We love visiting an authentic, family run farm. One where the kids can get a hands-on experience of where their food comes from. And Canoelands Orchard does just that wonderfully! It’s run by a lovely, very friendly and welcoming family. And their fruit is juicy and delicious.
My boys first ate nectarines on our first visit to Canoelands in 2016. And we visited a number of times during the 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons. Yes, we love visiting this farm! And we usually make a day of it by stopping at delicious Glenorie Bakery, as well as having a play at Wisemans Ferry Park or Fagan Park.
Canoelands Orchard is best known for their stone fruits. But over the last few years they’ve been expanding the range of fruit and vegetables you can pick. Soon you’ll be able to visit almost every month to pick a different thing – yay!
It’s nectarine, blueberry and strawberry picking season at the moment. There are also a few ripe peaches but most need another week or so. Then plums will be available to pick later in November. YOU MUST PRE-BOOK due to covid19, though with the easing of restrictions this may not be necessary from November.
At the orchard, you can:
- pick your own fruit
- go on a tractor ride (not currently available due to COVID19)
- have a picnic
- see some farm animals (chickens, pigs, goats, horses, dogs, ducks and geese)
- play in the kids play area (sand pit, swings, slide and cubby house)
- buy snacks at the kiosk
- buy jams, honey (from hives on the farm) and other small products at the farm shop
- just generally enjoy the bushy countryside
Canoelands Orchard also do farm tours and run school education visits. Please contact Jaime to find out more.
Canoelands Orchard is open daily from 9am to 5pm through the stone fruit picking season. Keep in mind that Sunday is their busiest day and mornings are also generally busier than afternoons. YOU MUST PRE-BOOK due to covid19, though with the easing of restrictions this may not be necessary from November.
The cost to pick your own fruit is $5 per adult, $3 children (age 5-15) and kids under 5 are free. NOTE: during school holidays all kids are FREE. There’s also a family entry (2 adults and 2 or more kids age 5-15) for $16. AND if you plan to visit more than three times a year (which is easy to do!), then it’s definitely worth buying a loyalty card which gives you unlimited entry for a year. They are $50 for a family, $15 for adults and $10 for kids.
With the pre-booking system, the entry fee is paid at the time of booking. On arrival to the farm, head to the shop and they will mark you off and give you a wrist band. Plus an reusable bag to use for picking as well as explain where to pick fruit from. All fruit picked must be purchased at the per kilo price.
- Nectarines are $6 per kilo (October 2020)
- Blueberries are $20 per kilo (October 2020)
- Strawberries are $10 per kilo (October 2020)
- Tomatoes, lemons, mandarins are $6 per kilo (May 2020)
- Peas are $10 per kilo (2019 price)
- The tractor rides (NOT OPERATING DUE TO COVID19) are an additional $3 per person (2yrs+), though usually free in the school holidays.
The orchard’s main fruit is nectarines and they also grow plums, peaches, tomatoes, eggplants, mandarins, lemons, oranges, peas and blueberries. Plus, have recently planted apples, passionfruits and strawberries! It was great to see the strawberry tables growing strong and there will be a few more strawberries in pick in early November.
We have picked yellow and white nectarines, peaches, plums, tomatoes, peas, lemons, mandarins and blueberries during our many visits. And they have been oh so juicy.
At $6 a kilo, the nectarines and plums they can be slightly more expensive then in the supermarket (depending on the time in the season). But they are much better in favour and straight from the farm! Plus of course there is all the fun associated with picking your own fruit.
Below is a simple guide of what fruit is available to pick each month. To know exactly what is available at the moment, visit the Canoelands Orchard Facebook page.
- January: Blood plums, apples (available 2021/22)
- February: Passionfruit (available in 2021/22), apples (available 2021/22)
- March: Tomatoes
- April: Tomatoes
- May: Tomatoes, lemons, mandarins and passionfruit (available in 2021/22)
- June: Tomatoes, peas, lemons, mandarins, oranges, passionfruit (available in 2021/22)
- July: Tomatoes
- August: Tomatoes
- September: Tomatoes, strawberries
- October: Nectarines, strawberries, blueberries
- November: Peaches, nectarines, blueberries and strawberries
- December: Nectarines (yellow and white) and plums (blood), blueberries
Finding Canoelands Orchard
Canoelands Orchard is about 45kms north of Parramatta, along Old Northern Road on the way to Wiseman’s Ferry. About 15 minutes past Glenorie Woolworths, you will find Canoelands Road on the right. Once you take this road, the Orchard is about 3.5km along.
Things of Interest Nearby
No visit to Canoelands Orchard is complete for us now without a visit to the Glenorie Bakery! I used to wonder why I would see people posting about visiting a bakery…but now I completely understand what all the fuss is about. It is AMAZING!
You can also stop off at Glenorie RSL for some lunch and a play. Or visit:
- Glenorie Fairy Forest
- Golden Ridge Animal Farm
- Fagan Park
- Nancy’s Freedom Farm
- Wiseman’s Ferry (playground by Hawkesbury River, car ferry, cafes)