Fruit picking in Perth is a popular pastime all year round, with a wide range of delicious produce benefiting from our beautiful Mediterranean climate.
Winter is citrus fruit season in Perth, and selecting your own oranges, lemons, limes or grapefruit right off the tree is one of the best things to do in Perth on a clear cool day. Here are some recommendations for a Perth fruit farm visit that will turn into a great day out for the whole family.
Note that many venues are only open for fruit picking on weekends, and times vary depending on the quality of the harvest and the weather. So do make contact before setting off to avoid disappointment.
While citrus fruit is ripe for picking all year round, July and August are the ideal times to harvest the juicy oranges at CORE Cider House fruit orchard in the Perth Hills.
As the name suggests, this Pickering Brook venue specialises in producing apples and pears for its artisan cider range. What’s less well known is that the orchards are laden with oranges during the winter after the autumn apple harvest is finished.
While you’re there, join an orchard tour to sample the produce and find out more about growing and harvesting fruit. Then stop for a bite to eat in the Cider Garden overlooking the orchards, where home grown fruit is incorporated into the menu.
If possible, time your visit this year to coincide with the Winter Cider Fest @CORE on 4 August - one of the most enjoyable things to do in Perth during the chilly season. There will be an orchard bonfire, mulled cider, pork and cider ragout, apple crumble and live music all evening - a wonderful way to complete your day out in the Perth Hills. Bookings essential.
Nearby Raeburn Orchards in Roleystone is another fruit orchard in the Perth Hills growing tasty oranges, mandarins, apples and pears. This family run business doesn’t yet offer fruit picking for Perth visitors, but it’s well worth the trip to experience a working orchard and purchase some of their fresh produce to take home.
Add Raeburn to your list of things to do on a Perth to Serpentine-Jarrahdale day trip - it’s right on the route!
Golden Grove Orchard
In the rich soil of the delightful Chittering Valley is an essential Perth fruit farm visit. Golden Grove Orchard in Lower Chittering grows juicy Valencia, Navel and Seville oranges (ideal for marmalade) as well as lemons, limes, grapefruit and mandarins - all at their best in winter and spring.
With more than 13,000 trees, this Perth fruit orchard is quite a sight! The Valencia oranges are at their best from August to May, and the Navels right through winter and spring. Golden Grove also produces low acid oranges that are non-allergic, making them suitable for those who normally find oranges cause discomfort.
This is an ideal place to pick your own fruit on a Perth day trip to the Chittering and Avon Valleys, where you’ll find plenty of vineyards, local produce, arts and crafts and gorgeous views to keep you busy. Stay long enough to enjoy a Golden Grove Devonshire tea and sample their freshly squeezed orange juice.
Something to look forward to
The spring fruit season in Perth will be upon us before you know it, and that means strawberry picking in Perth’s northern suburbs on the way to the Swan Valley and Chittering Valley.
Look around Perth for fruit farm visits that include added extras, such as containers, bags, guidance, the ability to sample as you go, and an outlet selling additional fresh produce.
Coco’s in Wanneroo offers strawberry picking for Perth visitors from late winter to late spring, and Kien Strawberry Farm opens in mid November. Both allow you to sample as you go and Kien offers trays of strawberries to buy if you don’t want to pick your own.
For more places to pick your own fruit in Perth all year round, check this article: Best Places to Pick Your Own Fruit.