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Mandarin Picking
Pick your own mandarins at Ford's Farm on the Hawkesbury River

Looking for a fun day trip for the whole family? Pick your own fruit farms and orchards are a great activity and most are only an hour’s drive from the North Shore! You can go at any time of the year, depending what fruit you are interested in. Always check the farm’s website in case the season has ended sooner than expected to avoid disappointment on the day. Happy picking! Here’s the best places for fruit picking near Sydney.


The kids will love picking their own fruit and taking it home to eat. Some farms also offer tours so you can experience life on the farm, see the sheds where they sell their own homemade produce and in some cases, get up close and personal with the animals through onsite petting farms. Each orchard’s seasons vary so make sure you check before heading out to the farms to make sure there is still fruit on the trees to pick!

Take a look at the links below to check out some of the best places for fruit picking near Sydney:

Fruit Picking in Autumn/Winter

Glenbernie Orchard (Apples, peaches, nectarines and persimmons)

Darkes

A 5th Generation Australian family farm, their farm shop ‘The Apple Shack’ is open 10am-4:30pm. Fruit available to buy year round, along with their very own cider selection. Pick your own experiences by booking only during fruit season. The apples from their orchard are used in making ‘DARKES Cider’. Honey is also harvested from within the farm and made into DARKS honey mead.

    • Location: 259 Darkes Forest Rd, Darkes Forest
    • Opening Times: 10am-4.30pm, booking only
    • Season: Season starts in April
    • Fruit: Apples, peaches, nectarines and persimmons
    • Drive from Pymble: about 80 mins
    • Website: darkes.com.au 
    • Notes: Double-check opening times due to COVID-19

    Watkins Orchard (Mandarins)

    Watkins

    Watkins Orchard is a family owned and managed pick your own farm. The varieties of mandarins on the farm include Imperial, Emperor, Hickson and Cumquats.

    The farm also includes plenty of parking and room for the kids to play! Bring a picnic and football.

    • Location: 1067 Singleton Road, Wisemans Ferry
    • Season: Every weekend from 30 May 2020 till September
    • Opening Times: Weekends and public and school holidays, 10am to 4pm. Weekdays by appointment
    • Fruit: Mandarins (Imperial, Emperor, Hickson), Cumquats
    • Drive from Pymble: about 70 mins
    • Website: watkinsorchard.com.au

    Kathleen Groves Farm (Oranges, lemons, limes and mandarins)

    Kathleen

    Kathleen Groves Farm was established in the 1930s by the Floyd family. William and Kathleen Floyd were the first generation to farm the land, mainly with citrus crops – oranges, lemons, limes and mandarins etc.

    The farm is now owned and operated by the third generation of Floyds and it mainly produces eureka lemons which are sold to Sydney markets and local retailers.

    • Location: 82 Floyds Road, South Maroota
    • Opening Times: 10am to 4pm, weekends
    • Fruit: Oranges, lemons, limes and mandarins
    • Season: May to October
    • Drive from Pymble: about 55 mins
    • Website: harvesttrailsandmarkets.com.au

    Ford’s Farm (Mandarins and Citrus)

    Ford's Farm

    Located on the banks of the Hawkesbury River and only 15 mins from Wisemen’s Ferry, Ford’s Farm has been a Pick Your Own orchard for 17 years.

    The orchard includes four varieties of Mandarins – Satsuma, Imperial, Emperor and Hickson Mandarins. Other citrus fruit for picking are Tahitian Limes, Lemons, Cumquats and Kaffir Limes. The 2020 season starts at the beginning of June, but please check their website as information is changing daily with the easing of restrictions.

    As well as the fruit you will also find a variety of home made jams, chutney and cordial which is all made on the farm. There is a small picnic area where you can also enjoy your own picnic lunch. You can also feed the friendly sheep!

