Fruit Picking on the Gold Coast
We all know that kids love fruit picking. They love getting outdoors, searching for the ripest, tastiest crop to harvest, and maybe even having a cheeky sample along the way! They also love learning about where our food comes from. It’s easy to understand how many kids believe that our food simply comes from the supermarket, without any real comprehension of the process involved to get it there. Going fruit picking is a great way for them to discover how fresh produce is planted, nurtured and grown, and to better appreciate this food that we so often take for granted and the wonder of nature in producing something so awesome!
If you’re out and about and would love to try fruit picking on the Gold Coast, why not check out some of these great places?
Freeman’s Organic Farm
At Freeman’s Organic Farm, they grow a range of seasonal fruit and organic vegetables all fresh from their farm. Picking your own strawberries at the farm is an activity that the kids love. Strawberry picking is seasonal, so it’s best to contact the farm in advance to check if this is available. You can also buy their other amazing produce available from their fruit and veg shop. Plus there are plans to make fruit picking for apples, figs and other fruits available in the future. For updates, check out the Freeman’s Organic Farm Facebook page, or for more information, visit their website at freemansorganicfarm.com.au or call 5533 0119.
Freeman’s Organic Farm is located at 618 Tomewin Mountain Road, Currumbin Valley and is open 7 days a week: Mon–Fri 7.30am to 5pm, Sat & Sun 8am to 4 pm.
Tropical Fruit World
While not truly a ‘pick your own’ fruit experience, Tropical Fruit World is a great place to visit for kids to learn about fruit growing. It is a working farm, growing over 500 varieties of tropical fruit. Although you can’t wander the farm picking your own fruit, where a seasonal crop is plentiful, you may be invited to pick and sample the fruit as part of the park tour. At Tropical Fruit World, you can enjoy a tractor train safari, feeding the animals at the fauna park, a wildlife boat cruise, miniature train ride, playing in the children’s playground and fruit tasting. You can also simply visit the Fruit Market (entry is free) to stock up on tropical fruit.
Tropical Fruit World is located at 29 Duranah Road, Duranbah (NSW) and is open from 10am to 4pm daily (Queensland time). For more information visit tropicalfruitworld.com.au or call (02) 6677 7222.
The Longan Farm
The Longan Farm grows longans, mangoes and dragon fruit available for picking. You can bring your own secateurs or borrow a pair for a deposit, although children are not allowed to use secateurs. They accept cash only and charge per kilo of fruit you pick. Just wear sensible clothes and bring a hat and water bottle and enjoy your fruit picking at the farm!
Longan Farm is located on the corner of Roberts and Raynbird Roads, Narangba. It is only open on certain days, depending on the season, so you should call 0498 020 227 or visit The Longan Farm’s Facebook page for updates before you go.
Another fun way of picking your own fruit is to go foraging for fruit growing freely in the wild. Knowing where to find such fruit used to be a closely guarded secret, but now there are some great tools to help you find free fruit in your area!
Falling Fruit at fallingfruit.org has an interactive map so you can see where free fruit can be foraged for on the Gold Coast and beyond!
There are also some amazing community gardens around the Gold Coast. Many of these gardens are open to the public. Picking your own fruit in a community garden is a great way to meet others in your local area and to help to build and strengthen the local community. Getting involved in supporting and tending the garden is an even better way for kids to enjoy the full experience of growing the food they eat.
You can visit the Directory of Community Gardens at directory.communitygarden.org.au to find a garden near you.
Local Harvest at localharvest.org.au also shows community gardens, shown on the map as an apple symbol.
If you wish to try fruit picking in other areas, check out Fruit Picking in Brisbane for Making a Delicious Mulberry Crumble, Strawberry Picking in Bli Bli, How to Go Strawberry Picking in Brisbane and Pick Your Own Strawberries Queensland.