tourist Moree is 628 kms north west of Sydney on attraction for the area as well. the New England, Oxley and Newell Highways and 444 kms south west of Brisbane via the Cunningham and Newell Highways. It is on the daily bus route from Brisbane to Melbourne Harvest labour assistance and there are daily flights from Sydney. Joblink Plus 133 Balo Street Moree NSW 2400 Where can I stay? 26 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South Wales When should I go there?There are many hotels, motels and caravanparks located in town. March - May Cotton picking, cotton ginning How do I get there? Mungindi is 567 kms south west of Brisbane MUNGINDI following the Cunningham, Newell and Carnarvon Highways. It is located 121 kmsMungindi is a true border town situated both north west of Moree, 116 kms south east New South Walesin NSW and Queensland on the banks of the of St George and 149 kms south west ofBarwon River. Home of the famous “Mungindi Goondawindi. There is no regular publicCod”, the town is the service centre for the transport to Mungindi.surrounding rich agricultural district whichproduces cotton, wheat and beef cattle.Harvest labour assistanceJoblink Plus Where can I stay?133 Balo Street There is hotel and caravan parkMoree NSW 2400 accommodation available. 02 6759 1100 or 1800 627 564 cotton@joblinkplus.com.auNational Harvest Labour Information Service NARRABRI 1800 062 332 Narrabri is situated in the fertile Namoi River www.harvesttrail.gov.au Valley on the north west slopes of the Great Dividing Range. The peaks of the MountPlaces to visit Kaputar National Park lie to the east while vast plains spread to the west. The area producesCotton gins. cotton, wheat, sheep and cattle.Tourist information Harvest labour assistanceMoree Visitor Information Centre Joblink PlusCnr Newell and Gwydir Highways 6-8 / 100 Maitland StreetMoree NSW 2400 Narrabri NSW 2390 02 6757 3350 02 6792 9200 www.visitnarrabri.nsw.gov.au cotton@joblinkplus.com.au www.visitnarrabri.nsw.gov.au National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 FREECALL 1800 062 332 27
    • New South Wales located on the rich fertile plains of the Central www.harvesttrail.gov.au West on the banks of the Macquarie River. The wheat and sheep industries are significant Places to visit and irrigation from the Macquarie allows the production of cotton, citrus and vegetables in Mount Kaputar National Park, Australian the region. Cotton Centre, CSIRO’s Australia Telescope, Sawn Rocks, Rocky Creek Glacial area, Waa Harvest labour assistance Gorge, Heritage Centre, Mount Kaputar Wines, the Crossing Theatre and Narrabri Gallery. National Harvest Labour Information Service Tourist information 1800 062 332 Narrabri Shire Visitor Information Centre www.harvesttrail.gov.au Newell Highway Narrabri NSW 2390 Places to visit 02 6799 6760 Historical Museum, Narromine Cottage Crafts, historic country pubs, Narromine Aerodrome, tourism@narrabri.nsw.gov.au Skypark and Aviation Museum, Swane’s Nursery, The Lime Grove and Goobang www.visitnarrabri.nsw.gov.au National Park. When should I go there? Tourist information April - May Cotton picking, Narromine Visitor Information Centre cotton ginning 37 Burroway Street Narromine NSW 2821 How do I get there? 02 6889 9980 Narrabri is 568 kms north west of Sydney following the Mid Western, Mitchell, Oxley and info@narromine.nsw.gov.au Newell Highways via Bathurst, Dubbo and Coonabarabran. Narrabri is on the national bus www.narromine.nsw.gov.au routes and there are also train services and daily air fares from Sydney When should I go there? May - March Citrus April - May Cotton picking, cotton Where can I stay? ginning There’s an abundance of accommodation in December - February Citrus thinning town with hotels, motels, caravan parks, guest houses and a backpacker hostel. How do I get there? Narromine is 452 kms north west of Sydney following the Mid Western Highway to Bathurst and then the Mitchell Highway through Dubbo to Narromine. NARROMINE Narromine is 40 kms west of Dubbo and 28 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South Wales Canobolas reserve, Ophir gold fields, BanjoWhere can I stay? Paterson memorial, boutique and antique shops, Orange Regional Gallery and library.There are many hotels, motels, guest housesand caravan parks in town. Tourist information Orange Visitor Information Centre Byng Street, Civic Gardens Orange NSW 2800 ORANGE 1800 069 466 New South WalesLocated just three and a half hours west tourism@orange.nsw.gov.auof Sydney and three hours North West ofCanberra, Orange is a cosmopolitan city that www.orange.nsw.gov.auhas evolved from its rich mining past. Thehistoric buildings and cultural streets capes When should I go there?in Orange are intertwined with trendy cafes,restaurants, theatres and galleries. The February - May Applescity offers food and wine adventures, artand heritage and a wealth of harvest work February - April Grapesopportunities in the apple, grape and cherry June - August Vine pruningindustries. November - January CherriesThe climate in Orange ranges from a mild How do I get there?summer to a very cold winter. Harvest workersare advised to dress for cold conditions that Access to Orange is easy with daily directmay include a light snow fall in winter. flights from Sydney. Daily coach and rail services also operate from Sydney to OrangeHarvest labour assistance and there is excellent road access. Orange is located 256 kms west of Sydney on theVERTO Mitchell Highway.50-66 Boorawa StreetYoung NSW 2594 02 6382 9258 harvest@cwcc.nsw.edu.au Where can I stay? The city of Orange boasts a wide variety ofNational Harvest Labour Information Service accommodation to suit any budget. There 1800 062 332 are hotels, motels, caravan parks and B&B guesthouses. Some orchards also provide www.harvesttrail.gov.au camping facilities on site.Places to visitOrange farmer’s markets, local cellar doors,Orange Botanic Gardens, Cook Park, MountCanobolas State recreation area, Lake SYDNEY BASIN FREECALL 1800 062 332 29
    • New South Wales The Sydney Basin is a large area which December - February Avocados surrounds the city of Sydney, between the Blue Mountains and the sea, expanding south How do I get there? toward Goulburn and north toward Newcastle. The Sydney Basin consists of several large Most of the Sydney Basin is accessible by horticultural areas which include Macarthur, coach, rail and bus, however in most cases you Hawkesbury, Bilpin and the Central Coast. will need your own transport. Weather conditions in the Sydney Basin can change drastically and rapidly. Always ensure that you wear clothing which gives protection from the weather and the working environment. Where can I stay? Harvest labour assistance There are many hotels, motels and caravan National Harvest Labour Information Service parks in and around the Sydney Basin. 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au Places to visit TOOLEYBUC Art galleries, museums, botanical gardens, Tooleybuc is located on the Murray River 40 parks, wineries, Sydney. kms to the north of Swan Hill and 54 kms south of Balranald. Irrigation supports mixed Tourist information horticulture in the area. Camden Visitor Information Centre are happy Harvest labour assistance to provide information on the area including assistance finding accommodation, however MADEC Australia they do not have job listings for the region. 183-188 Beveridge Street Swan Hill Vic 3585 Camden Visitor Information Centre Camden Valley Way 1800 062 332 Elderslie NSW 2570 swanhill@madec.edu.au 02 4658 1370 www.madec.edu.au tourism@camden.nsw.gov.au www.camden.nsw.gov.au National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 When should I go there? www.harvesttrail.gov.au January - December Vegetables, flower and turf production Places to visit February - April Apples Tooleybuc Club. August - November Citrus Tourist information November - January Stonefruit 30 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South WalesSwan Hill Region Information Centre 1800 062 332Cnr McCrae and Curlewis StreetsSwan Hill Vic 3585 www.harvesttrail.gov.au 1800 625 373 Places to visit tourism@swanhill.vic.gov.au Auscott cotton gin, soldiers memorial and Gin www.swanhillonline.com Gin Weir.When should I go there? Tourist information New South WalesJanuary - May Grapes Trangie Visitors Information Centre Imperial Coffee Shop, Mitchell HighwayMay - January Citrus Trangie NSW 2823May - February Vegetables 02 6888 7512May - September Vine pruningDecember - February Stonefruit Narromine Visitor Information CentreHow do I get there? 37 Burroway Street Narromine NSW 2821Tooleybuc is located 350 kms north ofMelbourne via the Calder and Loddon 02 6889 9980Highways, 800 kms from Sydney via the Hume info@narromine.nsw.gov.auand Sturt Highways and 500 kms north east ofAdelaide via the Sturt Highway. Swan Hill is the www.narromine.nsw.gov.autransport hub for the area, serviced daily by railand bus. There is no regular public transport toTooleybuc. When should I go there? April - May Cotton picking, cotton ginning How do I get there?Where can I stay? Trangie is 493 kms north west of Sydney viaHotel, motel and caravan park accommodation the Mid Western and Mitchell Highways andare available in town. 35 kms south east of Narromine. Dubbo, 74 kms to the east, is the main transport hub and is serviced by air, rail and bus daily. Trangie is accessible via rail then bus. TRANGIETrangie is located in the Macquarie River Valley,35 kms south east of Narromine amongsta huge wheat and sheep area. Irrigation Where can I stay?supports large areas of cotton production. There is hotel, motel and caravan parkHarvest labour assistance accommodation in town.National Harvest Labour Information Service FREECALL 1800 062 332 31
    • New South Wales When should I go there? January - April Grapes March - May Apples TUMBARUMBA June - September Vine pruning Tumbarumba is situated 511 kms southwest of December - April Berries Sydney and 462 kms north east of Melbourne, among the western foothills of the Snowy How do I get there? Mountains, and a short distance from the Hume Highway. The Tumbarumba Shire From Sydney take the Hume Highway as far includes the towns of Khancoban, Rosewood, as Gundagai, then head south, towards Tumut Laurel Hill and Jingellic. The Murray River and on to Tumbarumba. From Melbourne take forms the Shire’s southern boundary. the Hume Highway to Wodonga, then head west along the Murray Valley Highway. After Tumbarumba is situated in the Snowy Corryong, take the Towong turn-off and head Mountains region. As well as the sensible for Tumbarumba. requirements of a hat and coat, it is wise to have some fingerless gloves and a jumper just in case there is a cold snap. Harvest labour assistance Where can I stay? National Harvest Labour Information Service Tumbarumba has hotels, motel, caravan 1800 062 332 park, bed and breakfast accommodation and a couple of free camping areas. For details www.harvesttrail.gov.au contact the Visitor Information Centre. Places to visit Pioneer Women’s Hut, Paddy’s River Falls, Hume & Hovell walking track, Boggy Creek Show, Tooma (magnificent views TUMUT of the Snowy Mountains), Buddong Falls, Tumbarumba vineyards, Gone Barney, trout Tumut is located in the south eastern corner fishing, Kosciusko National Park, Khancoban, of New South Wales. The name of the town is Rosewood and Tumbarumba golf courses. derived from an Aboriginal word meaning “a quiet resting place by the river”. The population Tourist information of Tumut exceeds 6000 and the town boasts a modern cosmopolitan feel with an excellent Tumbarumba Visitor Information Centre range of facilities and shops. 10 Bridge Street Tumbarumba NSW 2653 Harvest labour assistance 02 6948 3333 National Harvest Labour Information Service tourism@tumbashire.nsw.gov.au 1800 062 332 www.visittumbashire.nsw.gov.au 32 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South Wales supports a large wheat industry. www.harvesttrail.gov.au Harvest labour assistancePlaces to visit National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332Visy Pulp & Paper Mill, Bonnie B’s ShakerShed, Boonderoo Wines, markets, MontrealTheatre, Pioneer Cemetery, Tumut Museum. www.harvesttrail.gov.auTourist information Places to visit New South Wales Historic buildings, Macquarie Park, Tiger BayTumut Regional Visitor Information Centre Wildlife Park, Warren Weir, Auscott cotton5 Adelong Road farm, the Macquarie marshes, River Red GumTumut NSW 2720 walk, Twynham cotton gin and the Warren racecourse and showgrounds. 02 6947 7025 Tourist information tumutrvc@environment.nsw.gov.au www.tumutregion.com.au Warren Visitor Information Centre Burton StreetWhen should I go there? Warren NSW 2824February - May ApplesHow do I get there? 02 6847 6665Tumut is situated on the Snowy Mountains council@warren.nsw.gov.auHighway, half way between Sydney andMelbourne. The town is easily accessible with www.warrennsw.gov.aua driving time of four and a half hours fromeach city. When should I go there? April - May Cotton picking, cotton ginningWhere can I stay? How do I get there?The township provides a wide variety of quality Warren is 129 kms north east of Dubbo viaaccommodation including a range of fine the Mitchell and Oxley Highways. It is 85 kmscaravan parks, motels, holiday flats and bed west of Gilgandra on the Oxley Highway. A railand breakfast establishments. service operates daily from Sydney to Dubbo. A bus service departs Dubbo for Warren 3 days per week and there is another bus service which operates daily but only travels to Nevertire, 20 kms from Warren. WARRENWarren is located on the banks of theMacquarie River, on the western plains. Where can I stay?Known as the “Cotton and Wool” capital it also FREECALL 1800 062 332 33
    • New South Wales There are motels, hotels, caravan parks and How do I get there? farmstays available in town. Wee Waa is 41 kms north west of Narrabri and 572 kms north west of Sydney via the Mid Western, Mitchell, Oxley and Newell Highways. Narrabri is the transport hub of the area. WEE WAA Wee Waa, the “cotton” capital of Australia, is located in the fertile Namoi River Valley. Large service operations support the district’s cotton Where can I stay? production through the Namoi Cotton Growers Cooperative and the Cotton Seed Distributors. There are hotels, motels and caravan parks in town. Harvest labour assistance Joblink Plus 6-8 / 100 Maitland Street Narrabri NSW 2390 WENTWORTH 02 6792 9200 Wentworth lies at the junction of the Darling cotton@joblinkplus.com.au and Murray Rivers. The hub of a large pastoral area to the north, the area surrounding both National Harvest Labour Information Service rivers, provides a wide range of opportunities for horticultural crops with large areas of citrus 1800 062 332 and grapes, particularly wine grapes. www.harvesttrail.gov.au Buronga is located immediately across the Murray River from Mildura (Vic) in the Places to visit Sunraysia region. The area includes Gol Gol, Trentham Cliffs, Monak and Paringi. Dareton Heritage buildings, CSIRO’s Australia is the centre of the Coomealla irrigation area, Telescope, Yarrie Lake, Pilliga scrub and a large horticultural development which was Cubberoo Cellars Winery. used to resettle many ex-servicemen following WWII, mostly growing grapes and citrus. It is Tourist information located on the Murray River between Mildura and Wentworth. Dareton is 15 kms east of Narrabri Shire Visitor Information Centre Wentworth and 28 kms north west of Mildura. Newell Highway Narrabri NSW 2390 Harvest labour assistance 02 6799 6760 MADEC Australia tourism@narrabri.nsw.gov.au 28 Darling Street Wentworth NSW 2648 www.visitnarrabri.nsw.gov.au 1800 062 332 When should I go there? wentworth@madec.edu.au April - May Cotton picking, cotton www.madec.edu.au ginning 34 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South Wales Adelaide. A regular daily bus service operates through Buronga, Dareton and Curlwaa toNational Harvest Labour Information Service Wentworth from Mildura. 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.auPlaces to visit Where can I stay?Murray and Darling Rivers’ junction, There are motels, hotels, caravan and cabinWentworth Gaol, St John’s Anglican Church, parks, B&Bs in town. Many farms have basic New South WalesWentworth Court House, Aboriginal Canoe accommodation available or provide campingTree, Wentworth Museum, monument to facilities for on farm stays.Ferguson tractor, Lock 10 and weir, FotherbyPark, PS Ruby, Mungo National Park and theScotia Sanctuary, Australian Inland BotanicalGardens, BRL Hardy Winery, Trentham EstateWinery, Orange World and Cowanna Bend.Tourist information YOUNG Young, the cherry capital of Australia, isWentworth Visitor Information Centre situated on the NSW south west slopes66 Darling Street of the Great Dividing Range. Formerly anWentworth NSW 2648 active gold mining centre, the region now supports a diverse range of agriculture 03 5027 3624 including broadacre crop production, livestock production as well as horticulture, with cherries, tourism@wentworth.nsw.gov.au plums, grapes, stonefruit, berries being important. www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au Harvest labour assistanceWhen should I go there? VERTOJanuary - May Grapes 50-66 Boorawa StreetMay - January Citrus Young NSW 2594May - February Vegetables 1300 364 445May - September Vine pruningSeptember - January Asparagus harvest@verto.org.auHow do I get there? National Harvest Labour Information ServiceWentworth can be reached by road 1080 1800 062 332kms south west from Sydney via the Hume,Sturt and Silver City Highways, 560 kms www.harvesttrail.gov.aunorth west from Melbourne via the Calderand Silver City Highways and 450 kms north Places to visiteast of Adelaide via the Sturt and Silver CityHighways. There are daily air services to Historic town walks, Burrangong Art Gallery,Mildura from Melbourne and Adelaide and daily numerous roadside fruit stalls (seasonal), localbus services from Sydney, Melbourne and wineries, Lambing Flat Folk Museum, Poppa’s FREECALL 1800 062 332 35
    • New South Wales Fudge & Jam Factory and the Chinese Tribute Gardens. Tourist information Young Visitor Information Centre Young Railway Station, Anderson Park, Lovell Street Young NSW 2594 02 6382 3394 info@visityoung.com.au www.visityoung.com.au When should I go there? February - April Stonefruit, grapes, berries June - September Vine pruning November - December Cherries How do I get there? Young is 376 kms west of Sydney following the Hume Highway and Olympic Way. It is 71 kms south west of Cowra and 47 kms north east of Cootamundra on Olympic Way. There is a Countrylink rail service daily from Sydney or Melbourne to Cootamundra with a connecting bus service to Young. Where can I stay? Young has various hotels and motels, a caravan park and some orchards provide camping facilities. There is also a variety of B&Bs and self contained cottages in the area. 36 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South Wales Grain ABOUT NEW SOUTH WALES GRAIN HARVESTTown Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecNew South WalesCentral DivisionNorthern Division The NSW grain industry can be categorically split into two main areas, being the northern and southern wheat belts. The hub of the northern wheat belt has long been considered to be Moree, a town in the north western aspect of the region. Sorghum is the main summer crop grown in the northern wheat belt with an estimated 95 per cent of Australia’s total plantings of sorghum grown in the regions of Gunnedah, Narrabri, Inverell and Moree. The southern wheat belt comprises the central and southern regions of NSW. Grain production in the south centres strongly around winter crops such as canola, barley, oats and pulses. Whilst the majority of summer crops are grown in the north, the southern region does sow rice during the warmer months. The Central Division includes Dubbo, Narromine, Trangie and Warren. The Northern Division includes Goodiwindi, Gunnedah, Hay Inverell, Moree, Mungindi, Narrabri, Spring Ridge, Thallon and Wee Waa. Grain High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 37
    • Northern Territory DARWIN Humpty Doo NT Katherine NORTHERN TERRITORY Ti Tree Alice Springs ABOUT NORTHERN TERRITORY Massive cattle stations for beef production have been the traditional backbone of the Northern Territory, however opportunities for work in horticulture have grown in recent times with production areas around Darwin, the Territory capital and Katherine in particular. Tropical crops are grown on fertile soils with water being sourced underground on many farms. The close proximity to the vast markets of South East Asia will see the region’s production and the requirement for labour to grow. Situated on the edge of a harbour bigger than Sydney’s, Darwin is a beautiful, fascinating tropical city – a melting pot of people and cultures that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. The tropical conditions around the “Top End” can be difficult to get used to with extremely trying conditions in high humidity time, known as “the wet”. Adequate rest needs to be taken for the day ahead. 38 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Northern TerritoryNORTHERN TERRITORY HARVEST CHARTCrop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecDarwinMangoesMelonsKatherineMangoesMelonsVegetablesTi TreeGrapes Northern Territory High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or noH high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 39
    • Northern Territory DARWIN National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 Darwin is a tropical city situated on the North Coast of Australia, and is arguably www.harvesttrail.gov.au Australia’s most cosmopolitan city, boasting a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic Places to visit backgrounds. The city’s multicultural mix is particularly highlighted by its many exciting Stuart Memorial, Fannie Bay Gaol, Esplanade ethnic cultural festivals and weekly food and Gallery, Botanical Gardens, NT Museum of craft markets. The city provides a diverse Arts and Natural Sciences, Chinese Temple, range of multicultural and traditional activities East Port fortifications, Christchurch Cathedral, and rugged outback adventures in the outer British Australian Telegraph Residence Darwin region, from beachside markets to Museum, Indo Pacific Marine, Giese residence, isolated waterfalls and wetlands. Darwin has Brown’s Mart and the Mindil Beach Markets (in evolved from its days as an incredibly laid back season). frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a highly sophisticated Tourist information city. The Northern Territory is a must for all travellers, whether it’s ancient Aboriginal Tourism Top End Paintings, crocodiles or simply its relaxed 6 Bennett Street lifestyle. Many visitors are surprised to find that it has accommodation, eateries, clubs, pubs, Darwin NT 0800 museums and other amenities that are at least 08 8980 6000 equal to, and often better than, what you’ll find in the southern cities. info@tourismtopend.com.au Darwin’s traditional owners, the Larrakia www.tourismtopend.com.au people, are prominent and active members of the community and many still adhere closely to their traditional beliefs and customs. Tourism Top End Darwin International Airport Darwin is the main service centre for a wide range of industries headed by mining, offshore 08 8936 2477 oil and gas production, pastoralism, tourism info@tourismtopend.com.au and tropical horticulture. The Port of Darwin is also the main outlet for Australia’s live cattle www.tourismtopend.com.au export trade into South East Asia. Also includes Berry Springs, Humpty Doo, When should I go there? Noonamah, Marrakai August - October Melons Harvest labour assistance September - November Mangoes Job Find Centre 14 Fred Pass Road How do I get there? Humpty Doo NT 0836 08 8923 9222 Darwin is serviced by air and bus daily from 1800 647 642 other capitals and by the National Australian Railways Network via the Ghan from Adelaide. www.jobfind.net.au The Stuart Highway leads north through central Australia to Darwin. 40 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Northern Territory Katherine Gorge National Park, Katherine Railway Station, Katherine Museum, Springvale Homestead, Cutta Cutta CavesWhere can I stay? National Park and WWII airstrips each side of town.There are a range of hotels, motels, resorts,caravan and cabin parks, guesthouses and Tourist informationbackpacker hostels in and around the city.Some farms do allow camping or have on farmaccommodation, but arrangements need to be Katherine Visitor Information Centremade prior to arrival. Lindsay Street Katherine NT 0850 08 8972 2650 visitor@ktc.nt.gov.au KATHERINE www.visitkatherine.com.auKatherine is a traditional outback town oftencalled the “Crossroads of the North” because When should I go there?of its location. Katherine is the fourth largest Northern Territorytown in the Northern Territory and is locatedsouth-east of Darwin on the banks of the May - October Vegetablesspectacular Katherine River. May - November MelonsKatherine is a modern thriving regional October - December Mangoescentre that offers a wide range of services tocommunities from the Western Australia border How do I get there?to the Gulf of Carpentaria on the Queenslandborder. Its surround include the amazing Katherine is 320 kms south of Darwin and 1180Katherine Gorge, Nitimulik National Park and kms north of Alice Springs following the StuartThermal Springs. Backpackers and scenic Highway. It is on the main Adelaide to Darwinlovers are attracted to the natural features route which is serviced daily by bus and rail.of the region. The town is well known for its Regional daily air services also operate toproduction of mangoes, melons and citrus. Katherine from Adelaide, Darwin, Sydney and Alice Springs.Harvest labour assistanceJobfind Centre KatherineLevel 1 / 42 Katherine TerraceKatherine NT 0850 0438 292 065 Where can I stay? 1800 647 642 There are hotels, several motels, caravan and www.jobfindcentre.com.au/katherine cabin parks, guesthouses and backpacker hostels in town. jobfind_Katherine@jobfindcentre.com. auNational Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au FREECALL 1800 062 332 41Places to visit
