What we grow / Fruit / Blackberries

Blackberries in punnets by Westerway Raspberry Farm, Southern Tasmania. Photo: Andrew Wilson.

Tasmania has some of the best growing conditions for blackberries anywhere in the world.

The cool temperate climate of Tasmania is beneficial for growing rubus fruit such as blackberries and raspberries. The cooler conditions favour better quality fruit with good colour and a longer shelf life.

Tasmania is the largest producer of rubus in Australia, and is home to a number of large berry growing operations as well as a range of smaller family operations.

The total value of the Tasmanian rubus production is some $67 million, supplying about 30% of the volume of fresh rubus fruit in the domestic market.

Trade data

Main harvest season


Main harvest season

Main varieties

Elvira and Victoria

Key markets

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

Estimated total production volume of Tasmanian blackberries 2020/21


Estimated value of Tasmanian blackberry production (AUD)


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

Tasmanian blackberries are grown in the Central North West, Tamar Valley, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands Derwent Valley and Huon Valley regions.

Major growing regions around the island for blackberries.

“I believe the Tasmanian berry industry has a lot going for it with its long growing season, fantastic genetics, and great reputation for quality food.”

Berry grower, Northern Midlands

Import pathways for blackberries 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
    • Japan
    • Myanmar
    • United Arab Emirates
    • United Kingdom

    Open to Tasmania, without requiring any phytosanitary treatment.

  • No existing pathway

    • China
    • European Union
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Philippines
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • Thailand
    • 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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