Want to pick your own strawberries? After all, it doesn’t get much better than enjoying sweet sun-ripened berries straight from the patch.
Lucky for us on the Sunshine Coast, there is a number of working farms that open up a few of their fields for this fantastic and family-friendly experience.
So why not teach the kids exactly where their food comes from, while letting them sample the fruits of their labour.
WHERE TO PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES:
WHERE: 133 Laxton Rd, Palmview (take exit 190 off Bruce Highway)
PYO SEASON: June to mid-October
OPENING HOURS: 8am – 4pm, 7 days a week
Probably one of the better known pick-your-own patches. Strawberry Fields is just off the Bruce Highway at Palmview, on the opposite side of the highway to Aussie World. You can pick strawberries from the patch or play on the playground. A cafe is also on-site and the store sells pre-picked punnets of strawberries, second-grade berries and a range of other strawberry-themed products.
WHERE: 856 Tagigan Road, Wolvi
PYO SEASON: June to November
OPENING HOURS: 8am – 5pm, 7 days a week
This award-winning farm is a little further north near Gympie. Cooloola Berries offers a pick-your-own strawberry season, as well as a pick-your-own blueberry season later in the year. A cafe is available on site, with a Paella in the Paddock lunch event held most Sunday afternoons. Jams, balsamic vinegars and berry ice creams are also for sale.
WHERE: 105 Sports Rd, Bli Bli (the driveway to the property is just beside the carpark for the Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary.)
PYO SEASON: June to October
OPENING HOURS: Daily from 8.30am – 4.30pm
This is a family-run farm in Bli Bli, where you can pick fresh strawberries, before taking a seat at the on-site cafe to taste one of their delicious, award-winning ice-creams or enjoy a Devonshire tea with scones served with home-made strawberry jam. The cafe overlooks a playground for the kids to enjoy, while the shop also sells pre-picked punnets of strawberries, second-grade berries and other seasonal produce. This is one of our favourites because the strawberries are always so reasonably priced.
WHERE: 124-190 Rutters Road, Elimbah
PYO SEASON: June to October
OPENING HOURS: 8.30am – 4.30pm, 7 days a week
Closer to Brisbane, Rolin Farms is located just off the Bruce Highway at Elimbah. Like Strawberry Fields, it is signposted by the big strawberry out front. Attractions include a cafe and a shop which sell farm-made strawberry ice-cream or jams.
WHERE: 65 Ziviani Road, Wamuran
OPENING HOURS: Sundays only. Bookings essential.
LuvaBerry offers ‘Peckish Picking’ sessions. Pay $10 per person ($7 for children aged 7 and under) and enjoy eating fresh strawberries straight from the patch while filing a 500g take-home pack. Bookings are essential and can be made via the LuvaBerry website.
* Information correct at the time of publication.