    • Queensland Kuranda Mareeba Cairns Dimbulah Atherton Innisfail Tully QLD Giru Ayr Bowen Mackay QUEENSLAND Yeppoon Emerald Bundaberg Gin Gin Childers Mundubbera Gayndah Murgon Chinchilla Sunshine coast Caboolture Cunnamulla Gatton St George Laidley BRISBANE Dirranbandi Boonah Goondiwindi Stanthorpe ABOUT QUEENSLAND A vast range of crops are grown in Queensland, from cooler climate speciality crops in the southern ranges to the tropical crops of the north and the broad acre crops grown on the massive western plains of the State’s inland. The coastal strip from south to north provides an abundance of horticultural work opportunities with much of the produce picked, packed and shipped fresh to markets in Australia and overseas. Grain and cattle production is centred mostly in the outback regions where conditions are often harsh, but the experiences are worthwhile. The capital, Brisbane is in the far south, located on the banks of the Brisbane River. The resort and holiday regions of the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast are to the south and north of the city. The Great Barrier Reef, one of the great wonders of the world is located off the Queensland coast and attracts thousands of visitors each year, as do the many islands adjoining the coastal areas which offer spectacular fun in the sun. 42 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • QueenslandQUEENSLAND HARVEST CHARTCrop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecAthertonAvocadosBananasCustard applesVegetablesAyrVegetablesTomatoesMangoesMelonsSugar caneBoonahVegetablesTomatoesMelonsBowenMelonsMangoesTomatoesVegetables QueenslandBundabergAvocadosCitrusCustard applesMangoesMelonsStrawberriesTomatoesVegetables High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 43
    • Queensland Crop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Gayndah Citrus Gin Gin Avocados Citrus Mangoes Longans / Dragon Fruit Vegetables Giru Vegetables Mangoes Sugar cane Goondiwindi Cotton Innisfail Bananas Laidley Vegetables Tomatoes Melons Mackay Sugar cane Mareeba Avocados Bananas Citrus Longans / Lychees Mangoes Paw paws Pineapples Vegetables High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 44 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • QueenslandCrop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecGayndahCitrusGin GinAvocadosCitrusMangoesLongans/Dragon FruitVegetablesGiruVegetablesMangoesSugar caneGoondiwindiCottonInnisfailBananasLaidleyVegetablesTomatoesMelonsMackaySugar cane QueenslandMareebaAvocadosBananasCitrusLongans / LycheesMangoesPaw pawsPineapplesVegetables High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 45
    • Queensland Crop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Mundubbera Citrus Grapes Mangoes Vegetables Murgon Tomatoes Stanthorpe Apples / Pears Grapes Stonefruit Tomatoes Vegetables St George Cotton Grapes Melons Vegetables Sunshine Coast Custard apples Ginger Pineapples Strawberries Tully Bananas Yeppoon Mangoes Lychees Custard Apples Pineapples High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 46 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Queensland ATHERTON Atherton Information CentreAtherton is 94 kms south west of Cairns in Cnr Silo Road and Main Streetthe Tablelands area of Far North Queensland. Atherton Qld 4883There are substantial dairy and crop areaswith maize, peanuts, potatoes, avocados and 07 4091 4222citrus. The shire has population of 10 800 withapproximately 8200 in Atherton. Atherton has a athinfocentre@trc.qld.gov.aularge number of well known stores, food outlets,hotels and motels, as well as a hospital with www.athertoninformationcentre.com.auexcellent medical facilities. When should I go there?Includes Ravenshoe. January - December BananasRavenshoe, the most elevated town inQueensland at 904 metres. It lies on the February - June Avocadossouthern end of the Atherton Tablelands, 147 March - July Custard appleskms south west of Cairns and 52 kms south ofAtherton. The region had always relied on the September - December Potatoestimber industry, particularly large areas of Cedarfor over a century until the 1980’s when logging How do I get there?of rainforest timber slowed dramatically. Thearea now supports agriculture by way of dairy Atherton is 94 kms inland from Cairns. Theand potato industries. Brisbane to Cairns bus service operates daily. A bus service operates daily from Cairns andHarvest labour assistance Ravenshoe. Timetables for this service can be obtained by fax or email from Atherton Tableland Information Centre.Quality Industry Training and Employment26 Main StreetAtherton Qld 4883 07 4091 5800 or 1800 354 414 Queensland Where can I stay? atherton@qite.com There are hotels, motels, caravan parks, guesthouses and backpacker hostels in town.National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au AYRPlaces to visit Ayr is located 85 kms south of Townsville andMount Hypipamee Crater, Halloran’s Hill is recognised as one of the most productivelookout and environment park, Hou Wang sugar cane growing areas in Australia.Temple and Chinese Interpretive Centre, Boasting over 300 sunny days per year, AyrCrystal Caves and Fascinating Facets and the is situated on the northern approach toAtherton Foyer Gallery (Council Chambers). the Burdekin Bridge. The district offers the Burdekin River, creeks and miles of sandy beaches.Tourist information FREECALL 1800 062 332 47
    • Queensland Harvest labour assistance National Harvest Labour Information Service Where can I stay? 1800 062 332 There is a variety of accommodation in town www.harvesttrail.gov.au from caravan parks, motels, hotels and backpacker hostels. Places to visit The Burdekin Bridge (known as Silver Link - one of the longest bridges in Australia), scuba dive at SS Yongala, Alva Beach Zaros Cutural Gallery. BOONAH Tourist information Located one hour south of Brisbane and one and a quarter hours from the Gold Burdekin Visitor Information Centre Coast, Boonah is home to enterprises in the picturesque valleys of the Scenic Rim. Plantation Park, Bruce Highway Produce is supplied to the Brisbane markets, Ayr Qld 4807 supermarket chains, and for export overseas. 07 4783 5988 Employment opportunities are available in the region either for harvesting, packaging or processing produce. Burdekin Gateway Information Centre Old Home Hill Railway Station Harvest labour assistance 12 Railway Ave, Home Hill, Qld 4806 National Harvest Labour Information Service 07 4782 8241 1800 062 332 burdekintourism@bigpond.com www.harvesttrail.gov.au www.burdekintourism.com.au Places to visit When should I go there? Boonah is home to an array of adventure May - June Melons, watermelons experiences including gliding, ultra lite flights, May - November Capsicums, egg fruit, rock climbing, bush walking, national parks, cherry tomatoes, balloon flights and water activities. chillies, zucchini June - December Sugar cane September - December Melons November - December Mangoes How do I get there? Ayr is accessible by road via the Bruce Highway. It is well connected by rail or bus using the Queensland network. 48 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • QueenslandWhen should I go there? BOWENMarch - April Sweet potatoes Bowen is a coastal town located 1165 kms to the north of Brisbane and 206 kms southMarch - June Beans of Townsville. It has many lovely beaches,May - September Snow peas especially to the north of the town and a largeMay - October Celery, Chinese jetty at Port Denison which is useful for the cabbage loading of coal, salt and fish for export. Bowen and the surrounding area is well known for itsMay - November Cabbage, cauliflower, large production of tomatoes, vegetables and lettuce, broccoli mangoes.May - December Potatoes, beetroot Harvest labour assistanceJune - December CarrotsAugust - December Onions National Harvest Labour Information ServiceSeptember - November Garlic 1800 062 332November - December BeansNovember - May Pumpkins, sweet corn, www.harvesttrail.gov.au tomatoes, capsicums Places to visitDecember - February Melons, zucchini Beaches, the Big Mango, Bowen historicalHow do I get there? museum, Stone Island and Abbott Point.From Brisbane you travel south west along the Tourist informationIpswich Highway and onto the CunninghamHighway towards Warwick, then follow theBoonah signs. If travelling from the Gold Coast, Bowen Visitor Information Centrego through Nerang, Canungra, Beaudesert Bruce Highwayand head to Boonah. For a map and further Mount Gordon Bowen Qld 4805information visit www.boonah.qld.gov.au. 07 4786 2208 Queensland info@tourismbowen.com.au www.tourismbowen.com.auWhere can I stay? When should I go there?There are Queenslander hotels, rentalproperties and caravan parks at affordable November - January Mangoesrates. Some employers will arrangeaccommodation. Cafes and restaurants are May - June Melonsabundant throughout the shire. Bookings can September - November Melonsbe arranged by contacting the Boonah VisitorInformation Centre, operating from 9.30am to May - November Sweet corn, tomatoes4.00pm, 7 days per week. How do I get there? Bowen is accessible by road via the Bruce Highway, being 1165 kms north of Brisbane and 206 kms south of Townsville. It is well connected by rail or bus. FREECALL 1800 062 332 49
    • Queensland The Cooperage and Craft Centre demonstrates the art of barrel making and produces mini- barrels. Tour the Bundaberg Rum Distillery, the home of the famous “Bundy Rum”, St Where can I stay? Johns’ Lutheran Church, the Mystery Craters, Botanical Gardens and Museum, The There are motels, hotels, apartments, Hummock, Bert Hinkler’s house, Lady Elliot backpacker hostels, camping grounds and Island and Lady Musgrave Island National Park. caravan parks in town. Tourist information Bundaberg West Visitor Information Centre 271 Bourbong Street Bundaberg Qld 4670 BUNDABERG 07 4153 8888 Bundaberg is 360 kms north of Brisbane on info@bundabergregion.org the Burnett River and 14 kms from the coast. It is a city in the sub-tropics where the rainfall www.bundabergregion.info is considerable and the average daily summer temperatures vary between 20-30 C. When should I go there? Bundaberg is a significant centre for the January - December Sweet potatoes Queensland sugar industry. The large February - September Avocados refineries and sugar mills support the population of the thriving city. There is also March - July Citrus a large production of beef and dairy cattle, March - December Zucchini tropical fruit and vegetables. The area produces nearly one-fifth of Australia’s sugar April - May Beans from its large mills and is transported from the April - August Capsicums, tomatoes bulk handling port. Bundaberg is recognised for the production of its famous brown rum and it April - June Cucumbers, custard is the country’s largest producer of tomatoes. apples May - July Pumpkins Harvest labour assistance August - November Cherry tomatoes Jobfind Centre Bundaberg August - September Strawberries 33 Woondooma Street October - November Beans, cucumbers Bundaberg Qld 4670 October - December Capsicums, tomatoes, melons 1800 647 642 November - December Pumpkins vanessa.aplitt@chandlermacleod.com December - February Mangoes National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 How do I get there? www.harvesttrail.gov.au Bundaberg is 360 kms north of Brisbane following the Bruce Highway. Regular air, rail Places to visit and bus services operate between Brisbane 50 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Queenslandand Bundaberg. Burpengary Qld 4505 1800 833 100 caboolture.tourism@moretonbay.qld. gov.auWhere can I stay? www.moretonbay.qld.gov.auThere are many hotels, motels, caravan When should I go there?and cabin parks, Backpacker hostels andguesthouses are available in town. Campingfacilities may be available on some farms February - November Pineapplesduring the harvest season. March - April Strawberry planting June - November Strawberry picking How do I get there? Take the Bruce Highway north from Brisbane, CABOOLTURE approximately 30 minutes travel by car.Caboolture is located 40 kms north of Brisbane,approximately half way between the State’scapital and the beautiful Sunshine Coast. Ashort drive to picturesque waterways alongthe Pumicestone Passage at Bribie Island and Where can I stay?unspoilt hinterland scenery through the inland. Centrally located showgrounds offeringThe Caboolture region takes in the areas of camping facilities for both powered andNingi, Toorbul, Donnybrook, Elimbah, Bellmere unpowered sites.and Wamuran and is one of Australia’s largeststrawberry producing districts.Harvest labour assistance QueenslandNational Harvest Labour Information Service CHILDERS 1800 062 332 Childers is 320 kms north of Brisbane, 50 www.harvesttrail.gov.au kms south of Bundaberg and just inland from Hervey Bay. The surrounding area has been a large grower of sugar cane but in recent timesPlaces to visit a lot of area has given way to the production of tomatoes, vegetables, avocados and someBeautiful beaches are a short drive away macadamias. The town is a popular touristalong with the Abbey Museum of Art and destination, especially for the many NationalArchaeology, Caboolture Historical Village. Trust historical buildings.Tourist informationCaboolture Visitor Information CentreBP Travel Centre, Bruce Highway FREECALL 1800 062 332 51
    • Queensland Harvest labour assistance National Harvest Labour Information Service Where can I stay? 1800 062 332 There are many hotels, motels, backpacker www.harvesttrail.gov.au hostels and a caravan park located in town. Places to visit The Olde Butchers Shoppe, Childers Pharmaceutical Museum, Soldiers Room Memorial, Childers Court House, Childers CHINCHILLA Military and Memorabilia Museum, Historical complex, Isis Central Mill, Burrum Coast Located 300 kms to the north west of Brisbane, National Park including Woodgate and Kilkuna this pretty town is at the centre of the Western sections, Snakes Down Under, Flying High Bird Downs region. Chinchilla has a population of Sanctuary, district wineries and Mammino’s 3600, with 6000 in the Chinchilla Shire. Macadamia Farm. Known as the “melon capital”, primary Tourist information production has always played a large role in the Chinchilla Shire. Bundaberg West Visitor Information Centre 271 Bourbong Street Harvest labour assistance Bundaberg Qld 4670 National Harvest Labour Information Service 07 4153 8888 1800 062 332 childersvisitors@bundaberg.qld.gov.au www.harvesttrail.gov.au www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au Places to visit When should I go there? Chinchilla Historical Museum, Boonarga January - March Mangoes Cactoblastis Hall. Nature lovers are in for a March - July Citrus treat with the variety of flora, fauna and bird life, while the more active can enjoy activities April - September Tomatoes such as fossicking for the world renowned July - April Avocados “Chinchilla Red” petrified wood, fishing or camping under a clear and moonlit night sky. October - January Zucchini December - February Lychees Tourist information How do I get there? Chinchilla Visitor Information Centre Warrego Highway Childers is 320 kms north of Brisbane following the Bruce Highway. It is 50 kms south of Chinchilla Qld 4413 Bundaberg, also on the Bruce Highway. Rail 07 4668 9564 and bus services travel to Childers daily from Brisbane. Your own transport would be useful to travel to farms. www.chinchilla.org.au 52 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • QueenslandWhen should I go there? Bridge & Wallaby Walk, the Warrego River, boat cruises, view birds on Bowra Station, Rockmelons, water-December - April fishing, yabbying, sand boarding, bare foot melons bowls, Glencoe Station, opal mining, cemeteryNovember Onions and historical tours, bike hire, Cunnamulla Fella and the Stephanie Mills Gallery.How do I get there? Tourist informationChinchilla is located on the Warrego Highway,300 kms north west of Brisbane. There are bus Cunnamulla Visitor Information Centreservices daily to Chinchilla. Centenary Park, Jane Street Cunnamulla Qld 4490 07 4655 2481 cunnamullainfo@paroo.qld.gov.auWhere can I stay? www.paroo.infoThere are a caravan parks and a motel in townbut some properties may have accommodation When should I go there?on site. December - January Grapes May - July Vine pruning September - October Vine shoot thinning, vine bunch trimming CUNNAMULLA How do I get there?Cunnamulla is in Queensland’s outback andis centrally situated on the crossroads of the Cunnamulla is easily accessible by sealedBalonne Highway (Adventure Way) (connecting roads, rail and air with regular services beingSt George and Thargomindah) and the offered weekly. A bus service from Brisbane toMatilda Highway (connecting Charleville and Cunnamulla is available three times per week. QueenslandBourke). To the west is Thargomindah, north isCharleville and to the east is St George. To thesouth lies the New South Wales State borderand the town of Bourke.Harvest labour assistance Where can I stay?National Harvest Labour Information Service The caravan park offers a range of facilities from camping in tents to cabin accommodation. 1800 062 332 Motels, hotels and B&B accommodation is also centrally located. Out of town offers farm www.harvesttrail.gov.au stays with facilities from camping to homestead accommodation.Places to visitIn Cunnamulla, Eulo, Yowah and Wyandra youwill find farm stays, Charlotte Plains, NardooStation, Aldville Station, artesian mud baths,date farm and wine tour, historic hotels, Rocky FREECALL 1800 062 332 53
    • Queensland DIMBULAH How do I get there? Dimbulah is an aboriginal word meaning “Long Dimbulah can be reached via the Kennedy Waterhole” and is possibly attributed to the Highway through Mareeba or on the fact there is a river nearby called the Walsh Savannahlander rail-train. There are bus River. Dimbulah was first settled when gold services from Cairns to Mareeba along with a was discovered on the Hodgkinson area to regular service from Mareeba to Dimbulah. the north in 1876. It became the centre for miners in the wolfram fields and old goldfields based respectively in the Wolfram Camp and Hodgkinson areas. Where can I stay? Harvest labour assistance Dimbulah has an old style pub with National Harvest Labour Information Service accommodation or there is a caravan park with 1800 062 332 cabins available in town. Many farms have on- site accommodation. www.harvesttrail.gov.au Tourist information Mareeba Heritage Museum Information DIRRANBANDI Centre 345 Byrnes Street, Centenary Park Dirranbandi is located on the banks of the Mareeba Qld 4880 Balonne River, 600 kms west of Brisbane and 70 kms south of St George, in south west 07 4092 5674 Queensland. It is the gateway to the Culgoa Flood Plains National Park, noted for its prolific info@mareebaheritagecentre.com.au bird life. Dirranbandi is an Aboriginal word meaning “swamp abounding in frogs and www.trc.qld.gov.au waterfowl”. It is claimed to be amongst the best wool growing areas in Australia although Places to visit in recent times cotton has been a big industry source (including St George). Chillagoe Caves, Dimbulah & District Heritage Museum, Wheelbarrow Way, Australian Coffee Harvest labour assistance Centre (Skybury), Mount Mulligan, Tyrconnell historic gold mine, the bush pub at Lappa Joblink Plus Junction, Thornborough cemetery. 133 Balo Street When should I go there? Moree NSW 2400 1800 627 564 or 02 6759 1100 January - December Paw Paws February - March Longans cotton@joblinkplus.com.au February - April Avocados National Harvest Labour Information Service November - January Lychees, mangoes 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au 54 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • QueenslandPlaces to visit cotton and most farmers changed to the new crop. The region now supplies 25 per cent ofCulgoa Flood Plains National Park. Queensland’s cotton. The area has recently become popular for the growing of table grapesTourist information and melons due to Emerald’s northerly latitude.Dirranbandi Rural Transaction Centre Harvest labour assistance35-37 Railway StreetDirranbandi Qld 4486 National Harvest Labour Information Service 07 4625 8411 1800 062 332 council@balonne.qld.gov.au www.harvesttrail.gov.au www.balonne.qld.gov.au Places to visitWhen should I go there? Emerald railway station, Pioneer Cottage, Communication museum, Fairbairn dam,March - May Cotton picking, cotton Lake Maraboon, Botanical Gardens, ginning sunflower painting, fossilised wood, St Mark’s Presbyterian Church and the Emerald cottonHow do I get there? gin.Take the Warrego Highway west from Tourist informationBrisbane to Toowoomba, the Gore Highwayto Goondiwindi and then the Carnarvon Central Highlands Visitor Information CentreHighway further west to St George. Follow the 3 Clermont StreetCastlereagh Highway south from St George, Emerald Qld 472095 kms to Dirranbandi. There is no publictransport to Dirranbandi. 07 4982 4142 emerald@capicorntourism.com.au Queensland www.centralhighlandstourism.org.auWhere can I stay? When should I go there?There is a hotel, two motels, caravan park, March - May Cotton picking, cottonhostel and a budget lodge in town. ginning March - September Citrus April - December Melons May - June Vine pruning EMERALD October - December GrapesThe town of Emerald lies on the Nogoa River How do I get there?west of Rockhampton. Whilst largely a cattlegrowing area, sorghum grown more than 50 Emerald is located in the Central Highlandsyears ago proved the fertility of the land. The 263 kms west of Rockhampton following theconstruction of the Fairbairn Dam south of the Capricorn Highway. Rockhampton is 640town in the 1970’s allowed the area to grow kms north of Brisbane on the Bruce Highway. FREECALL 1800 062 332 55
    • Queensland Air, rail and bus services operate daily from Tourist information Brisbane. Gatton Visitor Information Centre Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre, Lake Apex Dr Gatton Qld 4343 07 5462 3430 Where can I stay? tourism@lvrc.qld.gov.au There are hotels, motels, caravan/cabin parks, backpacker hostels and farm stays in town. www.lockyervalley.qld.gov.au When should I go there? March - April Sweet potatoes GATTON March - June Beans May - September Snow peas Situated in the heart of the rich and fertile Lockyer Valley, Gatton was initially a stop May - October Celery, Chinese over point for the mail and coach service cabbage between Brisbane and the Darling Downs. The May - November Cabbage, cauliflower, region was one of the first areas of settlement lettuce, broccoli in Queensland and has traditionally been a producer of fine cattle and a wide range May - December Potatoes, beetroot of vegetable crops, tomatoes and melons. July - November Carrots Canning of produce in the Gatton area August - December Onions provides an extra level of employment in the region as do the many cattle and horse studs September - November Garlic which are situated in the rich valley. November - December Beans Harvest labour assistance November - May Pumpkin, sweet corn, tomatoes, capsicums National Harvest Labour Information Service December - February Melons, zucchini 1800 062 332 How do I get there? www.harvesttrail.gov.au Gatton is 86 kms west of Brisbane on the Warrego Highway and is 40 kms east of the Places to visit Darling Downs city of Toowoomba, also on the Warrego Highway. It is well serviced by the There’s plenty to do including great wining, daily bus and rail service between Brisbane dining and retail therapy. Try skydiving, a hot and Toowoomba and is also on the Airport air balloon ride or horse riding. There’s plenty Flyer bus route to Brisbane. of attractions to visit in the area including Black Duck Valley 4WD Park, Gatton Pioneer Village, Davson Art Gallery, Historic Pubs/Hotels dotted along the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive, Gatton College, Gatton Equestrian Centre, and Glen Rock Regional Park – just to name a few. 56 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • QueenslandWhere can I stay? Gayndah Historical MuseumThere are hotels, motels and caravan parks 3 Simon Streetlocated in town and a lodge in Laidley. Somefarms do have facilities for on farm camping Gayndah Qld 4625but you will need to have your own camping 07 4161 2226equipment. www.northburnett.qld.gov.au When should I go there? March - September Citrus GAYNDAH November - March Citrus pruningThe rural township of Gayndah is situated 366kms north west of Brisbane and 144 kms to the How do I get there?west (inland) of Maryborough. Being locatedon the Burnett River allows this irrigated Gayndah is situated on the Burnett Highway,area to claim the title of “orange capital of 366 kms north west of Brisbane following theQueensland”. Bruce, Isis and Burnett Highways or 166 kms west of Bundaberg, following both the Isis andAccommodation is limited, so camping Burnett Highways.equipment is an advantage and your owntransport is essential. The weather during theharvest season (April - September) can varyand wet weather gear and warm bedding areneeded in the colder parts of the season. Where can I stay?Harvest labour assistance There are motels, caravan parks and a hostel.Sarina Russo Job Access59 Capper Street QueenslandGayndah Qld 4625 07 4161 2959 or 1300 792 622 GIN GINNational Harvest Labour Information Service Gin Gin is situated on the Bruce Highway in the Kolan Shire. Gin Gin is 360 kms north 1800 062 332 of Brisbane and is known as ‘halfway to everywhere’ because of its central location for www.harvesttrail.gov.au travellers heading north, south or west. It is a thriving horticultural area and boasts two of thePlaces to visit largest citrus orchards in the south east.Gayndah and District Historical Museum, the Harvest labour assistanceBig Orange, Archer lookout, McConnell lookouton Mount Gayndah, historic buildings of National Harvest Labour Information Serviceinterest in town and the Ellendale Orchard. 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.auTourist information Places to visit FREECALL 1800 062 332 57
