Fruit picking, seasonal & harvest work in St George

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

Fruit picking St George

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St George is a small outback country town located in southern central Queensland. It has an approximate population of 3,000.

Its postcode is 4487, 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 located on the junction of the Balonne, Moonie and Carnarvon Highways, and is situated on the Balonne River. The area is known for producing sheep, beef cattle, cotton, and many crops including grapes, pumpkins, melons and onions and other vegetables varieties.

It is located about 510 km's from Brisbane, which would take you about 6.5 hours to drive, and about 86 km's from Sydney, which would take you about 10 hours to drive.


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Best time to find harvest work in St George

There is a lot of seasonal work to be found in St George.

There is a cotton industry, and you may find work during the middle months of the year, although the town of Dirranbandi (located 95 kms away) may also have work in April and May. Click here for more details.

The rest of the harvest work tends to be over the wetter months of November - March, although there is some vegetable picking to be found in June, July and August.


    Jan     Feb     Mar     April     May     June     July     Aug     Sept     Oct     Nov     Dec  
Cotton: NoNoMaybeMaybeMaybeMaybeNoNoNoNoNoNo
Grapes: YesYesNoNoNoMaybeMaybeMaybeMaybeMaybeYesYes
Melons: YesYesYesMaybeNoNoNoNoNoNoMaybeYes
Vegetables: YesNoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNoYesYes

  Legend:

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


Weather in St George

And here you can see the average temperatures in St George over the year, it may influence you decision on if you want to work in the area.

 
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sept
Oct
Nov
Dec

Avg. Max Temp (°C)
35
33
32
28
23
20
20
22
27
30
32
34

Avg. Min Temp (°C)
22
21
19
14
9
6
5
6
11
14
18
20

Avg. Rain (mm)
60
68
49
21
30
35
27
21
28
45
66
80


Hottest 3 months:
December - February
Coldest 3 months:
June - August
Wettest 3 months:
February, November, December

Hottest ever:
45.4°C in January 2013
Coldest ever:
-4.1°C in July 2002

These are the average yearly temperatures from 1997 - 2013 and are sourced from www.weatherzone.com.au.
For more details please visit  www.weatherzone.com.au (St George)

Peak picking season in St George is from November to March, but this is also the hottest and wettest part of the year.

Make sure you bring wet weather clothes and a large water bottle with you. It can get very humid and you will quickly dehydrate if you don't keep your fluids up.

June to August is also a busy time for fruit pickers, but it can be quite cold with an average top temperature of around 20°C. If can also drop below 0°C overnight. Make sure you bring some warm clothes if working during these months.


How to find fruit picking work in St George

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, here are the details for some of the biggest companies operating in the area, it is always a good idea to contact them and see if there is any work in the area:


Name: Warrina Cotton Co Pty Ltd (cotton)

Address: Warrina, Mallawa, QLD 4487

Telephone: (07) 4625 2131


Name: Golden Grape Estate Pty Ltd (grapes)

Address: Unit 17 121 Newmar-ket Rd, Windsor QLD 4030

Telephone: (07) 3857 8817


Name: Maranoa Fresh Pty Ltd (vegetables)

Address: 21 Kelly Rd, St George QLD 4487

Telephone: (07) 4625 4060


And lastly, there is the National Harvest Labour Information Service (run by the Australian government):

National Harvest Labour Information Service

Website: www.harvesttrail.gov.au

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





Where to stay in St George

There are a number of hotels, motels and caravan parks available in town. You might also be able to stay on the farm you are working for, however you should verify this first. Don't forget to bring your camping gear!

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

Name: Balonne Shire Visitor Information Centre

Address: 114 The Terrace, St George Qld 4487

Website: www.balonne.qld.gov.au

Email: vic@balonne.qld.gov.au

Telephone: (07) 4620 8877


How to get to St George

If you've found a job and need to get to St George your options are a very limited. There are no direct flights from any of the major airline companies of Australia, and there is limited public transport connections.

If you are coming from Brisbane you can either drive via Goondiwindi or Toowoomba along the Warrego or Cunnigham Highways. Whichever you choose it is going to take about 6-7 hours to get there.

Take a car or camper van!

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 public transport!

Catch one of the bus services to St George, departing from Moree (370 kms to the south). Check out the Getting around Australia - public transport page now to search ALL the public transport networks right across the country!


What to do in St George

Observe local bird life and koalas while on the Balonne river walk or visit the Buckinbah Weir 15 kms south east of St George. The self drive heritage trial is available from the Visitor Information Centre.

Other popular activities in the area include canoeing, camping, golfing, fishing, mountain biking and water skiing on the river.



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