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Family fun at the Wonky Windmill Farm, Western Australia.

Not a Ballerina visits the Wonky Windmill Farm near Busselton, Western Australia for some fun for all ages.

Feeding and patting friendly farm animals is meant to be something kids like, but I have to confess that even we adults thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the Wonky Windmill Farm and Eco Park in the recent school holidays.

Fun for all ages!

School holiday time for Perth people or visitors to WA often means heading “down south” and basing yourself in Busselton, Margaret River or Dunsborough. With wineries and breweries galore, you need to make some strategic deals with the kids - behave at this winery while we eat lunch and we’ll take you to the animal farm after! But it was absolutely no hardship to try out the Wonky Windmill Farm because it’s run beautifully and has features for all ages to enjoy.

“With wineries and breweries galore, you need to make some strategic deals with the kids - behave at this winery while we eat lunch and we’ll take you to the animal farm after!”

For a start, the staff at the Wonky Windmill are friendly and welcoming, and your entrance fee includes a good-sized bag of carrots and scraps to feed the animals. You’ll start out near the babies - when we were there, we saw three lambs who were less than a month old - and kids will be given the chance to bottle-feed one of the sheep if it’s feeding time, and will be taken into the shed to meet and hold guinea pigs and rabbits, too.

From there, you do a lap of the farm. It’s a decent walk but still not too far for littler legs. The large paddocks hold a variety of farm and local animals, with sheep, goats, cows, llamas, alpacas, kangaroos, pigs, horses and more all vying for your attention and using their best manners to get something from your paper bag of snacks. Except a deer, who just grabbed the whole bag out of my hands! Watch out for him. There are also emus and even an ostrich but they aren’t quite so friendly.

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After the animals are fed, it’s your turn. The cafe at the Wonky Windmill has great simple meals, and they make use of their own homemade products, like special chutneys in the toasted sandwiches. Kids’ meals are really generous and my son was thrilled to get an iced pig biscuit included.

There’s also a BBQ if you bring your own. The outside area is huge, with some great tables and chairs under cover for the adults to sit and eat while the kids play in a big sandpit, cubby houses and with other toys scattered across the lawn. For an outing that was really meant to keep my son happy, it turned into one that my friend and I also really enjoyed, and I even remember it daily when I spread my special Wonky Windmill plum jam on my toast at breakfast.

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Amanda Kendle is a born and bred Perth girl who loves to hang around with her rubbish-truck-loving five-year-old son. Amanda has lived and worked abroad in Asia and Europe and has been blogging about her travels at home and abroad for almost a decade at Not A Ballerina.

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