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Open Days at Avondale Discovery Farm

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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer based in Perth, Western Australia, who enjoys writing about the things I love: travel, nature-based activities, the arts, spirituality and creative, fun activities for children.
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A Fascinating Glimpse Into WA's Agricultural Heritage
When was the last time you escaped to the country? The sights, smells and sounds of the countryside are music to the soul, especially in spring when the wildflowers are blooming and everything is green and lush. Fortunately, there are many terrific country destinations just a short drive from Perth, so escaping from the rat-race doesn't have to involve a long, expensive drive or costly overnight accommodation. One of Western Australia's most historic farms, Avondale Discovery Farm near Beverley is a terrific destination for a family day in the country especially on their open days, which are being held this year on the third weekend of each month - except during the hot summer months, December January and February, as this is bushfire season.

Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm
Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm


Situated just six kilometres from Beverley, a picturesque country town in the Avon Valley just an hour and a half's drive from Perth, Avondale Discovery Farm is a historic working farm that dates back to the very early days of the Swan River Colony, when it was part of land granted to Governor James Stirling and his Fremantle harbour master, Captain Mark Currie. Now managed by the National Trust of Western Australia, it's generally only open to the public on the above-mentioned open days, long weekends, or for pre-arranged group bookings.

Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm
Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm


Avondale Farm's open days provide plenty to see and do for people of all ages. History-lovers, especially, will relish the opportunity to leisurely amble through one of Western Australia's most significant heritage sites. Visitors can wander through the beautifully-restored old homestead and historic stables, as well as the machinery shed, where an impressive assortment of historic farm machinery is housed, ranging from the property's early years until the 1970s. Surrounded by the idyllic pastoral scenery of the Avon Valley, it's not hard to envision the triumphs and challenges of the farm's early residents, well over a century ago.

Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm
Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm


Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm
Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm


Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm
Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm


There is plenty for animal-lovers too, and children will especially love the chance to make friends with some of Avondale's resident creatures. Robbie and Comet, two majestic Clydesdale horses, are always very popular with visitors. Gentle giants, they're very friendly despite their size. There are also chickens, ducks, a tame emu, pet sheep and a sweet little pony.

Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm
Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm


In conclusion, if you want to enjoy a beautiful family day in the country, Avondale Discovery Farm is a terrific spot to head for. Offering history, friendly farm animals, great views and plenty of wonderful fresh air, you can easily spend an entire day exploring all there is to see and do in this lovely part of the world. If you want to enjoy a picnic, there's a great picnic area as well, with barbecues and other guest facilities. Better still, why not escape the city for an entire weekend? The local area provides plenty of accommodation options, including traditional hotel rooms, bed and breakfasts, farm stays and a caravan park. Take a look at Beverley's website for a complete listing.

Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm
Image courtesy of Monica Van Der Snoek, Avondale Farm


Avondale Discovery Farm is situated at 550 Waterhatch Road in Beverly. For the rest of 2015 it's open to the public on the third weekend of each month, public holidays and by appointment. Please note that the farm is closed to the public during December, January and February, as this time of year is the bushfire season. Entry to the museums is just $2.00, making it a very affordable day out. To find out more and to confirm open days, take a look at the Avon Valley website or call 0427 477 734.

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Why? Open days at Avondale Farm are loads of fun with plenty to see and do the the entire family.
Phone: 0427 477 734
Where: Avondale Discovery Farm, 550 Waterhatch Road, Beverly, Western Australia, 5009
Cost: $2.00 admission for the museum
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