SUMMER DAYTRIPPERS TOP FIVE: Join the harvest trail

Looking for something to do this summer? Why not jump on the harvest trail. Pick your own fruit or buy straight from the farm gate.

HIGH GROVE ORCHARD, Stanley
High Grove offers a pick-your-own berry experience from mid-December to late January and there’s plenty in 
season, including blackberries, blueberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants, boysenberries and brambleberries. It’s $2 a head to pick-and-eat as you go or $9 per kilogram to fill your own container. Bring a picnic or visit the kiosk for homemade jams, ice cream, sorbet, and preserves.
 
BEECHWORTH BERRIES, Beechworth
Beechworth Berries offers a pick-your-own strawberry experience from October to January but also provides farm gate sales of blueberries, cherries, jams and berry ice cream. Open 8am to 5pm most days. 

MOUAT FARMS, Batlow
Mouat Farms also offers a pick-your-own cherry experience but time is running out — the fruit will have mostly dropped by the first week of January. If you’re really keen to get out this month, stop by the roadside stall and buy raspberries, boysenberries, blueberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines and stonefruit direct from the farm gate. Otherwise, come back in February and make an appointment to pick your own apples. 

WILGRO ORCHARDS, Batlow
Wilgro will have freshly picked cherries at its roadside stall until January 14, otherwise you can grab a tub of blueberries and strawberries, or wait until the end of February to try some apples. 

THE BIG STRAWBERRY, Koonoomoo
Another stop on Australia’s list of “big things”, this farm offers two hectares of strawberry crops open for a pick-your-own experience from September through to late January. For $10 per kilogram, and a minimum of one kilogram, families can pick their own. The cafe has strawberry pancakes, pizzas and other tasty treats.

Scroll through the map below to find our top five harvest recommendations, then keep an eye out for the next "top five" activity to be added to the list. 

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