What we grow / Fruit / Apricots

Apricots by Lowdina Orchard, Southern Tasmania. Photo: Andrew Wilson.

Tasmania’s cool climate and slow growing season is ideal for the production of juicy flavoursome apricots. Our climate offers the right number of chill hours for budding and subsequent flowering on trees.

Tasmania is a late season producer of apricots producing fruit from mid January through to the end of February. Tasmania contributes about 14% of the national production.

The farmgate value of the Tasmanian appricot sector is approximately $4 million. This production services the national and local market.

Tasmania also produces a range of other stone fruit including plums, peaches, nectarines and greengage plums.

Trade data

Main harvest season


Main harvest season

Main varieties

Moorpark, Travett and Tilton

Key markets

  • Local (yes)
  • Domestic (yes)
  • Export (no)

Total production volume of Tasmanian apricots 2020/21


Pest Free Area status

Being a remote island surrounded by water and aided by a robust biosecurity system, Tasmania remains free from many plant-related pests and diseases including Queensland fruit fly and Mediterranean fruit fly. This freedom means our produce can be exported with minimal, if any, phytosanitary treatment.

Major growing regions around the island

Apricots are grown predominantly in the Coal Valley region.

Major growing regions around the island for apricots.

“Our apricots are always sought after by our wholesalers, that’s because they ripen slowly and we pick them at the right time so they reach the consumer in optimal condition. Plus, we have a great eating variety that is big on flavour!”

Apricot grower, Coal Valley

Import pathways for apricots from Tasmania

Map showing Australia, New Zealand, and South East Asian countries

Tasmania’s relative pest free status offers trade opportunities for importing countries seeking access to Tasmanian grown produce.

This information is extracted from the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry’s Manual of Importing Country Requirements which is frequently updated. Please validate this information before proceeding further.

View these import pathways for all produce types.

  • Open without restriction

    • Hong Kong
    • Malaysia
    • Singapore

    The importing country has no phytosanitary restrictions for entry into the market.

  • Open with preferential conditions

    • Cambodia
    • China
    • European Union
    • India
    • Myanmar
    • Philippines
    • Thailand
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom

    Open to Tasmania, without requiring any phytosanitary treatment.

  • Open with conditions

    • Indonesia

    Open to Tasmania but requires some phytosanitary treatment.

  • No existing pathway

    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • United States
    • Vietnam

    No arrangements have been developed to make trade between the two countries possible, or trade is currently not allowed.

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