How irresistible are those glossy and delicious cherries hanging on the trees?
Cherries are at their peak at the moment and just the perfect timing for the Christmas season. I love having cherries during Christmas.
If you are like us and love the experience of picking your own cherries then head to Young for many of the pick your own cherry orchards. Young is referred to as the cherry capital of Australia, and it is about 4 hours drive from Sydney. I could never convince the husband to drive that far for cherry picking. He’ll tell me to save the time and effort and just buy it from the shops. But where’s the fun in that?
We did end up driving to Young, but we started our journey from Canberra. Earlier in December we were staying in Canberra and decided to do a day trip to Young, which is only 2 hours from Canberra. There are many orchards with pick your own to choose from. I decided to go to Allambie Orchard mainly because I’ve seen the pretty pictures on their website.
Unfortunately it rained on the day we were at the orchard and we couldn’t do much picking. We were lucky we had a break in the weather for about 45 minutes before the storm came. I love how the rain made the cherries look really glossy and fresh in the photos.
Young usually holds it’s annual Cherry Festival on the first weekend of December. They hold all sorts of fun festivities during the whole weekend of the festival. It is really the busiest time for the town. It is also the busiest weekend with lots of tour buses bringing cherry pickers.
The cherry picking season starts usually from mid November to January. It is highly recommended that you check with the individual orchard before you come to ensure they are open and have cherries to pick. It is a long way to come so you don’t want to be disappointed. I also highly recommend staying overnight and Young has many accommodation options. The Young official website has a list of all the orchards for you to choose from. Also don’t forget to try the homemade cherry pies in Young!