12 Fun Things to Do When You Stay at Annie’s Cedar Farm

Are you thinking of visiting us here at Annie’s Cedar Farm?   Take a look at the many fun things to do in the area while you’re here.

Play Golf – Hidden Valley has a secret gem and it’s the professional 18 hole golf course. Wonderfully scenic, the course will stretch you while the surroundings soothe you.

Wallan Olde Time Market – The Wallan Market is one of our favourite events, happening on the second Saturday of every month.  It’s a big market which has everything from fresh produce to crafts, trash and treasure and food. Many people come to Wallan especially for the market.

Dining in Wallan

Eat! – Wallan is fast developing a reputation for great places to eat.  Try Indian, Chinese, Thai, Italian, and Hogan’s Hotel, and there are lots more to choose from. Visit the new Wallan Wine Hub and enjoy boutique wines and beers or book in for one of the occasional winery tours.

Horse RidingUncle Nev’s is famous for its horse riding experiences which suit beginners to advanced riders. You will ride through the hills and the State Forest. Catering for people aged 8+, you will discover our local bushland and wildlife from the comfort of your saddle.

Visit the Wineries – People are just beginning to realise that a lot of great wines are made in this region.  Take a tour of some of the local wineries and taste them for yourself.  There is a list of wineries on the Mitchell Shire site.

Paintball and Laser Skirmish – get the adrenaline pumping! Adrenaline Games keeps you active I Wallan. Laser skirmish is an outdoor combat team sport; think paintball without the bruises. Alternatively, be splattered in paint for the real effect!

Walk the Wallan Trail – Walk through Wallan following Wallan Trail from Hadfield Park to the Wallan Railway Station. It’s a gentle walk which takes about half an hour and leads you through our park and playgrounds, past the new wetland area and down to the station.

Funfields –  Funfields is an outdoor family fun park in Whittlesea, just a few minutes from Annie’s.  Famous for its water slides and activities, the fun park actually has a great mix of both wet and dry rides  If you’re staying with us for a while, think about buying a season pass to Funfields. It’s great value.

Bundoora Park – This is a fabulous animal farm where your children can help feed the baby animals and even enjoy pony rides.  This is a lovely way to continue the engagement with animals that they start with us.

Pretty Sally Riding RanchEnjoy Pretty Sally Trail Rides which is situated in the heart of the Great Dividing Ranges with panoramic views and wildlife in abundance. The pony rides are suitable for children and adults.

Reading Cinemas, Epping – If you need your movie fix, you’ll be pleased to know that the Epping cinemas are only a short drive away.

Ned Kelly;s homesteadKelly Homestead – Visit Ned Kelly’s childhood home. While the homestead is on private property, you can see it clearly and take some great photos of this iconic property. The homestead was recently sold.  Read more about it here.

Of course, once you’ve tried all of these activities, you’ll be very pleased to come home to Annie’s and put your feet up while you drink in the soft, soothing noises of nature.

Book a cabin with us by calling 03 5783 2234.

Annie’s in Winter

I just have to show you this photo.  If you follow us on Facebook you may already have seen it.

This is what I have woken up to for a few mornings over the last couple of weeks.  Isn’t it gorgeous?

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In fact, it reminds me a little of autumn.  The mornings are quite cold, the grass is frosty and the air is still.  You just know that soon the sun will be shining and the day will be quite perfect.

Other mornings have been foggy.  We are quite high up on our hill so the fog is either below us on the flat ground closer to Wallan or on the hilltops above us like it is in this photo.

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We have a fantastic view here no matter which way you look and the weather lays patterns all over it.  If you have a camera make sure you bring it with you when you come to stay with us.  You will love what you see.

Don’t worry about winter at Annie’s.  You’ll be snug as a bug in our comfy warm cottages and outside a gorgeous day will be waiting for you.

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Give us a call and book yourself a fabulous stay with us.

Through the eyes of a traveller

A regular guest of ours wrote this beautiful letter for us. We thought it only fitting to put into our blog. Thank you Liz and Karel.

I love coming to these cottages. We’ve been twice now, both times for 4 – 5 day stays. And d’you know why I love it? It’s QUIET! Upper Plenty is but 41kms from Melbourne but what you mostly hear when you’re up here is birdsong. Even the cows, sheep, alpacas and chickens are quiet – just quietly grazing away, on the enormous fields of the cottages.
And the cottages! Literally self-contained. We haven’t wanted for anything! Oh except when we arrived here for the start of our second stay and I thought Karel had brought up the bag of vegies, and he thought I had – and all we had was broccoli, which was not going to do for our stir- fry that night. So, I phoned Annie to see if she could spare even a carrot, and blow me down, if not five minutes later, Annie and Steve arrive on our cottage doorstep carrying a wooden bowl laden with leek, red capsicum, an onion, a carrot and two plump red truss tomatoes. That’s how generous our hosts are. So attentive! So wanting their guests to be totally comfortable.
I’m writing this on the penultimate day of our second stay. I’m out on the verandah, sitting at a glass topped table. The autumn sun is gently warming me, and the birdsong is beautiful.
I love coming here. Did I mention that?

