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Guide for Backpackers



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The people of Southern Downs welcome you and hope your stay with us will be happy and rewarding!

Backpackers inject an enormous amount of money into regional economies and we believe that you are an important part of our workforce.


 Seasonal Work Opportunities

November – May

Vegetable picking/packing

February – May

Grape picking, apple, pear picking/packing

May – September

Vineyard, stone fruit, apple & pear pruning

September – October

Stone fruit thinning

October – May

Strawberry picking/packing

November – January

Apple thinning and stone fruit picking/packing

January - December

Potatoes, onions, sweet potato & pumpkin

All year

Meat Industry

The Southern Downs area is well known for its vineyards, fruit and vegetable farms. Itinerant workers are employed to harvest fruit and vegetables during the peak season, and undertaking other horticultural and agricultural tasks during the off season periods.

When the working day is finished you can relax at our local pubs or dine at a number of restaurants that cater for the backpacker at reasonable prices.

If you are coming to our region for farm work, we recommend that you research before travelling to ensure that work is available. A good place to start is by contacting the National Harvest Labour Information Service on 1800 062 332 (within Australia) or visit, and they will give you up to date advice on work and conditions in the area and only list jobs for farmers that do the right thing by their workers.

Be Waterwise - handy hints and tips to save water during drought  (5MB)
Quick Tips:  Stanthorpe & Southern Downs (1MB)
General Information (link) Labour Hire Providers, Your safety, Unacceptable actions, Payment for work, Accommodation, Fire Safety in Share Housing, Fitness, Personal Protective Equipment
Road Safety Information (link) Helpful information on road safety
SDRC'S Backpackers & Seasonal Workers Road Safety Campaign (link)

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