    • Location: 1275 Singleton Road, Laughtondale (via Wisemans Ferry)
    • Opening Times: Every weekend during the season from 9am to 4pm, and public holidays
    • Season: Season starts in June Long Weekend of Saturday 6, 7 & 8th June
    • Fruit: Mandarins (Imperials, Satsumas, Emperor, Hickson) and Citrus (Tahitian Limes, Lemons, cumquats, Kaffir Limes)
    • Costs: $6 per car and there after you pay per kg for what you pick
    • Drive from Pymble: about 80 mins
    • Website: fordsfarm.com.au

      Anderson Farm (Mandarins and Oranges)

      Anderson Farm

      Set on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, Anderson Farm grow Emperor, Imperial and Hickson Mandarins where you can pick your own. Late in the season Seville oranges are also available for pick your own. There are also Washington Navel oranges.

      Please note, they don’t take card, so bring cash with you on the day.

      • Location: 951 to 968 Sackville Ferry Rd Sackville North
      • Opening Times: Saturday, Sunday and Monday after June Long Weekend, 10am to 4pm
      • Season: Opens Queen’s Birthday weekend June 2020
      • Fruit: Mandarins (Emperor, Imperial, Hickson), Washington Navel Oranges, Seville Oranges
      • Costs: $5 per adult, kids are free. $10 per bucket
      • Drive from Pymble: approx 65 mins
      • Contact: Call 0245791120 or 0414503955 or email [email protected]
      • Website: harvesttrailsandmarkets.com.au

      Wyuna Farms (Oranges)

      Wyuna Farm

      Located on the Central Coast Wyuna Farms have the best oranges ever! Using chicken manure and no chemical sprays could be the reason why. This fourth generational farm has it evolved since Lorraine’s father, Ray Walpole, settled here in 1935, aged 15.Visit the Wilson’s Wyuna Farms, hear about the history of this fourth generational farm and how it has evolved since Lorraine’s father, Ray Walpole, settled here in 1935, aged 15, so pop in for a chat with Rodger, Lorraine, Greg or Kate and pick your own oranges to take home.

      • Location: 982-988 George Downs Drive, Kulnura
      • Opening Times: Starting mid-July, but check their site for an update. 10am to 3pm.
        By appointment. Call (02) 4376 1218 or 0417 451 764 or email
        [email protected]
      • Fruit: Oranges (Valencia, Navel)
      • Drive from Pymble: About 55 mins
      • Website: harvesttrailsandmarkets.com.au

      Fruit Picking in Spring/Summer

      TNT Produce (Apples)

      TNT

      A family owned business located in the heart of Bilpin where you can pick your own quality apples.

      Once you have picked your fruit you might like to visit The Pines Orchard Café for some hot food, tea or coffee, homemade apple pies, scones or slices and much more. Beyond the fruit picking, you can also browse through their many other products, including jams, honey, vinegar, Bilpin Apple Juice, Hillbilly Cider and more.

      • Location: 153 Kurts Road, Bilpin
      • Opening Times: Weekends and public holidays, 10am to 4pm
      • Season: Season open from January till the end of June
      • Fruit: Apples
      • Costs: $2 per person, children under 5 free. $5/kilo for apples. Cash only.
      • Drive from Pymble: approx 80 mins
      • Website: tntproduce.com.au

      Bilpin Springs Orchard (Apples, pears, stone fruit)

      Bilpin

      This small orchard in the Blue Mountains grows apples, pears, stone fruit and more. They also develop products to reduce fruit pests, and are well-known for hosting secondary students as an educational experience. 

      • Location: 2550 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin
      • Season: Starts 30 May
      • Opening Times: 7am to 1pm, weekends.
      • Fruit: Apples, pairs, stone fruit
      • Costs: Fruit charged per kg, minimum spend $5
      • Drive from Pymble: About 90 mins
      • Website: bilpinspringsorchard.com.au

      Pine Crest Orchard (Stone fruit, apples, pears and persimmon)

      Pine Crest Fruit picking Sydney

      Pine Crest Orchard, Bilpin has been a family run business for more than 40 years. John Galbraith is an orchardist and horticulturalist, and has taught and lectured in horticulture and farming – specifically farming small areas – at university, TAFE and other institutions.

