Located in the picturesque Chittering Valley is the Golden Grove Orchard. It was one of the first orchards planted in the region and has been open to the public for fruit picking, since 1978. The orchard has recently welcomed new owners who have introduced new elements including tractor rides, petting farm, nature playground, alongside the traditional fruit picking, making it a must-do, fun day out for the whole family!
Golden Grove has around 10,000 citrus trees spread over its beautiful orchards. With so many varieties, such as Oranges, Lemons, Limes, Mandarines and Grapefruits, there is something to pick all year round!
Golden Grove Orchard is currently open Thursday to Sunday 9.30am – 4.30pm. You can visit the Orchard to enjoy the delights of the rustic cafe or make a purchase from the Packing Shed, which offers a range of jams, chutneys and pickles from other local suppliers. If you wish to pick your own fruit you must book on to one of their popular Orchard Tractor Tours.
The tours run 4 times a day at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm with a maximum of 20 people on each tour. You are invited to take your seat in a custom made passenger trailer. The trailer is covered so it keeps out the rain and provides shade from the sun. Children must sit in the middle of the trailer benches as the ride can get quite bumpy as the tractor pulls you up the hill and into the orchards that overlook the Chittering Valley.
The tractor tour takes about an hour. Your friendly farmer guide provides you with information about the citrus trees, growing seasons and the different varieties of fruit. During winter and spring (peak season for citrus harvest) there are six varieties of Navel oranges. Other citrus varieties include Lemons, Limes, Grapefruits and Mandarins (several varieties). Oranges are grown the whole year but mandarins between May and October only.
As part of the tour you can eat as much fruit as you wish directly from the tree. If you would like to take any fruit home with you that you have picked you will be given a bucket at the start of the tour that you can fill. A maximum of 5kg per person can be picked and paid for in the Packing Shed at the end of the tour.
We would recommend wearing gumboots if you visit during the wetter months as the ground can be quite muddy and the banks of the orchard can be slippy.
Once you return to the Orchard the fun doesn’t stop there. You are invited into the Packing Shed to taste the freshly squeezed 100% orange juice with fruit from the orchard. It was so good! You can purchase their fresh orange juice, lemon squash and lemon and lime bitters to take home with you.
Don’t forget to collect a bag of animal food from the Packing Shed to feed the resident farm animals. Golden Grove Orchard is home to friendly Sheep, Goats, Cows, Alpacas, Ponies, Chickens, Peacocks and Guinea Pigs. All of which enjoy a carrot or some lettuce and a pat or a cuddle!
At Golden Grove Orchard you are welcome to bring along your own picnic and enjoy it in one of their communal picnic areas.
One of the picnic areas is located next to a small nature play inspired playground.
You’ll also find a quaint cafe serving an array of beverages and light snacks including scones and toasted sandwiches.
We really enjoyed our morning at The Golden Grove Orchard, you could easily spend most of the day there if you brought along a picnic. The kids absolutely loved picking their own fruit and meeting the farm animals. Keep your eye on their Facebook page as they run special events during the school holidays.
Golden Grove Orchard Tractor Ride and Fruit Picking Tour
* Fruit can be picked on the tour and paid for in the packing shed – maximum 5kg per person.
Tours run Thursday to Sunday | 4 time slots to choose from each day
$12 per child | $20 per adult
Golden Grove is located at 1378 Chittering Road, Lower Chittering. For more information visit www.goldengroveorchard.com.au
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