The Big Bouquet is a quiet little farm settled in the foothills of the Yarra Valley ranges. Here you will encounter a unique experience of a beautiful gerbera flower farm and alpaca breeding grounds. This is a great day trip destination for everyone to enjoy, a great escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Upon arriving, you will be greeted by the playful yet timid alpacas that roam about. You will be amazed to find out that there are more than 100 alpacas on the farm. Alpacas are native to South America and there are two main types; the Huacaya and the Suri. On the farm, they are bred for their warm, fluffy fleeces which are then used to make pillows, quilts and even knitwear.
Alpacas are generally friendly animals but they do tend to spit at each other to show displeasure, fear or dominance, so beware!
The tour includes admission into the gerbera glasshouse that covers an area of 12,000 square metres and holds more than 62,000 plants. There is an amazing variety of gerberas that you can find here.
After exploring the gerbera farm, you can visit the café and shop, fully stocked with products made of alpaca fleece – beanies, scarves, socks, coats, jumpers, yarn, blankets, ornaments and more. Admission to the farm includes a complimentary cup of coffee or tea and be sure to enjoy the other delicious treats from the kitchen.
Alpaca ornament made of alpaca fleece
Alternatively you can bring a prepared picnic over and use the facilities just located next to the café. There is also a small children's playground for the little ones.