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Harvest Seasons

 

 Ayr  Bowen  Dalby  Gayndah  Hillston  St George
 Biloela  Bundaberg  Dirranbandi  Giru  Mareeba  Stanthorpe
 Boggabri  Caboolture  Emerald  Goondiwindi  Moree  Warren
 Bourke  Collarenebri  Gatton  Hay  Narrabri  Yarra Valley

 

Ayr

Where is Ayr? 

Ayr is located 85km South of Townsville. It is recognised as one of the most productive sugar-cane growing areas in Australia. It boasts over 300 sunny days per year. Situated on the Northern approach to the Burdekin Bridge, the district offers the natural beauty of The Burdekin River, creeks and miles of sandy beaches making the area a mecca for fishing, crabbing and watersports.

 

Ayr  

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Mangoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rockmelons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capsicum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry Tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zucchinis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Biloela

Where is Biloela?

Biloela is located 120 km from Gladstone in QLD and 147km from Rockhampton. The largest employer in the region is Teys Brothers providing opportunity for skilled and non skilled meat workers. Positions inlcude; knife hands, process workers, butchersslaughterman, forklift operators, stockman, truck drivers and cleaners.

The cotton season also provides opportunity for employment. Most of the casual work is available driving harvesters, building cotton modules or working in a cotton gin. General farm hands and irrigators are required prior to the cotton season. The cotton harvest runs from April to June whilst the cotton ginning period commences in April and can go through until August depending on the cotton season. The Cotton Ginning and Cotton Harvest work provides strong employment opportunities for seasonal workers. Employment opportunities offers good seasonal work opportunities with general farm hands, cotton gin operators, picker operators, truck drivers, module builders, forklift operators, general hands and farm hands.

Boggabri

Where is Boggabri? 

Boggabri is situated on the main highway between Sydney and Narrabri via Gunnedah. With it's huge rich coal deposits and its fertile agriculture land, the township is home to about 1000 residents. Cotton production is now a major source of income for the Boggabri district. It is the cotton industry that offers the most opportunity for seasonal workers.

Cotton chipping teams commence towards the end of November and work goes through until mid to late February. There is some work during the Cotton harvest in March, April, May, June as Cotton module builders and Cotton ground teams.

Bourke

Where is Bourke?

Bourke is located in Western New South Wales approximately 800km west of Sydney via Dubbo or 1030km north of Melbourne via Hillston on the Kidman Way. Bourke is one of the most famous regional locations in Australia. Bourke is becoming one of the most exciting destinations on the seasonal work calendar across Australia.

Cotton and horticulture crops have continued to expand over the last few years and is expected to continue. The cotton industry requires workers through October to January with the cotton harvest taking place April to May providing good opportunity for seasonal workers. The overall development of Cotton crops in the region has provided good employment opportunities. The cotton Ginning and Cotton Harvest work provides strong employment opportunities for seasonal workers. Employment opportunities offers good seasonal work opportunities with general farm hands, cotton gin operators, picker operators, truck drivers, module builders, forklift operators, general hands and farm hands.

 

Bowen  

Where is Bowen? 

Bowen is a coastal town located 1165 km to the north of Brisbane and 206km south of Townsville. It has many lovely beaches, especially to the north of the town and a large jetty at Port Denison which is used for the loading of coal, salt and fish for export. Bowen and the surrounding area are well known for the large production of tomatoes, vegetables and mangoes.

 

Bowen  Jan Feb Mar April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Tomatos                        
Cherry Tomatos                        
Melons                        
Sweet Corn                        
Vegetables                        
Mangoes                        

 

Bundaberg 

Where is Bundaberg? 

Bundaberg is 360 km north of Brisbane. It is on the Burnett River and 14km from the coast. It is a city in the sub-tropics where the rainfall is considerable and the average daily summer temperatures vary between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. Bundaberg is a significant centre for the Queensland sugar industry. The large refineries and sugar mills support the population of the thriving city. There is also a large production of beef and dairy cattle, tropical fruit and vegetables. The area produces nearly one-fifth of Australia's sugar from its large mills and is transported from the bulk handling port. It is also recognised for the production of its famous brown rum. It is the countries largest producer of tomatoes.

