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Working in the Whitsundays

Looking for Work?


The Whitsunday region has something to offer people from all walks of life.

The main employers in the Whitsundays are mainly based around hospitality (bars and restaurants), tourism (hotels, apartments, retail stores) and marine (deckhands, skippers, dive instructors and hosts).

These jobs are regularly available and can be sourced once you’ve arrived, or by checking the local newspaper, the Whitsunday Times employment advertisements, local recruitment agencies and the website Work in the Whitsundays.

Harvest Jobs and Fruit Picking Work in the Whitsundays

Are you a backpacker looking for a harvest job & fruit picking work in the Whitsundays? Visit for more information.

Provided you have a current working visa, the Whitsunday region provides several excellent opportunities for seasonal harvest work. Jobs are available in Mackay, Bowen, Calen and Ayr throughout most of the year, but predominantly from May to December.

Phone the National Harvest Telephone Information Service 1800 062 332 for information on harvest labour wages, working conditions or accommodation.

When the hard work is over, you can enjoy the “fruits of your labour” - tour and travel packages are available here.

Another useful site is, managed by Mackay-Whitsunday Regional Economic Development Corporation. It offers job listings as well as information on skills shortages in the region and helps newcomers looking to move to the region.