6 Amazing animal experiences to check out this weekend

Charming hobby farms, camel rides and llama walking, there's lots of ways to connect with your inner farmer in Ipswich.
31 Mar 2021
Discover Ipswich, Staff Writer

If you’ve got kids then you know that close encounters with animals never get old.  Luckily Ipswich has a handful of great places where you can interact with furry friends.  Here’s 6 places to visit that offer animal experiences.

1. Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm

Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby Farm

This charming hobby farm is home to sheep, lambs, alpacas, chickens, goats and geese.  Children and adults can get up close and personal, pat and feed the animals.  Ewe Nique Hobby Farm also has a coffee shop selling hot and cold drinks as well as homemade cakes, slices, muffins and other snacks.  During the holidays and once a month the farm also holds special days where kids can get up close to koalas, reptiles and more!

2. The Llama Farm

A new farm experience that offers visitors the chance to take a Llama for a walk, feed and pet them as well as a Llama selfie or two.  The Llama Farm has the largest herd of Llamas in Queensland as well as donkeys, goats, miniature ponies, peacocks, turkeys, guinea fowl and two maremmas.  Tours are available on weekends and school holidays by appointment.  They are also running a Little Llama Farmers school holiday program.

3. Summer Land Camels

Get hands-on with the gentle camels at Summer Land Camel Farm

Visit Australia’s largest wild camel training centre and dairy.  Meet the camels and feed them, book a camel ride or a farm tour for a behind the scenes look.  Summer Land Camel Farm has an onsite café and camel milk products available including cheese and gelato and their range of all natural skin care.

4. Naughty Little Kids

Naughty little kids

Visit the 70 goats and 40 kids on the working farm which is open on weekends for tours and cheese making demonstrations. Taste the award winning goats cheese, straight from the farm and gelato.  Naughty Little Kids is open on Sundays (bookings essential), come and feed the goats and give them a cuddle.  

5. Ipswich Nature Centre

The Ipswich Nature Centre is home to a range of native Australian animals including dingoes, wallabies and bilbies as well as cute farm animals.  Enjoy walking around the shady boardwalks for free, or book a VIP Animal Encounters tour for four or more people including lunch at the Prince Alfred Hotel.

6. Koala Safari

Koala at Spicers Hidden Vale

Spicers Hidden Vale is offering Koala Safaris out of the Hidden Vale Wildlife Centre.  The centre is conducting a 12 month koala research program and are tracking 26 koalas with joeys expected soon.  Tour the wildlife centre then head out to assist researchers locate and check the welfare of the koalas.  Learn interesting facts about koalas.  Runs for two hours on Tuesdays and Fridays from 2.30pm.  After the two hours a cold beverage will be waiting for you.  Cost is $75 with 75% going back into research projects.  Bookings essential, and the tour is only available for Spicers guests at this time.

Tallavalley Farm

Want to make a weekend of it? Checkout the Tallavalley Farm B&B a working 50 acre farm where you can bring your dog or even your horse.  Meet the resident cows and horses as well as chooks.  The three bedroom, two bathroom cottage with full kitchen and laundry is only a short drive away from Haigslea Ewe Nique Hobby farm and the towns of Marburg and Rosewood.

Another option is Keira Farm, only minutes away from Summer land Camels and Naughty Little Kids, The working cattle and sheep farm is home to Keira Billy rural retreat – a modern two bedroom cottage with a large deck and outdoor spa.  You’ll see plenty of local wildlife as well as farm animals.

Keira Farm
Discover Ipswich Staff Writer
Rocky the Rock Wallaby is a Sagittarius who lives at the Ipswich Nature Centre and often contributes to Discover Ipswich in his spare time. When he's not busy showing tourists around, blogging or hanging out with his cute and fluffy mates at the Nature Centre, he likes to hit the gym for a leg session, graze on quinoa salad and ponder the possibilities of the universe.

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