 

Bundaberg & Childers 

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Tomatos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry Tomatos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zucchinis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capsicums

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Potatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Peas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Advocados

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mangos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pineapples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caboolture

Where is Caboolture? 

Caboolture is located 40 kms north of Brisbane, approximately half way between Brisbane and the beautiful Sunshine Coast. A short drive to picturesque waterways along the Pumicestone Passage at Bribie Island and unspoiled hinterland scenery through the inland. The Caboolture farming region takes in the areas of Ningi, Toorbul, Donnybrook, Elimbah, Bellmere and Wamuran. The Caboolture area is one of Australia's largest strawberry producing districts. 

Caboolture  Jan Feb Mar April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Strawberry Picking                        
Construction                        
Removals                        
Meat Works                        

Collarenebri

Where is Collarenebri?

Collarenebri is situated in the Walgett shire in the North West of New South Wales. The Barowon River at Collarenebri is one of the best inland fishing locations in Australia. Collarenebri is 80km north of Walgett which is 260 km north of Dubbo. It is possible to catch a train from Sydney to Dubbo then a coach from Dubbo to Walgett. The main seasonal employment for casual workers centres around the cotton and rural industries. The seasonal work involves Cotton Chipping from late october through to the end of January. The cotton harvest provides seasonal work for cotton module builders, general cotton farm labour and cotton ginning roles from March through to June. Throughout the year there are also irrigating positions available on various cotton farms. 

Dalby 

Where is Dalby?

Dalby is located at the junction of three major highways, namley the worrego, Bunya and Moonie Highways. Dalby is 211km west of Brisbane and 80km west of Toowoomba. Dalby has a population of around 10,500 people.

The Dalby region offers a vast variety of seasonal work. Wheat, Grain and Cotton being the major crops growen in the region. Wheat planting occurs around May each year requiring general farm hands and tractor operators. During the wheat harvest throughout October and November harvest operators, truck drivers, forklift operators and general farm hands are required for storage and silo work.

The Dalby cotton season offers good seasonal work with general farm hands, cotton gin operators, picker operators, truck drivers, module builders, general hands and farm hands.

 

Dirranbandi

Where is Dirranbandi?

Dirranbandi is situated in the shire of Balonne which is located in the south west corner of QLD and the NSW border. Dirranbandi is 450 from Toowoomba approx 1 hour from St George.

Seasonal work is available throughout the cotton harvest. Most of the casual work is available driving harvesters, building cotton modules or working in a cotton gin. General farm hands and irrigators are required prior to the cotton season. The cotton harvest runs from April to June whilst the cotton ginning period commences in April and can go through until August depending on the cotton season.

 

Emerald

Where is Emerald? 

Emerald is located in the Central Highlands of Queensland on the Nogoa River. It is approximately 900 km from Brisbane and 263 km west of Rockhampton on the Capricorn Highway. The Emerald Shire has a population of approximately 13,000 residents and the town almost doubles in population during the picking season.

Whilst largely at cattle growing area, sorghum plantings more than 50 years ago proved the fertility of the land. The completion of the building of the Fairbairn Dam, south of the town in the 1970's, allowed the area to grow cotton and most farmers changed to the new crop. The region now supplies 25% of Queensland's cotton. The area has recently become popular for the growing of table grapes, melons and citrus possible due to Emerald's northerly latitude.

Seasonal workers enjoy the town's hospitality, shopping and tourist attractions. The area is situated on the edge of the gem fields and this also attracts many visitors to the area.

  

Emerald 

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Citrus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grape Pruning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gatton

Where is Gatton? 

Situated in the heart of the rich and fertile Lockyer Valley, Gatton was initially a stop over point for the mail and coach service between Brisbane and the Darling Downs. The region was one of the first areas of settlement in Queensland and has traditionally been a producer of fine cattle and a wide range of vegetable crops, tomatoes and melons. Processing of some of the crops through canning also occurs in the Gatton area and provides an extra level of employment in the region as do the many cattle and horse studs which are situated in the rich Lockyer valley.

