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SUMMER SEASON Pick Your Own Orchards

Posted on | October 29, 2015 | Fruit Picking | No Comments

pick your own fruit orchards sydney nswSummer is almost here and the pick your own orchards are about to swing their farm gates open for the start of the fruit picking season. Summer is the peak season for pick your own and there are an abundance of fruits to pick and many different orchards to pick from.

The summer pick your own fruit season starts as early as November and end as late as April. The first fruits are usually stone fruits, cherries and berries, followed by apples and pears.

Produce are very seasonal and availability varies year to year and orchards to orchards. Always check with the individual orchard to confirm availability to avoid disappointment.

Most orchards are free to enter and you only pay for what you pick while others have entry fees on top of the picking prices. Prices for picked produce varies so check with the individual orchard.

Fruit picking fun activity for everyone to enjoy. It’s a wonderful feeling to be among the rows of fruit trees and breathing in the fresh air.  Best of all you get the freshest produce to enjoy at the end.

Summer can get very hot so remember to be sun smart when out enjoying fruit picking.

I have compiled a list of pick your own orchards around Sydney and regional NSW.  So plan a day out or weekend away and enjoy the fun of fruit picking!

PENRITH (60 mins from Sydney)

CASTLEREAGH STRAWBERRIES

PYO Season: SEPTEMBER to JANUARY
PYO Fruits: Strawberries
Entry: FREE entry
Phone: (02) 4776 1624 By Appointment Only

CANOELANDS (60 mins from Sydney)

CANOELANDS ORCHARD

PYO Season: NOVEMBER to MARCH
PYO FruitsStone fruits (peach, nectarines, plums), Passionfruits, Tomatoes
Activities: PYO, tractor rides, farm tours, bee tours (booking required for tours)
Entry: Entry fee applies
Address: 27 Canoelands Rd, Canoelands, NSW 2157
Phone: 0419 688 039
Website: http://www.canoelandsorchard.com
View my photos of Canoelands Orchard

ILLAWARRA (70 mins from Sydney)

APPLE SHACK at GLENBERNIE ORCHARD

PYO Season: NOVEMBER to APRIL
PYO fruits: Raspberries, Stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums), apples
Entry: entry fees may applies depending on fruits so check with orchard
Address: 259 Darkes Forest Road, Darkes Forest, NSW
Phone: (02) 4294 3421
Facebook has the most up to date info
Website: http://www.appleshack.com.au

PICTON (70 mins from Sdyney)

CEDAR CREEK ORCHARD

PYO Season: NOVEMBER to JANUARY
PYO fruits: Stone fruits, Apples, Persimmons
Entry: Entry fee applies Address: 269 Mulhollands Rd Thrilmere 257 (80 mins from Sydney)
Phone: (02) 4681 8457  Booking Necessary
Website: http://cedarcreekorchards.com.au

BILPIN  (90 mins from Sydney)

Bilpin is known as “Land of the Mountain Apples”. You’ll find several pick your own orchards along Bells Line of Road in Bilpin. Ensure to stop and enjoy some of the homemade apple pies and local produce from some of the stalls also along on Bells Line of Road.

BILPIN FRUIT BOWL

PYO Season: NOVEMBER to APRIL
PYO fruits: Stone fruits (peaches, nectarines, plums), Apples, Vegetables
Entry: Entry fee applies
Address: 2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin NSW
Phone: (02) 4567 1152
Website: http://www.bilpinfruitbowl.com.au

BILPIN SPRINGS ORCHARD

PYO Season: JANUARY to JUNE
PYO fruits: Stone fruits (peaches, plums), Apples, Nashi, Pears, Quinces
Entry: Free entry Address: 2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin NSW
Phone: (02) 4567 1294
Website: http://www.bilpinspringsorchard.com.au

PINE CREST ORCHARD

PYO Season: DECEMBER to APRIL/MAY
PYO fruits: Plums, Peaches, Apples, Pears, Nashi,Persimmons
Entry: FREE entry
Address: 2549 Bell’s Line of Rd, Bilpin NSW 2758
Phone: (02) 4567 1143
Website: http://pinecrestorchard.com.au
Follow Pinecrest Orachard Facebook page
 for the latest updates.
View my photos of Pine crest Orchard

SHIELDS ORCHARD

Season: FEBRUARY to MAY
PYO fruits: Apples
Entry: FREE entry
Address: 2270 Bell’s Line of Rd, Bilpin NSW 2758
Phone: (02) 4567 1206 or 0427 772 431
Website: http://www.shieldsorchard.com

