Pick a Punnet in the Pocket..Strawberries yum!

Ballantyne’s Strawberry Farm in The Pocket

Strawberries at Calen on the Bruce Highway

Strawberries at Calen on the Bruce Highway


For many years now  locals, and passing travelers have  called into the Strawberry Stall on the Bruce Highway at Calen to purchase “the best strawberries on the planet.”

It’s Strawberry season so they are back! News is quickly spreading about the “Pick Your Own” at the farm.

Turn off the Bruce Highway At Calen...drive 12kms

                                                                      Turn off the Bruce Highway at Calen and head to Camerons Pocket for 12kms

Strawberry Farm Gate

Fantastic yummy strawberries await…you


Turn into Brodies Rd at the Wintermoon entrance in Camerons Pocket, and a few meters up the road is the Ballantyne’s Strawberry Farm in full swing at this time of the year.


Strawberry Farm


Plenty of parking on the left for all sized vehicles including caravans and buses.

Strawberry Farm Parking

Plenty of room for your Bus or Caravan to park

When we called in on the way home from Boulder Creek recently the place was buzzing!

A jumping castle for the kids, scones, cappuccinos and  fantastic Strawberry milkshakes.


Strawberrys in the pocket

Yummy food at the Cafe



The local retirement village residents were there enjoying the sunshine.  Plenty of shade is also provided at the cafe.



The more adventuress were out in the field picking their own strawberries.  

Pick Your own strawberries


What a delightful thing to do on a lovely Tropical North Qld day. The kids love it.



Be sure to take cash with you, as for now there is no eftpos available. Hopefully Camerons Pocket and other regional areas of Australia will be connected to broadband in the future to allow for this, and help business owners Australia wide.

I learned this the hard way as I had no cash on me at the time, only my card. It was very hard  to walk away from the strawberry ice-cream, punnets of strawberries, and other delicious offerings.

We did however make a point of going back the next day. My grandson picked me some lovely strawberries and my taste buds were very grateful.


Owners,  Marg and Alan Ballantyne,  said they had seen fantastic  growth recently, especially in the “pick you own” part of their business.  They are planning on planting more plants for next season, in what I am sure will be an even bigger year!

Word of mouth about the quality, and sheer “yumminess” (is that even a word?)of their strawberries continues to spread throughout the region, and even globally with the way the internet has opened up new possibilities for us all.

I would also personally like to acknowledge Marg and Alan for being the first business to stock my Local Interactive Postcards. Their continued support, and patience with my systems being rolled out has been awesome.

Thanks guys, I really do appreciate it. xStrawberrys in the pocket

Ballantynes Strawberries Facebook page is the best way to check out what’s happening at the farm and also their Highway stall. Mackay residents have been calling out for a stall site, and it has arrived. Check out the Facebook page for more details.

I am sure this local business will go ahead in leaps and bounds in the coming years. They deserve it too. Hard work and a vision can do amazing things!

In closing I must say I may be a little biased, but I think a nice drive to our fantastic area to head into the Pocket and Pick Your Own Strawberries is the best way to fully enjoy what is Strawberry Season At it’s Best!!. I will see you there, with my cash.

You can find all the latest on their Facebook page here:


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