      In the shed they have great jams, honey, juices, non-alcoholic ciders, cider vinegar and from mid March, walnuts and chestnuts.

      • Location: 2549 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin
      • Season: Starts November 2020 for stone fruit, apples, pears and persimmon.
      • Opening Times: 9am to 4pm Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Public Holidays
      • Fruit: Apples, peaches, plum, pears, nashi-fruit, berries, nuts.
      • Costs: All apples are $5kg, and the price of other produce varies.
      • Drive from Pymble: about 70 mins
      • Website: pinecrestorchard.com.au

          Bilpin Fruit Bowl (Peaches, nectarines, apples)

           Bilpin Fruit Bowl Fruit picking Sydney

          Bilpin Fruit Bowl is owned and operated by Simon & Margaret Tadrosse and their four children, who all help out. In their shop they stock local honey, local home made jams, souvenirs, pottery, fresh fruit and seasonal summer fruits. They bake all their apple pies, meat pies, cakes, scones and slices onsite. In Summer we also sell peach pies made from peaches grown in their orchard. When other fruits are in season such as cherries, blueberries, mangoes, apricots and raspberries they are all made into fresh bakes you can taste.

          • Location: 2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin
          • Season: November to May
          • Opening Times: 7 days a week from 8.00 am till 5.30pm
          • Fruit: Peaches, nectarines, apples
          • Costs: Entry fee of $5 for adults, $3 and children between the ages of 3 and 15
          • Drive from Pymble: About 90 mins
          • Website: bilpinfruitbowl.com.au

              Fruit Picking all Year Round

              Canoelands Orchard (Tomatoes, nectarines, peach, plum, passionfruit and blueberries)

              Canoelands Fruit picking Sydney

              Canoelands Orchard allows you to purchase direct from the farmer! Their main produce is Nectarines, but during the winter there are tomatoes. See what is harvesting as it varies throughout the seasons.

              Also want to know and see how a working farm works? Canoelands Orchard also offer farm tours. There is also a stall where you can buy fresh produce as well a honey, jams, chutney, ice-creams and jewellery. There are also snacks, coffee and drinks available to purchase. You can also bring your own picnic to relax and enjoy! Kids can also enjoy ride around the farm on the Tractor Trailer is $3 per person (under 2 free).

              • Location: 27 Canoelands Rd, Canoelands
              • Opening Times: Weekends & Weekends 9.30am to 3pm, by appointment
              • Fruit: Tomato, nectarine, peach, plum, passionfruit and blueberries throughout the year
              • Season: Check What’s Harvesting to see what’s available each season and when each season is
              • Costs: $5 Adults $3 children (age 5-15, under 5 free) FAMILY (2 adults and 2 or more kids age 5-15) $16.  Fruit picked is purchased at the per kilo price.
              • Drive from Pymble: About 50 mins
              • Website: canoelandsorchard.com

              Berrylicious Strawberries (Strawberries)

              Berrylicious Strawberries Fruit picking Sydney

              The strawberries are grown in greenhouses, draping out of tunnels. It is a great place to walk around and very different to your traditional strawberry field. The owners say the system helps eliminate pests and bacteria, reducing their need to spray the fruit with chemicals. With everything under cover you can pick no matter the weather. This particular pick-your-own farm is super popular and regularly books out, so make sure to save yourself a spot over the phone before making the journey.

                • Location:200 W Parade, Thirlmere NSW
                • Opening Times: Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm
                • Season: All year round
                • Fruit: Strawberries
                • Costs: Entry is $10 per person, $5 for kids and you can eat as many strawberries as you like. The ones you take home are $12 a kilo.
                • Drive from Pymble: About 90 mins
                • Website: facebook.com/berryliciousstrawberries
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