5 Family Fruit Picking Farms Less Than 90 Minutes Drive From Brisbane
Picking your own fruit is one of life's simple pleasures that our children don't get to experience often. And eating what they've just picked is a thrill they seem to really enjoy.
You don't have to travel far from Brisbane to find somewhere to take the family fruit picking. It's a fun activity for all ages and teaches the children where their food comes from. If you're lucky they'll also take a renewed interest in where their food comes from and ask for more fruit and veggies! (We can all dream, right?)
If you'd rather be out picking fruit than spending all day in the car trying to get there, here are some convenient spots you can pick your own produce that are all within an hour and a half's drive of Brisbane.
If you're not a fan of strawberries, you might struggle a bit, but stick with us, we've got something for you too.
Freeman's Organic Farm
You can take the family strawberry picking at Freeman's - when strawberries are in season, of course. Call ahead to ensure they've got strawberries for you to pick. The working farm also grows a range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, and you can stock up in their shop. They also run a mums and bubs session every Friday morning, and there are plans in place to introduce apple, fig and other fruit picking in the future. Check out their Facebook page for current info, visit their website or call (07) 5533 0119.
Where: 618 Tomewin Currumbin Creek Road, Currumbin
When: 7 days a week; Monday to Friday 7:30am to 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4pm
Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm
If you want the farm experience without leaving the city, Chambers Flat is your kind of place. Located just 30 kilometres from the CBD, you can get out to Chambers Flat and have a basket full of strawberries before you could even drive to most other farms. Strawberries are almost guaranteed between August and October each year, but you can visit any time of year for fantastic fresh produce and some mind-blowingly good hand-made strawberry ice cream. (Hint: they don't have to import the strawberries for this delicious treat.)
Where: 912 Chambers Flat Road, Chambers Flat
When: August to November for strawberry picking. Farm shop is open June to November.
Head one hour north of Brisbane to Bli Bli to pick strawberries at McMartin's Farm from June to October, and you're in for a massive treat. Not only can you pick fat juicy strawberries to your heart's content, you can also enjoy a gourmet ice cream, some home-made strawberry jam or a Devonshire tea - all using their very own strawberries, of course. If you fancy the world's best beach picnic, grab a bucket of strawberries and some of their to-die-for ice cream and head to nearby Marcoola Beach. See how much you can eat without having to share it with the children. Visit their website or give them a call on (07) 5448 4912.
Where: End of Sports Road, Bli Bli
When: Open 7 days 8:30am to 4:30pm, May to October
If you've made the drive between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, chances are you've noticed Strawberry Fields and their "pick your own" sign. The farm is an hour north of Brisbane in Palmview, and is our best-known strawberry farm. Dates for picking vary from season to season so check their website to see when you can head up. Not only can you pick your own strawberries here, but you can also indulge in a variety of pretty special products from their shop, including jams, ice cream, candles, soaps, spices and sauces. Word on the street is that their strawberry-scented candles are AMAZING. Sure, your kids won't be into it, but you deserve something delightful for taking them out for the day. Check for when the season starts and finishes on their website or call them on (07) 5494 5146.
Where: 133 Laxton Road, Palmview
When: Check their website for their picking season. The cafe and shop are also closed in the offseason.
The Longan Farm
Okay, we're finally here - a farm where you can pick something apart from strawberries! You may struggle to get the kids excited about picking longans at first, but once they realise how delicious they are, they'll be on board in no time. Longas are a tropical fruit a bit like a lychee, and they're in season between February and April, so they provide an alternative when the strawberries are in hibernation. The Longan Farm is only open on selected weekends, so our advice is to check their Facebook page to find out what's happening before you make the trek to Narangba. (See? Told you we'd have something other that strawberries eventually.)
Where: Corner of Roberts and Raynbird roads, Narangba
When: Check their Facebook page for open days. The season is generally around February to April.
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