Wonky Windmill Farm is located in Yelverton in the South West – about a 20 min drive from Busselton or 25 min from Margaret River.
Upon entrance to the farm there is a very large lawn area with shaded picnic benches and an array of activities to keep the kids busy. There is pole tennis, a cricket set, and a very large sandpit full of buckets, spades, and other toys. There are also two large cubby houses set up with tables and chairs.
Next to the cubby house are some cockatoos. At the back of the lawn area is the main entrance house which is the gateway to the farm section. This is where you pay your entry fee and order food. You can also buy fly nets and they will give you some sun cream if you have forgotten your own.
If you want to order some food, there is an undercover shed with four large tables which look out over the lawn area. The website states that there is also a BBQ for use however I didn’t spot this whilst we were there.
Upon entry to the farm you will receive a bag of feed for the animals. There is a large enclosure where you can feed the rabbits and guinea pigs. You need to carefully supervise your children as you have to ensure they are seated the entire time so as not to risk a misplaced foot upon one of the little furry friends.
There is also an enclosure with some lambs. If you come at the right time you may get an opportunity to feed the lambs some milk in a bottle but given they can only eat so much in a day then this will only be an opportunity enjoyed by a few (sadly not us on the day).
From here there is a path that circles around the property. There are approximately 12 paddocks with different animals to meet upon the way. Inhabitants include cows, horses, sheet, goats, llamas, kangaroos, pigs, and chickens. There are signs along the way with some interesting facts about the animals which you can share with the kids.
Be sure to wear a hat if going on a hot day as there is no shade along the walk and if going in summer the property can be a bit dusty and grass is sparse.
The walk around takes approximately 30-45 minutes depending on how long you stop to feed the animals. I would suggest that you buy some extra feed at the entry as you can easily run out half way through. Most of the animals are very happy to take your feed and are quite gentle with the kids (with the exception of possibly the llamas which can spit). You will also have to watch your kids along one stretch of paddock as there is an electric fence.
The Staff are lovely and happy to help out and make you feel very welcome. In the main house they have tastings available of local jams and chutneys. They also have some toys for sale. The food from the café was reasonably priced and tasty.
The kids had a ball playing in the cubby houses and sandpit after a spot of lunch. This is where they spent most of their time (especially with other kids there to make friends with) given they were done with their interaction with the animals in 30 minutes, so if you are coming just for the animal feeding then you will probably have a quick visit. If you are just doing this then you may feel it is an expensive trip for what you get so it is well worth it to bring a picnic or purchase some food from the café and enjoy the shade of the lawn area and activities for the kids.
Wonky Windmill Farm & Eco Park is located at 218 Yelverton North Road. It is open daily 10am – 4pm. For more information visit www.wonkywindmillfarm.com.au