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Published May 9th 2021
Go on a tractor ride in an orchard and pick your own fruit
Come on down and explore the Orchard in the beautiful Chittering Valley
The Orchard Perth is a small citrus orchard located 45 minutes from Perth in the beautiful Chittering Valley. An extremely popular venue, the Orchard offers a range of family-friendly experiences and activities all year round, such as fruit picking, tractor tours, gourmet picnics, music and pizza evenings, weddings and more. One of the more popular family-friendly activities you can participate in at the Orchard is an Orchard Tour and Tractor Ride.
The Orchard Tour and Tractor Ride runs for 1 hour and operates on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays each week, with session times available at 10am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3pm. The tour includes a tractor tour of the orchard, fruit picking and tasting, a trip to the packing shed and a visit to the animal farm to feed and pet some friendly farm animals.
Before you start your tour, why not pop into the Golden Grove Café for some light refreshments, tea, coffee, scones, or a scoop of ice cream?
We arrived at the Orchard to take part in an Orchard Tour and Tractor tour. We arrived a little early, so we decided to visit the Golden Grove cafe before our tour started.The café is located at the front of the property and enjoys views of the surrounding valley and fruit trees. The café has an old and rustic charm and serves tea, coffee, sandwiches, and light refreshments. It can be visited without booking a tour and is open from Thursday to Sunday from 9.30am to 4pm. I had fun looking at some of the locally made goods that were available to purchase in the cafe.There were candles, jars of jam and honey, pillows and pot plants.
The tractor ride goes for an hour and stops several times so you can pick and taste fruit fresh off the trees
After we finished our lunch, we exited the café and followed a path that led us through to a large outdoor picnic area. My daughter ripped her hand from mine and immediately went running in the direction of a nature playground. I took a small walk around, taking photos, and enjoying the views. It didn't take long for the area to fill up with families with small children, taking selfies behind the wheel of an old tractor, and exploring the grounds. When the tractor arrived, there was a lot of excitement among the kids, who grabbed their parents' hands and pulled them forward, eager to be among the first to climb on board and get the best seats.
Your friendly farmer guide will answer all of your questions about fruit picking, running an orchard, and the different varieties of fruit.
Our friendly farmer guide for the day was Adam. He greeted each of the guests and directed us toward the custom-made passenger trailer attached to the back of the tractor. Once each of us had taken our seats, he climbed into the tractor and set us off in the direction of a fruit grove. We were visiting in May, which meant that there were lemons, mandarins and pomegranates available to be picked. Our first stop was among a patch of lemon trees. Adam hopped out of the tractor, plucked a lemon off a tree, and began slicing it open with a knife while providing us with information about the history of the orchard, the growing seasons, the different fruit types available, and the mechanics of running a citrus orchard.
We had fun exploring the orchards and picking fruit to put in our bucket
It was finally time for us to do some fruit picking. We were given a large bucket and were allowed to exit the trailer and explore the orchard. My daughter ran ahead, bucket in hand, and began pointing out lemons to me that she thought we should pick. I was a bit uncertain about how much I should pick. I ended up picking a nice, large yellow one.
I really liked the taste of the mandarins.
Our next stop was mandarins and pomegranates. I was determined to pick more this time, so I set off with the bucket and started stripping trees. The mandarins were a ripe, healthy colour, and perfect for picking. I hadn't tasted a piece of fruit yet, so I decided to peel one. It was refreshingly sweet. I was so impressed with the taste, I immediately picked some more mandarins and dropped them into my bucket.
Visit the packing shed and taste some fresh juice
After we finished picking mandarins and pomegranates, we hopped back onto the tractor and visited the Packing Shed. The Packing Shed is open Thursday to Sunday from 9.30am to 4.00pm. There is fruit available to taste and purchase, as well as a range of locally produced jams, chutneys and pickles, and there is a fridge selling fresh orange juice, lemon squash and lemon lime and bitters. We got to taste some lemon squash and lemon lime bitters. It was very fresh and had the right amount of sweetness to it. I liked it a lot.
Meet and feed some friendly farm animals on your tour
At the end of our tour, we were each given a bag of carrots and were taken down to meet some friendly farm animals to feed and to pet. There were guinea pigs, chickens, a pony, sheep, goats, and an alpaca with a brand new little fluffy baby wobbling around on little legs. The animals were sweet and docile and came right up to the fence to nibble carrot sticks out of our hands. My favourite animals were the cows who let us scratch their heads.
If you are interested in booking an Orchard Tour and Tractor Ride, get in touch with The Orchard by visiting the Contact Us page of their website. They recommend contacting them via Facebook or Instagram messenger and then sending them an email addressed to info@TheOrchardPerth.com.au.