Family Fruit Picking Near Sydney
Are you looking for a day trip with a difference? Need a kids activity that lasts the whole day? We love the idea of taking the whole family fruit picking. It’s loads of fun out in the fresh air and it really gives the kids a bit more of an insight about where their food really comes from.
You only pay for what you pick at most places and price varies depending on the current market prices for fruit. You’ll find it costs way less than your local supermarket charges and the fruit tastes infinitely better! Make sure you check individual websites to confirm opening days and times as these may change due to weather or seasonal changes.
June to August
Watkins Family Farm (90 minutes North West of Sydney) 1006 Singleton Mills, Laughtondale NSW. Season: June-September. Pick lovely, juicy Imperial mandarins at this orchard offering over 2,000 fruit trees. Situated in a beautiful mountain valley setting, you can feed the sheep and goats and have a ball. Open every weekend from end May until the season ends (around the end of September). There’s no entry fee to the farm – you only pay for what you pick. Cash only. It’s an easy day outing from Sydney, just a short country drive from the charming village of Wisemans Ferry. Read our ellaslist review, plus get some top tips on finding the best fruit!
Fords Farm: (90 minutes North West of Sydney) 1275 Singleton Road, Laughtondale (via Wisemans Ferry), NSW Season: May-July/August. Pick your mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes and, in July, cumquats. There is $6 entry fee per family/car then you pay $15 per bucket for what you pick. There is a picnic area set aside for you to sit and enjoy the quiet bush surroundings or take a stroll through the orchard to feed the sheep. Book ahead. PLEASE NOTE: Fords Farm is currently closed for the 2020 picking season as all the fruit has been picked. They expect to reopen in June 2021 using a booking system.
Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries (ten minutes north of Port Macquarie on the Mid North Coast of NSW) 221 Blackmans Point Road, Port Macquarie. Call: (02) 6585 0663. Season: All Year Round. A visit to this farm would probably be part of a weekend away but it would be worth it for these plump juicy hydroponic strawberries & tomatoes! Entry is FREE. You only pay for what you pick. Follow Ricardoes Facebook page for the latest info.
September to November
Stone Fruit – Peaches, Nectarines, Plums
Canoelands Orchard (One Hour’s Drive North-West from Sydney) 31 Canoelands Road, Canoelands. Call: 0419 688 039. Season: Late October/Early November to Mid-January. Canoelands Orchard now has sweet and juicy peaches and nectarines ripe for the picking. Canoeland’s fresh raw honey is available all year round, as well as animals, chutney jam and an onsite cafe! Open 9am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day. Please call ahead weekdays on 0419688039. The cost is currently: Adults (over 15yrs) $5 each to pick, Kids $3, Under 5s FREE, and then around $5.50 per kilo. Fun Tractor Rides are also available for $3, under 2s go FREE. Follow Canoelands on Facebook for the latest info.
Bilpin Fruit Bowl (90 minutes North West of Sydney CBD) 2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin NSW. Call: 02 4567 1152 or 0404 061 262. Season: Mid-November-late February. Pick your own peaches starting in mid-November- closed before then! Open weekends for pick-your-own from 10am to 4pm, entry costs $2.50 per person, under 3s go FREE. Follow Bilpin Fruit Bowl on Facebook for up-to-date info.
Huntley Berry Farm (near Orange, 3 and a half hours drive from Sydney) Huntley Road, Huntley. Call: 02 6365 5282. Season: November – May Fields of juicy strawberries, raspberries, blackberries & more are waiting to be picked. There's a picnic area, a shop selling berry ice blocks, gourmet jams and fruit syrups, as well as free-range chooks to say hello to. The season begins mid-November so start planning your getaway to Orange. Follow Huntley Berry Farm on Facebook for the latest info.
Strawberry picking continues throughout the year at Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries. Only pay for what you pick from their beautifully ripened strawberry vines. With lots of fruit and lots of space, it's a great place to visit!
Stockman's Ridge (near Orange, 3 and a half hours drive from Sydney) 21 Boree Lane, Lidster. Call: 02 6365 6212. Season: Mid-November – December. Pick your own cherries (and have a glass of wine or two) at this cellar door and fruit farm. Follow Stockman's Ridge on Facebook for the latest info.
