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Best Places To Go Cherry Picking In Melbourne

You don’t have to slave away for months in your garden to get super fresh fruit. Instead, head out of town and pick your own fruit at orchards and farms in regional Victoria. There are berry farms and stone fruit orchards just a little more than an hour away out of the city, but before you visit, here is a fruit picking rule of thumb before you go: check the website or call the farm if you’re not sure if they are open for harvest season as the farm may be closed due to seasonal conditions.  

There’s no better sense of achievement than when you cook up a delicious meal or dessert with fruit or vegetables that you’ve either grown yourself or picked with your own two hands.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a love/hate relationship with your backyard veggie patch. Between fighting bugs/rats/birds and planting things at the specific time in which they have to be planted, I’m never on the winning team. Every now and then, you might end up with a deformed strawberry, but was it all really worth it?

As far as family activities go, picking cherries at a fruit orchard ticks all the right boxes: a great way to exercise? Tick. Fun for all ages? Tick. Cheap entertainment? Tick. Getting out in nature? Tick. The delicious fruits of your labour you get to enjoy afterwards? Tick!

Here are some of the best places to go cherry picking around Melbourne. Each orchard’s opening times only apply during the cherry-picking season, generally running from mid-November to early January.

With the cold start to spring in Melbourne this year, the cherry season has been a little delayed – but fear not, cherry season is now upon us, and the time is ripe to head off for a day of cherry-picking.

The Australian cherry season only lasts around 100 days, with these juicy, ruby red pearls in abundant supply from November to the end of February.

They are the quintessential summer fruit and really do signal summer and the start of the holiday season – perfect anytime as a summer snack, a lunchbox treat, as part of a festive feast or made into jam to enjoy all year round.

Cherries contain no fat or cholesterol and are jam-packed with antioxidants. In other words, not only are they yummy and bursting with flavour, but they are really good for you with a heap of health benefits.

So, where is the best place to go cherry picking near Melbourne? Below are 9 places that you might like to try. It’s a great day out for the whole family, and there’s nothing like freshly picked fruit.

Please check individual websites or call them for confirmation of details before heading off, as these may change depending on supply. For example, some allow you to eat as many cherries as you like, some may have food and drink to purchase on-site, and others may allow you to bring a picnic.

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CherryHill Orchards

Address: 480 Queens Road, Wandin East

Come to Yarra Valley’s CherryHill Orchards from November through to early January to pick yourself a basket of ruby red cherries fresh off the trees. The orchard’s shop, open during the cherry season, stocks cherry beverages from juice, sodas, and even beers like the Cherry Vanilla Porter. In addition, the orchard runs an annual cherry blossom festival in spring, a great day out for the whole family when the orchard turns white with spring blossoms. Picking is $15 for adults and $6 for children, and you can eat as much as you want while you’re there.

Cherryhill Orchards has been pumping out the cherry goodness since 1940. You can head to the orchard in beautiful Wandin, or if you’re feeling a bit lazy, feel free to jump on their website and order a box of big, beautiful cherries sent straight to your door.

This beautiful Yarra Valley orchard and shop is open throughout the cherry season, between 9 am -5 pm (excluding Christmas Day).

If fruit picking in the gorgeous Yarra Valley is what you’re after (and really, you had me at ‘Yarra Valley’), then give Cherry Hills Orchards a try. The entry fee covers a shuttle bus to the best picking places, all-you-can-eat cherries in the orchard and cherry product samples. Never been picking before? Don’t worry – the team at Cherry Hills Orchards will show you how to pick the ripest cherries off the tree.

When you’ve finished picking, relax and enjoy a cherry ice cream, cherry drink or take home a slice of the Yarra Valley with a selection of gourmet cherry treats.

Tickets need to be bought online prior to visiting. Your entry ticket includes all you can eat cherries, as well as samples of the selected cherry product range.

For more information, visit the website.

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Cherrybomb Cherries

Address: 120 Wandin Creek Rd, Wandin East

Cherrybomb grows over 20 varieties of cherries, including some that are no longer readily available. They will be open Saturday: and Sunday 9 am – 5 pm. Cherrybomb is conveniently located right next door to Jay Berries, where you can go to U-pick or purchase strawberries, raspberries and blueberries.

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Ripe ‘N’ Ready Cherry Farm

Address: 52 Arkwells Lane, Red Hill, Mornington Peninsula

You can also buy freshly picked Cherries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Boysenberries, Marionberries, and Blueberries directly from the farm gate. Not only that, they have a large trout fishing dam full of Rainbow Trout where you can catch your fish.

