Fruit picking, seasonal & harvest work in Atherton

Are you interested in finding some fruit picking or harvest work in Atherton? Do you need more information about jobs & accommodation in and around Atherton? Then keep reading to discover all you need to know to make your trip to Atherton a success!

Fruit picking Atherton

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Atherton is a medium sized town located in northern Queensland, located in what is known as the Tablelands area. It is located about 80 km's inland from the ocean and has an approximate population of 8,200 people.

It is located about 1,715 km's north of Brisbane, which should take about 20 - 21 hours to drive, if you don't make any long stops along the way, or two days if you stop over for a night.

It is about 80 km's south of the popular destination of Cairns, but it will take about 1.5 hours to drive due to the windy roads. Many people who want to do fruit picking in Cairns end up working in Atherton instead when they cannot find any work close to Cairns.

Its postcode is 4883, which makes it an area eligible for backpackers and people wanting to come and work and travel Australia to extend their Working Holiday Visa to an Extended Working Holiday Visa.

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Best time to find fruit picking work in Atherton

Atherton is known for growing avocados, bananas, custard apples and a range of vegetables.

From March to June you shouldn't have much problem finding work either with the avocado or custard apple crops. Depending on the weather that year it may be possible to find work all year long in the banana plantations, and October to December is great for finding work in the vegetable fields.

However, severe tropical weather, including flash flooding and cyclones, can have an devastating impact on the season. One cyclone can wipe out entire crops. Make sure you check if there is work in the area before heading there.

    Jan     Feb     Mar     April     May     June     July     Aug     Sept     Oct     Nov     Dec  
Avocados: NoMaybeYesYesYesMaybeNoNoNoNoNoNo
Bananas: MaybeMaybeMaybeMaybeMaybeMaybeMaybeMaybeMaybeMaybeMaybeMaybe
Custard Apples: NoNoMaybeYesYesYesMaybeNoNoNoNoNo
Vegetables: NoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoMaybeYesYesYes


Yes  Generally lots of work. Maybe  There may be work. No  Generally no work.

How to find fruit picking work in Atherton

Firstly have a look on the Jobs Board, specifically the Fruit picking & Harvest jobs in Queensland section.

Then have a look at the Employment agencies in Australia section. Simply select Brisbane and Queensland as your Location and Agriculture & Rural Services as your Speciality when using the search form to get a complete list of companies who may have job listings.

If there isn't anything on there that interests you, have a look at the National Harvest Labour Information Service (run by the Australian government) and Quality Industry Training and Employment, listed below:

National Harvest Labour Information Service


Telephone: 1800 062 332 - 8:30am to 5:00pm (Monday to Friday)

Quality Industry Training and Employment

Address: 26 Main Street, Atherton QLD 4883


Telephone: (07) 4091 5800 or 1800 354 414

Where to stay in Atherton

There are a number of different accommodation options available, in or around Atherton. These include hotels, motels, caravan parks, guesthouses and backpacker hostels in town.

You may even be able to stay on the farm or orchard you are working at, but this should be arranged before you arrive, not all farms have this option, and some only have limited places.

For more information you can contact the local Tourist Information centre.

Name: Atherton Information Centre

Address: Cnr Silo Road and Main Street, Atherton QLD 4883



Telephone: (07) 4091 4222

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