- Cherry Picking Day Tour – Orange NSW
Cherry Picking Day Tour
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Welcome to Brighton Coach’s exclusive Cherry Picking Orange Tour! Embark on a delightful journey through the scenic landscapes of NSW’s Central West, culminating in a unique cherry-picking experience in the charming town of Orange. Our one-day tour is meticulously crafted to offer you a blend of scenic beauty, local culture, and a hands-on fruit harvesting adventure.
Our journey begins with a picturesque drive over the Blue Mountains, a region renowned for its stunning natural beauty and rich heritage. As we traverse this breathtaking area, you’ll be treated to spectacular views and the serene ambiance of the mountains. A stop in the Blue Mountains allows you to soak in the scenery and enjoy a refreshing morning tea break, setting the perfect tone for the day ahead.
Continuing our journey, we arrive in Orange, a gem in the heart of NSW’s Central West. Known for its vibrant food scene and exquisite local produce, Orange offers a delightful backdrop for our lunch stop. Here, you’ll savor a light lunch, sampling some of the region’s culinary delights.
The highlight of our tour is the cherry-picking experience at a local farm in Orange. Upon arrival, you’ll be equipped with a basket and briefed on the best cherry-picking techniques. Immerse yourself in the joy of harvesting, filling your basket with the freshest, juiciest cherries. Feel free to taste the cherries as you pick them, indulging in their natural sweetness without any additional charge.
After 1.5 to 2 hours of cherry picking, you’ll have the opportunity to weigh your basket and purchase your harvest at $8 per kg. The farm also offers a variety of other in-season fruits like strawberries, nectarines, and plums, adding to the richness of your experience.
Book your Cherry Picking Orange Tour with Brighton Coach now, and prepare for an unforgettable day of exploration, relaxation, and fun.
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PREMIUM COACH TRAVEL TO ORANGE AND RETURN
A MORNING TEA STOP IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
LIGHT LUNCH (ON ARRIVAL) AND BUFFET DINNER ( ON THE WAY HOME)
SPEND 2 HOURS PICKING PREMIUM FRESH CHERRIES
PICK IN SEASON FRUIT INCLUDING STRAWBERRIES, NECTARINES, PLUMS
ONLY PAY FOR WHAT YOU TAKE HOME
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Why Choose Brighton Coach for Your Orange Cherry Picking Tour?
Knowledgeable local staff.
At Brighton Coach, our local staff members are not just guides; they’re custodians of knowledge about the Central West region, especially the charming town of Orange, renowned for its cherry orchards. Their deep understanding of the area, its history, and the best cherry picking spots ensures that your Cherry Picking Orange Adventure is both enriching and authentic.
Travel in style and comfort aboard our modern, air-conditioned coaches. With spacious seating, ample legroom, and a range of amenities, your journey through to Orange will be as enjoyable as the destinations themselves. We prioritise your well-being and satisfaction throughout the tour, ensuring a seamless and hassle-free experience.
At Brighton Coach, we believe that the best travel experiences are those shared with a select few. Our tours are designed for small groups, which not only allows for a more intimate and personalised experience.
Unrivaled customer service
At Brighton Coach, we pride ourselves on our exceptional customer service. From your initial inquiry to the moment you bid farewell to your tour guide, our friendly and professional team is dedicated to making your Cherry Picking Orange tour a seamless and memorable experience.
Traveling with a bus company is often more affordable than other modes of transportation. By choosing Brighton Coach, you can enjoy a premium experience without breaking the bank, making your Cherry Picking Tour accessible to a wider range of travelers.
Choose Brighton Coach for your Cherry Picking Orange Tour and enjoy effortless convenience. Our team handles all the logistics, from navigating through the Blue Mountains to guiding you in Orange’s cherry orchards. Sit back, relax, and immerse yourself in the scenic beauty and the joy of cherry picking, while we take care of the rest. Experience a stress-free, memorable adventure with the ease and comfort that Brighton Coach provides.
Pricing and Booking Your Cherry Picking Orange Tour
Join us for an unforgettable Cherry Picking Orange Tour, offering a unique blend of scenic beauty and hands-on experience at a competitive price. Don’t miss this chance to explore the vibrant orchards of Orange. Reserve your spot on our our today!
Our Cherry Picking Orange Tour is priced to provide exceptional value, ensuring a memorable and unique experience. This package includes expert guidance, comfortable transportation, and a well-planned itinerary, all at an attractive rate. We offer various pricing options to suit different preferences and budgets, making it accessible for everyone to enjoy this delightful cherry picking adventure.
