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 tomato picking season at the moment. All their mandarins, lemons, oranges and peas have now been picked for this year. Nectarine season starts from October. Peaches follow a week or two later and then plums.
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. For group visits (20+), you need to book ahead.
Canoelands Orchard is currently open 7 days from 9:30am to 3pm. You can just drop-in. Keep in mind that there’s a limit of up to 500 people being on the farm at any one time. It can get very busy on weekends. So we strongly recommend getting there early to avoid the crowd and potential disappointment of being turned away.
During stone fruit harvest time (late October to late December), the orchard is open 9am to 5pm 7 days a week. Keep in mind that Sunday is their busiest day and arriving earlier in the day is recommended.
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.
You pay this fee at the shop shed before heading out to the orchard. They give you environmental bags to use for picking as well as explain where to pick fruit from. All fruit picked must be purchased at the per kilo price.
- Tomatoes, lemons, mandarins are $6 per kilo (May 2020)
- Peas are $10 per kilo (2019 price)
- Nectarines are $6 per kilo (October 2019)
- The tractor rides 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 passionfruits and strawberries! They are hoping the first crop of strawberries will be ready to pick in September 2020.
We have picked yellow and white nectarines, peaches, plums, tomatoes, peas, lemons, mandarins 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
- November: Peaches, nectarines and blueberries
- 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)