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HOT: The Strawberry Forest, Bacchus Marsh

The Strawberry Forest is a small family-run u-pick strawberry farm in Bacchus Marsh. It's unique because it's the only fruit-picking farm around Melbourne where the strawberries are grown vertically.

The Strawberry Forest

No bending or scrabbling around in the dirt for your berries!

The Strawberry Forest

The Strawberry Forest

It is open during the warmer months only – basically when strawberries are in season. Usually, that means October to March.

The Strawberry Forest


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At The Strawberry Forest young and old can enjoy picking fresh chemical spray free strawberries. Because the aisles are wide and berries are able to be picked from top to bottom even people in wheelchairs or babies in prams can be picking.

The Strawberry Forest

There's $2 entry fee (under 5s are free) and you pay for the strawberries you pick at $12 a kilo. You can snack on berries while you pick, though they ask you to be fair to others so there are enough berries for everyone!

The Strawberry Forest


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We arrive at 10:30am and already there are people leaving with bags of strawberries. We spend a hour or so picking the very best strawberries and by 1pm the farm is all picked out. It is early in the season during our visit so there are fewer strawberries, but The Strawberry Forest is getting more and more popular, so to avoid disappointment arrive early.

The Strawberry Forest

Afterwards we head into town for lunch at Baby Black Espresso Bar before doing our grocery shopping back at The Fruits of Life (who also own the Strawberry Forest) when we return to Melbourne.

I highly recommend heading to The Strawberry Forest for a relaxing fruit-picking experience with no back-breaking work! The strawberries are very sweet and juicy too and the children relish their fruit even more because they've hand-picked every single one. Make sure you check their Facebook page before heading out to ensure that they're open. They're easy to find as it's the only farm located on the right of the picturesque Avenue of Honour leading into the small town from Melbourne.

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HOT Tips:

  • $2 entry, under 5s are free;
  • Make sure you check their Facebook page before heading out to ensure that they're open;
  • wear gumboots as it can get muddy;
  • Local produce market The Fruits of Life is next door;
  • Pram access;
  • Take a hat, sunscreen and water. Go early to avoid the heat and to ensure the best strawberries;
  • Pets are not allowed in orchards;
  • No toilets; and
  • Free limited parking on site.
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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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