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Skydancers Garden Gift & Cafe - Butterfly House

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My days are spent fishing the Campaspe River without bait. Cleaning fish is too much work. The rest of the family run our Bed and Breakfast at Axedale. Check it out here: www.rivergardensaxedale.com
Published May 5th 2017
Don't let it put its tongue in your mouth
ASQ Skydancers Garden Gift & Cafe is on the outskirts of Harcourt. Around 25 minutes drive from Bendigo and about 10 minutes from Castlemaine.

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Butterfly at Skydancers Harcourt near Castlemaine


Full disclosure: I am not an animal lover. Unless I can eat them or bet on them, I'm not really interested in them. That being said, I have a wife and two teenage daughters who are animal lovers. It should therefore be no surprise that I regularly get dragged along to numerous zoos and fauna parks against my will.

Animals love me. I think they sense that I can't stand them. If a mad cat sees me it wants to rub up against me. Then there was the incident with the German Shepherd - I was sitting on an old couch minding my own business when this dog came from nowhere charging at me. I opened my mouth to yell at it and that's when it happened. As I opened my mouth to yell, the dog jumped at me and stuck its tongue right in my mouth. It was just horrible. How was I to know I was sitting on the dog's couch?

When I was informed that the family were all going to Skydancers for the morning my first question was; 'What's that?' I was told it was a 'butterfly house'. 'Okay. They don't have any German Shepherds or cats there do they?' was my next question. 'Don't be stupid' was the response. 'It has been 36 years since that dog stuck its tongue in your mouth. Get over it.' Admittedly the dog is probably long dead by now but the incident did traumatise me.

Entry to Skydancer's butterfly house is free. That was a pleasant surprise.

We spent 30 minutes or more watching, photographing and enjoying the three or four different varieties of butterflies. They are in a temperate enclosure - meaning it is open to the elements except for a shade cloth cover. Butterflies need a temperature of over 21 degrees to become active. For that reason, the display has no butterflies from June to September.

The butterfly house is part of the ASQ plant nursery. There is a very large plant section which should keep most avid gardeners happy.

There is also a very nice restaurant and small gift shop on site. The meals were very nice. Probably at their maximum limit cost-wise in my opinion. Interestingly, the restaurant opens at 7:30 weekday mornings for breakfasts. The surroundings and decor are certainly nice enough to entice business breakfasts as well as tradies. Weekends they open at 9:00 am.

As it turned out it was a very nice morning. Not being attacked by swarms of butterflies was a bonus in my book.

I wonder where the family will force me to go next?
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Why? It's free. You just gotta love that.
When: Monday to Friday: 7:30am-5:00pm Weekends: 9:00am-5:00pm
Phone: 03 5474 3800
Where: Corner Blackjack Rd & Midland Hwy, Harcourt, Victoria
Cost: Free if you don't buy plants or food.
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