UPDATED: Farm Visit Brisbane | Where to go to pat farm animals!
Farm visit Brisbane, anyone? Here’s where to take your little ones if you want to get up close and personal with the barnyard’s favourite babies. Just click the heading to get more information on each location!
Farm visit Brisbane style? Yes please!
I don’t know about you but the absolute joy that children experience when in the presence of animals is truly one of parenthood’s greatest gifts. Seeing how sweet, excited and caring they can be to creatures smaller than themselves. Holding a fluffy chick, feeding a bottle to a lamb or playing with a tiny piglet – gives you goosebumps, doesn’t it?
In terms of farm visits Brisbane, though, sometimes it can be hard to figure out where to go and when! You can sometimes find them at school fetes or childcare visits but what if you want to head somewhere sooner? And actually make a day of it? Is there anything out there?
Trevana Glen Farm
You’ll be travelling about 40 minutes out of the Brisbane CBD. It’s not a ‘drop in anytime’ sort of place – this is a real farm with real animals on real schedules! Pay close attention to the best times to go and to see if you can participate in feeding while you’re there. Definitely one of our favourite haunts! Find out more here.
EcoPark Fishing World & Farm Stay
Located in Luscombe, EcoPark Fishing World offers a range of opportunities for kids to interact with fish and fauna, from fishing experiences to wildlife encounters. Fishing fans cast a line into ponds specially stocked with Barcoo Grunter, Silver Perch, Australian Bass, Murray Cod and Yellow Belly, giving them a reasonable chance of reeling in a big one.
A range of farm animals and both native and exotic birds, including the likes of pigs, alpacas, goats, ducks, macaws and peacocks, circulate and reside in the park.
White Ridge Farm
White Ridge Farm is a small hobby farm in Elimbah, one hour north of Brisbane. Entry to the farm includes a cup of animal food and a hay ride, and you’ll get to meet alpacas, llamas, miniature horses and a range of popular farm animals. There’s an adventure playground and trampoline on site and plenty of BYO picnic areas. Opening hours are subject to weather so please check the website, before visiting.
Tommerups Dairy Farm
Tommerups Dairy Farm, 90 minutes south of Brisbane, is a working dairy farm that welcomes visitors for a farmstay vacation or tour. This historic farm has been in the same family since 1874, and although predominantly dairy it’s also home to rare heritage breed pigs and other farm animals. Holidaymakers can choose to stay in one of two historic cottages on site, while day-trippers can enjoy a guided tour that includes morning tea in the shade of the blue gums. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. Visit the website to book.
Mountview Alpaca Farm at Canungra Valley Vineyards
Mountview Alpaca Farm, located in O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley Vineyards, is a great place to visit and feed the many resident alpacas, followed by a picnic in the grounds (BYO or book in advance for a pre-prepared picnic or BBQ pack). As it’s located within the O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat, you’ll find lots of other great places nearby to explore too! Click here for more info.
Paradise Country, Nerang
You’ll not only find barnyard critters here but Aussie wildlife as well! This is an absolutely gorgeous part of the world and well worth the trip! YOu can even go camping there overnight – find out more here. Find out more on their website.
Ipswich Nature Centre
Back the kids in the car and head west! The Ipswich Nature Centre is a gold coin donation, is open every day of the year and you’ll be in the presence of some of the most gorgeous little lambs you ever did see. Take your time around the centre to experience all of the Australian animals in gorgeously maintained habitats. We wrote a full review here.
Naughty Little Kids
If you are looking for a fun activity for kids and an outing the whole family can enjoy, then look no further that Naughty Little Kids. They run farm tours every Sunday between 1pm and 5pm. On one of our tours you will get to pat and feed our kids, milk a goat by hand, have ricotta made in front of you, learn about goats, and sample gelato.
They don’t sell goats but can put you in touch with the right people if these little guys steal your heart and you want to add to your family. Just make sure you are across the rules for goat ownership for your area and know about responsible goat care – we’ve written about it here. Visit their website here.
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Did you know that there are also farm animals at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary? Better than just that – you’ll also see sheep dogs in action! This iconic Brisbane destination in beautiful Fig Tree Pocket is a right of passage for any young nature lovers. Read our review here.
Brisbane Northside Produce
For something a little bit different, why not take the kids to Brisbane Northside Produce. Whilst their core business is selling produce and stock, they have a huge range of ‘farm-yard’ friends for your little one to watch and pat. Their animal stock varies but it is common to see chickens, mice, guinea pigs, pigs, goats, ducks, lambs and a huge range of parrots and other birds – some are hand raised and very tame! You can find out more here.
Similar to Brisbane Northside, this Redlands entry have many small (and some large!) animals including poultry, lambs, piglets, sheep and others! You’re able to pat, watch and interact with the little cuties and then pic yourself up some produce and stock while you’re at it. Find out more here!
Brisbane Valley Ostrich & Fish Farm
It’s true – there’s an ostrich farm in Brisbane! Well, just over an hour away in Esk actually, but it’s well worth a visit if you’re looking for something a little quirky and different. Run by retired couple, Pattie and Alan, the Brisbane Valley Ostrich and Fish Farm is a place where you can meet the two resident pet ostriches (and their emu, peacock and guinea fowl friends), browse the display of hand-carved and painted ostrich and emu eggs (Pattie’s own creations), and keep the sun off with ostrich feather hats and parasols. You can also relax by the ponds for a spot of humane fishing (barbless hooks are provided), or enjoy a lakeside picnic or barbecue. BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. Call 5424 1146 to book.
NOTE: Pattie and Alan are winding down operations. Check before setting off if they are still operating!
Ottaba Llama Walks
This experience is truly different! How would you like to take a llama for a walk? You can with Ottaba Llama Walks! You’ll be paired with your own friendly llama who’ll make the 2-3km trek with you. Walks are on mostly flat terrain, and include your choice of a farm visit or wine tasting experience at the end. The family-friendly farm visit will give you the opportunity to mingle with donkeys, goats, alpaca and camel but bookings for walks and tours are essential. Visit the website for more information and to book.
Lyell Deer Sanctuary
Just 30 minutes north of Brisbane is a peaceful haven where visitors can interact with friendly herds of Red, Rusa and Fallow Deer. The sanctuary, set on 40 acres of lush private parkland, has been open for over 35 years, and is a beautiful place to relax and unwind. Visitors can enjoy a Devonshire Tea and other delicious treats in the Sanctuary Café before hand-feeding the deer, and there are deer-related souvenirs available to purchase in the gift shop. The sanctuary is open on weekends from 10am to 4pm, and on weekdays and holidays by appointment. Visit the website for more information and to book.
Farm visits Brisbane!
We hope this has helped quenched your thirst for real farmyard experiences. If you’ve been to any GREAT farm visits Brisbane (and surrounds) that we haven’t listed, please let us know in the comments!