for our second year visa!!!
09.05.2014 - 26.09.2014 10 °C
Grape picking - picking grapes (raisins)
Grape picking & packing for $2.20 A BOX ready to go to the supermarket
Green Bean Factory - sorting out green beans & packing to go to buyer (sacked for talking on the line! Didn't even know we weren't allowed)
Grape & Avocado packing shed
Garlic Factory - packing garlic for the market & supermarkets and also recently been trained to QA the pallets of garlic before it goes out
I did do the odd day of washing cars, picking pumpkins & painting around the hostel for extra cash.
Didn't get farm work until a week later after arriving..
Working for Peter Norris - general work around the farm but mainly sorting out grapevines for next season
In my opinion, Mildura is a nice place to do your farm work. Mildura is a town 7 hours north of Melbourne (9 hours if you get a coach here). It has everything you need - pubs, bars, supermarkets, clothes shops, alcohol shops, cinema & bowling alley. Joe & I have had an amazing time here and met so many amazing people from all over the world.
Oasis Backpackers is a working hostel - they find you a job & pay $160 a week rent. You do have to pay for bus everyday between $5-10. The hostel is nice and the owner is ok if you don't get on the wrong side of him. If you want your second year visa, just keep your head down & party at the weekend. Apparently 80% of agricultural work is done in Mildura so unless you can find better on your own off gumtree then here is your place. I will warn you, Oasis backpackers in known for lying to get backpackers there so check out the seasons for fruit & veg picking/packing before you go there.
For Girls, i would advise you to come in February/March time when the grapes (contract work) are in season - usually 5-7 days week work as when the grape season ends at the end of May, jobs for girls are hard to find unless you work in the garlic factory but even then the work is slowly down by then. However there is orange picking (also contract work) jobs starting in Mid June. There are also other jobs like pruning & rolling grapevines after picking grapes is over.
For Lads, jobs are easier to find all year around as the Farmers always want 'strong lads' to do the stacking fruit and veg on pallets & fixing things around the farm e.g. grape vines & other general 'heavy lifting' jobs.
Anyone wanting to do their farm work I would advise you to give yourself 4-5months at least to do so!
We had the most amazing time in Mildura with all the people we met & made our backpacker family! I really wouldn't change anything & now we are finally free from our farm work and back on the road ?