Creswick Woollen Mills officially opened its new animal experience to the public on Monday, February 19.
The animal enclosure is the completion of the first of five upgrades to the mill.
The second stage will involve an upgrade to the front of the shop, followed by the building of an Asian welcome centre, another animal experience area and finally upgrades to the car park and to the Mill Cafe.
The experience at the mill involves visitors learning about the history of the mill itself and the journey of natural fibres through the interactive exhibition A Very Fine Yarn, before having the opportunity to stop for lunch at the Mill Cafe, which champions local produce.
A full-time animal handler will demonstrate shearing on site in the new outdoor area.
Visitors are able to feed and pet the mill’s alpacas, both merino and self-shedding dorper cross wiltipoll sheep and miniature goats.
On the first weekend of March, Creswick Woolen Mills will hold a competition for the cutest cria.