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Where to stay during the harvest?

Very few, if not none, of vineyards have housing for their agency workers, the picking being very irregular, from a day to a few days, which can be renewed from one week to the next, or not. The backpackers so overwhelmingly opt for camping.

A free campground is located northwest of Launceston, and another around Hobart. For a complete review I invite you to visit the website Traveling Two .
The hostels are another option, but present only in major cities like Devonport or Launceston. Forget those of Hobart, the capital of Tasmania being quite far from the first farms. Finally, as mentioned above, the HelpX can also be a means of housing.
It’s up to you to see the offers, and to expose your project to your future guests, to find out if a compromise can be found between your hours of fruit picking and your hours of help in their property.

What salary do you expect?

Farm work is very much supervised in Tasmania, and the pay generally good, especially if you go through agencies. My hourly rate was $ 21.61. This very correct hourly rate is to be counterbalanced by the fact that the work is very irregular. You will rarely have complete weeks, and work hours are usually between 4 and 7 hours a day. Hence the utility of being in the listing of several agencies, to work as many days as possible each week.

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What does a typical day of a grape picker look like ?

Meetings are usually around 7 am in the morning.
You must report your presence to the person of the agency, who will then lend you for the day the necessary equipment: safety vest, safety glasses and secateurs. It’s up to you to bring a hat or cap.
Bringing sunscreen is also a good idea, as you will spend your day outside, as well as what to eat for the lunch break, and a gourd. Drinking water is present on the farms to supply you during the day.

You and the dozen or thirty pickers for the big days, then take the road to the vineyard. On site, the person from the agency passes the baton to the permanent employees of the site. The work is then done in pairs. Indeed, 2 people, on each side of the vine, pick the bunches of grapes, and go up the row together.

Where to go to find work?

There is no real bad choice in Tasmania when it comes to fruit picking, almost every part of the island needs pickers ! Around Hobart, to the south, one must look towards Richmond, New Norfolk, Huonville and Cygnet. In contrast, to the north, the main cities we are interested in are Launceston, Scottsdale, Deloraine, Devonport and Ulverstone to name a few. The question should not be so much where to go, but rather when to go there?
Indeed from January to May, the sector recruits enormously. Just ask yourself what type of picking might interest you, and find out about picking dates. Because each fruit or vegetable has its own picking dates. To know them, nothing more simple by going on the very provided site downundr .

You can find for each city of Tasmania the main pickings there, with the months to focus on a job search. You can also consult this folder dedicated to fruit picking in Australia .

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How to find jobs ads?

As an example, we will take the grape picking . This is the area where I have worked the most and where I can most share my experience.

Door to Door
In general for any type of picking , if you own a vehicle, it is quite possible and feasible to just knock on the door of farms asking them if they need arms. It works.

Classifieds
Otherwise, there is no miracle recipe, it will take time on the internet or local newspapers and jump on each new ad!
Of course, the website Gumtree is in the game.
Remember to look for Facebook groups of backpackers corner where offers are regularly published. The Australian government site is also a good address.
It is more than likely that you come across ads posted by agencies ( temp boxes). This is what we are going to see now.

Agencies Since
work is seasonal, and the days of picking vary, can change overnight, many farms go throughagencies for more flexibility.
There are a few on the island, I give you here 2 of them with whom I could collaborate: Workforce Extensions and Linx Employment. I advise you the second, which proposed me many more missions and which seems to me to have a more important network in Tasmania. Once in their listings, calls will not be long in arriving if you are in the right season. They will be rather reluctant if you are not motorized, but there are still solutions …

Do I need a vehicle to work?

The vineyards are quite away from the cities, so having a car is essential. Generally, the agency will give an early morning appointment to all pickers at the closest town to the farm. Once everyone has arrived and the newcomers have filled out their papers, the agency will take you to the vineyard, which can be 15 to 30 minutes away. Being driven is essential, but it is always possible to manage if you are not motorized, as was my case the first weeks. Several solutions are available to you.