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Lyell Deer Sanctuary, Mount Samson

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Published November 25th 2019
Get close and cuddly with these gentle, rescued deer
Girl patting deer at lyell deer sanctuary, mount samson
Children love feeling the soft yet bristly coats of these gentle, rescued animals

Lyell Deer Sanctuary is a peaceful hideaway, just 30 minutes north of Brisbane, where you can hand feed rescued deer.

Before you even arrive, you get the pleasure of the scenic drive. The road winds past hills, through fields and over creeks. You arrive nestled between Mount Glorious and Mount Samson, and 15 minutes away from Samford.

There are goats to see and feed here too

At the deer sanctuary, you can feed the deer, feel their coats, and admire their different colours and sizes. The small herd is a mix of red, rusa and fallow deer. As well as the very peaceful deer, there are cheeky goats to hand feed.

lyell deer sanctuary, antlers, deer
Deer shed their antlers each year

lyell deer sanctuary, kids, play
Indoor play area to relax after visiting the deer

Of course, kids are some of the most eager visitors to an animal sanctuary, and they are well catered for. Undercover is a casual lounge area with baskets of toys and kids books, where you can chill out at your leisure. Outside, there's a mud kitchen to play in and discarded deer antlers.

lyell deer sanctuary, mountains, trees, view, mount samson

lyell deer sanctuary, deer

A visit to the deer sanctuary is good value - just $10 per family or group plus $1 for deer food. There's no people food available to purchase, but there are complimentary tea and coffee making facilities.

lyell deer sanctuary, picnic, mount samson
BYO picnic

You can bring your own picnic to enjoy at one of the outdoor tables, or undercover. It's a beautiful spot to take in the natural serenity of Mount Samson. Beyond the grassed area of the sanctuary, tall gum trees are overshadowed by the Mount Glorious behind them.

lyell deer sanctuary, mountains, trees, view, mount samson
Mount Samson is a peaceful, rural area, 15 minutes from Samford

Be aware - the deer sanctuary is a small, family operation, so don't expect it to be as neat and polished as a bigger, more professionally run organisation.

As well as casual visits, the Lyell Deer Sanctuary also takes group bookings, school excursions, events, weddings, parties, and venue hire.

While you're out this way, make the trip worthwhile by stopping into Samford, or checking out Cedar Creek for some rock hopping and water play.

Open Saturdays and Sundays, and by appointment

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Why? To hand feed rescued deer, in a tranquil natural setting
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 10am to 4pm. Weekdays and school holidays by appointment.
Phone: 0411 485 156
Where: Mt Samson, 30 minutes north of Brisbane
Cost: $10 per family or group
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