Exclusive Aussie Homestead & Tree Planting
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 welcome you into their home and delight in showing you true Aussie hospitality as you join them at the farm for a day 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. They will chat with you about life on the farm and will offer an introduction to the day's activities. Move across to the woolshed where you'll see an impressive sheep-shearing demonstration, and will explain how this beautiful natural fiber, 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 discuss what process the fleece goes through to become an ultrafine merino wool product. You'll also 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. Throughout the day you'll have the opportunity to talk to the Thomson family about life in Australia in general, and farming in particular. After the morning's activities, 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. Following lunch, explore the property, taking in the native flora and fauna and perhaps catching sight of some wild kangaroos. Hear about the farm’s focus on sustainability, including its land care policy and plan a native Australian tree in honor of your visit. Enjoy this opportunity to be at one with nature, enjoying the peace and tranquility of life in this beautiful part of Victoria.
Wildlife sightings are likely but are not guaranteed.