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Watching children fall in love with farmyard animals and bushland babies is one of the cutest things ever!

The Gold Coast has lots of kid-friendly places where children can get up close with different animals and enjoy petting a lamb or feeding a lorikeet. We’ve put together a list of local favourites (and some a day trip away) where you can pat, feed, love and take happy snaps with cute animals.

You’ll find locations where you can grab a coffee, adopt your own pet and even brush up on your local history.

We’ve also included health and safety information (wash those hands peeps!).

Enjoy!

SPECTRUM PLANTS

This nursery specialising in succulents (be still my beating heart!) is a hidden gem, with lots of animals to see including pigs, chickens, lams, goats ducks and guinea pigs!

COST free

WHEN 7 days, 8am-3pm

WHERE 69 Currey Rd, Wongawallan QLD

The Historic Rivermill

This pretty site was once used to mill arrowroot on the Coomera River. Enjoy lunch and visit the animals in the petting zoo (llamas, pig, deer and goats) and see the turtles, eels and ducks in the lake.

COST Free with coffee/lunch

WHEN Wed- Fri 8.30am – 3pm, Sat- Sun 7.30am- 3pm.

WHERE 950 Beaudesert Nerang Rd, Mount Nathan

Pet Discount Outlet Ashmore

There is an animal farm here every Saturday and Sunday (when the weather is good). There are baby animals galore including goats, ducks, calves AND you might even see Wilma the Pig! Adopt an animal while you are there or pick up essentials for pets at home.

COST Free

WHEN Sat and Sun, 9am- 5pm

WHERE Central Park Avenue, Ashmore.

Carrara Markets

There is a baby animal farm every weekend. Cuddle baby alpacas, goats, lamb, piglets, chicks, ducklings, geese & guinea pigs.

COST $5 entry, $1 cup of feed

WHEN Sat – Sun 10am – 2pm

WHERE Cnr Gooding Drive & Manchester Road, Carrara,

CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

The top location on the coast for native wildlife experiences and shows is Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Buy a ticket and head inside to feed kangaroos and cuddle a koala, or visit at 8am and feed the lorikeets in the lorikeet arena for a gold-coin donation.

COST Feed the lorikeets for a gold-coin donation.

See more and buy a ticket to the Sanctuary ($35,95 kids, $49.95 adults – check website for regular adults at kids prices deals)

WHEN 7 days 8am-5pm

WHERE 28 TOMEWIN STREET

CURRUMBIN

EcoPark Fishing World

As well as fishing, EcoPark World has a selection of farm animals including mini-horses, goats, donkeys, chickens and sheep. Entry includes one bag of feed for these animals.

There are also alpacas, ostrich and native birds.

COST $25 per person inc food. Children under 2yo are free.

WHEN 10-5.30pm Wed- Sun.

WHERE Beaudesert Beenleigh Rd & Halls Rd, Luscombe

Paradise Country

Paradise Country has lots of different animal encounters including Australian wildlife (koalas, kangaroos, dingoes, emus, cockatoos, lorikeets and snakes),  and an Animal Nursery (piglets, lambs, kids (the goat kind!), chicks, guinea pigs, alpacas).

There is also a farm yard with cows, cattle dogs, horses sheep and chickens.

COST Starting at $27 -adults & $17 children. Part of the Village Roadshow group, entry to Paradise Country is included in an annual pass to the theme parks.

WHEN 7 days 9.30am-4.00pm

WHERE  Entertainment Dr, Oxenford

Petting Zoos close to the Gold Coast

If you want to hop across the border (it’s not that far away) there are a few places that also have animals:

Tropical Fruit World

They have barnyard and bushland animals. Gold Coast locals get half-price admission!

Enjoy an exotic ice-cream and buy local produce.

The Farm @ Byron Bay

Not just a hip place to have coffee or buy flowers, The Farm (which is a working farm) has a range of animals. Best check their workshops and programs to ensure upclose experiences. We’ve been previously and the closest animals were in a far paddock- BUT- the coffee was awesome.

Macadamia Castle

Check out their animal fun park and treetop playground for a fun day out with the kids.

Petting Zoo Safety

They say:
Hand washing is the key. Infectious diseases may be spread from either animals or the environment to people by contaminated hands. Hand washing is one of the most important practices in preventing the spread of disease for visitors to petting zoos. Always wash hands with soap and running water before eating, drinking or smoking.
 
While visiting animals, do not:
  • touch mouth with hands, or lick fingers
  • eat food intended for animals
  • eat
  • leave open wounds uncovered
  • wipe hands on clothing, if avoidable.
Always wash hands and other exposed body parts with soap and running water, particularly after:
  • touching animals, their enclosures or food containers. Any part of the animal or its surrounds can be contaminated with faeces or urine
  • being licked, bitten or spat on by animals
  • having contact with soil or faeces.