We are always on the hunt for a pick-your-own farms, but living in Sydney it usually involves a fair bit of driving. Luckily we are only just 90 minutes drive from Bilpin in the Blue Mountains, home to the many apple orchards. They call the town of Bilpin as ‘The Land of the Mountain Apples’.
We visited Pine Crest Orchard for the first time this year in Jan during the start of the apple season. It was also just before Lunar New Year so my family was very delighted to have fruits with fresh green leaves to display for the new year. We enjoyed the experience so much that we came back again in March. The orchard grows more than just apples as they start the fruit picking season with stone fruits in December. Depending on when you visit the orchard there are different varieties of apples, pears, plums, peaches, nashi pears, persimmons and small amounts of cherries available for picking. It’s best to call them directly to check what is available or follow their facebook page for all the latest updates.
Fruit picking is such a fun experience for the whole family. We don’t grow anything edible in our garden so it’s a great experience for the kids to see and learn where their food comes from. Best of all everything is so fresh straight from the trees.
Pine Crest Orchard as well as other orchards are located along Bell’s Line of Road. The drive is really enjoyable and there are many roadside stalls selling the local produce. Since we’re in the land of the apples that also means apple pies. There are many stalls selling homemade apple pies which is worth sampling. And do try the hillbilly apple cider made from the local apples.
Pine Crest Orchard no longer provide buckets. You can bring your own bags or buy calico bags from them.
Not far from the Bilpin is Mount Tomah Botanical Gardens which is worth a visit.
Pine Crest Orchard
2549 Bell’s Line of Road
Bilpin NSW 2758
Ph: 02 4567 1143
Best to call so you won’t be disappointed or like their facebook page for all the latest updates.