Golden Grove Citrus Orchard is owned by a very friendly Italian Family, Rocco and Connie Zampogna. They have proudly owned and run the orchard for almost 40 years. The Orchard is located 14km along the Chittering Road, north-east from Bullsbrook off Great Northern Highway, 60km from Perth. (1378 Chittering Road, Lower Chittering)
The Orchard is situated on the magnificent hills of the Chittering Valley. It consists of 13,000 trees dispersed over 50 acres of land.
During winter and spring (peak season for citrus harvest) there are six varieties of Navel oranges. They also have Seville oranges, great for marmalade, and a low acid orange that is very popular for tropical tastes and are non-allergic for people who cannot normally eat oranges.
Other citrus varieties include Lemons, Limes, Grapefruits and Mandarins (several varieties). All the citrus grown here are Top Quality and 100% ORGANIC! Oranges are grown the whole year but mandarins between May and October only. Best time for picking is in the Winter/Spring months as in summer it can get really hot. The Orchard is open 7 days per week 9am till 5pm. Latest time for picking is 4pm.
We visited the Orchard on the last Sunday of August (end of winter). We arrived in the morning at about 10.30am. We found parking near the Café. Walked over the bridge next to the Café to get to the big Shed. Inside the Shed, mandarins and oranges can be sampled and bought.
We opted to pick our own so they gave us a taste of all the oranges and mandarins available to pick and gave us a map of where to find them in the orchard.
My favourite was the super sweet red flesh oranges. They also gave us a bucket and two pairs of scissors ($10 deposit each scissors – refundable).
The entrance of the Orchard was right next to the Shed and within few meters, we were right in the heart of the Orchard. Our boys were so excited to see so many trees with so many oranges and mandarins.
At first, they picked a few and ate them. But then had so much fun picking and placing them inside the bucket to save some for later. The views of the hills from the orchard were sublime, the air was fresh, and the sun was warm but not too hot.
Within 45 minutes we picked enough oranges and mandarins and returned to the Shed to weigh them. Picking costs $10 per adult and $5 for children over 5.
At the Shed they also sell local produce from the nearby farms like jams, avocados, handmade soap, honey and free range eggs laid by the chickens living at the Orchard.
Another feature includes an enclosed barbecue area, suitable for group gatherings and functions. Spit roasts can be organised on request.
We had the opportunity to meet the owner. Mr Rocco gave us a taste of their freshly squeezed juice.. it was the best juice I have had!
Mr Rocco also took us for a special VIP tour on the tractor around the orchard and made us try more oranges. Private tours can be booked (min 10 people).
At the charming café/ tea room, we had a coffee and a bite to eat after our picking. They offer a small choice of snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice creams. The Café is open weekends only.
This is probably one of the best outings we have had in a long time. It was so refreshing to leave the City behind and enjoy a glorious day in the hills. The kids had so much fun getting their hands dirty during the picking. They had the opportunity to see that oranges and mandarins don’t actually grow in lunch boxes! LOL
Notes & Tips
Toilets are available next to the Shed but no changing facilities.
Wear comfortable/old shoes or gum boots as the orchard is a bit muddy when wet and steep.
The weed between the orchards is very high therefore I recommend wearing long trousers, especially for kids as it can be a bit prickly on their little legs.
The café is open only on weekends so make sure you pack food and drinks.
Golden Grove is located at 1378 Chittering Road, Lower Chittering. For more information visit www.goldengroveorchard.com.au
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