  

Gatton 

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Sweet Potato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Peas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cabbage & Lettuce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broccoli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Potatoes & Beetroot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carrots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Garlic

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beans

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkin & Sweet Corn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomatoes & Capsicum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melons & Zucchini

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gayndah

Where is Gayndah? 

Gayndah is situated 350Km North West of Brisbane and approximately 180km in land (two hour drive) from Maryborough and Bundaberg.

The Gayndah shire has a population of 3000 and the town doubles in population during the picking season. Pickers enjoy the town's hospitality, shopping and internet cafes. Sport is also popular with seasonal workers.

 

Gayndah 

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Citrus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citrus Pruning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giru

Where is Giru? 

The rural township of Giru is located approximately 52km south of Townsville and 34km North of Ayr. It is situated 4km off the Bruce Highway on the banks of the Haughton River.

 

 Giru 

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Mangoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capsicum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zucchinis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goondiwindi

Where is Goondiwindi?

Goondiwindi is 398km west of Brisbane via Warwick or Toowoomba. Goondiwindi is at the junction of five major highways. The MacIntyre River, fed by Glenlyon, Pindarri and Coolmunda dams provides irrigation water for the surrounding Goondiwindi cotton industries.

The grain harvest provides some employment opportunity for seasonal work. However the cotton season provides most employment opportunity. During the cotton harvest experienced and non skilled labour is required.

Most of the casual work is available driving harvesters, building cotton modules or working in a cotton gin. General farm hands and irrigators are required prior to the cotton season. The cotton harvest runs from April to June whilst the cotton ginning period commences in April and can go through until August depending on the cotton season. The Cotton Ginning and Cotton Harvest work provides strong employment opportunities for seasonal workers. Employment opportunities offers good seasonal work opportunities with general farm hands, cotton gin operators, picker operators, truck drivers, module builders, forklift operators, general hands and farm hands.

Hay

Where is Hay? 

Hay is situated about 760km from Sydney on the Murrumbidgee River. Hay is 520km from Canberra, 151km from Griffith and 275km Wagga Wagga. Hay is in the centre is in the centre of some of the flattest country on earth.

Seasonal work is available throughout the cotton harvest. Most of the casual work is available driving harvesters, building cotton modules or working in a cotton gin. General farm hands and irrigators are required prior to the cotton season. The cotton harvest runs from April to June whilst the cotton ginning period commences in April and can go through until August depending on the cotton season. The Cotton Ginning and Cotton Harvest work provides strong employment opportunities for seasonal workers. Employment opportunities offers good seasonal work opportunities with general farm hands, cotton gin operators, picker operators, truck drivers, module builders, forklift operators, general hands and farm hands.

 

Hillston

Where is Hillston?

Hillston is located 695km from Sydney and 574 km from Melbourne and is part of the Carrathool shire which is one of the largest shires in New South Wales. Poatoes, Melons, Cherries, onions and cotton are growen in the Hillston region. Casual work positions include packing shed and fruit / vegetable picking, however the largest employment opportunities are throughout the cotton season both on farm or in the cotton gin.

Seasonal work is available throughout the cotton harvest. Most of the casual work is available driving harvesters, building cotton modules or working in a cotton gin. General farm hands and irrigators are required prior to the cotton season. The cotton harvest runs from April to June whilst the cotton ginning period commences in April and can go through until August depending on the cotton season. The Cotton Ginning and Cotton Harvest work provides strong employment opportunities for seasonal workers. Employment opportunities offers good seasonal work opportunities with general farm hands, cotton gin operators, picker operators, truck drivers, module builders, forklift operators, general hands and farm hands.

 

Mareeba

Where is Mareeba? 

