The Lyell Deer Sanctuary
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We came across it almost by accident when exploring Mount Mee but what a little delight it is. It is tucked away in the Samford Valley an easy and picturesque drive from Brisbane of about 30 minutes. It makes the most wonderful day out for families in particular, as it is a rescue home for all kinds of deer. There are other farm animals that roam around the property delighting some of the little fans who come to visit.
It has been around for an astonishing thirty years and when talking to the owner who more recently took it over, she is still wondering what on earth possessed her as it is a big job keeping the sanctuary going and she finds herself working almost 24/7.
The entrance fees all go to paying for the upkeep of the sanctuary and getting food for them. It is really very modest so go along and have a lovely day and help keep this little sanctuary alive and well.
You may wonder how it works and when you buy your tickets you are given a rundown of what you can and cannot do - it's not that there are many rules but there are some to keep you and your family safe as this is not a zoo - it is an animal rescue place with some goats and chickens and guinea fowl too.
By all means, bring a picnic and make a day of it as there is a lovely covered area where you can spread out your feast. There are complimentary tea and coffee facilities too. Of course, you cannot have your picnic within the deer enclosure as they are likely to want to share your picnic with them!
It is lovely to be able to pet and feed them and they are all so friendly and curious - Care and supervision are needed because these animals have big antlers and while they may look cute and their antlers may feel velvety they can undoubtedly be used as a weapon as well.
The other thing that really appealed to me is the many astonishing facts about deer which you can pick up at the Sanctuary. In Australia, these animals are considered feral so there is no breeding at the sanctuary. Did you know that antlers drop off every year and regrow in 90 days? You can see some examples of antlers that have dropped off at the Sanctuary. You will also be introduced to several types of deer which inhabit the Sanctuary at present. It is a fascinating little place with a lot to offer.
is also available for group bookings, school/vacation care excursions, weddings, birthday parties, workshops and venue hire.
Check the website here
HOURS: Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. No booking is required, just pop in! Check the website for special days and events.
There is limited on-site parking, but plenty of street parking.
COST: Admission is $5 per adult
$3 per child (2-16 yrs)
Deer pellets are $1 per bag
A little note on the website states:
All proceeds go towards the care and maintenance of our rescue animals, and enable us to continue to rescue deer. We receive no government financial assistance for the work we do, so community support through visits, sharing, and animal sponsorships are greatly appreciated!
Do plan a visit. It's a "dear" one to do.
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