Our Cherry Picking Packages
To book your Cherry Picking Orange Tour, please click c the book tour or book all tours butotn and select from the available options for this unique experience. If you need more information about our tours or require assistance with your booking, don’t hesitate to contact us at 1300 208 208. Our friendly and knowledgeable team is always ready to assist you with any questions you may have.
The Cherry Picking Orange Tour with Brighton Coach was a delightful adventure. The expert guides, scenic drive, and the hands-on cherry picking experience were absolutely wonderful. A perfect day out in the countryside.
Our experience with Brighton Coach on the Cherry Picking Orange Tour was exceptional. The comfort of the bus journey, the friendliness and knowledge of the guides, and the well-coordinated itinerary made it a standout experience in Australia. The personal touch in a small group setting was the icing on the cake. Thank you, Brighton Coach.
Our family’s Cherry Picking Orange Tour with Brighton Coach was an absolute delight. The comfort of the bus made the journey enjoyable for all ages, and the tour guides were wonderfully accommodating and informative, making the experience educational and fun for our kids. The highlight was definitely the hands-on cherry picking in Orange – it was a joy to see the kids so engaged and excited. The ease of transport and the warm, family-friendly atmosphere created by Brighton Coach made our day truly special. A perfect family outing we’ll always cherish,
Frequently Asked Questions About the Cherry Picking Orange Tour
What should i wear for the orange cherry picking tour.
We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for outdoor activities, as you’ll be walking around the cherry orchards. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen for sun protection, especially during the sunny days in Orange. Since the weather can vary, it’s also wise to bring a light jacket or sweater to ensure you’re comfortable throughout your cherry picking adventure
What is the duration of the tour?
The tour is a full-day experience, typically starting early in the morning and concluding in the evening.
What is the cancellation policy for the Cherry Picking Tour?
We understand that plans can change. Please refer to our booking terms and conditions for information on our cancellation policy.
Is the tour suitable for children?
Yes, our tour is a family-friendly experience.
Are meals included in the tour?
While our tour package includes a light lunch and a delightful evening food buffet to satisfy your appetite, we recommend bringing along some snacks for your convenience. This way, you can ensure you have a little something to munch on throughout the day.
Brighton Coach’s Cherry Picking Day Tour departs Friday, Saturday, and Sunday or on request for private charters.
A private bus charter is also available. Discount for bookings of 10 people or more. Call our Group Booking Department on 1300 208 208 for more information.
Brighton Coach is committed to keeping our business COVID-safe within guidelines set by Government and State health departments.
Cherry Picking at Orange and Young
Cherry season is one of the most cherished times of year in Orange and Young, NSW. Not only is there the delectable fruits to pick at various farms, but it seems Orange and Young comes alive during cherry season. People come from all over Australia to pick our cherries.
Cherry season has typically lasted from mid-November through the end of January year after year. Over the past few years, cherry season has moved to the end of October to the end of December – right after Christmas.
Not to worry though. The cherry farmers in Orange and Young, NSW have been able to adapt to different weather conditions and continue to grow delicious cherries featuring a range of sweetness profiles.
While you’re out picking cherries, you may notice several shades of red they grow into. Lighter-coloured cherries will be far more tart and sour to the taste. On the other hand, darker and deeper-red cherries will have more ripe-fruit notes. They will also have a higher sugar content, a large part of what gives them this flavour.
Where to Pick Cherries in Orange and Young NSW
There are tons of places where you can pick cherries in Orange and Young , NSW. Here’s a short list:
Known for growing their cherries on volcanic soil, Thornbook has a strong reputation for having some of the best cherries around.
You can also find specifically sour cherries, a treat for anyone who loves a nice pucker.
This luscious and sprawling 75-acre farm is a favorite source for produce for locals.
Their cherries and many other fruits are sold at their own farmstand, and draws customers from all over Orange.
Huntley Berry Farm
Owned by the Orange Community Training and Education Center, Huntley Berry Farm is a proud supplier of vocational training and disability opportunities while serving up some of the best produce Orange has to offer.
Young – the Cherry Capital of Australia
If there’s one fruit that speaks Australian Christmas then it’s the cherry.
This is probably in part due to the fact that cherry season runs from November to December when the cherries are at their ripest and juiciest – and you can get the best of the best by visiting and cherry picking in Young, NSW.
