Where To Go Family Winter Fruit-Picking Near Sydney
- All Ages
Time spent in the fresh air, re-connecting with nature, no iPads and quality bonding with loved ones are just some of the awesome benefits that a day of fruit-picking with the family offers. Although the kiddie favourites (such as mangoes and strawberries) are out of season, there's still plenty of tantalising sweet stuff to be harvested by hand.
The winter fruit-picking season lasts from June-August, with citrus fruits taking the limelight (pardon the pun). Here are our top picks for farms a short drive from Sydney to head to while the weather is chilly.
1. Watkins Family Farm
Only about a one-hour drive from Sydney, Watkins Farm offers fruit-picking, wide open spaces, pets to feed and farm animals to check out. Their season is now open, so every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm Watkins Farm offers pick-your-own MANDARINS – of the Imperial, Hickson and Emperor kinds. There's no entry fee, just pay for what you pick! You'll find something for the entire family to enjoy from feeding sheep and goats, to checking out the chickens, breathing in the fresh mountain valley air, or just relaxing with a picnic surrounded by over 2,000 fruit trees. ellaslist went fruit-picking with the family, read about our gorgeous experience here.
2. Ford's Farm
Ford's Farm is just a 90-minute drive north-west of Sydney and is a pick-your-own citrus farm specialising in MANDARINS. It's an utterly tranquil place to pick fruit, bound by the Hawkesbury River and the Marra Marra National Park. There is a $5 entry fee per car, but after that only a $2 charge per kilogram of fruit that you pick! At Ford's you can feed the friendly local sheep, buy some of their homemade jams, chutneys and honeys, bring your own family picnic to make the most of the serene surrounds and, of course, hand-pick seedless Satsuma mandarins, Imperial mandarins, Hickson and Emperor Mandarins, as well as LEMONS, LIMES, CUMQUATS, ORANGES and KAFFIR LIMES when they are in season. Their winter season is set to begin from June 1 and will finish up when all the fruit has been picked, which usually takes about four weeks. They are open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm.
3. Canoelands Orchard
We just love Canoelands Orchard and, luckily, they don't go into hibernation over the winter months. Just a one-hour drive north-west of Sydney, they are currently offering pick-your-own TOMATOES and are waiting for a new crop of eggplants to come in. The orchard is open on weekends and on weekdays by appointment only. Entry costs $5 per adult and $3 per child with under 5s FREE and then it's $6 per kilogram of tomatoes after that.
4. Bilpin Fruit Bowl
Please note: in 2019 the farm is open from the end of November and will remain open until the end of May.
Family owned and operated since 1985, Bilpin Fruit Bowl's orchards are home to about 10,000 fruit trees! Forage for your own plump, juicy strawberries every second Saturday in the winter months and make sure to head to the farm shop afterwards for a winter fruit-filled dessert and some just-made strawberry jam to take home.
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