There’s just something about picking your own fruit directly from the vine that speaks to the food lover in all of us. Soaking up some Vitamin D, getting your hands dirty and still being able to chow down on some seriously fresh (and healthy) produce just sounds like an experience too good to be true.
Luckily, that is definitely not the case living on the Sunshine Coast, because pick-your-own fruit opportunities abound. Here's where to go strawberry picking on the Sunny Coast. You’ll just have to promise to send us a punnet (or two) from your spoils as recompense...
McMartin’s Farm in Bli Bli is that rare gem that is so much more than just a farm. Apart from offering up the chance to pick massive, juicy strawberries directly from the vine, McMartin’s also doubles as the best local eatery you never knew existed. McMartin’s farm lets you pick strawberries between June and October. But, if that’s not enough, you could always pop in to the on-site store for a scoop of gourmet ice-cream, jam or even a classic Devonshire tea, all made using the strawberries grown literally around you. Here’s what we’d do: start with picking as many strawberries as you can at McMartin’s Farm, buy a tub of fresh strawberry ice cream and then set yourself up on the golden sand of Marcoola Beach for one epic Saturday afternoon.
Rolin Farms is the strawberry-picking spot of choice for those who love a cheeky weekend getaway. Located moments from the Glass House Mountains, you can easily combine a quick berry-picking jaunt with some stunning views over the Sunshine Coast. Rolin Farms is open from June until October for berry-picking, but the team behind the farm aren’t content to just stop there. Rolin Farms also happens to have a store selling ice-cream and jam, multiple orchids made for taking an epic photo in and they even open up their gorgeous property for weddings, children’s parties and lunches. It also just so happens to be the closest proper pick-your-own fruit farm to Brisbane. Time to gather the squad and organise a berry-picking road trip followed by a group lunch in the middle of a strawberry patch?
The exact dates Strawberry Fields is open for picking changes every year, so make sure you keep your eyes glued to their website here. In the meantime, the Strawberry Fields team will be busy making the most of their drool-worthy berries by creating a vast assortment of strawberry-inspired goodies, including jams, ice-cream, candles, soaps, slices and sauces. And let’s just say, you haven’t lived until you’ve created the perfect zen moment in your home with a strawberry-scented candle from Strawberry Fields. Seriously, this is the stuff that dreams are made of. Just don’t forget to pick up a strawberry shortcake or four while you’re there to really top off the trip.
Located just outside of Gympie, Cooloola Berries is a sweet pitstop for anyone heading to Noosa for the weekend, with PYO strawberries open from June to November. Field fresh strawberries aren't the only drawcard though—this berry patch also has an onsite cafe that dishes up stacks of pancakes and frozen fruit ice cream sundaes. You can also pick up some jam, have some lunch—honestly, just make a whole day of it.
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