What better way to get your cherries than to head to a beautiful part of the NSW countryside and pick your own, immersed in stunning hillside scenery. Cherry picking in Young gives you just that –just 2 hours from Canberra and 4 hours from Sydney.
Main Range Orchard
At Main Range Orchard, we love for you to get a taste (literally!) of life on a cherry orchard. Our pick-your-own orchard offers just that. You get to enjoy fresh cherries, straight from the tree, picked by you. It’s a fun activity, so get some friends and family together and come for a visit! You’re very welcome to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the orchard.
During the season pick-your-own is open every weekend from 8am to 5pm. If you would like to come during the week this can often be arranged – simply contact us.
Picking buckets are provided and hold approximately 5 kilos. You may like to bring an esky to keep your freshly picked cherries cool – cherries are very perishable and should be cooled as soon as possible after picking.
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New South Wales Cherry Picking Tour
- Return transfer
- Visit the Blue Mountian Echo Point (3 sisters)
- Permission to pick cherries
- Visit Mt Panorama (V8 supercar race track)
- Cherries that have been hand-picked can be purchased for $8.00-$12.00 per/kg (Cash Payment ONLY)
- Items of a personal nature
- Option 1 24 Rawson Pl, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia Stand in front of "Service NSW". Tour depart at this location at 7:00AM
- Option 2 110 Argyle St, Parramatta NSW 2150, Australia Please stand in front of "Lawrence Dry Cleaners". Tour depart at this location at 7:40AM
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Most travellers can participate
- The duration of the tour includes travel time
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 60 travellers
- All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
- Echo Point Lookout
- You’ll have 2 starting options See departure details
- 1 Echo Point Lookout Stop: 20 minutes See details
- 2 Mount Panorama Motor Racing Circuit Stop: 60 minutes See details
- 3 Orange Stop: 2 hours See details
- You'll return to the starting point
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New South Wales Cherry Picking Tour provided by Ozia Tours
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1 Day Cherry Picking Tour
Having fund picking your own cherries from an Aussie farm. All you can eat while picking and chance to buy yummy fresh cherries directly from the farm
- Duration: 11 hours
- Voucher: Mixed, digital voucher accepted
- Language: English
December: sat 16, sun 17, sat 23, wed 27, sat 30, adult - aud $89 pp, child (0 - 12 yrs old) - aud $79 pp, group 6 pax or more - aud $79 pp.
- For front seats VIP extra $20 pp.
- Children under 4 years old are not allowed sit up front.
- No baby chair available for children, please bring your own
- Return Coach from Sydney – Orange
- Cherry Farm entry fee
x All meals
x Personal expenses
x Pick your own cherry $6 – $8/kg
x Pick your own strawberry $15/kg
- 7.30 am 255 Pitt Street – City
- 8:00 am Strathfield Train station Bus Stand D
- Our morning tea stop at Hydro Majestic Hotel experiences the best coffee in the Blue Mt. comes with the view. own expense
- Lunch at McDonald’s – own expense
- Enjoy picking the cherry fresh from the trees • Exclusive shopping farm gate at Cantrill Organics farm Discount price, Jam, cherry Balm only travel with APSE Tours.
- Dinner stop at McDonald’s own expense
- 8:00 pm Drop off Strathfield
- 8:30 pm Drop off City
- Full payment requires to confirm booking
- No change, no cancel
- Non-refund after booking confirm, payment received & voucher issued
- INSURANCE : We strongly recommend travel insurance and QueenTours & her wholesalers will not be held responsible for costs, loss of deposits and payments made, or other fees incurred due to cancellations resulting from unforeseen circumstances, medical conditions or changes to travel plans.
- Please check the time and date of the trip on the ticket, the ticket is non-refundable, after the tour has departed QueenTours will not refund any unused ticket.
- No refunds will be given in the event of any delay subject weather condition.
- Subject to change without notice, we reserve the right to cancel tours due to the weather, amend fares, itineraries and days of operation. At times it may be necessary to provide alternative transport.
- COVID19 - There is an issue from the government of health regarding Covid19 closures for travel. We will fully refund also the doctor's certification requested if you sick.
- Wear a face mask if it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others or if you have COVID-19 symptoms.
- Please prefer to our general terms & conditions
Pick up locations & time
⏰ 08:00 AM Strathfield Depart @ Station Everton Rd. Bus Stand D
- Please be there 10 mins before departure time
- We don’t have waiting policy. Therefore we will not refund if you’re late.
