EVER wanted to pat a 'paca?

Well you can tick it off your bucket list this weekend with the beginning of National Alpaca Week.

Two Tweed Valley alpaca farms will open their gates to the public so you can get up close and personal to our Peruvian friends.

Warrina Park Alpacas owner Jan Chant said most people were quick to warm to the inquisitive, wooly animals.

"Alpacas are really interesting animals and not many people have had the chance to get up close and interact," Ms Chant said.

"It's amazing how many people fall in love with alpacas once they get to know them."

Warrina Park will have alpaca fleece and products on display for sale.

Also opening their farm to the public is Dennis and Sue Boyle from Humminghills Alpacas at Carool.

Mrs Boyle said the farm currently hosted 70 friendly alpacas in a range of colours.

"Our alpaca craft barn will be open with an array of hand made alpaca garments and knick-knacks," Mrs Boyle said.

"Try your hand at spinning or felting, we'll give you your first lesson, or just watch, our friends will be demonstrating throughout the day."

Mrs Boyle said National Alpaca Week was a great time for anyone thinking of getting alpacas to get started as there is plenty of information and leaflets available.

Both Warrina Park and Humminghills will have both Huacaya and Suri (famous for their dreadlocks) breeds as well as crias (baby alpacas).

Humminghills Alpacas will be open both May 12 and May 19.

Warrina Park will be open May 19 only.

Click here for a map showing all alpaca farms open across the south-east Queensland and the Northern Rivers for National Alpaca Week.



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