Travel: Serendipity Animal Farm, Brisbane, Australia

Not all traditional farm animals lead a happy life. However, they get a second chance at Serendipity Animal Farm in Brookfield. We learnt about Serendipity when some of our friends “checked in” on Facebook.  As my son Hamish loves animals, I thought we should check it out. I briefed the children that the animals might not really be happy about being patted as they might be afraid of humans, however, we found that this was not the case! The animals were very friendly and completely comfortable with the presence of humans. If they are hungry they will walk right up to you, looking for food- so watch out for your bags! They know to sniff out food…

We arrived right on opening time and spent about 1.5 hours at the farm, patting pigs, chooks, goats, cows, horses, ponies and camels. Smaller children who are not afraid of animals and who would like to picnic and play on the swings would probably spend a couple of hours easily at the farm.

Angus fell in love with the resident camel “Lagertha”.

The following happy snaps were taken on my iPhone 6s.

Animal Refuge Serendipity

Serendipity Animal Farm Lagertha

Serendipity Animal Farm

Brookfield Serendipity Animal Farm

Ok one or two more (we couldn’t resist):

How to get there:

Visiting hours and other information:

  • Sunday, 10am- 2pm (weather permitting).
  • Admission is FREE, however, a donation is appreciated to cover vet fees and food costs for the animals. Cold drinks are on sale and you can buy a bag of food to feed the animals with (lettuce and carrots), but please bring cash as there are no EFTPOS facilities.
  • Parking is on the side of the road, not in the farm grounds.
  • Wear closed in shoes, and preferably gumboots or those that can get muddy/you don’t mind stepping on or in puddles or accidental animal poo.
  • You can bring a picnic, and there is a small play area (think swings like you have at home, not an expensive play facility), and there are some tables and chairs, however there is limited shade, so bring a hat and plenty of water.
  • Mobile Animal Farm available for birthday parties
  • Some animals available for adoption, but details are available only via the website, and the adoption process is strict to ensure that the animals receive a “forever” home.
  • You can learn more about the farm on Facebook or via their website.
  • Like to donate? $10 will buy a bag of carrots/apples$20 will buy 1 bale of hay, $50 will buy building supplies, $100 will provide vet care for 1 animal

The best view in Australia: Huff Post Blog

Have you ever wondered where the best view in Australia might be? Or indeed, even what it would be? Would it be a city view, a rural view, an ocean view? I think for each person, it would be different, however, I have found one that makes my heart sing. I wrote about it on the Huffington Post. Click on the image of the article to read it. I’d love to know your thoughts about the view.

 

Best view Australia