Things to prepare
- Sunscreen & water
- Cover shoes
New South Wales Cherry Picking Tour
Nestled in the heart of New South Wales, Australia, the Cherry Picking Tour might seem like just another tourist attraction for fruit enthusiasts. But before dismissing it as a run-of-the-mill experience, let’s explore the world of cherry picking and discover the hidden gems that await.
From the thrill of plucking ripe cherries straight from the branches to the breathtaking landscapes of New South Wales, this tour promises an adventure like no other. So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey that will awaken your senses and leave you craving for more, pack your bags and get ready to savor the sweetness of nature’s bounty.
Good To Know
- November to January is the cherry picking season in New South Wales.
- Cherry orchards offer a hands-on experience amidst picturesque landscapes.
- Visitors can pick their own cherries directly from the trees and savor the sweetness and freshness.
- There are several cherry picking farms in the region that offer delicious cherries and a chance to connect with nature.
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Cherry Picking Season in New South Wales
The Cherry Picking Season in New South Wales offers a delightful opportunity for adventure seekers and fruit enthusiasts to indulge in a hands-on experience amidst picturesque orchards.
From November to January, when the cherries are ripe and bursting with flavor, visitors can head to the charming countryside and enjoy the beauty of nature. The cherry orchards, with their lush green trees adorned with vibrant red cherries, create a breathtaking sight.
As visitors wander through the orchards, they can pluck the ripest cherries straight from the trees and savor their juicy sweetness. It’s not just about picking cherries; it’s about enjoying the thrill of the hunt and experiencing the joy of connecting with nature.
Whether it’s a family outing or a solo adventure, the Cherry Picking Season promises an unforgettable and delicious experience for all.
Best Cherry Picking Farms in the Region
Nestled amidst the rolling hills and picturesque landscapes of New South Wales, await the best cherry picking farms in the region, ready to offer visitors an unforgettable adventure in search of nature’s sweet treasures.
These farms provide a perfect escape from the bustling city life, allowing visitors to enjoy the beauty of the countryside while indulging in the delightful experience of cherry picking.
Here are four of the top cherry picking farms in the region:
Cherry Haven : Located in Young, Cherry Haven is a family-owned farm known for its delicious cherries and warm hospitality. With a wide variety of cherry trees to choose from, visitors can enjoy the thrill of picking their own cherries while surrounded by stunning views.
Tuckerberry Hill : Situated in the scenic Blue Mountains, Tuckerberry Hill offers not only cherry picking but also the opportunity to pick other berries like blueberries and raspberries. The farm’s idyllic setting and friendly atmosphere make it a popular choice for families.
Ballinaclash Orchard : Located in the town of Young, Ballinaclash Orchard is renowned for its premium cherries. Visitors can enjoy picking cherries from the orchard’s well-maintained trees while taking in the breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
Clyde River Berry Farm : Situated near Batemans Bay, Clyde River Berry Farm is a picturesque farm that offers cherry picking along with a range of other berries. Visitors can wander through the orchard, picking cherries and enjoying the peaceful ambiance of the farm.
These cherry picking farms provide not only a chance to savor the freshest cherries but also an opportunity to connect with nature and create lasting memories. So, grab a bucket, put on your sun hat, and get ready to embark on an exciting cherry picking adventure in New South Wales.
Tips for a Successful Cherry Picking Experience
Amidst the lush landscapes of New South Wales’ cherry picking farms, there are essential tips to ensure a successful and delightful cherry picking experience. Here are some helpful suggestions to make the most of your adventure:
What to Expect During a Cherry Picking Tour
During a cherry picking tour in New South Wales, visitors can expect a thrilling and immersive experience amidst the bountiful cherry orchards. Here’s what they can anticipate:
A hands-on adventure : Visitors will have the opportunity to pick their own cherries directly from the trees. They can experience the joy of plucking ripe, juicy cherries and feel a sense of accomplishment.
Scenic beauty : The cherry orchards in New South Wales offer breathtaking views of rows upon rows of cherry trees in full bloom. The picturesque landscape provides a perfect backdrop for memorable photos.
Knowledge sharing : Tour guides and farmers are often present to provide insights into the cherry growing process. Visitors can learn about the various cherry varieties, cultivation techniques, and the importance of sustainable farming practices.
Tasting sessions : Most cherry picking tours include the chance to taste the freshly picked cherries. Visitors can savor the sweetness and freshness of these delectable fruits, and even take some home as a delicious souvenir.
