I've been searching forever and a day for somewhere on the Sunshine Coast to take our grandson so that he can interact with farm animals - to give our little man a taste of country life. Short of taking him for a farmstay, I've been hoping to find something that one can do with a short visit but still have all the fun of a farm.
Open for two hours at a time - so one can do everything you need to and still have spare hours in the day to do some other adventuring ie. like popping into The Ginger Factory on your way home or visiting the Yandina Historical House.
All sorts of kids were out and about - Images: Elaine de Wet
Animal Farm - Sunshine Coast (previously PoulTree Park) doesn't have specific opening times, so one has to check either their website here or their Facebook page here for times, as and when they're listed.
Pay and get your 'stamp' here - Image: Elaine de Wet
The opening times on Labour Day were from 10.30am to 12.30pm and we couldn't believe how busy it was. After parking the car, visitors join the queue to purchase entry, which is $5 per person (including littlies), and an extra $1 for a ticket to feed the animals. Then we all got 'stamped' - a nice green one that I'm still trying to wash off my hand.
The fun then starts, with everybody being able to enter the various pens (first pick up your cup of animal food at the gate) to pet and feed the animals.
Important Information before visiting Animal Farm - Sunshine Coast
Wear covered/closed-in shoes - gum boots are a good idea - for safety reasons (you've guessed it, I wore open sandals, duh!);
Wear dark, old clothing as the soil is red and can stain (wish I'd read this one before, I wore white and I saw other guests with very pretty silver shoes on);
Insect repellent is recommended as there appear to be an abundance of green ants;
If parking on site, please park in designated areas. We did notice that once the designated parking was full, visitors were parking on the road outside Animal Farm - Sunshine Coast, which was then a short stroll to the ticket spot;
This little piggy stayed at home - Image: Elaine de Wet
Animal Farm - Sunshine Coast do have a Farmyard Espresso where one can purchase a coffee or tea and sit either indoors in a very cosy lounge area, or outside on one of the garden benches under the trees. Unfortunately, we found the queue was a tad too long with visitors streaming in to purchase their entry tickets, so it was a more viable option to skip this part of our fun morning and perhaps pick up refreshments elsewhere. Vouchers can now be ordered online here for your coffee.
An outing to Animal Farm - Sunshine Coast is absolutely worth it for ALL age groups. To hear the squawks of the excited children when faced with these gorgeous bundles of fur is all the thanks a parent or grandparent needs. Our verdict: A morning well spent and only half an hour from Buderim.
PS I've just read this on their Facebook page:-
'Do you belong to a playgroup? If you can organise a group of 20 parents (minimum, plus children) we may be able to organise a weekday farm opening...contact us for more information.' So, as you can see it's pretty important to keep checking in to see what activities Animal Farm - Sunshine Coast are organising.
Little fluffy bundles of joy - Image: Elaine de Wet