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Summer harvest calendar

The harvest season is just around the corner. And, if you’re considering embarking on an agriculture adventure, you may be wondering where to start looking. If so, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll run you through a simple harvest calendar and explore what’s happening in each major destination this summer.

Australia boasts a very large agriculture industry. The thriving farming sector spans across the entire nation, meaning there’s endless possibilities and destinations to consider. Plan the journey of a lifetime while making some extra cash this harvest season. Seasonal work is also a great way to extend your Australian Working Holiday Visa for a second year.

As a farm worker you can expect to harvest and prepare produce for distribution. You could find yourself working at a high-tech, large-scale operation. Or at a modest family farm.

Before you read through this harvest calendar, we’ve listed the typical requirements for a farm job:

  • Enjoy working outside. You’ll also have to be prepared to work through a range of extreme weather conditions, including heat and rain.

  • Be self-motivated. You’ll be required to work quickly and consistently. Sometimes for long periods of time.

  • Enjoy practical work. This includes manual labour.

  • Be physically fit. You’ll need to be able to cope with the physical demands of the job.

New South Wales

Let’s start with New South Wales. It’s the most populated state in Australia and a common working destination for both Australian residents and overseas travellers. It’s home to some of the world’s most iconic landmarks including the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Opera House. While here, you can visit many renowned attractions including Manly, Bondi Beach, Byron Bay, the Blue Mountains, and the Snowy Mountains.

In terms of harvest production this calendar season, New South Wales offers:

  • Stone Fruit

  • Grapes

  • Pears

  • Citrus

  • Onions

  • Asparagus

  • Berries


Another popular tourist destination is Queensland. Also known as the sunshine state, this picturesque paradise is home to the Whitsundays, Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, and the Gold Coast.

Because of Queensland’s tropical climate, their typical harvest calendar includes:

  • Melons

  • Bananas

  • Mangoes

  • Avocados

  • Lychees

  • Pears

  • Citrus fruits


Victoria’s a thriving hub of activity. It’s known as both the sporting capital and events capital of the world. There’s so much to do and see, which is why it’s a very popular working holiday destination for both Australian residents and travellers.

Over the harvest season, you’ll be able to land a Victorian adventure picking:

  • Apples

  • Peaches

  • Tomatoes

  • Grapes

  • Berries

  • Cherries

South Australia

South Australia’s the home of some of the world’s best wineries including Jacob’s Creek, Penfolds, and St Hugo. It’s no surprise that many workers flock to South Australia each harvest season to pick grapes across the many wine regions on offer.

In addition to grape picking, South Australia also produces:

  • Apples

  • Stone Fruits

  • Strawberries

Western Australia

Due to its large size and versatile climate, Western Australia offers a diverse range of agriculture opportunities to suit everyone.

From relaxed beaches to the outback, there is so much to experience when you head west for your next working holiday.

Take your pick from the following harvests this season:

  • Grapes

  • Apples

  • Bananas

  • Wildflowers

  • Mangoes

  • Fishing

  • Shellfish


Tasmania can be a little tricker to explore than other major tourist destinations as you’ll need a plane or ferry to get there. This doesn’t mean that it should be overlooked. Launceston and Hobart have so much to offer in terms of natural beauty.

Tasmania has plenty of opportunities for harvest workers including:

  • Apples

  • Hops

  • Grapes

 Labour Solutions Australia offers many agriculture jobs nationwide. Browse through our currently advertised opportunities and secure your summer adventure today. Alternatively, if you can’t find what you’re looking for, sign-up to receive job alerts so you’re the first to be notified as soon as a suitable position becomes available.