We recently stayed two nights at the very peaceful and beautiful Bluehills Farmstay located in Harvey. Harvey is just a leisurely hour and a half drive from Perth so you are not spending lots of time on the car on a long drive with little ones. The farm is located on Weir Road just a short drive from Harvey town centre and attractions like the Harvey Dam and Stirling Gardens.
The farm has three ram earthed chalets that are a good distance apart allowing privacy between chalets. The chalet we had slept 6, a queen size in the main bedroom and two sets of bunks in the other room. The chalet was clean and spacious although there was no storage space in the bedrooms. We found it very comfortable and contained everything we needed during our stay. On arrival, there was a bag of carrots just inside the door to feed the animals.
The farm had a central pool, bbq, and play area between the chalets. The play equipment included a trampoline, swings and a cubby house. This area was a hit with our 3.5yr old daughter. On our first night, there was another little boy of a similar age staying and the two of them enjoyed playing on the trampoline and swings together.
The pool had amazing views and although only small and not very deep was perfect for our daughter. There was decking on one side which was the shallow end and had nice wide steps to enter. The deepest part is 1m and is a gradual increase in depth. My 3.5 yr old daughter was able to stand in a good portion of the pool. The pool is fenced with a Magna lock gate.
The gazebo had a large table with bench chairs and allowed plenty of shade. The gas bbq is located close to the gazebo and is set up with an old tractor seat, making for comfy cooking. Although we didn’t bbq during this stay the set up looked good.
There is an area for a campfire, weather permitting. This activity is usually organised by Farmer Justin but unfortunately, we didn’t get to experience this.
The main attraction of the farm stay is the animals. Bluehills has horses, a pig, alpaca, cows, sheep, chickens and rabbits. There are three small horses in the paddock on the walk to the rabbit hutch. These were very friendly and loved their carrots.
The rabbit hutch was another hit and our daughter spent much of her time in here, holding and petting the bunnies and feeding them grass and carrots.
The chickens just wandered around all day and would go to the stable area to lay eggs. Each morning we found eggs for breakfast which was really nice.
In the morning Farmer Justin would come help you collect eggs, milk the cow, feed the pig and give pony rides on one of the small horse. Our daughter loved these activities and loved participating in everything. She especially loved the pony rides each morning.
While you are staying there you are welcome to wander around the paddocks and explore. There is a circular bushwalk which sounded lovely but we didn’t do as we couldn’t get our daughter away from the rabbits or the pool. There is also some rocky outcrops and an old tractor that making interesting exploring.
We found there is very little open in Harvey in the evenings so had fish and chips one night and cooked in the chalet another. Except for a quick trip to town for hayfever tablets, we didn’t even leave the farm on the full day we had there. Between the morning feeding and pony rides with the farmer, visiting the bunnies, feeding carrots to the other animals and having a swim there was no need to.
My husband and I found the farm stay to be very relaxing and our daughter absolutely loved it, we will definitely be going again.
410 Weir Road, Harvey
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