Easter Holidays at Annie’s.

Easter bunnyHappy Easter to you.  Yes, it’s almost here.

The Easter Bunny tiptoes around Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages so that he doesn’t scare our animals, which is very considerate of him.  He still manages to leave behind a lovely collection of Easter eggs every year, though.

So what happens in the area during the Easter holidays?

Join one of the biggest, craziest Easter Egg hunts going around at Funfields on Saturday, April 19.  Children 12 years and under receive a showbag and a free Easter Egg Hunt ticket for one hunt with the purchase of their day pass.  Find out more on their website and check out the timetable for your child’s age group.

Jungle Kid’s Play Centre offers Easter egg decorating on Monday 14TH and Wednesday 16TH April, free with normal entry costs.  Help your kids get their eggs ready for display to their friends and family over Easter.

The YMCA in Craigieburn runs a number of different school holiday activities ranging from cooking to science.  Book your child in for a learning experience that’s really fun.

Of course, there are many things you can do as a family if you are staying here at Annie’s.  The best thing to do is explore.  Early autumn is a lovely time of year.  It’s cool but not cold and there is little wind. That means you can take a really good look at what is happening to the trees and flowers.  You can look for wildlife and check out the insect world.  You can even help us feed the animals.

Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages in Upper Plenty gives you the choice – action or relaxation. It’s up to you and your family.

Now, the Easter Bunny is preparing for his big day so whatever you do, keep your eyes and ears open for him.

We wish you a very happy Easter.


What’s Coming Up?

Have you booked your stay with us yet?

It’s getting busy here leading up to the holiday season and there are all sorts of events coming up that you will enjoy.


Go to the show!

In just 11 days’ time the annual Whittlesea Show returns to fill your weekend with fun and activities.  It will be held at the Whittlesea Showgrounds on Saturday November 2nd from 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday November 3rd from 9 am to 5 pm

There is plenty of parking but this is a very popular show so we recommend arriving early.

Find out more on the Whittlesea Show website. Don’t forget to buy us a showbag!


Do you like jazz? 

Hawkstowe Jazz FestivalVisit the Hawkstowe Music Festival in South Morang on Sunday, 17 November 2013 beginning at 1pm.

It’s a celebration of jazz with lively music playing throughout the afternoon. Food and drinks available for purchase on the day.  There is also a range of activities to keep the kids amused.  This will be a great family day out.


Pat a pet.

The 2013 Pet Expo will be held on Saturday 16 Nov 2013, Hadfield Park, High Street Wallan.  If you love animals, come along and have a look.  If you have a pet you can take advantage of the reduced price microchipping available on the day.

Mitchell Shire Pet Expo

Weave with plants.

On Sunday 17th the Wallan Environment Group will tease your green thumbs by showing you how to weave and twine with plants.   The venue is yet to be decided (keep watching the Council webpage for more info)

  • How to recognise and name local indigenous plants and grasses suitable for weaving and twining.
  • Where to locate and how to grow suitable plants, using the re-vegetation of Wallan’s local waterways as examples
  • Weaving and twining a small object
  • Creating a shared community art piece

There is always something to do in the area so make sure you book your cabin so you can spend a comfortable and relaxed weekend with us.

We are looking forward to a big September.

Wallan Car ShowNow that spring is in the air you must come and visit us at Annie’s.  The world is waking up after the spring snooze and there are beautiful blooms, new animal babies and lots of events popping up around the place.

If you enjoy your golf you will love the Growling Frog Golf Club in nearby Yan Yean.  The course is aGraham Marsh designed 18-hole, par 72 course, set on 280 acres of picturesque, gently undulating land.  It has an excellent restaurant overlooking the course, too.  This Tuesday 3rd September is Seniors Day. If you are a senior, take advantage of the specials on offer and enjoy a social day out.

Speaking of growling frogs, did you know that the Growling Grass Frog can be found in the nearby wetlands of Morang?  This is a locally endangered species but Parks Victoria is helping to prevent its extinction. The wetlands are also home to many different species of birdlife, both rare and threatened.  You might enjoy the bus and walking tour of the wetlands where you can look out for the different forms of wildlife.  Join the tour on Friday 6th September.

If you are bringing your family to stay you will be thrilled to hear that the famous Funfields Amusement Park reopens on September 22nd in time for the school holidays.  This is an incredible place filled with water fun, rides and all sorts of amusements.

