Autumn Garden Season: Open Friday to Monday – 10 am to 4 pm from Friday, March 23, 2018 continuing until Monday, June 11, 2018 - all public holidays included
Wildwood is a garden in Bilpin which has been developing for more than 30 years due to the efforts & skills of Wayne & Sue Tapping who bought the land in the early eighties.
They chose the name Wildwood as their plan was to make a formal garden without losing the wildness of the native landscape. They have decided that the property has now got to the stage that it should be available for everyone to appreciate.
Situated in the heart of Bilpin amid the orchards & tall trees of the Blue Mountains it is a large garden many would love to explore.
It is not just a place to wander in and enjoy the plantings as it has a café with fabulous views, a gift shop & specialist nursery with treasures propogated from plants in the garden.
There is a cherry walk, dogwoods & other blossom trees, camellias, azaleas, massed clivia, & hellebore, hydrangea, deciduous trees that are spectacular in autumn & ferns that surround a magnificent waterfall with ponds.
There is also a large lake surrounded by lawns & topiary where you can picnic. It has sweeping views, deep volcanic soil, bore water & is a delightful place to visit at any time of year.
They began this garden more than 30 years ago & also opened a retail nursery at nearby North Richmond. The Nursery closed in 2010, allowing the couple to pursue their dream of an open garden with gift shop, nursery & café.
This 5 hectare garden nestles among 10ha of towering native trees. It is set on a gentle slope with broad, crushed granite paths that meander beside a waterfall & ponds then beneath the trees & across sweeping lawns to a tranquil lake. Seats are scattered throughout to encourage visitors to relax & enjoy the atmosphere.
Wildwood’s café serve morning & afternoon teas, snacks & light lunches with delicious sandwiches, salads, cakes, pastries & season specials. There is a selection of homemade goodies which are scrumptious but be sure not to miss out on the Wildwood’s very own homemade apple pie – it is just so delicious. Enjoy a panoramic view over the garden from the café verandah. Visitors are also welcome to picnic by the lake.
The Gift shop and nursery is well stocked with appealing gift ware & local products. The nursery has a range of plants, many of which are propagated from those which are growing in the garden including some rare & unusual finds. You are sure to find something special here
From an Article by Jennifer Stackhouse, Wildwood Open
Monday to Friday the main Campus entry point is College Drive, an extension of Bourke Street Richmond.
The Drive leads to a visitor parking area.
On weekends and public holidays College Drive is closed and entry to the Campus is via Vines Drive, off Londonderry Road.
A parking fee system is utilised on the campus. You can get a parking ticket from the dispensers located at Campus entry points.
This campus is a delight to stroll around and take in the History of the Hawkesbury.
Just take 90 minutes out of your busy schedule and enjoy our most beautiful University.
Down load the attached document that has a complete tour for you.
Some preliminary information for you.
The Campus entrances have distinctive blue freestanding directories and information kiosks.
The Hawkesbury Campus is divided into location zones, which are signified via alphabetical letters.
Each building within a zone has a number. For example K4 is Stable Square. The tour map and guide indicates the location details and provides very brief details of the historic buildings. The tour guide contains a suggested route, which directs visitors to many of the historic buildings and some of the newer facilities.
The tour requires a minimum of 1 hour 30 minutes to complete. Cafeteria facilities are located in Building L2 near the oval and there is also a small food and coffee outlet open around lunchtime in Building G1.
Public toilets are located in Building K4 and in the G1 Quadrangle.
Most areas of the campus have good disabled access.
Other things to see and do while you're visiting the Hawkesbury Campus:
Visit The EarthCare Centre featuring permaculture gardens and sustainable living house.
Visit The Secret garden and Nursery featuring Riding for the Disabled and Men’s Shed, with farmyard animals, fairy garden and a unique children’s playground.
