Pine Crest Orchard is located in Bilpin – well known for growing delicious apples. I introduced myself and my family to apple picking for the first time in 2017 and we quickly became big fans….and I have a lot of stewed apples to show for it! We have visited a few times since, picking a variety of apples, plus pears and peaches.
Pine Crest Orchard is now open Friday to Sunday for the 2018/19 stone fruit and apple season. There are currently peaches and plums available to pick every Friday to Sunday. And early start apples should be available to pick from mid January. Check their Facebook page for what fruit is currently available to pick. And remember, you just turn up to this farm – no bookings and no entry fees.
The big draw cards of Pine Crest Orchard were that there is no entry charge, all apples you pick are $4kg (April 2018), they have toilets and picnic facilities and you don’t have to walk too far to pick the fruit – though the pink lady apples were at the back of the farm. Plus it’s a lovely family run business, surrounded by gorgeous bushland and views of the Blue Mountains.
You can pick a number of different varieties of apples at different times on Pine Crest Orchard. The season starts with Tydemans, followed by Akane in January, Gala from early February and then Jonathon, Delicious and Golden Delicious. Fujis are from late March, and Granny Smith and Pink Lady finish off the apple season in April/ May. Sweet Pink Lady apples are definitely our favourite. All apples were $4kg during the 2018 season.
But apples aren’t all you will find at Pine Crest Orchard. They also have cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, pears, persimmons and quinces at various times of the year. Plus they sell homemade jams, local honey and nuts (when in season) in the farm shed.
At the moment, you can pick your own:
- Peaches and plums from late December;
- Apples from mid January 2019 until April 2019; and
- Pears from mid January to March.
For a list of the different varieties available to pick at Pine Crest Orchard and roughly when they are available, check out their website.
For more than 40 years, Pine Crest Orchard has been a family run business. John and Erica raised their seven children on the orchard and now enjoy their grand kids visiting. It is a lovely farm to visit and a great way to show kids how our fruit is grown. If you head up on a Saturday, there is the Bilpin Markets from 10am to 12pm. And on a warm day, you can combine apple picking with a swim at Yarramundi Reserve.
Pine Crest Farm is open 10am to 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays from Boxing Day to the end of the apple picking season (April/May). And at other specific times prior to this for stone fruit picking. There is no entry fee – you just pay for what you pick.
Finding Pine Crest Orchard
Pine Crest Orchard is towards the end of Bilpin, just passed the Bilpin Public School. It is about an hour north-west of Parramatta, in the Blue Mountains.
You access the farm from Bilpin School Road and you park your car on this street as well.