Open Saturdays & Sundays 10am to 4pm, in-season.
Watkins Orchard - 1125 Singleton Road, Laughtondale just out of Wisemans Ferry - Hawkesbury River Side Farm - Open Weekends for PYO. 10am to 4pm Fabulous Crop All Welcome ! Lots to pick ..
No need to book. Free Parking & Free Entry.
Watkins Farms are open for seasonal picking and purchase of citrus varieties and picnicking..
Pick Your Own Mandarins
Open Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 4pm - during the winter season.
Come and meet living history producing Hawkesbury produce since 1836. First at Mangrove Creek near Spencer, with our current orchard at Wisemans Ferry established in 1901 - the year of Federation, by Great Great Grandfather, Alfred Watkins. Come and meet his grandson John Watkins.
The varieties of mandarins that we grow are; Imperial, a very popular variety, extra juicy and extra large this season, an old family favourite is the Emperor mandarin, grown for many generations, easy to peel with a great flavour, and the last variety of the season is the Hickson, which is available from the middle of August, my personal favourite.
We have installed a 50 people undercover seating and tables with BBQ facilities. You can also bring a blanket and picnic on the grounds.
Great Juicy Crop - Mandarins - Family Fun - Baby Animal Farm and lovely Fresh Honey
We also grow cumquats which we start picking from the middle of July.
We are a member of Freshcare, a safe food program, which enables us to meet the large supermarkets requirements for food safety.
Our farm offers a pick your own orchard with shed packing facilities for any large bulk orders.
Great for the kids, very tasty and good for you at the same time! Free samples are available for everyone and of course it's also available for you to purchase and take home.
There is also plenty of room for parking and the kids to play. Bring a football and picnic lunch and have some fun in a wonderful setting.
To get here, take the Old Northern Road to Wisemans Ferry and turn right behind the Hotel onto Singleton Road. We are 11 kilometres down the road on the left hand side, the orchard has plenty of signs so we are very easy to find.
Second Orchard Now Open!
With over 2000 trees and plenty of juicy, sweet Imperial Mandarins for you to pick, Watkins Orchard has now opened it's second location to the public!
Watkins second orchard is located on Singleton Rd Wisemans Ferry approximately 100m on your right before the original Watkins Orchard. Just follow the signs!
We are open weekends 10am-4pm. Bring the whole family for a relaxing and fun day out!
We have toilets for ladies and gents.
Open: 7 Days
Mon to Saturday 8.00am to 5.00pm
Sunday 8.30AM - Midday.
Nati Roses has been operating in Dural for 40 years. We specialise in wedding roses as well as supplying florists throughout NSW. We are open 7 days to the general public.
You are most welcome to wander through the formal gardens and smell the roses.
Please feel free to stop and chat with our rose experts or visit our rose bunching tables
to watch what happens.
10.00am – 4.00pm weekends only
Open from 15th June 2019
Kathleen Groves Farm was established in the 1930’s by the Floyd family. William and Kathleen Floyd were the first generation to farm the land, mainly with citrus crops – oranges, lemons, limes and mandarins etc. The farm is now owned and operated by the third generation of Floyds and it mainly produces eureka lemons which are sold to Sydney markets and local retailers.
Kathleen Groves Farm is now opening to the public for the first time in its rich 90 year history. We look forward to greeting you at the farm gate!!
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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saturday sunday monday tuesday wednesday from 10am till4 pm CLOSED THURSDAY AND FRIDAY BRING CASH WITH YOU. NO CARDS.
This is a wonderful orchard set on the banks of the Hawkesbury River.
We grow Emperor, Imperial and Hickson Mandarins for Pick Your Own as well as Washington Navel Oranges.
Later in the season we have Seville Oranges for Pick Your Own
We also have BBQs and picnic tables or you can stroll along the river and enjoy the gorgeous outlook.
Please always telephone ahead.
When you arrive at the farm you will be directed to the Seville Growing section of the Orchard.
You will need to cross the Sackville Ferry. It is the first farm on the right.
Starts at 8am and finishes 12 noon.
Runs the Second Saturday and Fourth Saturday of Every Month, except January.
This is a seasonal market and the produce advertised will only be available in season.
The Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers' and Fine Food Markets are just what the doctor ordered. An abundance of fresh produce to tempt the taste buds of most hunters and gathers.
Let's begin our journey by succumbing to the tantalizing aroma of freshly ground coffee beans brewing away in the crispy early morning air of the showgrounds. As you sip your coffee you will drawn by the perfumes of the many freshly cut blooms as the flower stalls arrange a vast array of colours and species to suit all occasions.
As you do the rounds it's hard not to be drawn to the amazing variety of fresh herbs and spices available. The crispy baby rockets, extra virgin olive oils, sun dried tomatoes and amazing array of olives and fresh basil.
