Where: 20027 Spencer Highway, Minlaton

Alpacas are not scary. There we said it. If you imagine a large, long necked, fluffy dog that you just want to cuddle, you are on the right track. So with that in mind, you must make the quick stop off at Alpacas Chaparral when you are on the Yorke Peninsula with kids to say g’day to Shorty and Dee and have a free look around.

With over 120 Alpacas on site, it is actually really cool to give them a pat, grab a photo or two and watch them have a feed. Plus you won’t find two nicer people to have a chat too than long term locals Shorty and Dee (Shorty is also a brilliant artist and you can check out his works in the gallery). For the serious ‘paca folk, you can get stuck into chatting about their experiences at the Royal Show and breeding and all that jazz, but for the casual fan it is just a lovely little stop.

The gallery is full of some wonderful Alpaca products and make for some great momentos of the trip. Who knew alpaca wool is SO soft and warm? If we told you we didn’t buy baby Jack an Alpaca soft plush toy then we would be lying. Because of course we did. The gallery is open 10-4 on weekends and school holidays or by appointment.

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