All the places you can pick-your-own fruit in Queensland
Skip the store the next time you’re craving fresh produce and go straight to the source; Queensland has some of the best pick-your-own fruit farms in the country and they’re (quite literally) ripe for the taking.
Our year-round weather makes for perfect conditions for growing just about anything, and our near-on obsession with paddock to plate dining makes visiting your local farmer more than just a day’s fruit picking—you’re getting a taste of rural life.
Hit up these pick-your-own farms in Queensland and support our local farmers while stocking up on the freshest local produce going. It’s a win-win.
Rolling hillsides met with lush rainforests, majestic mountain ranges and just a few world-famous beaches makes any day trip to the Sunshine Coast an outdoor lover’s paradise. Just make sure you stop in at one of these pick your own fruit farms for the ultimate day trip.
If you’re on the hunt for the season’s freshest strawberries and you’ll wind up at Rolin Farms. Not only is it home to some of the lushest strawberry fields in Southeast Queensland, but it’s also where you’ll find Australia’s very own giant strawberry (read: the perfect photo op). Fill up your punnets then head to the farmhouse to sample (and take away) jams, honey and ice creams. All that’s left to do is hit up the strawberry-themed café for a well-deserved coffee and a sweet treat, while the kids run amuck in the playground.
Location: Elimbah, 1 hour north of Brisbane
PYO season: June to October
Strawberry Fields Farm
For over 30 years Strawberry Fields has been producing some of Queensland’s sweetest strawberries—and, unsurprisingly, they’re still going strong. Located in Palmview, the farm is an easy drive from Brisbane. Their on-site café makes a mean coffee and serves up a host of strawberry dishes, including their famous strawberry parfait, pink pancakes and strawberry jam.
Location: Palmview, 1 hour north of Brisbane
PYO season: June to November
McMartins Strawberry Farm
Fill your punnet with McMartins strawberries, then once you’ve farmed your heart out, make your way over to the Strawberry Lane Ice Creamery—home to their multiple award-winning ice cream. If all that wasn’t enticing enough (seriously, they had us at dessert), this PYO farm also grows mandarins and limes, all for sale in their produce store.
Location: Bli Bli, 1.5 hours north of Brisbane
PYO season: May to October
Boasting ten strawberry varieties (plus a bumper blueberry harvest at the end of the year), PYO season is your chance at becoming a berry connoisseur at Cooloola Berries. While picking your own fruit is a must, the farm, café and shop is open year-round to visitors. Here you’ll meet the makers of their infamous strawberry cider, and make sure your visit coincides with their ‘Paella in the Paddock’ Sundays—the perfect weekender.
Location: Wolvi, 2.2 hours north of Brisbane
PYO season: June to November. The farm and café are open year-round for tours and tastings
Best known for its coastal towns and sun-kissed beaches, the Gold Coast and surrounding hinterland are also abundant with quaint PYO farms, roadside honesty boxes and homemade condiments, all less than an hour’s road trip from Brisbane.
Freeman’s Organic Farm
Organic is a way of life at Freeman’s Organic Farm (the name pretty well gives it away). This award-winning property on the southern Gold Coast has been in operation for over 100 years, developing an incredible selection of produce using sustainable practices. While not technically PYO, Freeman’s is well worth a visit if you’re after fresh organic fruit and veg. Drop into the farm shop, stay for a coffee and the organic menu at the café, and, if your timing is right, stay for a yoga class on the lawn, a walking farm tour, even a workshop on how to grow organic produce at home.
Location: Currumbin, 1.2 hours south of Brisbane
Tropical Fruit World
Well known as one of the best family days out just south of the Gold Coast border, Tropical Fruit World is the perfect reprieve if you’re all beached out. More a tropical fruit tasting tour than PYO, this award-winning farm showcases the diverse and impossibly beautiful coastal farmland, allowing visitors to explore the property and meet some of Australia’s cutest wildlife on a boat cruise. After all that excitement, it’s best to settle in at the Plantation Café and get stuck into the exotic fruit ice creams made fresh on-site, then a lazy stroll through the farmers market to pick up some fresh produce to take home.
Location: Duranbah, 1.2 hours south of Brisbane
If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and want to get your hands dirty, head to one of these pick your own spots within an hour of the city.
Chambers Flat Strawberry Farm
Take a walk amongst Chambers Flat’s pretty strawberry fields with a basket in hand; your mission is to pick the juiciest strawberries going. Located north-west of Tamborine National Park, this quaint property gives guests the true farm experience. Weigh your berry treasures at the shop, then celebrate your windfall with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and a flat white.
