Where to go Cherry Picking in Melbourne

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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

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Family cherry-picking at CherryHill Orchards. Image: supplied.

 

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.

Location: 480 Queens Rd, Wandin East
Opening hours: 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: $15 per adult (14 and over); $6 per child (4-13 years); $35 for a family pass.

2. Paynes Orchard

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Cherries on the trees at Paynes Orchard. Image: supplied.


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. Make sure to check the Paynes Orchard website around November to plan your visit.

Location: 372 Bacchus Marsh Rd, Bacchus Marsh
Cost: $5 entry fee

3. Blue Hills Berries & Cherries

Blue Hills Berries And Cherries
A view of the farm at Blue Hills Berries & Cherries. Image: supplied.

 

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
Opening hours: 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: $12 per adult; $6 per child (3-14 years).

4. Naturipe Fruits

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A basket of cherries fresh from Naturipe Fruits. Image: supplied.


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: 7 days a week from 9 am to 5 pm
Cost: $5 per adult; $3 per child

5. Cherry Haven

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There are 30 different varieties of cherries at Cherry Haven! Image: supplied.


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
Cost: $12 per adult; $6 per child (3-12 years)

6. Red Hill Cherry Farm

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Children holding buckets of fresh cherries from Red Hill Cherry Farm. Image: supplied.

 

Run by the Holmes family for generations with originally just 100 cherry trees, Red Hill Cherry Farm now grows over 4,000 cherry trees and offers more than just a fun day of cherry-picking in Melbourne. The family also sells award-winning gourmet food products such as jam, cordial, ice cream, cider and beer – made with fresh and delicious cherries straight from their orchard. Just the thing for a long summer of celebratory eating and drinking!

Location: 69 Prossors Lane, Red Hill
Opening hours: Weekends from 9 am to 4 pm, weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: $13 adults (13 plus), kids $6 (5-12 years)

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