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Rayner’s Orchard Tour (fruit picking all year round)

Rayner’s Orchard is a unique boutique orchard located in the beautiful Yarra Valley. They grow 450 varieties of fruit, including peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots, tamarillo, pomegranate, persimmon, figs, pepino, feijoa, guava, kiwi fruit, dutch medlar and various citrus throughout winter. Rayner’s Orchard has at least 8 varieties of fruit ready for picking every day of the year. We have 5 different tours that includes Rayner’s Orchard for a fruit picking tractor tour.

Cost: $99.00 to $165

 

1 Day

Suitable for all ages

Tour Highlights:

  • Tractor tour at Rayner’s Orchard
  • Fruit picking and tasting at Rayner’s Orchard
  • 5 different tours to choose from
  • Small groups max 11 passengers

Tour Includes:

  • Free pick ups from most City hotels/hostels
  • Free chilled water  (remember to bring your own water bottle)
  • Free tractor picking fruit tour at Rayners Orchard
  • Tour 1 also includes: Morning Tea and Puffing Billy train ride
  • Tour 3 also includes: Wine tasting at 2 vineyards
  • Tour 4 also includes: entry to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tour 5 also includes: entry to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary and Puffing Billy train ride

The Day

Tour 1 Cost $150

  • Depart Melbourne at 7.30 am
  • Note: Pickup starts 45 minutes prior to departure time
  • Heading east out of Melbourne our first stop will be Grant’s Picnic Ground
  • Your first activity of the day will be a short stroll thorough the magnificent rain forest. Remember to look out for the elusive Lyrebird. You will need to be quiet
  • After the forest walk sit down to Devonshire Tea with Wattle Seed Scones while you take in the splendours of our natural wonderland
  • The forest is home to a variety of bird life including parrot and the lyrebird, so make sure to look out for them
  • We then head to Puffing Billy for your train ride through the forest
  • After Puffing Billy we take a slow drive through the remainder of the forest stopping to visit one of the quaint villages along the way
  • Here you will have time get some lunch or just browse through the local shops
  • Then it is off to Rayner’s Orchard for your Tractor tour. You will be able to pick and sample the fruit
  • After the tractor tour you will have time to visit their shop and cafe
  • Finally  it is time to head back to Melbourne
  • Arrive in Melbourne at approx 4.30 pm

Tour 2 Cost $99

  • Depart Melbourne at 10.30 am
  • Note: Pickup start 45 minutes prior to departure time
  • We drive east of Melbourne directly to Rayner’s Orchard
  • Once at  Rayner’s Orchard you will be able to get yourself some lunch at their cafe (own cost)
  • Then it is off to Rayner’s Orchard Tractor tour. You will be able to pick and sample the fruit on your Tractor tour
  • After the tractor tour you will have time to visit their shop and cafe
  • Then it is time to head back to Melbourne
  • Arrive in Melbourne at approx 4.30 pm

Tour 3 Cost $135

  • Depart Melbourne at 9 am
  • Note: Pickup starts 45 minutes prior to departure time
  • We drive east of Melbourne directly to Yarra Valley, regarded as one of Victoria‘s best wine regions
  • The region has a rich history of viticulture and wine making that goes back 150 years, but it has only been in the past 15 years that it has once again come to the forefront as a significant wine and tourism destination
  • Our first stop is the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery factory, where to you will be able to sample some chocolates and watch them making the chocolates
  • Then it is onto our first vineyards Yering Station , is the oldest in the Yarra Valley
  • After Yering Station we then head to a Punt Road, which is a smaller vineyard
  • After the wine tasting it is time for lunch, we make our way to the village of Healesville, where you have a large variety of cafes to choose from
  • Then it is off to Rayner’s Orchard for your Tractor tour. You will be able to pick and sample the fruit
  • After the tractor tour you will have time to visit their shop and cafe
  • Finally it is time to head back to Melbourne
  • Arrive in Melbourne at approx 4.30 pm

