From kiwi fruit to cherries, apples, pears and everything in between – make your next Australian weekend getaway a fruit salad dream.
New South Wales
Bilpin Fruit Bowl
Bilpin Fruit Bowl is owned and operated by Simon and Margaret Tadrosse. Located under a 30-minute drive northwest of Richmond, the farm is open to visitors on the weekends during harvest time (November to May) with weather permitting. On top of the orchards, Bilpin Fruit Bowl even has their own shop stocked with local honey, local homemade jams, souvenirs, pottery, fresh fruit and seasonal summer fruits. Plus, the Bilpin duo even bake apple pies, meat pies, cakes, scones and slices on the premises, and in the summer they also sell peach pies made from the produce grown in their orchard.
This wonderful orchard set on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in New South Wales grows a range of mandarins including Emperor, Imperial and Hickson alongside Washington Navel Oranges for visitors to pick. Later in the season Anderson Farms also have Seville Oranges available for pick-your-own at the Sackville North estate.
Westerway Raspberry Farm
Westerway Raspberry Farm is known for producing some of the freshest and best tasting raspberries in Australia. Operating now for 15 years, they have continued to grow the berry farm and supply customers across the country with a sweet combination of raspberries and blackcurrants. For berry loving Tasmanians alike, the Westerway Raspberry Farm is also now planting small quantities of blackberries, silvanberries, golden raspberries and redcurrants too.
Sorell Fruit Farm
Sorell Fruit Farm was opened to the public in November of 1989, and since then has flourished as one of the most well-known Tasmanian fruit destinations. Offering an array of homemade products as well as a pick your own service; thanks to the specially pruned trees, customers can easily pick some of Sorell’s produce to take home in some of the picking containers that are available.
The historical home of Victorian cherries, the Yarra Valley is where it all began for Cherryhill Orchards. With rich fertile soils and long sunshine hours, the Yarra Valley is synonymous with all things agriculture, and provides the perfect conditions for mid to late season cherries. Home to ‘Pick Your Own Cherries’, every season throughout Australia’s summer thousands of cherry lovers flock here to pick their own cherries straight from the tree.
Rayner’s Orchard is a family run boutique fruit orchard in the Yarra Valley. Growing over 450 varieties of fruit including peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, tamarillo, pomegranate, persimmon, figs, pepino, feijoa, guava, kiwi fruit and dutch medlar to name a few. Just over an hours drive east of Melbourne, Rayners Orchard also offer U Pick and orchard tours year round for their fruit loving visitors.
Harrisville Orchards are the only commercial growers in South Australia’s Adelaide Hills to offer pick your own apples and cherries when in season. Taking home the Champion title at the Royal Adelaide Show for the past 20 years and counting, Harrisville Orchards relish the opportunity to provide visitors with the best fruit picking experience in the Adelaide Hills region.
Montacute Valley Orchards
Established five generations ago by Thomas Greene and still carried on today by his great-grandson Geoff and great-great-grandson Ian, there’s no denying that Montacute Valley Orchards is a family owned business. Growing over 35 varieties of cherries starting from early November through until after Christmas, Motacute Valley Orchards puts a berry delicious spin to their estate with their strawberries that are available during the same harvest season as their cherries.
Core Cider is an authentic farm, venue and bistro offering exceptional artisan ciders and orchard events. Open every weekend in summer for plum picking, Core Cider is also home to an array of other attractions including pork and cider hot dogs, additional fruit available for purchase and, not to forget, the family restaurant featuring live music available every Sunday afternoon.
Pick Your Own Strawberry Farm
Pick Your Own Strawberry Farm is owned by Ti who encourages the whole family to come and enjoy the views all whilst picking your own strawberries to take home and devour! A day picking from Ti’s farm means a day in the outdoors – so remember to dress appropriately. Found 40-minutes north out of Perth’s CBD or just a touch away from Perth’s Outback Splash; at the moment Pick Your Own Strawberry Farm are only open on weekends.
Now that you’ve got your fruit, here are some delicious ways to enjoy it… Start off by making this Strawberry, Basil and Goats Cheese Focaccia Bread, next try your luck at this Plum Tarte Tatin Recipe that will be ready in 20 minutes. And, to celebrate your fruit picking accomplishments, these 4 Wine-Infused Cocktails use everything from grapefruit, to pomegranate and even oranges!