Fruit picking is a favourite among Perth people looking for things to do on weekends, and Perth fruit farm visits are becoming increasingly popular with visitors to our beautiful sunny state. 

Fruit season in Perth is all year, with different fruits ripening at different times. At any time of year, there’ll be some delicious fruit to be harvested somewhere close to Perth, from mouth-watering mangoes in Neerabup, 40km north of the city, to the apple orchards of Pickering Brook in Perth Hills, just 30km inland.

Autumn is the time to visit a fruit orchard near Perth for sweet juicy apples, pears and pomegranates, or Perth Mango Farm for sumptuous seedless mangoes. Spring is strawberry picking season in Perth, with the October school holidays falling right at the ideal time to load up. In summer, look for plum and cherry picking in Perth, and winter/spring are peak seasons to harvest citrus fruit at The Orchard Perth in Lower Chittering, although these fruits are good to pick all year round.

Below are just some of the fruit picking farms and orchards you will find in and around Perth. These are all open for casual or pre-booked visits by couples, families and small groups, but check our tips below before setting off. Some tour companies offer fruit orchard and farm tours around Perth if you want to sample a range of the best experiences in a short time. 

First a Few Tips

When planning a Perth fruit farm visit, get in touch with the venue first, by calling or checking their website or Facebook page, to find out when they’re open for fruit picking. The ideal days to pick your own fruit in Perth vary depending on conditions and crop size, so most farms will keep visitors informed week by week about availability.

Other questions to ask: Do we have to book? Is there an entrance fee, and how much do you charge for the fruit we pick? Do you have EFTPOS facilities? Do you provide containers or bags?

Note that some farms don’t allow prams and strollers, and in some cases there’s a lot of walking to do; you’ll definitely need comfy shoes and sunscreen! 

Bear in mind, too, that you might be carrying heavy boxes or bags of fruit for a while. It’s a good idea to take some small containers for young children to use. Fruit picking can be tiring, but it’s one of the most enjoyable things to do in Perth on a balmy autumn day, and the kids will sleep well afterwards too!

Autumn Orchards

Pickering Brook in the Perth Hills is a great place for fruit orchards heaving with apples and pears. The April school holidays are the perfect time for families to organise a Perth fruit farm visit. Most can only be accessed on weekends, but if you prefer a weekday, The Fruit Corner is open 7 days.

At CORE Cider House, you’ll also find persimmons, pomegranates and quince, while Valley Fresh Produce has occasional lychee and mango picking days. For serious fans of the versatile mango, Perth Mango Farm is a must. The fruit is grown without the use of pesticide or insecticide, and the smaller ones are seedless. 

Where to pick your own autumn fruit in Perth

CORE Cider House, Pickering Brook
Open: Every weekend in late summer / early autumn for apples, pears, persimmons, pomegranates and quince; tours run Wednesdays and Fridays - bookings essential
Other attractions: Pork & cider hot dogs; additional fruit available for purchase; family restaurant; live music on Sunday afternoons (October to April)

Valley Fresh, Pickering Brook
Open: Every weekend and public holiday from early autumn to early winter for Pink Lady, Sundowner and Granny Smith apples
Other attractions: Occasional lychee and mango picking; fresh vegetables available for purchase

The Fruit Corner, Pickering Brook
Open: 7 days a week from late summer to early winter for Granny Smith and Pink Lady apples
Other attractions: Chilli picking; farm shop with fresh vegetables

Perth Mango Farm, West Neerabup
Open: Every weekend in late summer / early autumn
Other attractions: Sample as you go; BBQ area; farm shop

Citrus Fruits

Citrus fruit season in Perth doesn’t end! Oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit are ripe for picking all year round. In the school holidays, it’s worth travelling 60km out of the city to the rolling landscape and rich soil of the Chittering Valley, where the Valencia oranges are delicious all the way through from August to May. 

Golden Grove Orchard harvests no less than six varieties of Navel oranges too, as well as Seville oranges (ideal for marmalade) and low acid oranges. Other citrus available for picking here are lemons, limes, grapefruit and mandarins. These fruits are all at their best in spring and winter. You will also find juicy oranges waiting to be picked at CORE Cider House in July and August.

Where to pick your own citrus fruit in Perth

The Orchard Perth, Lower Chittering
Open: April - December for orchard tours & tractor rides (online booking essential - fruit picking only available on the tour)
Other attractions: Private gourmet picnics, regular events, on-site cafe, animal farm & kids nature playground

CORE Cider House, Pickering Brook

Open: July and August for oranges
Other attractions: Pork & cider hot dogs; additional fruit available for purchase; family restaurant

Spring & Summer Fruit

In spring, local strawberries are available in abundance, and what kid or kidult doesn’t love them? Strawberry picking farms in Perth often sell you a container, which you then fill to the brim and take home. Most, such as Coco’s Pick Your Own Strawberry Farm and Kien Strawberry Farm, are happy for you to sample as you go - but it’s worth checking first to make sure this is allowed.

Did you know that there’s a correct way to pick strawberries? A good fruit picking farm will take the time to show you how to pick correctly so you find the best fruit and don’t waste any. Strawberry picking is such a great way to spend the day with family and friends, but do wear old clothes and closed shoes, as the sandy soil can be messy.

In summer, you can find plum and cherry picking at some Perth farms, including CORE Cider House and The Fruit Corner in Pickering Brook. If it’s berry picking you’re after, you’ll need to travel to the south coast of WA, around the Denmark / Albany area.

Where to pick your own strawberries, plums and cherries

Kien Strawberry Farm, Gnangarra
Open: Weekends in spring
Other attractions: Sample as you go; soft drinks to keep you hydrated; trays of strawberries available to buy

Coco’s Pick Your Own Strawberry Farm, Wanneroo
Open: Weekends from late winter to late spring / early summer
Other attractions: Sample as you go

CORE Cider House, Pickering Brook
Open: Every weekend in summer for plums
Other attractions: Pork & cider hot dogs; additional fruit available for purchase; family restaurant; live music on Sunday afternoons (October to April)

The Fruit Corner, Pickering Brook
Open: 7 days a week from late spring through summer for cherries and plums
Other attractions: Farm shop with fresh vegetables

Bonus Recommendation

Raeburn Orchards invites visitors to explore their family-owned and run property in Roleystone. Although you can’t pick your own fruit here, this is a lovely day trip out of the city to experience a working orchard growing a wide range of produce all year round, and purchase some delicious fresh fruit straight from the farm to take home with you.

Winter is the ideal time to try Raeburn’s oranges and mandarins. Apples and pears are available right through from autumn to the spring harvest, when you can purchase fresh avocados. In summer, you’ll find stone fruit such as plums, peaches and apricots. 

Published on

12th Mar 2018

Author

Destination Perth Blogger