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“Great place” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Countrylife Farm

Countrylife Farm
Ranked #13 of 44 things to do in Dunsborough
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Country Life Farm is a great day out for the whole family. You can hand feed all the friendly farm animals anytime of the day. Rabbits, guinea pigs, kangaroos, llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep, donkeys, ponies and Stan our Highland Steer. All rides FREE with entry. HUGE INDOOR PLAYGROUND, Giant slide, bouncy castle, merry go round, boat rides, Orbitor Dodgem cars. Free tea and coffee for mums and dads. Free BBQ facilities - you're welcome to bring your own bbq pack or picnic we have lots of tables under the shady peppermint tree's overlooking the lake.
Perth, Australia
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6 reviews
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“Great place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

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.

Visited January 2013
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Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia
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30 reviews
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“Not really worth the money”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

My husband took our children here while we were visiting Dunsborough, animals were over being fed the same thing, place was having renovations done, noisy machinery going while they were there, the kids enjoyed the animals and that was about it, overall very expensive for what you get

Visited December 2012
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Perth
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The Pits”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

Please dont risk your kids lives taking them to this run down dump. Broken toys litter the grounds. Animal cages are over filthy and crowded. No lighting in toilet. Trees have fallen down crushing buildings. and never fixed. This place would never pass muster anywhere else. It is a blight on the region.
Honestly - it looks like it has just gotten beyond what the owners can handle.

Visited December 2012
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“Well loved animals and super friendly staff made this a great place to spend the day.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2012

Our kids loved it! My son didn't know what to do next. Rowing with dad followed by feeding some animals, then the bouncy castle and super slide, huge indoor playground more animals, bumper cars, more animals. Fantastic. Such good value, We will be back, maybe even tomorrow. If you don't have fun here then you don't know how to. Thanks for a great day.

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“Hours of fun to be had!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012 via mobile

Our nearly 3 year old had an absolute ball today! Fed rabbits, guinea pigs, chooks and more up the top. After that we went over to the bouncy castles. Made our way over to the cows, miniture horses, alpacas, goats, donkeys. Then back down to the ducks, geese, little baby ducklings.

We then stopped into the shed where we played with the little tikes toys for about half hour. Then into the other shed with the jungle gym.

Staff were friendly, animals by no means looked like the RSPCA needed to be called. In fact carriers are not their only food whilst there we seen a bucket of pellets and other feed for the birds and.rabbitts etc.

For $30 we spent nearly four hours here we could have easily spent the whole day.

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