Where to go Cherry Picking in Melbourne
- Mums & Bubs
As far as family activities go, you can't beat cherry picking in Melbourne! Picking cherries at a fruit orchard ticks all the right boxes: a great way to exercise? Tick. Fun for all ages? Tick. Cheap entertainment? Tick. Getting out in nature? Tick. The delicious fruits of your labour you get to enjoy afterwards? Tick tick!
Cherry picking in Melbourne generally runs from mid-November to early January, with each orchard’s opening times varying during the cherry-picking season. Don't forget to pack your baskets!
Six Orchards for Cherry Picking in Melbourne
1. CherryHill Orchards
If cherry-picking in the gorgeous Yarra Valley is what you’re after (and really, you had me at ‘Yarra Valley’), then give CherryHill Orchards a try. The entry fee covers a shuttle bus to the best picking places, all-you-can-eat cherries in the orchard and cherry product samples. Never been cherry-picking in Melbourne before? Don’t worry, the team at CherryHill Orchards will show you how to pick the ripest cherries off the tree. There's also a rotating roster of food trucks to enjoy, so you'll be sure to come away with a very happy tummy!
Location: 480 Queens Rd, Wandin East and 739 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream (until 31 December 2022)
Opening hours: 7 days a week from 9 am to 5.30 pm
2. Paynes Orchard
Located only a 40-minute drive away from Melbourne, this small family cherry orchard is a great option if you only have a few hours to spare. It’s also easy on the hip pocket – for $5 entry with no charge for littlies, the Paynes Orchard's friendly hosts provide buckets, free parking and plenty of friendly assistance.
Location: 372 Bacchus Marsh Rd, Bacchus Marsh
3. Blue Hills Berries & Cherries
This Australian-owned and operated Blue Hills Berries & Cherries has been growing produce in Silvan for over 120 years. Surrounded by wineries, it’s a great destination for interstate friends, as you can pick cherries in the morning, then relax with a family barbeque lunch at the picturesque Silvan reservoir nearby. The entry fee covers all you can eat in the orchard and a cherry-picking demonstration from the staff.
Location: 30 Chapman Rd, Silvan and 55 George Rd, Silvan
Opening hours: 7 days a week from 9 am to 4.30 pm
4. Naturipe Fruits
Located in the historical Bacchus Marsh Avenue Of Honour, the family-run Naturipe Fruits is one of the most popular spots for cherry-picking in Melbourne. The farm features more than 15 cherry types across six hectares of orchard, including rainier cherries, which is a premium golden-hued variety of cherry with a delicate and sweet flavour. Rainier cherries are larger than the familiar red variety and harder to grow, and best eaten fresh or baked into a dessert – yum!
Location: 638 Bacchus Marsh Rd, Bacchus Marsh
Opening hours: Select days from 9 am to 5 pm, see website for details
5. Cherry Haven
Cherry Haven is a ‘pick your own’ orchard only, so you can be sure you’re getting the best cherries the season has to offer here! Only 50 minutes drive from the Melbourne CBD, Cherry Haven features a whopping 30 different types of cherries! Each variety ripens at different stages, so there is always something new to try when you visit. As a bonus, dogs and picnics in the orchard are allowed on-site, making it a great location for a whole family day out.
Location: 470 Queens Rd, Wandin East
Opening hours: Weekends from 9 am to 5 pm, weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm
6. Ripe 'n' Ready Cherry Farm
If you want to wander through the dappled shade of a gorgeous cherry orchard picking your own fruit and enjoying farm-fresh produce, then Ripe 'n' Ready Cherry Farm is for you. With an excellent range of seasonal fruits, free-range eggs, and honey you're sure to come away with plenty to put in the pantry!
Location: 52 Arkwells Lane, Red Hill
Opening hours: Daily from 9 am to 5 pm
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