Sure, we’ve been guilty of pilfering a neighbour’s overhanging orange or two, but why not go legit and hit up one of these local pick-your-own orchards?
What can’t Core do, y’know? Cruise up for a delicious lunch, a cider flight, a picnic amongst the apple trees… As if that wasn’t enough, you can hit them up for seasonal tours of the orchard. Springtime sees the trees explode into a cloud of pink blossoms, during summer you can harvest plum, pear and apple varieties, while autumn brings persimmons, apples and a spectacular gold, orange and red throughout the orchard. During winter you can visit Core for their Fire, Fable and Feast festival and citrus harvest.
35 Merrivale Road, Pickering Brook
Perth Mango Farm
Juicy, juicy mangoes. Nothing screams summer like diving into a perfectly ripe mango, and it’s all the more satisfying when you’ve picked it yourself. During February at the Perth Mango Farm you can enjoy the freshest mangoes possible – grown in our temperate climate, they’ve even more flavourful and sweet. Entry is $10 for adults, then picked mangoes are $10 per kilo.
4 Dayrell Road, Nowergup
Hop onto one of their custom-made tractors and get a guided tour from one of The Orchard‘s friendly farmers, as you learn all about how they grow their delicious fruit and taste straight from the tree! During the rotating seasons you can also pick the fruit yourself, with differing varieties available year-round.
1378 Chittering Road, Lower Chittering
The Fruit Corner
Family owned for generations, The Fruit Corner has more produce on offer than you can shake a stick at, just about year-round. With pick-your-own veggies as well as fruit available, you can really stock up the larder – produce includes the ubiquitous apple varieties, spaghetti squash, chillies, capsicums, eggplants, plus heaps more. Cherry picking should start in November, which gets us more in the Aussie Christmas spirit more than any carols ever could!
1 Bracken Road, Pickering Brook
Springtime is for S&R Orchard, with the picturesque farm becoming a spectacular sea of pink – and an Instagram hotspot, complete with photo props and food trucks. But the fun doesn’t end there, with the summer festival running between December and March a prime opportunity to pick your own fruits, including plums and nectarines.
36 Halleendale Road, Walliston
Carmel Cherry Farm
Another cherry picking having, Carmel Cherry Farm is home to some of the plumpest, reddest cherries you’ve ever seen. And while those ruby-red fruits are enticing enough, the small farm also has lychee and loquat picking on offer, when the seasons allow.
Have a really “grape” time (we couldn’t resist) picking your own grapes at Padbury Pickings’ farm. After the roaring success of their first season in 2020, the farm has begun regular summer grape picking weekends, with their vines practically heaving with juicy grapes.
62 Padbury Avenue, Herne Hill
Walkalina Park Olives
A little further afield, venture out to Gingin for some olive picking at Walkalina Park. Producing organic, cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil, the farm also opens its doors for you to come and pick your own olives. If you’re lucky, you might even get a visit from their pet lamb!
866 Hancock Place, Gingin
There are absolutely oodles of strawberry picking locations around Perth – enough that we had to make a whole list just for them. You can check that list out HERE. Happy picking!
Header image: Carmel Cherry Farm