s Fruit Picking & Accommodation | Turnbull Brothers Orchards

Fruit Picking & Accommodation

Fruit pickers are employed from November – April each year. No experience is required and accommodation is available on site for workers only. Fruit picking is physical, outdoor work and all pickers must be fit and able to work in the heat.

Those seeking an extension to their working visa may qualify after carrying out three-months in horticulture doing fruit picking work. 

For some, fruit picking is an experience that becomes the highlight of a trip around Australia, for others it is a simple way to earn money.

Sorry. No job vacancies for 2018-19 harvest season.

Approximate harvest dates:

  • Cherries - November/December
  • Pears - January/February/March
  • Peaches - January/February/March
  • Apples - January/February/March/April/May

Approximate hours:

  • Monday – Thursday: 7.30am – 12.00noon / 12.30pm – 4.30pm
  • Friday: 7.30am – 1.00pm

Weekend work will depend on seasonal factors but usually includes Sunday.

Fruit picking is very physical, involving lifting and ladder climbing in warm weather. Pickers work in groups of approx 20 to 30 people. The supervisor in charge of that group trains and helps pickers learn the correct picking technique and keeps their bin tallies.

…it was a brilliant way to save money, as the cost of living is so low. We saved enough to continue our trip around Oz.

Sarah (UK)

The work is hard, but we made money and got a great sun tan! I’m certainly much stronger than when I first arrived.

Katie (Canada)

We met some great people. A great experience.

Martin (Sweden)


Turnbull Brothers Orchards are located in the south-east of Australia in the state of Victoria. The closest capital city is Melbourne and the closest regional city is Shepparton.

The orchards are approximately 10 kilometres west of Shepparton and 5 kilometres from Mooroopna. View a map on our contact page.

Getting here from Melbourne 

Buses and trains run daily to Shepparton and Mooroopna from Melbourne’s major train station, Southern Cross station (operated by V-Line).

For exact timetables and fares visit the V-Line website or call 1800 800 007.