Tour 4 Cost $145

  • Depart Melbourne at 7.30 am
  • Note: Pickup start 45 minutes prior to departure time
  • We drive east of Melbourne directly to Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, just in time for the 9am opening
  • By arriving early we have many advantages, we are there before the large crowd, and the animals are more active in the early morning
  • For the next 4 hours you will be able to wander and explore the 70 acre bushland haven to experience close-up encounters with some of Australia’s unique and endearing wildlife, including koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypus
  • Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary which is regarded as one of Australia best sanctuaries
  • Healesville Sanctuary is also home to the Australian Wildlife Centre, a hospital which treats more than 2000 sick and injured native animals every year
  • There are various presentations and shows for you to choose from including the Spirits of the Sky for you to enjoy
  • There are picnic facilities or bistro for lunch (own expense)
  • Healesville Sanctuary also offer a variety of Closeup Encounters. and Wombat Pat and Play. Please note that the ‘Wanding with Platypus’ is normally booked out 6 months in advance
  • Then it is off to Rayner’s Orchard for your Tractor tour. You will be able to pick and sample the fruit
  • After the tractor tour you will have time to visit their shop and cafe.
  • Finally it is time to head back to Melbourne
  • Arrive in Melbourne at approx 4.30 pm

Tour 5 Cost $165

  • Depart Melbourne at 8.30 am
  • Note: Pickup start 45 minutes prior to departure time
  • We drive east of Melbourne directly to Yarra Valley, regarded as one of Victoria‘s best wine regions
  • The region has a rich history of viticulture and wine making that goes back 150 years, but it has only been in the past 15 years that it has once again come to the forefront as a significant wine and tourism destination
  • Our first stop is the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery factory, where to you will be able to sample some chocolates and watch them making the chocolates
  • Then it is onto our first vineyards Yering Station , is the oldest in the Yarra Valley
  • After Yerring Station we then head to a Punt Road, which is a smaller vineyard
  • After the wine tasting it is time for lunch, we make our way to the village of Healesville, where you have a large variety of cafe to choose from
  • Then it is off to Rayner’s Orchard for your Tractor tour. You will be able to pick and sample the fruit
  • After the tractor tour you will have time to visit their shop and cafe
  • After the tractor tour the final activity is a train ride aboard Puffing billy
  • Finally it is time to head back to Melbourne
  • Arrive in Melbourne at approx 6.30 pm

What To Bring

  • Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Rain jacket (just in case)
  • Warm clothes (just in case)
  • Camera (spare battery and memory card – you will need it)
  • Phone charger and cable
  • Comfortable walking shoes

Bringing back fruit with flavour was the aim of Rayner’s Orchard. The focus on growing varieties of fruit for their taste, not their size and unblemished appearance. We wanted people to come to the farm and experience traditional fruit flavours straight from the tree, to taste a fresh sweetness that would bring many people back to childhood memories of fruit from yesteryear, when fruit was grown more for flavour than a uniform shape.

Cost: $99.00 to $165.00

Reviews

Fantastic tour! Went to Rayners Orchard tour that covered yarra valley wine tasting, chocolate factory, fruit picking tour and puffing billy ride.The Orchard tour and puffing billy ride will be fun for little ones. Walter is our guide and he is friendly and knows his stuffs well. Overall is fantastic!

Date of experience: October 2019 peh

Tour to rayners orchard puffing billy train and dandenong rangers rain forest. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire tour on that day. Although it was a gloomy and cold day our kids had a great time doing all activities. I highly recommend Around and About for a safe trip for family’s with kids Thank you.

Date of experience: January 2020 247sajida Colombo, Sri Lanka

Rayner’s Orchid Tour Water’s a good tour guide. He had a good experience on all tours and take care with us. All day tour arrangement is excellent especially the Rayner’s Orchid Farm Tour. It’s so good fruit. Will highly recommend my friend to join this tour.

angelw32 Feb. 2017 Hong Kong, China