Liz Lipski
Melbourne

Australian Parrots

What is a Farm Stay?

Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottage in Upper Plenty offers a Farm Stay experience.  So what does that actually mean?

A Farm Stay is a holiday on a real, working farm.  Depending on the size and nature of the farm, that could mean guests are involved in everything from feeding the animals to shearing sheep or milking cows.    Think of it as a kind of agricultural tourism.

Staying on a working farm is fun and for many people it’s the fulfilment of a dream.  You might have grown up wondering what it’s like to live on a farm and now you have the chance to find out.

Every farm is different so a stay at one is never the same as the stay at another.  Dairy farms are vastly different form sheep or mixed farms.  The work is different and they are each influenced by seasonal changes.   Some farms rely on heavy machinery such as combine harvesters to do their work while smaller farms might only need a tractor and a good sheep dog.

Our visitors love the pace of life here at Annie’s and the fact that they can get up close and personal with our animals.  They love being part of daily farm life.  Above all, they love being part of the local community for that short while.  For many city people, our farm life is bliss.

It’s entirely up to you how involved you would like to be in the work of our farm.  We know you’d love feeding the animals, though.  Come on and see us.  Let us show you what country farms are all about.

 

 

Get away from it all

Are you looking for a place to get away from it all?  We are located in Upper Plenty and only under an hour north of Melbourne’s CBD.  Annie’s farm is just far enough away from home so you can really enjoy a fantastic and relaxing environment. Sometimes the day to day distractions and hustle and bustle of our regular life can get in the way, can’t they?

Artists paletteIf you are an artist then we are surrounded by some spectacular scenery, landscapes and mountain ranges making it perfect for painting or sketching.  Bring your canvas or sketch pad and draw in complete serenity.

As a writer you may need some peace and quiet to finish your latest story.  It’s an ideal location to really get the creativity flowing. With only the sounds of nature around you, you’ll have no problem with concentration.

We are a great place to stay if you are doing research into Australia’s history. Annie’s Cedar Farm is perfectly located as we are close to where Ned Kelly was born in Beveridge.  Follow the trail of Ned Kelly and the Gang. The Hume and Hovell expedition passed through the area also.  We are at the gateway of many other historic sites ranging from old homesteads, gold fields and other historic Victorian features.    Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages is also close to some great restaurants and wineries as well as many other attractions.  You can do as little or as much as you like during your stay but we guarantee to make the time away as enjoyable as possible.

 

 

Honeymoon At Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages

Not everyone has the time to pack up and go to Venice or Paris for a honeymoon.  Some are lucky to have a few days to themselves at all.

At Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages, we’ve got romantic hearts and we love to make you feel special especially if you are on your honeymoon.

We’ve been very honoured to have our cottages chosen for a honeymoon and a wedding night stay.  It gave us a chance to spread some romance around the place.

First of all, we put a heart in the sky….

 

Then we went indoors…

 

You don’t have to be on your honeymoon to stay with us.  If you are having a very special night away or celebrating an anniversary, let us know and we’ll make it perfect for you.  Don’t forget to look at our packages, too. They can be the icing on your wedding cake.

 

 

Book your stay now.

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Come to the Whittlesea Show.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend, come along to the annual Whittlesea Show.  The Whittlesea Show is one of the biggest shows in the region and it runs for the whole weekend.

There are four separate areas of action.  The Oaks stage feastures the Showgirl competitions, performances from Whittlesea Secondary College and Whittlesea Music School along with a variety of displays.  The Tide stage is the music centre with guests Rachel McCracken, Reg Poole and Owen Blundell, the Police Pipe Band and more.  The Village Green has more performances and displays, too.  The Main Arena is the scene of the Great Parade as well as shows by Pete and the Circus Dogs.  There will also be good old-fashioned fun with egg and spoon races and even a sack race.  Your kids will love it!

You will find all the regular side shows as well as displays of farming equipment and stock.

You can meet Ronald McDonald, see the free circus and take a free stage coach ride.

There is always plenty of food stalls to choose from so you won’t go hungry and of course, you can’t go home without your showbags!

It’s an action packed weekend and it is always great fun for the family.

Gates open at 9am both days.  A word of advice – get there early and avoid the queue.

If you’d like to know what’s on when pop over to the Whittlesea Show site and download their leaflet.