Last Updated on May 22, 2020 by Travels with Kids
The Ferguson Farmstay is one of the most kid-friendly places we have ever stayed. With rose-filled gardens and roosters crowing, stunning views, and charming farm accommodation, this is the best farm stay Western Australia in our experience.
If you are a little doubtful if a farm stay is the style accommodation that will suit your family, we have included a handy guide to farm stays at the end of our Ferguson Valley Farmstay Review.
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What Makes Ferguson Farmstay So Special
There is a lot about the Ferguson Farmstay that we love; to start with it has to be one of the best Perth Farmstay options! (Well, as it is only 1.5 hours from the Perth Metropolitan area we are calling it a farmstay in Perth!).
If you have never heard of the Ferguson Valley, it is because it is one of Western Australia’s best-kept secrets. Discover all the things to do in our post, Ferguson Valley Western Australia With Kids. In short, it is lush, green, and filled with dairy cows and good country goodness. Also, the Ferguson Valley is the home to some great little wineries and a couple of pubs (all with great views) and of course Gnomesville.
Let’s talk about the Ferguson Farmstay itself – the location is gorgeous with stunning views across to the ocean, and Bunbury. Also, it offers the perfect combination of great accommodation and animal feeding, pony rides, tractor rides, trampoline, and playground.
Ferguson Valley Farmstay – The Cottages
With 11 gorgeous rammed earth chalets, nestled on a steep hill, you feel secluded with views of the rolling hills, views of the lights of the city of Bunbury.
At night, make sure you go outside and look up to enjoy the expansive star-studded sky. Or sip a hot drink on your private veranda.
The chalets are made of rammed earth and feel just like home, with comfortable beds, though you do need to do bring your own linens. My children especially loved the farm cats that seemed at ease around the chalets and would sun themselves on our front veranda in the morning.
The kitchen had a large fridge freezer, microwave, and a large modern gas oven and cooktop. There was plenty of sharp knife and utensils too. Each chalet has fully equipped kitchens including a dishwasher and fridge. As you are far from restaurants, self-catering or a BBQ outdoors is a must (and good for the budget). Click here to see the latest prices to stay at Ferguson Farmstay.
Ferguson Valley Farm Stay Activities
One of the reasons we’ve ranked this one of the best farm stays southwest WA is that the daily farm activities are awesome, and included in the nightly room rate at the Ferguson Farmstay. Starting at 8:30 am each day there are emus, kangaroos, goats, ducks, chickens, pigs, and rabbits all looking for their breakfast. Kids get plenty of chances to feed them!
This is followed by a short miniature pony ride, where kids ride shortest to tallest. The ride is sure to get a grin from smaller kids (though our 8-year-old was a bit big). Then everybody is off for the highlight of the morning, with a tractor ride. We all pile into a trailer and ride through the picturesque farm to feed bread to the cows!
The Ferguson Farmstay is a polished Perth farmstay experience. It provides enough of the country to feel you’ve gotten out and experienced the countryside, but at the same time is not too challenging so you are uncomfortable!
In addition to the animal feeding, there is a playground, goldfish pond, trampolines, and even the cutest little cubby house.
Ferguson Farmstay Reviews
During our stay, the 10 chalets were fully booked. About half of the guests were there for their second visit: they said, quite simply, “our first 2-day stay was not enough”. These families chose to come back for 3-5 day stay periods a second time, because they loved it so much the first time around and agreed wholeheartedly this was the best farmstay near Perth.
A couple of families said that they felt Ferguson Farmstay was a better value for their money than other farm stays near Perth or in the South West of Western Australia. The others had longer minimum stay periods and premium pricing for peak periods like school holidays. On the other hand, they rated the Ferguson Farmstay because it is a short drive from Perth. Others mentioned they liked it as it was pretty clean so gumboots are not essential, and best of all there are lots of animals to feed! For others, it’s the best farmstay in Perth/the Perth region because of the wide range of farm activities on offer, like canoeing in the dams.
Ferguson Farmstay – Tips From Other Families
- Bring your own food scraps from home so you can feed the animals when you arrive.
- Rubber boots are handy, but not essential.
- Need to bring your own linen.
