Heading to Tassie for a holiday and plan to visit farms to pick your own fruit? Fruit picking in Tasmania is something that you really should experience at least once in your life!
There really is no comparison between store bought fruit and fruit that has been just been freshly picked off the tree or vine. One piece of fruit has been sitting in storage for months and the other is still warm from the morning sun.
Imagine standing there in the middle of an orchard, you reach your hand out to pick your own apricots and then take a bite.
The first thing you notice is the burst of flavour and then the trickle of fruit juice as it runs down your chin.
Trust me, being able to pick your own fruit is something that you will not forget!
Fruit Picking in Tasmania
A holiday in Tasmania would not be complete for us without spending some quality time at the local fruit picking farms and orchards.
As stone fruit fanatics, Christmas in Australia is our favourite time of the year.
Being able to go direct to the fruit farms in Tasmania to pick your own cherries or pick your own apricots is every fruit lovers dream!
Tasmania Fruit Farms
If you are looking for farms to pick your own fruit then the Farm Gate Guide is the best place to start.
The Farm Gate Guide is an annual guide that is put together by Fruit Growers Tasmania Inc. The guide outlines the various regions for fruit picking in Tasmania as well as the produce available in each region and when it is available for picking.
Fruit Picking Season Tasmania
The table below shows the fruit picking season in Tasmania and the best time to:
- pick your own Apples
- pick your own Apricots
- pick your own Blackberries
- pick your own Blueberries
- pick your own Cherries
- pick your own Feijoas
- pick your own nectarines
- pick your own Peaches
- pick your own Pears
- pick your own Plums
- pick your own Raspberries
- pick your own Strawberries
Whether you want to pick your own strawberries, pick your own cherries or pick your own apples. This handy guide shows the best time to go fruit picking in Tasmania.
My favourite month of the Tasmania fruit picking season is January; apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries and strawberries.
What to pack for a Fruit Picking Road Trip
If you are going on a road trip around Tasmania and plan to do some fruit picking there are a few items that you should plan to bring along:
- picnic cooler bag and ice brick to stop the fruit bruising after picked
- moist towelettes / hand wipes – picking cherries and berries can be messy!
- hat and sunburn cream
- bottle of water
How to remove berry stains from your hands
A handy trick to help you to remove berry stains from your hands after fruit picking is to rub them with lemon. You then wash off the lemon with soap and water.
Want fresh fruit but don’t want to pick your own?
If you don’t want to pick your own fruit but still want to experience the taste of fresh produce straight from the tree or vine then look in the Farm Gate Guide for either ‘Shed door sales‘ or ‘Road side stall‘.
Fruit Picking Jobs Tasmania
If you are backpacking and are looking for some casual fruit picking jobs in Tasmania then there are several websites that will assist you:
- Australian Government Harvest Trail
- Tasmanian Agriculture Jobs
- Backpacker Job Board
- Pick the World
- Working Holiday Jobs
- Pick your own
Alternately, look in the Farm Gate Guide for advertisements that do not display the ‘No seasonal worker enquiries’ icon.
The Farm Gate Guide isn’t a complete list for fruit picking in Tasmania but it will give you a good starting point for your Tasmanian fruit picking holiday.
Save it for later: ‘Fruit picking in Tasmania: Everything you need to know!
Do you enjoy picking your own fruit? What is your favourite fruit and where did you go to pick it?
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