With these exciting elements, a cherry picking tour in New South Wales promises an unforgettable adventure for all cherry enthusiasts.
Cherry Picking Tour Packages and Options
As visitors enjoy the thrilling experience of picking their own cherries in the bountiful orchards of New South Wales, they’ll discover an array of exciting cherry picking tour packages and options awaiting their exploration.
Whether it’s a half-day tour or a full-day adventure, there are packages available to suit every schedule and preference. Visitors can choose from guided tours that provide insights into the cherry farming process, or opt for self-guided tours that allow for a more independent and adventurous experience.
Plus, there are options for private tours, where visitors can have a more personalized and intimate cherry picking experience. Some tour packages even include extras such as transportation, lunch, and tastings of other fresh produce from the region.
With so many options to choose from, visitors are guaranteed a cherry picking tour that will create memories to last a lifetime.
How to Make the Most of Your Cherry Picking Tour
To fully maximize your cherry picking tour experience, embrace the adventure and learn about the vibrant orchards of New South Wales.
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your cherry picking tour:
Dress appropriately : Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. The orchards can be muddy, so be prepared.
Bring sunscreen and a hat : The Australian sun can be intense, so protect yourself from the UV rays. A hat and sunscreen are essential.
Taste as you pick : Don’t be afraid to indulge in the sweet cherries as you pick them. It’s part of the fun and adds to the experience.
Take plenty of photos : Capture the beauty of the orchards and your cherry picking adventure. These memories will last a lifetime.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is the Recommended Attire for Cherry Picking Tours in New South Wales?
The recommended attire for cherry picking tours in New South Wales is comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes. This ensures a pleasant and safe experience while picking cherries in the orchard.
Are There Any Age Restrictions for Participating in a Cherry Picking Tour?
There are no age restrictions for participating in a cherry picking tour. Everyone, from young children to older adults, can enjoy the experience of picking fresh cherries and exploring the beautiful orchards in New South Wales.
Are Pets Allowed at the Cherry Picking Farms in the Region?
Pets are not allowed at the cherry picking farms in the region. This policy ensures the safety and cleanliness of the farms, as well as the well-being of other visitors.
Is Transportation Provided to and From the Cherry Picking Farms?
Transportation is provided to and from the cherry picking farms in New South Wales. Guests can enjoy a convenient and hassle-free experience, allowing them to focus on the adventure of cherry picking.
Can I Bring My Own Containers or Bags to Collect the Cherries During the Tour?
Yes, you can bring your own containers or bags to collect cherries during the tour. It’s a great way to ensure you can take home as many cherries as you want and have a memorable experience.
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So, if you’re looking for a truly unique and memorable experience, look no further than the New South Wales Cherry Picking Tour.
With its picturesque landscapes, delicious cherries, and flexible tour options, this adventure promises to be a delight for all.
Don’t miss out on the chance to learn about the beauty of nature and savor the freshest cherries straight from the orchards.
Book your tour today and get ready for an enchanting cherry picking adventure in New South Wales.
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Fruit Picking in Sydney | A Seasonal Guide
Looking for the best farms to do some fruit picking in Sydney? Sydney is a great place to try fruit picking and there are several types of fruit to pick across the year. There are over 40 different farms offering experiences, ranging from apple orchards to strawberry fields, for at least two thirds of the year you will be able to enjoy a day of harvesting fresh fruits. And best of all you find plenty of options 90 minutes or less from the centre of Sydney.
There are over 10,000 hectares of fruit orchards in New South Wales.
Until a few years ago I had only been apple picking but since our grandkids arrived we have been back out checking out the fruit picking farms near Sydney for some family friendly fun.
Lots had changed since I last visited this topic and many websites still list orchards that have closed to the public. Some of my favourites are no longer open to the public so I decided to write up all my notes on the best places and times to pick fruit in Sydney. I hope you find them helpful.
Rather than an exhaustive list of every single fruit farm near Sydney we have stuck with our favourites so as not to overwhelm. Google can help you find more 😉
Fruit picking season in Sydney: when and where to go
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Harvest conditions change due to weather or in recent years bushfire damage, so please double check the farms you want to visit before you head out.
The best time for fruit picking in Sydney is early summer through to the end of Autumn. This is when there is a good variety of fruits ripe for picking. You will find berries, stone fruits, and apples if you plan your trips between December and May.
