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Backpackers/Seasonal Workers

2020 Farm work Update

COVID-19 and Biosecurity are taken very seriously in our region. Please follow government guidelines when travelling to Bowen for farm work. You can find information about the Seasonal Worker Health Directive from the Queensland Government here

In addition:
Do not travel if you do not have secure employment or accommodation
Do not drive to visit farms or enter farm land to talk to workers in the paddocks.

Help to find work


Contact the local Harvest Trail Office by calling 1800 354 414 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. this is a free service for jobseekers and employers in the horticulture industry.

Download the Jobactive App from the apple or android store to search for available jobs in the Bowen/Gumlu postcode 4805

Hostels often liaise directly with growers to secure workers during the season- acting as a labour hire organisation. Some horticultural businesses will only use hostels to obtain staff during peak periods.

Barnacles Backpackers – 16-18 Gordon Street Ph: 4786 4400

Harbourside Homestay - 4786 6670

Bowen Backpackers – Cnr Herbert & Dalrymple Street Ph: 4786 3433

Bowen Gumlu Growers Association are not a job agency or labour hire organization however you can register expression of interest on their website:

Farm Biosecurity


“Biosecurity” is protecting the economy, environment and people’s health from weeds, pest and disease. It includes trying to prevent new pest and diseases from arriving, and helping control outbreaks when they do occur. The production of crops to supply domestic and overseas markets is important to Australia and vital to our economy. People can unintentionally carry diseases, pest and weeds without even realizing they had been infected.

When you see a Biosecurity sign, Stop. Phone the number on the sign. If told to proceed, follow the road to the Office/ Shed. Park in the designated area.

Respect farm signage and working farms

Do not enter any fields or paddocks to talk to workers.

Do not go to any houses with the sign – Private residents No labour required.

Do not go past any signs that state No Work / No Labour Required.

Look for large sheds with offices - apply at the office, not at private houses.

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