On the same weekend you will see Wallan filled with shiny cars.  The Wallan Vintage Car, Collectables Swap Meet and Car Show is being held on September 22 at the Wallan Recreation Reserve in Duke Street.  You will see: Ford / Holden / Chrysler / American / British / European / Vintage and Veteran / Hotrod / Motorcycle / Scooter vehicles all vying to win a trophy.

Don’t forget that the Whittlesea Market is on every third Saturday of the month and the Wallan Old Time Market falls on the Second Saturday of the month.

September is bursting at the seams with fun things to do so book a stay at Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages. 

It’s school holidays so bring the kids and let them enjoy being up close to our friendly animals and have fun on the farm.  Book your cabin today.


Carols by Candlelight

With theChristmas festive season not too far away, now is a great time to highlight some local Carols by Candlelight events that you can go along to when you stay with us.

Wallan Carols by Candlelight takes place on Sunday 9 December at the R. B. Robson Stadium, Windham Street Wallan.  The event starts at 4.00pm with food and drinks available and then the music begins from 6.00pm with Santa arriving at the end of the program at around 8.00pm.  This is a free event and you can also bring along your picnic basket and rug to sit under the stars as you sing along.  For more information follow this link for Wallan Carols by Candlelight.

Another event is Mill Park Carols by Candlelight which takes place on Friday 14 December at the Redleap Reserve, Redleap Avenue Mill Park.  Entertainment will be provided by a choir with over 50 members as well as the Diamond Valley Brass Band.

There will be plenty of activities for the kids and no doubt Santa will arrive during the night.  Food and drink will be available or you can bring your own picnic rug and a big strong voice to sing along to the carols.  For more information follow this link for Mill Park Carols by Candlelight.

One of our favourite events is Carols by Barnlight at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary, 365 McHarg’s Road, Willowmavin (Just out of Kilmore)  The carols will be held on December 8th from 4pm – 8pm and yes, it is really held in a barn.  Take a farm tour and hear the animal’s stories before settling into the barn for carol singing!  You might even meet HipHop Bob nwith his smiley snout.  Find out more at the Edgar’s Mission website.

We are looking forward to Christmas, aren’t you?

Come and celebrate an early Christmas with us and join in with the local Carols by Candlelight.  You will enjoy it.  Book a cabin now.

The Whittlesea Show is on this weekend.

Whittlesea ShowThe annual Whittlesea Agricultural Show is on this weekend!

This year the show will run from Saturday November 3 and Sunday November 4 from 9 am to 5 pm and it celebrates the Year of the Farmer.

The show is a fun blend of country and fun.  Farm animals, vintage farm machinery, arts and craft displays, sideshows, showbags…  It’s got the lot.

This year the free Robinson’s Circus will be back.  Under the Big Top you’ll see jugglers, high wire acts, clowns and even fire tamers.

If that is not enough, your children can join in the fun and games on Saturday with the Egg and Spoon as Sack Races.  Visit the Dog Show or ride a camel..  Watch the Grand Parade, go to the animal nursery, see the reptile displays and watch the CFA demonstrations.

Need more?

Come and see the birds of prey flying or cheer on the big men during the woodchop.  Watch the Show Girl competition or follow the stilt walkers.

The Whittlesea Agricultural Show is good old fashioned fun.

Admission:  Adults $15       Children $5 (6-14 years)

Whittlesea Showgrounds
Cnr Yea & McPhees Road

Why not take the chance to get away for the weekend?

Come and stay with us at Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages and complete your agricultural experience.  We are only a few minutes drive away from Whittlesea and we’d love to see you.

Funfields Amusement Park

The next time you visit us it is worthwhile having a look at the Funfields Amusement Park.  Located in Whittlesea, Funfields re opens on 22 September for the school holidays and has some great rides that are ideal for ages.

The Alpine Toboggan Slide is the marquee ride of the park and as it is over 400 metres long you can either speed down or go slow and take in the great views of the surrounding area.  Just don’t go too slowly – there’s another toboggan behind you!

For those with a “need for speed” try the Thunderdome Go Kart Track.  It is great fun and safe for the whole family as you can use a single seat or a double seat go kart which is ideal if one of your kids is too small to see over the steering wheel.

As we are in spring and about to go into summer you might want to check out the water attractions such as the Wipe Out, Bumper Boats, Splashdown Waterslides and Wacky Water to cool down while at the same time having heaps of fun.

