Month-by-month guide to fruit picking in Sydney

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Fruit picking Sydney

Did you know that you can pick your own fruit very close to Sydney? Just a tiny bit beyond the suburban sprawl are many fruit farms which welcome people who come prepared to pick.

And it’s not just apples either, you can also find farms near Sydney which have all sorts of berries. Then, in strawberry picking season, you can pick your own strawberries by the punnetful.

To keep things simple, this article explains what fruit crops are available at what time of year. The farms are further split by whether they are south or north and how far afield.

Here’s a map to show where most of the places mention are found.



Month-by-month guide to fruit picking Sydney

Sydney fruit picking is such a fun activity to do with kids and there’s so much on offer. From Bilpin apple picking to strawberry picking Sydney has a wealth of delicious fresh produce for you to enjoy. 

Fruit picking near Sydney typically means cherries and berries of all types in summer, apples and chestnuts in autumn, mandarins and oranges in winter, and peaches and nectarines in spring.

Some fruits like apples have seasons that last for months, but cherry picking near Sydney means being ready to go in November or December, while Sydney strawberry picking usually only happens over the summer months.

Fruit picking season Sydney is entirely weather dependent, so make sure you give the orchard a call before setting off.

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Berry picking near Sydney

Summer: Berries, cherries, peaches, nectarines and more 

Summer is peak season for berry picking Sydney – strawberries, blueberries and more. Plus glossy red cherries are ready to be picked now. Enjoy strawberries and cream, cherry earrings and some anti-oxidant blueberry goodness in your smoothie.

December

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Peaches at Pine Crest Orchard (2549 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin – website)
  • Peaches and nectarines at Bilpin Fruit Bowl  (2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin – website)
  • Nectarines, plums and blueberries at Canoelands (27 Canoelands Rd, Canoelands –website)

Within 2 hours south you’ll find –

  • Strawberries at Berrylicious Strawberries (200 West Parade, Thirlmere – website)
  • Blueberries and raspberries at Montrose Berry Farm (Ormond St, Sutton Forest, website)
  • Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and more at Kareelah Berry Farm (522 Marshall Mount Rd, Dapto – website)
  • Peaches and nectarines at Cedar Creek (269 Mulhollands Rd, Thirlmere – website)
  • Peaches, nectarines and raspberries at Glenbernie Orchard (259 Darkes Forest Rd, Darkes Forest – website)

More than 2 hours away you’ll find –

  • Blueberries at Clyde River Berry Farm (LOT 22 The River Rd, Mogood – website)
  • Cherry picking Sydney at Allambie Orchard (3725 Olympic Highway, Wombat – website)
  • Cherries at Stockmans Ridge (21 Boree Lane, Lidster – website)
  • Cherries at Limekilns Cherry Farm (2160 Limekilns Road, Bathurst – website)
  • National Cherry Picking Festival in Young at the start of December – website
  • Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and more at Huntley Berry Farm near Orange (Huntley Rd, Huntley – website). Read our full review of Huntley Berry Farm here.

January

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Peaches, plums, pears and apples at Pine Crest Orchard (2549 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin – website)
  • Peaches and apples at Bilpin Fruit Bowl  (2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin – website)
  • Peaches, apples, pears, lemons and nashi at Bilpin Springs (2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpinwebsite)
  • Plums at Canoelands (27 Canoelands Rd, Canoelands – website)

Within 2 hours south you’ll find –

  • Strawberries at Berrylicious Strawberries (200 West Parade, Thirlmere – website)
  • Blueberries and raspberries at Montrose Berry Farm (Ormond St, Sutton Forest, website)
  • Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and more at Kareelah Berry Farm (522 Marshall Mount Rd, Dapto – website)
  • Peaches at Cedar Creek (269 Mulhollands Rd, Thirlmere – website)
  • Peaches, nectarines and raspberries at Glenbernie Orchard (259 Darkes Forest Rd, Darkes Forest – website)

More than 2 hours away you’ll find –

  • Blueberries at Clyde River Berry Farm (LOT 22 The River Rd, Mogood – website)
  • Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and more at Huntley Berry Farm near Orange (Huntley Rd, Huntley – website)

February

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Peaches, plums, pears, raspberries, nashi and apples at Pine Crest Orchard (2549 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin – website)
  • Apples at Bilpin Fruit Bowl  (2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin – website)
  • Peaches, plums, pears, apples, lemons and nashi at Bilpin Springs (2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpinwebsite)

Within 2 hours south you’ll find –

  • Strawberries at Berrylicious Strawberries (200 West Parade, Thirlmere – website)
  • Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and more at Huntley Berry Farm (Huntley Rd, Huntley – website)
  • Blueberries and raspberries at Montrose Berry Farm (Ormond St, Sutton Forest, website)
  • Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and more at Kareelah Berry Farm (522 Marshall Mount Rd, Dapto – website)
  • Peaches, nectarines and raspberries at Glenbernie Orchard (259 Darkes Forest Rd, Darkes Forest – website)

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Pick your own fruit Sydney

Autumn: Apples, strawberries, chestnuts, plums and more

Autumn is the peak apple picking Sydney season. As the weather cools there are multitudes of crisp, delicious apples of all varieties on offer.

