What better way to get outside and spend time with the family than strawberry picking Sydney style! There are a vast number of strawberry farms in Sydney, NSW activities, and areas where you can go it alone and pick strawberries throughout the year due, in part, to the Sydney climate, together with a variety of strawberry plants that fruit both during winter and summer, so this activity can be enjoyed all year round.
There are a wide range of activities associated with strawberry picking; enjoying a strawberry flavour ice cream, educational events, visiting berry farms or even cooking with strawberries. Kids will love filling up buckets and boxes with this sweet treat!
When is strawberry season in Sydney?
Strawberry season is not just a summer event anymore. The introduction of many different varieties of strawberries provides us with the opportunity to pick strawberries most of the year depending on the location that you visit. Sydney is no exception, with most of the year covered.
The climate lends itself well to the produce of strawberries year round together with winter only fruits, but you will need to check with the farm that you intend to visit as to whether they are open for picking as it can also depend on the success of the plant as to how many picking sessions they can offer.
Tips for strawberry picking with kids
Family strawberry picking is a fun activity, but there are a few tips and tricks that can make this experience go off without a hitch!
First of all be prepared – a great motto, but also very wise words! Being outdoors means wearing the right clothing – comfortable and closed in shoes is the best way forward when getting in amongst those strawberry plants! Cool clothing and being 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.
Plan your trip by calling ahead to ensure that a session is available, especially outside of the summer months, and if possible try and understand when the busy times are if going with younger children so that there is plenty of space.
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 Sydney?
There are a number of options when planning your strawberry picking activity. From farms near Sydney, to local strawberry picking farms in rural locations and high tech strawberry picking fields and greenhouses; the choice can be difficult to make. Here are a few options to try:
Berrylicious Strawberries Thirlmere
Strawberry picking near Sydney (just one hour away) is a great place to start and you will find this popular venue high on anyone’s list. This is a dedicated strawberry farm and is hugely popular. Booking is essential and you must get in quick as these sessions go fast, once advertised! The strawberries are grown differently in greenhouses some 2 metres off the ground.
Steps are provided for the smaller members of your group so that they can easily reach. As they are within greenhouses, the weather is really not an issue here but if rainy, the floor can get muddy so be prepared! Sessions are available year round which allows strawberry picking to be done at any time, but again check with the venue before heading out.
This family friendly strawberry picking location encourages children to learn and understand how best to pick the fruit on offer and yes you can sample strawberries while you pick! The location of the farm is ideal for families as it is close to a number of other venues to call in if you have time to mix up your day including a water park, and the NSW Rail Museum. Hours and times of sessions vary.
Address: 200B West Parade Thirlmere, NSW, Australia 2572
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Ricardoes Tomatoes & Strawberries Port Maquarie
Ten minutes north of Port Maquarie you will find this high tech, state of the art establishment with two acres of greenhouses. With five varieties of strawberries grown, the fruit is available to pick year round. Entry is free, you only pay for what you pick.
The rows of strawberries are easily reached being at different heights which will suit the tall and smaller members of the family. There is also a café on site and farm tours are also available on a daily basis (at 11 am). The shop on site will also give you the opportunity to buy gifts for friends and family such as jams and pastas (they are also a tomato growing farm). So why not go strawberry picking if you are in the area.
Address: 221 Blackmans Point Road, Port Macquarie
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Clyde River Berry Farm South Coast NSW
For strawberry picking 2021/2022, this location is only open for a couple months of the year for pick your own strawberries. December and January is the time to visit which is great as it falls within the summer school holidays. This strawberry picking farm is located some 45 minutes from Batemans Bay (3.5 hours from Sydney).
This provides farm strawberry picking experiences for the entire family. A bucket is given to you on arrival and the staff will tell you the best areas to confine your search. The venue is home to many other berries, particularly blueberries, and ice creams and jams can be purchased on site.
Address: 1600 Princes Hwy Termeil, NSW
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Bidgee Strawberries and Cream Wagga Wagga
This strawberry picking farm near Sydney is about to close for the season, but is definitely worth a visit when they open for the next season (yet to be announced). This recent award winning establishment provides you with the tools (sanitised scissors and buckets) so you can make the most of their strawberry picking fields. Pop down a mat, bring a picnic and feast on strawberries (and if room a much deserved ice cream).
Educational tours are available, and you can grab already picked produce including chocolate coated strawberries, so if you want to learn more about the strawberry growing process, this is a fun way to experience it with the family.
Address: Billagha Street, Wagga Wagga
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Some 60 kilometres north of Sydney is this beautiful rural location which offers a number of fruits to pick and enjoy. All fruit picked must be purchased and includes stone fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, eggplants, blueberries and citrus so if you are interested in picking other fruits as well as strawberry picking this would be a great place to try.
There is a café on site if you wish to take a break from strawberry picking which offers milk shakes, tea/coffee and small snacks such as toasties. Please check their website for what is available to pick at any given time.
Address: 27-29 Canoelands Road, Canoelands
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Bilpin Fruit Bowl Bilpin
Strawberry picking in Bilpin is not heavily advertised by this venue as they have such a range of other fruits and vegetables to pick or purchase. Located in the beautifully stunning Blue Mountains area, you can bring the kids strawberry picking from August 2021. Bilpin itself is known as the Land of the Mountain Apple and visitors can often enjoy the roads lined with stalls selling local produce.
Dine and Discover vouchers are also accepted at the Bilpin Fruit Bowl and local produce such as apple pie can be indulged in here (arguably some of the best tasting!). If you are a visitor and enjoy tasting local produce, this would be a great place to experience with the family, please check with the venue directly as to what is available to pick due to changing seasons and availability.
Address: 2093 Bells Line of Road, Bilpin
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Strawberry Festivals in Sydney
Something a little different, a Festival celebrating strawberries! Not to be confused with the music festival known as Strawberry Fields Festival which is held annually in the bush area by the Murray River, this is a smaller festival celebrating the fruit!! Food and wine is widely celebrated in the region from May to June, particularly in the Hunter
Valley some two hours from Sydney, so sampling local produce is a real possibility during this timeframe. However for a specific strawberry festival, the yearly event held at Wagga Wagga is a great way to spend time with the family.
Bidgee Strawberries and Cream Strawberry Festival
This annual event is planned for the last weekend of the NSW Easter school holidays. The venue is located in Wagga Wagga and is renowned for being a pick your own strawberry venue. Each year they open their doors and celebrate with additions such as petting zoos, putt putt, jumping castles, face painting and of course strawberry picking. Look out for this celebration of all things strawberry in 2022.
Address: Billagha Street, Wagga Wagga
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Strawberry Picking Sydney
There you have it! There’s our list of the best places to go strawberry picking with kids in Sydney! If you think we missed anything make sure to let us know!