Are you looking for a Covid safe outdoor activity to do? Why not check out the Mountview Alpaca Farm located within the Scenic Rim Region of South East Queensland. The Mountview Alpaca Farm is situated on the grounds of the O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard, just a 1 hour and 10 minute drive from Brisbane airport.
The Mountview Alpaca Farm offers an alpaca picnic and walk experience, where you can take the alpacas on a walk around the lovely grounds of O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard. There is an option to pre-purchase an O’Reilly’s picnic basket to enjoy a delicious lunch or an O’Reilly’s bottle of wine while soaking in the countryside views and atmosphere.
There are various walking experience options and packages available from 15 minute alpaca walks to 1-hour alpaca walks. You can choose how many alpacas you would like to walk and if you want to include an O’Reilly’s picnic basket during your visit. If a picnic basket isn’t your thing, they also have pizza packages, along with an ice cream and cold drinks van available.
During our visit, we decided on walking 2 alpacas for 30 minutes along with a pre-paid picnic basket. We decided to have our picnic before our booked alpaca walk, and managed to find a perfect spot with a table under a large tree in the shade. The picnic hamper was full of delicious food from local cheeses to chicken and ham rolls. The hamper certainly had a variety of fresh quality food to suit everyone’s taste.
The alpaca farm reception is located on one side of the car park and the O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard reception on the other. We checked-in at the alpaca reception which is accessible by a fabulous timber ramp that gives you access through the back door. The reception area is also a small gift shop where there is a variety of alpaca and lama merchandise, from super cute alpaca soft toys to alpaca woollen socks.
The alpaca walk experience is open to guests of all abilities and the alpacas were absolutely cool and collected around my wheelchair. Mum and Nicky both had an alpaca each while I wheeled beside. The alpacas were so cute and well behaved, even though I am not sure who was taking who for a walk half the time. They were very much food orientated and as long as we had some food and there was some nice grass for them to stop and snack on they were happy. The alpaca walk is on the grass. The grass was fairly flat and even in most parts, so I didn’t have too much trouble moving around in my electric wheelchair. However, grass can be difficult to navigate in a wheelchair so this experience may not be suitable for all.
We had such a fabulous time during our alpaca walk and I think 30 minutes was a perfect amount of time for the experience.
Before we left we went across the car park to the reception area of the O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard where there is also a gift shop, however, this one has O’Reilly’s merchandise available and of cause wine along with locally grown products.
Unfortunately, the driveway and car park of O’Reilly’s Vineyard is made up of small compacted pebbles so it did make it really difficult to get across from one reception to the other in a wheelchair.
The O’Reilly’s building is also where the disabled toilet is located. The toilet is fairly small and there isn’t much room to move, but this is mainly because a babies change-table is taking up a big chunk of the room which stops side access to the toilet.
We had a fabulous day trip visiting the Mountview Alpaca Farm and O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyard. It was a delight to get out and about again in the fresh air after spending most days inside thanks to the covid craziness.
If you are looking for an outdoor experience that’s a little different, why not pay a visit to Mountview Alpaca Farm.
In my opinion I give Mountview Alpaca Farm a rating of 3.5 for wheelchair accessibility, and 4.5 stars for our overall experience .
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*