Welcome to Darkes

A 5th Generation
Australian family farm

Come visit us.

Shop in the ‘AppleShack’, taste our apple ciders or chill at a DARKES event.

Create your own special memories at our family farm.

Meet the Family.

Our History

Edward Charles Fahey and his wife Ellen began farming at Darkes Glenbernie Orchard in 1939. Five generations later, our family are still growing apples and other fruits, selling them from our Appleshack farm shop.

Our award-winning apple cider, apple cider vinegar and honey mead can be enjoyed at the AppleShack. Farm experience tours get you a back door look at the world of orcharding.  We are really proud of our ‘pick your own’ and other special event days on the farm that celebrate horticulture and apple wine (cider) making.

We have become a destination.

Darkes – Glenbernie Orchard.

The Roots of the Business

Today, DARKES Glenbernie Orchard is approximately 100 acres with 22,500 fruit trees planted.

    • Apples, peaches, nectarines and persimmons are grown.
    • Apple cider apples and heritage apples are grown for use in cider making.
    • Fresh fruit is sold from the ‘AppleShack’.
    • Apples and other fruit are also sold to wholesale customers.
    • Apples from our orchard are used in making ‘DARKES Cider’
    • Honey is harvested from within the farm and in the local area.
    • Honey is made into DARKES Honey Mead.

(Pictured is Ted, 2nd Generation. Picture by Peter Izzard Photography)

Darkes AppleShack.

The Retail Space.

We pride ourselves on our knowledge of our products and produce.

  • Taste fresh fruit, honey, ciders and apple cider vinegar in the Apple Shack year round
  • Pick Your Own Fruits in season
  • Arrange a picnic
  • Book a private/corporate event

We organise fun events to attend during the year

  • ‘Cider Sundays’
  • ‘Apple Pie Day’

Currently all events including Pick Your Own are on hold until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus. In the mean time, you can shop our delicious goodies online, and either pick them up directly from us, or have them delivered to your door!

Darkes Brewing.

Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic
Beverages.

Award winning clean, crisp alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

DARKES Brewing products are proudly produced using fruit from our 5th Generation Orchard. 

    • Taste test our apple cider and honey meads at the Apple Shack
    • Book a group tasting
    • Order online

Interested in stocking our apple cider or honeymead products for your business?

Know someone that needs to stock our products? Get in touch!

 

Darkes Events.

The perfect place for your next event.

Nestled in the Illawarra escarpment, Darkes Glenbernie Orchard is the perfect place to create a special atmosphere. An experience to be remembered. Our beautiful orchard offers amazing photo opportunities and a unique setting that is truly one of a kind.

Want to host your event within our beautiful orchard?

  • Weddings
  • Birthday parties
  • Bridal showers
  • Baby showers
  • Corporate events

Want to host your event within our beautiful orchard? Get in touch with us today, and we will work with you to develop a package that suits your needs!

Welcome to Darkes

A 5th Generation
Australian family farm

Come visit us.

Shop in the ‘AppleShack’, taste our apple ciders or chill at a DARKES event.

Create your own special memories at our family farm.

Our History

Edward Charles Fahey and his wife Ellen began farming at Darkes Glenbernie Orchard in 1939. Five generations later, our family are still growing apples and other fruits, selling them from our Appleshack farm shop.

Our award-winning apple cider, apple cider vinegar and honey mead can be enjoyed at the AppleShack. Farm experience tours get you a back door look at the world of orcharding.  We are really proud of our ‘pick your own’ and other special event days on the farm that celebrate horticulture and apple wine (cider) making.

We have become a destination.

The Roots of Our Business

Today, DARKES Glenbernie Orchard is approximately 100 acres with 22,500 fruit trees planted.

  • Apples, peaches, nectarines and persimmons are grown.
  • Apple cider apples and heritage apples are grown for use in cider making.
  • Fresh fruit is sold from the ‘AppleShack’.
  • Apples and other fruit are also sold to wholesale customers.
  • Apples from our orchard are used in making ‘DARKES Cider’
  • Honey is harvested from within the farm and in the local area.
  • Honey is made into DARKES Honey Mead.

(Pictured is Ted, 2nd Generation. Picture by Peter Izzard Photography)

The Retail Space

We pride ourselves on our knowledge of our products and produce.

  • Taste fresh fruit, honey, ciders and apple cider vinegar in the Apple Shack year round
  • Pick Your Own Fruits in season
  • Arrange a picnic
  • Book a private/corporate event

We organise fun events to attend during the year

  • ‘Cider Sundays’
  • ‘Apple Pie Day’

Currently all events including Pick Your Own are on hold until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus. In the mean time, you can shop our delicious goodies online, and either pick them up directly from us, or have them delivered to your door!

Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic
Beverages.

Award winning clean, crisp alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

DARKES Brewing products are proudly produced using fruit from our 5th Generation Orchard. 

    • Taste test our apple cider and honey meads at the Apple Shack
    • Book a group tasting
    • Order online

Interested in stocking our apple cider or honeymead products for your business?

Know someone that needs to stock our products? Get in touch!

 

Perfect for your next function.

Nestled in the Illawarra escarpment, Darkes Glenbernie Orchard is the perfect place to create a special atmosphere. An experience to be remembered. Our beautiful orchard offers amazing photo opportunities and a unique setting that is truly one of a kind.

  • Weddings
  • Birthday parties
  • Bridal shower
  • Baby shower
  • Corporate events

Want to host your event within our beautiful orchard? Get in touch with us today, and we will work with you to develop a package that suits your needs!

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