Australian Alpacas is just one hours drive north east of Melbourne. Nestled in the heart of the beautiful Yarra Valley.
Our views look out to the picturesque Mount Toolebewong, Ben Cairn and Mount Donna Buang.
We are Tim and Julie Blake. And we are both current Australian Alpaca Association members https://alpaca.asn.au/ and active participants and mentors in the Victorian Eastern Region https://ver.alpaca.asn.au/ Our herd consists of both Suri and Huacaya breeds of alpacas in most colours.
Our property is privately owned and operated.
We focus on improving our farm’s sustainable operations through conservative management.
The soil, pasture and indigenous tree plantings are carefully monitored, always using nature to our advantage. The Yarra Valley is well known as a fertile wine growing region and the pasture here is rich and unimproved. Our gently undulating paddocks all have great shade trees. And our purpose-built sheds, laneways and automatic water troughs make breeding and showing these amazing animals a pleasure for us.
Our herd freely graze and socialise in an all-natural and stress-free environment.
Recently we have created an ephemeral wetland area, utilising valuable natural springs on farm.
Environmental overlays provide for native flora and fauna that are in abundance here.
We care for and respect the land and environment, working WITH nature has huge benefits.
Our children and grandchildren just love the alpacas and farm living!
We began with an initial focus on high quality genetics in the Suri breed, assuring us a stable, elite foundation herd.
Recently, we have commenced a Huacaya breeding program under the prefix “Chakana Gold”.
Outstanding representations of Alpacas have been born into both our prefixes to date.
We are very proud of our consistent successes at high level competitions which include;
- Winning the Victorian Eastern Region “Alpaca of the Year” for seven consecutive years.
- Supreme and Champion winners at Royal and National Show level.
Alpaca workshops cover topics such as;
- New breeders
- Alpaca Behaviors and Halter Training
- Fleece collection
- Farm maintenance.
Open days on farm are also really popular. Contact us for more details about upcoming events.
Are you wanting to start a hobby, need herd guards or have bigger ideas for your alpaca journey?
We’d love to help you.
Alpacas for sale, Sire services or tailored packages can be arranged.
We love talking about alpacas.
Ask us about these unique inquisitive animals.
- Low stress handling and ethical husbandry practices
- Low animal to land ratio
- Careful research of proven genetics.
- Adhering to the breed standard closely.
- Progressive nutrition and pasture management.
- Quality hygiene and veterinary practices.
- Strict record keeping.
- Consistently bred, healthy, well-proportioned alpacas, with good temperaments.
- Keeping current within the alpaca industry.
Our vision is to manage a farm where all our animals live in harmony on this beautiful, picture-perfect property.
We take pride in our purpose-built facilities and ease of operations through careful future planning.
As committed full members of the Australian Alpaca Association we enjoy filling important roles through the show circuits and as mentors.
Pursuing leading practices in animal husbandry and weaning activities we are extremely happy with the progeny born here.
We will continue to set the bar high.
Our family vision has never changed. “ To enjoy life and have fun breeding and raising alpacas that we can be proud of ”
It’s as simple as that.
We live by the philosophy that if you care for the land, it will, in-turn, care for you.
We have adopted a natural approach that best cares for the soil, the water and the Flora.
The wildlife in the valley is abundant, we enjoy living alongside nature and keeping our eco footprint low.
On farm practices always consider the welfare of the animals first.
Our breeding philosophy aligns with the astute “Estancia Accoyo” practices of the late Don Julio Barreda, from Macusani, Peru
Well thought through views on genetics and the science of continuously improving the ‘breeding values’ of the animal.