LILLY PILLY COTTAGE offers a Swan Valley/Perth Hills family fun-filled farm-stay experience on an organic vineyard & farm. It's only a short distance from the Swan Valley, Caversham Wildlife Park, the Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary and Lake Leschenaultia. Lilly Pilly Cottage is on 100 acres of tall timbers, pastures and a quaint vineyard, all near the small village of Gidgegannup.
Gidgegannup is in the Perth Hills of Western Australia - it's close to the city but far enough to be country - only 50min from Perth central and 40min from the Perth International Airport. An excellent opportunity for children to get back to basics having a wholesome and safe farm-stay experience. They can help hand-feed the friendly farm pets. A great opportunity for parents to come and relax and enjoy the bush tranquillity. Do as much or as little as you like. Ideal for a family or a couple's retreat.
This secluded homely cottage is tucked into tall timbers and is all yours for your stay. It offers a fully equipped kitchen/dining, three bedrooms, one bathroom/toilet plus a reading/play room off the main lounge room with games, puzzles and books. We provided all linen and towels, so all you need to bring is your food.
In the winter bring your wellies and marshmallows and toast them on the outdoor campfire check with farmer Ray for fire restrictions. Or, you can take a hike in the nearby Berry Reserve, which has a seasonal winter and spring waterfall. Also, you can visit Noble Falls where the children can enjoy the playground, have a BBQ or just enjoy a gourmet pub lunch at the Noble Falls Tavern or the Parkerville Tavern. Recently opened is the Noble Falls Estate Wild Goose Cafe`offering gourmet breakfast 9-11 on a Sunday morning. On a blustery day just enjoy a cosy log fire indoors chopped wood provided.
Lilly Pilly Cottage is air-conditioned for those hot summer days, enjoy the balmy evenings outdoors and barbeque on the patio overlooking the Australian bush. Bring your torch and at night spot the possums, other nocturnals or just take a stroll and look for a kangaroo. Bring your bathers and go for a short drive to beautiful Lake Leschenaultia, there you can spend the day and canoe, swim, picnic or barbeque in the shaded grassed areas overlooking the vast lake.
Find peace, tranquillity and relaxation while you watch your family have fun and visit some of the most well-kept secrets in the Perth Hills.
Gidgegannup is between the Swan & Avon Valleys - a pleasant 50-minute scenic drive from Perth for your West Australian farm holiday experience.
Lilly Pilly Cottage extends a warm welcome to children having activities which delight them, like the feeding of the friendly farm animals. The farm environment allows an opportunity for children to bond with the farm pets and interact with nature. Farm-stays suit all ages and people.
You can assist farmer Ray to feed the ponies Blue and Baci and our miniature Shetland Amy. Amy loves to be brushed and is a lovable, very huggable, 'My Little Pony' look alike. Hand-feed Lilly our friendly alpaca. Also, hand-feed the chooks and collect the fresh organic, farm eggs for your next breakfast. The sheep with their lambs in season come up for a visit, and you can help farmer Ray hand-feed them too. Meet Betsy, our pet Jersey cow. You can see the goat, Snowy, in the paddock right near your cottage, feed Snow your leftover apple-core, but she loves bread better.
In February or March is when our Shiraz grapes are hand-picked and crushed for the new vintage. After the grapes are picked, we celebrate the harvest by enjoying a smorgasbord of food and a taste of last year's vintage.Ask Ray for a taste of the latest vintage and a tour of the winery.
All this, on a quiet 1100-acre property.
Local Attractions & Facilities
Gidgegannup Village - 5 minutes away - offers an excellent bakery/cafe`.There's also a fast- food outlet fish-n-chips, pizza and hamburgers plus a liquor store. Visit Experience Gidgegannup website for more tourist information.
Berry Reserve - 1000 acres of native bush, with a brook and seasonal waterfall - it's ideal for picnics & bush walks, just 5 minutes away on Reen Road. In August and September, the wildflowers put on a spectacular display.
Noble Falls - picnic or BBQ provided free of charge, a playground plus a seasonal water-fall - 10min east on Toodyay Road. There is also a Tavern across from the Falls that's open seven days from 11 am till late. It offers gourmet pub food for lunch or dinner from the 2 Fat Chefs, or you can just pop in for a refreshment or a coffee and just enjoy the excellent views from the Verandah.
Noble Falls Estate's Wild Goose Cafe` offers everyday lunch till 4pm, including dinners on the weekend. This recently opened estate offers wine tasting and the Old Soap Factory sells crafts and gifts.
Mundaring Village -15 minutes away - has two large supermarkets and various cafe`s and restaurants. Visit the Mundaring Visitor's Centre online for more information.
Lake Leschenaultia - 20 minutes away in Chidlow - is a huge lake with grassed, shaded areas for picnics or a BBQ provided free of charge and white sand beach entries on both sides of the lake. It has a playground as well as a biking and hiking trail around the lake. Canoe hire and a cafe` are open in summer on weekends, public and school holidays.You can view a map of Lake Leschenaultia on the Mundaring WA website.
Swan Valley - 15 minutes west - hosts a large variety of vineyards, wineries, cafe`s and restaurants. Visit the Swan Valley Visitors Centre online for more information.
Caversham Wildlife Park, a popular tourist destination - 20 minutes away in the Swan Valley - where you hand-feed the kangaroos, have a photo taken with the koalas and close-up encounters with other Australian native animals. Bring a picnic, stay the whole day and enjoy the hands-on experience and the shows which are included in your admission fee.
Other "hot" family tourist destinations - about 50min away by car:
-Outback Splash at the Maze on Neaves Road in Bullsbrook, offering nine mazes, mini-golf and water slides for children.
-Hillary's Boat Harbour, one of the most visited tourist destination in Western Australia. The harbour offers shopping, cafe`s, a Marine Discovery Centre with whale watching cruises bookings essential, plus, The Great Escape fun park with mini-golf, rock-climbing, waterslides and more.
Summer or Winter there's always something to see or do nearby. We know you will have a fabulous,fun-filled family farm-stay experience.
We look forward to meeting you.