    • Queensland The Gin Gin museum consists of a delightful old slab barn called ‘Euston Barn’ along with local memorabilia. A ten minute drive north of Gin Gin is the Lake Monduran recreation GIRU area with a walking trail and fantastic fishing. To the west of Gin Gin on the road to Mount The rural township of Giru is located south of Perry is the Boolboonda Tunnel - the longest Townsville, originally a siding on the Townsville- unsupported man made tunnel in Australia. Ayr sugar tramway, Giru has since developed into a significant link in the north Queensland Tourist information cane chain. In fact, the mill in this Haughton River town regularly records an annual crush Gin Gin Visitor Information Centre of about 3.25 million tonnes, the highest in 48 Mulgrave Street the Southern Hemisphere. How long Giru can Gin Gin Qld 4671 Gatton Qld 4343 retain its individuality is in question as the rapidly expanding Townsville metropolitan area 1300 722 099 of Thuringowa City creeps ever southward and threatens to engulf it. In the meantime ggvic@bundabergregion.org Giru retains its independence and its position as a stop on the rail service which operates www.bundabergregion.info between Brisbane and Cairns. When should I go there? Harvest labour assistance January - April Mangoes National Harvest Labour Information Service January - March Longans, dragon fruit 1800 062 332 February - September Avocados www.harvesttrail.gov.au March - April Vegetables March - May Citrus Places to visit October - December Vegetables This is serious fishing country where they come December - May Citrus from far and wide to stalk the barramundi and grunter which swim free in the Haughton River How do I get there? and such tributaries as Morris and Bradders Creeks. Mud crabs are also on the local fishing Gin Gin is approximately 45 minutes west of menu. A spectacular pre-harvest event on the Bundaberg which is connected to the rest Giru calendar is the cane fires to burn off the of the State by daily air services to and from excess leafage prior to the cane harvest. major centres. Queensland Rail and major coaches depart daily. Tourist information Burdekin Visitor Information Centre Plantation Park, Bruce Highway Ayr Qld 4807 Where can I stay? 07 4783 5988 There are hotels, motels and a caravan park in burdekintourism@bigpond.com town. Camping sites are also available at the show grounds. Backpacker hostels are located www.burdekintourism.com.au in nearby Bundaberg. 58 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • QueenslandWhen should I go there? Goondiwindi Visitor Information Centre Cnr McLean & Bowen StreetsMay - November Zucchini, capsicums Goondiwindi Qld 4390June - December Sugar cane 07 4671 2653November - December Mangoes visit@goondiwindi.orgHow do I get there? goondiwindi.net/Giru is accessed by road via the Bruce visitorsinformationcentre.htmlHighway and via The Queensland rail network. When should I go there? Cotton picking, cotton March - May ginningWhere can I stay? How do I get there?There is a hotel in the township and caravan Goondiwindi is 326 kms to the west of Brisbaneparks in surrounding areas. Backpacker on the Cunningham Highway and 132 kmshostels are located in Ayr and Townsville. north of Moree on the Newell Highway from New South Wales. GOONDIWINDI Where can I stay?Situated in the fertile “Darling Downs” There are a number of motels, a hotel, caravanregion on the banks of the Macintyre River, parks and a hostel in town.Goondiwindi is at the heart of one of Australia’slargest cotton producing areas. With 30 000hectares being grown in the Macintyre Valley, Queenslandit has one of the world’s largest cotton gins(Aboriginal for “resting place of the birds”).Harvest labour assistance INNISFAILNational Harvest Labour Information Service Innisfail is located at the junction of the North and South Johnstone Rivers, just south of 1800 062 332 Cairns. With its tropical rainstorms, Innisfail is one of the wettest cities in Australia. www.harvesttrail.gov.au Innisfail was established in 1880 when the Catholic Bishop of Brisbane and a company whose members included 11 Carmelite nunsPlaces to visit purchased 10 000 hectares of jungle and cleared it for sugar planting. Today InnisfailCustoms House and Museum, historic Victoria has become a busy town producung a largeHotel and the Macintyre Ginnery. proportion of the state’s sugar. Industries include sugar cane, bananas, fishing, aquaculture, tropical fruit agriculture, manufacturing and tourism.Tourist information FREECALL 1800 062 332 59
    • Queensland Harvest labour assistance Where can I stay? National Harvest Labour Information Service There are hotels, motels, caravan parks and backpacker hostels in and around town. 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au Places to visit LAIDLEY Bordered by the Great Barrier Reef and the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest Laidley is ideally situated less than one hour’s the natural beauty encompasses offshore drive west of inner city Brisbane in the Lockyer islands, golden sandy beaches, cool mountain Valley – “The Valley of Variety”. Laidley has streams, waterfalls and mangrove everglades. long been regarded as “Queensland’s Country The fauna is wide and varied with crocodiles, Garden”, having much more to offer its cassowaries, butterflies, birdlife and all the residents and visitors than an abundance of tropical fish species. Other notable attractions fresh fruit and vegetables. Laidley is one of the are Nerada tea plantation, crocodile farm, fastest growing rural shires in Australia but its Cooper Point lookout, Sugar Museum and natural beauty and lifestyle has been protected Mount Bartle Frere, the highest mountain in by careful planning. Queensland. The 1880’s saw the first settlers working the Tourist information logging camps and establishing the dairy industry. More recently farmers have turned Innisfail Information Centre to vegetables and fruit with the majority of Australian beetroot being grown in the Laidley 1 Eslick Street, Bruce Highway district. The Lockyer Valley is one of the “top Innisfail Qld 4860 ten most fertile farming areas in the world”. 07 4061 2655 Harvest labour assistance innisfailtourism@ccrc.qld.gov.au National Harvest Labour Information Service www.innisfailtourism.com.au 1800 062 332 When should I go there? www.harvesttrail.gov.au January - December Bananas Places to visit How do I get there? Laidley is a hub of activity throughout the Innisfail is accessible by road via the Bruce week with plenty of markets and stalls. Why Highway, being 1,631 kms north of Brisbane not step back in time and take a stroll through and 83 kms south of Cairns. It is well the Laidley Pioneer Village, enjoy a ’real’ cup connected by rail or bus using the Queensland of coffee at Das Neumann Haus Museum network. & Coffee Shoppe, relax at Narda Lagoon Parklands, have a drink at one of the historic pubs/hotels dotted along the Cobb & Co Tourist Drive, enjoy the picturesque views from one of the many lookouts – or if all that’s not to your liking then why not jump out of a plane at 8000 feet for a real rush and experience 60 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Queenslandspeeds of up to 350 kms per hour as you Where can I stay?descend over the patchwork of the LockyerValley or maybe a gentle hot air balloon flight Visitors are always welcome in Laidley andover the valley is more to your liking. are well catered for by way of hotels, motels, farm stays, country retreats, a backpackerTourist information Lodge, and a caravan park, as well as camping grounds. Some farms have facilities for on farmLockyer Valley Visitor Information Centre camping but you will need to have your own equipment.Plainland Travel Centre, 4414 WarregoHighwayPlainland Qld 3441 07 5411 4291 tourism@lvrc.qld.gov.au MACKAY www.lockyervalley.qld.gov.au Mackay, known as the “Rver City” is situated at the mouth of the Pioneer River, 400 kms northWhen should I go there? of the Tropic of Capricorn and 803 kms north of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane. LocatedMarch - April Sweet potatoes on the Bruce Highway, Mackay is accessible by road, rail and air. The area provides greatMarch - June Beans diversity with rainforests, mountains, coalMay - September Snow peas mining, gemfields, sandy beaches, tropical islands, rivers and streams and of course closeMay - October Celery, Chinese cab- proximity to the Great Barrier Reef. bageMay - November Cabbage, cauliflower, Sugarcane employers prefer job seekers with lettuce, broccoli prior experience in the operation of heavy machinery, however most employers areMay - December Potatoes, beetroot willing to engage workers and train them onJuly - November Carrots the job. The haulage of cane requires a Heavy Combination (HC) licence or an Undefined QueenslandAugust - December Onions (UD) licence.September - November GarlicNovember - May Pumpkins, sweet corn, Harvest labour assistance tomatoes, capsicums National Harvest Labour Information ServiceNovember - December BeansDecember - February Melons, zucchini 1800 062 332How do I get there? www.harvesttrail.gov.auLaidley is situated less than one hour’s drive Places to visit(85 kms) west from inner city Brisbane. As youtravel along the Warrego Highway, turn left at Eungella National Park and Finch Hattonthe Plainlands intersection and follow the road Gorge, the dramatic coastline at Capefor 13 kms through to the township of Laidley. Hillsborough National Park, over 31 beautiful beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, and the historical rural centres of the Hinterland. FREECALL 1800 062 332 61
    • Queensland Tourist information MAREEBA Mackay Visitor Information Centre The Mill, 320 Nebo Road The largest town on the Atherton Tablelands, Mackay Qld 4740 Mareeba is less than one hour’s drive west of Cairns. Mareeba is a gateway town; from 1300 130 001 the hub travellers continue north to Cooktown, Weipa and to the tip of Cape York. Mareeba is info@mackayregion.com a bread bowl township, the heart of Australia’s thriving tropical fruits and coffee industry. www.mackayregion.com You will find large mango and paw paw farms, coffee and macadamia nut plantations, Town Hall Visitor Information Centre along with sugar cane, pineapples, cashews, bananas and a whole banquet of other crops. Town Hall, 63 Sydney Street Mackay Qld 4740 Includes Kuranda. 1300 130 001 Harvest labour assistance townhall@mackayregion.com Quality Industry Training and Employment www.mackayregion.com 39 Byrnes Street Mareeba Qld 4880 When should I go there? 07 4092 9700 or 1800 354 414 March - April Cane planting mareeba@qite.com June - November Sugar cane June Cane planting National Harvest Labour Information Service August - September Cane planting 1800 062 332 How do I get there? www.harvesttrail.gov.au If travelling by road, take the Bruce Highway 978 kms north of Brisbane or 732 kms south of Places to visit Cairns. For the regular rail service check with Q Rail - 132 332. There are daily bus services Heritage museum, Coffee Works and from Brisbane and all major airlines fly daily Plantation, Mango Farm and Winery, Granite into Mackay with direct flights from Brisbane Gorge, Mareeba Wetland Foundation reserve and Sydney. and military museum. Tourist information Mareeba Heritage Museum Information Centre Where can I stay? 345 Byrnes Street, Centenary Park There are a great number of caravanning and Mareeba Qld 4880 camping options around the city limits as well 07 4092 5674 as backpacker hostels in the city of Mackay and its surrounds. info@mareebaheritagecentre.com.au www.mareebaheritagecentre.com.au 62 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • QueenslandWhen should I go there? vary and wet weather gear and warm bedding are needed in the colder parts of the season.January - December Paw paws, bananas, Harvest labour assistance citrusFebruary - March Longans Sarina Russo Job AccessFebruary - May Avocados Citrus Country Caravan Park, 1 Anne StreetOctober - February Pineapples Mundubbera Qld 4626November - January Lychees 07 4165 3893 or 1300 792 622November - March Mangoes National Harvest Labour Information ServiceHow do I get there? 1800 062 332Mareeba is 63 kms west of Cairns. Regular air,rail and bus services operate from Brisbane to www.harvesttrail.gov.auCairns and there is a regular bus service fromCairns to Mareeba. Places to visit The Big Mandarin, folk museum, Golden Mile Orchard and Auburn River National Park. Tourist informationWhere can I stay?There is a hotel, motels and many caravan Mundubbera Visitor Information Centreparks in town. Some on farm camping is Heritage Centre, Durong Roadavailable during the season. Mundubbera Qld 4626 07 4165 5700 www.northburnett.qld.gov.au Queensland When should I go there? MUNDUBBERAMundubbera is located on the banks of January Mangoesthe Burnett River, 390 kms north west of April - September CitrusBrisbane and 249 kms north west (inland) ofMaryborough. Initially a cattle region for both June - July Vine pruningbeef and dairying, irrigation from the Burnett August - May AsparagusRiver now supports a large citrus industry(especially mandarins) in the area which November - December Grapesincludes Gayndah and Eidsvold.Much of the work is done during the hottest How do I get there?part of the year so great care needs to betaken to protect against the elements. Whilst it Mundubbera is 390 kms north west of Brisbaneis often very hot during the day, the nights can via the Bruce and Burnett Highways. It isbe cold so warm clothing is also essential. As 249 kms to the north west and inland fromMundubbera is so isolated it is vital that you Maryborough. There is no public transporthave definite employment before making the operating in or out of Mundubbera.journey to the area.The weather during the harvest season can FREECALL 1800 062 332 63
    • Queensland Where can I stay? Highways 251 kms to the north west from Brisbane. There are two hotels, two motels and two caravan parks located in town. During the busy citrus harvest, accommodation is usually booked out. It is advisable to take camping gear with you as camping may be possible on some farms. Where can I stay? There are hotels, motels, caravan parks and guesthouses in town. Camping gear would be an advantage as some farms can accommodate camping workers. MURGON Murgon is situated 251 kms north west of Brisbane via the Bruce, D’Aguilar and Burnett Highways. It is 134 kms west of Gympie. Includes Goomeri, Cherbourg and Wondai. STANTHORPE Harvest labour assistance Stanthorpe is 220 kms south west of Brisbane on the Queensland and New South Wales National Harvest Labour Information Service border. It is 60 kms south of Warwick and 56 kms north of Tenterfield. Stanthorpe is part of 1800 062 332 the Granite Belt, so named for the remarkable landscape of protruding granite. The area www.harvesttrail.gov.au boasts four spectacular national parks and numerous wineries. Places to visit At an altitude of 950 metres, Stanthorpe is the The Queensland Dairy Industry museum, coldest place in Queensland and produces a Goschnick’s Machinery museum, Cherbourg diverse range of fruit and vegetables including Aboriginal community and Goomeri. apples, pears, stonefruit, tomatoes, capsicums, grapes and many ground crops such as lettuce. Tourist information Work can be physically demanding and job seekers therefore need to be reasonably fit and Murgon & District Development Bureau able to work outdoors in hot conditions for long 118b Lamb Street periods. Orchard work will often require the Murgon Qld 4605 use of ladders and vegetable work consists of bending. Workers will require sturdy footwear 07 4168 1984 (not sandals or thongs), hats, long-sleeved shirts and a large water bottle. www.tourism.southburnett.com.au Harvest labour assistance tourism@murgon.qld.gov.au When should I go there? Best Employment / Ready Workforce Cnr Rogers and Railway Streets December - May Tomatoes Stanthorpe Qld 4380 How do I get there? 1300 080 545 Take the Bruce, D’Aguilar and Burnett sue.frances@chandlermacleod.com 64 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • QueenslandNational Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 Where can I stay? www.harvesttrail.gov.au There are five caravan parks and four backpacker hostels. There are also severalPlaces to visit hotels and motels that offer special rates for seasonal workers. For comprehensiveNational Parks including Girraween, Sundown, information on accommodation contact theBald Rock and Boonoo Boonoo. More than Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre.50 wineries, an art gallery and the Stanthorpemuseum.Tourist informationStanthorpe Tourist Information Centre ST GEORGE28 Leslie Parade St George is a rural town on the Balonne RiverStanthorpe Qld 4380 in the mid-west of Queensland. It is located 07 4681 2057 479 kms west of Brisbane and 239 kms north of Moree, with a population near 3000. This town sdtastan@flexi.net.au is the service centre for the surrounding district including cotton, horticulture, grape, wheat, www.thegranitebelt.com.au sheep and cattle farmers. Includes Nindigully.When should I go there? Harvest labour assistanceJanuary - April Grapes National Harvest Labour Information ServiceJanuary - May Capsicums, tomatoes 1800 062 332February - May Apples, pears www.harvesttrail.gov.auMay - August Vine & stonefruit pruning QueenslandJune - September Apples, pear thinning Places to visitSeptember - November Stonefruit thinning Observe local bird life and koalas while onOctober - May Vegetables the Balonne river walk or visit the BuckinbahNovember - January Apples, pear thinning Weir 15 kms south east of St George. The self drive heritage trial is available from the VisitorNovember - March Stonefruit Information Centre.How do I get there? Tourist informationSeveral interstate coaches pass through Balonne Shire Visitor Information CentreStanthorpe along with a daily coach servicefrom Brisbane. There is no public transport 114 The Terracein the area so your own transport is valuable. St George Qld 4487Some accommodation places do provide 07 4620 8877transport for a fee to farms out of town. vic@balonne.qld.gov.au www.balonne.qld.gov.au FREECALL 1800 062 332 65
    • Queensland When should I go there? Harvest labour assistance National Harvest Labour Information Service March - June Cotton picking June - February Grapes 1800 062 332 June - August Pumpkins www.harvesttrail.gov.au November - January Pumpkins November - April Melons Places to visit November - December Onions UnderWater World, the Big Pineapple, SuperBee, Yandina’s Ginger Factory, and the How do I get there? internationally renowned Australia Zoo. By road, 479 kms through Goondiwindi via Tourist information the Cunningham and Carnarvon Highways from Brisbane, or 503 kms through Dalby and Toowoomba. There is a bus from Moree, 370 Sunshine Coast Regional Visitor Information kms to the south. Centre Corner First Ave & Brisbane Road Mooloolaba QLD 4557 07 5459 9050 Where can I stay? www.sunshinecoastinformation.com.au There are a number of hotels, motels and When should I go there? caravan parks available in town. February - March Ginger May Ginger February - May Pineapples March - April Strawberry planting SUNSHINE COAST April - June Custard apples The Coast begins at Caloundra, just one July - November Strawberries hour’s drive north of Brisbane and extends to Cooloola, the gateway to Fraser Island. It takes August - October Ginger in tranquil hinterland including the Glass House September - October Pineapples Mountains, Blackall Range, Noosa Hinterland and the Mary Valley. There are more than How do I get there? 100 kilometres of beach stretching through the coastal towns of Caloundra, Kawana, The Sunshine Coast is just one hour’s drive Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum Beach, north of Brisbane and is serviced by the Noosa and Rainbow Beach. Sunshine Coast Airport. Transport between the Brisbane Airport and the Sunshine Coast can Includes Beerwah, Bli Bli, Caloundra, be via Airtrain to Nambour or the Beerwah train Chevallum, Eumundi, Glenview, Maroochydore station. There are regular bus services from Nambour, Noosa, Pomona, Yandina. the airport to Brisbane. 66 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Queensland www.innisfailtourism.com.au When should I go there?Where can I stay? January - December BananasThere are a large number of caravan parks and How do I get there?backpacker hostels as well as many motels,hotels and holiday apartments/resorts. Tully is accessible by road via the Bruce Highway, being 1557 kms north of Brisbane and 180 kms South of Cairns. It is well connected by rail or bus using the Queensland network. TULLYTully, located 1557 kms from Brisbane and 180kms south of Cairns on the Bruce Highway hasa strong sugar cane industry. Known for being Where can I stay?the wettest place in Australia, receiving onaverage 4134 mm of rain per year. In the Tully There are a number of hotels, motels, caravanarea there are many beautiful beach towns parks and backpacker hostels in town. Thesuch as Mission Beach and Bingal Bay. backpacker hostels have a good relationship with growers and can be a good source forHarvest labour assistance finding work in the area.National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au YEPPOON QueenslandPlaces to visit Yeppoon is a popular resort town, about 40 kms north east of Rockhampton. With itsThe Tully Sugar Mill, Golden Gumboot, Tully attractive beaches and its proximity to popularGorge (try some white water rafting), bush Great Keppel Island, this region is an excellentwalking the world heritage rainforests. spot to relax and discover some of Australia’s unique flora and fauna.Tourist information Harvest labour assistanceTully Visitor and Heritage CentreBruce Highway National Harvest Labour Information ServiceTully Qld 4854 1800 062 332 07 4068 2288 www.harvesttrail.gov.au tourism@qldnet.com.au Places to visit FREECALL 1800 062 332 67
    • Queensland Wreck Point Lookout, Coo-ee Beach, Cooberrie Park wildlife reserve, day trip to Great Keppel Island (13 kms offshore) and Byfield National Park. Tourist information Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre Tropic of Capricorn Spire, Gladstone Rd Rockhampton Qld 4700 1800 676 701 infocentre@capricorntourism.com.au www.capricorntourism.com.au When should I go there? January - February Mangoes January - March Pineapples March - April Custard apples December - January Lychees How do I get there? There are train services which operate between Rockhampton, Brisbane and Cairns and a daily coach service operates between Rockhampton and Yeppoon. If you have your own transport you can follow the Bruce Highway to Rockhampton and then go north east to Yeppoon. Where can I stay? There are a number of caravan parks in and around Yeppoon with a backpacker hostel located in Rockhampton. 68 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • New South Wales Grain ABOUT QUEENSLAND GRAIN HARVESTTown Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecQueenslandCentral HighlandsWest Darling DownsEast Darling DownsMoreton South Coast Queensland’s grain harvest is predominately grown in Southern and Central Queensland where the State’s major winter crop wheat is grown. With production averaging approximately one million tonne, the crop is well suited to a wide range of soils, particularly deep clay soils with high moisture-holding capacity. These regions are the nation’s main areas for the production of Austral- ian prime hard (APH) quality wheat. Broadacre field crops sustain the economic, social and cultural fabric of many Queenslanders. The broadacre field crop industry is estimated to be worth about $675 million (excluding sugarcane). The industry employs thousands of people on the land, in food processing, and in other areas along the value chain. A small amount of labouring work on the farm is available but most demand is for tractor and header/ harvester drivers. Experience operating similar types of machinery is usually demanded due to the complexity and high cost of this machinery with some equipment costing as much as a half million dollars and utilising complex computer and GPS systems. Farmers are more likely to train a worker for tractor driving towing a chaser bin that catches the grain from the header/harvester on the move; however any form of machinery driving experience is definitely an advantage. Drivers with large truck licences are also always in demand. The majority of seasonal work opportunities lie with the silos or grain bunkers where grain is deliv- ered to be consolidated, graded and stored before being distributed to domestic and export markets. Experience is not required as on-the-job training will be provided, however most of the work is very physical, heavy, and outside in hot, dusty conditions. Jobs may include Weighbridge Operator, Loader Operator, Tarp Team Member, Drive-over Grid Operator or Stack Maintainer, and at some small sites one person may have multiple roles. Grain High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 69
