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It's always great to find an escape that offers something out of the ordinary and at Dayboro Cottages and Llama Walks, you'll find a couple of things that make this destination a little different to others.
Firstly, have you ever taken a leisurely stroll with a llama? That's what guests can do here. For $35 you can get up close and personal with a llama, lead it on a very picturesque walk through some of the 85 acres on this property and get acquainted with these gorgeous members of the camel family. At the end of the walk afternoon tea will be waiting for you in the garden, back at the cottages. Llamas are placid creatures and interact well with humans - they are herbivores so a handful of green grass is all the enticement they need to come close. From an environmental viewpoint, they are kind to the earth, having gel-like pads under their feet which means minimal impact on the ground as they walk. And did you know that llamas have only two toes on each foot? You never know what interesting facts you'll learn on this walk and the views are to die for! Don't forget to pack your camera. You're also advised to take along a water bottle, wear sunscreen, a hat, closed in shoes or hiking boots, and long pants or jeans. Please be aware that the llama walks require a minimum of 6 people to go ahead.
The second interesting thing at Dayboro Cottages and Llama Walks is the pizza yurt. Guests are welcome to use the yurt - take your own ingredients or for a reasonable cost, you can buy a pizza making kit from reception. For a small refundable deposit you can use a utensil and baking kit which is also available from reception. Why not experiment and try something new - don't forget to take a photo of your pizza creation to show off when you get home!
This really is a delightful place to take a break from the real world. Each cottage has a BBQ on it's deck, which has stunning views over the Dayboro Valley and llama paddocks. Inside your cottage you'll find a cosy lounge area, a dining setting for two and a king size bed with beautiful linen and feather doonas and pillows. There's also a hidden laundry, should you be escaping to the country for a longer stay.
In town you'll find and IGA where you can pick up your grocery items if necessary. The butcher and bakery are sure to take care of your "meat and treat" requirements.
There's so much to see and do in the Dayboro area so call in to Dayboro Cottage in Williams Street, home to the Dayboro Hisotrical Society and the Tourist Information Service. The volunteers here will be able to provide you with brochures, maps, and information to help you make the most of your visit to this beautiful historic town. Make sure to pick up the "Historical Town Walk" brochure and also the "Out and About" information sheet.
My top 10 picks in this area are: the Dayboro Antique Shed, the Crown Hotel, Rendezvous Book Cafe, Dayboro Butcher (Home to the Famous Sausage Man), the Dayboro Art Gallery, the Dayboro Bakery, Ocean View Winery, The Pitstop Cafe, The Gantry day use area, and Damongah Lookout Park. Be sure to check opening days and times on the "Out and About" information sheet, as not all of the above are open 7 days a week.
It's good to know that when your escape comes to an end, an easy 45 minute drive will have you back to the real world in Brisbane.