Family strawberry picking may not be the first thing you associate with if planning a visit in Melbourne, VIC, however it is definitely worth giving it a go. Strawberry farms are dotted around the area and is a fun activity to do with the whole family. If you are not keen on the labour, then there is also the opportunity to purchase fresh produce from the farm gates at some locations or you can send the kids out into the strawberry patches and run free while you watch on enjoying those cheeky grins on their faces – they are sure to be having fun.
Strawberry picking with kids is a great way to enjoy each other’s company; away from technology or the TV, it is a healthy way to enjoy the great outdoors. We have organised a list of various places that you can enjoy strawberry picking with kids if you are visiting the area or looking for a fun day out, so why not plan a day checking out the local strawberry farms in Victoria!
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When is strawberry season in Melbourne
Strawberry season in Melbourne is usually dependent on the ever changing weather and types of plants grown. However, the majority of strawberry picking occurs during late November to early April. It is always best to check with the venue before heading out to avoid disappointment. Some establishments will be open well past these dates and remember to avoid the hottest part of the day and pop in early or later if possible.
Tips for strawberry picking with kids
Strawberry picking VIC is a wonderful activity to enjoy as a family or a group of friends. But being prepared will help the day go off without a hitch. Remember it will be hot, regardless of the time you set out, so be sun-safe and bring a hat and sunscreen and try and avoid the middle part of the day. Bring the mozzie spray to get rid of those nasty bugs and for those who suffer with pollen allergies, it may be a good idea to dose up before heading out as a lot of strawberry farms grow other produce which may cause issues for those who suffer in this way.
Old clothing and closed in shoes are a must – that way the strawberry juice exploding all over you will not be a big deal and you can simply get rid of the clothes at the end of the day!
The strawberry patches are at an ideal height for the younger members of your group, help them identify the strawberries that are great for picking at the start of your trip. Pick an area and let them run free but remember to make sure the kids know where you are as you can get lost in the whole experience and forget where others may be!
Most of all HAVE FUN!
Where to go strawberry picking in Melbourne
Strawberry picking in Melbourne provides some fabulous locations for this type of fun activity. Strawberry picking in particular in the country surrounding Melbourne such as the Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley and Hamilton are just some of the areas that cater for strawberries!
These areas are spectacular and provide a great way to escape the city for a short time with rolling hills, country views and pretty suburbs. We have put together a few ideas, so have a read through and then decide where you would like to start your strawberry picking journey.
Jay Berries, Wandin East
45 kms east of Melbourne CBD, this is a great spot for a day trip if you are located in the city. From tractor rides to slushy machines and a coffee or two, this place has something for all members of the family. This farm has a little bit of everything including different fruits and vegetables to pick or purchase. A $5 entry fee for most, you will expect to pay approximately $8 per kilo for strawberries, but prices vary for other fruits and vegetables on offer. You can also buy prepacked produce if you are exhausted after the strawberry picking! A great place to start your strawberry picking experience.
Address: 140 Wandin Creek Road, Wandin East
Blue Hills Berries and Cherries
Located within the beautiful area of the Yarra Valley, strawberry picking is not the only fruit on offer here. You can pick a range of other fruits whilst visiting. The Yarra Valley is famed for its wineries, so why not plan an extended stay in the region and organise activities for all the members of your group from wineries to strawberry picking, you certainly won’t be disappointed. This strawberry picking location releases tickets every evening for the following day; this ensures that there is enough fruit to go around, so keep an eye on their website or contact them via telephone to organise. Entry includes being able to eat the produce as you pick!
Address: 27 Parker Road, Silvan
Gateway Estate, Yarra Valley
Another strawberry picking venue located in the Yarra Valley; this location is a great option even if the weather is not the best as the plants are located under cover in greenhouses. You can also enjoy the gourmet foods that are prepared here together with the café. No entry fee here, you just pay for what you pick and other fruit and vegetables are available to pick if you feel you need more of an experience. A great place to enjoy strawberry picking with the kids.
Address: 667 Marooandah Highway, Coldstream
Kookaberry Strawberry Farm, Wandin
Another great strawberry farm location within Wandin which is approximately an hour’s drive from Melbourne. This is not a strawberry picking location, however worth a visit if you happen to be in the area as they specialise in the kind of treats that make you feel truly spoilt. Special gifts and hampers made at the farm are available, so if you are heading out for a picnic and enjoy local produce that is to a high standard, this is a great place to stop off if in the area. Jams, sauces, syrups, vinegars are all part of the hamper experience and can help take your picnic from ordinary to extraordinary so pop in during your visit to the region.
Address: 25 Lewis Road, Wandin
Sunny Ridge Main Ridge
This fabulously located strawberry picking farm in the Mornington Peninsula enjoys stunning views of the rolling hills in the countryside. The strawberry farm itself is open on weekends but check before heading out. Apart from enjoying the beautiful produce on offer, you can also cool off with an ice cream from the ice cream cart onsite or enjoy desserts and coffee from the newly refurbished café. If you enjoy the hinterland, this is a great location to enjoy all that it offers. The staff onsite are hands on and will assist you in picking the strawberries and which ones to look for to ensure you get the most out of the experience.
Address: 244 Shands Road, Main Ridge
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Surf Coast Strawberry Fields, Duneed
Located in Geelong, this is a great little coastal area to visit. Kid friendly strawberry picking is available at Sunny Ridge together with other fruits on offer depending on the season. The farm will provide you with the punnets required (reusable so you can bring them along on your next visit!).
There is an entry fee and you pay for what you pick. There are also ice creams available to help cool off once you have completed your strawberry picking venture. If you are wanting more strawberries than you can pick, pre-packed goods are available as are dips and preserves. This location is great if you are wanting to take a trip on the Great Ocean Road which is located nearby, so ideal if you are holidaying in this region for something a little different and a great way for the younger members of the family to run around and let off steam!
Address: 2 McCanns Rd, Duneed
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Payne’s Orchards Bacchus Marsh
Located approximately 50 km north west of Melbourne city, this is another great location to visit for a day trip if staying in the city. Whilst not specifically a strawberry farm, this place provides the opportunity to pick a number of different fruits all year round including summer fruits.
This is done in 40 minute lots to ensure that all customers enjoy the experience without crowding. Buckets are supplied and staff are on hand to assist. A great place to teach the kids about growing fruit and vegetables and the various techniques to pick the fruits on offer.
Address: 372 Bacchus Marsh Road, Bacchus Marsh
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Strawberry picking in Melbourne with kids
There you have it! There’s our list of the best places to go strawberry picking in Melbourne with kids.