Amazement Farm and Fun Park has been on our bucket list for a while now. Mostly because I love mazes and the kids love farm animals – and it has both! Plus it’s just over an hours drive north-east of Parramatta on the Central Coast. It took us a while to get there though as I had to wait until the kids dropped their naps. And then for a spare day in the school holidays – that wasn’t too warm as otherwise we would be somewhere in water. The stars finally aligned these April school holidays and we left with big smiles and full hearts and look forward to visiting again next holidays.
Now the story of our first visit to Amazement Farm has a bad mum day beginning, with a warm and fuzzy ending thankfully. You see when I got to Amazement Farm, I couldn’t find my wallet. After frantically searching through my car and wondering how I could transfer the money via my phone, the owner Mario let us in for free! And yes I burst into tears – love that kindness is still alive! He then checked in on us later to see if we wanted some lunch in the cafe. But I never go anywhere without food (thankfully). I did manage to find some loose change in my backpack to get a drink and snack and the owner then brought us some biscuits on the house. It was all so very kind and exactly what I needed. You see this was the first day I had felt ok for a bit (after a stay in hospital a few days earlier) and I was so grateful I didn’t have to drive the 1hr+ home with two disappointed kids!
Amazement Farm got a big thumbs up from us and we easily spent 3hrs there. In one nice location you will find farm animals, mazes, play equipment, bikes to ride, games, cafe, picnic tables, open grassed areas to play on and friendly staff.
Amazement Farm has a number of animal enclosures, with chickens, turkeys, ducks, sheep, rabbits, goats, donkeys and some exotic birds. At certain times of the day, you can enter the animal enclosures under the supervision of a staff member and get up close with the animals (see petting schedule below). We particularly enjoyed holding the bunny’s and being chased by the baby goats.
Each session goes for about 20mins and is supervised by at least one staff member.
- 11.00am: Bunny Burrow
- 11.30am: Goat/Sheep Station
- 12.00pm: Pony Palace
- 1.30pm: Bunny Burrow
- 2.00pm: Goat/Sheep Station
- 2.30pm: Pony Palace
There are also pony rides or a horse and cart ride for $5 extra per person but we missed these.
From memory, there are three traditional mazes created with flower shrubs and then a ropes maze. When you enter Amazement Farm, you will see this finger fortune maze sign. But the sign mentions five maze stations so maybe we missed a maze. In all the kerfuffle of our arrival, we actually didn’t read the sign until leaving, though my boys enjoyed getting covered in the maze chalk!
My favourite maze is the heart maze, right outside the cafe. It is only small but has the thickest walls and looks just lovely.
The Lily Pily maze has the highest walls and is probably the most challenging one.
The Memorial Maze, in honour of the original owner and founder, is behind the playground and has lower walls with roses and jasmine.
It is the newest of the three mazes and the walls are still growing.
We wanted to visit Amazement Farm for the animals and mazes and weren’t expecting a great play area with climbing play gym, bikes to ride, cubby house and large board games.
Plus there are cricket bats and balls to play with as well as boccie and a sand pit over near the farm stay.
The seating area of the cafe definitely has the best view in the house. And depending on the age of your kids, you could sit here while they ran around and played.
The cafe serves everything from banana bread, scones, milkshakes, coffee and cake to pizzas, wraps and burgers. But not hot chips.
You order at the counter and then they bring the food to you. At the tables are some games for you to play while waiting for your meal. And near the counter are some some lollies and toys to buy.
Picnic Area and Other Facilities
There are picnic tables almost everywhere throughout Amazement Farm. Most are near the animal enclosures but those aren’t covered. The covered ones are behind the playground, near the mazes.
Next to the cafe are the toilets and there is a baby change table.
Amazement Farm is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm during school term and daily during school holidays from 10am to 4pm. The last park entry is at 1.30pm.
We arrived at about 12pm and it seemed quieter in the afternoon then the morning. But it also did start to rain a little and we were the last ones to leave at 3pm.
Note: Amazement Farm is no longer open on Fridays during school term. Keep in mind that they will close when there is wet weather or on hot days (over 36°C).
- Children (2-16yrs): $12.00
- Adults: $16.00
- Seniors: $12.00
- Family Pass (2 + 2): $50.00
Finding Amazement Farm and Fun Park
About an hour north of Parramatta, Amazement Farm is not far from the Wyong exit off the M1. There is on-site parking.
Places of Interest Nearby
We look forward to making a longer day of our road trip next time. Hopefully with a side trip to one of our family favourites, the Wyong Milk Factory which is only a short drive away and has a fenced playground, cafe, chocolate shop, cheese shop and more! Or maybe a stop at: