|Country road, take me home...|
Instead of heading to the Dandenong Ranges like we did previously, we decided to visit an apiary as Australia is well known for its delicious honey. Of the many apiaries that is found near Melbourne, Pure Peninsula Honey was the most popular, at least according to Google.
|Pure Peninsula Honey|
(Address: 871 Derril Rd, Moorooduc, 3933 Melbourne, Australia)
You don't have to travel all the way to the farm to buy their honey; you can actually check their list of retailers and buy from any stockists near you.
However, a trip to the farm is still necessary if you want to buy the rarer Manuka 210+ or Manuka 400+ and/or interact with the bees that work tirelessly to provide us with the wonderful honey in the first place. It's a great learning experience for the kids!
|You will see this on arrival and as with all curious humans, we obediently followed the sign to take a peek at the bees pollinating pumpkin plants while collecting pollen for honey =)|
|The very bees we saw outside were flying back to their hive located inside the farm's showroom/ shop|
|Busy bees working very hard in their hive|
|The kids get to observe the bees at work very closely without needing to worry that they'll disturb the bees or get stung. Very smart idea!|
|The boy using the magnifying glass to view the bees|
|Let's go, let's go, let's go!|
The kids had a lot of fun watching the bees at work. Whoever came up with this set up is a genius! =)
The farm has more than 16 types of honey for you to try in their tasting room. It's self-service but please be considerate and not eat all the samples or leave the place in a mess.
|More than 16 types of honey for you to sample before you decide which one to buy!|
|Pressing the pump onto ice-cream sticks and trying out the different flavours|
|Some of the many flavours that they had|
My favourite without a doubt was the Manuka 210+! It's really rich and soooo yummy! The Manuka 210+ is good enough for most people; only those with weaker immune systems require the most expensive honey, the Manuka 400+.
Manuka is best eaten raw as is, hence if you want honey that tastes best when made into honey water, choose the Local Flora or Organic. Both are cheaper than Manuka and taste great when mixed with water. My kids love it! Get the ones in an easy-to-dispense container for easy squeezing and dispensing. The container was so useful for us as our kids drink a lot of honey water (they don't drink "regular" water *sigh*). We knew that they'd drink so much that we decided to buy Pure Peninsula Honey's biggest tub of Local Flora, the 3kg! *laughs*
You can have a look at what we bought:
You may think it's a lot but the mum-in-law and I agreed that we could have bought more Manuka 210+! It only cost AUD 29.90! So cheap!!!
Oh well, one mustn't be greedy and learn self-contentment! *laughs*
While we were busying ourselves with deciding exactly how many tubs of honey to buy, the kids busied themselves with colouring at a small corner outside the tasting room.
|Very small but cozy corner for kids to draw and colour|
Overall, I'd say our journey to get to Pure Peninsula Honey was absolutely worthwhile! We had a great time! =)
|With the lovely bee mascots outside of the farm's showroom/shop. Perfect for a group photo, selfie or wefie.|
We left the apiary and headed to Myuna Farm. A trip to a farm is always a must for urban families without pets like us, whose kids hardly get a chance to interact with animals.
(Address: 182 Kidds Rd, Doveton VIC 3177, Australia)
|Admission Fee: Singles $8; Family (4 persons) $28. Children under 1 are FREE.|
Myuna Farm provides a bag of animal feed for free to feed the animals.
The mum-in-law prepared home-cooked lunch for us, which we gobbled up hungrily at one of the many sheltered tables near the entrance of the farm.
|A nice shady spot for our lunch!|
The daddy had to jump up every now and then to ward off the chickens who were just as interested in our food. The kids were terrified of the chickens! Especially my poor boy as he was recently attacked by a huge rooster in Johor Bahru! So to say it was an unsettling lunch was an understatement.
After we finally got the kids to finish eating their lunch, we went to see the farm animals.
|With a super adorable kid (baby goat) at the goat pen|
|This was one huge and fiesty mama goat|
|More goats that could even pass off as sheep of you don't look carefully|
|The Rabbit Pen allows visitors to interact with the rabbits|
|Feeding and patting the adorable rabbits|
|Clockwise from top left: There was an amphibian room but let's be honest, it's not my favourite room at all (ewww!);|
Frogs and turtles;
It looks like a snake but it's really a lizard;
An actual snake.
Pigs and Emus
|Learning about and trying to feed the Eastern Grey Kangeroo|
|Bribing the camels so that they will look in our direction when we took the photos! So cute!|
When they say, "don't be an ass", they mean don't be an obstinate and annoying. And that's exactly what we had experienced with this sassy fellow!
|The only donkey on the farm was probably angsty without a mate *laughs*|
They look so similar to Llamas that I always get confused. Took some research to figure out the difference between the two, and even then, I'm not completely sure!
|This alpaca came running all the way to us when he smelt the food in our hands|
|Love these adorable animals! So cute!|
|Even the girl, who is ordinarily wary of patting animals in general, was enthusiastically patting it on her own accord. I think we found her favourite animal! =)|
|She probably wishes that she had him as a pet haha|
Sheep and chickens
|Saying hi and feeding them|
There was a train ride that brings you around the farm for a small fee. Make sure that you catch the last train at 3pm.
There was also a kids playground but it was simply too sweltering hot to play there for more than 10 minutes.
|Kids having fun regardless of the sun|
The farm closes at 4pm so do make sure that you allocate enough time for your visit (minimum 3 hours).
We returned back to our apartment for a sumptuous dinner by Chef Grandma. I helped with wrapping and prepping the food for the oven, in case you think that I didn't help at all (*laughs*).
|Arranged the prawns in my usual OCD fashion|
|Fresh fish, prawns, chicken kebabs, vegetables and mixed brown-white rice for dinner! So yummy!|
|The hubby had his oysters and wine for dessert while the kids had ice-cream|
How to not gain weight after this trip?!? Time for intensive exercise and diet once I get back!!! =S
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