Where is the farm located?
The farm is located at 32 Harvest Lane, Old Beach Tasmania 7017. We are approximately 20 minutes from Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania. We are the closest cherry-picking farm to the city of Hobart, which is full of sightseeing activities for those wanting to explore on their days off
When does the cherry season start and finish?
The cherry season usually begins mid December and lasts until late January depending on the amount of fruit and crop numbers each year.
What are the required hours of work?
The required hours of work vary each day depending on the amount of fruit which needs to be picked. Picking will start at 6am and usually finishes around 2-4pm on average. We can require some days to go longer and can request that you work up until 6.00pm, however this is only on rare occasions. We will usually stop picking when it is raining but will pick in all other weather conditions. We can pick all or any days of the week.
What are the current rates of pay?
The rate of pay is based on a piecework agreement, rather than an hourly payment. As at 1 December 2020 the current rate of pay is $7 per lug of cherries plus a $1 incentive bonus. A lug can hold on average 7-8 kilos of cherries. As an incentive we also offer an extra $1 per lug you have picked as a bonus which is paid at the end of the season if you stay for the entire season. On average good experienced pickers can pick anywhere from 20-30 lugs a day in peak season. Pay day is every week processed each Monday.
Is there accommodation available on site?
Due to Covid-19 we DO NOT currently have our campground open.
We have a backpacker’s campsite on the grounds. It is equipped with gas hot water showers, electricity for charging mobiles and laptops, undercover sheds with cooking facilities, fridges, tables, chairs, couches and grassed areas for camping. You will need to supply your own sleeping arrangements and bedding. The majority of campers use tents, camper vans or similar. We do limit the number of campers on site and hit maximum capacity at around 60 campers. Camping fee is charged at $12 per night per person and deducted from your weekly earnings. Please note, that there is no laundry on site. The nearest Laundromat is located at Bridgewater, about 5 minutes away. Wifi is not available.
Will this work count towards my Working Holiday VISA?
Yes, our payroll is linked directly to the ATO. There is no need for us to sign any forms.
What other facilities are close by?
Bridgewater is less than 5 minutes to the north west of the orchard, and offers many services including two major supermarkets, Australia Post, State Library, Service Tasmania, Centrelink, doctors surgery, butcher shop, various ATMs and takeaway shops.
The nearest banks are located at Glenorchy.
What other accommodation is available close by?
There are two different Holiday Parks within 20 minutes drive of the orchard. These range in price from $30 for two people per night for unpowered camping to above $100 per night for cabins. Please see the below links for further information:
Is there public transport nearby?
A Metro Bus Stop is just a short 2.6km walk from the orchard. Please refer to Metro Tasmania for further details regarding bus timetables. Please note the bus stop is “Old Beach (Jetty Road/Morrisby Road)”
When will positions open?
Positions generally open in October each year in preparation for season to commence in December.