    • South Australia SOUTH AUSTRALIA clare cadell waikerie berri renmark barmera paringa nuriootpa loxton tanunda angaston lyndoch ADELAIDE mt barker mclaren vale langhorne creek mclaren vale kangaroo island ADELAIDE SA coonawarra penola ABOUT SOUTH AUSTRALIA Irrigation farming and dryland cropping, particularly in the east of the State and dryland stock production in the State’s north are the production features of South Australia. The Murray River provides wealth through irrigation of citrus, grapes and stonefruit in the east as it enters the State and sweeps southwards to the sea. Australia’s premier wine regions of the Barossa and Clare Valleys are mid state to the north of Adelaide with the Southern Vales area south of the city and close to the coast. Market gardens are located on the northern plains with the State’s grain production based to the north and west. Adelaide, the State capital, is situated on the Torrens River and nestles between the Mount Lofty Ranges and Holdfast Bay. 70 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • South AustraliaSOUTH AUSTRALIA HARVEST CHARTCrop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecAdelaide HillsApples / PearsCherriesGrapesAngastonGrapesBarmeraApples / PearsCherriesCitrusGrapesStonefruitBerriApples / PearsCitrusGrapesStonefruitCadellCitrusGrapesStonefruitClareGrapesCoonawarraVegetables `CherriesGrapesLanghorne Creek South AustraliaGrapes High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 71
    • South Australia Crop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Loxton Apples Grapes Stonefruit Citrus Lyndoch Grapes McLaren Vale Grapes Nuriootpa Grapes Paringa Citrus Grapes Stonefruit Penola Apples Vegetables Cherries Grapes Renmark Apples / Pears Citrus Grapes Stonefruit Tanunda Grapes Waikerie Citrus Grapes Stonefruit High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 72 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • South Australia ADELAIDE HILLS How do I get there?The Adelaide Hills start just 20 minutes The Adelaide Hills are within one hour of thefrom the heart of Adelaide and boast great Adelaide CBD via the six lane South Easternfood, fine wines and stunning scenery. The Freeway, which links Adelaide to Melbourne,region is renowned for its produce including or by multiple roads from the eastern andstrawberries, apples, pears, cherries, potatoes south-eastern metropolitan area. Busesand wine grapes. The Hills are comprised of travel daily from Adelaide city to major Hillsa number of sub regions or areas, including townships. There are many daily domestic andMount Lofty, Norton Summit, the Torrens international flights into Adelaide Airport.Valley, the Onkaparinga Valley, Hahndorf andMount Barker.Harvest labour assistance Where can I stay?National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 There are hotels, motels, B&Bs and budget options throughout the Adelaide Hills and many backpacker hostels nearby in Adelaide. www.harvesttrail.gov.auPlaces to visitHahndorf historic German settlers village,Hahndorf Farm Barn, Mount Lofty sceniclookout, The Big Rocking Horse, Hans ANGASTONHeysen’s historic home - The Cedars,museums, wineries, Jurlique skin care herb Angaston is a delightful rural village that isfarm and historic gardens. set on the highest point in the Barossa. It is located 77 kms north east of Adelaide and eastTourist information of Nuriootpa and Tanunda. The town shares an English and German heritage and takes its name from George Fife Angas, who settled inAdelaide Hills Visitor Information Centre the area in the 1830’s. With beautiful parks and41 Main Street a creek meandering through the town, it is anHahndorf SA 5245 ideal place to relax and explore the Barossa. 1800 353 323 Harvest labour assistance vic@adelaidehills.org.au National Harvest Labour Information Service www.southaustralia.com 1800 062 332 South AustraliaWhen should I go there? www.harvesttrail.gov.auFebruary - April Grape picking Places to visitFebruary - May Apples, pears Angas Park Fruits Centre, AngastonJune - September Vine pruning Blacksmith Shop, Collingrove Homestead,September - December Vine training Lutheran Church, Saltram Winery, Yalumba Winery.November - January Cherries FREECALL 1800 062 332 73
    • South Australia Tourist information BARMERA Barossa Visitor Information Centre Barmera is located on the shores of Lake 66-68 Murray Street Bonney in the Riverland of South Australia. Tanunda SA 5352 This historic town relies on grapes, citrus, stonefruit and tourism which is attracted 08 8563 0600 or 1300 852 982 by both the River Murray and Lake Bonney. Massive corporate plantings of wine visitorcentre@barossa.sa.gov.au grapes have occurred in recent times in the surrounding area. www.barossa.com Includes Cobdogla, Overland Corner, When should I go there? Kingston-on-Murray and Moorook. Harvest labour assistance February - April Grape picking June - September Vine pruning MADEC Australia September - December Vine training 8 Ral Ral Avenue Renmark SA 5341 How do I get there? 1800 062 332 From Adelaide take the Main North Road (A20) to Sturt Highway and enter via Gawler renmark@madec.edu.au and the Barossa Valley Way, turn east in Nuriootpa. There are daily scheduled services www.madec.edu.au of train from Adelaide to Gawler then bus to the Barossa. From Sydney and Mildura take National Harvest Labour Information Service the Sturt Highway from Renmark and enter via Truro and Nuriootpa. From Melbourne, turn 1800 062 332 off at Murray Bridge and travel to Palmer and Tungkillo then turn right at Mount Pleasant. www.harvesttrail.gov.au Places to visit Lake Bonney, Sir Donald Campbell Memorial Obelisk, Napper’s Old Accommodation Hotel, Where can I stay? Cobdogla Irrigation and Steam Museum, Rocky’s Country Music Hall of Fame, Overland There are hotels, motels, resorts, caravan Corner Hotel, Banrock Station Wine and and camping grounds, guesthouses, B&Bs Wetlands Centre, and Bonneyview Wines. and farm stays throughout the Barossa Valley. There is also a backpacker hostel at Tanunda. Tourist information Barmera Travel & Visitor Information Centre Barwell Avenue Barmera SA 5354 08 8588 2289 info@bameratourism.com.au www.berribarmera.sa.gov.au 74 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • South AustraliaWhen should I go there? Harvest labour assistance Apples, pears, grapeJanuary - April MADEC Australia pickingJune - August Vine pruning 8 Ral Ral Avenue Renmark SA 5341May - February Citrus 1800 062 332October - March StonefruitOctober - December Cherries renmark@madec.edu.auHow do I get there? www.madec.edu.auBarmera is 220 kms north east of Adelaidefollowing the Sturt Highway. It is 45 kms east National Harvest Labour Information Serviceof Waikerie, 14 kms west of Berri and 29 kms 1800 062 332south west of Renmark. A regular bus serviceoperates from Sydney to Adelaide via the www.harvesttrail.gov.auRiverland, and from Adelaide to the Riverlanddaily. There is no public transport in theRiverland. Places to visit Loch Luna Cruises, Berri Estates Winery, Sculpture of Jimmy James, Thachi Wines, Berri Direct Factory Outlet Sales, Cragg’s Creek Cellar Door Cafe, Gilbert Street GalleryWhere can I stay? and River Lands Gallery.Barmera has a hotel, motels, caravan and Tourist informationcabin parks in town and around the lake aswell as a backpacker hostel at nearby Kingston. Berri Visitor Information CentreThere is very little camping facilities or hut Riverview Driveaccommodation on farms. Berri SA 5343 08 8582 5511 bbtour@internode.net.au BERRI www.berribarmera.sa.gov.auBerri is located on the banks of the Murray When should I go there?River, one of the five major towns in the richRiverland district of South Australia. It is known South Australia Apples, pears, grapeas a large area for the production of wine January - April pickinggrapes and citrus, the area having well knownwineries and Berri fruit juices. Berri is also May - February Citrusknown for its dried stonefruit and some dried June - August Vine pruningvine fruits. The Katarapko Game Reserve andConservation Park can be accessed from here. October - March StonefruitIncludes Glossop, Lyrup and Monash. FREECALL 1800 062 332 75
    • South Australia How do I get there? Tourist information Berri is 236 kms north east of Adelaide on Waikerie Visitor Information Centre the Sturt Highway. It is in the centre of the Orange Tree Giftmania Riverland region, 21 kms from Renmark, 15 Sturt Highway kms from Barmera and 24 kms from Loxton. The regular Adelaide to Sydney and Adelaide Waikerie SA 5330 to Riverland bus services travel through Berri. 08 8541 2332 mail@waikerietourism.com.au www.waikerietourism.com.au Where can I stay? When should I go there? There is a hotel, motels, caravan and cabin park and backpacker hostel available in town. January - April Grape picking The hostel provides loan cars for its clients. May - February Citrus June - August Vine pruning October - March Stonefruit How do I get there? CADELL Cadell is located 30 kms north west of Waikerie Cadell is a small town 196 kms north east of above the Sturt Highway (which runs between Adelaide. Located near where the Murray River Adelaide and Sydney). To get to Cadell, turn changes its westerly flow and turns south to north at Blanchetown and travel 37 kms, then the sea, Cadell is a small settlement producing turn right at the T-junction. Travel about eight citrus, grapes and stonefruit. kms, then turn left onto the Cadell-Waikerie Road. Follow the road into the township. Harvest labour assistance From Waikerie, head to Ramco, then continue MADEC Australia to follow the River. Follow the signs to Cadell, about 25 kms. Coaches stop daily at Waikerie, 8 Ral Ral Avenue but there is no public transport within the Renmark SA 5341 Riverland areas, including to Cadell. In order to 1800 062 332 reach the orchards it is advisable to have your own transport. renmark@madec.edu.au www.madec.edu.au National Harvest Labour Information Service Where can I stay? 1800 062 332 There is a caravan park in town. Some farms have on farm hut accommodation or facilities www.harvesttrail.gov.au for camping. 76 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • South Australia CLARE How do I get there?Clare is located 134 kms north of Adelaide. Take the Main North Road out of centralThe Clare wine region produces some of Adelaide then take the Clare Valley exit justAustralia’s premier cool climate wine and it’s no after the Gawler bypass. Travel directly northsurprise that the region has earned its name as for 88 kms on the Main North Road to the townthe home of Australia’s riesling. The first winery of Clare. There are bus services that travel towas established in 1851 by three Jesuit priests and from Adelaide daily but there is no publicand today the Clare Valley has more than 40 transport around the Clare area.cellar doors scattered in and around the fiveintimate valleys of the wine region. Most arewithin a 20 kms radius of the Clare township.The historic mining towns of Burra and Mintaroare close by and support the strong tourist Where can I stay?industry in the region. There are hotels, motels, resorts, caravan andHarvest labour assistance cabin parks, self-contained cottages and farm stays throughout the Clare Valley.National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.auPlaces to visit COONAWARRASevenhill Cellars, Martindale Hall, Riesling Based in a cool climate growing area,Trail, Burra, antiques & collectables, art & craft, Coonawarra is one of South Australia’s mostlocal food producers, cellar doors, Mintaro prestigious grape growing and wine producingMaze, Clare National Trust Museum, Quarry towns. Along the road from Coonawarra toHill lookout and Timandra garden. Penola (a distance of only seven kms) there are a total of 21 wineries. The town’s nameTourist information derives from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘wild honeysuckle’.Clare Valley Visitor Information Centre Harvest labour assistanceCnr Main North and Spring Gully RoadsClare SA 5453 National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 242 131 1800 062 332 ask@clarevalley.com.au www.harvesttrail.gov.au South Australia www.clarevalley.com.au Places to visitWhen should I go there? Naracoorte Caves, Bool Lagoon National Park, Canunda national park and the Blue LakeFebruary - April Grape picking and Volcanic Drive Experience based around Mount Gambier.June - September Vine pruning FREECALL 1800 062 332 77
    • South Australia Tourist information LANGHORNE CREEK Penola Visitor Information Centre Langhorne Creek is south east of Adelaide on 27 Arthur Street the Bremer River near Lake Alexandrina and Penola SA 5277 the mouth of the Murray River. 08 8737 2855 Harvest labour assistance penola@wattlerange.sa.gov.au National Harvest Labour Information Service www.thelimestonecoast.com 1800 062 332 When should I go there? www.harvesttrail.gov.au February - June Potatoes Places to visit February - May Grape picking Lake Alexandrina, Milang and Tolderol Game June - August Vine pruning Reserve and Langhorne Creek Wineries, Nurragi Conservation Reserve, Historic December - January Cherries, beans Railway Station at Strathalbyn, antiques and collectables. How do I get there? Tourist information Allow four hours drive from Adelaide or five hours from Melbourne. Use Highway One or allow an extra two hours from Melbourne via the Strathalbyn Visitor Centre spectacular Great Ocean Road. Public transport 20 South Terrace, Railway Station is available with a bus service from Melbourne Strathalbyn SA 5255 to Mount Gambier with daily connections through to the Coonawarra and links with 08 8536 3212 Adelaide. Regular air services also operate from Adelaide and Melbourne to Mount Gambier. strathalbynvic@alexandrina.sa.gov.au www.alexandrina.sa.gov.au When should I go there? Where can I stay? February - April Grape picking Accommodation available in Coonawarra or June - September Vine pruning nearby Penola consists of backpacker hostels, motels, hotels, apartments, cottages and How do I get there? cabins. Other options are available at nearby Naracoorte, Mount Gambier and Kalangadoo. Langhorne Creek is 66km south east of Adelaide. Follow the South Eastern Freeway from the city and take either the Mt Barker exit for the scenic route, or continue to the Strathalbyn exit. From Strathalbyn, Langhorne Creek is only 15km down the road. There is no public transport to Langhorne Creek. 78 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • South AustraliaWhere can I stay? 08 8584 8071There are B&Bs in Langhorne Creek andnearby Strathalbyn where there is also a hotel, requests@loxtontourism.commotel and caravan park. www.loxtontourism.com.au When should I go there? January - April Apples, grape picking LOXTON May - February CitrusLoxton is one of the major towns and is at the June - August Vine pruningmost southerly point of the Riverland region. October - March StonefruitLying on the banks of the Murray River, Loxtonis well known for its dried stonefruit, citrus and How do I get there?wine grape production, with some of the largestprocessors being Angas Park Dried Fruits with Loxton is 255 kms east of Adelaide followingtheir massive “drying green”, and Australian the Sturt Highway to Kingston then turn south.Vintage Winery. Loxton was another of the Alternatively you may choose to travel via theareas which saw substantial growth through Barossa Valley through Angaston to Swanthe settlement of ex-servicemen after WWII. Reach and onto Loxton. Another option is to take the South Eastern Freeway to TailemHarvest labour assistance Bend through Karoonda and then on to Loxton. Daily bus services operate from Adelaide toMADEC Australia the Riverland through Berri and Renmark.8 Ral Ral Avenue Some connecting bus services operate toRenmark SA 5341 Loxton daily. 1800 062 332 renmark@madec.edu.au www.madec.edu.au Where can I stay? A hotel/motel, backpacker hostel, caravanNational Harvest Labour Information Service and cabin park and B&B guesthouses are 1800 062 332 located in town. There is very little on farm accommodation. The backpacker hostel provides transport for its clients. www.harvesttrail.gov.auPlaces to visit South AustraliaThe Pines Historic House, Loxton Soldier’sMemorial, Tree of Knowledge, Charles SturtMemorial, Loxton Historical Village, Pepper LYNDOCHTree and Loxton Christmas Lights Festival. Lyndoch is one of the oldest towns in SouthTourist information Australia dating back to 1839. The town is positioned at the southern end of the Barossa Valley, 55 kms north east of Adelaide. TodayLoxton Visitor Information Centre it is a vibrant town supported by a numberBookpurnong Terrace of small family-owned vineyards and wineLoxton SA 5333 industry giants such as Orlando and Henschke. FREECALL 1800 062 332 79
    • South Australia It is an area rich in history as well as award- Where can I stay? winning rieslings, chardonnays, semillons, shiraz, cabernets and fine ports and sherries. The accommodation in Lyndoch ranges from motels and motor inns, B&Bs, guesthouses, Harvest labour assistance units, cottages and houses. There is also a backpacker hostel at Tanunda. National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au MCLAREN VALE Places to visit Known as the Southern Vales, a large area Lyndoch Hill Retreats, Lyndoch Lavender is planted to vineyards with more than 30 Farm, Lyndoch bakery and restaurant, Barossa wineries, including Hardy’s and Seaview, which Helicopters and Yaldara Estate. have been established for more than 150 years. The area was the second wine region Tourist information established in South Australia and it is also a wonderful historic tourist and craft area. Barossa Visitor Information Centre Includes McLaren Flat and Willunga. 66-68 Murray Street Tanunda SA 5352 Harvest labour assistance 08 8563 0600 or 1300 852 982 MADEC Australia visitorcentre@barossa.sa.gov.au Shop 4, McLaren Vale Shopping Centre 112 Main Road www.barossa.com McLaren Vale SA 5171 When should I go there? 1800 062 332 mclarenvale@madec.edu.au February - April Grape picking June - September Vine pruning www.harvesttrail.gov.au September - December Vine training National Harvest Labour Information Service How do I get there? 1800 062 332 From Adelaide take the Main North Road to Gawler and the Barossa Valley Way. There www.harvesttrail.gov.au are daily scheduled services of train from Adelaide to Gawler then bus to the Barossa. Places to visit From Sydney and Mildura take the Sturt Highway from Renmark and enter via Truro and Hardy’s Tintara Winery, The Barn, Congreg- Nuriootpa. From Melbourne via Eden Valley, ational Church, Salopian Inn, district wineries. turn off at Murray Bridge and travel to Palmer and Tungkillo and enter at Mount Pleasant. 80 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • South AustraliaTourist information Harvest labour assistanceMcLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Centre National Harvest Labour Information ServiceMain Road 1800 062 332McLaren Vale SA 5171 www.harvesttrail.gov.au 08 8323 9944 information@mclarenvale.info Places to visit www.mclarenvale.info Barossa Valley Golf Club, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop, Old Wine Heritage Museum, BarossaWhen should I go there? Nursery and Tea Rooms, Kaesler Wines, Penfolds Wines and Wolf Blass Wines.February - April Grapes Tourist informationMay - August Vine pruning Barossa Visitor Information CentreHow do I get there? 66-68 Murray Street Tanunda SA 5352McLaren Vale is 39 kms south of Adelaide viathe Main South Road. Bus services operate 08 8563 0600 or 1300 852 982daily from Adelaide. Air, rail and bus servicestravel daily to Adelaide from all other capitals. visitorcentre@barossa.sa.gov.au www.barossa.com When should I go there?Where can I stay? February - April Grape pickingThere are hotels, motels, cottages and cabins, June - September Vine pruningB&Bs and a caravan park located in town. September - December Vine training How do I get there? From Adelaide take the Main North Road to the Sturt Highway and enter via Gawler and the NURIOOTPA Barossa Valley Way. There are daily scheduled services of train from Adelaide to Gawler thenNuriootpa is one of the larger towns in the bus to the Barossa. From Sydney take theBarossa Valley, Australia’s premier wine region Sturt Highway from Renmark and enter via South Australiaand is the commercial centre for the region. Truro. From Melbourne via Eden Valley, turnIt is located 76 kms north east of Adelaide off at Murray Bridge and travel to Palmer andwith a population of 3,486. The area has an Tungkillo and enter at Mount Pleasant.abundance of wineries with cellar door sales aswell as arts, crafts, antiques and smallgoods,reflecting the strong tourist industry. The townboasts beautiful public parks, gardens andshaded picnic spots. FREECALL 1800 062 332 81
    • South Australia Where can I stay? tourist@renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au There are hotels, motels, resorts, caravan www.renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au and camping grounds, guesthouses, B&Bs and farm stays throughout the Barossa Valley. When should I go there? There is also a backpacker hostel at Tanunda. January - April Grape picking May - February Citrus June - August Vine pruning October - March Stonefruit PARINGA How do I get there? Paringa is five kilometres east of Renmark on the Murray River. It is a significant horticultural Paringa is 250 kms from Adelaide on the settlement producing grapes, citrus and Sturt Highway which runs between Adelaide stonefruit. A large production area lies to the and Sydney. Renmark is five kilometres from north of the town at Murtho and almonds to the Paringa and is the main stop for coaches. north east at Lindsay Point. Coaches connecting to Melbourne can be accessed from Mildura. Harvest labour assistance MADEC Australia 8 Ral Ral Avenue Renmark SA 5341 Where can I stay? 1800 062 332 There is a hotel / motel, caravan park, cottages renmark@madec.edu.au and cabins as well as many houseboats in the town or in nearby Renmark. www.madec.edu.au National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 PENOLA www.harvesttrail.gov.au Penola is located 50 kms north of Mount Places to visit Gambier, approximately four hours from Adelaide and five hours from Melbourne. It is Paringa lifting span bridge, Bert Dix Memorial the oldest town in the region and to the north Park, The Black Stump, Murtho Forest, lies the famous Coonawarra terra rossa soils Heading Cliffs and Lock 5. which have produced excellent red wines for the past century. Tourist information The town is also famous as the central location in the life of Mary McKillop, the first Australian Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre to be beatified by the Catholic Church. The 84 Murray Ave region offers significant coastal experiences as Renmark SA 5341 well as cool climate growing areas for the wine industry. 1300 661 704 82 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • South AustraliaHarvest labour assistance Where can I stay?National Harvest Labour Information Service Accommodation available in Penola consists of backpacker hostels, motels, hotels, apartments, 1800 062 332 cottages and cabins. Within about a half hour travel are other options in Naracoorte, Mount www.harvesttrail.gov.au Gambier and Kalangadoo.Places to visitPlaces to visit include the Naracoorte Caves,Bool Lagoon, Canunda National Park andaround Mount Gambier, the Blue Lake and RENMARKvolcanic drive experience. Renmark is the largest town and businessTourist information centre in South Australia’s Riverland. Famous for its scenic riverbank location, Renmark is aPenola-Coonawarra Visitor Centre major tourist attraction with a lot of river27 Arthur Street based activity. The oldest irrigation settlementPenola SA 5277 in Australia, the Renmark area produces a 08 8737 2855 wide range of horticultural crops including grapes for wine, drying and table use, citrus penola@wattlerange.sa.gov.au and stonefruit, some olives and seasonal vegetables. A major expansion occurred as soldier settlement after WWII, particularly www.thelimestonecoast.com around Cooltong.When should I go there? Includes Cooltong.February - June Potatoes Harvest labour assistanceFebruary - May Grape picking, apples MADEC AustraliaJune - August Vine pruning 8 Ral Ral AvenueNovember - December Apple thinning Renmark SA 5341December - January Cherries, beans 1800 062 332How do I get there? renmark@madec.edu.auAllow four hours drive from Adelaide or five www.madec.edu.auhours from Melbourne. Use Highway One or South Australiaallow an extra two hours from Melbourne viathe spectacular Great Ocean Road. Public National Harvest Labour Information Servicetransport is available with a bus service 1800 062 332from Melbourne to Mount Gambier with dailyconnections through Penola and links toAdelaide. Regular air services also operate www.harvesttrail.gov.aufrom Adelaide and Melbourne to Mount Gambier. FREECALL 1800 062 332 83
