Perth 2013 – Harvey Hills Farmstay

We had a short stay at Harvey Hills Farm Stay, located in the little town of, well, Harvey.

 

We were exploring various options, but what got me totally sold, was the spectacular view of the Harvey Hills and Dam that this farm had. The second great thing was that it was a comfortable 90 minute drive from Perth City.
This was the view from our kitchen window!
 

The town is the home of Harvey Fresh Milk, Harvey Beef, Harvey Cheese and Harvey Orange Juice! We visited a few of these farms but that’s another post for another day…

The girls enjoyed feeding the rather timid rabbits
There were two peacocks strutting magnificently on the grounds too, looking very royal.

Chucks – or egg-laying chickens, a really old rooster, a guinea fowl, ducks of various breeds… we had fun feeding them. The sharp pecks of beaks on hand, the drill-like throb of a rubbery duck beak… Spot the two cockatoos perched somewhere in the photo, and a peek of the peacock too!

Collecting eggs
Ours to keep!

We promptly fried the eggs for breakfast, heh.  And truly fresh they were.

Alpacas are native to South America but are increasingly being farmed in Australia for wool and… meat. Gulp.


The sheep came slowly as the farmers called, to eat carrots from our hands.
Next, the farmers whistled to the horses and they came finally came galloping near. The farmers know the sheep, horses, alpacas all by name!
The kids had great fun on this one as we rumbled along… A great way to experience the vast expanse of the farm’s green fields.

We stayed in a chalet that was fully self-contained, which meant that it had a stove, pots, pans, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery and even alumininum foil (for BBQ if you so wished to use the grill on the patio). The furnishings were simple but comfortable. There was even a small sofa and flat screen tv.

I really appreciated the fact that they had a thick rack of books, including children’s books by Australian author Mem Fox!

One of the best things about this farmstay’s location is that it feels totally remote, but is actually only 7 mins drive to Harvey’s town centre with all its conveniences.

We actually had problems finding it initially, because it was actually a 5 km drive off the road that its address states.  The long winding drive into the farm is scenic in itself, as if we have passed through the looking glass, and entered another world.

In our time there, we felt tucked away far from the madding crowd, in this little rustic farm-stay, seemingly nestled in the middle of nowhere.

Farewell! We are sad to be leaving…

  6 comments for “Perth 2013 – Harvey Hills Farmstay

  1. September 29, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    That view is awesome indeed! I also wanna go. 😀

    • July 24, 2014 at 7:19 am

      You should! It’s very relaxing and peaceful.

  2. July 24, 2014 at 4:18 am

    Hi, chanced upon this informative article / blog. I m intending to self drive when visit Perth in Nov for a week. Could you please share with me your itinerary? Thanks!

    • July 24, 2014 at 7:20 am

      Hi, would like to email you back on this but can’t find your email address from the comment or the blogger link. Can email lilbluebottle@gmail.com?

  3. July 24, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Hi, is there any activities provided by the owner during your stay?

    • July 24, 2014 at 7:21 am

      There’s animal feeding in the mornings and a tractor ride. That’s about it. 🙂

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