There is nothing better than a day in the sunshine picking fresh ripe strawberries then eating them of course!
Strawberry Fields is located at Palmview on the Sunshine Coast, a beautiful working farm where you can spend hours picking your own strawberries before enjoying a bite to eat at the Strawberry Fields Farm Cafe. Try the homemade ice cream, choc dipped gourmet strawberries, parfaits, pancakes and so much more. It is the perfect day out for all the family with free admission, a playground and of course the cafe.
The farm has been owned and operated by the same family since 1978; Maurie and Von Carmichael along with their six children have enjoyed working the farm over the years. Von said it was a diary when they first moved there. “There was no electricity and it was along a sandy track just off the highway,” Von said. Today Strawberry Fields has all the mod cons and the short road is now bitumen from the highway to the farm.
In the first few years they worked cattle before they planted about 900 strawberry plants. “Each year we would build the crops up and the last plot we put in was in 1999,” Von said. “We loved seeing the children and families coming to pick their own and learn where the fruit comes from. The extra fruit we sent to an agent in Melbourne and we still supply him today as well as a Brisbane agent.”
Von explains how ‘picking your own strawberries’ was such a novel idea that tour companies started bringing buses to Strawberry Fields in about 1988. “We served them a BBQ and strawberry ice cream under the trees, they loved it, and eventually we built the cafe under our house.” In 2007 they leased the farm to one of their sons until they returned this year. “We are back now,” Von said. “We are here for a while, I wasn’t ready to retire just yet.”
Strawberry Fields is located just off the Bruce Highway and only about 15 minutes drive to the beach. Families can stay as long as they like then head to the beach for the afternoon, there is a playground and of course the Strawberry Fields Farm Cafe – making it is the perfect day out for the family.