    • South Australia TANUNDA Places to visit Tanunda is located in the heart of the famous Renmark Community Hotel, Frank Harding Barossa Valley, Australia’s premier wine Gallery, Olivewood, PS Industry, Chaffey region. Australia’s largest concentration of Theatre, Ruston’s Rose Garden, Lookout wineries and vineyards are through the Valley. Towers, Bredl’s Wonder World of Wildlife, Originally settled by Germans, who called the Angove’s Winery and Almondco Almond Hut. town “Langmeil”, the region maintains a strong German influence. The name Barossa was Tourist information given by the then Surveyor-General Colonel Light, but incorrectly spelled from the Spanish Renmark Paringa Visitor Information Centre word “Barrosa”, meaning “Hill of Roses”, a site 84 Murray Ave of a battle in Spain in which Colonel Light had participated. Renmark SA 5341 1300 661 704 The wine industry is dominant and has made a name for itself around the world for the bold tourist@renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au table wines which are made in the region. A fine range of arts, crafts, antiques and www.visitrenmark.com smallgoods are supported by the strong tourist industry in the area. When should I go there? Includes Rowland Flat, Greenock and Apples, pears, grape Keyneton. January - April picking Harvest labour assistance May - February Citrus June - August Vine pruning National Harvest Labour Information Service October - March Stonefruit 1800 062 332 How do I get there? www.harvesttrail.gov.au Renmark is located on the Sturt Highway which runs between Adelaide and Sydney. Renmark Places to visit is the main stop for coaches and buses run between Renmark and Adelaide and Renmark Post Office Museum, Chateau Tanunda and Mildura. Mildura coaches can connect to Winery, Goat Square, the Lutheran Churches Melbourne. of Tabor, Langmeil and St. John’s, Cooperages, Mengler’s Hill Lookout, many district wineries, craft, antiques, smallgoods and pastry shops. Tourist information Where can I stay? Barossa Visitor Information Centre 66-68 Murray Street Renmark has a hotel, motels, caravan and Tanunda SA 5352 cabin parks, hostels and houseboats. Very little on farm accommodation is available, 08 8563 0600 or 1300 852 982 although some will allow tents or vans. info@barossa.com www.barossa.com 84 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • South AustraliaWhen should I go there? Places to visitFebruary - April Grape picking The Orange Tree, township and scenic lookout,June - September Vine pruning Sunlands pump station, Waikerie Gliding Club, Waikerie Murray River Queen, HavenhandSeptember - December Vine training Chocolates and Rainmoth Gallery.How do I get there? Tourist informationTanunda is 80 kms north of Adelaide. FromAdelaide take the Main North Road to Gawler, Waikerie Visitor Information Centrethen on to the Barossa Valley Way. There are Orange Tree Giftmaniadaily bus services from Adelaide. Sturt Highway Waikerie SA 5330 08 8541 2332Where can I stay? waikerievic@bigpond.net.auThere are hotels, motels, resorts, caravan and www.waikerietourism.com.aucabin parks, guesthouses, B&Bs, farm and ecostays in town and throughout the Valley. There When should I go there?is also a backpacker hostel in Tanunda. January - April Grapes May - February Citrus May - August Vine pruning October - March Stonefruit WAIKERIE How do I get there?Waikerie is 177 kms north east of Adelaide andis one of the five major towns of the Riverland. Waikerie is 177 kms north east of AdelaideWith its steep banks there are many scenicriver lookouts. Crops in the area include citrus, following the Sturt Highway. There is a daily busgrapes and stonefruit. The river also provides service from Adelaide and it is on the Sydney totourism for the area, with many water activities Adelaide bus route. There is no public transportalong with its world class gliding venue. around the Waikerie area.Harvest labour assistanceMADEC Australia8 Ral Ral AvenueRenmark SA 5341 Where can I stay? South Australia 1800 062 332 There is a hotel, motels, B&Bs, caravan and cabin parks and houseboats available in town. info@waikerievic.com.au Very little farm facilities for camping or hut type accommodation are available. www.madec.edu.auNational Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au FREECALL 1800 062 332 85
    • Grain South Australia ABOUT SOUTH AUSTRALIA GRAIN HARVEST Town Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Victoria Mallee Wimmera Central Western Grain crops in South Australia are mainly wheat, barley, canola, oats and pulses. These are referred to as winter crops, being sown during autumn and winter and harvested in spring and summer. Summer crops are not grown in SA. The growing region is restricted to the southern third of the state and extends west of Ceduna to within a few of hundred km of the WA border. Typically the harvest commences on the Eyre Peninsula around the end of September or early October, then ripening moves east and then south over a period of up to 2 months. The harvest will generally be completed in any one location over about 6 to 8 weeks. The South East finishes last and is usually completed by mid January. A small amount of labouring work on the farm is available but most demand is for tractor and header/ harvester drivers. Experience operating similar types of machinery is usually demanded due to the complexity and high cost of this machinery with some equipment costing as much as a half million dollars and utilising complex computer and GPS systems. Farmers are more likely to train a worker for tractor driving towing a chaser bin that catches the grain from the header/harvester on the move, however any form a of machinery driving experience is definitely an advantage. Drivers with large truck licences are also always in demand. The majority of seasonal work opportunities lie with the silos or grain bunkers where grain is delivered to be consolidated, graded and stored before being distributed to domestic and export markets. Experience is not required as on-the-job training will be provided, however most of the work is very physical, heavy, and outside in hot, dusty conditions. There will only be a small number of jobs in comfortable air-conditioned buildings. Jobs may include Weighbridge Operator, Bunker, Tarp Team Member. As silos are generally in a town, daily transport is less of an issue than farm work, however budget accommodation is not always easy to find, so a camper van or substantial tent will provide more options. High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 86 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Tasmania Tasmania Smithton Burnie Ulverstone Devonport Scottsdale Launceston Deloraine TASMANIA Richmond New Norfolk Huonville HOBART Cygnet TAS ABOUT TASMANIAHorticulture is a vibrant and flourishing industry in Tasmania and involves the production ofcherries, hops, vegetables, grapes, apples, berries, walnuts and stonefruit. The fertile Valleys ofthe Coal River, Huon Valley and Derwent Valley in the south; Meander Valley, Tamar Valley andDorset Region in the north; and Mersey Valley, Leven Valley and Circular Head district in the northwest are responsible for much of the State’s developed horticulture. Cultural changes have seenthe production of wine and other fruit crops as well as herbs in recent times.The Tasmanian wine industry is well regarded for the subtlety of its many cool climate varieties.Forestry has been significant historically and the husbandry of high quality sheep and cattle isalso important to the economy of the State. Hobart, the State capital, is located in the south andis situated on the banks of the Derwent River, where every year comes to a close with the finishof the world famous Sydney to Hobart yacht race at Constitution Dock, in the heart of the city. Forinformation about Tasmania visit www.discovertasmania.com. FREECALL 1800 062 332 87
    • Tasmania TASMANIA HARVEST CHART Crop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Burnie Apples Cherries Vegetables Berries Deloraine Berries Vegetables Devonport Apples Berries Cherries Stonefruit Vegetables Huonville Apples Cherries Grapes Strawberries Launceston Apples Grapes New Norfolk Cherries Grapes Hops High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 88 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • TasmaniaCrop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecRichmond TasmaniaGrapesStonefruitVegetablesApplesCherriesScottsdaleHopsVegetablesSmithtonVegetablesUlverstoneTomatoesVegetablesBerries High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 89
    • Tasmania BURNIE December - February Cherries November - May Berries Burnie is a north coast town originally vital as a timber port but now as the largest container terminal in Tasmania. It is located 152 kms How do I get there? north west of Launceston on the Bass Highway. Much of the State’s produce leaves from Burnie is 152 kms north west of Launceston Burnie to make its way to the mainland or to following the Bass Highway. Daily bus services the markets of the world. Burnie is known for its operate from both Launceston and Hobart and seaside location, surfing, seafood and geology. there is a direct air service from Melbourne to Tin was discovered in 1871 and mining Burnie daily. Local public transport does not expanded the town. Agricultural products, tin service the farm areas so your own transport and timber. would be an advantage. Tin was discovered in 1871 and mining expanded the town. Burnie began to grow rapidly as a major port for the region. Agricultural products, tin and timber were the main exports and when a paper mill Where can I stay? was established in 1937, there was a massive expansion of the port and the town. There are hotels, motels, caravan parks and a Horticulture remains a major production feature backpacker hostel in town. of the area. 70 years of papermaking history, creative innovation and art is celebrated at the contemporary Makers’ Workshop. Places to visit DELORAINE Burnie Regional Art Gallery, Makers’ Workshop & Creative Paper Mill, Burnie Regional Deloraine is a charming historical town located Museum & Pioneer Village, Little Penguin 51 kms west of Launceston on the banks of Observation Centre, Tasmanian Cheese the Meander River. The town reflects its early Tasting Centre, Burnie Civic Centre, Fernglade history in its many colonial buildings while the Platypus Trail, Burnie Park. surrounding area is used for mixed farming and dairying. Deloraine is the major commercial Tourist information centre of the Meander Valley and there are daily bus services from Launceston to the town. Burnie Visitor Information Centre Little Alexander Street Harvest workers will need adequate protection Burnie Tas 7320 from the weather which is variable during the day. Rainy conditions can sometimes interrupt 03 6430 5831 harvest and workers are advised to have enough cash to support themselves during makersworkshop@burnie.net times of inclement weather. www.discoverburnie.net Harvest labour assistance When should I go there? National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 January - December Vegetables February - April Apples 90 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Tasmania www.harvesttrail.gov.au TasmaniaPlaces to visit DEVONPORTDeloraine is in the heart of the Great Western The north coast town of Devonport is locatedTiers Touring Route with excellent access to on the mouth of the Mersey River, 98 kms toCradle Mountain, Lake St Clair National Park, the north west of Launceston, following theMole Creek Karst National Park, and the Great Bass Highway. A vibrant town, the port is theWestern Tiers. The Meander Valley plays host major daily entry point for vehicular trafficto AGFEST, a national agricultural event, which travelling on the “Spirit of Tasmania” ships, totakes place in May each year. The Deloraine and from Melbourne. Devonport has a uniqueCraft Fair is also a national event in November. history, especially as the home town of the former Tasmanian Premier and only TasmanianTourist information Prime Minister of Australia, Joseph Lyons. The port’s lighthouse, which was completedDeloraine Visitor Information Centre in 1899, stands on Mersey Bluff and is part of98-100 Emu Bay Road the National Estate Register. The fertile soilsDeloraine Tas 7304 of the surrounding area produce fine stonefruit, berries, potatoes and other vegetables. 03 6362 5280 Includes Spreyton and Don. manager@greatwesterntiers.net.au Harvest labour assistance www.greatwesterntiers.net.au National Harvest Labour Information ServiceWhen should I go there? 1800 649 514January - December Vegetables www.harvesttrail.gov.auDecember - May Raspberries Places to visitHow do I get there? Tasmanian Arboretum, Home Hill (home ofDeloraine is located on the banks of the Joseph Lyons), Don River railway, DevonportMeander River 228 kms north of Hobart and Gallery and Arts Centre, Maritime Museum,48 kms west of Launceston. The town is a 30 Tiagarra Aboriginal Centre, Imaginariumminute drive from Launceston or Devonport. Science Centre, Mersey Bluff and Bluff Beach, Penguin rookery at Lillico Beach and the Australian Weaving Mills. Tourist informationWhere can I stay? Devonport Visitor Information CentreDeloraine also has a full range of 92 Formby Roadaccommodation to suit every budget and Devonport Tas 7310preference including motels, hotels, caravanparks, camping grounds, bed and breakfast 03 6424 4466properties, and youth hostels. More details areavailable at www.greatwesterntiers.net.au. tourism@devonport.tas.gov.au FREECALL 1800 062 332 91
    • Tasmania strawberries. www.devonporttasmania.travel The spectacularly beautiful Huon Pine is grown in the region and has been traditionally When should I go there? used for boat building as well as in decorative timber work. The region is also a major area of interest for the many tourists who visit January - December Vegetables Tasmania each year. March - May Apples December - January Stonefruit, cherries Harvest workers will need adequate protection from the weather and the crop environment. December - April Berries Cold, rainy and sometimes squally conditions can often interrupt harvest in the south of the How do I get there? State. Devonport is 98 kms north west of Launceston Includes Ranelagh, Geeveston, Grove, on the Bass Highway. The “Spirit of Tasmania” Lucaston, Cradoc, Wattle Grove, Franklin, travels to and from Melbourne daily (leaving at Dover and Cygnet. 9 pm and arriving at 7 am). There are regular flights from Melbourne to the Devonport airport. Harvest labour assistance There is a daily bus service from Hobart, the State’s capital, and regular bus services National Harvest Labour Information Service between Launceston and Devonport. There is limited local public transport so it is advisable 1800 062 332 to have your own transport. www.harvesttrail.gov.au Places to visit Huon Valley Apple Museum, Ida Bay Railway, Where can I stay? Cockle Creek, Recherche Bay, Cygnet art galleries, Tahune Forest Airwalk and reserve, There are many motels, hotels, B&Bs, guest Wooden Boat Centre at Franklin, jet boats, houses, backpacker hostels and caravan Historic Bridge, Hasting caves and thermal parks in and around town. There is little or no pool. accommodation available on farms in the area. Tourist information Huonville Visitor Information Centre 2273 Huon Highway HUONVILLE Huonville Tas 7109 03 6264 0326 The southern Tasmanian town of Huonville is located on the Huon River 39 kms south of on.vic@huonvalley.tas.gov.au Hobart. Huonville is the centre of Tasmania’s major cherry and apple producing area www.huontrail.org.au and historically the area has also been a substantial timber and hop producer. In recent times many of the older apples have been Forest and Heritage Centre removed and the area replanted to newer apple Church Street varieties as well as large corporate plantings Geeveston Tas 7116 of cherries, cool climate grape varieties and 92 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Tasmania around many beautiful parks and gardens and 03 6297 1836 today is often referred to as the “Garden City”. Tasmania The region has been noted for the productionWhen should I go there? of apples and in more recent times grapes, with the Tasmanian wine industry flourishing.March - April Grapes Harvest labour assistanceMarch - May ApplesJune - August Vine pruning National Harvest Labour Information ServiceDecember - February Cherries 1800 062 332December - May Strawberries www.harvesttrail.gov.auHow do I get there? Places to visitHuonville is 39 kms south of Hobart, followingthe Huon Highway. Daily bus services run Launceston Cataract Gorge & First Basin,between Huonville and Hobart however, many Historical buildings, Penny Royal World,farms are out of town so your own transport Franklin House, Cataract Gorge, City Park,would be very useful. Prince’s Square, Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Waverly Woollen Mills and the Old Umbrella Shop. Tourist informationWhere can I stay? Launceston Visitor Information CentreThere are several hotels and guesthouses 12-16 St John and Paterson Streetthroughout the region as well as backpacker Launceston Tas 7250hostels in Huonville and Cygnet. There are 03 6336 3133also caravan parks at Snug, Cygnet and Dover.Limited basic accommodation is available on travelcentre@launceston.tas.gov.ausome farms. www.visitlauncestontamar.com.au When should I go there? February - May Apples LAUNCESTON March - May GrapesThe city of Launceston is the second largest July - August Vine pruningin Tasmania and lies at the head of the TamarRiver. Initially set up as a military command How do I get there?post, the town has a large number ofhistorically significant buildings. Port facilities Launceston is 60 kms inland from the northwere recognised, developed and used for the coast following the Tamar River and is 200 kmsearly shipments of wool and wheat grown in the north of Hobart following the Midland Highway.area. Whalers and sealers also used the port Air and bus travel between Hobart andin the early days. Some mining was carried out, Launceston is available daily with air servicesespecially for tin and the town even had its own each day from mainland Australia.stock exchange. As the town grew, it was built FREECALL 1800 062 332 93
    • Tasmania 03 6261 3700 rozzie@newnorfolk.org Where can I stay? www.newnorfolk.org There are many hotels, motels, guesthouses, B&Bs, backpacker hostels and farm stays. When should I go there? March - April Hops, grapes June - July Vine pruning September - October Hops stringing NEW NORFOLK December - February Cherries New Norfolk is located on the upper reaches How do I get there? of the Derwent River, 37 kms to the north east of Hobart following the Lyell Highway. Settled New Norfolk is 37 kms north west of Hobart in the late 1790’s, the region became home to on the Lyell Highway. A daily bus service is many convicts from Norfolk Island who were available from Hobart to New Norfolk, except shipped to New Norfolk during 1807-1808. Sundays and public holidays. Once the road was built from Hobart Town to New Norfolk the area thrived. Hops became a major crop in the 1860’s and along with grapes and cherries and continue to be grown in the region. Where can I stay? Includes Boyer, Plenty and Bushy Park. There are hotels, a motel, caravan parks, guesthouses and B&Bs in and around town. Harvest labour assistance Budget and on farm accommodation is very limited in the area. National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au RICHMOND Places to visit The historic town of Richmond is located on the The Oast House, Tynwald House, Willow Court, Coal River, 27 kms to the north east of Hobart. St Matthew’s Anglican Church (the oldest There are more than 45 buildings in Richmond church in Tasmania), Old Colony Inn, salmon listed on the National Estate Register, with ponds and Norske Skog Mill. the most famous of the town’s attractions being the Richmond Bridge over the Coal Tourist information River, which was completed in 1825. The area was explored soon after European settlement New Norfolk Visitor Information Centre in 1803. Land was subsequently granted to Circle Street settlers and by 1815 the area was well known for the production of grain with a mill being built New Norfolk Tas 7140 to process the grain for the thriving colony. A gaol was established with convicts providing 94 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Tasmaniathe labour for the construction of the town’s so your own transport will be useful.buildings, built in the style of the Georgian era. TasmaniaIn recent times the area has flourished withwine production, stonefruit and berry crops.The region is well known for the subtle flavoursof their produce, ripened slowly in the cool Where can I stay?climate which prevails in the area. There are hotels, B&Bs and guesthousesHarvest labour assistance available in Richmond. There is limited accommodation available on farms in the area and camping on farm is often not permitted.National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 A range of accommodation is available in and around Hobart, 27 kms from Richmond. www.harvesttrail.gov.auPlaces to visitRichmond Bridge, St John’s Catholic Church,Richmond Gaol, Richmond Arms Hotel,St Luke’s Anglican Church, Court House, SCOTTSDALEProspect House, Laurel Cottage and variousshops, stores, cottages and houses in the The beautiful rural township of ScottsdaleGeorgian style. is in the heart of north east Tasmania, approximately 70 kms from Launceston. It isTourist information the service centre of the Dorset municipality, with a population of around 2 500. Forestry isTasmanian Travel and Information Centre a major source of employment in the area plus20 Davey Street local timber mills and outlets. Just 15 minutes away is the seaside township of Bridport.Hobart Tas 7000 1800 990 440 Harvest labour assistance bookings@hobarttravelcentre.com.au National Harvest Labour Information Service www.ccc.tas.gov.au 1800 062 332When should I go there? www.harvesttrail.gov.auJanuary - December Vegetables Places to visitMarch - May Grapes Forest EcoCentre, North East Park, CuckooJune - July Vine pruning Falls, Mount Stronach Walk, Doll & Bear Cottage, Bridestowe Lavender Farm, AnzacDecember - April Stonefruit, apples, Park, chainsaw carvings, Tin Mine Centre, and cherries the Bankhouse Manor.How do I get there? Tourist informationThe Richmond and Coal River Valley is 27kms north east of Hobart. A regular public bus Scottsdale Visitor Information Centreservice is available on weekdays from Hobartto the Valley. There is no local public transport FREECALL 1800 062 332 95