Monday - Thursday 10am - 3pm
Friday 10am - 9pm
Saturday 8am - 9pm
Sunday & Public Holidays 8am – 3pm
Restaurant, Cafe, Accommodation, Barn-style Wedding and events venue, camping, bush walking trails, 4WD track, Caves, fruit trees, flora and fauna, ample parking (including busses), and historical tours.
1840 built Mulla Villa is a fabulous destination for day trips from Sydney, the Central Coast or Newcastle – you will discover authentic experiences at our historic Hunter Valley property. Get back to nature and see our wildlife, enjoy a bushwalk, or 4WD through the property to our large caves.
The property is abundant with many varieties of trees including fruit, natives and myrtles. The myrtle is native to Wollombi valley and we have hundreds around the property.
Learn about the history of the Wollombi Valley, fish in the creek, or savour a delicious meal at Mulla Villa Restaurant. It has been said by our guests that the food at Mulla Villa tastes like it has been “made with love“. We use the best quality ingredients and locally sourced vegetables in all our dishes. Our Mulla Villa scones are house made, paired with certified organic strawberry jam that is second to none. We are so proud to be told by our patrons on numerous occasions that “You can taste the food!“
Take the road less travelled and explore Tourist Drive 33 on your way to Mulla Villa, located just minutes south of the historic Wollombi village.
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden is open every day except Christmas Day.
Monday - Friday: 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm
Entry is free
No pets allowed in the Garden
Enquiries 02 4567 3000
This breathtaking Garden is the only botanic garden in the world located in a World Heritage Area. Focused on the conservation of cool climate plants it is home to 21,000 plants and 900 species. Located under 2-hours’ drive from Sydney airport and less than an hour from Penrith and Richmond, the Garden is the perfect backdrop for a gathering, workshop or family day out.
Features The Pottager restaurant and The Jungle Lodge which sleeps up to 10 people, has a wood fireplace, and private entry to the garden.
Commencing Sat 26 & Sun 27 May 2018 from 10am to 4pm. We are open every weekend including public holidays until all the fruit has been picked.
Fords Farm's opening dates are Sat 26 & Sun 27 May 2018. We will be open each weekend from 10am to 4pm until all the fruit has been picked. Check our website for details.
Ford’s Farm is a Pick Your Own citrus orchard specialising in Mandarins. Our first mandarin of the season is the Satsuma, a seedless variety, easy to peel, full of juice and very popular with children. This year there is a large crop despite the dry weather. The Imperials will also be ready, but improve the longer left on the tree and will be at their best in June although there is a smaller crop this year.
Ford’s Farm is nestled on the banks of the Hawkesbury River, 15 minutes from Wiseman’s Ferry. The citrus orchard was established over 50 years ago by the Ford family (some original trees still produce fruit – the Emperor Mandarins). It has been a Pick Your Own orchard for over 15 years and has developed with help from our customers.
Unfortunately due to heavy traffic in the area and the condition of the roads we can no longer cater for large coaches. Small buses are welcome on weekends as long as a booking is made.
We cater for International Tour Groups who wish to visit the farm for educational purposes outside the season. Phone for more information on these tours.
We look forward to welcoming visitors to pick mandarins, oranges, lemons, limes and in July cumquats.
There is an entry fee of $5.00 per car, thereafter you only pay for what you pick, we charge by the kg.
We have a small picnic area set aside for you to sit and enjoy the quiet bush surroundings. Take a stroll through the orchard to visit and feed our sheep once you have had your picnic.
Visit our “shed” for jams, chutney, cordial and honey all from produce grown on the farm. The year we have infused vinegars and infused oils such as garlic, chilli and rosemary, along with infused salts and sugars for the adventurous cook.
Pick-your-own in season by appointment - please call to arrange your visit
People tell us we have the best oranges they have ever eaten. Is it the chicken manure or the fact we don’t use chemical sprays on the trees? Could be a combination of the two, however we thought we would share the experience with others.
Visit the Wilson’s Wyuna Farms, hear about the history of this fourth generational farm and how it has evolved since Lorraine’s father, Ray Walpole, settled here in 1935, aged 15. Or just chat with Rodger, Lorraine, Greg or Kate and pick your own oranges to take home.