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Red Hill Cherry Farm

Address: 61-69 Prossors Lane, Red Hill

Run by the Holmes family for generations with originally just 100 cherry trees, this Red Hill Cherry Farm now grows over 4,000 cherry trees and offers more than just a fun day of fruit-picking for the kids. The family also sells award-winning gourmet food products such as jam, cordial, ice cream, cider and beer – made with fresh and delicious cherries straight from their orchard. Just the thing for a long summer of celebratory eating and drinking!

For more information, visit the website.

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Bluehills Berry and Cherry Farm

Address: 30 Chapman Road, Silvan VIC

This Australian-owned and operated fruit farm has been growing produce in Silvan for over 120 years. Surrounded by wineries, it’s a great destination for overseas or interstate friends, as you can pick cherries in the morning, then relax with a family barbeque lunch at the picturesque Silvan reservoir nearby. The entry fee covers all you can eat in the orchard and a picking demonstration from the staff.

Just a quick drive into the Dandenongs will find you at Blue Hills Berries & Cherries. The Chapman family have farmed in Silvan since 1894, and you can see and taste that experience in every berry (and cherry). Choose from seasonally available blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, loganberries, raspberries, strawberries and youngberries.

The cherry season will begin in late November or possibly early December. The farm is generally open 7 days a week from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm to early January. Orchard entry closes at 4.00 pm to ensure adequate picking time before closing. Please check the fruit report the night before your visit to ensure that they will have cherries to pick. The report will also tell you what other types of berries are available for picking.

For more information, visit the website.

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Cherry Haven

Address: 470 Queens Road (end of Cherry Lane), Wandin East

Cherry Haven is a ‘pick your own orchard only, so you can be sure you’re getting the best the season has to offer here. Only 50 minutes drive from the Melbourne CBD, Cherry Haven features a whopping 30 different types of cherries! Each variety ripens at different stages, so there is always something new to try when you visit. As a bonus, dogs and picnics in the orchard are allowed on site, making it a great location for a whole family day out.

Cherry Haven is a family-owned u-pick cherry orchard overlooking the picturesque Yarra Valley in Victoria, less than an hour’s drive from the Melbourne CBD.

For more information, visit the website.

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Naturipe Fruits

Address: 638 Bacchus Marsh Rd, Bacchus Marsh VIC

Located in the historical Bacchus Marsh Avenue Of Honour, the family-run Naturipe Fruits is a great place for a spot of family fruit picking. The farm features more than 15 cherry types across 6 hectares of the orchard, including rainier cherries, which is a premium golden-hued variety of cherry with a delicate and sweet flavour. Rainier cherries are larger than the familiar red variety and harder to grow, and best eaten fresh or baked into a dessert – yum!

Just outside Bacchus Marsh, this farm offers the chance to pick peaches, nectarines, cherries, strawberries or apples, depending on the season. It’s very economical, with an entry for everything except cherries absolutely free (cherry-picking is $6 for adults, $4 for kids). You weigh what you pick and pay for it at the end (prices for different fruits vary), then load up the car with your fresh fruit treats to take home. Fruits are available most of the year, from October to May. You can also buy strawberry jam, strawberry sauce and strawberry vinegar from the shop. Just so you know, the farm does not have EFTPOS facilities, so bring cash to pay for the fruits of your labours. 

At Naturipe Fruits cherry farm, there are more than 15 cherry types across or 15 acres, including:

  • white cherries, known as Rainier cherries
  • red sweet cherries
  • sour cherries

For more information, visit the website.

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Paynes Orchards

Address: 372 The Avenue of Honour, Bacchus Marsh

Located only a 40-minute drive away from Melbourne, this small family orchard is a great option if you only have a few hours to spare. It’s also easy on the hip pocket – for $5 entry with no charge for littlies, the farm’s friendly hosts provide buckets, free parking and plenty of friendly assistance. Make sure to check their website around November to plan your visit.

Cherry-picking is available on weekends between 10 am and 3 pm. Check the website for other fruit that may also be available for picking.

Entry is $5 (little children no charge), and fruit is priced per kg.

Travel just 40 minutes west of Melbourne, and you’ll find yourself at Paynes Orchards, the go-to orchard in the west for cherries, sour cherries, berries, apricots, peaches, nectarines and apples. There is also fresh produce available in the shed for those special home-cooked meals.

There is also plenty of wonderful fresh produce in the sheds, including seasonal varieties of Peaches, Nectarines, Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Plums and Berries.

For more information, visit the website.

 

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