Tasmania is Australia’s breakaway state. It is known for its vast rugged landscape, national parks, and nature reserves. It is also host to a variety of different farms that employ backpackers every year to help with harvest. Tasmania is all about cherries and berries and the two can be found growing on all corners of the island.
Finding the best area to do your farm work in Tasmania
To obtain your second year visa you have to complete your 88 days agricultural work in a rural area. Here are some of the areas Tasmania has to offer.
in the Tamar Valley, the small soft fruit season runs during the summer months between December and February, when it’s warm enough to be down there! There are a number of farms on the valley that hires backpackers every year.
Although technically a city, there are lots of opportunities just outside of Devonport and is a good place to start your search. Peak season is between January and May. The work is very quiet between June to November, although with some luck it can be found.
The most common crops are: apples, berries, cherries, grapes, hops, stone Fruit, and vegetables.
Once you have some idea of where 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! Tasmania has a host of great backpacker groups that employers post jobs on, or you can post your own advert that highlights yourself and your availability. Some of the best Facebook groups in Tasmania for finding agricultural work are:
Often regarded as the easiest way to find farm work when speaking to people who have done it, Working Hostels are a great way to get a job and transport to work sorted. There is certainly no shortage of working hostels in Tasmania. 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.
By Paraic Walker