Location: Chambers Flat, 40 minutes southwest of Brisbane CBD
PYO season: August to October
The Longan Farm
Never picked (nor tried) a longan? Then you haven’t lived. The Longan Farm is a small working property dedicated to growing Queensland’s bumper crop of these small, sweet-tasting fruits (akin to a lychee)—and they want your help picking them. Given the popularity of these rare gems, they sell out fast, so it’s well worth calling ahead before planning a road trip.
Location: Narangba, 50 minutes north of Brisbane CBD
PYO season: weekends only, from February to April
Granite Belt Region
Known as Australia’s salad bowl (and Queensland’s wine country), it’s no surprise that the Granite Belt is famous for its abundance of fresh crops and bountiful harvests. Picking your own apples and strawberries is a rite of passage around these parts, so make sure you save some time (and room for tasting).
A working farm, juice factory, cidery, distillery and country café, Sutton’s Farm is an icon of the Granite Belt. A quadruple threat, if you will. Featuring 30 acres of apple trees (and 30 varieties of apples to boot), plus a bounty of apricots, lemons and limes, all up for picking during PYO season, Sutton’s is one of those places you just keep coming back to.
Naturally, you’re here for apples fresh from the tree, but it would be criminal not to stop at The Shed for a slice of their traditional apple pie. Stay a while, stay for the weekend, hell, we’d stay forever if we could.
Location: Thulimbah, 10 minutes’ drive north of Stanthorpe
PYO season: January to April. The cidery, distillery and café are open year-round.
Hot days of brilliant sunshine matched with ocean breezes make the Bundaberg region fertile and full of farmland. Famous for sugar cane fields that stretch for miles, venture out a little and you’ll also spot olive groves and berry farms selling freshly picked produce.
Late August throughout September is PYO season at Tinaberries, where fields of fresh strawberries stretch as far as the eye can see. Grab a coffee from the pop-up coffee cart on the property and nab a picnic bench in the shade to devour Tinaberries’ freshly churned strawberry ice cream. With plenty of lawn games to keep the entire family entertained, it’s the perfect way to spend a day amongst nature.
Location: Bundaberg, 20 minutes east of Bundaberg town centre
PYO season: September
Just outside of Bundaberg in Queensland’s Wide Bay region lies one of Australia’s largest strawberry farms, SSS Strawberries. Home to over 140 acres of pristine strawberry fields, the pick-your-own experience at SSS is unlike anywhere else. Their expert farmers will take you around the strawberry fields, show you how to PYO (there is a knack to it, trust us) then send you on your way to explore and get amongst the strawbs.
Location: Oakwood, 10 minutes north-west of Bundaberg town centre
PYO season: August to November
Gaeta Valley Organic Olives
The next time you want fresh olives on your cheese platter, picking your own from the grove is not only a romantic notion, it’s the way to go. Featuring over 800 trees and multiple varieties of olives, Gaeta Valley is a little slice of Italy out west and has been growing some of the best Australian organic olives for years.
Make sure to pick up a few bottles of their extra virgin olive oil (pressed from tree to bottle in just 24 hours) from the farm gate. BYO some freshly baked sourdough and you’ve got yourself the perfect countryside bite.
Location: Gaeta, 1.4 hours west of Bundaberg
PYO season: February and March
Townsville and Tropical North Queensland
Where the days are warm and the evenings balmy, Tropical North Queensland and Townsville regions are a kaleidoscope of colour, nature and ancient landscapes. Picking your own fruit in the tropics is harder to come by compared to the southern parts of the state but when you do, this remote part of the world really rolls out the welcome mat.
Wildwood, Cape Trib Exotic Fruit Farm
In the heart of the Daintree Rainforest lies Wildwood; an eco-friendly retreat and organic exotic fruit farm that truly embodies the phrase, ‘getting back to nature’. While actually getting here may be quite the journey, you’ll be rewarded with 15 pristine acres of World Heritage rainforest, boutique digs and some of the most exotic fruit orchards you’ll ever lay eyes on. Guests are encouraged to explore the land and pick their own fruit; mangosteens, rambutans, papayas—whatever strikes your fancy. While access to the orchards are for staying guests, this is one of those vacations that will have you barefoot and max relaxed in no time.
Location: Cape Tribulation
PYO season: varying, year-round
A lasting icon of Queensland’s tropical north, the ever-quirky Frosty Mango is a mango-lovers mecca. Welcoming visitors since the late 80s, this eclectic café-slash-mango orchard-slash-slice of history still boasts a bucket load of charm, and is still making some of the most delicious, most outlandish mango-themed desserts, drinks and merch going.
Tour the orchards surrounding the property, sample the fruit fresh from the trees, or just drop by to taste their mango sorbet, mango ice cream, mango cake—and a photo with their giant mascot, the Mango Man, of course.
Location: Mutarnee, 1 hour north of Townsville along the Bruce Highway. The café is open year-round.