We’ve known about Golden Ridge Animal Farm for a while. But seeing we go away to a farmstay about twice a year and regularly visit other farms, I didn’t feel a strong urge to go. But then I saw their half price Monday May Madness deal and thought it was a good time to check it out!
And for $20 for the two of us, it was a fun 1.5-2hrs well spent. You can book for the Monday Madness in May deal via their website.
Unlike some other farm experiences, you have to PRE-BOOK before going to Golden Ridge Animal Farm. The weekday sessions start at 10:30am and go for about 2hrs. They also run Farmer for the Day sessions during each school holidays, usually on the last weekend from Friday to Sunday.
On arriving at the farm, you enter and pay just inside the barn. And are given a wristband to wear. It’s definitely worth getting a $5 bucket of animal feed.
Inside the barn, there is seating, toilets and animal enclosures around the edge, with rabbits, baby goats, lambs and chickens to say hi to.
At about 10:45am, the farmer explained how the morning would go and a few safety tips – remember flat hands when feeding the animals!
We then headed out one side of the barn to the paddocks with our bucket of feed. You can walk around the horseshoe shaped path at your leisure feeding goats, sheep, llamas, donkeys, horses, ponies, deer and cows. And on the day we went, there was a cute day old calf.
Once you’re done feeding the animals outside, you head back into the barn where you can hand milk a cow. Then they get out little chicks, ducklings and rabbits for the kids to hold inside the barn. Plus you can bottle feed some baby goats.
And once you are done with that, there’s a jumping castle outside that’s free to use.
Plus two, coin operated, powered diggers! It’s $2 for about a 5min turn of manoeuvring a digger in the sandpit.
There is also a picnic area with lots of tables in the shade. And you can have a pony ride for an extra $5. Plus, when we went, there was a kiosk out the front near the entrance serving up coffee and hot food.
Finding Golden Ridge Animal Farm
The farm is about 20kms north of Parramatta, just off Old Northern Road on Wyoming Road. There is some on-site parking just inside the farm gate but it was all full by the time we arrived at 10:15am so we just parked out the front on the grass beside the road.
Places of Interest Nearby
A few minutes up the road is our favourite bakery – Glenorie Bakery. And we went there for a yummy lunch afterwards. It’s such a lovely spot on a nice day, sitting out the back while the kids play in the cubby house.
And then we enjoyed watching the model train going around the bakery inside – which happens on the hour.