Strawberry picking Adelaide, SA is a fun activity that the whole family can enjoy with plenty of strawberry farms in and around Adelaide close to the city and further afield.
Some are designated strawberry picking locations that have been borne with the idea of strawberry picking as part of their culture and as such cater very well with onsite cafes and other activities that the family can get involved in.
Others are more traditional farm-style locations that have gone on to open their doors to allow visitors. However, if picking is not your thing but you would like to support your local farm, then there is always the option to collect straight from the farm door with pre-packaged fruits and homemade produce on offer. Why not support your local strawberry farm and grab some great produce and enjoy a day out, stopping along the way to enjoy the beautiful countryside.
When is strawberry season in Adelaide
Strawberry season in South Australia can vary depending on the weather and plants but is usually between November through to April. As this is the hottest part of the year it is a great idea to visit outside of the middle part of the day.
There has been an increase in farms trying out various different species of plant and so this can impact the season with some farms offering picking or fruit outside of these months on occasion, but check with the venue to establish opening times and dates.
Tips for strawberry picking with kids
Strawberry picking SA is a great idea for all the family and with the plants being at a convenient height for picking, the younger members of the family can feel included. However, it is best to be prepared. As mentioned, ensuring the venue is open before setting out is a must to avoid disappointment. Tackling this activity in the cooler parts of the day will also help. Wearing old clothing that you are happy to have the odd spill of strawberry juice is a good idea as is wearing closed in shoes. Remember to be sunsafe – hat, sunscreen etc as you may well be out in the elements for several hours.
Farm strawberry picking will also be open to other plants and pollen, so if you have any allergies, bring anything you need to keep this under control and don’t forget the mozzie spray!
If your children are easily distracted, try and plan a location that has other activities to enjoy such as petting zoos, parks, cafes etc and best of all, let them enjoy the wide open space, organise a safe point when they have finished picking in a certain area so that they don’t get lost and spend time teaching them the plants that are ready for picking (red strawberries as opposed to white/green!). Most of all HAVE FUN!
Where to go strawberry picking in Adelaide
Regions such as the Adelaide Hills close to Adelaide, are great for offering strawberry picking with the kids in this area but it can be difficult to decide which one. We have put together a list of some popular locations for you to start your strawberry picking journey, so have a look at our suggestions and plan a family fun day out with the kids.
Mt Barker Strawberries Mt Barker
Strawberry picking in the Adelaide Hills? Then this is a great place to start! With whole supermarkets as customers, you can’t go too far wrong with our first choice. This place is huge and has been running and a PYO business for many years.
Starting with a very impressive 20,000 plants some years ago, this farm is now growing approximately 1.2 million plants so there will be plenty of ripe strawberries to choose from. The farm supplies strawberries nationwide to supermarket chains and employ well over 100 staff so there is the opportunity to get some tips from the staff onsite during your visit. Located in the Adelaide Hills, just 34 kms from Adelaide, this makes for an ideal day trip into a beautiful rural location.
Address: 71 Fidler Lane, Mt Barker SA 5251
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Strawberry picking Adelaide Hills is a great way to enjoy this region. It is a very beautiful location with rolling hills, and spectacular views. This particular strawberry farm has been offering PYO for some time and are very good at it.
Children under 12 years are free. On arrival you are given a wristband and pay approximately $5 for a container and then lead to a specific part of the farm which provides plenty of fruit to choose from. You pay per kilo at the end of your visit for what you have picked. In season, the farm is open 7 days a week but they advise you check in with them to ensure no changes have been made to hours. They have a farm shop on site which is quite significant in size and you can stock up on some delicious treats to finish off your experience.
Address: Mount Barker Road, Hahndorft SA
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Harvest the Fleurieu Mount Compass
Located in the Mount Lofty Ranges south of Adelaide, this beautiful region houses this great strawberry picking destination. Entry is $5 per person (under 12s are free) and then $10 per punnet that you purchase. Strawberry picking with kids is a popular event here so pre-booking is encouraged to avoid disappointment. There is a shop onsite with a huge array of goods to take home with you including different types of variety boxes (baked goods and breads), hampers with a variety of homemade produce and cheese platters, pies and individual cakes to try so if you are planning a picnic after your strawberry picking efforts, this would be a great place to stock up to make it extra-special.
Address: 2256 Victor Harbor Rd, Mount Compass SA
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Green Valley Strawberries & Café Adelaide Hills
Strawberry picking with kids, although great fun, requires some down time and what better way to enjoy strawberries in all their deliciousness than a visit to this fantastic venue! Located within the Adelaide Hills (very close to some of the strawberry picking farms mentioned above), you can enjoy a little relaxation time. Whilst not a strawberry picking experience per se, there is everything strawberry to be enjoyed here. You can pick up pre-packaged fresh produce from the farm but the café on site has received so many great reviews we had to pop this in as an option during your strawberry picking experience! Two sisters have set up this café and indulge in providing great dishes showcasing their produce; including homemade treats, breakfast and light lunches. So why not drop in and treat yourself.
Address: 686 Nairne Road, PO Box 639, Adelaide Hills
Montacute Valley Orchards Montacute
Another Adelaide Hills venue, this region is beautiful and not too far from the city, so well worth a day trip without the long car journey. As the name suggests, this venue provides orchards that are packed with a variety of fruits. If you love everything about summer fruits, then this place is worth a visit. Whilst not strictly a PYO venue, they are a fruit farm and provide local produce at their farm door offering a variety of different fruits.
So, if you are looking to support a local supplier and are interested in getting a number of fruits under one roof, then this would be a great place to stop off on your travels. TIP: If you are a fan of ice cream, this would be a great place to pick something cool and refreshing up after your day of working in the strawberry fields!! The ice creams here include cherry, strawberry, apricot, raspberry and boysenberry, a great way to cool down!
Address: Institute Road, Montacute
Strawberry Picking in Adelaide with Kids
So there you have it, here’s our list of the best places to go strawberry picking Adelaide with kids! Let us know if you think we missed anything!