While you’re in Hawkesbury, check out The Australiana Pioneer Village, a tourist attraction portraying the life of the early settlers.
The mandarin season is not over yet at Watkins Family Farm! They will be open every weekend and during the first week of school holidays including and ending on the October long weekend. Entry is free, you just pay for the mandies you pick by the bucket load!
December to February
Stone Fruit – Peaches, Nectarines, Plums
Canoelands Orchard (One Hour’s Drive North-West from Sydney) 31 Canoelands Road, Canoelands. Call: 0419 688 039. Season: October to Mid-January. Canoelands Orchard offers blood plums, candy plums, white nectarines and yellow nectarines for picking your own. Canoeland’s fresh raw honey is available all year round! Open 9am to 5pm every day except Christmas Day. Follow Canoelands on Facebook for the latest info.
Pine Crest Orchard (90 minutes North West of Sydney CBD) 2549 Bell’s Line of Rd, Bilpin. Call: 02 45671143 (after 7:30pm). Season: December-February. Pick your own yellow and white peaches, apricots and nectarines all at $4/kg. Open Boxing Day from 10am to 4pm. Follow Pine Crest Orchard on Facebook for up-to-date info and official summer fruit picking start-date.
Bilpin Fruit Bowl (90 minutes North West of Sydney CBD) 2459 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin NSW. Call: 02 4567 1152. Season: November- February. Available for picking will be yellow flesh peaches, iceberg lettuce, cos lettuce, Chinese cabbage, curly leaf cabbage, savoy cabbage, purple cabbage, zucchini, kale and a limited amount of strawberries, and possibly raspberries and blueberries in February. Apples from early January, pears from late January. Open weekends from 10am to 4pm. Follow Bilpin Fruit Bowl on Facebook for up-to-date info.
Cedar Creek Orchards (90 minutes South West of Sydney CBD) 269 Mulhollands Rd, Thirlmere NSW. Call: 02 4681 8457 Email: [email protected] Season: November- January. Pick your own yellow and white peaches and nectarines. Follow Cedar Creek Orchards on Facebook for updated info.
Glenbernie Orchard (30km North of Wollongong) 259 Darkes Forest Road, Darkes Forest. Call: (02) 4294 3421. Season: November-February. Pick your own peaches, plums, nectarines. Plus apples and Raspberries. Follow Glenbernie Orchard on Facebook for up-to-date info. To pick, you need to book an Orchard Experience Tour.
Clyde River Berry Farm (3 hours South of Sydney) 2000A River Road, Mogood NSW. Call: 02 4478 1057. Season: Early December-late January. Nothing tastes better than berries (primarily growers of blueberries, but you might find strawberries, raspberries and other berries too) picked freshly in the height of summer with your own hands! Grab a bucket and pick enough to take home and freeze. Head to nearby Ulladulla or Bateman’s Bay for beautiful beaches and lots of accommodation options. Bush honey and homemade jams are available too. Open every day from 10am to 5pm until the end of January except Christmas day. Follow Clyde River Berry Farm on Facebook for latest info.
Montrose Berry Farm (90 minutes South West of Sydney) Ormond Street, Sutton Forest NSW. Call: 02 4868 1544. Season: December-February. Pick blueberries, red raspberries, loganberries, boysenberries, autumn raspberries, red currants and hazelnuts. The farm shop sells berry products and pies and there is is a gorgeous cottage on-site if you want to stay the night. Entry for adults is $12.50 per person, including 0.5 kg of berries. If you exceed 0.5 kg each, there’s a $2.50/100 gram charge. Young children enter for $7.50 including 300g of berries.
You’ll have travel at least 4 hours out of Sydney to pick cherries. Season: mid-November-January. The perfect cherry picking adventure is wrapped up neatly for you at the National Cherry Picking Festival in Young (Friday 4th to Sunday 6th December 2020) which offers a kid-friendly festival, competitions and plenty of cherry-picking! If you’re keen and don’t mind the drive, try Wombat Heights Orchard or Allambie Orchard near Wombat, NSW. And there are plenty more farms a little further afield, The Hawkesbury Harvest website has loads of information on farms around NSW.
