Apple picking this Easter break is so much fun.Great for kids and adults alike. Definitely, an Easter treat for the whole family.
Head down to Stanthorpe, about two half drive south west of Brisbane, past Warwick via the Cunningham Highway.
Enjoy the farm views of the spectacular plains of Warwick. Breath the fresh air of the mountains as you go past the Great Dividing Range, one of the famous icons of Queensland.
Get mesmerised by the wide spaces of our country as you drive along New England Highway towards the Granitebelt Region until you get to the big Apple. In front of this distinctive icon is the Suttons Farm where apple fruit picking is popular at Easter. Apple season peaks just after summer.
Suttons Farm, www.suttonsfarm.com.au, phone 07 4685 2464) is a cafe nestled in an apple plantation. As you enter the shop, you will notice the abundance of apple fruit products including apple cider, apple juice, apple cake, etc.
We paid $2.00 a bag and headed to the orchards to pick some apples. We were told that the fruits we harvest would be weighed at $2.00 a kilo.
At the orchards were Granny Smith (green) apples, Fuji apples and some wee-little-dwarf apples which I initially thought weird cherries. I certainly needed to have strong apple lessons. We saw some parsimmon and apricot trees as well.
We ate lots of apples before we filled our bags. We sat under the trees and laughed at each other's jokes about apples.
I noticed the apples don't shine as much as they do in the shops. Now you know what marketing does to the products.
Give the farm a call in the morning before heading down there for a day trip, to ensure that apple picking will be in season and is available.
A further half an hour down New England Highway is the tiny town of Wallangarra, the last town of the state of Queensland, where you can make a few steps down and yell to everyone you have been interstate to New South Wales.
In this trip, the other attractions include the Ugboot Lady shops - great way to find out about the fuzz on Australian ugboots, the numbers of wineries - great way to find out how grape varieties make the specific wines: shiraz, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.
Horseriding abound which I must try next. You can see signs for horseriding along the road. Along with the signs, you see cheap fruits and vegetables sold - the locals' fresh produce.