Taste the difference with a trip to the family-run Willayoung Orchard.
No trip to Young – the cherry capital of Australia – would be complete without a visit to the Willayoung Orchard. This family-owned and operated property specialises in tree-ripened stonefruit and produces an abundance of apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, figs, table grapes and, of course, cherries.
While the land was the site of Patterson’s Abattoirs until the late 1960s, the only remnant of the property’s former life is the old slaughterhouse, which has been converted into a machinery shed and workshop. Andrew and Helen Ricketts purchased the land in 1988 and made the final transition from a farm of ‘hobby’ fruit trees to a fully operational orchard in in 2002. Nowadays, the orchards contain more than 5500 trees growing over eight hectares.
The art of fruit picking has been perfected at Willayoung, with picking delayed until fruit approaches full ripeness to ensure increased sugar levels and enhanced flavour. Visitors are welcome to visit the orchard during the fruit season, which generally runs from November to April, but the packing shed is closed during the winter recess.
Willayoung Orchard is located at 191 Willawong St, Young, NSW. Click here for more information.