Apples, pears, peaches and even nuts – fill up your fruit basket straight from the crop at these fun fruit picking spots!
When it comes to finding the best places for fruit picking, Sydney has a fruit salad mixture of farms available. These spots are great for family trips, short weekend escapes and, more importantly, some of the freshest fruit you’ll ever bite into.
Allowing you to pick straight from the crop, our list on where to pick your own fruit in New South Wales is filled to the brim with stone fruits, berries and nuts. Promising to be a fun and fresh experience, read on through our comprehensive guide of the best fruit picking farms near Sydney, New South Wales:
Bilpin Springs Orchard
Nestled within the Blue Mountains, Bilpin Springs Orchard is considered as one of the most popular fruit picking spots near Sydney. This charming roadside suburb is known as the “Land of the Mountain Apple” and is surrounded by apple orchards at every nook that you look. Bilpin Springs Orchard produces Granny Smith apples, lemons and even quinces that are all available for picking. Better yet, come February and March, visitors can expect peaches, pears, plums, figs and much more. Plus, once done, the adults can also check out Bilpin Cider’s cellar door for a drink or two. Open to the public on weekends, we recommend you bring some cash along for your fruit picking experience. Be sure to check their website for updates on fruit availability.
Bilpin Springs Orchard | 550 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin, NSW 2758
Pine Crest Orchard
Just across the road from Bilpin Springs, Pine Crest Orchard is a family business that is passionate about sharing their abundance of produce with the public. During February and March visitors will find a large variety of apples as well as white and yellow peaches, blood and ruby plums, raspberries, blackberries and even cherries. Thankfully Pine Crest Orchard has no entrance fee, all you have to pay for is the fruit you pick! Whether it’s a couple’s weekend or a family trip, Pine Crest Orchard is considered as one of the best fruit picking farms in Sydney.
Pine Crest Orchard | 2549 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin, NSW 2758
Mandarin lovers will be in heaven at Ford’s Farm which is just an hour-and-a-half from the Sydney CBD. Offering Imperial, Satsuma, Emperor and Hickson Mandarins in the cooler months from May, Ford’s Farm is the perfect destination for a Sunday sojourn and afternoon picnic. Lemons, kaffir limes and cumquats are also on offer for picking during the early months of winter. As well as that, Ford’s Farm is also home to a delicious range of jams, chutney, cordial, pure honey, vinegars and oils year-round. On your way, we recommend taking a day trip to the historic Wiseman’s Ferry township and continuing along the Hawkesbury River to the picturesque farm.
Ford’s Farm | 1275 Singleton Rd, Laughtondale, NSW 2775
Did you know that nuts are actually fruits? Thankfully, if you’re looking for something a little more savoury, Nutwood Farm should be your go-to for all your fruit picking needs! Nutwood Farm extends over 20 hectares with an abundance of chestnuts and walnuts that are ripe usually in March of every year. Set on the edge of Wollangambee National Park, just over a two hour drive north-west of Sydney’s CBD, Nutwood Farm features a stunning expanse of towering walnut and chestnut trees that have been around for over 30 years. Nutwood’s chestnuts start to fall mid to late March, will their walnuts falling just a few weeks after. Better yet, Bilpin is only a short drive away so you can pick some apples on your weekend trip too!
Nutwood Farm | 22 Danes Wy Trl, Mount Irvine, NSW 2786
Kookootonga Chestnut and Walnut Farm
If you’re looking for the best places for fruit picking near Sydney, Kookootonga Chestnut and Walnut Farm should be at the top of your list. During their on-season, surprisingly, Kookootonga is one of the very few farms that are open to visitors seven days a week. With a long tradition of allowing the public to pick and purchase produce, visitors to Kookootonga Chestnut and Walnut Farm will be offered chestnuts and walnuts that grow from trees that over 100 years old! One of the first Blue Mountains fruit picking farms, Kookootonga has been welcoming Sydneysiders since the early 1900s.
Kookootonga Chestnut and Walnut Farm | 247 Mount Irvine Rd, Mount Irvine, NSW 2786
If you still haven’t picked enough apples, Shield’s Orchard has perhaps the largest array of apple varieties including the Julie apple which is bred exclusively at Shield’s Orchard. From February to May, Shield’s have Royal Gala, Jonathon, Bramley, Cox’s Orange Pippin, Red Delicious, Braeburn, Firm Gold, Fuji, Splendour, Granny Smith, Pink Lady and Sundowner apples. Despite this fruit farm being home to an extensive apple variety, Shield’s Orchard is a small, family-owned business that is open five days a week during the year’s most fruitful months. Be sure to check out their website for more information on when the fruit is ripe and ready for picking!
Shield’s Orchard | 2270 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin, NSW 2758
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