Visit Watercress Creek Olives and Limes

A picturesque olive grove at Pine Mountain, a few minutes from the Ipswich CBD, with a farmgate shop.
20 Dec 2017
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer
Watercress Creek Olives & Limes
Ipswich has a steady supply of fresh olives, olive oils and limes thanks to Pine Mountain’s Watercress Creek Farm.


Watercress Creek Olives and LImes, Ipswich.

Lorraine and Bernie Mahon at Watercress Creek Olives & Limes have a dedicated farmgate shop on their farm. Once a year in April, they host a country festival with live music, stalls, wine and cheese.


Watercress Creek Olives and Limes
Visitors can browse shelves lined with infused oils, vinegars, tapenades and jams. All are made on site next to the olive grove and lime orchard.

Specialties include a ‘bruschetta spread’ and whole dried figs – grown on the farm – preserved in a rich aged balsamic. The figs also go into a luscious sweet jam.

Watercress Creek Olives and Limes
“This used to be a dairy and small crops farm,” says Bernie, a fourth-generation farmer on the mountain.

“It was originally 240 acres but farming wasn’t really profitable in the 1960s and 70s so the property was divided up among the family and my parents got this place.

“It’s only 14 acres so it wasn’t big enough for anything else so I put in some olive trees.

“It turned out to be a lot of hard work – there are a lot of olive groves in Queensland that don’t produce well because of our climate, although our manzanilla and the arbequina do very well,” he said.

Watercress Creek also produces kalamata, jumbo kalamata and frantoio olives. The lime orchard continues to produce more every year as the orchard matures and more tree are added.


Watercress Creek Olives and Limes

The Mahons have created garden settings around their shop and have added a coffee machine and cafe menu. The Watercress Creek Olives & Limes shop is open on weekends.

And don’t forget to circle April on the calendar – that’s when the annual Watercress Creek Olive Festival will be held. With live music, stalls and picnicking among the fruiting trees.


Watercress Creek Olives and Limes
Pine Mountain, home to myriad birds and flora, including century-old hoop pines, is a scenic 15-minute drive from the Ipswich CBD.

The 2018 festival runs from 9am-3pm on Sunday April 8 at the farm, 53 Bryces Rd, Pine Mountain. Admission is $5 per person or $10 per car.

For more information check the website or the Facebook page.


Watercress Creek Olives and Limes farmgate
Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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