Bus tours or group bookings available – prior booking essential via phone or email.
Open 7 days - 11am to 4pm
Bilpin's first cider company and the first to open a cellar door, our product is made using only freshly crushed fruit, there is no added sugar and it is all gluten free.
Visitors are treated to a tasting across the product range and are invited to take a stroll around the grounds including the gardens, orchard and up to the sheep and alpacas paddocks.
Bilpin Cider is available all year round
Open 7 Days 9am - 5pm. This is staffed by Volunteers it is best to telephone before attending, Call Lance on 0418844544. It is 20 km from Wollongong , take the first Dapto exit heading South.
Mountain Range farm has a mixture of small businesses and community based organisations producing a wide range of produce from certified organic vegetables such as garlic, strawberries and lettuce through to rhubarb and general green lines.
There is also a export palm and pine Nursery propagating and selling small seedlings worldwide.
Social enterprise projects are underway as well as a refugee work for the Dole, Green corp and landcare groups doing tremendous environmental work on the adjacent Mullet Creek.
Tours are available, but only by appointment.
If you would like to find out more about the community farm click through to our website and follow the links.
Our fruit stall is open most days, and during our picking season, offers the best tasting avocados around, and other seasonal fruits fresh picked. Tours/talks can be arranged by appointment ONLY.
We are a small second generation citrus farm, and have branched out into Hass avocado production. We have been growing avocados for approx. 27 years, and the citrus trees are about 45+ years old. We have 4 beautiful spring fed dams on the property and our farm is also home to a small beef cattle herd, some geese and chickens.
We're about 13.5km from the intersection of the Central Coast Highway and Wisemans Ferry Rd at Kariong. We have approximately 2000 Hass avocado trees and about the same in a mix of Navel and Valencia oranges. Our peak production periods for avocadoes are from October through to January, Navel (winter) oranges are available from June until September and Valencia (summer) oranges are available from October/November.
Open for Shed Sales of Apple Juice and fruit (when in season) & local honey - Mon- Fri 8.30 to 4.30. Closed weekends, except on special Pick Your Own Dates which we will put up on this website or see our website.
We take our produce to Warwick Farm Trackside Markets every Saturday from November to beginning of June.
FRESH PERSIMMONS, PINK LADY & FUJI apples now on sale from the SHED! Sorry - we have FINISHED our Pick Your Own Persimmons for the season now. SEE OUR WEBSITE. Shed Sales, Mon-Fri 8.30 to 4.30pm
Nestled in the hills just outside of the country town of Picton, is the family owned and run “Cedar Creek Orchard” which was purchased in 1937 and now has its 4th generation working on the family farm.
The Silm family began planting apple trees here in 1941 after Mr. Silm (Snr.) and young Ron Silm found that apples were good feed for the poultry they were breeding.
The orchard began to diversify into stonefruit in the 1980’s, when Ron’s two sons (Michael & Mark) joined the business, and the season was further extended during the 1990’s with plantings of Persimmons.
Today, the orchard is run by Mark & Lynelle Silm, and their eldest son, Damien (4th generation). Sadly, Mark's parents both passed away in 2015. It has approximately 23,000 trees – the produce of which is sold through both the domestic and export market as well as local Produce Markets and from the shed door & occasional Pick Your Own days.
Shed sales, directly to the public, begin in November with nectarines, (yellow & white) then peaches, (white only) available through to the end of January.
This is followed by apples from end of Jan to May, and then finally persimmons from April to June.
The varieties of persimmons we have are Makawa Jiro & Fuyu, which are new, non-astringent types – i.e. can be eaten when still hard, just like an apple. It’s quite a sweet fruit, and is extremely popular amongst the Asian population.
We are especially proud, also, of our “Cedar Creek Black Label Apple Juice” which is a pure 100% apple juice with no preservatives, no sugar and no added water. The apples are crushed right here on our farm and the bottling is also done in our own bottling plant on the farm.
