The Mountview Alpaca Farm is a little over an hour’s drive south of Brisbane, situated just outside the picturesque country town on Canungra in the Scenic Rim region, tucked in behind Mount Tamborine and the New South Wales border.
The alpacas at Mountview are friendly and are well-groomed, and you can choose to feed them (Alpaca food is for sale in the shop for $3 per bag) or walk them from $15.
The staff will help you select an alpaca who suits your family (younger children might be paired with older, calmer and more obedient alpacas, while older Brisbane kids might enjoy the company of more spirited younger ones). They’re happy to walk along with you – through the vineyards or down towards the stream that runs alongside their paddocks – but when you stop they’ll take the opportunity to nibble the fresh grass that also doubles as a picnic lawn.
Small children will delight in their ability to ‘walk’ this large, placid animals and it will create a memorable day out for the whole family. If you’re fortunate you may also get to meet some baby alpacas or spot the resident turtles or even a platypus in Canungra Creek.
How to get to Mountview Alpaca Farm
The farm shares the grounds of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards – you can also order a bottle of wine or a picnic basket from the vineyard.
Mountview Alpaca Farm makes a wonderful day trip destination with your kids or would be a fantastic way to spend time as part of a weekend or school holiday trip to the Scenic Rim or up to Mount Tamborine. It’s nestled in the bottom of a valley with a creek passing through. You can see where the bushfires have hit in the nearby areas on the drive into the farm, but just like the people who live out here, the bush is springing back quickly.
Find out about opening hours and costs on their website https://www.mountviewfarm.com.au/
Fun Facts about Alpacas
- Alpacas are social creatures
- Alpacas are vegetarians
- Alpacas can live for 20 years
- Alpacas only spit when they are distressed or feel threatened
- Alpacas hum and they can also shriek when they are worried
- Male Alpacas have a cleaner poo pile than female Alpacas (I know! what a fun fact!!)
- Baby Alpacas are called Crias
Canungra itself is filled with cafes, gift shops and a lovely little bakery (is anything better than a country town bakery’s vanilla slice?) and makes a lovely place to stop for a bite before or after your Alpaca experience.
Mountview Alpaca Farm is open every day at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards and is located at 852 Lamington National Park Rd, Canungra QLD 4275