Friday June 19 update 10.30 am:
It’s just 6 months to more cherry picking at Marble Hill Cherries
Thank you everyone who visited last summer, and who made this a special place and time. Thank you for your generosity in contributing to the fundraiser for the Norton Summit-Ashton CFS – we raised over $900.
Now there are no more cherries on the trees. Its time for grafting and pruning to start to get ready for next summer cherries.
Special thanks to everyone who helped – Anne and Mike, Charlie our new assistant, Dave, Julian and Theo the netting maestros, Lena who came all the way from Singapore, Mary who came all the way from Encounter Bay to assist, Matilda who has been with us since she was 12, Pip who started when she was 10 and Mike experiencing his second years of cherries, Mona and Marcel wonder de-netters and cherry pickers.
It wouldn’t happen without you all, thank you
Helen and Paul
About Marble Hill Cherries
Marble Hill Cherries is a specialist Pick-Your- Own cherry orchard in the scenic Adelaide Hills. It is only 20 minutes from central Adelaide, and 45 minutes from Adelaide Airport. There is native bush near the cherries, and you may see a koala in the tall trees near the packing shed. We suggest you allow 2-3 hours to enjoy the orchard.
Visiting Marble Hill Cherries
What to Wear
What to Bring
Food and Drink
Cherry Ice Cream
What If Someone Can’t Walk Very Far & Wheelchair Access?
How long will the cherries keep?
What to Wear
We suggest you wear an old shirt, a hat, sneakers and jeans. Bring a jacket, it is always cooler and fresher in the hills.
For “hands free”, faster picking, wear a belt – you can loop it through the bucket handle, so the belt holds the bucket for you. Then you are free to pick with both hands.
Put children in old clothes, they will get cherry juice on themselves. There is no easy way of getting cherry stains out of good clothing. One customer has found that she can get out stains from cotton clothing with Bosisto’s pre-wash Stain Remover. Bring your camera.
Why jeans and sneakers? It is the country, everyone feels much better if their legs and feet are protected.
Sensible Shoes please. Shoes with a good grip like sneakers are strongly recommended. Don’t wear shoes that slip easily or that are hard to walk in.
Leave those gorgeous Jimmy Choos in the car and bring a spare pair of sneakers to change into for comfortable walking about in the orchard.
What to Bring
Just yourselves really.
We lend buckets for picking the cherries and you can take your cherries home in a cherry bag.
We also provide 1 kg clear punnets, and 2kg and 5kg cherry boxes at cost, if you would like to gift package your cherries.
What If Someone Can’t Walk Very Far?
We care about people who can’t walk far or need to sit most of the time. We want you to be able to be among the cherry trees enjoying the outing with your friends and family. Send one person up to the sales area to ask for help with transport. We can drive you to a row of cherries, and lend a sturdy armchair if needed. We reserve some rows for parents with babies, and people who are not steady on their feet.
Careful Wheelchair Access is possible Between about December 28 – Jan 5, when the car park cherries are ripe.
The cherries in the rows next to the car park are on a gentle slope that will still need some care in moving a wheelchair. The first three trees in each row are reasonably easy to access, and have good cherries on them. This will suit individual family visits on weekdays when we will have time to assist and also reserve a parking place for you next to the cherry trees. Please email to make arrangements and to book. Unfortunately the toilets are up the hill and will be more difficult to access.
Take care: the orchard is sloping, with rough grass. If someone is coming who needs a walking frame, please make sure there are one or two people in your group who can lend an arm to help with walking on uneven ground. we can lend you a lightweight armchair for someone who needs to sit, rather than stand.
There is a 50m walk up the hill for everyone else.
Food and Drink
Yes, you can bring your own food and drink to eat here. There are tables and chairs for you in the cherry shelter and sales area. Please do not sit and picnic inside the netted cherry rows, as it impacts on other pickers trying to find cherries.
Cherry Ice Cream and Dairy Free Cherry & Coconut Ripple
Pictured below is our Marble Hill Cherry Icecream made for us by Peter, Kathy and the team at Gelista. We also have Dairy Free Cherry and Coconut ripple. (Vegan).
It takes about 1kg of our sour cherries for each 2 litres of ice cream. It is also available on the Ghan, and at the National Wine Centre and at one or two other venues, if we have enough cherries.
