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Backpacking and Fruit Picking Jobs in and Around Cairns

Looking for backpacking jobs or fruit picking jobs in and around Cairns? We have been there, done that - read our tips here.

Cairns is a tourist hotspot due to the nearby Great Barrier Reef. Accordingly, you can find relatively easy jobs in the hospitality industry in the city and in tourist resorts nearby, such as Port Douglas.

Due to its location in the tropical zone, there are some places around Cairns, where you can earn money as a fruit picker as well.


Palm Cove (hospitality industry)

Palm Cove is a beautiful coastal spot between Cairns and Port Douglas. Here you can find during the high season in the winter months relatively easy work in the hospitality industry. Find jobs on www.gumtree.com.au or even better: go directly to the resorts and ask them directly if they are looking for hard-working people.

Mareeba (Fruit Picking)

In Mareeba you can find farm jobs on bananas, avocados or vegetables farms. Especially during the Australian winter winter, when it is cold in the south of Australia and still hot in the north, this place is very popular among backpackers. The compeition can be quite high. Go to farms, ask for a job and show them that you are willing to work hard.

Atherton Tablelands

The Atherton Tablelands, with the main town of Atherton, are located near the Tinaroo Lakes and the 2 crater lakes, which are created by volcanoes. The lakes are very inviting, crocodile-free and good for short hikes. Tinaroo Lake is very popular with anglers. You do not need much more here.

Here, among other things, avocados are grown. If you are in the area and have your own car, drive up to farms and ask for jobs. Tell them you are willing to work hard.

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    • I’m planning to move to Port Douglas or Palm Cove in middle of May and very much interested to work in the area . I am available to work doing any fruit picking also cleaning jobs I’m a fast learner , team work and great communication skills I love working email me [email protected] I look forward hearing from you thank you


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