It’s already week two of the Winter semester, or if you’re one of the lucky ones, you’re halfway through a well-deserved break from study. Let’s face it, though… this dreary weather isn’t leaving anybody feeling fantastic.

This week, to combat the impending study induced breakdowns and winter blues, Curieux explored an interesting and unusual way to de-stress this winter: Alpaca Magic.

Alpaca Magic is a farm located on a large property outside of Sutton, just 25-minutes from the University of Canberra. While the farm is known for its namesake, the alpacas, it also hosts a large variety of animals including llamas, donkeys, and miniature Galloway cows (basically the cow equivalent of a Pomeranian).

The farm is run solely by its proprietor Glynda Bluhm, and offers a range of events including Llamas in Mist, workshops, and open days, all of which allow people to get up close and personal with the animals.

Glynda also offers private group experiences, which can be organised a few weeks in advance, for sporting teams, work outings, or even club and society activities.

The farm differs from a zoo or petting zoo through its wide-open spaces, ethical handling and evident care of the animals. Visitors are able to interact with the animals, and even bottle feed donkey foals and cria (the babies of alpacas and llamas). The perfect way relax!

Personally, the most unusual part of the experience is finding out that donkeys are just like dogs!

Entering their paddock, you are swarmed by a herd of (currently very pregnant) jennets who butt their heads against you until you are forced to pat them or give them a scratch beneath the ears. Leaving the paddock they follow visitors in a train, sad to see them go.

While the farm is definitely worth visiting, if you need a little more convincing, we’ve included some photos below to give you a little preview of what to expect!

*Warning cute animal photos ahead*