Tasmania offers locals and visitors a year round opportunity to savour some of the most delicious fruits available in Australia. The mild temperate maritime climate, clean air, rich soils and abundant water supplies provide an ideal environment to grow premium fruit. In fact the fruit industry in Tasmania has help shaped the towns and economies of many regions such as the Huon Valley and Tamar Valley. While you can purchase a variety of fruits in the supermarkets and the Salamanca Markets, there are many growers just a short drive out of Hobart.
The Channel district is home to several cherry and berry farms that lie between the southern suburbs of Hobart, down the Derwent River to the D'Entrecasteaux Channel including Bruny Island. This guide should help you source some of the freshest strawberries, blueberries, cherries and even apples directly from the farms in that area. You can also enjoy the wonderful scenery and a great day out with friends and family as you head out to the Channel district.
Located just 20 minutes drive south of Hobart, Nierinna Blueberries grow and sell blueberries (January though to April), blackberries (December and January) and raspberries (December to April) from their orchards. Frozen fruit is available most of the year. Do call ahead for opening hours before visiting their road stall.
Address: 371 Nierinna Rd, Margate TAS 7054 Phone:(03) 6267 2581
This is not just a cherry orchard and packing facility for local and export markets. The 1961 old apple sheds have been replaced by juicy cherries that are delivered to almost all destinations in Australia via express overnight couriers. Another unique characteristic of Platinum Ridge Cherries is their leasing scheme on the cherry trees. You can rent a tree in the orchard and any fruit that grows on its branches is yours to pick yourself. Shed door sales is only available between 10am to 3pm, Tuesday to Sunday in January and February. Make sure you call to make an appointment before heading over.
DM Jennings & Sons was established in 1983 in the Huon Valley as a small family owned strawberry farm. Although it has grown to become the largest commercial strawberry farm in Tasmania supplying to Woolworths, you can still buy locally grown strawberries from the Jennings Family in Cygnet. The farm shop is open daily from 8am to 5pm except Christmas Day.
This family owned and operated cherry and apple orchard has been operating since 1926. Their shop sells juicy cherries picked daily and fresh jam except on Christmas Day. You can buy washed cherries in 1kg bags and eat them straight away. Cherries are available from late December but call ahead to check.
A 15 minutes ferry ride from Kettering will take you to Bruny Island and the island's only berry farm is a further 30 minutes drive along the coastal road. Bruny Island Berry Farm offers a wide range of berries including strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, boysenberries, blueberries, youngberries and jostberries. They come freshly picked or you can pick your own. There are also berry ice creams and assorted berry jams. You can also bring your own lunch and enjoy a picnic on the grounds. The farm is open daily between 10am to 5pm from mid December to end of January and only Fridays to Sundays from late October to April each year. It is closed on Christmas Day. It's best to call ahead and check opening hours and availability of fruits before arriving.
A 40 minutes drive south of Hobart will take you to Tru-Blu Berries. It is a family-owned blueberry farm which sells farm fresh berries from December to March and frozen berries for most of the year. The farm usually opens from 8.30am to 6pm but it is best to call and check on opening time and availability of fruits before heading out.