The most popular places to go fruitpicking near Sydney are Bilpin, on the way to the Blue Mountains, Kurrajong Heights, in the Hawkesbury region, and Thirlmere, located in the Wollondilly Shire just south of Sydney.
These areas are all on the outskirts of the city meaning you don’t need to spend hours in the car to find fruitpicking opportunities regardsless of where you live in the city. You will however need a car as it’s all but impossible to go fruit picking on public transport.
The fruit picking season in Sydney typically runs from November to May.
And remember if you just want farm fresh fruit and are not that fussed about picking many of the farms and orchards have cafes to enjoy home made treats or farm shop to stock up and with ripe fruit to take home.
Apple picking is the most popular fruit picked near Sydney with Bilpin NSW, having a number of farms brimming with apples and a whole lot more for several months of the year.
There is also a range of berries, with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries available in good supply both north and south of the city. Stone fruits including peaches, apples, pears and nectarines have a shorter season but there are good opportunities in Thirlmere, south of the city. You will even find nuts in the Blue Mountains village of Mount Irvine.
Finally if the fruit picking urge strikes in winter, citrus fruits, especially mandarins and lemons are a good option.
Sydney Expert’s top two fruit farms for year round experiences
In a hurry? Here are our top two farms that offer a great variety of fruit and are open all year.
This 100 year old family farm has a great variety of fruit, farm animals to feed, tractor rides and space for picnics. They have a shop and cafe, with great coffee, if you don’t want to picnic. In season beautiful blossom trees make this a fantastic day out. Canoelands offers decent access for those with mobility challenges. Check their website for more details and for what’s in season now.
Bilpin Fruit Bowl
It’s hard to beat Bilpin Fruit Bowl for variety , they even have a good range of vegetables and some nuts to pick. Head to the cafe for a slice of one of their delicious fruit pies that feature what’s in season! They have a large shop where you can stock up on honey, cider and other kitchen essentials.
Fruit picking is a fun activity for families. Many of the farms also offer things like tractor rides and animal feeeding. There are sometimes lovely picnic grounds and facilities to help you make a day of it.
The easiest spots for Sydney families is to go fruit picking are Bilpin or Thirlmere, depending on which part of the city you are starting out from. We have added details about
If you have younger kids then we suggest a berry farm, strawberry picking is available throughout the year and even works in bad weather as much of the picking is done under cover. Berrylicious strawberries at Thirlmere is a good option.
Before you head out for your Sydney fruit picking experience we suggest you consider these tips.
- Check if you need to book – new government regulations mean that most farms limit the number of visitors per day. The first time I went apple picking I was surprised to find that the first three farms we visited required bookings. We were not prepared and ended up having to head to a local fruit shop to stock up. During school holidays this is even more important.
- Look over the entry requirements and accessibility – There may also have age restrictions – some farms do not allow younger children so check this if you plan on taking kids under school age. Some farms are more accessible than others when it comes to mobility requirements.
- Don’t wear the wrong shoes – Some farms may not allow open toe shoes for safety reasons but also the ground can be a bit mushy. A change of shoes might be handy if you are planning other stops on your day trip.
- Bring your own bag or containers to collect your fruit – it’s better for the environment and with plastic bags no longer available many farms don’t offer bags.
- Scissors – for some types of fruit it’s handy to bring a pair of sturdy shears or scissors to cut the fruit off the trees particularly citrus.
- Gloves – while not essential if you are a softie like me you will appreciate some gloves if you plan on picking a lot of fruit.
- Bring cash – not all farms accept cards so a stash of cash is the best bet.
- Follow the farms on their social media – You will find updates about the coming harvest season. You will find a Facebook page or Instagram account for most of the farms.
It’s worth knowing that while you can sometimes get good value for money fruit picking it may not always be cheaper – but you do get the freshest fruit that has not been sitting in supermarket chillers for months on end. Plus you get to spend some time with family and friends having fun outdoors.
Season : February to May
Apples are in abundance from February to May, although some years the season does run a little early. If you want to go apple picking in Sydney one of the most popular places is in Bilpin, which is about a 90 minute drive from the CBD.
Where to go apple picking near Sydney
Drive north west from the city centre for about one and a half hours and you will find Biplin,on the Bells Line of Road. Bilpin is considered the apple capital of NSW
- Pine Crest Orchard – 2549 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin – great for your first experience with low entry fees and no need to book so you can try it out without spending too much.
- Bilpin Springs Orchard – 2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin – a small family owned orchard only open in season. Lovely for a low key experience.
