Things To Do These School Holidays: Summer Land Camels And The Surrounding Area
Make it a day trip to Harrisville and the surrounding area
The school holidays are here! That means it’s time to get the kids or the grand kids out into the fresh country air and cuddling up to cute big and small animals that will sure put a smile on their faces. We’ve put together a farm animal road trip that adults and kids will enjoy.
Stop 1 – Summer Land Camel Farm
You could easily spend a couple of hours at Summer Land Camels. Our farm, located in Harrisville, is approximately 30 minutes from Ipswich, 45 minutes from Brisbane CBD, 80 minutes from the Gold Coast and 2hrs from Caloundra, Sunshine Coast off the Cunningham Highway. You can’t miss the signs showing you the turn off.
As you drive into Summer Land Camels, you will begin to hear the excitement in your children as they see our magnificent camels in the front paddocks. Driving towards our Homestead to park your car, you will be greeted by the beautiful mountain range of Flinders Peak, and other natural beauties of the Scenic Rim.
We’re open daily from 9am to 3pm (kitchen closes at 2pm) for camel cuddles and feeding, farm tours and camel rides.
These school holidays children can go on an informative farm tour for free. Simply book your adult ticket online and children go free when you enter the code TOURSEP20. Farm tours operate daily at 11am. While on the guided tour, you will learn about these magnificent animals, how they are milked and see where we make our delicious camel milk cheeses and gelato and find out why everyone loves our beautiful camel milk skincare.
Did we say gelato? Yes! And everyday throughout the school holidays, you can treat yourself and the kids to $1 camel milk gelato. The beauty of camel milk gelato is that it doesn’t contain beta-lactoglobulin and many of our lactose intolerant customers are able to eat camel milk dairy products. So no one needs to miss out on this special treat.
If gelato is not your thing, you can order a camel milk coffee (camel-chino), sit back on our veranda and watch the kids feed the camels for $2/bag of feed. You can also enjoy a delicious breakfast or brunch, as you soak in the fresh country air and become engulfed by the beauty that surrounds our property. Check out our new menu here.
You can’t visit a camel farm without riding a camel! Our camel garden rides are on every day throughout the school holidays. Meet Queenie, Jasper, Henry and Gully our four main riding camels. Queenie is usually found at the front of the train leading the male camels. You can’t miss Jasper due to his dark fur colour and Henry loves a selfie and cuddle. And Gully, has a love of shoes and is a born model and always up for a pose. We recommend pre-booking on our website, as numbers are limited. Please remember to wear closed in shoes.
One last thing to do while visiting ... a selfie with a camel! Your camel experience is now done. Where to next?
Stop 2 – Haigslea EWE Nique Hobby Farm
Head towards Ipswich from Harrisville to visit another member of the Camelidae family – Alpacas. Haigslea Hobby Farm will be open every day throughout the school holidays. Children will be delighted to meet alpacas (a camel cousin), sheep, goats, geese and chickens. Farm tours operate daily at 9am, 10:30am and 1pm. Bookings are required. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.
Stop 3 - Llama Farm, Pine Mountain
Approximately 15 minutes from Haigslea, make your way to the Llama Farm in Pine Mountain and visit another camel relative, the llama. Home to the largest herd of llamas in Queensland, the farm is also home to donkeys, miniature ponies, peacocks, geese, turkeys and sheep, and is open daily for the first week of the school holidays. They offer two different experiences to guests being farm visits and guided llama walks (8 years and over). Bookings in advance via email, social media message or phone call. On Thursday 24th September, they will be hosting the Little Llama Farmer’s Children Workshop, with tickets available via Eventbrite. Please visit the Llama Farm’s Facebook page for more details or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
From riding camels, walking Llama’s and cuddling goats, this school holiday road trip will sure leave an impression with your children. They’ll be asking you when they can go back to school to tell all their friends about their fun trip to the country.