All About Cherries

How and where to get your cherry fix

Young presents cherry growers with two of the most important ingredients vital to growing this exclusive fruit successfully. Firstly, its temperature. Cherries need approximately 1,400 chill hours at 7 Degrees Celsius or lower so that the fruit sets correctly for most varieties.

Most importantly, it’s the rich red granite soils of Young and the surrounding district. The area’s ancient soils date back millions of years and are not only fertile but also allow moisture to drain away quickly, presenting optimum growing conditions for cherries. The low rainfall during the harvest season in November and December also results in superior fruit.

There are a large number of varieties to choose from to extend the season from early November until late December. Cherries vary in colour – from white to red to black. Cherries are a fruit that have always been admired and sort after by people for thousands of years. They are still one of the few fruits that are truly seasonal and are better value per weight than chocolate.


Early Varieties

  • Supreme // sweet
  • Merchant // well balanced acid & sweet
  • Vista // tart

Mid-Season Varieties 

  • Rons Seedling // dark red, firm and sweet
  • Stella // sweet
  • Van // sweet to tart big flavour


Late Season Varieties

  • Bing, Sweetheart // sweet
  • Sylvia, Lipins, Simone // sweet varieties
  • Black Douglas // sweet, juicy, firm dark flesh


Pick Your Own & Orchards

Our local area offers a wonderful selection of orchards where you can sample and purchase fresh cherries, stonefruit and other produce.

Please refer to the lists below for details for both ‘pick-your-own’ orchards as well as orchards where you can buy cherries throughout the season. 

Please contact the Young Visitor Information Centre for the latest update on the Cherries and Stonefruit Season and opening times.

Cherry Orchard Tour – Pick Your Own

Saturday December 1

Tours running from 10:00am – 11:45am and 11:15am – 1:00pm
$10 per person
including return coach travel

Pick up and drop off outside Young Library on Lynch St
Bookings Essential, please click here to secure your place! 

Pick Your Own

An authentic picking experience

“Allambie” Orchard – Cafe
Olympic Highway
Wombat NSW 2587
P: 02 6384 3243

Ballinaclash Orchard & Cellar Door
4321-4335 Olympic Highway
Young NSW 2594
P: 0418 271 770

Hill-Lock Orchard
Lot 1, Race Creek Road
Wombat NSW 2587
P: 02 6384 3239

Main Range Orchard
831 Boundary Road
Young NSW 2594
P: 02 6384 3285

A “Vue Grande” Orchard 
130 Stanley Park Road
Young NSW 2594
M: 0418 261 776

Hall Family Orchard
Olympic Highway
28 Ellerslee Road Wombat NSW 2587
M: 0427 843 362

“Petal Falls” Orchard
Cnr Woodlands Road and Kingsvale Road
Kingsvale NSW 2587
P: 02 6384 4256


“Wombat Heights” Orchard
Back Wombat Road Wombat NSW 2587
M: 0406 238 663


Buy Cherries

Straight from the orchard

Valley Fresh Cherries and Stone Fruit
4179 Olympic Highway
Young NSW 2594
P: 02 6384 3289

Batinich Cherrymore Orchard
4001 Olympic Highway
Young NSW 2594
P: 0409 912 592

“Fairfield” Orchard
3923 Olympic Highway
Young NSW 2594
P: 02 6384 3403

“Willayoung” Orchard
191 Willawong Street
Young NSW 2594
P: 02 6382 2910

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