It’s been a good week plus since my mid semester break, but because we did a significant amount of stuff during that short span of time I thought it would be really good to document everything! That, plus the fact that I only have like what, three weeks left in Perth? It’s crazy! So…cue short post update!
About two weeks ago, we rented a car and headed to Swan Valley.
I’ve been to Swan Valley twice before – once with my parents and once with friends – but it’s always amazing to head to someplace out of the city and enjoy greener pastures (which really aren’t that far away!). Because Nigel was in town too, I wanted to bring him to a farm of sorts since you can get up close and personal to the animals! Swan Valley itself is a touristy place filled with lots of wineries, restaurants, and so on, but it’s really not that expensive to visit, and everything’s really beautiful.
The farm that we visited, Cuddly Animal Farm, was the same farm we brought Jonathan to when he came to Perth around the same time last year, and we all had a really good time! Brought Deanna, Yingsui and Grace along this time since they didn’t join us on the last trip.
Didn’t take a lot of pictures at the place (we didn’t even know that the DSLR wasn’t charged), but even though it’s not that big compared to other farms (that’s what I would assume), I think it’s fairly affordable for WA standards at AUD$13 per person. If I’m not wrong, if you go in a group of 5, it’s AUD$12. But psst, we overheard a group of visitors coming in at the last half hour, and I think they paid only AUD$6!
The moment you step into the farm, there’s a really adorable petting animal zone where you can play with guinea pigs, rabbits, chicks, ducklings, and even a baby lamb!! There’s also an outdoor pen where baby lambs are kept, and there are feeding times where you can bottle feed one. Too cute!
Here’s Ms Dimmick giving it a go. 😀
The farm also allows you to feed some of the animals (there’s a certain zone you can’t bring the feeding bucket out of), which is something I guess all kids love to do? There were so many running around and throwing bread at the livestock. But what I really love about the place is that it’s really super unlike the zoo back home! I mean, how often do you get to let yourself into almost every single animal pen you like right?
In fact, we were kinda hesitant about entering the pen above with buffalos and goats with really sharp horns (plus the one in the picture above? That little guy was literally pawing his way through the underwire of the fence. I’m sure he can escape soon if he digs hard enough), but then this guy who worked on the farm encouraged us to – AND BOY DO I NOT REGRET IT.
I swear, this one is just all ^^ ^^ ^^ ^^ ^^ at me. Also, Nigel’s hover hand HAHAHA.
But seriously – JUST LOOK AT HOW AFFECTIONATE THEY ALL ARE. Till now I’m not even sure if they were just really interested in chewing our clothes or they really love being petted. They literally just rub their heads against you – very much like how cats do!
Dee and I also tried talking to a couple of horses but they weren’t particularly interested in us. 😦
She did manage to bond with a buffalo though.
And Nigel had an awkward shot with a horse.
Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm
128 John Street,
HENLEY BROOK WA 6055
(We found a really good and affordable car rental place called Myaree Car Rental! Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking to hire a car in WA. We paid around A$288 for five days.)