The other day I packed some snack and drinks to a bag and headed to Swan Valley. It felt like a short trip, although it’s just 30mins drive from my house. I took Roe Hwy to get there, and the road was awful – lots of trucks and bumpy road which was under construction – not a great path to take for a trip :p
The destination of the trip was Cuddly Animal Farm which is just off West Swan road, but we stopped at the chocolate factory as it’s on the way to the farm anyway.
At the chocolate factory there’re many people inside – queueing to get some free-tasting chocolate! Everyone thinks the same… but I was surprised to see the queue being so long. They just stood there with a piece of tissue paper in their hands, waiting to grab a handful of free treat. I did the same…
The Margaret Chocolate Factory now has a shop in Perth City as well. (info → http://www.chocolatefactory.com.au/)
After the attraction we headed to the farm. The weather wasn’t great but luckily not raining. We paid at the entrance, and went inside a shed filled with ducklings, rabbits, guinea pigs, and little baby pigs. You can feed them (except bottle-fed animals such as pigs) and the food (cabbage and bread) was free to take as many times as you want. I grabbed a bucket of cabbage and bread, and went inside a cage of rabbits. But I had to get out the cage soon because Hiro was very scared of them . He gets excited to see animals and seems to like them, but he is afraid of them when they get closer.
We walked around the farm. Saw a pony, donkeys, alpaca, horses, sheep, lambs, ducks, etc etc. After awhile Hiro began to be ok with them being close to him, and started to touch donkeys and rabbits. And he loved feeding rabbits – kept giving leaves of cabbage. It was nice to see him doing it. I felt it was very much worth to come here. He looked like a brave boy!
The farm opens 7 days a week, except Christmas Day & Boxing Day. They do travel-farm service as well, and I’m thinking about it for his 2nd birthday party. There is a farm B&B next door (owned by the same owner, I think) and if you stay there you get unlimited access to the farm.
Swan Valley Cuddly Animal Farm
128 John St, Henley Brook WA
0424 209 730