There are some pretty bad reviews about this place including "risking kids lives". This is a "countrylife farm", people, not a manicured park. Many, many, many places in Perth and its surroundings have much worse level of hygene, animal care and customer service. And talking about value for money - in most places, all you get for $14 is a basic playgym with a dirty cafe attached to it and loud music blurring from every corner of the room. Here you get playgym, bouncy castle, in-door games, merry go round (so what it's old fashioned!), animals, outdoor play equipment galore (we counted 6 cubby houses - all near new, no spider webs or chipped plastic), shady benches, BBQs, rowing boats - all included! Flowering garden, mowed play area, shady treas were pleasing to the eye.
OK, bumper cars are $3.50 a ride, but again, in Perth you would pay some rediculous price for exact same thing. We thought fresh water, free tea & coffee and magazines/fresh newspapers in in-door playgym was a nice touch (trust me, you wouldn't get little extras like this in most places in Perth). Toilet light was working and there was a clean baby change table next to the toilet with a clean bin next to it. Outdoor eating area next to the gym was clean with reasonable quality tables & chairs (not some chipped plastic chairs covered in spider web like you get in some places).
Guinea pig & chook cages were a little crouded, but I wouldn't be talking about neglect or animal cruelty or things like that (like suggested in a couple of reviews). I am not sure what WA standards are for farm animal parks, but we have seen much, much worse. Yes, lamas could do with some "table manners" (one of them kept burping and spitting), but hey, how can you blame the owners for that?! To us, it just added to the fun of watching and feeding the animals. An a little boat trip was a nice way to break-up our visit. Probably the only "negative" thing was too many toys in toddler play area (all good quality, near new toys) - we had to put some to the side so that our little one could move around! Also, some places (not many though) have hand sanitizer bottles. This place didn't. But the toilets were clean and had pump soap and paper towels - considered luxury for many public places in Perth.
I can't believe people complained about the cost - have you been to other places in WA and Perth in particular? I'm sure a cost of up-keeping a place like this would be pretty high, so $14 for a child entry is not bad (under 2s are free).
So, all in all, we had a great time, definitely got our money's worth and will defintely return for another visit in the future.
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