A summary of a typical day in a Cherry Fruit Picking harvest in Adelaide Hills. Cherries are especially easy to harvest, the jobs also have the reputation of being well paid. So when you come across really nice farmers, this definitely adds to a more pleasant experience! Two backpackers recount their experiences on our blog.

After having breakfast and still half asleep, we all met to equip and proceeded to our picking spots …
7:30 am

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We arrived on our rows – the boss joined us to give the first instructions.

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The first hours of fruit picking … we filled our buckets with cherries before we put them into a bigger crate. We had to fill at least 1 crate per hour…

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11:30 am: time for lunch after 4 hours of fruit picking. After recovering for a bit we had to return to our cherry trees.

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Now we had to pick different cherries (also the picking itself was slightly different)

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With some amazing discoveries in the trees (better than snakes or spiders)

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Back to the shed to start packing the cherries!
2:30 pm

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On the road, we came across the local Koala. Always a little stoned…

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Then we had to prepare the cherries for the packing session…very repetitive, it’s not the best part…especially not when the weather is nice.
2:45 pm

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In rush/zombie mode. The principle is simple: all eyes on the conveyor belt watching the cherries … the bad ones in the trash bin!

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After a long day we enjoyed a game of boules and a cold beer.
5:30 pm

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And after a long day of work: RELAXING!

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Results of the day: Tired, but the hard work is worth it…
Earnings: $ 130 net / person

You’re also up for some Fruit Picking in Adelaide or somewhere else in Australia. Then check out our article about Fruit Picking in Australia.

Updated September 2019. Initially published in 2015.

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