The usual backpacker workforce is thinning and many locals are turning their back on the work, leaving workers from Pacific Island countries as the only option for some farmers.
Already 154 Ni-Vanuatu workers have arrived to help, including Remo Kalours who is working with 57 others from Vanuatu at a table grape farm 100 kilometres south of Perth.
Mr Kalours said the most challenging part of the job for him was the two weeks he had to spend in hotel quarantine.
"It's very hard for me when I stay inside a hotel for 14 days," he said.
The arrival of the Vanuatu workers came at a critical time for Fruitico, the state's largest table grape producer, with the start of harvest just weeks away.
Up to 800,000 boxes of grapes will be picked at the farm from next month but without the Vanuatu workers doubling the company's workforce, assistant farm manager Kevin Dell'Agostino said they might not have made it to harvest.
"The fruit, we probably wouldn't get there to pick it, so we'd be leaving it on the vine," he said.
"It's [also] all the work that comes before that … We have just been through our leafing period and if that doesn't get done, the quality of the fruit is poor."
Mr Dell'Agostino said many locals had turned their back on the work.
"Through our leafing period I think we had about 50 people start locally and most of them just came back and said 'That's not the job for me'," he said.
There are now more than 300 Ni-Vanuatu workers in Western Australia, after a second plane landed in the state this week.
But with thousands of workers needed each month in WA, these two groups won't be enough to fix labour shortages around the state.
Vegetables WA worked with the State Government to bring the workers in.
Chief executive officer John Shannon said that with backpackers leaving the WA in droves, workers from Vanuatu were the state's best option to fill the void.
"It is the only option," Mr Shannon said.
"It is not foreseeable that we will start to see backpackers return to Australia in the short term and probably won't see them return until 2022."
The State Government is allowing the workers to come into WA above its cap on international arrivals and is hoping to allow more Ni-Vanuatu workers into the state.
Almost 2,000 workers from nine Pacific countries and Timor-Leste have entered Australia since September last year to help curb worker shortages caused by the pandemic.