    • Tasmania 96 King Street Weather is variable during the day so be prepared for rain and sunshine. Workers are Scottsdale Tas 7260 advised to check that harvest is progressing 03 6352 6520 before relocating to the area. scottsdalevic@bigpond.com Harvest labour assistance www.dorset.tas.gov.au National Harvest Labour Information Service When should I go there? 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au January - December Vegetables March - April Hops Places to visit September - November Hops stringing Smithton is the gateway to the Tarkine forests, How do I get there? Arthur River and Cape Grim on the west coast. Other tourist attractions include Dismal Swamp There are two alternative major routes from and the historic town of Stanley. Launceston to Scottsdale. The A3 highway, 70 kms from Scottsdale and the B81 Tourist Tourist information Route through Lilydale. Regular bus services are available to and from Scottsdale and other Stanley Information Centre towns in the area. 45 Main Road Stanley Tas 7331 1300 138 229 info@stanley.com.au Where can I stay? www.stanley.com.au There are hotels, motels, B&Bs, and self contained units in and around Scottsdale. A backpackers farm is also available at When should I go there? Winnaleah, about half an hour from Scottsdale. January - December Vegetables How do I get there? Smithton is situated at the mouth of the Duck SMITHTON River, approximately one hour’s drive west of Burnie along the Bass Highway. Smithton is the last major township located on the north west coast of Tasmania, 135 kms from Devonport, and 86 kms from Burnie. From the unforgettable coastline to the untamed wilderness there is natural beauty and adventure around every turn. The town is the Where can I stay? main commercial centre for the Circular Head municipality and is built around a large timber The Circular Head region offers visitors a broad mill and potato processing plant. and varied range of accommodation from luxury suites to hotels, motels and bed and 96 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Tasmaniabreakfasts, campgrounds and caravan parks. When should I go there? January - March Tomatoes Tasmania January - December Vegetables, mush- rooms ULVERSTONE November - May BerriesA coastal town in Tasmania’s north, Ulverstoneit is midway between Burnie and Devonport, How do I get there?325 kms north of Hobart and 125 kms northwest of Launceston. Ulverstone is at the Ulverstone is 28 kms east of Burnie and 25mouth of the Leven River and is a major tourist kms west of Devonport on the Bass Highway.centre for the region. Early forestry and timber It is 125 kms north west of Launceston, alsoproduction to supply the needs in the Victorian on the Bass Highway. There are regular airgoldfields has allowed the dairy, beef and services to Burnie from Hobart and Melbournepotato industries to flourish, using the fertile as well as daily bus services from Hobart andbrown volcanic soils to best advantage. Launceston. An hourly bus service operates from Ulverstone through Burnie to WynyardIncludes Gunns Plains. each day. The daily ferry service to and from Melbourne operates from Devonport.Harvest labour assistanceNational Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 Where can I stay? www.harvesttrail.gov.au There are many hotels, motels, guesthouses, caravan and cabin parks, B&Bs andPlaces to visit backpacker hostels in and around town.Ulverstone History Museum, Woodcraft Gallery& Workshop, Ulverstone Waterslide, miniaturerailway, Leven Canyon, Preston Falls, DialRange, Wings Wildlife Park, Kaydale Lodge, ,Gunns Plains Cave and Braddons lookout.Tourist informationUlverstone Visitor Information Centre13-15 Alexandra RoadUlverstone Tas 7315 03 6425 2839 info@coasttocanyon.com.au www.centralcoast.tas.gov.au FREECALL 1800 062 332 97
    • Victoria Wentworth Mildura Merbein Red Cliffs Nangiloc Robinvale Piangil Nyah Vinifera Woorinen Swan Hill Lake Boga VIC Cobram Rutherglen Echuca Kyabram Shepparton Tatura Beechworth Stanley Myrtleford VICTORIA Yarra Valley Maffra Bairnsdale MELBOURNE Lindenow Mornington Koo Wee Peninsula Rup ABOUT VICTORIA Victoria’s fertile soils and access to water for irrigation confirms the State as a great food source for the nation. The Murray River, which forms the northern border with NSW, provides water for the production of a range of fruit, vegetables and stock. The rangelands and slopes allow cool climate cropping with the vast plains of the west providing most of Victoria’s wool and grain production. Melbourne, the second largest city in Australia, on the banks of the Yarra, is regarded as the sporting and cultural capital of the nation. For information about backpacking in Melbourne and Victoria, visit www.backpackvictoria.com. It is illegal to carry some fruits and vegetables into the fruit fly free zones which can be found by visiting www.pestfreearea.com.au and www.fruitfly.net.au. If travelling into the Western and Eastern regional areas be aware of the Greater Sunraysia Pest Free Area and the Fruit Fly Exclusion Zone. On-the-spot-fines of up to $550 can be issued. 98 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • VictoriaVICTORIA HARVEST CHARTCrop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecBairnsdaleTomatoesVegetablesBeechworthApplesCherriesGrapesNuts VictoriaCobramApples / PearsCherriesCitrusStonefruitVegetablesEchucaGrapesApples / PearsStonefruitTomatoesKoo Wee RupVegetablesMaffraVegetablesMilduraCitrusGrapesVegetablesAlmonds / PistachiosMornington PeninsulaApplesCherriesBerries High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 99
    • Victoria Crop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Mornington Peninsula (continued) Strawberries Grapes Myrtleford Apples Nuts Grapes Hops Nangiloc Citrus Grapes Vegetables Nyah Citrus Grapes Stonefruit Vegetables Robinvale Grapes Vegetables Rutherglen Apples Cherries Grapes Shepparton Stonefruit Apples / Pears Cherries Tomatoes Vegetables High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 100 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • VictoriaCrop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecSwan HillCitrusGrapesStonefruitVegetablesYarra ValleyApples / PearsBerries VictoriaCherriesCitrusFlowersGrapesStrawberries High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 101
    • Victoria BAIRNSDALE When should I go there? Bairnsdale is the regional and commercial January - December Cabbage, cauliflower, centre of East Gippsland. The Bairnsdale area broccoli, lettuce, pota- is famous for its beautiful forests and rivers, toes, carrots extensive inland lake system and coastline, February - June Chillis, capsicums, egg quaint villages and alpine regions. plant, tomatoes Work in the Bairnsdale area occurs throughout August - January Asparagus the year, with the majority of opportunities November - May Celery, snow peas from Spring through to Autumn. In the warmer months, take care to keep hydrated and wear December - May Corn, beans, pumpkins, clothing to protect you from the sun. You will cucumbers, squash, need to have a reasonable level of fitness as onions, leeks the work includes picking, packing and some bending, especially for asparagus. You will How do I get there? generally require your own transport as there is no public transport service available from Bairnsdale is 282 kms from Melbourne and Bairnsdale. In addition, Bairnsdale hosts two 747 kms from Sydney, via the Princes Highway. major food producers, Vegco and Patties. The V/Line train service runs three times per day from Melbourne. By car, take the South Harvest labour assistance Eastern Freeway, travel on to the Princes Freeway and follow the signs to Bairnsdale. National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au Where can I stay? Places to visit There are hotels, motels and caravan parks located in the Bairnsdale area. Some farms St Mary’s Church with its famous frescos, the may have facilities for on farm camping but you 1893 Court House, East Gippsland Art Gallery, will need to have your own equipment. Historical Museum, one of several gorges in the area, the Den of Nargun, Krowthunkoolong Keeping Place, the Canoe Tree, heritage walks, Macleod’s Morass, Mitchell River walk. In the area there are district wineries, art galleries, Buchan Caves, Fairy Dell, Paynesville and Raymond Island, Lakes Entrance, Gippsland BEECHWORTH Lakes and the East Gippsland Rail Trail. Beechworth is located in Victoria’s north east. Tourist information It is approximately three hours from Melbourne and approximately seven hours from Sydney. It is part of the Legends, Wine and High Country Bairnsdale Visitors Information Centre Region, with its sensational views and a 240 Main Street town rich in history that offers a glimpse into Bairnsdale Vic 3875 centuries past. This is ’Ned Kelly’ country. Nearby Stanley is located in Victoria’s north 03 5152 3444 or 1800 637 060 east between Beechworth and Myrtleford. It is ideally located in the stunning sub-alpine region www.bairnsdale-vic.com.au of North East Victoria, and is surrounded by 102 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Victoriafruit and nut orchards as well as pine and old the C315) or by train from Melbourne toeucalypt forests. Wangaratta, then the bus to Beechworth.As there is no public transport to or aroundStanley, your own transport is preferrable.Harvest labour assistance Where can I stay?National Harvest Labour Information Service Beechworth has a number of motels, B&Bs, 1800 062 332 hotels and caravan park accommodation with self contained accommodation available. www.harvesttrail.gov.au In Stanley there is hotel/B&B accommodation, VictoriaPlaces to visit along with a caravan park in nearby Silver Creek.The restored historic and cultural precinct,shops, galleries, heritage buildings, great bushwalks, the Rail Trail, and the Court Housewhere Australia’s infamous bushranger ’NedKelly’ and his mother were tried. COBRAMAround Stanley, visit the Murmungee Lookout,Fletchers Dam, Lake Kerford, Stanley State Cobram is a large fruit growing area situatedForest, Mount Stanley berry, apple, chestnut on the Murray River just 250 kms north ofand other orchards when in season, forest drive. Melbourne. The district is referred to as Peaches and Cream country as it is anTourist information irrigated fruit and dairy region with large areas of stonefruit varieties and many dairies. TheVisitor Information Centre small farm area expanded with the introduction of soldier settlements after WWII followed by aFord Street significant number of Italian immigrants arrivingBeechworth Vic 3747 and establishing themselves in the farming 1300 366 321 or 03 5728 8065 community. visit_beechworth@indigoshire.vic.gov.au Cobram includes the smaller towns of Barooga, Strathmerton, Tocumwal and Yarroweyah. www.beechworthonline.com.au See also Shepparton and Echuca.When should I go there? Harvest labour assistance CVGT Employment & Training SpecialistsFebruary - April Grapes 48 Punt RoadMarch - April Nuts Cobram Vic 3644March - May Apples 03 5871 2888June - August Vine pruning www.cvgt.com.auNovember - December Cherries National Harvest Labour Information ServiceHow do I get there? 1800 062 332By car along the Hume Freeway (No.31 then www.harvesttrail.gov.au FREECALL 1800 062 332 103
    • Victoria Places to visit Murray River riverbanks, historic Masonic Temple, Sturt Memorial, Quinn Island and district wineries. ECHUCA Tourist information Echuca, originally Victoria’s largest inland port, is located on the banks of the Murray River, Cobram Barooga Visitor Information Centre 205 kms north of Melbourne. Famous for its 2-4 Station Street massive riverside wharf, which originally was Cobram Vic 3644 five times the present size, it was built at three distinct heights to cater for the rise and fall of 1800 607 607 the river and to allow the loading and unloading of river freight to the railhead in town. The river cbtinfo@westnet.com.au trade expanded during the 1850’s, as did the development of the Australian interior. www.cobrambarooga.org.au The waterfront area is still maintained in the When should I go there? period of the paddle steamers, being one of the town’s main tourist attractions. The area January - December Citrus was used as a natural river crossing for cattle farmed in the Riverina of NSW being sent to January - December Vegetables market in Melbourne. Milling of the local Red December - May Apples, pears Gum became one of the key industries until after WWI when soldier settlement provided April - October Tree pruning opportunities in dairying, milk processing and November - January Cherries fruit growing. In recent times wineries have developed around Echuca. December - May Stonefruit Harvest labour assistance How do I get there? Cobram is 250 kms north of Melbourne via National Harvest Labour Information Service the Hume Freeway and the Goulburn Valley 1800 062 332 Highway and 542 kms south west of Sydney on the Hume and Murray Valley Highways. Rail www.harvesttrail.gov.au and bus service operate daily from Sydney to Cobram via Albury and a daily rail and bus service is available between Melbourne and Places to visit Cobram via Shepparton. There is no local public transport available between properties. Port of Echuca, wharf, The Old Pump House, river boats, Star Hotel, Sharp’s Magic Movie House & Penny Arcade, Bridge Hotel, Court House and museum, Holden Car museum, City Street Tours, Old Brothel and Steam Packet, Echuca Rail Station, Oz Maze and Torrumbarry Where can I stay? Weir. There are a number of hotels, motels, caravan and cabin parks in town. The majority of Tourist information growers do not offer formal accommodation but some offer powered and un-powered tent Echuca Moama Tourism sites if you secure employment with them. 104 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Victoria2 Heygarth StreetEchuca Vic 3564 Harvest labour assistance 03 5480 7555 or 1800 804 446 National Harvest Labour Information Service info@echucamoama.com 1800 062 332 www.echucamoama.com www.harvesttrail.gov.auWhen should I go there? Places to visitJanuary - March Grapes Koo Wee Rup Asparagus Tours, HistoricalJanuary - April Tomatoes Society Museum, Bayles Fauna Park, The VictoriaJanuary - May Stonefruit, apples, observation tower and Warrook cattle farm. pears Koo Wee Rup is only a 35 minute drive to Phillip Island – Penguin Parade, great beachesJune - September Vine pruning etc.How do I get there? Tourist informationEchuca is 205 kms north of Melbournefollowing the Hume Freeway and the McIvor Koo Wee Rup Newsagencyand Northern Highways. Regular daily rail and 277 Rossiter Roadbus services travel to and from Echuca and Koo Wee Rup Vic 3981Melbourne. There is no public transport tofarms in the area so your own transport would 03 5997 1456be useful. admin@gippslandinfo.com.au www.gippslandinfo.com.au When should I go there?Where can I stay? September - December AsparagusThere are many hotels, motels, caravanand cabin parks, B&Bs, backpacker hostels, How do I get there?guesthouses and houseboats available in andaround town. Take the South Gippsland Highway through Cranbourne, about 20 minutes out is a turn to Koo Wee Rup. If coming along the Princes Highway travel to Pakenham then turn right onto Racecourse Road and travel 15 kms, bringing you straight into Koo Wee Rup. There is a bus service which runs from Cranbourne to KOO WEE RUP Koo Wee Rup, contact V/Line for timetables.Located 45 minutes south east of Melbourne,Koo Wee Rup is a small town renowned forits rich fertile soil. This town produces a largeamount of Australia’s fresh asparagus and is Where can I stay?well known for its market gardens and dairyproperties. There is a caravan park and motel in Koo Wee FREECALL 1800 062 332 105
    • Victoria Rup, with a number of other accommodation Traralgon and then onto Maffra. Buses operate places in the surrounding area. from Sydney with passengers disembarking at Stratford (ten kilometres from Maffra). MAFFRA Where can I stay? Located 228 kms east of Melbourne in Gippsland, Maffra is situated between the There are a number of hotels, motels Alpine National Park and the 90 Mile Beach. and caravan parks in the area. The local With a population of 4000, Maffra’s major backpacker hostel is also a good source for industries are dairying and vegetables. finding harvest work in the area. Harvest labour assistance National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 MILDURA www.harvesttrail.gov.au Mildura is a major regional city on the Murray Places to visit River. It is located in the far north west of Victoria and is the centre of the Sunraysia Alpine National Park, 90 Mile Beach and the region. Mildura and the surrounding district Gippsland Lakes. is an oasis in the desert and a very popular riverside tourist resort. Mildura was, with Tourist information Renmark (SA), one of the first Irrigation colonies set up in the late 1880s through the vision of Alfred Deakin, who became Australia’s Tourism Information Centre second Prime Minister. Deakin encouraged the 96 Johnson Street development of the semi arid region into fruit Maffra Vic 3860 production through irrigation. The produce had to be dried to allow it to be transported to the 03 5141 1811 distant markets by paddle steamer to Echuca and then by rail to Melbourne. maffrainfo@hotkey.net.au As well as a popular tourist destination, Mildura www.tourismwellington.com.au boasts the production of a major proportion of the nation’s wine grapes, dried fruit, citrus, When should I go there? almonds and pistachios. It has large wineries and processing plants for its produce. Mildura October - February Asparagus is 550 kms north west of Melbourne, 1050 kms south west of Sydney and 450 kms north east October - April Vegetables of Adelaide. How do I get there? Includes Irymple, Merbein, Nichols Point and Red Cliffs. Maffra is accessible by road via the Princes Highway from Melbourne, turning off after Traralgon (the country road scenic drive) or Harvest labour assistance turning off past Rosedale. There is a V/Line train from Melbourne changing to coach at MADEC Australia 106 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Victoria126-130 Deakin Avenue How do I get there?Mildura Vic 3500 Mildura is accessible by road via the Calder 1800 062 332 Highway 550 kms from Melbourne, 1050 kms on the Hume and Sturt Highways from Sydney harvest@madec.edu.au and 450 kms via the Sturt Highway from Adelaide. Return air and bus services travel to www.madec.edu.au Mildura from Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 Where can I stay? www.harvesttrail.gov.au Victoria Mildura has an abundance of hotels, motels,Places to visit caravan and cabin parks, backpacker hostels and guesthouses in and around town.Alfred Deakin Centre, the Chaffey Trail,Mildura Arts Centre and Rio Vista Museum,Old Mildura Homestead, Australian InlandBotanical Gardens, paddle steamer cruises,district wineries, Kings Billabong and PsycheBend Pumphouse, Red Cliffs Pumping Station, MORNINGTON PENINSULABig Lizzie, Deakin Estate Wines, Zilzie Wines,Nursery Ridge Wines, Lindemans Winery, Lake The Mornington Peninsula is just an hour’sCullulleraine, Mungo National Park and the drive south of Melbourne, and separatesHattah-Kulkyne National Park. the waters of Western Port and Port Phillip Bay. A large range of cool climate crops haveTourist information traditionally been grown on the Peninsula including apples, cherries and berries. AroundMildura Visitor Information & Booking Centre 200 vineyards now produce some of the finestCnr Twelfth Street and Deakin Avenue wine grapes in the country.Mildura Vic 3500 Weather conditions on the Mornington 1300 550 858 Peninsula can change drastically and rapidly. Always ensure that you wear clothing which tourism@mildura.vic.gov.au gives protection from the weather and the working environment. Take adequate rest, www.visitmildura.com.au ready for the day ahead and have plenty of water for drinking.When should I go there? Includes Moorooduc, Hastings, Red Hill, Arthurs Seat, Mornington, Dromana, Rosebud,February - May Grapes Merricks, Balnarring and Mount Eliza.March - June Almonds / Pistachios Harvest labour assistanceMay - January Citrus National Harvest Labour Information ServiceMay - February Vegetables 1800 062 332May - September Vine pruningSeptember - December Asparagus www.harvesttrail.gov.au FREECALL 1800 062 332 107
    • Victoria Places to visit of Mount Buffalo, about 50 kms south east of Wangaratta. The discovery of gold in the Arthurs Seat, Ashcombe Maze & Lavender 1850’s brought prospectors to the area with Gardens, Cape Schanck Lighthouse and Point many of them staying on and starting the Nepean National Park. cultivation of hops. Now the gateway to the Victorian snow fields, the region is also a Tourist information producing area for cool climate wine grapes, hops and chestnuts. Peninsula Visitor Information Centre Harvest labour assistance 359b Point Nepean Road Dromana Vic 3936 National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 804 009 or 03 5987 3078 1800 062 332 info@tourism.morpen.vic.gov.au www.harvesttrail.gov.au www.visitmorningtonpeninsula.org Places to visit When should I go there? Ponderosa Cabin, Michelini’s Mines, the February - April Grapes Phoenix Tree, Old School Museum, Reform Hill, Rosewhite Vineyard, Mount and Lake Buffalo. March - November Apples November - January Cherries Tourist information November - April Strawberries Myrtleford Visitor Information Centre December - March Raspberries Great Alpine Road Boulevard Myrtleford Vic 3737 How do I get there? 03 5752 1044 The Mornington Peninsula is just an hour’s drive south from Melbourne, along the MI to info@myrtlefordvic.com.au Hastings or via Mornington Peninsula Freeway. www.visitalpinevictoria.com.au When should I go there? Where can I stay? January - April Apples February - March Grapes There are many hotels, motels and caravan parks in and around the Mornington Peninsula. March - April Hops, chestnuts, walnuts June - August Vine pruning How do I get there? MYRTLEFORD Myrtleford is 270 kms north of Melbourne on the Hume Freeway and the Great Alpine Road. Myrtleford is located in the Ovens Valley Daily rail and bus services travel between region of north east Victoria at the foothills Melbourne and Sydney via the Hume 108 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • VictoriaHighway. Local bus services operate between Tourist informationWangaratta and Myrtleford. Mildura Visitor Information & Booking Centre Cnr Twelfth Street and Deakin Avenue Mildura Vic 3500 1300 550 858Where can I stay? tourism@mildura.vic.gov.auThere are hotels, motels and caravan parksin town. Many farms do have facilities for www.visitmildura.com.aucamping on site, with some even providingmodest accommodation. It is best to checkdetails directly before moving to the area. When should I go there? Victoria January - May Grapes May - January Citrus May - February Vegetables NANGILOC May - September Vine pruning September - December AsparagusNangiloc is 530 kms north west of Melbourneon the banks of the River Murray and 40 kms How do I get there?south east of Mildura. It is part of the smallfarming community of Nangiloc and Colignan Nangiloc is 40 kms from Mildura. Mildura ison the edge of the Kulkyne National Park. accessible by road via the Calder Highway, 550 kms from Melbourne, 1050 kms on theIncludes Colignan and Iraak. See also Mildura Hume and Sturt Highways from Sydney andand Wentworth. 450 kms via the Sturt Highway from Adelaide.Harvest labour assistance Daily return air and bus services travel to Mildura from Melbourne and Adelaide withMADEC Australia bus services from Sydney. Private transport is126-130 Deakin Avenue required to reach the locality.Mildura Vic 3500 1800 062 332 harvest@madec.edu.au Where can I stay? www.madec.edu.au Apart from the caravan park, there is very limited commercial accommodation inNational Harvest Labour Information Service the immediate area. Caravan parks and 1800 062 332 backpacker hostels are situated in Red Cliffs, 24 kms north east. Job seekers with caravans, campervans or tents can be sited on many www.harvesttrail.gov.au properties in the area. Some farms provide simple hut accommodation with beds and basicPlaces to visit food storage and cooking facilities.Zilzie Wines, Lindemans Winery, HattahKulkyne National Park. FREECALL 1800 062 332 109
    • Victoria NYAH May - January Citrus May - February Vegetables Nyah is 28 kms north of Swan Hill and located on the banks of the Murray River. A small May - September Vine pruning settlement, the Nyah area produces a range September - February Stonefruit of horticulture including stonefruit, grapes, vegetables and citrus. Includes Nyah West, How do I get there? Wood Wood, Vinifera, Piangil and Beverford. See also Swan Hill, Tooleybuc and Robinvale. Nyah is accessible by road via the Hume and Sturt Highways, 893 kms from Sydney, 336 Harvest labour assistance kms via the Loddon and Calder Highways from Melbourne and 518 kms following the MADEC Australia SE Freeway, the Mallee and Murray Valley 183-188 Beveridge Street Highways from Adelaide. A rail service Swan Hill Vic 3585 operates daily to Swan Hill from Melbourne and there are daily bus services from Sydney 1800 062 332 and Adelaide. Public transport to the smaller surrounding locations is very limited and swanhill@madec.edu.au private transport is advised. www.madec.edu.au National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 Where can I stay? www.harvesttrail.gov.au There is no commercial accommodation available in Nyah, however in nearby Nyah West there is a hotel, backpacker hostel and Places to visit a caravan park. Job seekers with caravans, campervans or tents can be sited on many Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement, Paddle Steamer properties. Some farms provide simple hut Gem, Paddle Steamer Kookaburra, Swan Hill accommodation with beds and basic food Regional Art Gallery, Burke and Wills tree, storage and cooking facilities. You may need to Federal Hotel, Giant Murray Cod, R L Buller provide your own bedding, but check with the and Sons Winery. farmer before arriving or ideally before leaving your present farm or location. Tourist information Swan Hill Region Information Centre Cnr McCrae and Curlewis Streets Swan Hill Vic 3585 ROBINVALE 1800 625 373 Robinvale is located on the Murray River tourism@swanhill.vic.gov.au north west of Melbourne. Originally a wheat growing area, the town developed when the www.swanhillonline.com railway arrived in 1924. Many street names were associated with theatres of war from When should I go there? WWI, and the town was named after the son of one of the town’s founders who was killed January - May Grapes whilst serving in France as an airman. The 110 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Victoriaconnection with ex-servicemen continued with How do I get there?the further development of the area throughsoldier settlement after WWII, when irrigation Robinvale is accessible by road via the Calderfarms were set up to grow vines, citrus, fruit Highway 480 kms from Melbourne, 980 kmstree crops and vegetables. The area now is following the Hume and Sturt Highways froma significant producer of table grapes and Sydney and 530 kms on the Sturt Highwayvegetables. from Adelaide. The major bus lines operate daily services from Sydney, Melbourne, andIncludes Wemen, Bannerton, Happy Valley and Adelaide through Robinvale. There is no localBoundary Bend. public transport to farms around Robinvale.Harvest labour assistanceMADEC Australia Victoria68 - 72 Herbert Street Where can I stay?Robinvale Vic 3549 There is a hotel, motels, caravan parks and a 1800 062 332 backpacker hostel in town. Job seekers with caravans, campervans or tents can be sited robinvale@madec.edu.au on many properties if on farm facilities are not available. Some farms provide simple hut www.madec.edu.au accommodation with beds and basic food storage and cooking facilities. You may need toNational Harvest Labour Information Service provide your own bedding, but check with the farmer before arriving or ideally before leaving 1800 062 332 your present farm or location. www.harvesttrail.gov.auTourist informationRobinvale Euston Tourist information Centre RUTHERGLENBromley Road Rutherglen is located just a short trip off theRobinvale Vic 3549 Hume Freeway between Wangaratta and 03 5026 1388 Albury/Wodonga. It is 265 kms north east of Melbourne and 615 kms south west of Sydney. Beautifully positioned along the Murray River, www.murrayriver.com.au Rutherglen is a region where over 150 years of dedication and commitment, combined withPlaces to visit a unique climate, skill, youthful vibrancy and sense of fun, have created a wine region that isBumbang Island, Robinvale Windmill, Belsar truly “Full of Flavour”.Island, Euston Weir, Fish Ladder, Robinswoodand Murrumbidgee Junction. Harvest labour assistanceWhen should I go there? National Harvest Labour Information ServiceJanuary - May Grapes 1800 062 332May - February Vegetables www.harvesttrail.gov.auMay - September Vine pruning FREECALL 1800 062 332 111
