Kinglake Raspberries is a 25 hectare Raspberry farm nestled
in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range just north-east of
Melbourne (Victoria, Australia). The first plantings of raspberries
took place in 1985 and a further planting in 1989. This brought
the farm to its current size. With over 36,000 metres of raspberry
rows the farm is one of the biggest berry farms in Australia.
Willamette raspberries are the main Variety grown with
smaller plantings of Nootka and Heritage. Both Willamette and
Nootka bear their main crop in the summertime (Dec to Feb in Australia)
and a smaller "Tip" crop in the Autumn months (March
to May) while the Heritage raspberries bear one crop per year
starting late summer and finishing by the end of Autumn.
The Harvest of the Raspberries is done by several methods.
We use a Mechanical Harvester on a large portion of the crop,
this fruit is used for making our range of Raspberry Products
and some is sold to other processors. A portion of the crop is
picked by hand and fresh frozen as part of the Kinglake Raspberries
range of Australian Grown and Australian Made Products. The rest
of the crop we want YOU to pick. A feature of the farm is Pick
Your Own and this is available throughout the Harvest
A summer afternoon wandering the raspberry rows and picking
your own rejuvenates the soul. With enough raspberry rows to feel
like you're the only one picking and enough raspberries for everyone
(Mother Nature permitting). It's the perfect pastime for the whole
Rest of The Year
As the Autumn draws to a close so to does the Harvest. Now
the work begins. The raspberry plants shed their leaves as they
become dormant for the Winter, the plants that gave fruit in the
summer are completely pruned out and the plants that gave us autumn
fruit are "trellised," so that the row takes on the
appearance of a picket fence. Once trellised we remove the tips
of these canes (the part of the plant that bore the Autumn crop).
As Spring arrives the trellised cane burst bud and grow laterals
that will flower and produce the Summer crop. Where the cane had
been pruned out new plants sprout from the ground, these will
grow into a cane some 2 to 3 metres tall and will have a "Tip"
crop in the following Autumn and so the cycle begins again.
And See Us
The farm is open every day during the harvest seasons and
Monday to Friday (weekends by appointment) when we are not harvesting.
Frozen berryfruit and berry products are available at the Farm
Shop(shed) all year round. Fresh Raspberries, both Pick Your Own
and prepicked, are available during the Summer and Autumn Seasons.
Kinglake Raspberries is about an hours drive from Melbourne via
either the Yarra Valley or the Plenty Valley. View Google Map