- The winter months in southwest Western Australia can be quite wet and rainy. A couple of return visitors mentioned that they had spent lovely days around a crackling wood fire playing board games with their children. In addition, there are DVDs, rackets, and balls available to borrow at any time too.
Ferguson Valley Farm Stay For Non-Guests
If you are not a guest at the Ferguson Farmstay you can still arrive and participate in the farm activities each morning (for a price).
Other Perth Farmstay Options
Below these other Perth Farm stay are highly recommended and if you find the Ferguson Farmstay is booked out, give one of them a try. These Farmstays near Perth are all just 1.5 hours’ drive from the Metropolitan area and will give you a chance to unwind for the weekend. Don’t forget that Ferguson Farmstay still offers all its farm activities to non-guests (for a fee) so you should make sure you allow time in your itinerary!
A long time favorite located in the same area as the Ferguson Farmstay these are great bush cabins. Evedon Park Bush Retreat has lakeside, self-contained cabins, and apartments. A great place that can accommodate groups of all sizes. Click here to check the current rates for Evedon Park Bush Retreat.
Quite literally in the middle of the forest, these are quaint old mill cottages that look rustic, and charming. We stopped here and had a coffee in the cozy restaurant & café and the kids admired the kangaroos. Their cottages are fully refurbished and sleep up to 8 guests. Click here to check the current rates for Wellington Forest Cottages.
The Sanctuary Golf Resort is more of a traditional accommodation. They offer studio suites to two-bedroom apartments, an onsite restaurant, and a beautiful outdoor pool area. Click here to check the current rates for the Sanctuary Golf Resort.
Why Choose A Farm Holiday
It’s natural that if you spend your life in a city then you may be hesitant about what a Farmstay will offer. Farmstay accommodation can be of a different style than a standard hotel, and is, by nature outdoors or on a farm.
We think that a farm stay holiday is great for children aged about 3 and above. In short, older toddlers that will hold your hand and also obey warnings like “Don’t touch”.
A stay on an Australian farm is something that every visitor to Australia should put on their ‘must-do’ list. What a truly iconic Australian experience that should be on your bucket list! For Aussie kids, a farm stay is also a wonderful opportunity as they have space to run, and experience nature in a safe way. Another term to google is “Working farm holiday”.
Additionally, a farm holiday stay experience allows children to learn about where their food comes from – especially if they get to participate in milking or egg collecting, which are both popular experiences on many farm stays. They also get to touch and interact with animals which are a must-do for all children, especially in helping them overcome fear.
Some Things To Know About Farm Stays
1. There are lots of animals.
It’s a farm, there are animals. They pooh and that can be part of the experience. Go prepared, knowing that some of the smells and animals might be a challenge!
2. There is often lots of mud and dirt.
Many farm stays are working farms, which means there is mud around, especially after it has rained. You might get very muddy feet or dirty clothes. Don’t wear your best clothes and not white shoes. Anyways, it is an adventure, do dress down when you are on the farm!
3. Many farm stays are isolated.
By isolated we mean quite far from a city – in the middle of nowhere – there are only farms and trees around. This is because that is where farms are.
4. Farm life and city life and standards are different, by nature.
Some farm stays can be quite rustic. Sometimes farmers have decided to diversify their working farm, others are professionals who have experience in tourism. A lot of farm stays we have visited are quite rustic and old, which means that they will not be the same level of luxury or facilities you would have in a hotel.
6. You will probably need to self-cater.
As most farm stays are quite remote, they mostly offer self-catering options, which means that you need to go with food and prepared to cook for yourself. Some people find these country-style barbeques with their families a wonderful bonding opportunity.
7. Make sure there are farm animals.
Occasionally ‘farm stays’ do not actually have any animals. They may be more natural retreats away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Check this out when booking.
The Verdict – Ferguson Farm Stay
We can confidently say that the WHOLE family will enjoy their time at the Ferguson Farmstay, especially the kids! We were told by other guests that they return time and again to the Ferguson Valley Farmstay as they love it so much. If you are unsure whether a Farm Stay experience is right for you, we have included some considerations for you. Do you know any other fantastic farm stays in South West Western Australia – please drop us a line in the comments?
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