Perth's strawberry farms are currently in full swing, with various locations offering strawberry picking until mid-December.
When I lived in Japan, I noticed how simple seasonal activities are embraced by young and old. In early summer, families flock to countryside streams at dusk to see glowing fireflies; Spring is not spring without a picnic under the cherry blossoms; Autumn explorations are all about finding the perfect spot to view trees with leaves of vibrant reds, yellows and oranges, and winter nights are best spent wandering amongst impressive Christmas lights displays. The new year in Japan is prime time to bundle your family off to a strawberry farm, to pick and eat sweet red berries to your heart’s content.
Although I’ve had to farewell many favourite Japanese seasonal traditions since moving home, I’m pleased to discover that strawberry picking is an activity Perth offers – and the time to pick is now! Strawberry farms are currently in full swing, with various locations around Perth offering strawberry picking until around mid-December.
It’s a great chance for families to get outdoors and engage in meaningful (and, let’s be honest, delicious!) nature play.
Here are a few local strawberry farms to get you started on some berry fun adventures with the kids. If you visit the farms, don’t forget to share your photos to social media with the #natureplaywa!
Please note: The below information was collated by Nature Play WA staff to our best ability, but we recommend contacting each farm in advance to avoid any disappointment. Last updated Nov. 1st, 2016.
Ti Farm 'Pick Your Own Strawberries' is 40 minutes from the Perth City centre and operates from spring to early summer.
Address: 263 Old West Road, Bullsbrook, WA 6084
Open: 9am to 5pm everyday until mid-December
System: $10 per 5kg picking tray - includes 1 person’s entry fee. $2 for each additional person. Max of 5 people per tray. Eat while you pick! Advanced booking not required
Gnangara Strawberry Farm
Also known as Kien Strawberry Farm, this family-run business is open to the public during strawberry season.
Address: Lot 11 Badgerup Rd, Gnangara WA 6077
Open: 9am-4pm until the end of strawberry season, Check in advance.
System: $8 per box. Pick your own strawberries!
Wanneroo Strawberry Picking Farm
A strawberry farm where all ages are welcome to come and pick strawberries.
Address: 55 Grisker Rd Wanneroo WA 6065
Open: 8am-5pm Saturdays and Sundays until further notice (check Facebook for latest info).
System: $7 per 3kg+ box. Pick your own strawberries!