We have been making apple juice for over 30 years, and have developed this unique, exceptionally tasting apple juice, which is made all year round. People always comment “it actually tastes like apples”.
Shed sales of:
Plus quality apple juice made on site, all year round.
Closed for the 2018. Open again in February 2019. Check our website. It is always best to ring or text first for Pick Your own.
All the apples have been picked and we will be closed till next January.
We thank all those customers that have supported us in 2018
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Established in 1955, the Shields Family has grown and sold fruit from the packing shed ever since.
We are open for Pick Your Own apples from early February to mid May while fruit is available.
We do not have Pick Your Own peaches. Some peaches available for shed sales during January . Please call before coming.
We sell tree ripened peaches and apples grown on our own orchard.
We have 5 peach varieties and at least 14 apple varieties, some in limited supply.
Pick your own apples are available from February to May.
As there is always some seasonal variation in when varieties are at their best. Please call to find out what's on.
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Go to the web site for more details on what is happening with the crop www.kookootonga.com.au
Visit www.kookootonga.com.au for opening hours, a map and lots more to help plan a visit. Closed for 2018, reopening in March 2019
A beautiful farm with an established Walnut and Chestnut grove situated on 60 hectares at scenic Mt Irvine. Pick up your own nuts in this special setting. Buckets and bags are provided. Follow signs to new off road parking. No entrance fee.
Currently nothing harvesting. Open by booking only until Tomatoes start in March.
Entry is $5 Adults and $3 for children ( 5-15) under 5 free or family of 2 adults and 2 or more children $16. Fruit is currently $6 per kilo although this may vary throughout the season.
Here at Canoelands orchard we are aiming to give the public the opportunity to buy direct from the farmer.
We Harvest tomatoes March April May JuneJuly
Stone fruit PYO is all of November, December and early January so we will remain open 7 days during all harvests.
We have, honey, jam and chutney all year round and we offer school excursions and tours all year on bee keeping, farm practices and sustainable farming. We offer function bookings and hosted birthday parties.
Our main produce is nectarines but we also grow plums and peaches.
We currently offer pick your own nectarines,plums, peaches and tomatoes.
Blueberries from November 2018, citrus from 2019, persimmon from 2019, apples from 2020.
We will let you know as each type of Fruit comes into season, so keep in touch. We start with peaches and nectarines late October, we will have plums around the 20th of November. They are yellow flesh candy plums and our Lewis blood plums come in over Christmas/new year. Please keep up to date as the weather will cause variations in timing.
We will also offer farm tours so you can see how it all happens.
We want you to come and experience the aroma of the fruit and enjoy the background of where it comes from.
We have a stall on the property where we sell our fresh produce and our own honey, jams and chutney. We also have a cafe for lunch and coffee, icecreams and drinks also available. Come and relax, bring a picnic along if you like.
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Farm Tours available on a regular basis by booking.
We are a small scale, chemical free farm on the NSW Central Coast, only 45 mins from the Wahroonga M1 exit. We are family owned and operated. We run grass fed beef, moving our cattle onto fresh grass daily. We have a few dairy cows that we have just started milking and we also run pastured raised chickens and pasture raised muscovy ducks. We grow vegetables in season and chemical free garlic over winter. We always have cows, ducks and chooks – but special times during the year we also have calves, ducklings and chickens!
We have a real passion for connecting people with their farmers, for people to understand how their food is farmed and for them to get the know the growing number of regenerative farmers on the Central Coast. We love what we do and would love to be able to share our passion for farming with you. We would love to answer your questions and teach you more about where you food comes from.
We offer a range of farm tours – Morning Chores Tours (available daily), Weekend Farm Tours, School Holiday Tours and Homeschool Tours. Please give us a call or send us a message and we will help to find the right tour and time for you.
We normally have fresh produce available to purchase direct from the farm. We have 2 cafes within 500 metres of us. Ask us for more information on the wonderful family owned cafes in the area.