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 and 2018 seasons. And for the first time, we picked peas in May 2019!
Canoelands is best known for their stone fruits. But you can almost visit year round now, picking different fruit at different times. Nectarine season usually starts in October, with 500 trees. Peaches follow a few weeks later and then plums. Tomatoes and eggplants can be picked from about mid March to July. And in a year or two, we’ll be able to pick apples and oranges!
At the orchard, you can:
- pick your own fruit
- go on a tractor ride
- 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
My boys have also been treated to a sit on a quad bike. This was thanks to two lovely sons of the family running the farm, who help with making sure people are picking in the right area.
Canoelands Orchard do farm tours and run school education visits. For group visits (20+), you need to book ahead.
The orchard is open 9am to 5pm, 7 days a week during stone fruit harvest time. Keep in mind that Sunday is their busiest day and arriving earlier in the day is recommended.
During tomato picking season (March to July), they are open weekends (9am to 3pm), but you need to make a booking to visit on a weekday.
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 is also a family entry (2 adults and 2 or more kids age 5-15) for $16. 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 and eggplants are $6 per kilo (May 2019).
- Peas are $10 per kilo.
- 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 and eggplants. Plus, have recently planted passionfruits, apples, oranges, lemons and blueberries. We have picked yellow and white nectarines, peaches, plums and tomatoes 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.
- December: Nectarines (yellow and white) and plums (blood), blueberries (available in 2019/20)
- January: Blood plums, blueberries (available in 2020), apples (available 2021)
- February: Passionfruit (available in 2020), apples (available 2021)
- March: Tomatoes
- April: Tomatoes
- May: Tomatoes and passionfruit (available in 2020)
- June: Tomatoes, passionfruit (available in 2020), citrus fruit (available in 2020)
- July: Tomatoes, citrus fruit (available in 2020)
- August: Tomatoes
- September: Tomatoes
- October: Peaches and nectarines
- November: Peaches and nectarines
They have also planted some citrus and apples trees in 2018 so hopefully they will be ready to pick from in 2020.
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: