Freelance writer, mum of two who loves living in sunny Perth.
Published June 12th 2012
Landsdale Farm is a real budget friendly find for families. Entry is only $5 a person (under 2's free), and you'll find enough activities to spend a full morning at the farm, and also stay around for lunch.
Based out in Landsdale, the farm is open 7 days a week from 9am - 3pm and aims to 'provide an educational rural environment for people to view plants and animals and gain an appreciation of living things.' I think the farm achieves on all these fronts with its young visitors being particularly enamoured by the laid back style of the farm and the fact they can wander at will and parents can relax too.
On the animal front you can view ducks, chicken, geese, turkeys, rabbits, cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, pigs and alpacas. Many of the animals are free roaming, with the sheep and donkeys in particular being very friendly. In addition to the animal life, you can take a wander around the vast orchards, herb and vegetable gardens and the latter certainly provides the hobby gardener with inspiration to 'grow their own' at home.
For an extra $1 a person you can jump on board the tractor rides, which take you on a quick journey around the farm and around all the animal enclosures.
When you're done on the farm based activities, another winning feature for the kids and parents alike is the under cover playground. This playground is built on a sandpit, so perfect for letting little people explore to their hearts content without worrying unduly about trips and falls.
For the slightly older, and curious kids there's a wonderful gnome trail you can participate in (map and guide available from the cafe) where you can spend a good hour or so finding the whereabouts of a colourful bunch of gnome people. In keeping with the theme there is a wonderful gnome school (play hut) that the little kids seem to adore.
Facilities The farm is on the whole, pram and wheel chair friendly (including the toilets). Plenty of hand wash stations but you might want to take your own sanitiser (if you are so inclined). There are plenty of picnic spots in addition to a number of picnic tables and benches. Many families favour taking a packed lunch with them, however, we decided to frequent the cafe and the food was unexpectedly good. We'd opted for a roast beef sandwich and a chicken and avocado salad wrap and both were really yummy. The kids menu is lacking in inspiration so if you don't want the standard chicken nuggets or fish nuggets and chips then maybe pack something of your own choosing.
Overall, this is a fantastic family outing and at $5 a person this is some where you can go back to without hurting your wallet.