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Christmas is cherry season in Australia and Cherryhill Orchards, no rx Australia’s largest U-pick cherry orchard, there is only 45 minutes from Melbourne.

I was invited to experience Cherryhill and took Lady AB for a morning of cherry picking and cherry treats.

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Cherryhill is located in a picturesque part of the fruit growing region in the Yarra Valley, with its hilltop location providing expansive views of the valley and beyond.

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There are picnic benches and you can also bring your own picnic blanket and basket and enjoy the gorgeous views.

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cherryhill

The small cafe sells cherry products, including a delicious cherry soft serve ice cream made with macerated pitted cherries mixed with vanilla ice cream.

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cherryhill

Also try the cherry baked goods by Gladysdale Bakehouse in Yarra Junction. I can report the brownies are worth the $4 – gooey, chocolatey with pops of cherries inside, served with a little scoop of ice cream.

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Cherry picking is surprisingly easy for little people, as there’s lots of low-hanging fruit, they’re easy to remove from the stem and you can eat as many cherries as you want as you pick!

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Lady AB acted as quality control, inspecting each cherry carefully before placing it in the bucket. If you fill the bucket to the brim it’s about 5kg of cherries.

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We visited on a very sunny and it turns out the cherry picking (for fun) is actually not a very hot activity. Of course wear hats and slather on sunscreen but the cherry trees provide a lot of shade, unlike say strawberry plants. Visitors have been known to take a nap under the trees!

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In December Cherryhill have extended its U-Pick hours every Friday, Saturday and Sunday so families can pick cherries up until 7pm and avoid the afternoon sun.

In the end I’m glad that I didn’t take Baby 2.0 as the location is not really suitable for prams or energetic runaway toddlers – there are gravel tracks going up and down hills, you have to take a minibus to the actual u-pick orchard and there are no fences anywhere.

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Cherry picking at Cherryhill is a great trip out with the family. Cherry picking is relatively easy work, even for youngsters, and afterwards you can relax with an ice cream or a coffee. There are many farms and attractions close by and visitors to Cherryhill often combine it with a trip to the Blue Lotus water garden and/or Warratina lavender farm.

And If you can’t make U-Pick this year, or just want some extra cherry treats, dial 1300CHERRY for delivery to your door!

Cherryhill Orchards, 474 Queens Rd, Wandin East

U-pick season from 15 November 2014 to late January

7 days a week, 9am to 5pm, December only – Fridays through Sundays 9am to 7pm

$10.00 per adult, $5.00 for children aged 3-13 and Infants (3 and younger) free

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