Australian wheat farmers harvest a bumper crop

Golden wheat plains stretch across the horizon in Australia's eastern state wheatbelt.

Farmer Alexander Madden is one of many farmers, ecstatic with this year's outstanding crop.

His farm outside the town of Moree, about seven hours from Sydney, was hit by a devastating three-year drought.

But now this region is leading an agricultural recovery, heralding Australia's third biggest wheat crop in 30 years, according to government forecasts.

"It's pleasing just to know that we're harvesting big crops again. Money in the bank pretty much when you are looking at it if you can get it off in time. Just makes everyone very happy in the family. Not only our family, just all the farming families around the community."

But for some farmers it's a race against the clock, as they rush to strip the crop before the rain. Already several crops have been affected by the wet, downgrading their quality.

Australia is forecast to produce 29 million tonnes across the continent, no better timing as like most economies, Australia has been pushed deep into deficit by the coronavirus pandemic.

"We can certainly start to enjoy life a bit better now. Whether it's just going around to a mates' place and have a few beers around there. Going to have a hit a golf in town at Moree."

And that money generated by the harvest will flow straight back into rural Australia, bringing a new buzz to the towns, and new jobs for casual workers.