Exclusive Aussie Homestead & Tree Planting

Approximately 8 hours
Moderate Activity  Meal  Limited Capacity

Immerse yourself in the traditional Australian way of life as you spend the day with a local family on a private sheep farm. The Thomson family welcomes you into their home and delight in showing you true Aussie hospitality. Your day will be packed with warmth, laughter, good food and wine, information and new experiences.

Upon arrival at the property, you will be invited inside the homestead to freshen up and enjoy a delicious morning tea of scones with jam and cream, freshly baked cakes, and tea or coffee. The family will offer an introduction to the day's activities.

Move across to the woolshed to watch an impressive sheep-shearing demonstration. Learn how this beautiful natural fiber--merino wool--is graded, and what it is used for. The sheep here are among the oldest recorded flocks in Australia, bred to produce the finest wool and the healthiest, hardiest animals. The farmer will also show you the details of preparing and classing a fleece, and will discuss what process the fleece goes through to become an ultrafine merino wool product.

Watch an endearing and astonishing performance as he puts his Australian sheep dogs through their paces. You will be amazed at how he commands the dogs as they round up the sheep and bring them in. The synergy between dog and man is a thing of rare beauty.

Return to the homestead to enjoy a delicious three-course traditional Aussie barbecue lunch featuring local organic farm produce, accompanied by a glass of Australian wine, beer, soft drinks and water. Throughout the day you'll have the opportunity to talk to the Thomson family about life in Australia in general, and farming in particular.

Explore the property, taking in the native flora and fauna. Hear about the farm’s focus on sustainability, including its land care policy.

To generate habitat for the wild kingdom, you will help to plant an Australian native tree on the property. Your effort enhances the natural environment, reduces soil salinity and promotes the wellbeing of wildlife in the area. The reward for your participation is the possibility of observing wild kangaroos in their natural environment. Keep your eyes peeled--they are wild animals so they may or may not be present, as they don’t rely on humans to feed them.

Return to the ship enriched by this memorable cultural exchange and knowing that you have given back by planting towards a sustainable future in this beautiful part of Victoria.

Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.


This excursion is led in English