When I was a kid, I hated the bloody country. I was all like, eww nature and crap; where’s the damn TV! God… I was an idiot.
Now that I’m older (and hopefully a lot wiser) I have grown to love the Victorian countryside, and since I live on the border of the suburbs and country Victoria, I’m lucky enough to have Australia’s sprawling countryside right at my backdoor. So, needless to say, when I realised Warrook Farm, a fauna park along the South Gippsland Highway in Victoria’s south-east, was only a 20-minute drive from my house – I had to go!
Not surprisingly, Jenna was all in too. So, off we went.
Initially, when we arrived at the farm we didn’t expect much, mainly because we’re still spewing from the astronomical $37 entry fee at Healesville Sanctuary, which wasn’t even that good! Maybe it was the low expectations or maybe it was the fact we can make even the crappiest situations fun, but we legit had the best day at this place!
Before I continue, I feel it’s imperative I warn you; I will refer to every animal mentioned below as my new best friend, because I love them all, and totally wish I could take them all home with me!
I also think it’s worth noting that Jenna and I both discovered that our voices can go about ten pitches too high each time we laid eyes on a new animal; especially the bloody talking cockatoo!!
First up, the native Australian wildlife. If you’re not a true blue Aussie, the idea of seeing kangaroos and wombats in the flesh might seem kind of strange. Well, at Warrook Farm, unlike your big city zoos, you won’t just see them in real-life, you’ll also be able to pat them and feed them!
They might even do something super cute, like this:
Or, cue the wombat that gobbled up our carrots so fast in the most adorable way possible!
But a word to the wise, they might be adorable, but they can drool and slobber like only the best animals can. Your fingers and palms will get super sticky!
Buuuttt, perhaps one of our favourite animals of the day, was the brave deer that left his friends in hunt of some of our coveted carrots.
I must say, he was pretty damn persistent, and it worked, he pretty much ate all of the carrots we had. And then we walked into the sunset like only new best friends could…
We also found these guys!
The brown cow broke our hearts because he literally had tears in his eyes, but the pony was kind of terrifying because he kept kicking the fence while his donkey companion just stood back rolling his eyes at him. Okay, he probably wasn’t but I feel like that’s what I would be doing in that situation.
Then came the hay bale!
Feeling confident I was like, I can jump up here, no problem!
Can I? Can I really? I started to think… until what felt like about a billion attempts later, an irritating itch on my skin and a bunch of hay in unwanted places, I conquered the humble hay bale.
Then Jenna experienced a challenge of her own. The ordeal of having her hand sucked into a camels mouth as it greedily tried to eat food from it.
But against all odds, she prevailed!
But, initial hesitation aside, they were actually quite gentle and seemed particularly fond of each other, I might add.
After the camels we were like, surely that must be everything. In reality, there was so much more, including a goat that seemed a bit like a grand escape artist…
As he was frantically climbing the fence trying to get at us though, we couldn’t help but liken him to the laid-back stoner dudes you find in Byron Bay, up the coast. It must have been the long curly hair.
Then came the Scottish cows, which Jenna absolutely loved!
As well as lamas, more ponies, emus (which we avoided at all costs because they’re terrifying – at least I think they are), bulls, a few dogs, a goose that hisses at you if you don’t give it food, peacocks and a bunch of other birds that I don’t think I could confidently name.
The farm had the perfect mix of native and introduced animals, picturesque views of the countryside and plenty of food to help you lure the animals to you. They were also really friendly animals that seemed to enjoy being showered with attention.
Entry to the farm only cost $17.50 for an adult, or $30 if you want to do the farm tour, which includes a sheep shearing and milk feeding the smaller cows. We just paid the entry and walked around ourselves, but there was a tour going on while we were there, and everyone involved seemed to enjoy it.
If you’re ever out in the Gippsland area in Victoria, we could not recommend the farm enough! It’s probably one of the best places we’ve been during our travels around our home state.