We had heard good things about Cooloola Berries and thought now it is officially Strawberry season in QLD (June – November) we should visit them and experience it for ourselves. Yes, sometimes this job of researching stories for our website is really hard and other days, well you just end up in clover, or rather luscious strawberries.
Cooloola Berries is an easy 40 minute drive from us through some lovely countryside, so an excellent drive out from the B&B. The property itself is very pretty and nice and level so good for all ages to visit. Once you can drag your eyes from the inviting strawberry fields you spot the big welcoming modern barn which is the hub of the operation, it houses the cafe, shop and the pick-own-station.
Armed with our empty punnet we set off with Kim’s words ringing in our ears “it is encouraged to taste as you go”. We started at the back, and worked our way along the rows of inviting strawberry plants with fruit just calling out to be picked; oh words can barely describe my delight as I slipped that first luscious red strawb into my mouth, total bliss, as I say the way strawberries used to taste…..
Kim explained the different varieties they have on the farm and we tried both, deciding it was the Rubygem we preferred, with their big glossy fruit. After a tough time picking and sampling, we figured we deserved a coffee and sweet treat in the very welcoming cafe. Again this was hardwork, deciding which of the delights we were going to try (James’ suggestion that we share was shot down in flames, needless to say) I chose a scone, cream and jam whilst he “took one for the team” and struggled through the waffle (I did offer my services). They also have delicious cheese platters (Kenilworth cheese) for those wanting something savoury and excellent coffee. The adjacent shop area is beautifully set out with all sorts of delicious strawberry and other local products to buy.
There is a lovely view over the strawberry fields from the cafe and they have just installed a wood burner and lounge area ready for the cold weather, and I can quite see us enjoying that next visit.
856 Tagigan Road, Wolvi, Queensland, Australia 4570
Open 9am – 4:30pm 7 days a week – June to November.
Open FRI SAT SUN, public holidays and every day school holidays.