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You arrive in Australia and very soon you find out just like me that you would love to spend another year here. Like how can you not? The weather, nature, the animals and expect that it’s expensive it’s wonderful.
So for me, it was time to find my farm work for my second year. If you did some homework before coming to Australia just like me, you should know about Gumtree. This is the place where you can buy second-hand things, offer a service, rent a room you know just anything. You can post an ad for yourself for whatever you have to offer or are looking for. When you are looking for a farm work add on Gumtree and you are not in Australia you are not allowed to see contact details.
Please help me find farm work I want to stay here
Like me, I was looking for farm work. Since there are many farm jobs offered on Gumtree it’s a great spot. I applied, responded to so many ads but barely got any reactions. When I got one, they didn’t respond after the second message. Too bad. Probably because there are 1000’s of us looking for a farm job for our second visa. Yep let’s be honest, I mean we are with a lot of backpackers.
My ad on Gumtree
So instead of responding to every ad I could find I posted an ad and this is what I wrote:
Two hard-working girls from the Netherlands looking for farm work
Hi, we are Lynn and Cally from the Netherlands. Two girls age 25 and 26 came to Australia together two months ago on a working holiday visa. Experience with dairy farms. We are looking for a farm job for our second-year visa. At the moment we are in Victoria and willing to go anywhere! We can work hard so we have no problems with getting our hands dirty and working long hours. We are reliable and have the ability to work under pressure. Furthermore, we would describe ourselves as honest, organized and self-motivated. If you have any questions please contact us! We can work on the second of February.
If you don’t know what to write just look at other people’s ads that’s what I did. Just do a little copy and paste and leave the ad running as long as needed. If you don’t get any respond don’t be afraid to place another one with different content!
I’m sorry I wish I had some work for you but well, enjoy Australia
The first reaction I received was from someone who was sorry that he had nothing to offer. Uhh, okay … I mean it’s nice but why even send it? And a reaction from another backpacker who wanted to know how the search went. I haven’t heard anything back ever since. Guess that’s my life story.
Picking pears in Shepparton on a piece rate
Then to two days later, I got a response from Madi from Shepparton that he had a job for us to pick more at piece rate for $36 per bin. Because of course, I have heard many stories about how shit it is to pick per piece rate, I started doing crazy research about the situation with pears.
Surprisingly, I saw that you can easily pick six to eight bins in one day and probably four on your first day. So if you calculate six bins, this is a good amount. That’s like $216 a day. So I thought why not?! This sounds good! But wait, they have forgotten a lot of details in their blog because oh boy this didn’t turn out that way at all. On the first day, I had two and after two weeks I did three or four. Yes, what a difference. Don’t believe everything you read. If you want to know how intense the first week was, check this blog. Believe me, if you haven’t read it, it’s a crazy story.
Maybe he could be the one?
Anyway, a week later I received a message for a potato farm that wanted us. We only had to send our resume and I did that the same day but never heard of him again, even though he seemed so nice and genuine. Too bad. Me and Cally really didn’t want to pick pears anymore so we went back on Gumtree with a mission looking for a cow farm because she has experience with this in the Netherlands. You know, picking fruit is like same shit different day. I mean hi pear, oh another pear, yes, yes one more. OK, nevermind. If you work with cows or other animals you certainly have variety and yes sometimes you stand in the shit and it stinks, but hey, different shit, different day.
It is also just a great experience because I’m sure that I would never work on a farm back in the Netherlands. I always lived in the city and don’t see myself as a country girl. It’s way too cold there and there is no beautiful landscape. Everything is so flat just like a piece of paper. Not that I don’t like the Netherlands. It’s just the weather. Cally worked on a dairy farm at home, but that was actually for an internship.
Give me more dairy, we want, we are ready
So after two weeks of picking pears, we found a dairy farm in Finley (YES !!!) through .. you guessed it a Gumtree ad. It is only one and a half hour from Shepparton and we earn around $25 per hour + counts for second-year visas and last but not least free accommodation on the farm! This actually sounds too good to be true, right? I will come back to this again. (Who knows he might ditch us like everyone else did, lol) I shouldn’t laugh about it but it’s the truth. I keep ya posted for sure.
Update 06-03-2020: we got the job and it’s very hard working but totally worth it! Will write about it asap since there is no wifi in Finley.. hopefully I will
So here are the five tips on how to find farm work in Australia for your second-year
Just go to Gumtree and sign up it’s totally for free and post an ad
2. FB Groups
Join groups such as: Farm Work Australia Backpackers, Australia Fruit Picking / Packing / Solar Farms, Farm jobs Australia, Regional Farm work Australia, Farm work Australia, Australia Farm Jobs for backpackers and there are way more
Like Madec located in Shepparton, Mildura, Swan hill, Robinvale, Renmark, Mt Barker, and Griffith. All you have to do is go there or give them a call and they will set you up with a contractor or hourly paid job. It’s totally for free and they give you an induction.
4. Ask fellow backpackers
When traveling you surely will meet other backpackers whether it’s in a hostel, bar or at work. Just have chat! This is great for you opening up and they have a lot of great tips and maybe even a contact number.
Backpackerjobboard Australia is where you can find obviously the name is revealing so you can guess it: backpacker jobs. Just sign up upload your details and resume and you are good to go.
Don’t worry too much just keep searching. It’s not as easy and some are luckier than others but don’t twist your fate. Be positive and positive things will come. If you end up in a shitty situation, learn from it, tell others and prevent them from going through the same dirt 🙂
I hope you got yourself going with this, if you have any questions please leave me a comment!