Watkins Orchard

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PLeung8
Eastwood, Australia56 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
We went on the Queens birthday weekend. We arrived just after the 10am and the car park was nearly full. There were various rules including no prams and rucksacks. This was an issue as we was carrying our children's medicines which they refused to allow us to bring in. No dispensations for anyone. After we arrived parking became a major challenge as no one monitoring so people became stuck. This then resulted in traffic back up the access road (this is quite a long road and not an asphalt road either) and back on the to road for at least 4km. The picking of mandarins was good, but did require pulling branches down to reach the higher fruit (or climbing as some people did). Visit was also restricted to 1 hour ( not monitored so was just requested). Leaving was a bit of an issue due to the access road being tight. It took over an hour just to get back to Wisemans ferry (this should only take 10mins) due to volume of traffic.
Written June 7, 2020
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Smileytraveller14
Sydney, Australia35 contributions
Oct 2017 • Family
There is always a pleasure in picking your own fruit, and mandarin picking at Watkins farm has been a family tradition for the last four years. Sadly this year, Mark and his family were not at the farm, as it seems they have now employed workers to supervise the pickers.

The farm used to sell mushrooms, that you could pick yourself, it no longer does.

No cumqats this year, or honey combs either.

Bathroom facilities are awful.

Cash only no eftpos.

Its a real wilderness type of farm experience.

The biggest let down has been the customer service.

There is no longer the familiar friendly smiles and chats with the owners.

Rules are that each adult has to pay for a bucket to enter, but this didn't seem to be strictly followed by everyone.

Worse there are workers standing guard at the entrance of the orchards. Never used to be this way. It makes you feel like a thief and let down considering we've been loyal to the farm since we first heard about it.

Not recommended. There are better or fa fa in the same area, that make you feel welcome.
Written October 2, 2017
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Hawko1973
Sydney, Australia49 contributions
Jun 2018
A little disappointing as I had high expectations. Jam packed with Asians who obviously enjoy their citrus but waste a lot of the fruit by dropping what they don't want on the ground. Still an enjoyable 30 minutes if you're staying in Wisemans. Kids would have fun feeding the sheep. Nice drive in to the orchards......it's basically a 1 lane road so be prepared to pull over to allow cars to pass you.
Written June 24, 2018
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Sean
1 contribution
Jun 2020 • Family
Dirty, not friendly farm. They don’t care about customer’s experience. They only care about money. Farm staffs are rude to visitors include children. I don’t recommend any family visit here.
We spent $20 to hire a bucket to pick sour and small mandarins. Only few small mandarins on trees. I will go to another fruit farm next time.
Social distance 1.5 meters rule is not in there, all we can see is a sign on the fence. Poor management in this farm.
Please don't drink water before going there, disgusting toilet will ruin your whole weekend.I can’t believe that I am living in 2020.
Dirty and messy farm.
Written June 9, 2020
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Odakyu55
Sydney, Australia38 contributions
Jun 2020
Disgusting! You pay as you enter, so once you're inside and there is nothing left but a few unripe mandarins and those covering the floor you've already lost your cash for nothing. Even the few mandarins we could find were disgusting, unripe and not worth the money. Won't be returning!
Written June 26, 2020
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steff0503
Sydney, Australia5 contributions
Jun 2020
If you are going to go leave early in the morning and not on peak holidays, with narrow roads traffic is extremely busy in peak times. We queued for 45 mins to travel 2k lots of cars turning around.. Go early if you can.
Written June 7, 2020
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rochea330
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
Jun 2020 • Family
5 km traffic jam into farm. Finally in front gate. Dirty and muddy, car park boggy and full , parked on track. Long walk , no prams. Then huge traffic jam along Singleton Rd took over an hour just to get back to Wisemans Ferry. A local told us heavy use of pesticides, that’s why the supermarkets won’t buy them. Don’t go !
Written June 12, 2020
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Lisa D
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Jul 2014 • Family
It all started in such a positive note to experience mandarin picking at watkins. We haven't been to this one, but we had a fantastic experience at another mandarin orchard, Ford last year. We were all very excited to be able to pick the mandarin from the tree and eat them fresh, Unfortunately it ends badly. we have two young children (4 and 1 yo who i carry in my baby carrier), we had the half full bucket, also bag with lunches. So, after walking for awhile, we took a break and sat down. My mom wasn't satisfied with the mandarin she got (although juicy they are not sweet), so she said she wants to go and explore more. Rather than carrying the half full bucket, she brought an empty bag to fill with mandarin which she intends to put it in the bucket. not long after that, she was escorted by this person, who apparently owns the farm, that accused her of stealing the mandarins. What is this? French revolution? where people are so poor and steal food? We are much more dignified people than stealing mandarins. My mom tried to explain what she's doing and we are too, my husband said we haven't even left the property how could he said we are stealing. This guy was extremely rude, he didn't lisen and he threatened us to report to police (he thinks police has nothing to do for such a case?), and called my mom "thief". First of all, that was not true at all. Second of all, this whole mandarin picking was to give people (while they pay) a good experience, not to give people such a bitter note. We tried explaining in a very polite way, and he said " out of my farm!, in a voice that i could not tolerate at all. And all this screaming to shame us and most of all, in front of my two young children. Just to show how LOW this person is. So he felt so cocky and arrogant because he owns a mandarin farm? Please, don't even bother coming to such a place. Ford orchard is much better orchard, we just can't go there as they have finished for the season.
Written July 13, 2014
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raj2220
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
Jul 2017 • Family
The only thing to talk about is the owner, a terrible old fellow. He even don't know how to deal with people. If thats his property, close it off and njoy ureself. Very rude behaviour. Not visiting again. Sorry might you are too low.
Written July 20, 2017
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AziBehrang
Sydney, Australia3 contributions
Jun 2019 • Friends
Drove all the way from Sydney, found out that they are giving 2 sizes of buckets. small one $7.5 which may fit 2kg of mandarin and big one $12.5 fits max 3-3.5kg of mandarine. Each adult HAS to take a bucket. There is no eating allowed. I had a small bag, small enough to put my purse and a small water bottle in. They refused me entering the farm.
I have been to strawberry farm and they let us east as much as we liked and paid for what we picked.
Written June 18, 2019
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