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Where To Mingle With Animals Around Brisbane

by Sally Foster (follow)
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A list of places to take your kids to meet some animals

I don't know about yours, but my son goes into conniptions of delight each time he sees any form of animal. Duck, cat, bird, dog, sheep, they are all equal in amazement in his eyes.

So I want to take him to lots of different places that he can pat, look at and learn about animals and effectively become the greatest Mum in the universe.

Here is a list of place in and around Brisbane where you can meet some pretty incredible fauna.

1. White Ridge Farm - Elimbah

Credit: White Ridge Farm Facebook Page

White Ridge plays home to a range of happy free range animals including goats, sheep, ducks, mini pigs, chickens, alpacas and even a couple of miniature horses. Children are allowed to pat and cuddle the animals so it is a great hands on experience.

If you want to expose your kids to some animals and give them a taste of what farm life is all about then White Ridge is for you. Your day out can include a BYO picnic, hay ride, milking a cow and having a play on the adventure playground and trampoline. Basically kid heaven.

Credit: White Ridge Farm Facebook Page

They also offer up parties at the farm, so your next kids birthday party can be a unique experience. Or if you would prefer, they have a mobile petting zoo that can come to you.

Location: 130 Hamilton Road, Elimbah

Under 2 Free
2 to 5 years $8
6 to 16 years $10
Pensioners $10
Adults $15
Family Pass $38 (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)

For more information visit their website

2. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary - Fig Tree Pocket

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is nestled in the lush suburb of Fig Tree Pocket and is a haven of native Australian animals. It is a truly lovely day out, with koalas, emus, dingos, platypus, echidnas and a plethora of birds.

Credit: Lone Pine Facebook Page

If your little one loves to get really up and close to the animals, there is a huge open plain field full of hungry and happy kangaroos that let you feed and pat them. There is also a little farm animal area and a large duck pond.

Location: 708 Jesmond Road, Fig Tree Pocket

Adults $36
Child $22
Annual Pass $70

For More information visit their website.

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3. Mini Mates Miniature Horse and Pony Farm - Burbank

Mini Mates started as a hobby farm and is now a gorgeous place to take your kids for pony and horse rides. Kids can also feed, brush and pat the ponies.

Credit: Mini Mates Facebook Page

Ideal for kids aged two to ten, Mini Mates can be visited as part of a birthday party or school excursion, for a weekend pony ride, a half day visit on school holidays or a community group day out. Contact them directly for more information about these options.

Location: 1222 Mount Cotton Road, Burbank

Cost: Prices start at $20 for individual pony rides by appointment only.

For more information visit their website

4. Trevena Glen Farm - Mount Samson

With a picturesque setting and wide open spaces, Trevena Glen farm is a family run place where you can mingle with chickens, guinea pigs, goats, pigs, sheep, cows, donkeys, alpacas, horses and a few lovely miniature ponies.

Credit: Trevena Glen Facebook Page

Bookings to visit Trevena Glen are essential and there are a number of options available if you would like to visit. The monthly open farm day is held on the first Saturday of every month. Kids can feed, pat and spend time with the animals, as well as participate in tractor wagon rides, jumping castle, pony rides, face painting and there is even a BBQ.

Credit: Trevena Glen Facebook Page

On Fridays and Saturdays you can also visit to feed the animals or arrange a horse ride. Bookings are essential. If this isn't enough for you, why not have a farm stay, birthday party, riding lesson or half day or excursion package. So many great options when visiting this beautiful place.

Location: 1132 Winn Road, Mount Samson

Cost: Prices start at $15 per person for the monthly open farm day. Under two are free.

For more information visit their website

Am I missing any great animal encounters close to Brisbane? Please let me know so I can be sure to include it in the list! Comment below

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