28 Spots for Best Family Fruit Picking Near Sydney | Man of Many
During the summer months, you’ll find a number of great spots to pick fruit in New South Wales. The key for these warmer months is stone fruit, so expect to score some amazing peaches and nectarines through December, January and February.
Just an hour drive North-West of Sydney, Canoelands Orchard has plenty of fresh fruit on offer. There are blood plums, candy plums, white nectarines and yellow nectarines available for picking, as well as fresh raw honey that is available to buy all year round! The orchard is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, except Christmas Day.
This quaint orchard has trees plentiful with white peaches, apricots and nectarines. Pick your own for just $4 per kilo and taste the freshness you pay for! Nestled away in the Bilpin region of NSW, this is the perfect summer day with the kids.
If you’re looking for a variety of summer crops, Bilpin Fruit Bowl has it all. Along with peaches, you can also find lettuce, Chinese cabbage zucchini and kale. Open from 10 am to 4 pm, you pay for what you pick. With so much on offer, make sure you leave time to explore one of the most plentiful orchards near Sydney.
Nestled in the hills just out of Picton, Cedar Creek Orchard has a total of around 23,00 trees. You will find apples, peaches, nectarines and persimmons amongst the sprawling grounds of this 4th generation orchard. While you’re visiting, don’t miss getting your hands on their ‘Cedar Creek Black Label Apple Juice’, 100% pure apple juice that is crushed and bottled on site.
If you fancy a trip down south, Glenbernie is a 30km trip north of Wollongong, with plenty of peaches, plums and nectarines on offer. Open from mid-November, take part in a ‘Pick Your Own Experience’ tour which is a great family activity. This place gets busy, so make a booking if you prefer feeling prepared.
If strawberry picking is what you’ve always imagined a day out fruit picking would look like; Clyde River Berry Farm is your spot. Nothing tastes better than fresh strawberries, raspberries and blueberries at the height of the summer season. Make it part of a weekend away in nearby Ulladulla or Batemans Bay and come back home with hordes of berries to keep in the freezer!
Located in the stunning Sutton Forest in NSW, Montrose Berry Farm has plenty of berry varieties ready to pick, like raspberries, loganberries, boysenberries and red currants. There is also a farm shop which sells berry pies, as well as a quaint little cottage if you wanted to have an overnight stay. This visit is a little pricier, with a $12.50 entry fee for adults. However, this includes 0.5kg of berries, so get picking!
Located in Young, NSW, the best spot for cherry-picking in NSW, the festival takes place on the first weekend of December. Back in action in 2021, the festival is kid-friendly, with plenty of fun competitions and of course, cherry-picking!
Wombat Heights Orchard is the perfect spot for cherry-picking near Sydney that lets you freely roam and pick cherries, as well as sugar plums and peaches. There are also beautiful gardens that offer the ideal picnic spot for you and the family after a long day of cherry-picking.
Also located in the stunning Wombat region, Allambie Orchard has plenty of cherries for you and the family to pick, to help enliven that festive spirit. With no entry fee and a café onsite for your coffee pick-me-up, you will leave feeling relaxed and fully stocked for all those Christmas celebrations!
Tucked away in the stunning region of Mount Irvine in the Blue Mountains, Kookootonga has all your needs covered for the autumn months. Open from March through to April, the farm has plenty of chestnuts and walnuts ready to be picked and taken home.
Also in the Mount Irvine region, this 20-hectare nut orchard is on the edge of the Wollangambee National Park and full of fresh chestnuts and walnuts. Only a two-hour drive from Sydney, make this a stop in your quintessential winter day out to the Blue Mountains.
90 minutes north-west of Sydney in the region famous for apple picking, Bilpin, Bilpin Fruit Bowl has plenty on offer. With ready to pick peaches and apples, there is also a playground for the kids to let out any energy before the drive home.
Also known as the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens, there is plenty to do here. Along with apple picking, the gardens also offer nature walks, tours and exhibitions. The Gardens also sell local produce and plants.
Open from January to May on weekends, Pine Crest Orchard is another fine option for fruit picking in the Bilpin region. With trees full of apples, plums and pears, there is also local honey, jams and apple juice that is available to buy after your fruit picking has been exhausted.
Located in Darkes Forest, Glenbernie Orchard is a family-run orchard full of tasty apples, peaches and nectarines. They also offer family-friendly tours that take you through the orchard that include apple picking!
If apples are all you really want, TNT Produce grow almost every variety. Growing Royal Gala, Fuji, Red Delicious and Pink Lady varieties, there is no shortage of apples here! As a bonus, they are open during some school holidays as well as weekends to help occupy the long days off with the kids.
Only a short one-hour drive from Sydney, Canoelands is open from 9 am to 5 pm daily. There is a seemingly endless supply of fresh, juicy tomatoes in the autumn season. A trip here may even convince the kids to finally start eating those pesky tomatoes that find themselves on the dinner plate!
Located in the beautiful Thirlmere in NSW, this family-owned and run orchard has around 23,000 trees full of persimmons, apples and peaches. With so much on offer, this place can get very busy, so be sure to make a booking or book a tour which takes you around to different picking sections.
A perfect family winter outing, Watkins Family Farm offers fruit picking and plenty more. Set in a beautiful mountainous region, pick fresh, juicy Imperial Mandarins and let the kids stop to feed the roaming sheep and goats. There is no entry fee, simply pay for what you pick.
Situated near the charming village of Wisemans Ferry, Fords Farm has all your citrus needs covered. Full with mandarins, oranges, lemons and limes, there is a $6 entry fee and a $15 fee per bucket, so be sure to pick carefully. There is also a picnic area to enjoy a sunny winter picnic, but beware, strolling sheep are about!
If you fancy a weekend away in Port Macquarie, make a trip to Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries part of the itinerary. Open all year round, you can stop by for some fun strawberry picking with the whole family and even better, entry is free! Enjoy the juicy hydroponic strawberries and tomatoes for weeks on end as a perfect reminder of your weekend away.
At Canoelands Orchard, the trees are abundant with fresh, sweet peaches and nectarines that are ripe for picking. There is also fresh raw honey for sale and an onsite café, plus for the kids- fun tractor rides for just $3!
At Bilpin Fruit Bowl, you can pick your own peaches starting from mid-November! The perfect Spring day fruit picking with the family, this orchard is only a 90-minute drive from Sydney. Open weekends, entry is only $2.50 and kids under 3 can pick for free!
Tucked away in a quaint field near the country town of Orange, Huntley Berry Farm has fields upon fields of juicy strawberries, raspberries and blackberries. Once you’re finished with your strawberry picking, there is a shop selling ice blocks for the kids, gourmet jams for mum and dad, as well as free-range chooks the kids can say hello to.
If you’re looking for a day out cherry-picking in the spring months, Stockmans Ridge is the spot to go. Pick your own fresh cherries with the kids, then have a glass or two, as this place doubles as a cellar door and fruit farm! Located near Orange, make it a weekend trip or a big day out.
Watkins Family Farm keeps the mandarin season going through to the spring months! They are open during the first week of school holidays and on the October long weekend. At this fine family farm, entry is free, so bring yourself, a bucket and a good attitude!