My 2 year old son can be precious, so I was a little unsure how he would react when I took him along to Golden Ridge Animal Farm with my local playgroup. Once we got over his initial alarm of his shoes becoming muddy, it went from bad to worse with him fearing the turkeys in their cage, not to mention the chickens huddling under their heater.
I think my son breathed a sigh of relief when the guides entered and got us all to sit in a circle away from the animals. Little did he know that this was so he could hold and pat the small animals. However, the farm guides seemed to smell his fear and slowly but surely, my son warmed to their expert techniques to help him relax around the animals until finally, magic, my son was patting his first chicken which then extended to holding a baby rabbit.
The farm tour continued on a well worn track that took the children past goats, lambs, alpacas, cows, pigs, Shetland ponies and more. This could all be done at our own pace and children were able to feed the hungry hoards and pat them through the safety of fences.
As we completed our tour around the farm, it was ended with an opportunity to milk a cow (my son was almost convinced to have a turn) and feed a bottle of milk to the baby goat (which only hours before I would have said there was no way my son would do it).
Pony rides (for an extra charge) were also offered.
Whilst it is probably difficult to push a stroller around the farm, it is an easy walk (even for a heavily pregnant woman). The tour takes approximately 1 hour. Tables are provided for patrons to enjoy a picnic on the grounds amongst the numerous hens, roosters and ducks roaming the area.
Golden Ridge Animal Farm is located in Sydney's Hills District suburb of Dural, approximately a 45 minute drive from the CBD. Bookings are essential.