Mar 06, 2023

New year, new jobs: Join us on the harvest trail

If you’re looking for an exciting working holiday opportunity, look no further than Australia. Here, you can earn a great income and make unforgettable memories while basking in the country’s warm, sunny climate.


Along the famous harvest trail, you’ll find a wide range of exhilarating job opportunities for those who want to work and play in beautiful locations, as well as for travellers who want to save up money to take home and set themselves up financially for the future. Every year, countless travellers, grey nomads, and foreign workers flock to the remote and rural areas of the country to take part in the harvest, with many extending their stay by following the trail.

This unique experience allows you to work and travel across Australia, meet amazing people, and immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of the outback, all while fulfilling visa requirements.

The beginning of a new year brings plenty of fresh harvest opportunities, and many of our candidates have already jumped on those listed below.

When is the almond harvest on?
The Australian almond season kicks off in February at the peak of summer. The first two months are the ideal time to join the harvest if you want to soak up the sun outdoors, but there are also plenty of roles available in the processing season, which runs for about six months before wrapping up in July.

Where does the almond harvest take place?
Most of Australia’s almonds are grown in orchards along the beautiful Murray River in South Australia – a truly idyllic backdrop for harvest workers – with other significant operations located in rural Victoria and New South Wales.

What can I expect from the almond harvest?
Whether you’re an Australian resident, visa holder, traveller or grey nomad, the almond harvest is an amazing opportunity to find work that suits your schedule amongst some of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes. While the weather depends on the season and location, the work is dusty and hot, so it’s important to be prepared with the right protective gear. Before you start work, you’ll also be required to participate in inductions, training and pre-employment education.

What roles are available in the almond harvest?
The almond harvest offers a variety of on-farm, stockpad and factory processing roles. If you’d like to work on-farm, you could find a job as a harvest machine operator, farm hand, tractor driver, elevator operator, supervisor, QA officer, or poling and sanitisation crew member.

There are also a variety of storage roles available for loader operators, tractor drivers, tarping crews and drier operators, and factory processing roles for forklift & machine operators, cleaning & processing staff, and sampling and quality assurance team members.

When is the walnut harvest on?

The walnut harvest runs for two to three months, typically beginning in February and ending in May; however, this timeframe can vary based on the walnut variety and region. As it kicks off at the end of summer, the walnut harvest gives travellers the opportunity to experience Australia’s glorious autumn weather.

Where does the walnut harvest take place?
The majority of Australia’s walnuts are grown on the East coast of Tasmania, with harvesting and processing operations taking place in several other states, including the Goulburn Valley and Manjimup in WA, the Murray Irrigation Area in VIC and the Riverina in NSW.

What can I expect from the walnut harvest?
For those prepared to take on a long day’s work, the walnut harvest is a great opportunity to earn money working amongst some of Australia’s most beautiful scenery. As walnuts typically grow best in mild temperatures, they can be found in Tasmania and Victoria. Given the natural irritants in walnuts, protective gear for the hands and arms is essential.

What roles are available in the walnut harvest?
The walnut harvest offers a variety of work opportunities to suit different skill sets. Whether you’re skilled at operating farm machinery or better suited to a role as a labourer or factory worker, there are plenty of roles available. Agri Labour Australia currently has more than 150 workers on the job across the Riverina area and in Swansea.

When is the rice harvest on?
As rice grows best in heavy soils created by a combination of summer sunshine and warm temperatures, preparations for the rice harvest begin in January. The harvest itself begins in mid-March and runs through autumn, wrapping up in May or June.

Where does the rice harvest take place?
If you’re looking to travel around the country, the rice harvest is the perfect working opportunity. Rice grows in several states including Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, but the majority of Australia’s rice produce is grown in southern NSW, on the irrigated farms in the Murray and Murrumbidgee Valleys.

What can I expect from the rice harvest?
Not only does the harvest offer good rates of pay, but workers also have the opportunity to join an exceptional team and form lifelong friendships. The rice harvest involves long days and busy work, with most workers putting in 8 to 12 hours per day and 6 to 7 days per week in state-of-the-art processing plants.

What roles are available in the rice harvest?
No matter your strengths in the field, there are plenty of rice harvest roles that could be suitable for you, from working machines, overseeing operations or something in between. Shed and pit operators, grain testers, weighbridge staff, appraisal staff and hygienists all play essential roles in ensuring a productive season.

If you like the idea of working in a scenic part of the world, meeting new people and earning good money, the harvest season is waiting for you! Whether you’ve worked in the agriculture industry before or you’re considering it for the first time, the Agri Labour Australia team can match you with the perfect role.

To find out more, and to apply, head to upcoming harvests.

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