    • Victoria Places to visit Where can I stay? There are many wineries in the Rutherglen Rutherglen has a broad spectrum of area that welcome visitors. These include accommodation including motels, hotels, All Saints Estate, Anderson Winery, caravan parks, B&Bs and self contained Buller & Sons, Campbells Winery, accommodation. Camping sites are available in Chambers Rosewood Winery, Cofield Wines, the caravan park as well as within the camping Drinkmoor Wines, Fairfield Wines, grounds along the mighty Murray River. Gehrig Estate Wines, Jones Winery & Vineyard, Lake Moodemere Vineyards, Morris Wines, Mount Prior Vineyard, Pfeiffer Wines, Rutherglen Estates, Stanton & Killeen Wines, St Leonard’s Vineyard, Sutherland Smith & Sons, Warrabilla Wines SHEPPARTON and Watchbox Wines. Shepparton is the hub of the Goulburn Valley Tourist information and the centre of the vast Goulburn Valley irrigation district, often called Victoria’s “fruit Rutherglen Wine Experience Visitor bowl”. The city has a good industrial base and Information Centre its close proximity to Melbourne, just two hours 57 Main Street south, makes it an ideal tourist area. Rutherglen Vic 3685 Shepparton has many dairies surrounding the 02 6033 6300 or 1800 622 871 town but is world famous for the large plantings of pome and stonefruit. Major development info@rutherglenvic.com occurred after WWI as the dairies were supported by milk processing and the fruit www.rutherglenvic.com industry established canneries and packers for their products. Another expansion occurred When should I go there? through closer settlement during the 1960’s as the requirement for fruit for Australia’s growing population increased. February - April Grapes March - May Apples Shepparton is surrounded by rich fertile alluvial plains and together with extensive June - August Vine pruning irrigation systems, diverse agriculture has been November - December Cherries successfully grown, requiring thousands of workers each year to harvest the crops. How do I get there? Includes Ardmona, Bunbartha, Congupna, Trains run daily from Melbourne and Sydney Grahamvale, Invergordon, Kialla, Kyabram, to Albury and Wangaratta. A connecting bus Merrigum, Mooroopna, Murchison, Lemnos, service runs from Wangaratta. The closest Orrvale, Shepparton East, Tatura, Toolamba airport is located at Albury. and Undera. See also Cobram and Echuca. Harvest labour assistance CVGT Employment & Training Specialists Cnr Sobraon and Welsford Streets Shepparton Vic 3630 1300 724 788 112 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • VictoriaNational Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au Where can I stay? There are hotels, motels, caravan and cabinPlaces to visit parks, backpacker hostels, guesthouses and B&Bs located in town. Accommodation isMuseum and historical precinct, art gallery, provided at some orchards which can rangeVictoria Park Lake, lookout tower, forest tracks, from barrack style to powered caravan sites toSPC-Ardmona Cannery, SPC-Ardmona Kids un-powered tent sites.Town and Reedy Swamp walk.Tourist information VictoriaGreater Shepparton Visitor InformationCentre SWAN HILL534 Wyndham StreetShepparton Vic 3630 Swan Hill is a major town on the Murray River. It is in the Mid-Murray area of Victoria, on the 1800 808 839 or 03 5831 4400 eastern edge of the Mallee country in the north west of the State. One of the historical river visitor@shepparton.vic.gov.au towns of the Murray and a former large port, Swan Hill is now a vibrant city. A diverse range www.greatershepparton.com.au of fruit and vegetables as well as significant amounts of wool, grain and stock are producedWhen should I go there? in the area. A large tourism industry based on the river and river history is featured around the city, with the centre piece being the FolkJanuary - March Stonefruit, pears Museum and the Paddle Steamer Gem.January - May Tomatoes Includes Beverford, Koraleigh, Lalbert, LakeMarch - May Apples Boga, Moulamein, Nyah, Piangil, Ultima,April - October Tree pruning Vinifera and Woorinen.September - October Tree thinning Vinifera is 25 kms north of Swan Hill. A smallNovember - December Cherries riverside settlement, the Vinifera area produces a range of horticultural produce includingDecember Apricots stonefruit, grapes, citrus and vegetables. Lake Boga is located 17 kms south of Swan HillHow do I get there? and was vital as a RAAF “Flying Boat” Station during WWII. Lake Boga now has a wideShepparton is 175 kms north of Melbourne range of horticultural crops grown in the areaon the Hume Freeway and Goulburn Valley as well as supporting a tourist industry basedHighway. There are regular daily rail and on the lake’s current water sport activities andbus services to Shepparton from Melbourne. the history of the RAAF base, particularly theThere is limited public transport servicing Catalina flying boat.the Goulburn Valley areas, however somegrowers are prepared to pick workers up fromthe employment offices. A reliable car is the Woorinen is 10 kms west of Swan Hill. Abest option for transport as these towns are small riverside settlement, the Woorinen areabetween 10 and 50 kms apart. produces a range of horticultural produce including stonefruit, grapes, citrus and vegetables all irrigated from the nearby Murray River. FREECALL 1800 062 332 113
    • Victoria Piangil is 43 kms north of Swan Hill, located May - September Vine pruning on the banks of the Murray River, just opposite Tooleybuc. Grapes, citrus and some stonefruit September - February Stonefruit are grown in the area. How do I get there? Harvest labour assistance Swan Hill is accessible by road via the Loddon and Calder Highways, 336 kms from MADEC Australia Melbourne following the Hume and Sturt 183-188 Beveridge Street Highways, 893 kms from Sydney, and 518 kms Swan Hill Vic 3585 from Adelaide following the SE Freeway, the Mallee and Murray Valley Highways. A V/Line 1800 062 332 rail service operates daily to Swan Hill from Melbourne and there are daily bus services swanhill@madec.edu.au from Sydney and Adelaide. Public transport www.madec.edu.au to the smaller surrounding locations is very limited and private transport is advised. National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au Where can I stay? Places to visit There is a large range of hotels, motels, caravan and cabin parks and backpacker Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement, Paddle Steamer hostels in town as well as a caravan park in Gem, Paddle Steamer Kookaburra, Swan Hill Nyah. Job seekers with caravans, campervans Regional Art Gallery, Burke and Wills Tree, or tents can be sited on many properties. Some Historic Bridge, Water Tower, Federal Hotel, farms provide simple hut accommodation. Giant Murray Cod, Murray Downs, Bullers and Bests Wineries, Dowling House, Lake Boga and the Catalina Flying Boat Museum. Tourist information YARRA VALLEY Swan Hill Region Information Centre Cnr McCrae and Curlewis Streets The Yarra Valley covers an area from Lilydale, 40 kms north east of Melbourne, through Swan Hill Vic 3585 Healsville and Coldstream. A large variety 1800 625 373 of cool climate crops have traditionally been grown in the Valley, including apples, lemons, tourism@swanhill.vic.gov.au pears, cherries and berries. There are around 85 vineyards and wineries in the Valley and www.swanhillonline.com many different selections of wines, several with cellar door tastings, accommodation and When should I go there? restaurants. Includes Montrose, Hoddles Creek, Yarra January - May Grapes Junction, Silvan, Gladysdale, Coldstream, May - January Citrus Wandin, Seville, Monbulk, Yarra Glen, Lilydale and Healesville. May - February Vegetables 114 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • VictoriaHarvest labour assistance February - March Pears February - April GrapesSalvation Army Employment Plus1 Clarke Street February - May ApplesLilydale Vic 3140 May - August Vine pruning 03 9735 6911 September - May Flowers harvest_enquiries@aep.salvationarmy. September - November Vine shoot thinning org October - May Strawberries www.employmentplus.com.au November - January Cherries, berries (Go to Harvest Labour Link) November - May Lemons VictoriaNational Harvest Labour Information Service How do I get there? 1800 062 332 Lilydale is the gateway to the Yarra Valley and is 40 kms north east of Melbourne following www.harvesttrail.gov.au the Maroondah Highway. It is also the terminus of the Melbourne metropolitan rail service and public transport through the Yarra ValleyPlaces to visit beyond the rail system is irregular, so your own transport is desirable.Lilydale Museum, The Towers, AthenaeumTheatre Co, Redgum Gallery, herb farms,district wineries, Wandin Valley farms,Warratina Lavender Farm, Gumnut Village,Healesville Sanctuary, Healesville Art Gallery,Hedgend Maze, The Yarra Valley TouristRailway and the Warburton Trail. Where can I stay?Tourist information The Valley offers a range of accommodation for working holiday makers including resorts, motels, hotels, self contained units,Yarra Valley Visitor Information Centre backpacker hostels, caravan parks, B&Bs andOld Court House, Harker Street guesthouses. Jobseekers with tents can beHealesville Vic 3777 sited on some properties as there is limited on farm accommodation. 03 5962 2600 info@visityarravalley.com.au www.visityarravalley.com.auYarra Shire Offices 1300 368 333 www.yarraranges.vic.gov.auWhen should I go there? FREECALL 1800 062 332 115
    • Grain Victoria ABOUT VICTORIA GRAIN HARVEST Town Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Victoria Mallee Wimmera Central Western Grain crops in Victoria comprise mainly wheat, barley, canola, oats and pulses. These are referred to as winter crops, being sown during autumn and winter and harvested in spring and summer. Summer crops are not grown in Victoria. The growing region comprises the North West, North, Wimmera, Central and South West portions of the state and extends from Mildura to the southern coast. Typically the harvest commences in the far north west Mallee around the end of November or early December, then ripening moves south over a period of up to 2 months. The harvest will generally be completed in any one location over about 6 to 8 weeks. The Southern areas finish last and are usually completed by mid February. A small amount of labouring work on the farm is available but most demand is for tractor, header/ harvester and truck drivers. Experience operating similar types of machinery is usually demanded due to the complexity and high cost of this machinery with some equipment costing as much as half a million dollars and utilising complex computer and GPS systems. Farmers are more likely to train a worker for tractor driving (to tow a chaser bin that catches the grain from the header/ harvester on the move), however any form of machinery driving experience is definitely an advantage. Drivers with a truck licence (particularly large truck licences) are always in demand. The majority of seasonal work opportunities lie with the silos or grain bunkers where grain is delivered to be graded, consolidated and stored before being distributed to domestic and export markets. Experience is not required as on-the-job training will be provided, however most of the work is very physical, heavy, and outside in hot, dusty conditions. There will only be a small number of jobs in comfortable air-conditioned buildings. Jobs may include Weighbridge Operator, Sampler, Truck Marshaller or Tarp Team Member. As silos are generally in a town, daily transport is less of an issue than farm work, however budget accommodation is not always easy to find, so a camper van or substantial tent will provide more options. High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 116 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Western Australia Kununurra WA WESTERN AUSTRALIA Carnarvon Western Australia Gingin Swan Valley Perth Hills PERTH Donnybrook Frankland Margaret River Mt Barker Albany Manjimup Denmark ABOUT WESTERN AUSTRALIAAustralia’s largest State has intensive development in the south west corner with a range of cropsbeing produced, including a premium wine area on the south western coast. A large developmentfollowing the establishment of Lake Argyle on the Ord River, has centred in the Kimberley region ofthe north of the State, with other production areas for horticulture in the Gascoyne region. There isgrain production in the rangelands to the east and south of the State capital, Perth.Perth is located on the banks of the Swan River, which has provided opportunities for grapes andvegetable production close to the city. Perth has grown as a result of successful mining carriedout throughout the State. Grain harvesting opportunities are available in the Great Southern andSouthern Wheatbelt regions south east of Perth. FREECALL 1800 062 332 117
    • Western Australia WESTERN AUSTRALIA HARVEST CHART Crop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Albany Grapes Olives Strawberries Busselton Grapes Potatoes Avocados Carnarvon Bananas Vegetables Grapes Mangoes Melons Tomatoes Denmark Berries Grapes Donnybrook Apples / Pears Grapes Stonefruit Tomatoes Frankland Grapes Olives Gingin Citrus Grapes Olives Stonefruit Vegetables High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 118 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Western AustraliaCrop Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecKununurraCitrusMangoesMelons / PumpkinsTree planting / WeedingManjimupApples / PearsPotatoesAvocadosStonefruitVegetablesMargaret RiverGrapesMoora Western AustraliaCitrusStonefruitMount BarkerCherriesGrapesStrawberriesPerth HillsApples / PearsStonefruitSwan ValleyCitrusGrapesOlivesVegetablesStonefruit High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 119
    • Western Australia ALBANY June - September Vine pruning July - August Olive tree pruning Albany is a regional city in the Great Southern of Western Australia, 409 kms south of Perth. October - May Strawberries Lying on the protected Princess Royal Harbour, which is part of the magnificent King George’s How do I get there? Sound, it is flanked by the Southern Ocean, with spectacular ranges and hinterland. Albany Albany is 409 kms south of Perth along the is WA’s oldest settlement and has strong links Albany Highway, which connects with Highway with the ANZAC legend. A modern, evolving One to the eastern states. Daily bus services city with pristine coastline, mild climate, natural operate to and from Perth. Airline flights beauty and rich in cultural experiences make operate twice daily on weekdays and daily Albany a very special place to live, work or visit. services on the weekend from Perth to Albany. Aquaculture, wineries and viticulture, timber, Public transport is available around the city. strawberries, fishing, olive oil and organic produce exist along with traditional agriculture. Includes Kalgan. Harvest labour assistance Where can I stay? Being a regional city Albany has many hotels, National Harvest Labour Information Service motels, several caravan parks and three 1800 062 332 backpacker hostels. www.harvesttrail.gov.au Places to visit Middleton beach, Princess Royal fortress on BUSSELTON Mount Adelaide, Residency Museum and Old Gaol, the Brig “Amity”, Windfarm, Whaleworld, The city of Busselton is in the South West the Gap and natural bridge, Bibbulmun track region of Western Australia, 220 kms south of and Perth artificial dive reef. Perth. Home to the seaside towns of Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup all located along a Tourist information 30km stratch of beach that fringes Geographe Bay. Voted one of the top 10 places to visit Albany Visitor Centre in the world by Lonely Planet, the region is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty. Old Railway Station, Proudlove Parade The region supports the large wine grape Albany WA 6330 growing enterprises of the Margaret River and Geographe wine regions. The region also 08 9841 9290 produces Avocados and Potatoes. holiday@albany.wa.gov.au Harvest labour assistance www.albanytourist.com.au National Harvest Labour Information Service When should I go there? 1800 062 332 March - April Grapes www.harvesttrail.gov.au May - June Olives 120 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Western AustraliaPlaces to visit Gascoyne, is located 904 kms north of PerthBusselton Jetty and Underwater Observatory; following the Brand and North West CoastalDrive-In Outdoor Cinema; Geographe Bay Highways. Carnarvon’s unique location, warm sunny winter and mild summer makes thebeaches; wineries; whale watching (Sept - Dec). town a wonderful place for a truly memorable holiday. Carnarvon is an ideal location forTourist information travellers to restock supplies, sample locally grown produce, fish and explore outlyingBrusselton Visitor Centre areas which provide a diverse range of natural38 Peel Terrance attractions.Brusselton WA 6280 Harvest labour assistance 08 9725 1288 National Harvest Labour Information Service getaway@geographebay.com 1800 062 332 www.geographebay.com www.harvesttrail.gov.auWhen should I go there?February - August Grapes Places to visit Western AustraliaMay - January Potatoes Carnarvon OTC Dish, One Mile Jetty, the SmallAugust - December Avocados Boat Harbour, Lighthouse Keepers Cottage Museum, Monkey Mia (about 320 kms south),How do I get there? Bernier and Dorre Islands, the Blowholes, Quobba Station and Lake Macleod.Brusselton is 225 kms south of Perth along theForest Highway. Daily bus services operateto and from Perth. Airline flights from Perth Tourist informationto Brusselton operate twice a week. There islimited public transport around the town. Carnarvon Visitor Centre Civic Centre, Robinson Street Carnarvon WA 6701 08 9941 1146Where can I stay? info@carnarvon.org.auBeing a regional city Brusselton has many www.carnarvon.org.auhotels, motels, several caravan parks and threebackpacker hostels. When should I go there? January - March Mangoes January - April Watermelons, rockmel- ons January - December Bananas CARNARVON May - July Vine pruningThe town of Carnarvon, the hub of the May - November Egg plant, cucumbers, zucchini May - December Tomatoes, capsicums FREECALL 1800 062 332 121
    • Western Australia August - December Grapes Valley of the Giants, featuring the Tree Top How do I get there? Walk, Bibbulmun Track, Denmark River Mouth, the Bandstand, district wineries, beaches and Carnarvon is a 904 kms drive, from Perth coastal scenery, Greens Pool, bush walking taking the Brand Highway to Geraldton and tracks, district art studios and galleries. then the North West Coastal Highway further north. It is on the bus route north from Perth Tourist information and south from Darwin. It is serviced daily by bus and air from Perth. Denmark Visitor Centre 73 South Coast Highway Denmark WA 6333 08 9848 2055 Where can I stay? accommodation@denmark.com.au Numerous hotels, motels, caravan parks, www.denmark.com.au backpacker hostels and guesthouses are available in town with some station stay When should I go there? homestead accommodation also available. February - April Grapes June - September Vine pruning December - March Blueberries DENMARK How do I get there? Denmark is located on the banks of the Denmark is 50 kms west of Albany and 400 Denmark River on the south coast of Western kms south of Perth. Regular bus services Australia, 50 kms west of Albany and 400 kms operate daily from Perth to Denmark and south of Perth. With settlement in 1895, timber airline flights operate from Perth to nearby mills were established to mill the giant Karri Albany. trees grown in the area. The timber industry was only short lived as the timber stocks declined rapidly and many participants turned to dairying on the cleared land. In recent times the culture in the area has diversified into viticulture, horticulture, tourism and the Where can I stay? husbandry of sheep, beef, dairying and pork production. Smaller scale timber production, There are motels, guesthouses, B&Bs, lodges tree farming, berry crops and some cottage and backpacker hostels in and around town. industries are carried out in the region. Harvest labour assistance National Harvest Labour Information Service DONNYBROOK 1800 062 332 The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is situated www.harvesttrail.gov.au in the south west of Western Australia, 206 kms south of Perth. Surrounded by stunning Places to visit forests, winding rivers, rolling hills, vineyards 122 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Western Australiaand lush orchards, it is a great place forresidents and visitors alike. Donnybrook boasts balinguptourism@westnet.com.aua highly central location, being only half an www.balinguptourism.com.auhour from the city life and beaches of Bunbury,one hour from Geographe Bay and the famousMargaret River wine region and within easyreach of the tall timbers of Pemberton. It is When should I go there?renowned as a premier fruit growing district,with Donnybrook the largest apple producing February - April Pears, tomatoes,area in Western Australia. grapes February - June ApplesHarvest labour assistance June - September Apple tree pruning,National Harvest Labour Information Service vine pruning November - December Apple thinning, stone- 1800 062 332 fruit thinning www.harvesttrail.gov.au December - March Stonefruit How do I get there?Places to visit Donnybrook is 206 kms south of Perth and Western AustraliaThere are a range of attractions and activities 36 kms south east of Bunbury on the Southto enjoy in the area. Stop by the Preston Western Highway.River foreshore with outdoor amphitheatre,suspension bridge and indigenous sculpturepark, discover the unique arboretum that isGolden Valley Tree Park, explore the nativebushland on the Blackwood River Valley walktrails, take a leisurely scenic drive and visit the Where can I stay?local wineries, play at the Apple Fun Park, thebiggest free entry playground in Australia and There is a variety of accommodationenjoy the colourful annual events in the towns. available to suit any budget including motels, hotels, caravan, camping and transit parks,Tourist information backpacker hostels, B&Bs and chalets.Donnybrook Visitor Information CentreOld Railway Station, South Western HighwayDonnybrook WA 6239 08 9731 1720 FRANKLAND donnybrookwa@westnet.com.au Frankland is a small town located 370 kms www.donnybrookwa.com.au south of Perth, 47 kms west of Cranbrook and 111 kms east of Manjimup in the Great Southern of WA. Part of the Cranbrook ShireBalingup Visitor Information Centre and gateway to the Stirling Range NationalCnr Brockman Street and Blackwood River Park, the area is well regarded for its fertileDrive soils, readily available water and cool climateBalingup WA 6253 and has become recognised as a prime wine and olive growing region, similar to that of 08 9764 1818 Tuscany in Northern Italy. Eco-tourism is a feature of the area with many permanent FREECALL 1800 062 332 123
