How to Find Farm Work in Queensland

How to Find Farm Work in Queensland

Queensland is Australia’s sunshine state, with beautiful cities, wonderful weather and most importantly for this article, lots of agricultural work going for backpackers looking to complete there 88 days. Queensland has a host of different agricultural crops open to backpackers such as Banana’s, Sugar Cane, Watermelons, Avocados and much more. There is also farm work available all year round in Queensland so you don’t have to worry too much about being there at the right season!

Related Article: Explore Queensland

Finding the Best Area to do Your Farm Work

To do obtain your second year visa you have to complete your 88 days agricultural work in a rural area. Queensland have many areas that are popular to backpackers, ensuring you get work and also have a great time with like-minded people in the same position as yourself.

In North Queensland there are great farm towns within an hours distance of Cairns or Townsville, perfect if you want to remain near a city. Some great farm towns to check out are: Mareeba, Atherton, Innisfail, Tully and Ayr.

If South Queensland is your preference then check out Bundaberg, Stanthorpe and Toogoolawah.

Facebook Groups

Once you have narrowed down where in this amazing state you would like to call home for the next few months, your next task will be finding a farm to employ you. This can be a daunting task but also one that can be done while doing something you love, scrolling down Facebook! Queensland has a host of great backpacker groups that employers post jobs on, or you can, of course, post your own advert that highlights yourself and your availability. Some of the best Facebook groups in Queensland for finding agricultural work are: Queensland Farmwork & 88 days – Backpacker, Work and Travel, Australia,  🍌 CAIRNS Backpackers – Mareeba / Atherton – Farm jobs and fruit picking20+ and Tablelands Backpacker; Mareeba,Tolga, Atherton

Working Hostels

Generally regarded as the easiest way to find farm work, Working Hostels are a great way to get a job and transport to work sorted. There is certainly no shortage of working hostels in Queensland. Simply Google working hostel in whichever town takes your pick and give them a call to see if they have any space.  This can often be a more expensive option, but when getting your work found for you and your transport to the farm provided, it can work out to be a small price to pay.


Forever Australia’s go to site for finding casual work, Gumtree is also a leader in advertising for farm work.  It is especially popular with the smaller farms that are looking to recruit people for picking jobs. Although, we must warn you to always be wary when searching through Gumtree, as anyone can post on Gumtree and scams are not exactly uncommon.
Gumtree allows you to search for current job vacancies in any area, or let you post your own availability advertisement to attract prospective farmers. On here you can post your availability, contact details, current location, experience and any other relevant information you feel would attract farmers to hiring you.

Find Work Easier Online

While you can always try your luck and look for farm work on the spot, finding a job vacancy beforehand is a more secure option. Posting your ad copy online is a great way to boost your chances of finding a relevant job. To make sure your ad attracts the best offers, you should follow certain rules. It’s also important to keep your copy error-free. If you’re not very good at this, academic writing services reviews will help you find a writer or a proofreader to check your copy.

Some of the best practices you should aim for while posting your own availability advertisement are as follows.

  • Make it concise. Your potential employers won’t bother reading through multiple paragraphs.
  • Emphasize the summary at the beginning. The most important information (your experience, location, contact details, relevant skills) should catch the eye immediately.
  • Quantify your accomplishments to prove the experience and skills you mentioned.

Hopefully, these tips will help you find perfect farm work in Queensland.

By Paraic Walker
Learn more about: How to Migrate to Australia and Working Holiday Visa