- Bilpin Fruit Bowl – 2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin – Bilpin Fruit Bowl is a good choice if not everyone in your group wants to pick as they can hangout in the cafe.
If you head to Bilpin consider driving on a little further and enjoying the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens at Mount Tomah.
If you live in the south of the city head towards Wollongong and make a stop in Darkes Forest.
- Darkes Glenbernie Orchard -259 Darkes Forest Rd, Darkes Forest (not to be confused with Glenberinie Family Farms who harvest sunflowers. Darkes have plenty of apples and also make cider and mead and sell their own honey.
Season: May to August
If you want to stock up on citrus to chase away the winter blues (and flu’s) Sydney’s got a few great options. From mandarins, oranges, to lemons, limes and cumquats these zesty fruits will certainly add some sparkle to your fruit picking adventure.
Citrus fruits are predominantly a winter harvest, with the peak season ranging from June to August, although you can find some fruit in May. This makes it an excellent activity for those cooler months when other fruits are off-season.
You will find more than mandarins and lemons though with things like Kaffir and Tahitian limes, and even cumquats. Keep your eye out for native Australian finger limes if you visit Canoelands orchard, they go great with gin!
Where to go to pick citrus fruit
You can enjoy citrus picking at various farms around Sydney. The Hawkesbury is the closest region to Sydney. One of the most popular is ‘Watkins Family Farm’, renowned for its lush orchards of mandarins.
Orange and mandarin picking in Sydney is close to Sydney is found in the Hawkesbury Region.
- Watkins Family Farm – 1006 Singleton Rd, Laughtondale – is usually open from June to October. This 8th generation family farm is best known for their mandarin crops but you can also find Tahitian limes, lemons, grapefruit, finger limes, and oranges.
- Anderson Farm – Sackville Ferry Rd, Sackville North – On the banks of the Hawkesbury River you can pick Imperial and Hickson mandarins, Seville and navel oranges and good old bush lemons.
- Fords Farm – 1275 Singleton Road, Laughtondale via Wiseman’s Ferry- Fords Farm specialise in mandarins and cumquats. They have a great value entry fee per car (currently $10).
If you want to explore the region perhaps spend the night in Penrith .
Season : December to Februrary
If you’re a fan of stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, and plums, you’ll find no shortage of options near Sydney. In Sydney the season typically spans the summer from December to February. Plums often continue into autumn with some varieties available in March.
This time of year sees a variety of stone fruits at their peak, ripening under the Australian summer sun, ready for you to enjoy.
Best Places to pick peaches, plums and nectarines near Sydney
Let’s have a look at some of the best places for picking peaches, plums and nectarines near Sydney.
If you live in the south of the city your best options are:
- Cedar Creek – 269 Mulhollands Rd, Thirlmere – Cedar Creek is the spot to go Persimmon picking. They also offer nectarines. You are transported to the trees on a people mover which adds to the fun.
- Glenbernie Orchard – 259 Darkes Forest Rd, Darkes Forest
Both of these options make a great day out when combined with a trip along the Grand Pacific Drive on your way back to Sydney.
Remember, harvest times can vary slightly each year due to weather patterns. Always check with individual farms before your visit to confirm that the fruit is ready for picking.
From Sydney’s north or western suburbs it’s probably better to head to Bilpin
- Pine Crest Orchard – 2549 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin
- Bilpin Fruit Bowl – 2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin
- Canoelands – 27 Canoelands Rd, Canoelands (20 minutes north of Dural) – While best known for the stone fruits Canoelands has been operating since 1923 and grows a huge variety of fruits. They are open year round and also offer high teas, tractor rides and have a cafe. It is an accessible property but call first to get advice before you visit.
Season : November to March
Berry lovers will find plenty of ripe berries on offer in summer with crops at the their best from Decemeber to February. Raspberries start a finish a little earlier than blueberries and strawberries can be found grown under cover year round.
You should find they have blueberries and strawberries at Canoelands Orchard , while Glenbernie Orchard also has some berries for picking most years.
Season : available throughout the year
Strawberry picking is a good year round option. Usually, the best season for strawberry picking in Sydney is from October to January, but some farms offer year-round picking thanks to ever-bearing varieties. Be sure to check with the specific farm for their picking schedule.
Best places to pick strawberries near Sydney
- Berrylicious Strawberries – 200 West Parade, Thirlmere – These guys are usually open most of the year, usually closing between July and October. The berries are grown in a hot house and are pestiside free. Check their Facebook page for opening dates .
