Lavendale Farm has plenty to do if you want to just relax close to “home”. The river is a very peaceful place to walk along. It is completely natural and the only paths are made by kangaroos. In places it is hard going, but finding a nice place to sit on the bank is worthwhile. It is a Wheatbelt river and may be dry in summer, but even then, it is wonderful just enjoying the peace and nature at its rawest.
Always wear boots when walking in the bush. The sandalwood plantation is great to wander through and the animals will always appreciate a scratch behind the ear or a brushing if you are used to horses. The children’s playground is a hit with the kids and parents can relax in the shade of a huge York Gum while watching the children.
All of our guests are invited to join us at Animal Feeding time in the late afternoon. Great fun for all the family. This is our only “formal” activity and can take up to an hour. You will meet all of the animals, hand feed some, chat to others. We get the children (and adults) as involved as possible. On weeknights, this might be a much simpler process, but there is always the opportunity to meet the animals. Most of our animals are undomesticated farm animals, but some are just here for loving.
At various time there are baby lambs, goats and calves, but not necessarily all year round. We also feed the turkeys, ducks and chickens at this time. There are other things that we do to look after our animals and our guests are welcome to help if they want, but we do not have other scheduled, formal activities.
Although we often get our ponies and donkeys out for a brushing by the children, we do not give pony rides.
HOWEVER we have neighbours who do! Contact Iron Horse Ranch, just 3km down the road. https://www.facebook.com/IronHorseRanchAu/ or phone 0481 714 775
Lavendale Farm is an ongoing project. We are always adding to our facilities and our animal family!
For a complete rundown on events in York head to http://visit.york.wa.gov.au/events/
And for The Avon Valley, visit Avon Vallery What’s On