Ever heard of Frances? Nope me neither. Up until our visit to Frances Strawberries I assumed Frances was just a guy I went to school with. Turns out it is a lovely little town right smack on the Victorian border between Naracoorte and Bordertown. We popped into Frances on our way home, only a small detour and totally worth it!
A family run strawberry farm was our destination and what a treat it was. The first thing we noticed was how busy it was! For a town that seemed like you would barely see a soul, the car park was full and the café was full of people. The mixture of SA and Victorian car regos made us realise that people were coming from far and wide so this place must be good.
We met with Sam who runs the farm with her husband Adam and their 3 young boys. She showed us around their café, which is open Friday to Sunday all year round (except during July) and as a brunch lover, I can say the poached egg with smashed avo, bacon and halloumi was top quality. In fact as I sit here I can’t think of too many better and I eat a lot of poached egg brunches. The coffee was right up there with the best of our trip too so that won’t disappoint.
While I was gorging myself on a gourmet breakfast, the kids went the breakfast of champions option, brightly coloured milkshakes. Check out the photos and no doubt your kids will go that option too. You can pick your own strawberries from the patch (which is raised, making it very handy for tall middle aged dudes with bad lower backs) from November to June or you can buy a number of strawberry treats from inside the café.
A lovely grassed area out the front of café and the working farm surroundings (including cows. Everyone loves patting a cow) were great to explore after having our breakfast.
The best part of a family road trip is exploring places you normally wouldn’t go. This is exactly that kind of place. Just a bit of a detour and you will find hidden gems like this. It is also fair to say that my box of strawberries were gone by the time I had reached Bordertown on the way home. Delicious.
Find Frances Strawberries at
27 Racecourse Road Frances
Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Visit their website at
Frances Strawberries is a great stop if you’re considering a trip to the area. For more great tips in the Limestone Coast, be sure to check out our Limestone Coast for Kids post for heaps of other cool tips: https://kidsinadelaide.com.au/limestone-coast-for-kids/