- TNT Produce – 153 Kurts Road, Bilpin – this is a fun place to visit with farm animals to meet when you finish picking. Dogs are welcome on leash.
- Blueberry Hills – 464 Comleroy Rd, Kurrajong – This farm offers blueberry picking in season and also has a lovely farmstay if you decide a getaway is in order. Their blueberry harvest dates will be available on their Facebook page soon.
Tips for picking strawberries
Strawberry picking near Sydney is a popular option for families so we suggest you arrive early in the day to get the best pick of the fruit. Remember to only pick what you can eat and avoid the pale coloured strawberries as they are usually not very sweet.
Season: Late October -January
The cherry picking season is mid to late-October and peaks at Christmas but continues until the end of January and even into February some years. This year is not looking so good for some growers with Roth Family Orchid announcing their crop will be a small one this year with the first open weekend likely being 16-17 December.
Did you know there are at least 9 varieties of Cherries grown in NSW?
You will need to be prepared to jump in the car and drive at least 2.5-3 hours west to find cherries as there are no cherry orchards near the city.
Most of the NSW cherry orchids are in the Central West between Bathurst, Orange, and Young but you will also find cherries closer to Sydney in Parkesbourne, west of Goulburn, Mudgee or Raglan.
- Sacred Hill Cherries – 237 Merilla Lane, Parkesbourne (bookings essential)
- Roth Family Orchard – 108 Eurunderee Lane, Mudgee
- George and Sue’s Cherry Farm – 7 Melrose Drive, Ragla
If you have time to make a weekend of it head to Young, NSW, the Cherry capital for the Annual Cherry Festival usually held the first weekend in December.
If you are making a special trip just to pick cherries contact the orchard in advance and check if you need a booking or if weather has impacted the crop this year.
It’s worth noting that many farms have a minimum weight to pick per person so if there is a group of you, you will end up with LOTS of cherries to work your way through.
Season : March- May
Are nuts a fruit? They sure are! You can pick chestnuts and walnuts in March, April and May. Other nuts like almonds and pecans are also available. Nutwood Farm is the only one I have personally visited so far but I highly recommend you make a drive to Mount Irvine , it’s such a beautiful spot. If you time it right, you can see the autumn colours the town is famous for while you pick your chestnuts and walnuts.
Where to pick nuts near Sydney
- Kookootonga Nut Farm – 247 Mt. Irvine Road, Mt. Irvine – This chestnut and walnut farm is only open between March and April. Owned by the same family for over 100 years there are picnic grounds but no cafe and no shops nearby so bring supplies. (dogs welcome)
- Nutwood Farm – 22 Danes Way Mt. Irvine – Head to Nutwood for more chestnuts and walnuts. Their Facebook page will announce 2024 harvest dates.
- Pine Crest Orchard – 2549 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin – Pine Crest also offer walnuts and chestnuts in March and April, open weekends and public holidays.
- Bilpin fruit bowl – offers green almonds in late September.
How much does fruit picking in sydney usually cost?
Fruit picking prices in Sydney vary depending on the location and the type of fruit being picked. On average, most orchards charge between $10 to $20 per adult for the entry fee and picking rights.
You then usually pay by the kilogram of fruit picked. It’s important to check the pricing structure of each farm before visiting to avoid any surprises.
Bring cash or a credit card to pay for the fruit. Many of these family owned farms will have a cash-only policy, so it’s important to bring enough money to pay for the fruit you pick. Some farms may also accept credit cards, but it’s always best to check beforehand.
Is fruit picking in Sydney only available on the weekend?
While it is certainly easier to find spots to go fruit picking on weekends, several orchards are open during the week including Canoelands orchard and Bilpin
Are children welcome at all fruit picking farms?
Yes, children are typically welcome at fruit picking farms. However, it’s always a good idea to check the farm website before planning you visit.
While you are there check out any rules the farm may have put in place. Fruit picking can be a fantastic educational experience for kids, teaching them where their food comes from, while letting them indulge straight from the source. However most farms have rules in place to keep everyone safe. They make great conversation for the drive to the orchard 😉
Also encourage them to be gentle so they don’t damage the fruit and you end up needing to make jam instead of going home with buckets of fruit to munch!
If you are happy to drive a little further, you will find fantastic fruit picking opportunities in the Central West of NSW, in towns including Bathurst, Orange, Mudgee, and Young in Hilltops Region of NSW.
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