TNT PRODUCE

Season: JANUARY to JUNE
PYO fruits: Apples
Entry: FREE entry
Address: 153 Kurts Road, Bilpin, NSW, 2758
Phone: 0410 676 152
Facebook page

SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS (1hr 40min from Sydney)

MONROSE BERRY FARM

PYO Season: NOVEMBER to APRIL
PYO fruits: Berries
Entry: Free entry applies, refer to picking conditions
Address: Ormond Street, Sutton Forest, NSW 2577
Website: http://www.montroseberryfarm.com.au/index.php/berries.html

LOWER HUNTER (2hr from Sydney)

MISTY VALLEY BLUEBERRY FARM

PYO Season: DECEMBER to JANUARY
PYO fruits: Blueberries
Entry: Free entry, minimum age restriction
Address: Located in Brunkerville, NSW. Ring farm for address.
Phone: (02) 4938 0389
Website: http://www.mistyvalleyblueberries.com

ORANGE (3.5 hours from Sydney)

HILLSIDE HARVEST

PYO Season: OCTOBER to DECEMBER
PYO fruits: Cherries
Address: 1209 The Escort Way, Orange NSW 2800
Phone: (02) 6365 2247
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hillsideharvestorange

HUNTLEY BERRY FARM

PYO Season: NOVEMBER to MAY
PYO fruits: Many varieties of berries
Activities: PYO
Entry: Free
Address: Huntley Road, Huntley, NSW
Phone: (02) 6365 5282
Website: http://www.huntleyberryfarm.com.au

STOCKMAN’S RIDGE

PYO Season: NOVEMBER to DECEMBER
PYO fruits: Cherries
Entry: Entry fee applies
Address: 2160 Limekilns Rd, Limekilns, NSW
Website: https://stockmansridge.com.au/pick-your-own-cherries

BATEMANS BAY (4 hours from Sydney)

CLYDE RIVER BERRY FARM

PYO Season: early DECEMBER to late JANUARY
PYO fruits: Blueberries, Raspberries, Strawberries and other type of berries
Entry: FREE entry
Address: Lot 22 River Road, Mogood (3.5 hours from Sydney). Click here for directions.
Phone: 02 4478 1057
Website: http://clyderiverberryfarm.com.au, Clyde River Berry Farm facebook page.

YOUNG (4 hours from Sydney)

Young is known as the Cherry Capital of Australia. This is the place to go for the ultimate pick your own cherry experience with many orchards to choose from. In early December the town hold an Annual Cherry Festival with many fun festivities. I recommend staying for the weekend when visiting Young for the cherry picking. There are many decent accommodation available in Young.

ALLAMBIE ORCHARD and CAFE

Season: NOVEMBER to DECEMBER
PYO fruits: Cherries
Entry: FREE entry
Address: 3725 Olympic Highway, Wombat NSW 2587
Phone: 02 6384 3243 or 0418 462 821
Website: http://www.allambieorchard.com
See my photos of Allambie Orchard.

A “VUE GRANDE” ORCHARD

Season: Mid NOVEMBER to DECEMBER
PYO fruits: Cherries, Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, Figs
Entry: FREE entry
Address: 130 Stanley Park Road, Young
Phone: 0418 261 776 or 0451 663 781

BALLINACLASH ORCHARD

Season: NOVEMBER to DECEMBER
PYO fruits: Cherries, Apricots, Nectarines & Plums
Entry: FREE entry
Address: 4321-4335 Olympic Highway (South), Young NSW 2594
Phone: 0418 271 770
Website: http://www.ballinaclash.com.au

HILL-LOCK ORCHARD

Season: NOVEMBER to DECEMBER
PYO fruits: Cherries, Strawberries
Entry: FREE entry
Address: Racecreek Road, Wombat, Young NSW 2587
Phone: (02) 6384 3239
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hill-Lock-Orchard-550597998365994

MAIN RANGE ORCHARD

Season: NOVEMBER to DECEMBER
PYO fruits: Cherries
Entry: FREE entry
Address: 831 Boundary Road, Young NSW 2594
Phone: 02 6384 3285
Website: http://mainrangecherryorchard.blogspot.com.au

PORT MACQUARIE (4.5 hours from Sydney)

RICARDOES TOMATOES and U-PICK STRAWBERRY FARM

Ricardoes Tomatoes and U-Pick Strawberry Farm
PYO Season: ALL YEAR ROUND
PYO fruits: Strawberries
Entry: FREE entry
Address: 221 Blackmans Point Road, Port Macquarie, NSW
Phone: (02) 6585 0663
Website: http://www.ricardoes.com

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