Helpful Working Hostels in Australia & New Zealand

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Fruit Picking Hostels in Australia and New Zealand

 

Fruit picking is, if not the favourite, one of the easiest ways to find a job in Australia and New Zealand. In fruit picking regions hostels can fix up work for travellers, take them to and from the fields and tuck them in bed after they return knackered from their labours. A few such hostels are listed below:

AUSTRALIA

Ayr Backpackers - Ayr, Queensland
Workers are wanted from March to December.
54 Wilmington St. Tel (07) 4783 5837
www.ayrbackpackers.com.au

Backpackers of Queensland - Stanthorpe, Queensland
80 High Street. Tel 0429 810 998
www.backpackersofqueensland.com.au

Barnacles Backpackers - Bowen, Queensland
Job centre with information for backpackers.
16-18 Gordon Street. Tel (07) 4786 4400
www.barnaclesbackpackers.com

The Bogie River Bush House Bush Retreat - Bowen, Queensland
Farm work from April to January
13/14 Normanby Rd. Tel (07) 4785 3407

Bowen Backpackers - Bowen, Queensland
Beach End of Herbert St. Tel: (07) 4786 3433
www.bowenbackpackers.net

Cardwell Backpackers - Cardwell, Queensland
178 Bowen Street. Tel (07) 4066 8014
www.backpackers.narod.ru

Cardwell Central Backpackers - Cardwell, Queensland
6 Brasenose St. Tel (07) 4066 8404
www.cardwellbackpackers.com.au

City Central Backpackers - Bundaberg, Queensland
216 Bourbong Street. Tel (07) 4151 3501

Delta Backpackers - Ayr, Queensland
139 Queen St. Tel (07) 4783 3991
www.deltabackpackers.com

Federal Backpackers - Bundaberg, Queensland
221 Bourbong Street. Tel (07) 4153 3711
www.federalbackpackers.com.au

Gatton Caravan Park - Gatton, Queensland.
Farm work January to December.
291 Eastern Drive. Tel (07) 5462 1198
www.gattoncaravanpark.com

Griffith International Hostel - Griffith, NSW
Picking, packing and sorting work.
112 Binya Street. Tel (02) 6964 4236
www.griffithinternational.com.au

Harvest Trail Lodge - Loxton, South Australia
Contact them for an up to date listing of jobs available.
1 Kokoda Terrace. Tel 08 8584 5646
www.harvesttrail.com

Home Hill Backpackers - Home Hill, Queensland
Work available at Christmas
30 Ninth St. Tel (07) 4782 1717

Innisfail Budget Backpackers - Innisfail, Queensland
125 Edith Street. Tel (07) 4061 7833
www.jobsforbackpackers.com.au

Malpass Hotel Backpackers - Home Hill, Queensland
Work for vegetable pickers, mango pickers (Nov to Dec) shed hands, cane planters and melon picking
145 Eighth Ave. Tel (07) 4782 1600

Merrigum Caravan Park - Merrigum, Victoria
Tel (03) 5855 2727

Mount Tyson Hotel - Tully, Queensland
Workers wanted for fruit picking all year
23 Butler St. Tel (07) 4068 1088

Nomads Bundaberg Workers and Diving Hostel - Bundaberg, Qld
64 Barolin Street. Tel (07) 4151 6097

The Savoy Backpackers - Tully, Queensland
Jobs available all year for men and women
4 Plumb Street. Tel (07) 4068 2400

Stanthorpe Backpackers Hostel - Stanthorpe, Queensland
10 High Street. Tel (07) 4681 4888
www.stanthorpebackpackers.com

Stanthorpe's Countrystyle Accommodation Park - Stanthorpe Queensland
27156 New England Highway
Tel (07) 4683 4358
www.countrystyleaccommodation.com.au

Sugar Bowl Caravan Park - Childers, Queensland
Can arrange work most of the year
28965 Bruce Hwy. Tel/fax (07) 4126 1521
www.sugarbowlchilders.com

Sunray Backpackers - Bundaberg, Queensland
12 Queen Street. Tel (07) 4152 4573

Walkabout Motel - Innisfail, Queensland
7 Ernest St. Tel (07) 4061 2311

NEW ZEALAND

Aranga Holiday Park
Mandarin and orchard work starts in January
Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands. Tel (09) 407 9326
www.aranga.co.nz

The Grapevine
Picking, packing, pruning and plucking work. Seasonal work is available most of the year
29 Park Terrace, Blenheim. Tel (03) 578 6062
www.thegrapevine.co.nz

Hideaway Lodge
Wiroa Road, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands. Tel (09) 407 9773

Hone Heke Lodge
We stayed here a long time ago when we were in New Zealand. Though we didn't work, from what I remember the rooms were well equipped for long stays and the (then) owners would pick travellers up at the bus stop and also take workers to and from jobs. The website has an informative page on working in the area.
65 Hone Heke Road, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands. Tel/fax (09) 407 8170. Freephone: 0800 33 99 22
www.honeheke.co.nz

The Rotten Apple
At the height of the apple picking season (February - May) there are over 50,000 positions to be filled and tourists holding a working holiday visa make up a considerable number of them. 
114 Heretaunga Street East, Hastings, Hawkes Bay
Tel (06) 878 4363
www.rottenapple.co.nz

Travellers Lodge
Orchard and horticultural workers are required from November to May
606 - 608 St Aubyn Street, West Hastings. Tel (06) 878 7108
www.tlodge.co.nz

Image courtesy Phil King