March

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Plums, raspberries and apples at Pine Crest Orchard Bilpin (2549 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin – website)
  • Apples at Bilpin Fruit Picking NSW (2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin – website)
  • Plums, apples, lemons and nashi at Bilpin Springs Orchard (2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpinwebsite)

Within 2 hours south you’ll find –

  • Strawberries at Berrylicious Strawberries (200 West Parade, Thirlmere – website)
  • Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and more at Huntley Berry Farm (Huntley Rd, Huntley – website)
  • Raspberries and apples at Glenbernie Orchard (259 Darkes Forest Rd, Darkes Forest – website)

More than 2 hours away you’ll find –

  • Chestnuts and walnuts at Kookootonga Nut Farm (247 Mt. Irvine Road, Mt. Irvine – website)
  • Chestnuts and walnuts at Nutwood Farm (22 Danes Way Mt. Irvine – website)

April

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Apples, walnuts and chestnuts at Pine Crest Orchard (2549 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin – website)
  • Apples at Bilpin Fruit Bowl  (2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin – website)
  • Apples, lemons, pears and nashi at Bilpin Springs (2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpinwebsite)

Within 2 hours south you’ll find –

  • Strawberries at Berrylicious Strawberries (200 West Parade, Thirlmere – website)
  • Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and more at Huntley Berry Farm (Huntley Rd, Huntley – website)
  • Apples at Glenbernie Orchard (259 Darkes Forest Rd, Darkes Forest – website)

More than 2 hours away you’ll find –

  • Chestnuts and walnuts at Kookootonga Nut Farm (247 Mt. Irvine Road, Mt. Irvine – website)
  • Chestnuts and walnuts at Nutwood Farm (22 Danes Way Mt. Irvine – website)

May

Some apple picking continues in May, depending on the crop.

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Apples, walnuts and chestnuts at Pine Crest Orchard (2549 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin – Check what is current on Pine Crest’s facebook page here)
  • Apples at Bilpin Fruit Bowl Bilpin NSW (2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin – website)
  • Apples at Bilpin Springs (2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpinwebsite)
  • Mandarins at Watkins Family Farm (1125 Singleton Road, Lower Hawkesbury Via Wisemans Ferry – website)
  • Mandarins and orange picking Sydney at Anderson Farm (951 to 968 Sackville Ferry Rd, Sackville North – website)

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Fruit picking farm Sydney

Winter: Mandarins, oranges and apples

Fruit picking near Sydney continues through winter with mandarins and oranges available at a range of orchards in the lush hills north of Sydney. If you’re heading out towards the mandarin orchards, then you could break your journey at the fabulous Fagan Park.

June

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Apples at Bilpin Springs (2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpinwebsite)
  • Mandarins at Watkins Family Farm (1125 Singleton Road, Lower Hawkesbury via Wisemans Ferry – website)
  • Mandarins at Fords Farm (1275 Singleton Road, Laughtondale via Wisemans Ferry – website)
  • Mandarins and oranges at Anderson Farm (951 to 968 Sackville Ferry Rd, Sackville North – website)

July

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Mandarins at Watkins Family Farm (1125 Singleton Road, Lower Hawkesbury via Wisemans Ferry – website)
  • Mandarins at Fords Farm (1275 Singleton Road, Laughtondale via Wisemans Ferry – website)
  • Mandarins and oranges at Anderson Farm (951 to 968 Sackville Ferry Rd,Sackville North – website)

August

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Mandarins at Watkins Family Farm (1125 Singleton Road, Lower Hawkesbury via Wisemans Ferry – website)
  • Mandarins at Fords Farm (1275 Singleton Road, Laughtondale via Wisemans Ferry – website)
  • Mandarins and oranges at Anderson Farm (951 to 968 Sackville Ferry Rd,Sackville North – website)

Spring: Peaches, cherries, berries, mandarins and more

Citrus fruits continue to abound in early Spring, but as summer approaches fruit picking in Sydney transforms into heavenly stone fruits like peaches and nectarines.

September

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Mandarins at Watkins Family Farm (1125 Singleton Road, Lower Hawkesbury via Wisemans Ferry – website)
  • Mandarins and oranges at Anderson Farm (951 to 968 Sackville Ferry Rd,Sackville North – website)

October

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Mandarins at Watkins Family Farm (1125 Singleton Road, Lower Hawkesbury via Wisemans Ferry – website)
  • Mandarins and oranges at Anderson Farm (951 to 968 Sackville Ferry Rd,Sackville North – website)

Within 2 hours south you’ll find –

  • Strawberries at Berrylicious Strawberries (200 West Parade, Thirlmere – website)

November

Within 2 hours drive north you’ll find –

  • Peaches at Pine Crest Orchard (2549 Bells Line of Rd, Bilpin – website)
  • Peaches and nectarines at Bilpin Fruit Bowl (2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin – website)
  • Peaches and nectarines at Canoelands (27 Canoelands Rd, Canoelands – website)

Within 2 hours south you’ll find –

  • Strawberries at Berrylicious Strawberries (200 West Parade, Thirlmere – website)
  • Strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and more at Huntley Berry Farm (Huntley Rd, Huntley – website)
  • Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and more at Kareelah Berry Farm (522 Marshall Mount Rd, Dapto – website)
  • Peaches and nectarines at Cedar Creek (269 Mulhollands Rd, Thirlmere – website)
  • Peaches, nectarines and raspberries at Glenbernie Orchard (259 Darkes Forest Rd, Darkes Forest – website)

More than 2 hours away you’ll find –

  • Cherries at Allambie Orchard (3725 Olympic Highway, Wombat – website)
  • Cherries at Stockmans Ridge (21 Boree Lane, Lidster – website)
  • Cherries at Limekilns Cherry Farm (2160 Limekilns Road, Bathurst – website)

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Posted on: September 30, 2019

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