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Sydney Hills Harvest Experience


Watkins Family Farm

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Open all weekend, weekdays by appointment, in-season. Can accommodate large groups and coaches - please call before coming.

We're all picked out! Our season is now closed, the farm will re-open again in winter 2019. Thanks to everyone for a short, but sweet season. See you again next year.

Watkins Farms is open for seasonal picking and purchase of citrus varieties and picnicking..

Pick Your Own Mandarins

Open all weekend, weekdays by appointment, during the 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.

Bus and school groups are all welcome, just phone first to a make a booking if it is during the week.

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.


Warrah Biodynamic Farm and Farm Shop

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Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday 9.00am – 3.00pm Closed Sundays

Established in 1965, Warrah Biodynamic Farm at Dural grows a wide range of certified biodynamic/organic seasonal produce, picked daily for sale in our Farm Shop. The shop is open 6 days a week and also sells certified organic meat, dairy and groceries from other local producers. We are a 45 minute drive from the Sydney CBD.

Warrah Biodynamic Farm has been certified biodynamic since 1993. The farm is part of the Warrah Society, a registered charity providing services to adults and children with disabilities in Sydney’s North West. The farm sits on around 7 acres at Dural, with the market garden comprising around 2 acres of production at any given time. The remaining land is used for crop rotation and grazing our two Jersey cows, Elka and Frangipani. We produce all the seedlings for the farm and a wide range of seasonal vegetable and herb seedlings for sale to the general public from our onsite production nursery.

The farm follows strict guidelines to ensure that all our produce is certified biodynamic with Australian Certified Organic (ACO). We do not use any pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or synthetic fertilisers. Our fields are picked daily to ensure that we have the freshest possible produce available in our onsite Farm Shop.

We grow a wide range of seasonal produce for sale in our Farm Shop with supplementary fresh produce, meat, dairy and groceries provided by other certified organic producers. We endeavour to stock items that are from boutique producers. The shop proudly stocks only certified organic or biodynamic produce from a range of producers throughout Australia and overseas ensuring that you can find everything you need in one place.


Canoelands Orchard

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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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Anderson Farm

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Open from June to the following September each year

Anderson Farm is now closed for the year - re-opening in June 2019

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.


Nati Roses

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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.


Fords Farm

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Currently closed - we will open again in June 2019 for Mandarins & July 2019 for Nagami Cumquats.

Fords Farm is closed for picking mandarins. We will open next year in June 2019. 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 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 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 year we have infused vinegars and infused oils such as garlic, chilli and rosemary, along with infused salts and sugars for the adventurous cook.


Hawkesbury Harvest Farmers' and Fine Food Market: Castle Hill

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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.


Good AZ Gold Tours and Transfers

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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.


Sydney Hills Visitors Centre

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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
Web: www.sydneyhills.com.au


The Centre is staffed by a group of very dedicated volunteers.


Purple Noon Gallery

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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.



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