Pick Your Own Cherries | Cherry Season | Adelaide Hills & Fleurieu Peninsula

Pick Your Own Cherries - Cherry Orchards South Australia

Pick Your Own Cherries around Adelaide and Cherry Farm Gate Sales in South Australia.

There’s nothing that says Summer more than when fresh, sweet, juicy local cherries are available. When the cherry season arrives it reminds us that Christmas is near. 

SA Cherries are off to an early start in 2023 with a promising outlook for Christmas cherries.  Picking has started for the first early cherries in the Adelaide Hills with two orchards offering the first Farm Gate sales open for business this weekend, 11 November 2023 – Lennane Orchards at Montacute and Norton Summit organic grower, Cowlings.

“SA cherries will start appearing in shops in November and there will be a fabulous cherry December and early January.” said Joyce Ceravolo, President of Fruit Producers SA.

“Growers are expecting a good crop of Christmas cherry favourites like big, dark Stellas, Lapins and Simones in December and over the New Year. “

“We expect the bulk of SA cherries to be picked in the last three weeks in December and first week or so in January. Some farms close to the city start and finish early, other farms further out around Kersbrook, Gumeracha, Lenswood, Hahndorf and the Fleurieu start and finish later in the eight weeks.“

Farm Gate sales are starting early November and will continue past Christmas throughout the Adelaide Hills.

Most Pick Your Own opportunities will start in December and continue through the New Year.


You can download the NEW Fresh Fruit App which provides up-to-date information regarding cherry availability and opening times. 

(Fresh Fruit App by The Cherry Growers Assoc. of SA has replaced the previous Fresh Cherries SA App)


Our guide below lists the following categories:

  • Pick Your Own Cherries 
  • Pick Your Own Cherries & Shed Door Sales
  • Farm Gate/Shed Door Sales 
Before you go and visit our wonderful cherry growers, please double-check directly with the farm to ensure they are open for business, and are not all ‘picked out’ before you go.


Similar to picking your own strawberries, this is a great family outdoor activity to enjoy together around the Adelaide Hills and Fleurieu Peninsula.  Cherries are only available for about 8 weeks each year, so be sure to make the most of the limited season.

Please note that the orchards are all open at different times – many do not do ‘Pick Your Own’ until after Christmas. Cherry supply is dependent on weather and demand, plus when different varieties of cherries are ripe.

Note: please check individual cherry growers’ Facebook pages and websites for opening times

Christmas Top Things to Do

Charleston Cherries |  308 Mt Torrens Rd, Charleston

Open: Mid November – late December  (may change due to seasonal variation) | always check website for confirmation & availability.
Enquiries: info@charlestoncherries.com.au | charlestoncherries.com.au
Pick your own cherries on easy ground, no ladders required. Easy parking close to the trees.

Cheron Enterprises | 109B Coldstore Rd, Lenswood

Open: Late November – late December (may change due to seasonal variation)
Enquiries: 08 8389 8574 | 0419 845 237 |  cheronenterprises@yahoo.com.au | pickyourowncherries.blogspot.com
Easy picking, picnic spots, everything provided; toilets available; EFTPOS. 

Cherries at Verdun  | 152 Beaumont Rd, Balhannah

Open: December – early January | check Facebook page for updates
Enquiries: 0436 283 171 | info@cherriesatverdun.com | cherriesatverdun.com.au
Historic family farm est. 1847. 5 mins from Hahndorf.  152 Beaumont Rd, Balhannah – exit SE Freeway. Follow signs 1.5kms along Beaumont Rd from Verdun. EFTPOS, picnic area & view.

Everlong Orchard | 145 Plummers Road, Forest Range

Open: December – check Facebook for open days
Enquiries: 0431 596 370 | everlongorchard.com | cherries@everlongorchard.com 
No bookings required for PYO, credit card payments available. Picnics welcome, scenic views.

Harben Vale Cherries | 34 Altmanns Road (off Junction Rd), Balhannah

Open: December – mid January | check Facebook for open days
Enquiries:  08 8388 4578 |  0439 001 962 |  harbenvalecherries@adam.com.au | harbenvale.com 
Easy picking, minutes from SE Freeway, Mt Barker interchange or Hahndorf.

Marble Hill Cherries | 25 Marble Hill Rd, Ashton

Open: Mid-December – early January | check Facebook for open days
You can book your no stress visit at marblehillcherries.com.au
Enquiries:  8390 0327 | pick@marblehillcherries.com 
Cherry ice cream, jams, picnic areas, toilets, Koala bushland, 25 min from city centre. EFTPOS

Plummers Border Valley Orchards | 32 & 60 Plummers Rd (at the shed), Forest Range

Open: early December – mid January | check Facebook for updates
Enquiries: 0407 716 929 | 0407 898 318  |  ikplummer@bigpond.com | cherry-picking.com.au
Ten varieties cherries – early, mid & late season.

