Where To Pick Your Own Cherries Near Sydney
Cherries are loved by young and old - but their price tag makes them just a little bit sour - especially if you're like my family and me who want to eat them by the bucket full! A good idea for the festive season is to find a farm and pick your own - that way you can eat cherries until the cows come home (oops that's a horrible thing to say about my kids) or just enjoy the experience of picking your own fruit from the land.
The cherry-picking season can start as early as mid-October and can last till mid-February but the best time to go is late November to just after Christmas.
So, where to go to get your surplus of cherries for the Christmas period? Check out our favourite cherry farms in NSW - the closest one to Sydney is just two hours away!
Roth Family Orchard
Pick your own juicy sweet cherries at this fun family farm or drop by to buy them freshly picked, packed and chilled. You'll find five cherry varieties here during cherry season, including the dark, firm and flavour-packed Black Star in early December, and the red to mahogany Simone from the second week of December. The cherry orchard for pick-your-own cherries most mornings in season late November and early December - when cherries are ripe.
Address: 108 Eurunderee Lane, Mudgee
Season: Late November - Mid December. Bookings open mid-October.
Website: Visit Roth Family Orchard or find them on Facebook for season updates.
Stockman's Ridge Orchard
More than just a cellar door and vineyard, Stockman’s Ridge is a family business in the picturesque and colourful wine region of Orange (3 and a half hours drive from Sydney) and also offers cherry picking! Following last year's devestating drought, they are optimistic their cherry orchard will have a bumper crop ready for harvest this November. No booking required.
Address: 21 Boree Lane, Lidster. Call: 02 6365 6212.
Season: Late November through December
Website: Visit Stockman's Ridge or find them on Facebook for the latest updates.
This cheery cherry orchard south of Young (around 3.5 hours drive from Sydney) is great for picking. There is no entry fee, you simply pay $8 per kg that you pick, and they let you taste 'in moderation' while you pick You can even just have a look around, take photos and have a feast on cherries with the special $5 Pickers License which entitles you to eat as much as you want with proceeds given to the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Foundation. No booking required.
Address: Olympic Highway, Wombat, (02) 63 843 243
Season: Mid November to late December
Website: Visit Allambie Orchard or find them on Facebook for more details.
George and Sue's Cherry Farm & Produce
By far the closest cherry farm from Sydney, George and Sue's urban farm in Bathurst is just 2 hours from Sydney and makes an ideal family day trip. Meander into the huge orchard and fill your basket with all the cherries you can eat and pay less than $10 a kilogram.
Address: 7 Melrose Drive, Raglan
Season: Late November - December
Website: Check out George and Sue's Cherry Farm on Facebook for more details
You'll love this working farm in Wombat in the stunning Hilltop Region. Their main crust is cherries but there's also plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, figs and olives, depending on the season. Go for a guided tour of the orchard and packing facility, followed by a taste of really fresh crisp and crunchy cherries - or Pick Your Own and go for gold.
Address: 78 Race Creek Road, Wombat.
Season: Mid November through to late December
Website: Visit Hill-Lock Orchard for all the details
Ballinaclash Orchard & Cellar Door
In the cherry capital of Young, this gorgeous orchard is perfect for the picking! Taste the various varieties of cherries as you pick your own fruit straight off the tree, and once you're done picking, you can join a cherry pie making class, go wine tasting or enjoy the fine produce including cherry ice-blocks, jams, sauces and ice-creams. Ballinaclash Cellar Door is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and during cherry season opening hours are seven days a week.
Address: 4321-4335 Olympic Highway South Young
Season: Mid November until December.
Website: Visit Ballinaclash Orchard & Cellar Door for more info.
National Cherry Festival, Young
Young is without a doubt the cherry capital of Australia and the National Cherry Festival is the highlight of the harvest. It is a major event for NSW and a highlight on the Hilltops Summer calendar. It occurs on the first weekend of Decemberand is a fun festive event for the family. It makes a perfect weekend away with the kids. They will love ogling over the Cherry Pie Eating Contest (these eaters are HARD-CORE!) and The Cherry Spitting competition is hilarious (bring an umbrella). There are nine local cherry orchards in Young, which are all open to the public.
Please note: Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the iconic National Cherry Festival will not proceed in its traditional format ths year. The next festival is scheduled for Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th December 2021.
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Nov 26 2020
Very informative, rxact details were there. Well done, Thanks.
Dec 01 2019
Hi, do you have a team that reviews the places on here by visiting or is it based on desktop research? Just asking as I was excited to see the orchard only 2hrs from Sydney but after reading their reviews, it would appear they’re not really the best choice given availability of certain cherries and more importantly the minimum 2kg per adult. Which in my case would result in 8kg of cherries in the house as I’d be taking my parents with me. Cheers.