Where to pick your own strawberries

Strawberries

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:

MCMARTINS FARM 

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: Seasonally, 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.

LUVABERRY

WHERE: 65 Ziviani Road, Wamuran

OPENING HOURS: Weekends only. Online bookings advised.

LuvaBerry offers ‘Peckish Picking’ sessions. Pay $15 adults/$10 children (5-12 years old) 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.

ROLIN FARMS

WHERE: 124-190 Rutters Road, Elimbah

PYO SEASON: June to October

OPENING HOURS: 8.30am – 4pm, 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.

COOLOOLA BERRIES

WHERE: 856 Tagigan Road, Wolvi

PYO SEASON: June to November

OPENING HOURS: Seasonally, 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.

* Information correct at the time of publication.

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