    • Western Australia lakes, the Frankland River and magnificent wildflowers as the main attractions. You will generally require your own transport around Frankland as there is no public transport in town. Where can I stay? Harvest labour assistance There is a caravan park in town and some National Harvest Labour Information Service vineyard properties offer chalet and dormitory style accommodation on site. 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au Places to visit GINGIN Olive Tree Gallery, Alkoomi Winery, Ferngrove Winery, Frankland River, Lakes Poorarecup, Located 83 kms north of Perth, Gingin is Nunijup and Unicup, The Old Post Office, one of the oldest towns in Western Australia. district wildflowers and the local Heritage Trail. Today it retains much of its antiquity being an Tourist information absolutely delightful and quaint township with a substantial number of historical buildings, Cranbrook Tourist Information Centre an excellent old pub, and the lazy, tree-lined Shire Office Gingin Brook running through the heart of the settlement. Nestled in the valleys to the north Granthorne Street of Perth, it is the ideal distance from the capital. Cranbrook WA 6321 Main agriculture in the area includes sheep, 08 9826 8055 cattle, wheat, grape and citrus growing. shire@cranbrook.wa.gov.au Harvest labour assistance www.hiddentreasures.com.au National Harvest Labour Information Service When should I go there? 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au February - April Grapes May - June Olives Places to visit June - September Vine pruning Chittering Valley Wine Trail, Gingin Honey July - August Olives Farm, Gingin town centre, Eliza’s Café, honey Tasting at the Gingin Honey Farm and see the How do I get there? stars at the Gravity Centre. Wildflower tours are popular in the spring time. Frankland can be reached 370 kms south of Perth via the Albany Highway, turning off and travelling 42 kms towards Manjimup to the west. Tourist information Manjimup is 111 kms further west of Frankland. Bus services operate daily to and from Perth to Gingin Shire Council Albany passing through Cranbrook as well as a regular bus service to Manjimup operating from 08 9575 2211 Perth each day. 124 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Western Australia and black alluvial soil of the Ord Valley has mail@gingin.wa.gov.au been useful for growing many horticultural crops but the area flourished with the building www.gingintourism.com.au of the Lake Argyle Dam, completed in 1972. Large scale plantings of Indian sandalwood now dominate the area.When should I go there? Dry season is April to October.January - February Grape picking Harvest labour assistanceJanuary - December VegetablesJanuary - December Citrus picking, packing ITEC / The Job ShopJanuary - December Tree planting 116 Coolibah Drive Kununurra WA 6743June - July Citrus tree pruningJune - August Vine pruning 08 9168 1500July - September Olive tree pruning kununurra@thejobshop.com.au Stonefruit picking,November - January www.thejobshop.com.au packing Western AustraliaHow do I get there? National Harvest Labour Information ServiceGingin is one hour’s drive from Perth. Bus 1800 062 332service through TransWA departs from EastPerth and Midland. www.harvesttrail.gov.au Places to visit Mirima Hidden Valley National Park, Celebrity Tree Park, the road from Kununurra toWhere can I stay? Wyndham.There are several caravan parks in the Tourist informationregion, various B&Bs and a hotel/motel. Someaccommodation may be available throughindividual labour hire companies. Kununurra Visitor Centre Coolibah Drive Kununurra WA 6743 1800 KUNUNU info@visitkununurra.com www.kununurratourism.com KUNUNURRA When should I go there?Kununurra is 3228 kms north of Perth and 780kms south west of Darwin. It is 1042 kms northof Broome, the closest WA town to Kununurra. April - June CitrusIt was initially set up as the construction centre May - September Tree planting / Weedingfor the damming of the Ord River, one of thecountry’s largest irrigation projects. The rich May - November Melons, pumpkins FREECALL 1800 062 332 125
    • Western Australia October - Decem- 08 9771 1831 Mangoes ber manjitour@westnet.com.au How do I get there? www.manjimupwa.com There are bus and air services available from Perth and Broome or Darwin. It is a long way to travel by any means, especially by car. When should I go there? February - May Apples, pears October - June Potatoes December - February Avocados Where can I stay? December - February Stonefruit There are many hotels, motels, caravan parks December - March Vegetables and backpacker hostels in the town. Visitors are well catered for in such a remote place. How do I get there? Bus services depart Perth daily. It is accessible by road via the South Western Highway south to Bunbury and then further south to Manjimup. MANJIMUP Manjimup is 300 kms south of Perth on the South Western Highway. It lies among the giant Karri and Jarrah forests of Western Australia. Close to the coast between the Indian and Where can I stay? Southern Oceans, the area is cool enough to grow pome fruits which ripen during summer. Manjimup has a good range of hotels, motels, caravan parks, guesthouses and cabins. Includes Pemberton, Bridgetown and Nannup. Harvest labour assistance National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 MARGARET RIVER www.harvesttrail.gov.au Margaret River is located 280 kms south of Perth on the southern coast, facing the Indian Ocean. Originally a timber town, the main Places to visit industries today are dairying, vineyards and wineries and berry farming. Tourism is of Manjimup Timber Park, Tree Towers, King major importance along with a prominent craft Jarrah Heritage Trail, The Four Aces and One industry. Tree Bridge. Tourist information Harvest labour assistance Manjimup Visitor Centre National Harvest Labour Information Service Giblett Street 1800 062 332 Manjimup WA 6258 126 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Western Australia www.harvesttrail.gov.auPlaces to visit MOORARotary Park, Old Settlement HistoricalMuseum, Margaret River Heritage Trail, The town of Moora is located 190kms north ofvineyards and wineries, berry farm, national Perth on the inland Great Northam Highway.trust homes and St Thomas More Catholic Traditionally a grain growing region, in recentChurch. years the area has seen several new Citrus and Stonefruit enterprises start up and seasonalTourist information harvest labour needs will increase over coming years in Moora and nearby towns ofMargaret River Visitor Centre Dandaragan and Badgingarra.100 Bussell HighwayMargaret River WA 6285 Harvest labour assistance 08 9780 5911 National Harvest Labour Information Service welcome@margaretriver.com 1800 062 332 www.margaretriver.com Western Australia www.harvesttrail.gov.auWhen should I go there? Places to visitFebruary - April Grapes The Moore river and surrounding parks andJune - August Vine pruning gardens. Western Wildflower Farm, nearby coastal towns of Jurien Bay and Lanvelin; TheHow do I get there? Pinnacles at Cervantes and the Benedictine Monastery town of New Norcia are all in theMargaret River is 280 kms south of Perth Moora region.following the South Western Highway toBusselton and then the Bussell Highway toMargaret River. Vineyards can be up to 50 kms Tourist informationfrom the Margaret River township Moora Community Resource and Visitors Centre 65 Padbury Street Moora WA 6510Where can I stay? 08 9653 1053Being a popular tourist destination, Margaret moora@wn.com.auRiver has many hotels, motels B&Bs, hostelsand cabins. Camping is only allowed at www.moora.wa.gov.audesignated Caravan Parks or camping groundsand there is no free camping in the region. When should I go there?Local authorities will issue a fine for camping(including sleeping in a vehicle) outside ofdesignated camping areas. June - November Citrus November - February Stonefruit FREECALL 1800 062 332 127
    • Western Australia How do I get there? National Harvest Labour Information Service Moora is located 190kms from Perth on the Great Northam Highway. Bus service to and 1800 062 332 from Perth operate 4 times a week. www.harvesttrail.gov.au Places to visit The Stirling and Porongurup ranges, local Where can I stay? wineries, Police Station Museum, All Saints Church, the Old Post Office and the Mount There is a hotel, motel and backpackers hostel Barker Heritage Trail. in the town. A new workers village is due to open in 2013. Tourist information Mount Barker Visitor Centre Albany Highway Mount Barker WA 6324 08 9851 1163 MOUNT BARKER info@mountbarkertourismwa.com.au Mount Barker is a medium sized town located 359 kms south of Perth and 50 kms north of www.mountbarkertourismwa.com.au Albany in the Great Southern region. Lying to the south west of the Stirling and to the When should I go there? north west of the Porongurup ranges, it has a population of 1500 and serves a wide and diverse agricultural area. Mount Barker March - April Grapes is also the administrative centre for the June - September Vine pruning Shire of Plantagenet. Whilst formerly a key apple producing region, the area now has a October - May Strawberries main focus in viticulture, plantation timber, November - January Cherries wildflowers, wine production, and traditional agriculture including sheep and cattle How do I get there? husbandry. There are many varied lifestyle opportunities set within a beautiful natural Mount Barker is 359 kms south of Perth and environment with spectacular scenery. Mount 50 kms north of Albany on the Albany Highway. Barker is close to the southern coast and other Daily bus services operate from Perth to regional tourist attractions. Albany via Mount Barker. There is no local public transport available. You will generally require your own transport as the work is spread over a large area of the Shire. Durable clothing and protection from the weather and the work environment will be useful. Where can I stay? Includes Rocky Gully, Kendenup, Narrikup and Porongurup. There is a range of accommodation available through the Plantagenet Shire. There are Harvest labour assistance several hotels, motels, caravan and cabin parks and B&Bs. 128 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Western Australia The Old School, 7225 Great Eastern Highway Mundaring WA 6073 08 9295 0202 visitorcentre@mundaringtourism.com. au PERTH HILLS www.mundaringtourism.com.auLocated approximately 45 minutes drive east of When should I go there?the CBD, the Perth Hills offer a mix of naturalbush, orchards, wildflowers, waterfalls andcreeks, towering trees, art galleries, vineyards, January - April Applesrestaurants and cafes. The mild weather October - March Stonefruitexperienced in the hills allows for a range ofcrops to be grown including stonefruit, apples,pears, and strawberries. Major towns include How do I get there?Kalamunda, and Mundaring, smaller towns The Perth Hills are approximately 45 minutesinclude Carmel and Pickering Brook. drive from the Perth CBD. Transperth bus services run to Mundaring and Kalamunda. YouHarvest labour assistance will require your own transport to reach most of Western Australia the horticulture properties in the Perth Hills.National Harvest Labour Information Service 1800 062 332 www.harvesttrail.gov.au Where can I stay?Places to visit Some accommodation is available in the Perth Hills, although most people stay in and aroundThe Mundaring Arts Centre is one of the State’s the CBD area and drive up to the hills each day.largest community arts centres and is a major Very limited accommodation is available onfocus for local art. The Mundaring Weir and some grower’s properties.the famous water pipeline to Kalgoorlie area major attraction. The Weir precinct is alsohome to an open-air cinema and an outdoorconcert amphitheatre. The Weir is the start ofseveral interesting walking trails through thenative bush in the area as well as the MundaBiddi bike trail which is Australia’s longest SWAN VALLEYmountain bike trail. The Swan Valley in Western Australia, only 20 minutes from the Centre of Perth, is WesternThe Perth Hills National Parks Centre is Australia’s oldest wine growing region. Theopen seven days and offers an opportunity Swan Valley drive is a 32 km loop where youto experience the natural Hills environment. will experience a colourful blend of history,In Kalamunda the town library features the people, art, world-class wine, gourmet goodieslargest community-built stained glass window and fresh produce. The Swan Valley is thein Australia. ideal location to escape, indulge and awaken your senses.Tourist information WOOL HARVESTMundaring Visitor Centre Wool harvesting involves the shearing of sheep FREECALL 1800 062 332 129
    • Western Australia When should I go there? Harvest labour assistance National Harvest Labour Information Service January - April Grapes 1800 062 332 January - December Citrus June - September Vine pruning www.harvesttrail.gov.au July - September Olives Places to visit November - January Stonefruit Mondo Nougat, The Margaret River Chocolate How do I get there? Company, Guilford Court House and Heritage Walk Trails. Visit one of the Valley’s famous Swan Valley is located 18 kms (20 minutes) roadside stalls with locally grown seasonal from the centre of Perth and a 10 minute drive produce or follow the award-winning food and from the Perth Domestic Airport. There is a wine trail, pointing out the many year-round daily train service from Perth to Midland, where food and wine experiences on offer. Activities further services can be accessed. to be enjoyed in the Swan Valley include riverside horseback rides, train and tram rides at Whiteman Park or meeting the koalas at the Caversham Wildlife Park. Where can I stay? Tourist information Swan Valley Visitor Centre Swan Valley offers a range of accommodation for working holiday makers including Cnr Meadow and Swan Streets resorts, motels, hotels, self contained units, Guildford WA 6936 backpacker hostels, caravan parks, B&Bs and guesthouses. For further information please go 08 9379 9400 to www.swanvalley.wa.gov.au. visitorcentre@swan.wa.gov.au www.swanvalley.com.au Swan Valley Visitor Centre Cnr Meadow and Swan Streets Guildford WA 6936 08 9379 9400 visitorcentre@swan.wa.gov.au www.swanvalley.com.au 130 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • Western Australia Grain ABOUT WESTERN AUSTRALIA GRAIN HARVESTTown Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecWestern AustraliaAlbany -ZoneEsperance -ZoneGeraldton ZoneKwinana -East Zone Western Australia is consistently one of the largest grain producing states in Australia, producing between 8 and 16 million tonnes of grain per year dependant upon weather conditions. The main grain producing region is known as “The Wheatbelt” – a region that extends out from and surrounds the Perth metropolitan area, although grain growing extends into the surrounding regions (Mid-West; Great Southern; South West; Goldfields-Esperance). The grain harvest in WA commences in late September/early October (depending on weather conditions) in the Mid-West near the major regional town of Geraldton. The grain harvest season continues to the south throughout Spring and Summer gradually moving down the State, with the Goldfields-Esperance, being the last to harvest in February. Grain harvest work is available on farms and at grain receival points across the State of WA. On- farm work is highly mechanised and workers with experience in operating agricultural equipment and driving tractors and trucks are required. On-farm employment is often in remote locations, although accommodation, and sometimes meals are generally included. Individual farms will also generally require only one or two people to assist with their harvest, so groups of Working Holiday Makers travelling together will generally not find work in the one location. The grain harvest season is a busy time for farming families and some also affer work doing domestic duties (child care, cooking, cleaning), however this type of work will not count towards 2nd year Working Holiday visa requirements, unless it is in addition to full-time agricultural work, and enquires should be made to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship if you are unsure. The Western Australia grains industry also requires close to 1,500 seasonal workers each year to work at grain receival bins and port facilities. There are almost 200 grain receival sites in WA, most located in remote regional locations, some up to 100 kilometres from the closest town. Workers must be willing to work up to 12 hours per day, with only one day off every 13 days. Some grain receival jobs may be available at regional ports of Geraldton, Albany and Esperance, Grain in addition to the Perth port of Kwinana. If you are considering working in or around the Perth metropolitan area this work will not count towards 2nd year Working Holiday visa requirements, and enquires should be made to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship if you are unsure. The weather in the Western Australian grain growing regions is warm in Spring and hot in Summer. Grain harvest work will require you to work in hot, dry, dusty conditions where temperatures can reach well beyond 45°C. High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 131
    • Wool and work involved in the preparation of wool figures for part time employees, there is always for sale. Wool harvesting occurs in all states of a need for new entrants to the industry. Australia and in many states wool harvesting staff, that are prepared to travel, can find work Many wool grower’s sons and daughters work for most of the year. and study in the wool harvesting industry to gain skills in sheep classing, selection The wool harvesting industry offers a and breeding, and wool classing. This can challenging, physical and interesting lifestyle, provide off-farm employment that helps in often involving extensive travel and living away supplementing farm income. This group forms from home for short periods. Young workers a significant proportion of that working in the view working visits to regional and remote Australian wool harvesting industry. areas of Australia as an attractive benefit. Wool handling work provides an excellent Wool harvesting is a global industry that also starting point for those interested in working opens up opportunities for participants to travel in the wool harvesting industry. In this job you and work in over 40 countries. will work as part of a team with shearers, wool classers and other shearing shed staff. There are good financial returns for competent shearers, wool classers and wool handlers Wool handling skills are predominately learnt during the shearing season. on the job. A wool handler is skilled and trained in a range of tasks, including: The four main occupations in the wool harvesting industry are shearing, wool • picking up fleeces handling, wool pressing and wool classing. • sweeping the board • skirting and rolling fleeces Whilst most new entrants to the industry will • penning up sheep begin as wool handlers, workers will generally • pressing wool in bales. choose to follow one of two main pathways early in their career. Resources are also available to assist itinerant workers to develop a basic understanding of The first pathway leads to becoming a wool the tasks and responsibilities required of wool classer and the second leads to becoming a handlers and other entry level shed staff. professional shearer. A career in this industry can also lead to managerial and other related Shearers remove wool from sheep and perform occupations. the essential tasks that improve the efficiency of their shearing. The industry provides different opportunities depending on how people are employed. Their tasks include: Workers may be employed directly by a wool • shearing sheep grower, or be part of a shearing contract • maintaining shearing equipment team. Wool classers are also employed within • working as part of a team. Australia’s service network of small and large wool brokers. Professional wool classers move from shed to shed, directing wool handlers in the There is a relatively high turnover of shearers preparation of wool to create lines of uniform and woolhandlers because of the physical work quality for sale. involved and the requirement to spend periods away from home. This in turn creates good employment opportunities for young people. With 5000 shearers and a similar number of wool handlers needed full time for shearing and crutching each year, as well as similar 132 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • WoolTo do this they require detailed knowledge Tasmaniaof the characteristics of a broad rangeof wool types and good supervision and Wool harvesting is carried out throughoutteam leadership skills. Work undertaken by Tasmania with the peak time for woolprofessional wool classers includes: harvesting from May–December each year.• Supervising wool handlers South Australia• Determining the classing strategy for the wool clip Wool is harvested over a large area of South Australia in all areas south of Coober Pedy.Wool harvesting employment opportunities can Given the size of the state, wool is harvestedalso be found on the following websites: at various times with the majority of wool harvested between July–December and from• Woolsearch January–May in the northern pastoral regions. www.woolsearch.com.au• Shearing Contractors Association of Western Australia Australia www.scaa.org.au Wool is harvested in most regions south• Western Australian Shearing Contractors of Carnarvon with shearing taking place Association Employment Register approximately eight months per year in most www.wasca.asn.au regions. The Great Southern region is a key• Shearing World wool growing area with shearing taking place www.shearingworld.com September–March each year.The following information provides a quickoverview of wool growing regions by state.QueenslandWool is harvested west of the Great DividingRange from Julia Creek in the north to theNSW border in the south. WoolNew South WalesWool is harvested over a vast area of the statefrom the Great Dividing Range in the east tothe South Australian border in the west. Peakharvest times are from June–December andFebruary–May in many regions across thestate.VictoriaWool is harvested in nearly all regions of thestate with a large concentration in the west ofthe state around Hamilton. Peak harvest timesstart from July–December and from February–May. FREECALL 1800 062 332 133
    • Wool WOOL HARVEST CHART Town Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec New South Wales Armidale Balranald Bathurst Bourke Broken Hill Cooma Coonabarabran Deniliquin Dubbo Forbes Glen Innes Goulburn Grenfell Hay Inverell Mudgee Narrandera Nyngan Orange Tamworth Tenterfield Wagga Wagga Wentworth West Wyalong Wilcannia Yass High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 134 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • WoolTown Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecQueenslandBarcaldineBollonCharlevilleCunnamullaDalbyHughendenLongreachQuilpieRichmondRomaSt GeorgeStanthorpeTharamindahWarwickWintonSouth AustraliaBurraCleveEllistonGlendamboHawkerJamestownKangaroo Island WoolKeithKingston SELeigh CreekLockLucindaleMillicentMorgan High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 135
    • Wool Town Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec South Australia (continued) Naracoorte Pinnaroo Port Augusta Port Lincoln Strathalbyn Streaky Bay Yunta Tasmania Bothwell Campbell Town Cressy Melton / Mowbray Oatlands Port Arthur Ross Swansea Victoria Ballarat Benalla Bendigo Casterton Gippsland Hamilton Horsham Mildura Mortlake Ouyen Swan Hill Syemour High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required 136 FREECALL 1800 062 332
    • WoolTown Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov DecWestern AustraliaBoyup BrookCarnarvonDarkanDongaraEsperanceGeraldtonKalgoorlieKatanningKojonupLake GraceMerreoinMooraMount BarkerMount MagnetNarroginNorsemanPingellyRavensthorpeSouthern CrossWaginWanderingYork Wool High requirement for labour - Medium requirement for labour - Low requirement for labour - little or no H high need for out of area labour M some out of area labour may be L work may be available required FREECALL 1800 062 332 137
    • Grain 1 2 4 1 3 3 1 2 5 3 1 2 4 6 4 1 2 New South Wales Page 37 Victoria Page 116 1 Northern Division 1 Mallee 5 3 2 2 Central Division 2 Wimmera Queensland Page 69 3 Central Western 1 Central Highlands Western Australia Page 131 2 Western Darling Downs 1 Geralton Zone 3 Eastern Darling Downs 2 Kwinana West Zone 4 Moreton South Coast 3 Kwinana East Zone South Australia Page 86 4 Albany Zone 1 Eyre Peninsula 5 Esperance Zone 2 Murray Mallee 3 Northern Area Please refer to end of each State in the guide for specific grain harvest 4 Port Adelaide information, as per the page numbers. 5 South East 6 York Peninsula GRAIN HARVEST The grain harvest is extremely important to the Australian economy and is a year-round industry with crops such as wheat, barley, oats, chickpea and canola grown in the winter months and sorghum, maize sunflower, soy and mungbeans grown throughout the summer months. Harvest production can overlap in the regions and itinerant labour is highly sought after. The number of vacancies and length of employment varies according to the size of the harvest and harvesting programmes of growers. As with any harvest, the size and production depends on the weather; not enough rain throughout the growing season can mean no or very little crop production and too much rain at harvest time can get in the way. The harvest is continually monitored by farmers and lasts for approximately six to eight weeks in each of the harvest regions. Harvest workers can be a mixture of travellers, backpackers, retirees, school and university students and farmers. 138 FREECALL 1800 062 332
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