CUMQUATS are now ready for picking and we will open on 27 & 28 July 2019 for one weekend only from 10am to 4pm. Our Mandarins are finished for the 2019 season.
Fords Farm is opening to pick Cumquats on Sat 27 & Sun 28 July from 10am to 4pm for one weekend only. Unfortunately our Imperial and Satsuma Mandarins are finished for the 2019 season. Check our website for more information,
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 we have a smaller crop because of the dry weather. The Imperials will also be ready, but improve the longer left on the tree. We have a larger crop this year and they will be at their best in June.
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 in June each year 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 honey is different every year as the bees forage on whatever is available at the time. It is pure and there are no additives in the honey.
As the season progresses we will be opening most day except Tuesdays & Wednesday’s. Best to book before 11 am on weekends May be closed some other days if short of ripe fruit.
Check our website for latest information.
The Orchard will be closed till January 2020. We thank all the people who have supported us during 2019.
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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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Experience all the rural charm that the Hawkesbury district has to offer by visiting one of Australia's oldest wineries, orchards, a working cattle or a vegie farm plus much more.
We will personalise your tours to suit your needs, you can stop and pick your own from our local orchards where you can purchase fresh produce.
You can taste test our fresh goats cheese and wines before you purchase from the producers or you could wander around a vegie farm with the farmer whilst your fresh product is picked.
We offer half day tours and week ends away or you can charter one of our deluxe buses and we will personalise a tour to suit your requirements.
Open 9.30 till 3 weekends or by booking weekdays. We will be open all of the June long weekend and all of school holidays 9.30 till 3. School holidays we will be offering a free tractor ride daily at 10am
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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Open for Shed Sales of Apple Juice, Apple Cider, 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.
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 helping to run 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. For many years, only apples, of different varieties, were grown.
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 mostly on the domestic market, as well as local Produce Markets, from the shed door & seasonal 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.
Go to the web site for more details on what is happening with the crop www.kookootonga.com.au
Closed until March/April 2020. Visit www.kookootonga.com.au for more details on how to plan your visit.
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.
Open from August 9th every Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday from 10 am to 4 pm for Camellia - Spring season continuing to Monday, November 4th, 2019
Open for Camellia/Spring season from Friday, August 9th
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
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
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden sits on 252 hectares of land with 28 hectares open to the public. Located in a World Heritage area the Garden is a living laboratory providing vital science focused on the conservation of cool climate plants.
The Garden is a great place for you to relax, breathe in the clean mountain air and discover a world of cool climate plants at your leisure. You are invited to return again and again to witness the fresh spectacle that each seasons brings.
The Garden features The Potager cafe and The Jungle Lodge which sleeps up to 10 people, has a wood fireplace, and private entry to the garden.
Pick-your-own in season by appointment - please call to arrange your visit - 10am to 3pm
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 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.
Experience real Australia at Mowbray Park Farmstay just 9 km from Picton 1 hour from Sydney Airport the Blue Mountains, Pacific Ocean and 2 hours from Canberra ACT. It brings together the best of 'life on the farm' with Australian country hospitality.
Steeped in history the magnificent 1822 property is only 80 minutes drive from Sydney NSW and is surrounded by rolling hills, towering trees, picturesque farmland and natural unspoilt bush.
Family owned and operated, Mowbray Park is a working farm and farmstay where you can experience all aspects of country life in a relaxed setting with all the comforts you would expect.
Whether it's midweek or weekend, Mowbray Park is alive with the sites and sounds of the Australian country.
Mowbray Park captures the spirit and beauty of the Picton surrounds which is renowned for its crisp country air, history and magnificent countryside.
At our Farm Holiday you can do everything or nothing at all and children can be entertained while parents relax, unwind or enjoy the activities.
Discover the delights of a leisurely horse ride across rolling hills and bushland taking in the magnificent views of the country side, perfect for both experienced and first timers, (age limit 8 years plus on the trail rides).
After your ride take a dip in the pool or relax in our spa. Spend a lazy afternoon along the banks of Crocodile creek chatting around the campfire cooking billy tea and damper, while you're there you may like to go canoeing down stream, its great fun for all ages !
Play tennis on our day/night tennis court, try your hand at archery or learn to crack a stock whip. You may like to bring your bikes and go bike riding or go for a relaxing walk in the country.
For those looking to chill there's nothing better than a good book at a quiet spot amongst a picturesque garden setting with a cool drink in hand.
We also have Perch in our farm dams for the keen fisherman.
Meals will be a highlight of your stay with delicious set menu’s including hearty hot breakfasts, sizzling barbecues with crisp salads and in the evening the scent of mouth watering roasts will tantalise your taste buds. BYO drinks.
The children will be overwhelmed with excitement as they head off on the hayride for a real "hands on" farm experience , helping with the farm chores, feeding the livestock and cuddly nursery animals. They'll also milk the cow, bottle feed the calves, feed Chloe the pig and watch our working dog muster the sheep for that old favourite shearing demonstration.
During most weekends and holiday times we run a kids club during the day and the night at a small cost per child allowing you to enjoy a relaxing dinner and more time to enjoy that well deserved break.
Private horse riding lessons are also available at very reasonable rates, advanced bookings are essential. Our farm stay is a slice of real Australia and brings together the best of the farm, bush and life in the country. We would love to share this experience with you and look forward to seeing you soon.
Mowbray Park has built a reputation for its friendliness, quality and value.
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.
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.
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
Farm Tours by booking - please go to our Eventbrite site at
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.
We are involved in the Central Coast Council Harvest Festival and will be open to the public for a pick your own pecan on the 8th, 9th and 10th June 2019.
Open to the public for a pick your own pecan on the 8th, 9th and 10th June 2019. We are open 9am to 4pm all 3 days.
Our farm is nestled in the Central Coast Highlands New South Wales and is uniquely fed by the natural spring water flowing from the Somersby Plateau which helps our trees to produce healthy tasty pecan nuts.
We are 100% Australian owned and 100% Australian grown. We grow our nuts the organic way. We never use chemical insecticides or fertilisers and we don’t genetically modify our trees either.
We ship our nuts directly to you from our farm and only crack our nuts so there is no contamination of other nuts