Are you looking for something new and family-friendly to do on the weekend? How about a trip to a local farm where you get to feed and cuddle adorable animals all day? Well lucky for you, your research stops here as we have compiled five of the best farms close to Canberra that will offer up an exciting experience for you and the family.


1. Babylon Farm: Murrumbateman, NSW

Babylon Farm offers a unique experience for the whole family giving you the chance to get up close and personal with an alpaca or feed a goat. Once you’re done, make sure you stop by the gift shop to get some goat’s milk soap made by the workers at the farm.


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2. Gold Creek Station: Hall, ACT

Get a taste of farm life just 20 minutes away from the Canberra CBD at Gold Creek Station. The farm is owned and operated by the Starr family who have had the property for over 50 years, resulting in great stories and country hospitality! You will get to experience Davo the dog roundup the sheep, followed by a sheep shearing demonstration and a BBQ lunch.

3. Little Oak Sanctuary: Manar, NSW

Little Oak Sanctuary focuses on rescuing farm animals who have come from abuse, neglect and abandonment. In this feel-good experience, get up close and personal with these animals and learn about what brought them to the sanctuary. You are likely to encounter orphaned lambs, horse racing and dairy industry survivors, as well as other animals who will melt your heart. There are many ways you can get involved by volunteering or sponsoring an animal, as well as donating. The sanctuary is just under and hours’ drive away from Canberra and will be an experience that your family won’t forget.

4. Tatum Hills Farm: Bywong, NSW

Cuddle a chick, feed a chicken or pat a llama at Tatum Hills Farm in Bywong. The team at the farm educate adults and children on how to respectfully interact with animals, as well as understand their behaviour. With tours, birthday parties, workshops and a podcast, the farm truly has something for everyone!


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5. Yarralumla Play Station Mini Farm: Yarralumla, ACT

Catch a train ride at the Yarralumla Play Station to the mini farm for a hands-on experience with some of the cutest farm animals. From a miniature Galloway cow to turkeys, this experience has much to offer with a wide range of animals who are locally sourced, and hand raised with love.