How to find farm work in Victoria Australia


The state of Victoria in South Eastern Australia is most famous for the hipster metropolis of Melbourne, but rural Victoria is also a hub for backpackers looking to complete their 88 day’s agricultural work required to obtain a second-year visa in Australia. Victoria has a host of different crops that are perfect for backpackers looking for rural work, these include tomatoes, apples, grapes, strawberries, lychees and a variety of vegetables. There is farm work going all year round in Victoria so you don’t have to worry about seasons!


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You can also check the Harvest Trail, which allows you to search for farm jobs by location and crop. The Harvest Trail site also has an interactive map to explore eligible work at different times of the year. You may also find work through job board sites such as Seek and Backpacker Job Board.

Finding the Best Area to work in a farm:

To obtain your second-year visa, you have to complete your 88 day of agricultural work in a rural area. Victoria has many areas frequently visited by backpackers looking to get their hands dirty on the farms.

Mildura – This rural Victorian town has tons of citrus, grape and vegetable farms all looking for hard working backpackers.

Shepparton: Located on the banks of the Goulburn River, Shepparton is known as the food bowl of Australia. Here you’ll find picking jobs in stone fruits, pears, apples, cherries, and apricots.

Yarra Valley – Home of Victoria’s wine region, the Yarra Valley is host to a range of famous wineries, which means they have plenty of Grapes that need picking! Located not too far outside of Melbourne, this would be the ideal location for any wine enthusiasts looking to complete their 88 days.

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! Victoria has a host of great backpacker groups that employers post jobs on, or you can post your advert that highlights yourself and your availability. Some of the best Facebook groups in Victoria for finding agricultural work are:

Working Hostels

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 Victoria. Google a 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. However, we must warn you to always be wary when searching through Gumtree, as anyone can post on Gumtree and scams are not exactly uncommon.

Search jobs

Gumtree allows you to search for current job vacancies in any area, or let you post your 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 hire you.
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  • Farm Work Agencies: Look for recruitment agencies specializing in agricultural placements. They often have connections with farms across Victoria and can assist you in finding suitable positions.
  • Local Farm Visits: Visit farms in rural areas of Victoria and inquire about job vacancies in person. Some farmers may advertise openings locally or be willing to hire on the spot.
  • Networking: Inform your network of friends, family, and acquaintances about your job search. They may have contacts in the agricultural industry or know of available farm work opportunities.

Types of farm work in VICTORIA

Fruit Picking and Packing:

Apples, pears, cherries, grapes, citrus fruits, and stone fruits are major crops. Jobs involve harvesting, sorting, and packing fruits.

Vegetable Farming:

Carrots, potatoes, broccoli, lettuce, and tomatoes are commonly grown. Roles include planting, weeding, harvesting, and packing vegetables.

Dairy Farming:

Victoria has a significant dairy industry, particularly in regions like Gippsland and the Western District. Jobs include milking cows, feeding, herd management, and general farm maintenance.

Viticulture and Winemaking:

Victoria is known for its wine regions, such as the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula. Jobs in vineyards include planting, pruning, harvesting grapes, and winery tasks like fermentation and bottling.


Search the Australian Government’s National Harvest Trail jobs board.

Contact your nearest Skills and Jobs Centre, which can help you prepare your resume, search for jobs, and access training and other support.

Look in local newspapers in regional Victoria and join farm work groups on social media.

Understand Visa Requirements

If you are an international traveler, ensure you have the appropriate visa:

  • Working Holiday Visa (subclass 417): Allows you to work in Australia for up to 12 months.
  • Work and Holiday Visa (subclass 462): Similar to the Working Holiday Visa, with some differences in eligibility requirements.

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