Cairns & Far North Queensland

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Cairns and Far North Queensland

Far North Queensland is well known for its beautiful beaches, reefs, rainforests and wilderness. It is a large region, with the biggest city being Cairns. Other famous regional towns include Port Douglas, Mossman, Daintree, Atherton, Cooktown, Kuranda and Mareeba.

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Blushing Acres Packing

Dimbulah – North Queensland
To apply:  blushingacres@bigpond.com
Job Details: From early December through to April we harvest our mangoes and avocados.  We have picking and packing jobs available.  For the mangoes, we usually have a crew of 30 pickers and 20 packers.  For the avocadoes, we have a crew of 20 pickers and 15 packers.  This job is suitable for both male and female.  This is a great way to meet people and also earn a lot of money in a very short period of time.  Over the years our children have all done the mango harvest season.  Their friends often came along for the ride too, to have fun and to earn money to get them through uni or to save a nice little packet before they start their apprenticeship. From April to June we prune the mango and avocado trees.  This is done with a crew of 10 – 15 people.
Work videos:  none
Certifications:  Sedex, Freshcare, HARPS

Howe Farming Enterprises Pty Ltd

Walkamin, Springmount, Paddys Green & Mareeba
To apply:  admin@howefarms.com
Job Details: Farm labourers for our Banana, Avocado and Blueberry field teams and packing sheds.
Work videos:  none
Certifications:  Sedex, Freshcare, HARPS, HACCP

Rock Ridge Farming Pty Ltd

645 Malone Road, Mareeba  Qld  4880
To apply:  banana_admin@rockridgefarming.com
Job Details:  Banana shed and paddock work.
Work videos:  none
Certifications:  Sedex, Freshcare, HARPS, HACCP

Q.I.T.E.

Free Call:  1800 354 414
Visit:  https://www.qite.com
Various work is available.
Is a government registered Harvest Trail Services Work office.
Can help with the general harvest and packing work along with all types of employment.

Harvest Trail

Services Australia wide
Visit: Harvest Trail
Is an Australian government service that connects job seekers to harvest and packing work.

Types of agriculture located in this region are:

Production Horticulture

Includes vegetables, fruit, flowers, tree nuts and viticulture (grapes).  Most horticulture is very reliant on irrigation, and fertile soils so this industry will be found in regions that offer these needs.  Although beef is the most valuable commodity in Queensland, production horticulture is the largest employer.  The workforce is made up of Australians and international workers.  Seasonal and ongoing work is available in picking and packing.  With longer-term professional careers also available.

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  • The peak industry body is Growcom

Sugarcane

Sugar is grown mostly along the coastline.  In general, the further you travel up the Queensland coast, the more sugar cane you will find.

Sugar cane is mainly grown between Ingham and Cairns, with large growers located in the Mackay and Burdekin areas.

Employment in the sugar industry is very seasonal and workers often travel between growers to extend their work periods.

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Irrigation

Irrigation is a complex and scientific requirement critical to most other industries.  Apart from farming, other sectors include installers, contractors, farmers, local, state and federal government.

Training opportunities:  as irrigation is so important, it has it’s own nationally accredited Certificate III (AHC32419) and is now a ‘trade qualification’.  You can also complete around 11 skillsets (short courses) to make yourself even more attractive to employers.  Irrigation Australia is a registered training organisation (RTO), meaning they can conduct training to Australian standards and issue you a certificate that meets national guidelines.

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  • Get trained with Irrigation Australia, as they promote their graduates to industry members.
  • Look under the Employer’s Tabhere at FarmReady.

Nurseries & Gardens

Sometimes call Amenity Horticulture, around 80% of this industry is located in South East Queensland with the industry reaching as far north as Cairns.

Nursery work has a few options as they can grow for the home gardener as well as seedlings for public parks, gardens and regeneration areas.  The Production Horticultural industry also relies heavily on seedlings from nurseries, and larger companies will specialise in this type of production.  These specialists are generally located in the significant Production Horticultural regions.

Gardens work involves the maintenance of council gardens, public parks and golf greens etc.  Or private companies that specialise in the creation of beautiful outdoor spaces.

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Timber & Forestry

The Queensland Timber industry employs around 10,000 people across plantations and processing.  With 90% of the workforce employed in the processing sector (https://www. timberqueensland. com.au/ Growing/ Timber – Processing – Facts. aspx, 2020).   Visit Timber Queensland to find out more about this massive industry.

Training opportunities: TABMA Australia is a leading Group Training Organisation (GTO).  TABMA employs job seekers in the timber industry whilst providing training.  This training is called either an apprenticeship or traineeship, allowing you to study and work at the same time.

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Beef, sheep, wool & grains

Agforce is a peak organisation representing the Queensland broadacre industries of cattle, grain, sheep and wool.   Although all these types of farm exist all over Queensland, they are concentrated around the state as follows:

  • Sheep Meat & Wool– mainly produced in the Burdekin and Southern Downs areas across to Traprock and out to St George.  Also in the Longreach area including Blackall and Barcaldine.
  • Beef Cattle– is statewide, however, the larger stations are located in Queensland’s Central West and the Gulf Regions (north).
  • Grains(wheat, sorghum, barley etc) – usually grown away from the coastline in regions such as Darling Downs, Western Downs, Central Qld, South Burnett, Warwick, Dalby.  Grain crops are seasonal and are usually rotated throughout the seasons.  Wheat is usually followed by Barley and grown in winter.  With Sorghum in summer.  Other legumes and canola are also becoming popular.

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General information

Cairns is one of those places where there is a lot to see and endless day trips.  It truly is a great place to work and play.

Accommodation

Cairns and Far North Queensland are popular tourist destinations, so it may be easier to find short term accommodation.

However, when working you may need other options, especially when you move into more remote locations for agricultural work.

Make sure you organise your accommodation before you arrive.  Click on the below links to view options.

Rental, short term & share houses etc

Parks, resorts & camping grounds

Connecting to the community

This region is made up of a number of shires and councils.

Each website has a wealth of knowledge in relation to its community.

Nightlife in Cairns

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