Visit Farm Animal Rescue sanctuary
We are located in the beautiful Pine Rivers district 45 minutes north of the Brisbane CBD. 90 minutes from the Gold Coast and 45 minutes from the Sunshine Coast.
There are two ways you can visit Farm Animal Rescue and you can book both online. We have regular open days during which you can come along to visit the farm and rescued animals. Or you can organise a private visit.
Please note that visiting the sanctuary is restricted unless you have made a booking.
Farm Animal Rescue Open Day tours
Booking a tour on a Farm Animal Rescue Open Day is a great way to meet animals that have been rescued from the agriculture industry, hear their stories, and spend some time with our amazing residents.
*** BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL. ALL VISITORS MUST HAVE A VALID TICKET FOR EACH PERSON TO ENTER THE SANCTUARY ***
Here are the details for our Open Day tours!
•The farm is open from 10am to 2pm
•Our Walking Safaris will depart the visitor area promptly at 10.30, 11.00, 12.30 and 1.00 and take around 90 minutes. Guests must be accompanied by a guide when visiting the animals. There are steep hills at the sanctuary and there is a significant amount of walking involved.
•If you arrive between tour times you are welcome to wait in our visitor area where a Tofurky sausage sizzle and other goodies are available for purchase.
•A suggested $5 donation applies
•Children under 15 must be supervised at all times as animals are free-ranging
•Visitors wishing to see the cattle and pigs are required to navigate a steep path.
What to bring with you
•We suggest you bring sunscreen
•a hat and water
•We recommend that you wear long trousers.
* Fully enclosed shoes are MANDATORY
Many of the sanctuary animals come from intensive farming and other cruel situations. You will be required to sign a liability waiver when you arrive at the sanctuary.
For the animals and volunteers
Donations of fresh fruit and vegetables for the animals are welcome. We can only accept donations of apples, watermelons, bananas, grapes, strawberries, pumpkins, pears and carrots.
Food donations will be placed in our food store and must not be fed to the animals by visitors.
Donations of packaged frozen, refrigerated and shelf items for the sanctuary’s interns are also welcome. All donations for the interns must be vegan.
Merchandise will be available for purchase after the tour from our visitor centre.
The sanctuary paddocks are hilly and there are rough paths. Visitors need to have at least an average level of fitness and good mobility to successfully complete the tour.
While visitors of all ages are welcome, tour content is designed for ages 13 to adult. Guardians of younger children must be prepared to take additional steps to ensure the safety of their children, and need to be aware that the tours contain accurate stories of each animal’s history, which some may find distressing.
Farm Animal Rescue is a working farm, and a place of refuge for animals that have been freed from abusive situations and factory farms. All our farm animal rescues receives the best of life time care. The farm is open to visitors on a regular basis, so that people can come to meet our residents. Each visitor has the opportunity to rub a pigs belly, pat a sheep, tumble around with a goat, and feed a rooster. During these animal contact sessions, we will tell you the story of each rescued animal and how they were rescued. We will also share what life is like for the millions of other animals on factory farms that we cannot save.
Private tours of Farm Animal Rescue
About the tour
We offer a 90 minute private walking safari to visit the sanctuary animals with one of our experienced caregivers for those unable to make one of our Open Days or who prefer the special experience of visiting the animals independently of other visitors.
Please note that the sanctuary is located in hilly country and therefore many hills and tracks will be involved in your visit. The sanctuary animals are free-ranging and you may need to walk significant distances to reach them. Because the animals have free access to 55 acres of pasture and forest, we may not be able to locate every animal during every visit.
The sanctuary is always very busy with a large number of chronically ill animals because of poor treatment by the food industry. In extenuating circumstances we may need to cancel or shorten your visit and should this occur we will refund your safari fee.
What do I need to bring?
You should bring with you a water bottle, a hat, sunscreen, fully enclosed shoes and we strongly recommend long trousers. Some of the sanctuary residents are very large and have horns, so it is important that you immediately follow instructions given by our animal care staff for your own safety and children must be in the immediate presence of an adult at all times.
We ask that you leave any food items in your vehicle so that you don't become a target for our more greedy residents, and please note that animal products are banned from sanctuary grounds at all times - out of respect for our residents. Pets of any description are not permitted on sanctuary grounds for health and safety reasons.
You will be required to sign a disclaimer upon entry to the sanctuary and it is essential that you locate one of our animal care staff before approaching any animal.
Booking and fee
You can book your visit online. Bookings are $195 for groups of between one and nine people.
You will receive an email confirmation of your booking arrangements.