What to wear:

  • Sensible clothing such as jeans or long pants, hat, closed in flat shoes. Always bring a jacket or jumper – it is often much cooler up here than in the city!

What to bring:

  • Aerogard or insect repellant; sunscreen
  • Water bottle ……..cold drinks are available to buy if you forget!
  • Esky or cooler bagĀ - to keep your cherries cool after picking!
  • For parents with infants, we would recommend bringing some form of baby carrier or sling rather than attempting to push a pram around the orchard. Uneven surfaces make for hard work with a pram!

Costs:

  • Entry Fee:
    Adults $5 Children (under 12) $2
  • Cherries: WHAT YOU PICK YOU PAY FOR!
    Please remember all the cherries you PICK and put in your bucket you PAY for and TAKE HOME with you. You pick, come back to the Shed and the cherries are weighed, you pay and you take them home and enjoy! The price per kilo will vary with the variety, size and quality of the fruit and will be advertised on the day in the Shed and in our daily update.
  • EFTPOS is available for your convenience.

What to do when you arrive at Stella Creek:

  • Drive slowly down the long white driveway – please be aware of children running around!
  • Go past the Shed & park up the driveway or under the trees
  • Check in at the Shed to pay your entry fee, collect your buckets & picking information
  • Go into the orchard, see a Stella Creek guide (probably Alan or Lachlan!) who will show you how to pick, where to pick & what to pick
  • Have fun & pick your sweet, ripe cherries:

****Only pick from the trees the guide shows you – the other trees may not yet be ready for picking so the fruit will be immature/not ripe – cherries do not ripen once they are picked!!

****Pick cherries with stems on – stems help to keep cherries fresh!

  • Back to the shed – weigh & pay
  • Keep cherries cool, take home & enjoy!

REMEMBER – only pick ripe fruit (cherries do not ripen after picking!) and only pick the quantity you want to take home!

What to do with your cherries:

  • Keep them cool – store in the fridge in a loosely closed plastic bag or covered container
  • Rinse before eating fresh, in a smoothie, poached & spooned over your favourite cereal or icecream, or cook in muffins, cakes, desserts… to mention a few! The possibilities are endless, just Google cherry recipes for some delicious inspiration!
  • Excess cherries – can very simply be frozen, as they are, flat in freezer bags or freezer containers. Use during the non cherry season for all your favourite recipes!

Refreshments at Stella Creek:

to help you enjoy your cherry picking experience even more we have

  • cold soft drinks and bottled water available
  • our cherry icecream and sorbet; other varieties may be available on the day
  • weekend sausage sizzle for hungry pickers!
  • picnic spots overlooking the stunning Onkaparinga Valley – you are welcome to bring your own picnic food & a rug. We thank you for putting your rubbish in the bins provided for your use.

We hope you have a wonderful cherry picking experience here at Stella Creek!