Raynor's Stonefruit Orchard, Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia
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Farms of the Yarra Valley

An afternoon or a weekend indulging in the Yarra Valley's excesses occasionally induces a guilt-trip, so a trip past a farm gate to stock up on fruit is easily justified, if not actively encouraged.

There's nothing like the taste of a juicy cherry or strawberry plucked straight from the bush, or freshly-picked fruit preserved into jams and chutneys. Grab yourself a map, pick your fruit, then linger in the farm cafés and enjoy the sounds of farm life.

Cherries and berries
Cherry-picking season is short and sharp, so get along to Cherryhill Orchards and clamber up ladders in the postcard-perfect orchard to fill your own buckets with the sweet, ripe fruit.

Pick your own berries and cherries at Blue Hills Berries and Cherries, and serve them with the jams and syrups snapped up at Kookaberry Berry Farm.

Myriad stonefruit and lovely lavender
It's like a tongue-twister at Rayner's Stonefruit Orchard, with the standard freshly-picked stonefruit available to purchase seasonally alongside delights like pluots, plumcots and peachums. Take a guided tractor tour with Len to discover hundreds of stonefruit that you never knew existed.

Wander through stunning lavender fields in the (very) south of France – Wandin to be precise at Warratina Lavender Farm. Gawp in envy at the display gardens and indulge in a Devonshire tea.

The need-to-know
Fruit-picking season is generally warm, so bring a hat and sunscreen and make sure you wear suitable footwear. Look after your berries on the drive home by gently packing them in your own cooler bag or Esky.

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Blue Hills Berries & Cherries

Experience for yourself the romance of picking your own cherries straight from the tree. You can also pick your own delicious, ripe strawberries,...

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Cherryhill View

Cherryhill Orchards

Come and visit the picturesque Cherryhill Orchards located only one hour from Melbourne's city centre, where you can pick your own sweetest tasting...

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Kookaberry Berry Farm

Kookaberry Strawberry Farm

Make a beeline to the Kookaberry farm gate for fresh strawberries, blackberries, boysenberries, loganberries and raspberries, plus the homemade jams.

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Warratina Lavender Farm

Warratina Lavender Farm

Fill your senses with the fragrance of lavender on a tour of the farm. Check out the surprising array of lavender products – like lavender ice-cream!

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