Where To Go Family Winter Fruit-Picking Near Sydney
- All Ages
Time spent in the fresh air, reconnecting with nature, no iPads and quality bonding with loved ones are just some of the awesome benefits that a day of fruit-picking with the family offers. Although the kiddie favourites (such as mangoes and strawberries) are out of season, there's still plenty of tantalising sweet stuff to be harvested by hand.
The winter fruit-picking season generally runs from June to August, with citrus fruits taking the limelight (pardon the pun). Here are our top picks for farms a short drive from Sydney to head to while the weather is chilly.
Watkins Family Farm
Only about a one-hour drive from Sydney, Watkins Farm offers fruit-picking, wide-open spaces and farm animals to meet. There's no entry fee, just pay for what you pick, with juicy Imperial and Hickson MANDARINS up for grabs. You'll find something for the entire family to enjoy from feeding sheep and goats to checking out the chickens and breathing in the fresh mountain valley air surrounded by over 2,000 fruit trees.
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Their season will commence on 30th May 2020, every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm, and all June Long weekend. Strict social distancing rules apply and no picnics are permitted this year.
Ford's Farm is just a 90-minute drive north-west of Sydney and is a pick-your-own citrus farm specialising in MANDARINS. It's an utterly tranquil place to pick fruit, bound by the Hawkesbury River and the Marra Marra National Park. There is a $6 entry fee per car and $15 charge per bucket of fruit that you pick! At Ford's you can feed the friendly local sheep, buy some of their homemade jams, chutneys and honey, bring your own family picnic to make the most of the serene surrounds and, of course, hand-pick seedless Satsuma mandarins, Imperial mandarins, Hickson and Emperor Mandarins, as well as LEMONS, LIMES, CUMQUATS, ORANGES and KAFFIR LIMES when they are in season.
Their season will open on 30th and 31st May 2020 and all June Long Weekend but in a limited capacity. Bookings are essential. They expect to open every weekend thereafter if the fruit is still available. They are open every Saturday and Sunday from 9am - 4pm.
We just love Canoelands Orchard and, luckily, they don't go into hibernation over the winter months. Just a one-hour drive north-west of Sydney, they offer pick-your-own TOMATOES, LEMONS and MANDARINS, PLUS EGGPLANTS later in the season. Entry costs $5 per adult and $3 per child with under 5s FREE. A family pass (2 adults and 2 or more children) is $16 and you pay for everything you pick at $6/kg.
Pick your own is currently open by booking only. Social distancing will be enforced at all times and there is plenty of outdoor space to make this possible. Open 9.30am - 3pm daily.
Bilpin Springs Orchard
Bilpin Springs Orchard is a boutique Blue Mountains orchard offering in-season fruit picking from January to June. Sweet Granny Smith and Sundowner APPLES are available in winter. The fruit is charged per kilogram and there is a $40 minimum.
The Orchard will be open on the weekend 30th - 31st May. Check the website for further dates. Social distancing will be observed and they may need to limit entry if any areas exceed allowable numbers. Open 7am - 1pm.
A wonderful orchard set on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, Anderson Farm grows Emperor, Imperial and Hickson MANDARINS as well as Washington Navel ORANGES. Seville Oranges are available later in the season. Entry is $5 per adult and it's $10 for a bucket. Travel through Wilberforce to get on the Sackville Car Ferry to the farm!
Anderson Farm will be open for the June Long weekend then every Saturday to Monday thereafter until fruits are exhausted. Please phone ahead. Social distancing will be observed and no picnics are allowed this year. Open 10am - 4pm.
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