Are you interested in finding some fruit picking or harvest work in Goondiwindi? Do you need more information about jobs & accommodation in and around Goondiwindi? Then keep reading to discover all you need to know to make your trip to Goondiwindi a success!
Its postcode is 4390, 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.
It is situated in the fertile 'Darling Downs' region, and is directly on the banks of the Macintyre River. It is at the heart of one of Australia's largest cotton producing areas. It is situated in high country and is approximately 215 meters above sea level.
Goondiwindi is an aboriginal word meaning "the resting place of the birds".
In terms of harvest work, Goondiwindi is only really known for growing cotton.
It is unlikely you will find any other fruit picking work in the area, although you may find other types of farm related work available throughout the entire year.
The work season basically breaks down like this: March you may find work, and April and May are the busy two months when most of the cotton picking and ginning is done.
Work is scares to non-existent the rest of the year, do NOT just turn up and expect to be able to find work!
Generally lots of work. There may be work. Generally no work.
And here you can see the average temperatures in Goondiwindi over the year, it may influence you decision on if you want to work in the area.
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, here are the details for one of the biggest companies in the area, it is always a good idea to contact them and see if there is any work in the area:
And there is the National Harvest Labour Information Service (run by the Australian government):
There are a number of motels, a hotel, caravan parks and a hostel in town. You may be able to camp on the farm you are working on, but you should check before hand. Either way it is a good idea to bring your camping gear.
For more information you can contact the local Tourist Information centre.
It is 365 km's to the west of Brisbane on the Cunningham Highway and 132 km's north of Moree on the Newell Highway from New South Wales. Due to its isolated location your best option is the drive or take a bus.
If you don't have your own transport, you have to make a decision. Will you take a camper van or take a rental car?
To find out the best way to rent a car or camper van in Australia (and there are some tricks to it!), check out the Getting around Australia - cars & camper vans page now!
Catch one of the bus services to Goondiwindi, departing from Brisbane and other locations. Check out the Getting around Australia - public transport page now to search ALL the public transport networks right across the country!
Goondiwindi hosts the Natural Heritage and Water Park, a 210 ha recreational water park opened in early 2004. It also has an active sporting community, with rugby union, cricket, rugby league, tennis, AFL, netball, golf, etc, and there is a large indoor gymnasium for use by the general public.
For the nature lovers Boobera Lagoon is a permanent water hole to the west of the town and Bendidee National Park is located a short drive to the north east of the town. Camping, fishing, water sports, etc are all on offer in or around the town.
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