Willowbrae cheesemaker Karen Borg uses a traditional French farmhouse method to produce a variety of goats cheese sold at the markets by her husband David.
Crunchy sourdough breads, traditional pasta's even the staple family meals like bangers and mash can be accommodated.
The fantastic array of gourmet European sausages and the variety of old fashioned Irish spuds will turn a staple Aussie meal into a Chef's delight !
Enjoy browsing through the stalls of fresh fruit and veges, freshly picked berries, crunchy greens, vine ripened tomatoes, stone fruit and our famous Bilpin apples - even an apple pie or two !
Our markets promote the importance of fresh seasonal produce, sustainable local agriculture, showcasing small business and introduce our many visitors to the wonders of our Region, The Hawkesbury.
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.
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.
For bookings & further information (7 days) Weekdays 9am - 5pm Saturdays 9am - 4pm Sundays 9am - 4pm
Welcome to The Hawkesbury, one of New South Wales' best kept secrets, and only one hour north-west of Sydney. With 17 small town and villages to explore, 5 rivers, and more than 70 percent of our area being National Parks, The Hawkesbury is a haven for adventure and nature lovers, as well as for art and history lovers alike.
We invite you to visit The Hawkesbury and experience what this special place has to offer.
Whether you're interests lie in art, culture, history, water-skiing, swimming, canoeing (bring your own), farming, bushwalking, horse-riding, or a wide range of other sports, you will find The Hawkesbury caters for you. If it is retail therapy that you are looking for, you will love spending time exploring our many village shops and galleries, or you will find some fantastic bargains by visiting our local craft and food markets held regularly throughout the year. On the other hand you may simply wish to soak up the peace and quiet while enjoying our magnificent scenery.
Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, fun or romance, for a day, a weekend or a week, our accommodation ranges from Caravan Parks and B & B's, to Resorts, Cottages or Motels, catering for both your taste and your budget, you can be sure you will enjoy your visit to the Hawkesbury.
Please feel free to call into our Visitors Centre, opposite the Richmond RAAF Base, where you'll find a playground for the children to unwind as well as a cafe for refreshments.
Why not not pick up your fresh food and wine from the Farm Gate Trail before you leave. Yummm.
Aerial Photo by "Spatial Images Photography 2010"
9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, and from 9.30am
to 4.00pm on weekends.
Stretching from North Parramatta to historic Wisemans Ferry on the Hawkesbury River is Sydney's Hills District where you'll discover the mystique of colonial history mixed with cosmopolitan life. Wisemans Ferry is a serene river town set beneath towering cliffs of Hawkesbury sandstone. The ferry master still operates the punt 24 hours a day for vehicles to cross the Hawkesbury River - a time honoured tradition since 1827. Picnic on the riverbanks, take coffee around a ?replace or shoot a round of golf against this charming backdrop. No trip to this rural hamlet is complete without a walk on the convict built Great North Road.
With over 600 events happening annually, there's always a market, event or festival happening in the Sydney Hills District. From family fairs to performing arts, from music to cultural celebrations, there's bound to be an event to entertain the whole family.
The villages of Annangrove, Glenorie, Kenthurst and Dural hide a myriad of fruit orchards, hobby farms, antique and craft stalls. With over 60 nurseries in the area, this really is gardeners' heaven. Break your day with a meal amongst the spring scents at one of the many garden cafes and restaurants.
All this gives way to the modern amenities and vibrant events of Castle Hill. The Hills District is now a cosmopolitan hub with acclaimed shopping and entertainment precincts. A smorgasbord of quality restaurants and cafes cover the region. The leafy streets border open bushland and the area hosts Sydney's only State Forest.
Must See, Must Do
* Walk the convict built Great North Road
* Relax with live Jazz at The Pines
* See artists at work in local galleries
* Chat over coffee in a nursery cafe
* Buy fresh produce from the farmers' gate
* Escape city life in a rural B&B and finally take part in one of the many festivals, markets and events held annually
Sydney Hills Visitors Centre
656a Old Northern Road, Dural
("The Pines" historic property)
Phone: 1300 884 881
The Centre is staffed by a group of very dedicated volunteers.
Opening hours are 10.00-5.00pm weekdays, 11.00-4.00pm weekends and closed Tuesdays. Contact Robyn on 0409 661662
Purple Noon gallery is situated at 606 Terrace Road Freemans Reach, just metres from Streeton lookout. It is a purpose built sandstone and old timber and iron structure attached to the existing picture framing workshop.
It has a special ambiance and relaxed style perfect for displaying a beautiful range of high quality artwork.
Coffee is a must in the sculpture garden or on the large verandah surrounding the gallery with outlook to the mountains.