Down Johanna Way

Upon first entering Johanna River Farm, we were greeted by a goat guarding the road. He quickly moved out of the way and watched as we drove on by to our cottage—a lovely welcome to a weekend down Johanna way.

Just after we settled in, we began exploring the surroundings. Nestled amongst the hills, everywhere you look is nature at its finest. A lush valley with views of the ocean amongst the trees. 280 acres of working sheep farm surround you.

We wandered down to the idyllic pond and then to the veggie and herb garden to pick some herbs for dinner. We hung out outside on the deck, admiring the views whilst we ate. When night fell, the clear skies treated us to a spectacular show of the stars. The next morning our host Helen gave us a tour of the farm. We got to feed the donkey, ponies and alpacas. We picked fresh plums and met the chickens, who kindly gave us a few eggs. Later on, we visited Johanna beach just down the road, then the 12 Apostles and came home as the rain set in. With our son tucked away in his very own bunk bed, we lit the fire and settled into a cosy evening fireside.

Johanna River Farm is the sort of place you could spend all weekend and be perfectly content. It's abundant in natural beauty, and it's location make it so easy to venture out if you choose to.

Things We Did

  • Farm
  • Beach
  • Experience
  • Waterfall
  • Forest
Farm Tour and explore the surroundings.
Venture around the farm and explore. The walk down to the pond is nice and easy or there is a long walk down to the river. Pick some snow peas and strawberries from the veggie garden. Helen took us on a tour of the farm and we fed Pickles the donkey, Holly and Chilli the ponies and the alpacas. She showed us where to collect our own eggs and pick fresh plums. The animals are friendly and great fun for the kids....
Check out Johanna Beach
A rugged and fairly untouched piece of coastline, Johanna Beach is a spectacular sight. A swell magnet and the ocean rough and unruly on our visit, we opted for a relaxing stroll and play amongst the rock pools....
The 12 Apostles
Always a must when down this way. The 12 Apostles speak for themselves. A cruisey 40 minutes drive away made for a great nap opportunity for the little man.
"Big Rocks Dad"
Hopetoun Falls
The Otway National Park is known for waterfalls. Hopetoun Fall's is my pick of the area. A fairly steep but short walk down through lush rainforest, and you'll find this impressive waterfall. Enjoy the rest and the serenity before the climb back up....
The Redwoods
I love the Redwoods. You could spend hours wandering through this forest. The huge trees are impressive enough but the ferns and dense foliage just take you away to another time. We played hide and seek amongst the giant trunks before the drive home....

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