Are you interested in finding some fruit picking or harvest work in Katherine? Do you need more information about jobs & accommodation in and around Katherine? Then keep reading to discover all you need to know to make your trip to Katherine a success!
Katherine is a medium sized outback country town located about 320 km's south of Darwin, which takes about 3.5 hours to drive, and it has an approximate population of 6,000. It is an isolated town with not too much else around. In fact, the next closest capital city is Adelaide, over 2,700 km's away!
Any eligible work done anywhere in the Northern Territory allows for backpackers and people wanting to come and work and travel Australia to extend their Working Holiday Visa to an Extended Working Holiday Visa. So you can be safe in the knowledge that you can get your extended visa should you do any fruit picking, harvest or farm work work in or around Katherine.
If you don't mind working during the tropical "monsoon build-up" months (where humidity levels are at their highest, but the wet season and the rains have not yet arrived) you can always find work picking mangoes in October through to December. I warn you, this is hard work. During the build-up months you sweat when sitting in the shade doing nothing!
Getting into a humid mango swap and picking large fruit all day long is a challenge even for the fittest of people. But if you can handle it you can make a lot of money as many farms are desperate for workers, especially in November.
During all other parts of the year I highly recommend you try to source work before going to Katherine. If you go an just expect to be able to find work you may be in for a shock. It is true that you may find work, but don't expect it.
Generally lots of work. There may be work. Generally no work.
Firstly have a look on the Jobs Board, specifically the Fruit picking & Harvest jobs in Darwin and Fruit picking & Harvest jobs in the Northern Territory pages.
Then have a look at the Employment agencies in Australia section. Simply select Darwin and the Northern Territory 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 one of the biggest local recruitment sourcing companies who specialise in fruit picking work:
There are a number of different options available to people looking to stay in Katherine, including: hotels, several motels, caravan and cabin parks, guest houses and backpacker hostels.
For more information you can contact the local Tourist Information centre.
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