Best Places To Go Cherry Picking In Melbourne

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As far as family activities go, 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!

Here are some of the best places to go cherry picking around Melbourne. Each orchard’s opening times only apply during the cherry-picking season, which generally runs from mid-November to early January.

Cherry Hills Orchards


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If fruit picking in the gorgeous Yarra Valley is what you’re after (and really, you had me at ‘Yarra Valley’), then give Cherry Hills 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 picking before? Don’t worry – the team at Cherry Hills 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.
For more information, visit the website.

Paynes Orchard


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Located only a 40-minute drive away from Melbourne, this small family 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 farm’s friendly hosts provide buckets, free parking and plenty of friendly assistance. Make sure to check their website around November to plan your visit.

Location: 372 Bacchus Marsh Rd, Bacchus Marsh
Cost: $5 entry fee
For more information, visit the website.

Blue Hills Berries And Cherries


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This Australian-owned and operated fruit farm has been growing produce in Silvan for over 120 years. Surrounded by wineries, it’s a great destination for overseas or 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 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).
For more information, visit the website.

Naturipe Fruits

Located in the historical Bacchus Marsh Avenue Of Honour, the family-run Naturipe Fruits is a great place for a spot of family fruit picking. The farm features more than 15 cherry types across 6 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
For more information, visit the website.

Cherry Haven

Cherry Haven is a ‘pick your own’ orchard only, so you can be sure you’re getting the best 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)
For more information, visit the website.

Red Hill Cherry Farm


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Run by the Holmes family for generations with originally just 100 cherry trees, this Red Hill Cherry Farm now grows over 4,000 cherry trees, and offers more than just a fun day of fruit-picking for the kids. 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)
For more information, visit the website.

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