We aim for you to have an enjoyable home away from home experience when you come to stay with us at the Shearers Quarters. We know how hard it can be to be away from familiar surroundings and your loved ones so we encourage a family atmosphere. We have communal indoor and outdoor areas where you can sit and relax enjoying the natural surroundings with new friends. If its peace you are after try curling up with a good book in our hammock garden. Whatever your needs we have it. We provide a fully equipped kitchen with ovens, microwaves, sandwich makers, walk in fridge and large freezers. Other free facilities include:
TV room & extensive Movie Selection
Whether you need to do your 88 days regional work for your 2nd year visa or want to simply replenish your travelling funds and experience rural Australia, the Shearers Quarters Bckpackers prides itself on finding its guests employment all year round. Being that we are in the heart of the Riverina we have access to a wealth of farms, orchards, packing sheds, factories and wineries. Jobs can include anything from chipping, picking and packing to dish washing and winery work, the possibilities are endless.
We cannot guarantee permanent work as it is not always guaranteed to us; some jobs are dependent on weather, market prices or other external factors. But if you are looking for seasonal work we won’t advise you to come to the hostel unless we think there will be work available. As we are a working Hostel we don’t like to see our guests sitting around with no work, so we try our very best to get you work as soon as possible!
For the vast majority of jobs, you will be working directly for the farmer and wages are set by the farmer. Some jobs are contracted or piece-rate, which means you may or may not get rich as wages are dependent on the how hard you work (for example you might get paid per plant or per row). Other jobs are paid hourly. Most jobs are paid weekly either in cash or directly into your bank account.
We have compiled the following list of basic necessities to make sure you are prepared before you start farm work:
Current Working Holiday Visa (WHV)
Australian Tax file number (or have made an application)
Australian Bank Account Details. We will need the BSB (Branch number) and the account number.
Old clothes, old shoes (closed in shoes), hat, sun screen (50+) and insect repellent. We have a free clothes shelf in the hostel and are sometimes able to help out with any clothing needs.
Take enough food for breaks and lunch
Lots of drinking water and a water bottle