Animal farms are a quintessential childhood experience and a kind of family day out that’s so memorable and special. As a Brisbane family photographer, I often ask my clients where they spend their weekends out with kids. Brisbane has some amazing animal farms that you simply have to take your kids to if they are a lover of all things furry and feathered. I’ve compiled 5 Brisbane Animal Farms and I will be sharing how they each have something unique to offer for you and your little ones. Who’s ready to feed a baby cow?
187 Missigs Rd, Haigslea
45 minutes from Brisbane South (Ipswich way)
Haigslea Ewe nique Farm is a lovely family run Brisbane animal farms for kids in Brisbane where you can get up close to a range of farm animals and join in the farm yard experience. I recommend it for younger kids 5 and under. Being a hobby farm it is not a huge zoo, but my nephews absolutely loved it and asked to go back again and again.
You get to hand feed the sheep, lambs, alpacas, goats and check out so many wandering chickens! This place is super affordable and relaxing, a sanctuary for those wanting a rural outback sort of weekend. Not to mention Queens Park, The Workshop Rail Museum and Ipswich Art Gallery are all nearby
I personally love Lone Pine. If you are looking for an animal farm in Brisbane city, the closest is Lone Pine in Fig Tree Pocket. You instantly get transported to an animal sanctuary surrounded by rainforests, beautifully laid out walks and plentiful shaded picnic tables to enjoy a picnic with your family.
There’s more than just koalas. It’s less of a petting zoo than an educational experience, but you get to hand feed the kangaroos and cuddle koalas! (Plus a photoshoot with the koala)
There are FREE animal encounters all throughout the day. Lorikeets feeding, sheep dogs herding sheep, free flight raptor shows, dingo meet and greet.
20 minutes from Brisbane South
1374 Mt Cotton Rd, Burbank QLD
Deathrow Unchained is an animal rescue and sanctuary. Although it’s not a petting zoo as these animals are rescue animals and some don’t like to be pat. You do get a chance to get up and close with a few animals that certainly loved a pat and attention.
They run 1 hour guided tours around the animal sanctuary every Friday, Saturday and Sunday that provide educational, ethical and interactive experience suitable for all age groups, including us parents! They also sell animal feed bag ($3 per bag) to feed the cows at the end of the tour.
If you live on the Northside of Brisbane, you must visit the White Ridge Farm, where you can feed the llamas, alpacas, horses, sheep, goats and ride the tractor ride and a small petting zoo for the little ones.
This place is under an hour from Brisbane South.
Hand feeds animals and two playgrounds on site (one for toddler one for older kids), trampoline, putt putt
I also want to highlight Brisbane animal farm Travena Glen where your child can experience riding a pony. There is nothing like seeing your kids faces light up from the joy of being in the saddle. From just $65 per half hour session, this is going to be an experience your child will not forget for the rest of their life. I will write a separate blog about horseback riding around Brisbane soon!
Located at O’Reilly’s Canungra Valley vineyards where you can hand feed the alpacas, this farm is an absolute must-visit. The scenic drive on the way to Canungra lifts your mood and helps you unwind from a long week. There is a restaurant on site for a decent price. If you want, the gorgeous Sarabah Estate Vineyard is only 5 minutes away and the food there is amazing! Unfortunately because the farm is located within a fully licensed venue, there is no BYO food or alcohol allowed on the property.
You get to walk alpacas on lead around the vineyard grounds!
Have you visited one, or all of the above farms near Brisbane? Whether you are a local or just visiting Brisbane, make sure to add a trip to one of these Brisbane animal farms to your to-do list. From petting zoos to wildlife sanctuaries, the Brisbane has so many amazing places to get up close and personal with some of the most adorable animals. These farms are such a fun safe place for families to connect. A few of them also offer birthday party hosting to make your child’s celebration a memorable experience with their dearest friends. Furthermore, I don’t think it’s just the kids that will enjoy it, adults love meeting amazing animals in personal hands-on encounters too!
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