You really don't have to go far from Perth to experience country life - that's what I realised thanks to a recent trip to Toodyay, staying at a local farm stay with my husband and 12-month-old daughter.
For anyone not keen on the idea of a farm stay, I'd say- give it a go; it can actually be a really relaxing way to spend a couple of days and the kids will love it.
At The Limes Farm Stay and Orchard, you'll be reminded of the simple pleasures, like sipping your coffee looking out to views of rolling green farm land, big comfy beds and the taste of fresh fruit that you've picked yourself.
Now don't get me wrong, you have to pay luxury prices to get luxury and that coffee you will be sipping will likely be instant - but Limes chalets provide country comfort at a reasonable price.
Just 80 minutes after leaving our house in Perth, we drove up past the hundreds of citrus trees, pulled up at Sugargum Chalet and were welcomed by owners Phil and Jenny and shown our accommodation for the next couple of nights.
It was a pleasant surprise to find a wood heater in the main living area all set with newspaper, kindling and logs. All we had to do was light a match and the chalet was soon warm and cosy.
At times we could see out to a field with alpacas and llamas while sitting on the couch and another field with sheep in it from our bedroom window. What little kid wouldn't love that?
While Limes would also work for a couple's weekend getaway, or even a bigger group, seeing they also offer the Limetree Cottage which sleeps up to 10. Those coming with little kids will be happy to know Phil and Jenny have high chairs and even a few toys and books that the kids will enjoy.
The Limes is self catering, so you can stay on top of the budget, or dine out, making the most of the eateries in town which include two pubs that do counter meals and a bakery with plenty of sweet treats to choose from.
There is some play equipment for the kids to climb and play on, but remember you are on a farm and the kids might be more interested in playing on the rocky outcrops or balancing on the big logs around the place.
They will also likely enjoy watching the turkeys, chicken, ducks and geese wander about and might even be able to feed the miniature donkeys with Jenny.