Updated: 26 November 2019
And with farm-fresh cherries much tastier and bigger than anything you’ll find in a supermarket, it’s best to head straight to the source to get your fruit fix.
Follow the Yarra Valley’s U-Pick trail to visit the area’s top spots, but get in quick – peak time is in the lead-up to Christmas and the season runs until mid-January.
Blue Hills Berries and Cherries
The “silly season” is also known as the “busy berry and cherry season” at Blue Hills Berries and Cherries, as visitors flock to the U-Pick experience.
You can take in picturesque views while picking cherries at the Chapman Road farm, or let them do the work for you and stop off to grab some freshly-picked fruit instead. Berry season extends until April/May for some varieties.
Entry fees - $12.00 per adult and $6 per child age 3-14 years. Children under 3 FREE (Price includes all you can eat in the orchard & a picking demonstration). Or purchase a 2 for 1 Entry Farm Pass for $18 which includes one adult entry to both Berry picking at 27 Parker Road and Cherry picking at 30 Chapman Road – $9 for children
Opening hours - Open 7 days from Late November to Early January, 9am-5pm, excluding public holidays.
More information - http://upickberries.com.au/
Visit Cherryhill Orchards for the U-Pick experience, but stay for their famous cherry ice cream, drinks (spritzer, shiraz wine, beer and cider) and even cocktails! Think Bellinis, mojitos and Pimms with a cherry twist.
Cherryhill’s 75-year history of fruit-growing shines through its quality products, and you can pick your own cherries in the 90-acre orchard, with a shuttle bus used to ferry people to the best picking spots.
Entry fees - $35 for a family ticket of two adults and two children, or adults (aged 14 and over) are $15 each. Children aged 4-13 are free during the week, and $6 on weekends and public holidays. Tickets (which can be booked online) include all-you-can-eat cherries and samples of the selected product range. Cherries are $12/kg to take away.
Grab & Go Pick Your Own tickets are $30 for adults which includes 1.5kg of cherries to take away and $10 children (weekends) and includes .5kg cherries to take away.
Opening hours - Open 7 days from 2 December to Early January, 9am-5pm, excluding Christmas Day. Limited hours over the Christmas period. See below for more information.
More information - https://cherryhill.com.au/
Which cherries do you prefer – sweet or sour? You can pick both at Chappies!
Grab a bucket, or bring your own, and scour the 50-acre orchard for your pick of the best bites. Mark and Steve Chapman have been operating their own U-Pick berries business since 1970, when their father Gordon introduced the concept to Australia.
Entry fees - $12 for adults and $5 for primary school-aged children, FREE entry for pre-schoolers with cherries $12/kg to buy.
Opening hours - Open 7 days from Mid/Late November to Early January, 8.30am-5.00pm, excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. U-Pick tickets available until 4pm each day to allow time for picking. Limited hours over the Christmas period. See below for more information.
Sour cherries will be available from late December.
More information - http://upick.com.au/
Yarra Valley Cherries
While you can’t pick your own fruit at Yarra Valley Cherries, their 40 varieties span the entire cherry season and can be picked up at their farm gate in 1kg, 2kg and 5kg boxes. They grow, pick, grade and pack their own cherries, ensuring freshness. You know you’re getting the best of the fruit because their state-of-the-art grading machine takes 30 photos of each cherry to separate any damaged product, and sophisticated drone technology is used to protect the trees from birds. They also make 100 per cent cold-pressed cherry juice, and cherry wood chips that can be used to smoke meat.
Yarra Valley Cherries have 1kg punnets, 2kg and 5kg boxes of cherries (including seconds when available) for sale. All fruit is picked, graded and packed on in orchard in Yarra Valley which ensures its freshness.
Opening hours - 8.30am-5.30pm from 23 November 2019 .
U-Pick not available.
More information - https://yarravalleycherries.com.au/