Camille is a freelance ghost blog and web content writer. She's also a musician and an "Autoimmunee". She loves learning and sharing about how to live life with positive energy and meaning.
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Published December 3rd 2017
Embrace your inner child and bring the real 'kids' along
Ever seen those videos of super cute goats doing silly things? Well, imagine you are in one them. That is one of the many beautiful experiences to be had at White Ridge Farm Elimbah.
You've got be kidding me! :P
I have a confession that I have never admitted to anyone, not even to my parents, but when I was considering my university options, the idea of studying to become a veterinarian was high on my list to explore. I had met the academic requirements, however, I knew that I just didn't have the heart for it (I cried in the shower for 3 weeks straight when one of my guinea pigs passed away, so you can imagine I'm not very good with animal loss). But you can assume from this little anecdote - I absolutely love animals! And now that we've discovered White Ridge Farm Elimbah, it's now one of my favourite places ever! The place is wonderful for families with children of all ages and adults who go gaga over animals (like I do).
Located not too far off-the-beaten-track you'll find White Ridge Farm Elimbah amongst the bush. The entrance fee includes a hayride and 1 cup of food to feed the animals (if you love feeding the animals as much as we did, you can purchase additional cups of food for $1 each - we bought 5).
Keep 'em close - they tried to steal our cups! :O
The farm, while small, provides a guided path and a very interactive experience. Meet some of the many super cute sheep, llamas, alpacas, mini horses, pigs, chickens, ducks ... (you get the picture) animals that call this place home. There is an area for petting baby animals and a trail where you can feed the grown-ups - some are super hungry but all eat feel very soft as the om nom off you. Make sure to hold your palm out flat to feed them. To feed the chickens and ducks you've got get some bread out of the bucket to feed them. They love it and so will the kids (no matter how 'grown-up' they are).
Near the end of our visit (almost 2 hours since we arrived), we took up our hayride (there's no set schedule they just go when there are enough people). The hayride is a nice little trip on a wagon trailer behind a tractor and gives you an idea of just how many animals the farm houses! It's a wonderful trip (there was a little boy who went twice!) with a few 'surprises' to keep the kids entertained along the ride.
We ended our visit with one last visit to see the baby animals in the petting enclosure. Ever seen that scene in Despicable Me, where the little girl shouts 'It's so fluffy!"? Well, I had a very similar story - inside are also a number of chickens which you can place on your lap and pet, a couple of which are super fluffy and soft!
Owned and operated by David and Katrina White with the enthusiastic help of Neve and Riley and a host of volunteers, everyone is absolutely lovely! We super loved our visit and I think it's a wonderful way to really get up, close and personal with the animals - a must visit for families looking for something to do that's not only educational but fun to do too!