In the rural setting of Chambers Flat in Brisbane's South you will find The Berry Patch, a seasonal strawberry farm with a shop that is open from June to October.
From late July 'pick your own' starts in the fields. Grab an empty container from the shop and allow yourself plenty of time to meander up and down the patch in search of the freshest and juiciest strawberries. There is plenty of room (and strawberries) to allow for everyone to spread out, the owners simply request that you don't trample the plants and for there to be no eating in the fields.
Once you have completed picking, take your container to the shop to be weighed and paid for. You will find them slightly pricier then in the shops but worth the extra as these strawberries are so much tastier.
As the patch is in full sun remember your essentials of sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat, in the summer months it can be a scorcher out there.
There is more to The Berry Patch then just strawberry picking. If you don't want to pick your own or don't have the time, the shop on site sells freshly picked strawberries in varying pre-packed punnet sizes.
You will also find individual choc dipped strawberries and a variety of other strawberry inspired goodies.
I dare say that one of the main reasons people travel to The Berry Patch is to sample one of their strawberry ice creams. Available in either a cone or a cup and at $5 each, they aren't cheap but they are huge and definitely big enough to share. They are made to order, a delicious combination of ice cream blended with field strawberries. Perfect on a hot summers day.
Outside the shop you will find picnic tables, a couple with sun umbrellas, otherwise the rest are in full sun. If the tables are all full there is a grassed area with hay bales placed out for additional seating.
The Berry Patch is located near a high speed (if not overly busy road) and is not fenced. There is parking on site which is located right outside the shop. If taking small children and toddlers be mindful of where they are at all times.
The patch isn't well signposted, the only indication that we were there was a roadside sign stating 'Strawberries For Sale', although the huge strawberry patch was a bit of a giveaway. Just something to keep in mind as you could easily miss it. Have your passengers keep an eye out.
Once you have arrived enjoy discovering this well kept secret, if you are local to the area you no doubt will find yourself heading back time and again.
Thanks for the info. Have wanted to strawberry pick with my kids, within easy traveling distance of the Gold Coast, for some time now but couldn't find a strawberry farm close by. I went strawberry picking every summer in Scotland growing up, as apart from the fun and the endless supply of strawberries, we made good pocket money out of being pickers. Will definitely give this a go.