Ferguson Farmstay is the ideal accommodation choice for families with a love for animals. We stayed here in a large group with family members of all ages. It was heart warming to see the kids smiles around the animals.
Ferguson Valley is 30 minutes from Bunbury in Western Australia’s South West. It’s a 2-hour drive south of Perth so makes a perfect travel destination for a long weekend.
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Ferguson Farmstay Grounds and Farm
Ferguson Valley Farmstay is family-owned and has been operating since 1994. There is a function center on site which is very popular for weddings. The 500-seat amphitheater has views over farmland and all the way to the Bunbury coastline.
The grounds are stunning with lots of grassed areas and over 1,000 roses. It’s nice just to take a walk around the farm and take some photos.
Ferguson Farmstay Facilities
There are many things to keep your family occupied at this farm stay including:
- farm activities
- basketball court
- tennis court
- large playground
Ferguson Farmstay Chalets
Their 11 chalets have a rustic charm to them, most likely due to the rammed earth. They are all self-contained and far enough away from each other for privacy. All of them have a scenic view over the farm and beyond.
Each chalet has:
- veranda with table and chairs
- gas barbeque
- stove and grill oven
- fridge freezer
- TV and DVD player
- reverse cycle air conditioner
- wood fire (wood can be purchased)
- separate bathroom with shower over bath
- free parking
Linen and towels are not included but can be hired when booking. Linen is A$10 per single and A$20 per queen bed. We took it all with us instead (we find sleeping bags the easiest option).
The chalets always include pillow protectors, duvets, blankets, and a hand towel. Two tea towels, one chux cloth, and a sponge are also provided.
The town of Dardanup is about 12km away and has a General Store and bakery. Otherwise, Bunbury is about 22km away and has lots of big supermarkets.
Ferguson Farmstay Activities
You have to stay 2 nights or more to have the farm activities included in the price. If staying 1 night, you can still take part but at a cost of A$15 per person.
The fun starts every morning around 8.30 with the feeding of the animals. We got to feed goats, sheep, emu, a pig, kangaroo, rabbits, ducks and hens.
After this, the pony is brought out and the smaller kids queue for a pony ride. It is only a short one so they get through all the children pretty quickly.
Then it’s time for the tractor ride down to the paddock to feed the cows. Adults are welcome on this too and it’s funny to see the cows running alongside the tractor waiting for their food.
It all lasts somewhere between an hour to an hour and a half depending on the number of people.
If you have any kitchen scraps from your chalet, ensure you bring them with you. The animals will love you for it.
Tips for your stay at Ferguson Valley Farmstay
- Bring old clothes for the children so they don’t have to worry about getting dirty
- A pair of Gumboots (Wellington boots) will be handy in wet weather
- Take any kitchen scraps from home to feed the animals
- As mentioned above, bring your own linen or sleeping bag
- The chalets have wood fires so bring your own wood or purchase some from the farm
- Being a farm, there is open water, so always keep an eye on children
- Even though the formal feeding is during the morning, you can feed them at any time
Our Thoughts on Ferguson Farmstay
We stayed as part of a family weekend and occupied most of the chalets. Our chalet was number 10 and was large enough for two families. It was clean and had everything we needed. We brought food with us for a barbecue so we didn’t have to go out looking for a supermarket.
It felt homely with the fire going and enjoyed an early morning coffee with views over the paddocks.
There weren’t as many farm animals as Diamond Forest Farmstay in Pemberton and we enjoyed the feeding there better. However, the accommodation was bigger here and more suited to larger families.
Bookings can be made directly on the Ferguson Valley Farmstay site.
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