Picture Perfect Christmas Trees: Sydney’s Tree Farms
The charm of the Christmas tree is undeniable and there is no quenching the joy that these prickly wonders ignite in us each December. The great news, the coveted triangular-shaped trees are no longer difficult to find, with growers throughout Sydney putting in the hard yards in the months leading up to December.
While many Christmas tree farms sit comfortably along the city’s fringe, online ordering and delivery services make the process a breeze regardless of your schedule. To help you out a little, we’ve compiled our top picks for buying, erecting and caring for your tree.
Christmas Tree Man
Based in the Southern Highlands, the ‘Paddy’s River’ property has been growing Christmas trees for over 30 years. Available through an online ordering system, trees cost between $135 and $210 depending on the size with delivery included.
TIP: Keep your tree away from sources of heat including lamps, televisions and sunlit windows as these tend to speed up the process of evaporation causing the needles to wilt from moisture loss.
Paddy’s River, Wingello
Triple A Christmas Trees
Located in Luddenham, in Sydney’s western suburbs, Triple A has thousands of trees for you to peruse and reserve in the months leading up to Christmas. The wrapping service is also a huge plus – both for protection while in transit and to contain the needles from getting into every crevice in your car.
TIP:Securing the tree to your car roof is simple and tidy. Lay the tree stump-forward on the car roof and fasten from the trunk to the roof racks with ratchet straps.
2215 The Northern Road, Luddenham
Merlino’s Christmas Trees
Pine trees grown on farms in Oberon NSW are cut and delivered to a warehouse in Five Dock, in Sydney’s inner west. Choose a real cut Christmas trees or a live potted Christmas trees that will last well beyond Christmas day – be it a Monterey Pine, White Spruce or a Blue Star.
TIP:When putting Christmas lights up, cut the hook of a wire coat hanger and duct-tape the hook to the top of a 3-foot PVC pipe. With the hook directed up, you can easily lift the lights to the highest tree branches.
260 Great North Road, Wareemba
Tomalong Christmas Tree Farm
A cut-your-own Christmas tree farm, this lovely family run farm in the heart of Kenthurst is a charming place to visit in the lead up to Christmas. With paddocks brimming with green pines and a flat rate of $70 per tree, pay the Thomas family a visit and select your perfect tree.
TIP:If you plan on standing your tree on a carpeted floor, make sure to lay some plastic beneath the bucket to avoid any sap or water stains forming.
‘Tomalong’ 96 Pitt Town Road, Kenthurst
Top Shape Live Christmas Trees
Just down the road from Triple A, are the impressively angular trees at Top Shape. You have the option to choose and cut your own tree or pick one already cut. They look after all their visitors here with refreshing drinks and tree wrapping on offer. Set the kids loose in the tree paddocks to choose the perfect pine.
TIP: Once the Christmas period is over and you’re ready to part with your tree, most councils will collect Christmas trees for mulching and compost.
2450 The Northern Road, Luddenham
Willy’s Christmas Tree Farm
Located in Sydney’s northwest, Willy’s Christmas Tree Farm boasts around 20,000 trees growing at any one time. Starting from $50, you can choose and cut-your-own Christmas tree or select from the pre-cut trees. They recommend investing in a sturdy tree stand that allows water to freely flow into the base of the tree.
TIP:When choosing a tree to cut down, make sure to look out for brown or brittle needles. This is an indication of an unhealthy tree and it may not last the distance.
281 Windsor Road, Vineyard
Dural Christmas Tree Farm
The Dural Christmas Tree Farm have mastered the perfectly shaped tree, and for lovers of a white Christmas, the farm offers a snow flocking service – a non-toxic spray that gives your tree a snow-laden effect. The Hills District farm has reservation, online ordering and delivery services. The farm also organises three pop-ups during December at Carriageworks Farmers’ Market.
TIP:Saw 2cm off the trunk of your tree immediately prior to placing it in its bucket will help with water absorption for fresh, lush needles throughout December.
879 Old Northern Road, Dural