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Margaret River Roadtrip: Dolphins & A Farmstay

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Following a wonderful three nights in Fremantle, we set South for the Margaret River region.  Instead of racing through the three hour drive, I decided to book a night at the Ferguson Farmstay, which is just under two hours from Fremantle.

A friend had told me there wasn’t masses to do enroute, particularly as the beaches get more beautiful the further south you drive. She did recommend a pitstop at the Miami Bakehouse in Falcon which has the most delicious selection of cakes and pies.

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We then continued on to Bunbury where the fabulous Mum On The Move travel blogger had recommended we stop at the stylish Vat 2 for lunch.  Not only was the food delicious but there’s also a playground in front of the restaurant.

Our main reason for breaking up the journey in Bunbury was to visit the Dolphin Discovery Centre. It all started in the  ’60s when a local resident began feeding dolphins from the jetty.  The tradition continued and to this day there’s a small group of dolphins that regularly visit the ‘Interaction Zone’. They do warn you that the best time to see dolphins is the first thing in the morning and sadly we saw none! However, the Centre itself is a fun way to spend an hour with a discovery pool, aquariums, lawn area and playground.

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After our we’d had our fill of the playground at the Dolphin Discovery Centre (shame about the dolphins), we did a spot of food shopping at the Bunbury Centre which has amongst others, a Coles and Target.

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We then headed southwest to the Ferguson Valley with its beautiful rolling hills, green pastures and bush.  Our home for the night was the magnificent Ferguson Farmstay, chosen so that my girls could break out of city slicker mode and enjoy a morning on the farm.  The 45 acre farm is run by Rosa and has 10 chalets available.  

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I booked Chalet 1 which has 2 bedrooms (one has bunk beds), bathroom, kitchen and living area.  The Chalet was extremely clean with indoor and outdoor dining furniture.  There is a restaurant onsite but it’s only opened at weekends so make sure you bring your own food with you.

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Ferguson Farmstay is a magical place with so much to entertain the kiddies from a trampoline and playground to feeding the koi in the pond and a very friendly farm cat.  

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Guests are invited to join arm activities, a 1.5 hour program which includes feeding animals, a pony ride and a tractor ride  

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The program starts at 8.30am each day and my kids absolutely loved it, especially feeding the cows from the tractor.  I would have loved to stay longer at the Ferguson Farmstay and explore the area a bit more but we were running short on time.

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For more on our Margaret River Roadtrip:

Tips for Planning a Perth/Margaret River Roadtrip

Getting to Perth from Hong Kong

Perth/Fremantle with kids

 

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