Backpackers

Offering endless sunshine, an affordable lifestyle, great water sports and attractions, the Riverland is a popular backpacking destination — a must-do experience for backpackers. A vibrant fruit industry creates employment options and several unique accommodation options are a drawcard for those looking for seasonal work or just travelling for fun.

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Accommodation

Working hostels are fantastic for travellers looking for fruit picking work. Unlike hostels in tourist parts of Australia, working hostels provide accommodation, fruit picking jobs and in most cases provide transport to and from work each day. If you stay at a working hostel, it is expected that you are available to work.

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Backpacker hostels can be found in a number of Riverland towns, including Waikerie, Berri, Loxton, Kingston-on-Murray and Renmark. If you are travelling with a group, camp at a caravan park or share the cost to hire a houseboat and stay on the river.

For something a little different consider The Murray River Queen – Australia’s only floating backpacker hostel. With 48 cabins in total, 38 with en-suites and 30 with twin or double configuration – there is no better place to call home for 3 months. Have the privacy of your own room and yet live with over 100 travellers on the majestic Murray River. 


Work Opportunities

The Riverland is South Australia’s largest fruit producing region, which offers work all year-round, with the busiest months being May to October. Citrus, wine grapes, stone fruit, olives and almonds are popular fresh crops that can offer you seasonal work in orchards and vineyards.
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Fruit Picking


Organise your work before you arrive with the National Harvest Labour Information Service or through a Riverland hostel. Alternatively, you can contact an employment agency when you get here. For more information on work opportunities contact the National Harvest Labour Information Service on 1800 062 332. Or http://jobsearch.gov.au/harvesttrail/


Get your second year visa in the Riverland!

The Riverland is one of the largest fruit growing regions in Australia, and every year, attracts thousands of backpackers in search of seasonal work.

Backpackers on a 417 Working Holiday Visa can extend their 1 year visa to a second year, if they complete 88 days of fruit picking work, making The Riverland and its working hostels extremely popular with Backpackers.

Finding fruit picking work in Australia can be extremely difficult, however in the Riverland there are several hostels specialising in jobs that qualify for the second year visa.

If you are interested in getting your second year visa, there is no better place that the beautiful Riverland. 

For current fruit picking jobs in the Riverland and other regional locations check out - www.2ndyearvisajobs.com.au

What to do while here

Tell the friends you’ve made in Australia to meet you on the river for some “river time”. Spend days canoeing, fishing, water skiing, swimming and cruising, or perhaps take a nature-based tour.
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In your down time, the Riverland has plenty to do on and off the water.

Spend days canoeing, fishing, water skiing, swimming and cruising, or perhaps take a nature-based tour, visit Australia’s largest winery, play a round of golf and down a sparkling ale.

Tell the friends you’ve made in Australia to meet you on the river for some “river time”.

For more information on tours, accommodation and travelling in the Riverland or South Australia visit www.backpackerssa.com.au