Heading off for a Farm stay is one of the most fun activities for the family! Being brought up in a cosmopolitan city, our kids do not get a chance to enjoy much of nature of the countryside. Going for a Farm Stay in Perth Australia is one of the MUST DO things, when you travel to Australia. Daddy has NOT done a farm stay himself, and he can safely tell you, that he enjoyed the whole experience! 🙂
Lucieville Farm Chalets was our destinations for this segment of our trip to Perth. Located near Bridgetown, which is 270km South of Perth (about 3 hours drive), Lucieville Farm Chalets is a family farm that has been in business for a long time. My wife was there when she was in Primary School, and her parents have similar fond memories of the farm. As a testament of the farm experience, many of the customers are Lucieville are recurring customers. We are therefore NOT alone, in singing their praises! 🙂
Arriving at Lucieville farm in the late afternoon, we were surprised by the size of the whole establishment. Occupying about 25 football fields, the farm is huge for Singapore standards. If you are not used to opening and closing gates, it’s time to get on the program, when you step onto a farm. To protect the farm life, there are quite a few gates to close, when one moves from point A to point B. However, that is also part of the fun of being on a real farm! 🙂
Farm life will always be fun if you have great hosts! Thankfully, we did! 🙂 Lucieville is now run by the kids, and we enjoyed our time with Lyndon and Kristy. Besides being accommodating, they are familiar with Singaporean tourists , and more than able to understand the needs of an Asian family. So, thumbs up to our great hosts!
To start off our review, lets check out the holiday chalets that we stayed in. There were a total of 7 of us on this trip (4 Adults, 3 kids), and Lucievillle put us in a 2 storey unit, which had…Yes! 7 beds for the whole family. There was a Queen sized bed on the first floor, another queen bed in the Master bedroom, plus 3 single beds upstairs. Together with a sitting room, a dining table and a fully equipped kitchen, our family was adequately comfortable in our new home.
As we visited the farm during a low season, the farm’s central kitchen was closed. We were therefore prepared to maximize the kitchen, and whip up our own home cooked meals for the whole family. The nearby town, which is about 15 minutes away, has a supermarket, where one can pick up adequate supplies, before entering the farm! 🙂
Together with a big porch where families can sit down and enjoy family meals, we found the accommodations comfortable and totally adequate for the whole clan.
After settling in, we were ready for our orientation around the farm. As the normal farm vehicle was in the workshop, we had our ride around the farm in a utility vehicle. This was a first time for the kids, as they got to travel at the back, sitting on bales of hay. You can tell that the kids totally enjoyed the experience! 🙂
Just to give readers a general layout of the farm; the chalets are separated from the farm area. All the chalets, whether single or double storey, are built around a small lake. Together with a small playground and canoes for one to go out on, the farm offers families lots of places to explore, and space for many family activities.
As we arrived on the farm in the evening, our orientation around the farm allowed us some interaction time with the animals, as well as time for some fruit picking. Check out the animals that we met on our orientation run! 🙂 I can safely tell you, that this is the first time, that my kids, are meeting these animals up close!
Besides the sheep, goats, horses and lamas that we met along the way, a big highlight on Day 1 was Chloe!
Chloe is a wild kangaroo, that hangs out at the farm. This female kangaroo is Super friendly, and had no problems with kids and adults petting and feeding her. Being a mother, we were even allowed to peek into her “pocket”, and catch the little joey feeding on her milk. This was a totally AMAZING experience for the whole family 🙂
Fruit picking was next! Walking into the flowering season for pears, the family was in for a treat! Standing on the back of our ute, we were driven to the fruit trees, and we were able to pluck pears off the tree. Nathan loves his pears, and the smiles were just bursting out of him, as he plucked his own pear, and sank his teeth into the juicy fruit. Frankly, this was also a first time experience for the most of the adults, and we totally loved the experience! 🙂
And of course, the best thing about staying on the farm, is the luxury of enjoying nature. Check out the beautiful sunset, that we experienced as our day drew to a close 🙂
We will be covering more about the farm activities covered in our next post. We had to experience horse back riding, milking a cow, and even got close up to a bee colony that produce their own Honey.
Do click to find out more about Lucieville Farm, or visit the Lucieville Farm Facebook Page.
(Disclaimer: Ed Unloaded was sponsored by Lucieville Farm for this post.)