Every single day of the year we invite guests to join us for a morning animal feed walk. (8am in summer, 8.30am in winter, spring and autumn) This activity takes about 1- 1 1/2 hours each day and is every child's main highlight of their holiday. Join us as we meet and hand feed each and every animal on the property a selection of yummy fruit and vegetables. It is a great experience for the young and young at heart. Feeding the animals includes hand feeding kangaroos, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, guinea pig, pigs, ducks, ponies, goats, cows, donkeys, sheep, alpacas, our big horse and our bull.
What if you sleep in and miss the animal feeding? You're on holidays so it's good to sleep in but you can always go and visit the animals at any time of the day. Take your kitchen scraps with you and they will be very happy to see you. You can also bring your kitchen scraps along to the animal feed too.
Our daily animal feeding is not open to the general public and is solely for our guests. This ensures a more personalised animal feeding where all of the children can experience the animals.
There are two canoes located on the edge of the dam where guests can easily manoeuvre them into the water. Paddles and life jackets are easily accessible at the games room and the best thing... they're free to use. The canoes and equipment are well maintained. You are also welcome to bring your own child's safety vest if you have one.
The games room is great. It is set up like a communal lounge room with television, PlayStation and small selection of novels paired with a couple of sofas which make it a really comfortable place to just relax away from your cottage. It also has a foosball (table soccer) table and an air hockey table; that provides lasting hours of fun for the kids and a giggle for the adults. There is also a games cupboard with a selection of outdoor game items.
The dam is stocked regularly with Rainbow Trout and guests are welcome to try their luck fishing. It's just like fishing in the natural rivers…the Trout are not easy to catch, but they are in there! The biggest caught to date was a big fellow of 55cm long and 2.5kg. He was caught on a fly rod and was released back into the dam so he's still there for the next person to catch. Rods are available for guests to use for a small fee or you are welcome to use your own. Catch and release is encouraged and is free of charge, or for a small fee, you are most welcome to keep your fish and maybe cook it on the BBQ at your cottage. Yum!
Winter in the South West can be the perfect time to re-awaken your long-lost child at heart or take the time to relax and unwind with a good book and a nice bottle of local wine. If it's raining you won't have to feel guilty about spending all your time indoors. Lounge around eating good food, drink superb wine and enjoy good company, whether that be your own or that of friends and family.
Make it a TV-free night and pull out the board games.
Take a leisurely stroll to explore the 50 acre property and enjoy the scenery and the space. Walk through the gardens or follow the kangaroo trails through the Karri Forest.
Take a picnic lunch down to the gazebo or to the picnic table near the willow trees.
In Winter and Autumn build a fire in the firepit by the dam and roast marshmallows while you listen to the frogs. Take a torch with you and wander around the dam and see how many frogs you can spot.
Watch a DVD from the library, or enjoy some quiet time on your cottage patio with a good book.
Sit quietly, with or without camera, and spy on the abundant bird life. Depending on the time of year you will see Splendid Fairy Wrens, Red-winged Fairy Wrens, Western Rosellas, Parrots, Kookaburras, Black Cockatoos, Scarlet Robins, Black Swans nesting on the neighbour's dam, wild ducks, Spoonbills, plus lots more.
Take a 40 minute walk from your cottage through the beautiful Diamond State Forest to the Diamond Tree Lookout, one of the original fire lookouts in the South West. Climb the tree and take in the panoramic view. On your way home see if you can spot some Western Grey Kangaroos.
Once you have exhausted all options for things to do on the farm at Diamond Forest Farm Stay why not find out more about the local attractions on offer by checking out what to do in Manjimup or Pemberton. We are also close to Bridgetown, Walpole and Denmark for day outings.