Pakenham - Places to See

Historical Society Museum

The Berwick-Pakenham Historical Society has a display of items pertaining to local history. They are located in a room adjoining the library in John St and are open by prior appointment only, tel: (03) 5943 2271.

Mariah Hill Alpaca Ranch
Mariah Hill Alpaca Ranch is one of Australia's largest such farms, featuring 200 alpacas on 100 acres. There are guided tours of the 1842 homestead with its 33-cm walls. Sections of the cottage garden date back to the 19th century. There is a new wallaby enclosure, a nursery, tearooms, picnic areas with barbecue facilities, a gift shop and hayrides on the weekends. The ranch is open from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. daily (it is best to ring first if you are interested in visiting on Monday or Tuesday), tel: (03) 5942 5722.

To get there head east of Pakenham along the Princes Highway for 4 km and turn left into Mt Ararat Rd North. Mariah Hill is at no.125

Truleen Downs Alpaca Stud
Truleen Downs is located 10 km north of Pakenham at 940 Toomuc Valley Rd, Pakenham Upper. There are guided tours of the operation and a gift shop. The stud is open to the public on a daily basis, tel: (03) 5942 7417.