For the more adventurous and daring, Blackbeard’s Fury is the pirate ship with a difference.   Hold on to your hat as the pirate ship gets very high as it rides the “seven seas”.

Maybe you are looking for something a bit tamer:  the Crocodile Creek Mini Golf may be suitable for you.  This mini golf course has many challenges as it meanders around waterfalls, ponds and other features.

These are just some of the attractions at the Funfields Amusement Park as there are many others attractions.  With a café, BBQ facilities and a picnic area this is also a fabulous place for your family and friends to unwind between rides or to simply take it easy.

(All images from the Funfields website)

Annie’s New Events Calendar

We are really excited about our new Events Calendar which we recently set up.  This calendar lists details of local event s for each month and when you click on the listing you can see relevant details.  In addition, you can also click on the Event List tab that lists the upcoming events.

There is always something happening in the Upper Plenty, Wallan or Whittlesea areas. For example during September we already have listings for the Step back in time at La Page Homestead, the opening of Funfields as well as for Alisa’s Family Restaurant who are currently taking bookings for Father’s Day.

We think this calendar will be great for our visitors.  If you are thinking of coming to stay at Annie’s Cedar Farm Cottages, it will be good to know what is happening in the area around the time of your stay.

We think it will be great for our local businesses and event organisers, too.  We would like to encourage businesses, organisations or individuals who would like to list details of their upcoming event to contact us.  There is no cost for your listing.  We love to promote our beautiful area.

If you have an event that you would like to have listed on our calendar simply send details to our email address:  annie@annies-cedar-farm-cottages.com.au


Celtic in Kilmore

Next weekend is the Kilmore Celtic Festival.  I’d love to encourage you to come along and enjoy yourself at this happy and musical weekend. You might even join in the dancing!

Pull out your dancing shoes and save a dance for me.

Kilmore Celtic Festival

There’s quite a lot of Irish ancestory around this area so it’s not surprising that the Kilmore Celtic Festival is so popular.

The Kilmore Celtic Festival that is held from Friday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2012.  The festival is a tribute to the early settlers of the region and includes events, music and a Celtic market.  In the 1800’s Kilmore was a major settlement for Celtic people who had arrived from Ireland, Scotland and Cornwall and many descendants still live in the area.

Some of the acts include the O’Shea-Ryan Irish Dancers who have just returned from an overseas tour, Danny Spooner who sings traditional ballads, Sally Carter who plays a wild fiddle and produces a foot stomping performance.  The Poet’s Breakfast is always a fun event with lots of original and quite hilarious verse.

Another great feature of the festival is The Celtic Banquet that is held on Sunday 1 July from midday until 4.00pm.  This fabulous Celtic Banquet begins with a ceremonial “Address to a Haggis” that leads into a generous roast dinner that includes the traditional Haggis as well as a feast of Celtic treats.  During the banquet live Celtic music is provided by many performers including Danny Spooner, Red Cat, Knot O’ The Gate.

These are just some of the many performers  and events which offer great entertainment throughout the festival.For more information follow the link to the Kilmore Celtic Festival which provides a whole lot more detail and information.

Whittlesea Challenge

If you are looking for a great way to see the sites of Whittlesea and the surrounding area then consider the Whittlesea Challenge Bike Ride on 3 June.  You can participate in two courses that are 110km or 50km and are suited to cyclists of all fitness levels.

The 110km course starts in Whittlesea and travels through Kinglake West, Flowerdale, Strath Creek, Broadford and Wandong before finishing back at Whittlesea.   This course is more challenging and includes the Strath Creek Climb that is a genuine test for the keen cyclist.  This is where Cadel Evans trained and you know how good he is.  Now you can follow in his tyre marks.

The 50km course starts in Whittlesea and travels to Wandong then return back to Whittlesea.  This course is a less challenging ride and more suited to taking in the scenery.

This is a fundraising event with the Cancer Council Victoria being the official charity.  $5 from each entry will be donated to the Cancer Council Victoria or you can set up your own fundraising activity for yourself or your team.

Importantly, if you are not a bike rider but still want to participate then you should consider volunteering for the event.  Various roles are available such as for registration, event set up and pack down, vehicle drivers, cheer squad, marshals or shop assistants at the event stall.

There is a lot more to the event than I’ve mentioned here so for all the information you need, check out Whittlesea Challenge Bike Ride.