Farmstay in Perth at Margaret River
We are a family of four generation who lives together under the same roof. Many find this absurd and almost impossible in today’s context but we are living together, very happily! Even when we travel, we travel in a team! This time round, we are heading to Perth for a five-day-four-night farm stay journey! This is our first time doing a farm stay and I am as excited as my kids are!
The flight to Perth was a breeze! Sonia and Arnold had been to Australia multiple times and already knew what to expect. It was nothing new or foreign to them (so no drama), nonetheless, they were anticipating the plane ride!
DO NOT BRING YOUR SAMSUNG NOTE 7 ONBOARD
You might want to know this – DO NOT BRING YOUR SAMSUNG NOTE 7 ONBOARD. I brought mine to the airport and was told to either get someone to bring it home for me or keep it in the airport till I return from my trip. NO Note 7 goes on the plane, whether it’s in your hand-carry baggage or check-in baggage. So I had to leave it with the airport personnel and got my Dad to pick it up for me the same morning.
I guess it was blessing in disguise. No phone means giving my family 100% attention. It was nice to go on digital detoxification every once in a while. No Whatsapp, no Facebook, no Instagram, no nothing. And surprisingly, I didn’t feel handicap without it!
FARM STAY IN PERTH AT MARGARET RIVER
Our first destination was to the Margaret River Hideaway! It is located at 22 Osmington Road, 6285 Margaret River, Australia, some three hours drive from the airport to the farm house, and it’s only 5km (NE) of Margaret River township. The nearest supermarket is mere 6 minutes drive from the farm. We patronise Coles daily because of the kids…
On a lovely 58-acre property, the Margaret River Hideaway & Farmstay has comfortable country-style accommodations in a rural setting. Upon arrival, they provide us with a free starter breakfast pack which includes fresh bread, cereal, milk and juices. Very considerate, no?
There were a total of only 8 farm stay cottages, not many.
So if you intend to stay at the Margaret River Hideaway & Farmstay, book early. We booked about four months in advance! Anyway, if you would like to know, we stayed at cottage number 7. Every cottage interior looked slightly different. I was’t sure about the rest but cottage 7 was very spacious (three-bedroom cottage) with a sizeable kitchen and two bathrooms. Perfect for a big family like ours!
There are three types of cottages:
(Click here for more information on room types and their facilities)
Each of the cottages and studios has a covered verandah, outdoor setting and gas-fired BBQ where you can cook your favourite food while enjoying the outdoors. All units have enclosed front yards!
Every morning, we were greeted by farm animals, all lined on the plain of green field just before our cottage. There were hens, sheep, little lambs, cows, alpacas, and peacocks!
They sure know which cottage to go to because every day, without fail, we feed them with fresh white bread from Coles! I guess, that was luxury to the farm animals. They had corn and grass all day! A little twist in their menu was much appreciated!
For the kids, the highlight of everyday at the farm was animal feeding and we feed them daily with lots and lots of bread! Both Sonia and Arnold wanted to feed the animals but were intimidated by them.
So, on our first two days there, we had to carry them most of the time! It got better on the third and forth day!
Sonia and Arnold were intimidated by these friendly animals because they were mostly larger than them, and it didn’t help that they all come together in groups, all vying for the same slice of bread on their hands. So we started off with the chickens. Hub lured some hens to our cottage so the kids could get started with the less intimidating animals.
Soon, bigger animals such as the emu and sheep came. Hub tried to lure the bigger animals in our yard and locked them in for a bit while the kids feed the hens outside the cottage but more and more came, and our yard was full. Not very clever, uh!
So later, hub did the opposite.
He kept the kids in the yard and lured the animals from wherever they are to outside the yard so Sonia and Arnold could feed them bread from inside the yard and not get overwhelmed by the animals. I thought that was an awesome idea! Unfortunately, peahens do know how to fly and they made their way in, so I had to be the bird chaser while the kids fed the animals. That was so much fun (not the bird chasing part)!
Even Ah Mah joined in too!
Just look at how happy she was!
While the kids fed the farm animals, I had to chase the peahens away! We locked them out of our yard but they can fly, right! Honestly, I didn’t know peahens or peacocks fly until now! See, learning never stop, no matter how old you are.
That’s me chasing peahens in ah mah’s slippers! Gee…
While feeding the different animals, we taught the kids about them! For example, what they eat, what you call their young, their characteristics and whatever we knew about the animals. Sonia’s favourite animal was the baby lamb (mine too). The little lamb was only 2 weeks young. And Arnold’s favourite was the little dog (also hub’s favourite).
Now I kinda feel that the lamb was intimidated by my kids!
Initially, she was so afraid of him but after a while, she wanted to take him home.
Here’s hub’s favourite animal in the farm! Arnold’s too!
The most charming animal on ground was the peacock!
Look at how he tried attracting the peahens. Unfortunately, the peahens weren’t very impressed with the peacock. He failed to gain their attention but he didn’t give up. He tried again and again. And when the peahens ignored him, he tried attracting the sheep. That totally cracked us up!
Besides animal feeding, the kids also learned about hens and how they lay their eggs. Do you know that hens lay an egg every 26 hours? On average, each hen lay about 265 eggs a year! Most hens have two productive years of egg laying and taper off as they age. Therefore, the average hen will lay about 530 eggs throughout her lifetime.
The kids got to being home fresh eggs from the farm and Arnold was so eager to show his to 爷爷 and 奶奶!
The next morning, I chanced upon the farmer and he gave me six fresh eggs for breakfast!!! Super awesome!
My favourite part of the entire twelve-day trip in Perth was the farm stay! While we didn’t get to milk the cows, I got to feed them! And the alpacas too! Don’t forget the sheep… baa baa baa~
These bulls were really picky! They only liked the thin kind of hays and rejected the thicker ones.
I liked almost everything about the farm stay except doing the laundry. It would be much more convenient if we had a washing machine and a dryer in the cottage! Still, I was thankful there was a laundry room, else I would have to hand wash all the clothes!
Just next to the reception office is the laundry room. There is only one washing machine and one dryer, so you will have to wait for your turn. Each wash/dry is about 45 minutes and it cost AUD 3. From where we are staying (cottage 7), is a 5 minutes walk to the laundry room.
We went Coles to buy detergent and softener; but if you are not particular about the type of detergent used, they do provide free laundry powder.
Don’t worry about not having small change. You can always change one dollar coins at the reception.
Our stay at the farm was awesome but of course we didn’t stay in the farm all five days that we were there! There were other places at Margaret River worth exploring too! More coming in my next post. Stay tune!!