In Bowen you get fruit picking jobs in the same way as in Bundaberg: Only via hostels. For larger farms you can go directly and inquire. We recommend to do that!
Usually you can enlist on a waiting list, but in our experience the chance of getting a job is negligible – especially during the high season, when it is cold in the south of Australia and still warm in the north.
I have worked a few days on a farm by going there directly and asking on the farm. I was lucky to get a job on the spot.
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