There’s nothing quite like eating a nice juicy piece of fruit you’ve picked yourself. And a morning spent fruit picking is a great opportunity for kids to learn more about where their food comes from. With some orchards just an hour out of Sydney CBD fruit picking makes for a great family outing.
We’ve rounded up some of the best pick-your-own-fruit options. It’s important to note that fruit availability changes year to year based on weather and other factors. Calendars are provided below to allow the reader to see options for any given month with a quick glance, however we highly recommend contacting the orchard directly or following their social media channels for up to date information before any visit.
Approximately an hour from Sydney CBD. Will be offering pick you own nectarines and peaches daily throughout November and December. They also grow plums, tomatoes, passionfruit and blueberries available for picking at different times of the year. Follow Canoelands Orchard’s facebook page for most recent updates of what crops are ready for picking.
Coffee, snacks and drinks are available to purchase, and you are welcome to bring your own picnic along. They also offer farm tours so you can see how things happen on the orchard.
Admission cost is $5 per adult, $3 per child over 5 (kids under 5 are free). Any fruit picked is charged at a per kilo price.
27 Canoelands Rd, Canoelands NSW 2157; Telephone 0419688039 www.canoelandsorchard.com
Nectarines and peaches:
Cedar Creek Orchard
Approximately 80 minutes south from Sydney CBD. Cedar Creek Orchard is a family owned orchard with around 23,000 trees including apples, peaches, nectarines and persimmons. During some of the fruit seasons they allow people into the orchard to experience picking their own fruit. This becomes very busy on weekends, and a booking time must be made by phone to allow groups to be transported to and from the picking areas. There is plenty of free parking available.
Stonefruit Picking Entry Fee: $5 per adult; $3 per child (3 yrs to 15 yrs). The fruit you pick will be charged per kilo, and the price could vary, depending on the season/size of fruit/availability,
269 Mulhollands Rd, Thirlmere. NSW 2572; Phone 0246818457 during business hours (BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL)
Pine Crest Orchard
90 minutes north-west of Sydney CBD.
There is no entry charge. Just pay for what you pick. Toilets and picnic facilities are available. Enjoy a day out with your family picking your own fruit, strolling through the fruit trees and appreciating the adjoining Australian bush. All apples are $4kg, and the price of other produce varies. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays. Homemade jams, local honey, and nuts (seasonally) are also available for purchase.
Pine Crest Orchard also sell homemade jams including apricot, nectarine and traditional plum jam. The Shed also stocks local honey and nuts (when in season).
2549 Bells Line of Road (just behind the primary school), Bilpin NSW 2758
Nashi and European Pears:
Bilpin Fruit Bowl
90 minutes north-west of Sydney’s CBD. Pick your own apples, peaches, and a selection of vegetables. The farm is generally open from the end of November until the end of May (unless they run out of fruit). The farm is open on weekends only and public holidays between the hours of 10am and 4pm. Entry fee is $2.50 per person with children under 3 years of age free.
2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin; Phone 0404 061262. Website: bilpinfruitbowl.com.au/pick-your-own.php
Check Bilpin Fruit Bowl’s facebook page for a complete list of what is available for picking each weekend.
Bilpin Springs Orchard
90 minutes north-west of Sydney CBD. This small orchard in the Australian Blue Mountains grows fruit that you can pick in season. These include apples, pears, nashi and quinces; persimmon, figs and citrus; and more recently, blueberries. Fruit is charged per kilogram at the prices marked on the board at the entrance. A minimum purchase of $5 per adult is assumed. Local pure apple juice and matured local apple cider vinegar are available for purchase, and sometimes honey from bees housed in the orchard.
2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin NSW 2758; Phone 0245671294. Website: www.bilpinspringsorchard.com.au
A wide variety of deciduous fruits:
Watkins Family Farm
90 minutes from Sydney’s CBD. Set in a beautiful mountain valley setting, just a short country drive from the charming village of Wiseman’s Ferry, is this fabulous Imperial Mandarin Orchard. In addition to the mandarins, there are also mushrooms to pick, and sheep and goats to pat and feed. Bring along a picnic lunch and relax at the picnic tables provided. Open each Saturday and Sunday during winter months. No entry fee. Pay only for the mandarins you pick. It’s best to arrive as close to opening time as possible as it becomes very busy and can be long waits to get in and find a parking spot.
1006 Singleton Rd, Laughtondale near Wisemans Ferry NSW. Website: www.watkinsfarm.com.au
90 minutes north-west of sydney’s CBD. Ford’s Farm is a Pick Your Own citrus orchard specialising in Mandarins. They have four varieties of Mandarins available during the picking season, including the Satsuma, Imperial, Emperor and Hickson Mandarins. Other citrus fruit for picking are Tahitian Limes, Lemons, Cumquats and Kaffir Limes.
There is an entry fee of $5.00 per car, thereafter you only pay $2.00 per kg for what you pick. There is a picnic area available to sit and enjoy the quiet bush surroundings. Plus visitors are welcome to take a stroll through the orchard to visit and feed the sheep.
A selection of jams, chutney, cordial and honey all made from produce grown on the farm is available for purchase. Expresso Coffee, Cappuccinos and Hot chocolate are also available.
Picking seasons starts around late May and they are then open every weekend and public holidays from 10am to 4pm until all the fruit has gone.
1275 Singleton Rd, Laughtondale , Wisemans Ferry NSW 2775. Website: www.fordsfarm.com.au
Approximately 90 minutes from Sydney CDB. Shields Orchard is open for pick your own apples from early February to mid-May while fruit is available. Different apple varieties are ripe for picking at different times of the season (see website for details). Open most days except Tuesday.10am to 3pm on weekends. Ring first to confirm availability of fruit.
2270 Bells line of Rd, Bilpin NSW 2758; Phone 0245671206, 0427772431. Website: http://www.shieldsorchard.com/
Approximately 75 mins from Sydney CBD. Anderson farm is a mandarin orchard set on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. They grow Emperor, Imperial and Hickson Mandarins for Pick Your Own as well as Washington Navel Oranges. Later in the season they also have Seville Oranges for Pick Your Own
951 to 968 Sackville Ferry Rd, Sackville North NSW 2576; Phone 0245791120, 0414503955
Approximately 70 mins south of Sydney CBD. At Glenbernie Orchard, Apple, peaches and nectarine picking is available through booking on an Orchard Experience Tour, on select days November till April. These are small group tours (usually up to 20 people). The tour is by mini bus. Duration is 1-2hrs. The ticket price includes an opportunity to pick and some fruit to take home. Additional kilos of fruit picked to take home above what is in the ticket price is charged at the market rate at the time. The majority of the time there will be one fruit type to pick but sometimes there are more.
Berry Picking (raspberries) are available from November till March as a pick your own activity. The weather and number of people who picked before you can affect availability.
Follow Glenbernie Orchard’s Facebook page for up-to-date info.
Stone Fruits and Berries:
Montrose Berry Farm
90 minutes south of Sydney CBD. Pick blueberries, red raspberries, loganberries, boysenberries, autumn raspberries, red currants and hazelnuts during the season. Entry cost is $12.50 per person and includes an initial quantity of berries. If you wish to pick greater quantities this will be charged at a per weight amount. The farm shop sells berry products and pies and there is a cottage on site if you want to stay the night.
Check the website for opening times and berry availability Website: http://www.montroseberryfarm.com.au/index.php/berries.html
North Shore Kids Guide has done its best to ensure that information is correct at time of first publication however please be aware that availability of fruit fluctuates based on many factors and it is important to verify with the individual orchards and farms before making the trek out to visit them.