Perth and Child
Landsdale Farm School
New schools in new cities take some time getting used to even if they are only half days, and so I promised my little girl an adventure at the end of her busy week. The weather held, and so on another sunny (winter? Ha!) afternoon we put some Aloe Blacc on the stereo (need a dollar anyone?) and headed north to Landsdale Farm School for some cute furry animals and gnome hunting.
Set over 4 hectares the farm has an array of mostly un-penned friendly animals which amble, gambol, galavant, sprawl, snooze and poo throughout the grounds. Yes, poo. Lots of it! (If you’re hygiene phobic then put your kids in shoes that can be hosed down later). The animals were very tolerant of my four year old’s affections and mostly let her pat and coo at them but watch out for Naughty Norma the goat, she likes to be the centre of attention!
Spring was definitely in the air with lambs and kids wandering (or snoozing) on the lawns throughout the farm, with some still in utero - I'm guessing twins or triplets (fluid retention??)! That poor Mama-goat-to-be couldn’t manage more than ten paces without needing a lie down (ah the joys of pregnancy).
There were also plenty of oh-so-cute baby bunnies (and sleeping mums) dotted around in pens
(‘Pleeeeeeeease can we have one?’; ‘Are you going to look after it?’; ‘Well, you could help me…’; ‘No’):
After we’d trailed around after the kids and lambs, and visited the sheep, goats, donkeys, ponies, alpacas, pig, rabbits, geese, ducks, chickens, turkeys and cows we headed to the unexpectedly gourmet Haystack Café for a quick afternoon tea pitstop (next time we’ll treat ourselves to lunch!) before continuing on to the herb gardens and Gnome hunt.
The farm closes at 3pm and we’d had such a great time exploring it that we ran out of time to visit the sun-safe playground, but we will definitely be back again soon.
The nitty gritty: The Landsdale Farm School is at 80 Landsdale Road, Darch 6065. It is designed to be fully wheelchair accessible across the whole site. It’s $5 entry per person, and even though there is a lovely café, there are also BBQs on site and you can bring your own food to enjoy in the beautiful surrounds. Farmer Sandra is great with the kids – if you see her say hello!