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Sassafras Nuts Chestnut and Walnut Farm

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by Anita Pallas (subscribe)
I'm a blogger living in Wollongong, NSW Australia. I enjoy travelling and exploring my hometown.
Published November 19th 2016
Sassafras Nuts is 2 hours south of Wollongong or 45 minutes south of Nowra. Sassafras Nuts is located on Braidwood Road. It is a commercial chestnut and walnut farm and has been around since the early 1980s. They have over 1000 chestnut trees and several hundred walnut trees. The walnuts are in a higher demand so you cannot pick them.

The farm is open to visitors from mid-March to late April. The only requirement is enclosed shoes and gloves but still expect to be spiked. They open from 8am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday.
Walnuts are $10 a bag. You can also buy the chestnuts without picking them for a higher price. Chestnuts that you pick are $10 a kilo and to make it easy for you, they have two types of buckets. One being a 6 kilo bucket and the other being a 12 kilo bucket.

The office/shop is a green shed at the front of the driveway. They will give you instructions on where to pick the chestnuts. They colour code the trees with ribbon. Chestnuts are everywhere though!

Chestnuts grow in a spikey brown ball that you have to squash with your feet to open and pull the brown nut out. The chestnuts are on the ground so you do not need to touch the trees.

In half an hour four of us had picked 13 kilos.

Sassafras Nuts is also a good place to have a picnic as it is out of the way and they do provide the basic picnic facilities.

I recommend stopping at Jerrawangala lookout on the way to the farm (off Braidwood Road) which had views out to Gerroa, Ulladulla, Jervis bay, St Georges Basin and Swan Lake. The lookout is about a 3 kilometre drive down a dirt road off Braidwood road.

I also recommend stopping at Tianjera Falls on the way out of Braidwood Road.
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Why? Pick Chestnuts
When: Saturday & Sunday 8am to 4pm
Phone: 02 44232248
Where: Sassafras, NSW
Cost: $6 a kilo
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