Four Elements provide activities and tours for guests all year round, with different activities being available according to the season. Our aim is to provide an informative, entertaining and fun experience for all our guests young and old. The video shows a few of the activities in action - thanks to the ladies at Buggy Buddys. Be sure to take advantage of the FREE entertainment during your next stay at Four Elements, have a chat with us as you check in and we'll let you know whats in season. Scroll down for details on each activity available.
Seasonal Activities at Four Elements
A guided mini tour of the farm to feed the goats, sheep, chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigs and Hogan the horse, before visiting one of the dams to feed the fish. Along the way we will show you some possum hang outs and the two bee hives we have nearby.. This is always a favourite with the younger children as the goats particularly love to eat out of their hands. During the tour we provide information about the breeds and characteristics of the animals and the types of food they eat. We also point out possum nests and the native trees they favour on the property. (suits kids of all ages, parental supervision for under 5s, not run in inclement weather)
A guided activity available for about eight months of the year. We offer a tour of the orchard with an explanation about the trees, including some of our experiences cultivating them, before guests are invited to pick a sample of the fruits currently ripe. This can be combined with animal feeding and suits kids of all ages, with parental supervision for under 5s, not run in inclement weather). Often one or more of the following will be available to pick -
- Apples - available in Autumn, we have four different varieties planted, including Western Australias own Pink Lady and the every popular Granny Smith
- Pears - two varieties of pears available in the later part of summer
- Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots and plums - with different trees fruiting from just before Christmas until late summer.
- Citrus fruits - mandarins, oranges, grapefruits, limes, lemons, and lemonade (a cross between an orange and lemon that makes a sweet lemonade). Lemons and limes are all year round with the rest starting late autumn and finishing in late winter.
There is nothing quite like standing around a large fire on a cool night in the winter months toasting marshmallows. On around four or five occasions a year we will light a bonfire in the late afternoon (around 5pm) for a burn into the evening. All our guests are welcome to sit around the fire and exchange stories. We will supply wood plank seats and marshmallows for the kids to roast. There is no way for kids to have more fun in Margaret River. The fires will not burn low enough to allow toasting of marshmallows until about 7pm. (Kids of all ages, parental supervision essential, not run in inclement weather)
Hay rides to the creek.
Right at the back of the property is a creek that is a favourite place for my boys to explore during winter. We take kids on a hay ride to the creek and see if we can show them the tadpoles and baby marron (about 25mm long) that are migrating down the creek. On the way we stop past a few attractions like our bees that have taken up residence in a barrel, and the dairy cows living in the back paddock. (Kids of all ages, parental supervision essential, can usually be fitted in around a little rain.)
A summer activity as the marron don't eat much during winter. We have been cultivating marron in a couple of our water holes for some years now and we like to keep an eye on how big some of them have grown. So, on a catch and release basis, we will be setting marron nets in the water holes to see what lies beneath. If we visit the water holes at the back of the property we will provide transport in the form of a hay ride in one of the trailers. A fun activity for the kids, but be sure to kit them out in clothes that can stand a bit of mud and water. (Kids 4 and up, being a water based activity parental supervision is essential, you must tell us if there are any weak swimmers in your group, we will provide floatation aids)
Hill Trolley Rides - Gravity Racing.
As a kid I made a few hill trolleys with my Granddad and had a great time using them. When this came up in discussion with guests they mentioned they don't have anywhere easily accessible thats safe to use one .... and an idea was born. Younger kids can ride with Mum or Dad while older kids ages 5 and up can usually go solo. If theres a large group we do timed trials to see who can get the fastest run down the hill (its all about the launch). Bike helmets available for the kids.
Construction and placement of Possum hollows
At Four Elements we have quite a few possums around the place, a population that has been steadily increasing as the trees we have planted have matured. We want to encourage them so we occasionally run a kids workshop to construct a possum hollow. These are artificial possum homes made from a coir doormat rolled into a tube fitted with round wooden plugs at either end, and an entrance hole cut near the top. Kids will participate in contructing the hollows from a kit we supply, then help with deciding on locations and placement in the trees around Four Elements. Kids will be able to write their names on the the hollow they construct so they can identify their one on a return visit and check to see if it has any residents. (suits kids 4 and up, parental supervision optional, can be run in inclement weather)
Gilgie Trap construction and use.
A great activity for ages 6 and up available all year round. We construct with the kids a simple fish trap from a plastic milk container and a few household items. Then we set the traps in the dam and return the next morning to see what we have caught.
A winter activity for ages 6 and up. We visit the creek that flows through oour property and help the kids catch a few tadpoles. The tadpoles can be taken back to the chalet overnight before we return them in the morning. Mucking about in a creek during winter is something every kid should experience.
On three or four occasions during the year we incubate chicken eggs and on selected mornings the kids will be shown how to pick them up and pet them. This is always a popular activity as young children seem to find young animals irrestible, and the fact that the baby chicks are fluffy and cute doesn't hurt! (Suitable for children of all ages, parental supervision for under 4s)
A night time activity for the older kids. On a warm summer night we wait until it gets dark then within a defined area the kids have to use available cover and diversionary tactics to try and sneak up on an adult with a torch. Those that manage to touch home base without being spotted share in the chocolate prize (Suitable for older children say 6 and up, parental supervision for under 8s). This activity runs from about 8pm (when it gets dark) for 45 minutes.
- Usually we run one activity every couple of days, and invite all the guests staying at the time to participate.
- During school holidays we have activities scheduled, outside of those times we arrange times with guests as they check in.
- Activities generally run either at around 8am in the morning or late afternoon say 4pm.
- It is not possible to stack several activities into a short stay of a couple of nights, for a two night stay you can expect one or at most two activities will run dependent on the weather.
- Activities usually run for between half an hour and an hour, with the exception of bonfire nights which will run later into the night.