Taking the kids to a Farm Stay has been on my bucket list for a long time however finances and other pressing bills, car repairs, electricity (don't get me started on the cost of that one) and other general living expenses have all been a priority. The stars aligned for the July school holidays to stay on the hobby farm for 2 nights and 2 days and we had the best time. I had to pop up to the shop about an hour before we had to leave and I got into the car and the battery was completely dead. RACQ and $209 later we are able to leave. I was so thankful I needed to go to the shop earlier rather than at 12.30 pm when we were ready to leave only to discover the car wouldn't start.
We stayed at Blackwattle Farm B&B at Beerwah in the Rain Forest Cabin. This is a small hobby farm of about 20 acres run by Emma and her husband Mark and they have a cute little 7 month old son called Jasper. Currently they have 2 sorts of B&B accommodation one for couples which is part of the main house and the other one is the Rain Forest Cabin at the bottom of the hill where we stayed. Breakfast is provided in the way of cereals, bread, local Maleny Milk, honey from their farm and home made jam and a bowl of fruit. They have a fridge and microwave inside and a BBQ outside for your use. The cabin is beautiful and modern with a country feel and modern bathroom. There is one bedroom with two single beds and in the living area a king size bed. There is plenty of room on the couch to read a book and relax and even though we took some board games with us there were games provided in the cabin. There was also an outdoor fire pit which the kids loved getting the fire going to toast some marshmallows.
Feeding time for the animals is at 4pm so that's when you meet the animals, get to know their names and feed them. Some of the animals are small Dexter cows, pigs, miniature goats, ducks, alpacas, small horses to name a few. While we were there the pig was expected to give birth however it didn't happen while we were there but we were hoping.
They have a large organic veggie garden which you can help yourself to and the views over the Glasshouse Mountains up where the animals live is breath taking. Our cabin was down the bottom of the hill near the rain forest and we loved hearing the sounds of the whip bird and other nature calls. This is the sound of the whip bird.
This pig was due to give birth any day.
Feeding the other pigs.
The Glasshouse Mountains makes a stunning backdrop to our latest family photo.
I think it won't be too long before they are both taller than me and I'm 165 cm (5'5).
This is the front paddock where some cows and the bull lives.
Some of the farm animals in the front paddock.
Two of the alpacas on the farm.
The kids got to ring this triangle and make a lot of noise at 4pm to tell the animals it was dinner time.
James holding one of the new additions to the farm a baby miniature goat which had a twin brother.
Sienna is holding the other baby twin goat.
Beautiful afternoon light at the end of the day after feeding the animals.
Toasting marshmallows over the fire.