March to May
Chestnuts & Walnuts
Kookootonga Chestnut & Walnut Farm (2 hours north of Sydney) 247 Mt Irvine Rd, Mt Irvine NSW. Call: 02 4756 2136. Season: March to April. Kookootonga is one of the original farms to be established in the gorgeous region of Mount Irvine in the Blue Mountains.
Nutwood Farm (2 hours north of Sydney) 22 Danes Way Mt. Irvine NSW 2786. Call: 02 4756 2191. Season: March to April. An established 20-hectare nut orchard on the edge of Wollangambee National Park with large, good quality, fresh chestnuts and walnuts.
Apples and Peaches
Bilpin is full of farms and orchards where you can pick your own. It’s a 90-minute drive away from Sydney, and we recommend you take the scenic route over the mountains to the western plains of New South Wales. All the attractions of the Blue Mountains are nearby including one of our favourite spots, the Mount Tomah Botanic Gardens.
Bilpin Fruit Bowl (90 minutes North West of Sydney CBD) 93 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin NSW. Call: 02 4567 1152. Season: Early December-May. Pick your own peaches and apples, plus visit the excellent shop where you can pick up homemade pies, jams, honey and souvenirs. There are also picnic grounds and a kids’ playground. You can see their latest updates on Facebook. Read our ellaslist review.
Bilpin Springs Orchard (90 minutes North West of Sydney CBD) 2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin, New South Wales. Call: 02 4567 1294. Season: Mid November-Mid June. This small commercial orchard is open for the public to pick apples, pears (including Nashi), plums, and peaches from their trees. Families enjoy showing their children where apples come from, and older folks remember days when everyone grew their own fruit.
Pine Crest Orchard (90 minutes North West of Sydney CBD) 2549 Bell’s Line of Rd, Bilpin. Call: 02 45671143 (after 7:30pm). Season: January - May. Open on weekends, at Pine Crest Orchard, you can pick your own apples, plums and pears. Local honey, jams and apple juice also available to purchase.
Glenbernie Orchard (90 minutes Sydney CBD) 259 Darkes Forest NSW, Darkes Forest 2508. Call: (02) 4294 3421. Season: November- April. This fourth-generation family orchard is full of delicious, crunchy apples, peaches and nectarine. They offer tours for families that take you through the orchard and of course the chance to pick apples!
TNT Produce (90 minutes northwest of Sydney CBD) 153 Kurts Road Bilpin NSW Call: 0410676152 or 0450515096 Season: End January – June. This third-generation family orchard grows delicious, crunchy quality apples including Royal Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious and Pink Lady varieties. They also grow persimmons for you to pick too. Oh and don't forget to take home some of the local nuts, homemade jams, Bilpin apple juice and honey, vinegar and lots more are available to purchase from the shed. Open weekends and public holidays 10am to 4pm and some school holidays (check Facebook for updates). You can also stop into their cafe - The Pines Orchard Café for some great food, coffee, our delicious homemade apple pies, scones and slices and great local produce at 2070 Bells Line of Road Bilpin.
Canoelands Orchard (1 hour Sydney CBD) 27 Canoelands Road, Canoelands, NSW. Call: 0419 688 039. Season: late March-early August. Open 9am to 5pm daily the tomatoes are usually looking fabulous and plentiful in the autumn season. They also have cherries, peaches, plums, apricots and blueberries with the main produce being nectarines throughout the year. Read our ellaslist review.
Cedar Creek Orchard (80 minutes Sydney CBD) 269 Mulhollands Rd Thirlmere, NSW 2572. Call: +61 246 818 457. Season: mid-April-end of May/early June. Open on weekends, be sure to call to make a booking and to check what days they’re open during the week. This is a family-owned and run orchard that houses around 23,000 trees – including apples, peaches and nectarines! It can get very busy during the weekend but they offer tours and transportation to different picking sections.
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