A day on the farm cuddling cute animals, picking fruit and taking tractor rides is about as good as it gets for most kids. Within one hour drive of the Perth CBD there is a range of places to spend the day open on weekends and weekdays during the school holidays. Here are five of the best.
The Orchard in Chittering
Just an hours drive from Perth, The Orchard and its 10,000 citrus trees is a fun day out with the kids, with plenty of friendly farm animals, including Alfie the Alpaca, Molly and Millie the cows, Disco the pony and many others. The best way to enjoy the farm is to take an orchard tour on a tractor, which lasts about one hour. You are welcome to pick fruit right off the tree and any fruit you pick you can buy at a discounted price and take home! At this time of year, there are normally lots of oranges and mandarins to taste.
There is plenty to entertain the kids over the school holidays with scavenger hunts, a nature playground and a daily interactive show. Just make sure to arrive before midday to get seats to the show. The farm’s café, the Golden Grove, a homage to the farm’s old name, offers coffee, scones and ice cream. The café reopened in February this year and has made its mission to support local businesses in the Chittering region. The café also has picnics for you to enjoy among the trees or you’re welcome to bring your own.
The farm closes at 4pm so it’s ideal to arrive before 3pm or ideally much earlier so as to get to enjoy all that the farm has to offer. The cost of entry is $16 for children and $23 for adults. All tickets need to be purchased online as no tickets are sold onsite.
Toodyay Fairytale Farm
Fairytale Farm is an animal farm with a twist. Dotted throughout the cuddly farm animals you’ll find art displays inspired by classic fairy tales and nursery rhymes. Highlights include The Wizard of Oz and Rapunzel displays. For a dash of nostalgia, walk through the toy museum or enjoy a game of mini-golf or croquet on the Alice in Wonderland themed court. There are currently four baby goats at the farm, Little Bo Peep, Twinkle, Reuben and Robbie so hurry before they grow up! Other animals at the farm include calves, goats and lambs.
Children can enter for $9 and adults $12 and last entry is 3.15 pm, but it is recommended to spend two hours to get the most out of your trip. The farm is open every day during the school holidays and on the weekends during the school term. Visit in Spring as the farm is closed in Summer from December until March.
While there is no café on the farm, there are spaces for visitors to set up a picnic and refreshments are available for purchase at the gift shop. If you’re after somewhere for lunch, stop over in at Alicia’s Estate in Toodyay for a medieval-inspired honey mead and a range of traditional European meals. The kids will love the Cola Café with its 1950s décor and a large collection of Coke memorabilia.
Cohunu Koala Park
For an authentic Australian farm experience just a 40 minute driver from Perth, Cohunu is the only wildlife park in Western Australia where you can cuddle a koala. Bizarley, it also claims a number of famous visitors, including Colonel Sanders and KISS.
Established in 1982, the park started with just two koalas and now boasts 25. Apart from the koalas, you can get up and close with dingoes, kangaroos, emus and deer. For $6, you can take a ride on Cohunu Park Railway, which runs on weekends, public and school holidays. The Strand Byford Lakeside Restaurant and Café is a great place to stop for some lunch with beautiful views of the lake and a range of options from a big lunch to cake and coffee.
The park is open every day except for Christmas from 10 am to 4 pm with entry $5 for kids and $15 for adults.
Located in the Northern suburbs of Perth, Landsdale Farm has plenty of animals for you to enjoy. Take a tour of the farm, hop on a cart ride at the windmill or get up close with the animals during barn time. Make sure to meet Leo who despite being a miniature Hereford cow, weighs 700kg, and Greg, the friendly goat!
Landsdale’s mission is to act as more than a farm by supporting the community to learn about where their food comes from and how to be sustainable. The farmers also endeavour to create an environment of learning and discovery for people of all abilities as the whole farm is wheelchair accessible.
If you’re after a bite to eat, pop by Red Barn Café, open daily from 8.30am to 2.00pm.
Landsdale Farm is open seven days a week from 8.30am to 3.00pm.
Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm
Half an hour from Perth CBD, Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm provides the opportunity to experience the joy of getting ‘close and personal’ with lots of friendly farmyard animals. animal fun and more. A visit to the Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm provides children (and ‘grown-ups’ too) with the opportunity to experience the joy of getting ‘close and personal’ with lots of friendly farmyard animals.
Kids can also enjoy free merry-go-round rides, tractor-train rides and bouncy castles. There are shaded areas and barbeques around the farm perfect for a picnic whilst enjoying the delightful outdoor country atmosphere of the Swan Valley.
Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm is open 7 days a week from 9.30am – 4.00pm. Entry is $15 for kids and $20 for adults. The farm is suitable for all abilities as the pathway allows for pram and wheelchair access.