Calmsley Hill City Farm, formerly known as the Fairfield City Farm (before 2009), is a council run, small animal farm, with a fee entry. The cost of an adult ticket is $25, for children over 3, $15. There are concessions and family tickets available.
Calmsley Hill City Farm's origins as a farm date back to early 1800s. It very much retains the country farm atmosphere feel, with its main attraction being opportunities to encounter a variety of farm animals.
During our recent school holidays visit there, we saw most of the animals one could expect to see on a farm - sheep, goats, chickens, cows, horses and pigs. There was even a camel, a turkey and some ponies.
The farm also has an area where there are native animals, mainly kangaroos, koalas and emus, as well as some reptiles.
Most of the animals are within enclosures, however, the farm does have an animal nursery where children can pet the animals and feed them. Animal feed is available for purchase, for $2 a bag.
Other attractions offered by Calmsley Hill City Farm are tractor rides around the farm (with an interesting commentary aimed at children's level of understanding), for $3 per ride, per person.
There also numerous shows throughout the day that relate to different aspects of farming, these are included in the price of the entry ticket. They include morning milking cow's show, working dog show, sheep shearing show and a koala talk.
Calmsley Hill City Farm also has a gift shop, a small café and a playground.
There are plenty of places to have a picnic with shelters and some with free electric barbecues.
Calmsley Hill City Farm is a very scenic farm, a lovely place to enjoy with the family. It is conveniently located close to Sydney, in the suburb Abbotsbury, and offers children an opportunity to experience farm animals and learn more about them.