Stella Creek | 178 Plummers Rd, Forest Range (top of the hill)

Open: late November to early January
Enquiries: 0432 094 469 | cherries@stellacreek.com.au | stellacreek.com.au
Dark white and sour cherries, cherry icecream & w/end sausage sizzle, picnic area and scenic views. EFTPOS.

adelaide school holidays


Fleurieu Cherries | 159 Pages Flat Rd, Pages Flat

Open: mid December – mid January
Enquiries: 08 8556 1314 | 0400 501 549 | info@fleurieucherries.com | fleurieucherries.com
Wheelchair access. EFTPOS. Dark, white, & sour cherries, cherry ice-cream & wine.


Harrisville Orchards | 72 Harris Road, Lenswood

Open: Early December – until season finish
Open subject to availability. Please confirm via phone or Facebook.
Enquiries:  0407 427 747 | harrisvilleorchards@bigpond.com | harrisvilleorchards.com
Award-winning apples, cherries, apple & cherry juice / sparkling and Christmas gifts.

Jauma Organic | 677 Mawson Rd, Lenswood

Open: Early December – early January
Enquiries: James 0408 075 138 | info@jauma.com | jauma.com / Facebook / Instagram – Jauma Wine
Certified Organic cherries (NASAA), 14 varieties. Local craft and honey shop, natural wine tastings weekends only.

Lennane Orchards | 814D Montacute Rd, Montacute

Open: Early November until Christmas
Enquiries: 08 8390 2271 | 0417 814 863  | lennanneorchards.com.au
EFTPOS. Modern orchard. Cafe, cakes, jams, fresh fruit blended ice creams, picnic areas, raspberries & lemons.

Martin Hill Cherries | 309 Martin Hill Road, Forreston

Open: December – mid January
Enquiries: 0477 071 605 | 08 8389 1118 | martinhillcherries1@gmail.com | martinhillcherries.com.au
Fresh tasty cherries & rhubarb. EFTPOS available | PYO cherries after Christmas only 

Masons Orchards | 116 Masons Rd, Forest Range

Open: Early December – early January
Enquiries: 08 8389 8145 | gamason@bigpond.net.au | masonsorchard
100 years of growing quality cherries. Also jams, dried fruits & berries.
PYO strictly by appointment: 0438 898 386 | No EFTPOS



Check the orchards website/Facebook page for open days and times

Ellimata Orchards | 158 Cold Store Rd, Lenswood

Kenton Valley Cherries | 31 Hartley Vale Rd, Gumeracha

Cowlings Cherries (Organic)  | 333 Old Norton Summit Rd, Norton Summit

Kerries Cherries | 449 Yundi Rd, Yundi

Joanna’s Cherries | 12 Osborne Rd, Ashton

Montacute Valley Orchard | 93 Institute Rd, Montacute

Torrens Valley Orchards | 525 Winton Road, Gumeracha

Woods Hill Orchard | Lot 2 Stony Rise Rd, Ashton (Entry via Woods Hill Rd)

Wotton’s Cherries | 1147 Greenhill Rd, Uraidla

cherries in the hand

Tips for Picking Cherries 

  • Wear closed flat shoes when you are picking your own cherries, as well as a hat and sunscreen.
  • Our tip would also be to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty, especially the kids – juicy red cherries are delicious but they can stain clothes.
  • Also bring your own bags, boxes and/or esky to transport your cherries home.
  • Check with the orchard for payment options – cash and/or eftpos facilities.
  • You can also take a picnic to enjoy while you are there. The orchards are a great place to explore – look out for koalas and other wildlife at some places.
  • Weather warning – farms may close on days of extreme or catastrophic fire danger. Check the fire danger rating on the CFS website or Bureau of Meterology website.
Important: Remember to check first with the cherry orchard via their website, Facebook page or ring them (contact details are given above and in the Cherry Map) to make sure they have ripe cherries available to pick BEFORE travelling there. Cherries, like all fruit, are dependent on weather conditions and some orchards may get busy and sell out.

Christmas Top Things to Do

things to do in Adelaide for families

For more information and all enquiries please visit the Cherry Growers SA website or follow their Facebook page.

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

Image Source: Play & Go, Cherry Growers SA


Want to get all the latest events and activities straight to your inbox?

Subscribe to our weekly email newsletter below to keep up to date with our latest posts and find out all the best events & activities for Adelaide families. Newsletters are only sent once a week, and you may sometimes get a special offer exclusively for our subscribers only!


You May Also Like:

winter school holiday guide july 2024

Tags: , , , , , , ,

No comments yet.

Feel free to leave us a comment

Back to Top