You can't beat Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm when it comes to a Summer activity for the whole family.
If you are planning a trip down to Mornington Peninsula to do some strawberry picking, do note that the strawberry season is from November to April. Off-season strawberry picking is only available at a handful of farms and typically limited to weekends with shorter opening hours. Even in-season strawberry picking is limited at times e.g. Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm U-pick was closed when we arrived early morning as they had been washed out so we were directed to their other farm which was brimming with strawberries.
You're issued a plastic box which can contain about 500 grams of strawberries. Adult and child U-pick participants pay $8 and $4, entitling them to pick 500 grams and 250 grams of strawberries respectively. To avoid over-picking, U-pick participants must be able to close the picking punnet (which referred to the container). Otherwise, they will be charged for the extra strawberries.
Some strawberry picking tips:
- Don't just search in the first few rows. There is a good chance that this is where everyone else has picked.
- Have a good look under the leaves, often the fruit is hidden under foliage
- Unlike many fruits, Strawberries will not change in colour or flavour once they are picked. So pick them the same colour as you would like to eat them. Pick strawberries that are completely red – there are lots around the fields
There's lots of strawberries in the fields so be very selective in what you pick as your picking punnet has a very limited capacity. Leave green strawberries or those that are partially green in the field (anyway they won't taste good). The sizes of these strawberries are pretty amazing. Sweet and juicy and ripe for the picking!
If you like anything and everything to do with strawberries from Strawberry Shortcake right down to Strawberry gourmet of all kinds e.g. freeze dried strawberries and syrup – the Sunny Ridge Strawberry shop will be the perfect stop for you after your strawberry-picking session on the fields. We saw just about everything here either being a solid or liquid form of a strawberry and even the merchandise has a strawberry theme to it e.g. socks and shirts stamped full of strawberries! There's even strawberry sparkling wine of offer and you might be familiar with Cheeky Rascal Cider - delish.
Another reason why people flock to Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm is its famous Strawberry Temptation Sundae (AUD$12). This sundae is the ultimate Sunny Ridge indulgence as it is spilling with strawberries and Sunny Ridge Farm Made Strawberry Ice-Cream and Sorbet topped with lashings of whipped cream and strawberry syrup. Besides this incredible strawberry icon, there are other strawberry treats on offer.
Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm is the perfect sweet ending to your holiday on the Peninsula or just a great day trip. Lots of fun for any child or child at heart. It's also located just a 3-minute drive away from Ashcombe Maze and Lavender Gardens.
244 Shands Rd, Main Ridge VIC 3928
November to April (U-Pick Season)
Open 7 days a week
9am – 5pm (upick last entry is 4.30pm)
Closed Christmas Day, NYD & Good Fri
May to October (Off Season)
Fri – Sun (plus Public Holidays & VIC School Holidays)
11am – 4pm