I love mandarins, especially the imperial mandarins. They are so very sweet and juicy. I love that mandarins have a delicious citrus fragrance every time you peel it. I especially love that they make a very convenient snack which has been great for the school lunch boxes.
We are at the very end of the imperial mandarins season at the shops and boy they are getting very expensive. Lucky for me the mandarin orchards are at the start of their season for pick your own mandarins. We made a trip to Watkins Orchard in Wisemans Ferry for mandarin picking on their opening weekend. We love going to pick your own orchards as it’s such a fun activity and the reward at the end is the getting the freshest fruits to take home.
Watkins orchard has different varieties of mandarins depending on the time of year. The season starts end of May or early June to until fruit finishes. But it’s always best to check with the orchard before you go. At Watkins Orchard the mandarins are sold for $10 per bucket full. We weighed our mandarins at home and they were around 6kg a bucket which make it super cheap.
The drive to the orchard is very scenic but on narrow and winding road. Make a day trip out of it and explore Wisemans Ferry. Check out Hawkins Lookout for panoramic views of the Hawkesbury River. Also do what we did and catch the car ferry across the Hawkesbury just for the heck of it.
There are three mandarin orchards in Wisemans Ferry.
1125 Singleton Road, Laughtondale (via Wisemans Ferry), NSW, 2775
Phone: (02) 4566 3107
Watkins Family Farm
1006 Singleton Road, Laughtondale (via Wisemans Ferry), NSW, 2775
Phone: 0418 233 466
1275 Singleton Road, Laughtondale (via Wisemans Ferry), NSW, 2775
Phone: (02) 4566 3127