Where To Pick Your Own Cherries Near Sydney
Cherries are loved by young and old - but their price tag makes them just a little bit sour - especially if you're like my family and me who want to eat them by the bucket full! A good idea for the festive season is to find a farm and pick your own - that way you can eat cherries until the cows come home (oops that's a horrible thing to say about my kids) or just enjoy the experience of picking your own fruit from the land.
The cherry-picking season can start as early as mid-October and can last till mid-February but the best time to go is late November to just after Christmas.
So, where to go to get your surplus of cherries for the Christmas period? Check out our favourite cherry farms in NSW - the closest one to Sydney is just two hours away!
Image source: Roth Family Orchard Facebook
Roth Family Orchard
You'll find five cherry varieties here over the November/December cherry season, including the dark, firm and flavour-packed Black Star in early December, and the red to mahogany Simone from the second week of December. At the time of writing the orchard is open for school holiday fruit picking on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings from 7:30 am – 1pm.
Address: 108 Eurunderee Lane, Mudgee
Season: Early - Mid December
Website: Visit Roth Family Orchard on Facebook for season updates and more info
Stockman's Ridge Orchard
Sad news for this cherry orchard and winery near Orange (3 and a half hours drive from Sydney). Due to the drought and limited water, they will NOT have enough cherries for the general public this year season Nov/Dec 2019 or Jan 2020. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more info and let's pray things to improve for the orchard.
Address: 21 Boree Lane, Lidster. Call: 02 6365 6212.
Season: Mid-November – December (TBC).
Website: Visit Stockman's Ridge on Facebook for the latest info
This cheery cherry orchard south of Young (around 3.5 hours drive from Sydney) is great for picking. There is no entry fee, you simply pay $7.50 per kg that you pick, and they let you taste "in moderation" while you pick You can even just have a look around, take photos and have a feast on cherries with the special Pickers License which can be purchased for $5 that entitles you to eat as much as you want. 50% of proceeds given to the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Foundation. Three cheers for that!
Address: Olympic Highway, Wombat, (02) 63 843 243
Season: Early November to season end (roughly 31st December excluding Christmas Day).
Website: Visit Allambie Orchard for more details
George and Sue's Cherry Farm & Produce
I couldn't believe it when I found this cherry farm in Bathurst, just 2 hours from Sydney! By far the closest one, make it a day trip with the family. Meander into the huge orchard and fill your basket with all the cherries you can eat and pay less than $10 a kilogram.
Address: 7 Melrose Drive, Raglan
Season: Late November - December
Website: Check out George and Sue's Cherry Farm on Facebook for more details
You'll love this working farm in Wombat in the stunning Hilltop Region. Their main crust is cherries but there's also plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, figs and olives, depending on the season. Go for a guided tour of the orchard and packing facility, followed by a taste of really fresh crisp and crunchy cherries - or Pick Your Own and go for gold.
Address: Race Creek Road, Wombat.
Season: November through to Christmas (weather dependent).
Website: Visit Hill-Lock Orchard for all the details
Ballinaclash Orchard & Cellar Door
In the cherry capital of Young, this gorgeous orchard is perfect for the picking! Once you're done picking ($7 a kilo), you can join a cherry pie making class, go wine tasting or enjoy the fine produce including cherry ice-blocks, jams, sauces and ice-creams.
Address: 4321-4335 Olympic Highway South Young
Season: From mid-November until December.
Website: Visit Ballinaclash Orchard & Cellar Door for more info.
National Cherry Festival, Young
Young is without a doubt the Cherry Capital of Australia and the National Cherry Festival is the highlight of the Cherry Harvest. It occurs on the first full weekend of December (30 Nov- 2 Dec this year), so, unfortunately, you've missed this year's, but put it in the diary for the end of 2019! This is such a fun festive event and makes for the perfect weekend away with the kids (Young is roughly a 3.5hr trip so make a weekend of it). The kids will love ogling over the Cherry Pie Eating Contest (these eaters are HARD-CORE!) and The Cherry Spitting competition is hilarious (bring an umbrella). There are nine local cherry orchards in Young, which are all open to the public. Find out more details including where to find them in our Pick Your Own Cherry Adventure Guide.
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