Welcome to Ferntree Gully
According to our tour travel itinerary, this is our last day of busy activity in Australia before we head home back to Singapore. So on this last day, we're off to Aussie Cattle Farm & Philip Island. Aussie Cattle Farm is a little different from Gold Coast Paradise Country Farm as over here, there are more animals. You can feed kangaroos here and you can try whip snapping here too. It a great place to be as compared to Paradise Country Farm.
We arrived at Warrook Cattle Farm located near the Blue Dandenong Ranges near noon time. The 1st thing that we did was to have lunch. It was a kind of western chicken meal. See from the photos and you'll understand. After lunch, we had to start our outdoor activity at the farm so there were 2 groups and we rode on this farm vehicle.
Mirror snap in Warrook Cattle Farm house
1st stop was the cattle area. We were introduced to the lambs, sheep dogs and a big cow which was meant for experimental for people that want to try to milk it. I didn't try to do it but I just take photos of the animals there. One instance, the farm staff opened the lamb gate and the lambs run off. They had to persuade the lambs to enter and it went off again. That was quite funny and they managed to keep them in the end.
Next stop, we went to the sheep dog "show". This lady demonstrated to us how sheepdogs are deployed to round up cattle. There were 2 dogs there and each different. One of them acts offensively while the other tends to round it every time. It was a nice sight and I managed to snap few good shots. 3rd stop was inside the shearing area.
We ate that..
Shearing is straight forward and next was we went out to try whip snapping. Whip snapping is used to scare cattle because of the sharp sound and it has never been used to whip the poor animals. Din and I tried doing it and we both managed to do it. The technique was to swing the whip up and spin it in a 360degree and then reversed it the opposite way quickly. That's where the snap sound comes.
After all that activity, we were led to the feeding area of kangaroos. Kangaroos are funny animals when it comes to feeding. They are so gentle and never try to scratch me or Din. I did feed some ducks and chicken too.
When time was up to head off to Philip Island, we didn't go to see the Penguin Parade straightaway. We went to a Koala Conservation area at Philip Island and it was quite boring.
30mins were given and your job is to find the koalas high up in the trees. Not forgetting, you're not allowed to touch them at all. Next, we went to the place where the penguins come to the shores. Before that, I bought this penguin coin figure for my sister. As i'm clumsy while i was at my seat to watch the penguins, it dropped and i broke it. Gosh, I wasted AUD$9.95. I bought another after viewing the penguin parade. The penguin parade was a nice sight for a while but it can get very very cold so it's true, you need thick jacket when going there.
It was about 6.45pm and our tour bus driver told us that he'll go to a nearby place i can't remember the name to have dinner. We spent 1hour before going back to our hotel. By the time we reached our Sophia Hotel, it was 10.30pm. Tomorrow we'll need to go home to Singapore and I'm getting sad to leave beautiful Australia but there was a twist of turns.