Hop on a hump and have sunset cocktails with camels at Summer Land Farm
Referred to as ‘ships of the desert’, camels are the long-eyelashed companion that we make friends with on the occasional show day or beach holiday. Unbeknownst to us – until now, that is – there’s a whole farm full of these intelligent beauties just a short excursion from the city. It’s called Summer Land Farm and it makes for one fun-filled day trip.
Located in Harrisville – a quick 45 minute drive from Brisbane and just over an hour from the Gold Coast – Summer Land Farm is Australia’s largest commercial camel dairy. The first thing you’ll want to do when you arrive is get up close and personal with a camel. To meet and greet these humped creatures, you can can take a farm tour where you will be guided on a behind-the-scenes expedition through the farm and its dairy operation, or you can jump on a wooly companion and enjoy a ride through the lush grounds. If you want to make the experience extra special, you can wake up at dawn to saddle a fluffy mate and journey around the property before tucking into some breakfast bites at the cafe, or dig in to a grazing platter of charcuteries and camel-milk cheese as you watch the camels roam the fields at sunset – with a cocktail in hand, of course.
If your ride around the farm has you famished, then pop into the Homestead Cafe for a feed. It’s here where you can sample Summer Land Farms’ beloved camel milk, camel-milk cheeses and camel-milk gelato – in flavours like salted caramel, honey and macadamia, and mixed berry. Carnivores can even taste-test camel meat with the the Homestead Camel Burger served with fried onions, tomato, lettuce, garlic aioli, barbecue sauce and camel-milk fetta or The Homestead Camel Hot Dog with camel sausage, fried onions, lettuce, garlic aioli, barbecue sauce and camel-milk cheese. Summer Land Farm also sells a huge range of take-home goodies like camel-milk and honey vodka, skincare and fresh milk products. If you’re keen to meet a new furry friend, make tracks to the Summer Land Farm website to learn more.
Image credit: Summer Land Farm