The largest town on the Atherton Tablelands, Mareeba is less than one hour's drive west of Cairns, Mareeba is a gateway town; from her hub travellers continue north to Cooktown, Weipa and the tip of Cape York. Mareeba is a bread bowl township, the heart of Australia's thriving tropical fruits and coffee industry. Where you will find large mangoes and paw paw farms, coffee, and macadamia nuts plantations, along with sugar cane, pineapples, cashews, bananas and a whole banquet of other crops flourish.

 

Mareeba 

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Avecado

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Banana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Citrus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lychee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mango

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moree

Where is Moree? 

Moree is often referred to as the "food capital" of Australia. Moree's primary industries are worth more than $450 million per year. The Moree region is one of the largest cotton producing regions in the southern hemisphere. Moree also produces more Wheat and oil seed that any other New South Wales region.  Moree is at the junction of the Newell and Gwydir highways and is 488km south west of Brisbane and 647km north west of Sydney. Seasonal work is available throughout the cotton harvest. Most of the casual work is available driving harvesters, building cotton modules or working in a cotton gin. The cotton harvest runs from April to June whilst the cotton ginning period commences in April and can go through until August depending on the cotton season.

Narrabri - Wee Waa

Where is Narrabri? 

The Narrabri Shire includes the centres of Narrabri, Wee Waa and Boggabri. Wee Waa is the major seasonal area and is often called the "cotton capital" of Australia and is home to Australia's largest Cotton Ginning operator Namoi Cotton. Cotton, Wheat, Wool, fat lambs and cattle combine to make the Narrabri Shire one fo the richest agricultural centres in Australia. Narrabri is 560km north west of Sydney and south west of Brisbane on the Newell highway. Similar to Moree the majority of the seasonal work is in the cotton industry. Jobs include weed spraying, cotton chippers, Module builders, Cotton Ginners, general farm labourers, irrigators.

 

St George

Where is St George? 

St. George is a Queensland rural town on the vast flatlands beyond the Great Dividing Range. It is located 479 kms from Brisbane and approximately 370 kms north of Moree. St. George has a population of 2,800. Primarily it is a service centre for the surrounding wheat, sheep and cotton farmers.

 

St George 

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Grapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pumpkins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Onions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stanthorpe

Where is Stanthorpe? 

Located on the New England Highway 220 km South West from Brisbane on the Queensland/NSW border. It is part of the Granite Belt, so named for the remarkable landscape of protruding granite. The area boasts 4 spectacular National Parks and numerous wineries. At an altitude of 950m, Stanthorpe is the coldest place in Queensland and produces a diverse range of fruit and vegetables.

  

Stanthorpe 

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Grapes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple & Pear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capsicum & Tomato

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple & Pear Pruning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grape Pruning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone Fruit Pruning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone Fruit Thinning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vegetables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple Pear Thinning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone Fruits

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warren

Where is Warren?

Warren is a rapidly expanding agriculture centre with a population of approx 2500 people. The Burrendong Dam provides irrigation to many cotton growers.

Seasonal work is available throughout the cotton harvest. Most of the casual work is available driving harvesters, building cotton modules or working in a cotton gin. General farm hands and irrigators are required prior to the cotton season. The cotton harvest runs from April to June whilst the cotton ginning period commences in April and can go through until August depending on the cotton season. The Cotton Ginning and Cotton Harvest work provides strong employment opportunities for seasonal workers. Employment opportunities offers good seasonal work opportunities with general farm hands, cotton gin operators, picker operators, truck drivers, module builders, forklift operators, general hands and farm hands.

 

Yarra Valley

Where is Yarra Valley? 

The Yarra Valley covers an area from Lilydale, 40 kms north of Melbourne, right through to Yea and Alexandra in the north. A large variety of cool climate crops have traditionally been grown in the Yarra Valley, including apples, lemons, pears, cherries and berries. There are around 85 vineyards and wineries in the Yarra Valley and many different selections of wines, many with cellar door tastings, accommodation, and restaurants.

 

Yarra Valley 

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Strawberry Picking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Apple

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grape

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grape Pruning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Berries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lemon