Brisbane Farm Experience at White Ridge Farm
Have you ever seen a three-legged goat? What about a unigoat? – a goat with one horn? Well if you haven’t and you want to see both, head to White Ridge Farm for the ultimate Brisbane farm experience. Set on 20 acres, north of Brisbane is White Ridge Farm. A gorgeous family owned and operated business offering visitors the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of animals. Guests can hand-feed animals, enjoy a tractor ride, head into the petting enclosure or have fun in the play area. If you are lucky enough, you will also get to see newly hatched chicks or the playful piglets.
Start your visit by taking a walk around the farm and feeding some of the animals with the cup of feed provided when you enter. Make sure you pace yourself though as there are plenty of hungry animals including llamas, alpacas, goats, sheep and chickens, just to name a few.
If you have a tactile Brisbane Kid make sure you head to the petting area. It is here you can sit down and cuddle a chicken, brush a goat or pat a calf.
Hay Rides (Tractor Ride)
Included in your admission fee is a hayride (tractor ride). Climb aboard the trailer that is towed by a tractor and get comfy as you are driven around the adjacent paddocks. Make sure you are alert though as there are many interesting items to spot such as crazy cows, fairies, a unicorn and dinosaurs. The ride takes approximately 10 minutes and runs regularly throughout the day.
Have a Picnic
When you have finished feeding the animals, take a break and feed yourselves. There are plenty of shaded tables and chairs around the property where you can bring your own picnic and enjoy a bite to eat.
After spending some time with the animals, head to the playground area and let the little ones burn off some energy. Children can bounce on the trampoline, swing across the monkey bars, play with the toy trucks or wander around and discover other activities in the playground.
Make sure you bring the camera when you visit the farm as there are plenty of brilliant photo opportunities. Try and grab a selfie with a camel, take a Boomerang picture of a funky chicken or snap a photo of the quirky looking llamas and alpacas. Aside from the farm animals, there are also other photos opportunities aboard the old farm Ute or with one of the more stationary animals such as the camel, dog or even the cow (which you can use to practice your milking skills)!!!
Educational Farm Experience
Aside from getting hands-on with the animals, a visit to White Ridge will also have you learning lots of interesting animal facts from the friendly staff. Do you know one of the main differences between a llama and an alpaca? A llama has banana shaped ears and an alpaca has short, pointy ears!!
Schools, educational facilities or other organised groups are also welcome to visit the farm as an excursion. Alternatively, a mobile animal farm is also available to attend school, Brisbane daycares, nursing homes or fetes. Contact the farm to make a booking.
Special Needs Consideration
White Ridge Farm is accessible for all abilities, prams and wheelchairs. A large asphalt pathway runs throughout parts of the farm, though accessing some enclosures could be an issue. There is plenty of shade and accessible toilets.
White Ridge Farm – The Facts
- Free on-site car parking
- Plenty of shaded tables and chairs (BYO picnic)
- Multiple hand washing stations and sanitiser
- Toilets including baby change facilities and wheelchair accessible toilet
- EFTPOS Facilities
- Play area and trampoline
- Available for kids parties and school excursions
The farm is generally open Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays 9am to 3pm though this can vary depending on weather. Please check their Facebook site for current entry pricing and further details.
White Ridge Farm can be found an easy 50 minute drive north of Brisbane, at 130 Hamilton Road, Elimbah. On your way to the farm ask your Brisbane Kids to keep their eyes open and see who can spot the Expo ’88 ‘AUSTRALIA’ sign (HINT: The recently restored sign now stands proudly at the Caboolture Heritage Village, on the other side of the train tracks, not far from White Ridge Farm).