Further more to my series on wonderful things to do on the Mornington Peninsula, I bring you the Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, a Mornington Peninsula institution. The kids can pick (and eat on the sly) while Mums and Dads sit back and enjoy a coffee... or in this case a FREAKIN" huge sundae. I had the Knickerbocker Glory, while Furry had a couple of Uber-Strawberries dipped in white chocolate, and Mme Mouse had the scones and jam platter.
They also sell an amazing array of strawberry products such as wine and freeze-dried strawbs. The kitzchy gft shoppe stocks various fondue sets, strawberry soap and incense, but at the end of the day, you're there for the sundaes!!
The Sunny Ridge property was purchased by Pietro and Rosa Gallace in 1964. Originally an apple and cherry farming area, it wasn't until 1968 that strawberries were first grown.
One of the couple's sons, Mick fell in love with the fruit and in 1975 it had become the dominant crop on the farm, which is now run by Mick and his wife Anne.
Currently the largest strawberry producer in Australia, Sunny Ridge now spans 350 acres of land with properties in Main Ridge and Boneo. The property now grows strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cherries, and avocados.
Cnr Shands Rd & Mornington-Flinders
Ph: +613 5989 4500