Petty's is one of Melbourne’s oldest commercial orchards, and it holds the largest collection of apple varieties on mainland Australia, with more than two hundred
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Petty's is one of Melbourne’s oldest commercial orchards, and it holds the largest collection of apple varieties on mainland Australia, with more than two hundred varieties of old and rare apples.
Petty’s Orchard and Café are open to the public Thursday to Sunday 9am-5.30pm.
There is a single toilet block which has facilities for the disabled. The car park and Demonstration Orchard are relatively flat providing disabled access, although tracks through the latter are fine gravel and mown grass which can be slippery when wet. The wetland and bird hide are less accessible and people with physical mobility problems will have to be fit to negotiate some areas.
While managed by Parks Victoria, 25 hectares of Petty's is privately leased to a commercial operator. Please respect the rights of the orchardists by not entering this area or picking any apples. The Heritage Fruits Society maintains and promotes the heritage collection at Petty's Orchard. www.heritagefruitssociety.org.au
How to get there
Organised groups may visit Pettys Orchard at any time of the year by prior arrangement, the most interesting times being fruiting, pruning and blossom seasons. For directions and access into Pettys Orchard, please contact the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963.
Melways 22 A12.