Our normal opening time is 9 am – 6pm (last car in by 5pm) on the days that we are open.
Hot Weather Hours opening time 8:00am – 2pm
If the predicted temperature is 33 degrees or more, we open at 8:00 am for people who like to pick in the cool of the morning. It is comfortable picking in the shade of the trees until about 1pm. After that it is better to scoot off to the beach or back to the air-conditioning. For your safety and the safety of our staff, we close by 2 pm on days 33 degrees C and hotter.
Closed: The orchard is usually closed on Mondays and Tuesdays for maintenance, and 25 December (Christmas Day).
For everyone’s safety, the orchard is closed when a Catastrophic Fire Day is declared. Click here for Fire Bans, we are in the Mt Lofty Region.
Prices are based on the quality of the fruit, and the ease of picking, and set about $2/kg less than mid-range shed door (wholesale) cherries and are usually $5- $8 less than the same quality retail.
We have cherry bargains towards the end of the season (early – mid January) when we start lifting the nets. There are always some big, sweet late cherries that can be found under the leaves, both low down and up high.
Prices are displayed at the front gate.
We aim to grow high quality cherries.
There is an entry fee for picking cherries of $6/person for people aged 13-60 and $4/ person over 60. People over 80 and children under 13 are free.
Your entry fee covers tasting while you pick. It also covers extra staffing to show you around, and the toilets and the sitting areas. It does not cover eating lots of cherries before you pay for them. There is no student discount, because students eat lots of cherries.
In 2018 we had to introduce a $10 picking deposit on our two Premium Cherries.
1 We have our usual tasting and picking in rows near the cherry sales area. This will include plentiful and delicious Merchant, Viola, Stella, Van, Sweetheart and Bing rows. It will be the same system as before: No deposit for cherries, just pay for what you pick, and easy access for families with seniors and young children.
2 A New $10 Picking Deposit per adult for two premium cherries (Simone and Lapin Rows).
We ask each Adult (aged 18 -80) to pre-pay a $10 deposit towards the cost of the premium cherries they pick. This deposit is deducted from the total cost of cherries you pick. It means that you only have to pick about 800 gm of premium cherries and you have recovered one deposit. We will not ask you to pre-pay for your children under 18 – of course they can be with you.
Why have we introduced this? Most people coming to pick cherries are very fair with growers. However, some people prefer just to stand and eat lots of cherries, especially premium cherries, rather than pick and pay for them. Some growers here and in Victoria and Tasmania have raised their entry fees to allow for this, we prefer to keep our entry fees as family friendly as possible and ask for a deposit on premium cherries instead.
On a budget?
We are very happy to mark the buckets to show how much is 1 kilo, or give you a box that will hold only a kilo. Parents find this helpful, to make sure that the children don’t blow the family budget. We can also show you to rows where it will take longer to hunt out and find cherries, thus giving your family more time in the orchard without breaking the bank. You will be rewarded with lovely cherries, that have taken a bit longer to find. Also keep an eye out for cherry bargains when we lift the nets in early January.
We take Visa, Mastercard and AMEX.
In the orchard there is a shelter, and picnic tables, and chairs on a first come, first seated basis. Usually everyone can find somewhere to sit.
Toilets: It’s the countryside, not glamorous or fancy, but we do have 2 basic flush toilets in the orchard.
No Car? Try Maxi Taxis
If you do not have a car, search for Maxi Taxis. There are several companies with large cars and mini vans that can take between 7-11 people.
Adelaide Independent Taxis Ph: 13 22 11
13 MAXI Ph: 13 6294
How long will the cherries keep?
Our cherries should keep 4 – 5 weeks if you keep them in the fridge at all times. This means you can pick your Christmas cherries any time in December and have lovely cherries as long as you don’t eat them first. Hide the cherries from any two legged fridge rats in your household. If you want to keep them for 4-8 weeks ask us to dip them in a mild fungicide.
How To Check If We Have Cherries
If you have a booking you will receive an email a few days before your visit with an update on the varieties cherries, their quality and the prices.
The best way to contact us is email
Follow us on Facebook for quick updates too.
You can phone and listen to our daily phone message during the cherry season (Ph 8390 0327) It is a recorded message, or check this site for updates. Sorry, we are run off our feet during picking days and cannot always answer the phone.