Echo Farm, offering families and visitors a chance to interact with animals while engaging in some local history, will re-open under new management on Boxing Day. The 17 acre pioneer farm featuring farm and native animals and an assortment of vintage and antique items is the perfect place to spend some precious time with your favourite little people or bring Nana to reminisce.
Visitors can stroll the Echo Farm walking trail and enjoy the company of a multitude of animals from chickens, turkeys and ducks to sheep, pigs and goats as well as wallaby, emu and a kangaroo who call the farm home. Some of the favourites may also be patted and fed by visitors.
Echo Farm’s original cottage and outbuildings were built in the 1890’s from stones picked up in the paddocks, the harness shed and cottage veranda were built in the 1920’s from locally hand quarried limestone blocks. Thankfully Jenny Butcher started collecting and filling it with many everyday items that Australian pioneering families would have used, and that others may have discarded long ago, to set up Echo Farm as a pioneer farm & museum. Bruce and Linda Hay visited Echo Farm in 2016 and fell in love with it at a time that Jenny was ready to retire from it. “The thought of taking over Echo Farm this month was as daunting as it was exciting” said Bruce, “but we hope our guests will enjoy it as much as we did when we first visited.”
Linda and Bruce intend to build on Jenny’s passion, by offering a chance for families and visitors to interact and learn about animals, while preserving and sharing some local history. “I’m a bit of a history buff and Bruce was brought up on farms and loves that side of it, so the lifestyle choice suited us” said Linda.
Echo Farm is ideally located on the edge of the city of Mount Gambier and will be open from 10am – 3pm every day during the Christmas School holidays, then on weekends and public holidays. Group bookings by appointment at other times.
For more information please visit www.echofarm.com.au. 249 Tollner Road, Mount Gambier