Lilly Pilly Cottage
Cottage in Gidgegannup
LILLY PILLY COTTAGE offers a Swan Valley/Perth Hills family fun-filled farm-stay experience on an organic vineyard & farm. It's only a short distance from the Swan Valley, Caversham Wildlife Park, and the Margaret River Chocolate Factory
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LILLY PILLY COTTAGE offers a Swan Valley/Perth Hills family, fun-filled, farm-stay experience on an organic vineyard & farm. It's only a short distance from the Swan Valley, Caversham Wildlife Park, the Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary and Lake Leschenaultia. Lilly Pilly Cottage is on 100 acres of tall timbers, pastures and a quaint vineyard, all near the small village of Gidgegannup.
Gidgegannup is in the Perth Hills of Western Australia - it's close to the city but far enough to be country - only 50min from Perth central and 40min from the Perth International Airport. An excellent opportunity for children to get back to basics having a wholesome and safe farm-stay experience. Children can help hand-feed the friendly farm pets. A great opportunity for parents to come and relax and enjoy the bush tranquillity. Do as much or as little as you like. Ideal for a family or a couple's retreat.
This secluded homely cottage is tucked into tall timbers and is all yours for your stay. It offers a fully equipped kitchen/dining, three bedrooms, one bathroom/toilet plus a play-room off the main lounge room with games, puzzles and books. We provided all linen and towels, so all you need to bring is your food. The cottage can comfortably accommodate up to 4 adults and 4 children. It has a Queen bed in the main bedroom, bunk bed (2 singles), a single bed, plus trundle in the children's room, plus a double bed in the third bedroom. The price quoted on this website is for a family of 2 adults plus children, any extra adults (16 +) will incur an additional charge of $20 each per night.
In the winter bring your wellies and marshmallows and toast them on the outdoor campfire (check with farmer Ray for fire restrictions). Or, you can take a hike in the nearby Berry Reserve, which has a seasonal (winter and spring) waterfall. Also, you can visit Noble Falls where the children can enjoy the playground, have a BBQ or just enjoy a gourmet pub lunch at the Noble Falls Tavern. Recently opened is the Noble Falls Estate Wild Goose Cafe ‘offering gourmet breakfast 9-11 on a Sunday morning. On a cool, winter's day, put your feet up, read a book and enjoy a cosy log fire indoors.Lilly Pilly Cottage is air-conditioned for those hot summer days, enjoy the balmy evenings outdoors and barbeque on the patio overlooking the Australian bush. Bring your torch and at night, spot the possums, other nocturnals or just take a stroll and look for a kangaroo. Bring your bathers and go for a short drive to beautiful Lake Leschenaultia, there you can spend the day and canoe, swim, picnic or barbeque in the shaded grassed areas overlooking the vast lake.
Find peace, tranquillity and relaxation while you watch your family have fun and visit some of the most well-kept secrets in the Perth Hills.
Gidgegannup is between the Swan & Avon Valleys - a pleasant 50-minute scenic drive from Perth for your West Australian farm holiday experience.
Lilly Pilly Cottage extends a warm welcome to children having activities which delight them, like the feeding of the friendly farm animals. The farm environment allows an opportunity for children to bond with the farm pets and interact with nature. Farm-stays suit all ages and people.
The children can help Farmer Ray feed the ponies Blue, Baci and Amy, our miniature Shetland. Amy loves to be brushed and is a lovable, very huggable, 'My Little Pony' look alike. Meet our new addition, Millie Moo, our gentle milking cow. Also, scatter the grain for the chooks and collect the fresh, organic, farm eggs for your next breakfast. In the mornings, the sheep with their lambs (in season) come up for a visit, and you can help Farmer Ray hand-feed them too. Hand-feed Lilly our friendly alpaca is in the paddock right near your cottage.
In February or March is when our Shiraz grapes are hand-picked and crushed for the new vintage. After the grapes are picked, we celebrate the harvest by enjoying a smorgasbord of food and a taste of last year's vintage. Ask Ray for a taste of the latest vintage and a tour of the winery.
All this, on a quiet 100-acre property.
Local Attractions & Facilities
Gidgegannup Village - 5 minutes away - offers an excellent bakery/cafe’. There’s also a fast- food outlet (fish-n-chips, pizza and hamburgers) plus a liquor store. Visit Experience Gidgegannup website for more tourist information.
Berry Reserve - 1000 acres of native bush, with a brook and seasonal waterfall - it's ideal for picnics & bush walks, just 5 minutes away on Reen Road. In August and September, the wildflowers put on a spectacular display.
Noble Falls - picnic or BBQ (provided free of charge), a playground plus a seasonal water-fall - 10min east on Toodyay Road. There is also a Tavern across from the Falls that's open seven days from 11 am till late. It offers gourmet pub food for lunch or dinner from the 2 Fat Chefs, or you can just pop in for a refreshment or a coffee and just enjoy the excellent views from the verandah.
Cherith Grove Cafe, on an organic olive oil farm, offers lunch and dinners Friday to Sunday only. This trendy cafe`, with an award-winning chef, overlooks a permaculture garden with plenty of space for the kids to run around in.
Noble Falls Estate's Wild Goose Cafe` offers lunch Wednesday to Sunday till 4 pm, plus dinner on Saturday night. This recently opened estate offers wine tasting and the Old Soap Factory, which sells crafts and gifts. Sunday morning breakfast is from 9 am to 11 am, bring the whole family and make a day of it! Fantastic lawn for the kids to play on or enjoy the massive log fire indoors. In the afternoon relax and unwind to some great live music from top artists.
Mundaring Village -15 minutes away - has two large supermarkets and various cafes and restaurants. Visit the Mundaring Visitor's Centre online for more information.
Lake Leschenaultia - 20 minutes away in Chidlow - is a huge lake with grassed, shaded areas for picnics or a BBQ (provided free of charge) and white sand beach entries on both sides of the lake. It has a playground as well as a biking and hiking trail around the lake. Canoe hire and a cafe` are open in summer on weekends, public and school holidays. You can view a map of Lake Leschenaultia on the Mundaring WA website.
Swan Valley - 15 minutes west - hosts a large variety of vineyards, wineries, cafes and restaurants. Visit the Swan Valley Visitors Centre online for more information.
Caversham Wildlife Park, a popular tourist destination - 20 minutes away in the Swan Valley - where you hand-feed the kangaroos, have a photo taken with the koalas and close-up encounters with other Australian native animals. Bring a picnic, stay the whole day and enjoy the hands-on experience and the shows which are included in your admission fee.
Toodyay, a historic, colonial town established on the Avon River is a pleasant 40min drive away. Offering many attractions and a museum, plus an award-winning bakery or just picnic at the park.
Two other "hot" family tourist destinations - about 50min away by car:
Outback Splash: The Maze on Neaves Road in Bullsbrook, offering nine mazes, mini-golf and water slides for children.
Hillary's Boat Harbour: One of the most visited tourist destination in Western Australia. The harbour offers shopping, cafe`s, a Marine Discovery Centre with whale watching cruises (bookings essential), plus, The Great Escape fun park with mini-golf, rock-climbing, waterslides and more.
Summer or Winter there's always something to see or do nearby. We know you will have a fabulous, fun-filled, family, farm-stay experience.
We look forward to meeting you.