(61) 427 355 334 info@tolgalodge.com.au

Farm Work on the Spectacular Tablelands

Make New Friends

One Hour to Cairns

Close to the Reef

Rainforest is on the Doorstep

Backpacker 2nd Year Visa Farm Jobs

We are extremely busy at the moment with pressure from farmers offering work through Tolga Lodge Backpackers Working Hostel.  If you are looking for work now, please apply online. Your Tolga Lodge Team

Where are we?

 Fly head or fly north to Cairns. We are one hour inland by vehicle to the outstandingly beautiful Atherton Tablelands

Map of Australia with Tolga displayed
Female Tolga Backpackers jumping for joy at the end of their fruit picking day


Tolga Country Lodge is a backpacker working hostel providing accommodation, 2nd year working holiday visa farm work and transport to and from a range of satisfying work.  Our work and hostel are tailored for backpackers travelling to North Queensland, Australia.


This is the place to make friends and embark on new adventures.  Whether it be cycling around the Cairns hinterland, the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, or playing ping pong with friends, the Lodge is a great place to enjoy your time here.

To view some of the absolutely stunning images of the area and attractions surrounding Tolga Lodge, go to our Things to See Page.

About Us

Tolga Country Lodge is a working hostel providing accommodation, 2nd year working holiday visa farm work and transport to and from work for backpackers in Australia. Our hostel situated in the heart of the beautiful Atherton Tablelands which is one hour from Cairns and just 4kms from the main business district of Atherton. Tolga is one of the few locations in Australia that requires farm workers all year round. The busy months are from September through to April when we have avocado, banana, passionfruit, citrus, potatoes, mangoes, pumpkins and watermelon picking and packing. We also provide work during the winter months such as banana picking, pruning, construction work, irrigation and much more. Feel free to call us on 4095 4782 or call our Caretaker direct on 0427 355 334. All work qualifies for your 2nd year working holiday visa extension. Why come and work on the Atherton Tablelands?           Please read more………..

Group of male and female Backpackers resting against a tractor after a hard days farm work

Type of Work

Tolga Country Lodge is a working backpacker hostel surrounded by farms. Farm work includes potatoes, bananas, avocados, passionfruit and mangos to name a few. Depending upon what time of the year, will govern what type of work is available


Guys V Girls

Guys are generally recruited for the more physical picking farm work, and girls in the packing or grading shed. However, this is not the same for all fruit. A reasonable degree of fitness is required for the majority of farm work and you must be prepared for hard manual labour, rain or shine!


Job Guarantee?

We cannot completely guarantee full employment all year round as farm work is seasonal.  It can change without notice, being heavily dependent on the weather and market prices. We always try our best to find you the work you would like and for the length of time required.


In order to be placed on our work list, we ask you to pay one weeks accommodation along with a $200 security deposit.  We will also need a copy of your working holiday visa, driver license (if applicable) and a copy of your passport. Frequently Asked Questions…….

Tolga Lodge Backpackers Having Dinner at the Working Hostel



Our lodge style working hostel boasts great character and is naturally fitting with the surrounding scenic countryside. Tolga Country Lodge is very clean with an impressive garden and seating area, large communal kitchen, library, internet, TV and laundry facilities. The working hostel also provides a courtesy bus every Tuesday and Thursday for grocery shopping and we also offer bicycle hire for guests to explore the local attractions and breathtaking highlights of the Tablelands. All rooms are dorm style ranging from 3 – 6 bed. Prices are per person and includes accommodation, Wi-Fi and transport to and from work.

It is the best!!!!!! I was looking for work and they found me exactly what I was after.  Great place, great friends, and very helpful (Maddy Smith).

Applying for Work


If you would like to apply for work, please go our Apply Page and complete our Application Form.  Do not use the below Contact Form.

We are the premier working hostel for backpackers located at 36-38 Kennedy Hwy, Tolga, Queensland, 4882, in the heart of the glorious Atherton Tablelands.  .   Feel free to call us on (07) 4095 4782, call our caretaker direct on 0427 355 334, email us or complete the below Contact Form. We will get back to you as soon as we can.

Trans North Bus Service is the only public transport service from Cairns to the Atherton Tablelands. Please inform the bus driver that you are travelling to Tolga Country Lodge and he will drop you at our door. Visit the Trans North Bus Service website for current departure times at the Trans North Website

We have very specific check-in times.  Please only turn up for check-in during the below times.

Monday, Wednesday and Friday:      9:OOam to 3:OOpm
Tuesday & Thursday:                           9.OOam to 5.3Opm
Saturday & Sunday:                             9.OOam to 5.3Opm

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Group of backpackers resting after a hard days farm work
Female backpacker fruit picking on the farm