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Everywhere You Can Cuddle Baby Animals This Spring

By Millie Lester - 23 Oct 2017

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ATTENTION: VERY IMPORTANT LIST.

Spring has well and truly spring which means baby animals have been birthed and are waiting for our outstretched arms to scoop them up and take them home forever. The good news is, you don’t have to spend all of Saturday flicking through the Yellow Pages because we’ve rustled up a list of all the places you can trot along to this Spring to get your baby animal fix.

Animal Land Children’s Farm

Diggers Rest

Just south of Sunbury is the Animal Land Children’s Farm in Diggers Rest. This little baby animal paradise has been in action for over thirty years and plays host to pigs, cows, ducks, sheep, chooks, goats, donkeys, ponies, and even a few deer, turkeys, guinea pigs and bunnies. Each day the lucky ducks who work there run a two-hour farm tour and afterwards you can settle into their barbecue and picnic facilities.

When: Wednesday - Sunday with weekday tours at 11am and weekend tours at 10:30am and 1pm.
Where: 190 Duncans Lane, Diggers Rest.
How much: Adults $22.

Bundoora Park Children’s Farm

Bundoora

Only 15 kilometres from the Swanston Street Maccas is the Bundoora Park Children’s Farm in Bundoora. The daily schedule there looks a little something like this: 11:30am animal feeding, 11:40-11:55 rabbit and guinea pig handling, 4pm chicken roundup, and hourly wildlife rides. Basically, this place is heaven on earth. As well as baby animals, there are also walking tracks, wildlife reserves, a community garden and even the Bundoora Park Cafe where you can park yourself for lunch.

When: Open everyday 10am-4:15pm.
Where: Bundoora Park, 1069 Plenty Road, Bundoora.
How much: Adults $10.

Collingwood Children’s Farm

Abbotsford

Only a hop, skip and jump from our favourite brunch location, Three Bags Full, is the Collingwood Children’s Farm in Abbotsford. Here you can cuddle guinea pigs at THREE SEPARATE INTERVALS (10:30am, 12:30pm and 3:15pm), plus there’s a delicious farm cafe serving up dishes like sweet potato rosti, strawberry french toast, smashed pumpkin and four-grain porridge. Quite frankly it’s worth going for the food alone.

When: Open everyday 9:15am-4:30pm.
Where: 18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford.
How much: Adults $10.

Chesterfield Farm

Scoresby

Over at the historic Chesterfield Farm in Scoresby, you can hitch a tractor ride, pop over to a cow milking show, check out a sheepdog work demonstration, HANDLE BABY ANIMALS IN THE BABY ANIMAL NURSERY, feed deer, goats and emus and even have a barbecue or a picnic. There’s also a whip cracking demonstration so you can tick something off your bucket list, as well as sheep shearing and tractor rides.

When: Open 10am-3pm weekdays and 10am-5pm on weekends.
Where: 1221 Ferntree Gully Road, Scoresby.
How much: Adults $15.

Myuna Farm

Doveton

Just outside of Dandenong in Melbourne South East is the Myuna Farm in Doveton where you can literally surround yourself with adorable animal babehs. At the farm, there’s an animal display centre where you can get hands-on with lambs, rabbits, guinea pigs and more, the bird aviaries full of… birds, the paddock animals where you can see and feed deer, alpacas, buffalo, cows, goats and sheep, as well as the native animal and reptile display, where there isn’t such a long line for cuddles...

When: Open everyday 10am-4pm.
Where: 182 Kidds Road, Doveton.
How much: Adults $8.

Rain, Hayne and Shine Farmyard

Balnarring

Over on the ‘grammable Mornington Peninsula is the appropriately named Rain, Hayne and Shine Farm in Balnarring, where it’s open every day, no matter the weather conditions. The farm boasts a very ‘hands-on’ experience, which we baby animal cuddlers LURV to hear. There’s a yuge variety of animals on site, including wallabies, emus and a dingo. There are also undercover picnic and barbecue areas so you can make an entire day of it.

When: Open everyday 10am-4pm.
Where: 490 Stumpy Gully Road, Balnarring.
How much: Adults $10.

Warrook Farm

Monomeith

Last but not least is Warrook Farm in Monomeith where you can milk a cow in the dairy, crack a stockwhip, bottle feed baby calves, watch sheep shearing, feed kangaroos, and basically have the full immersive farm experience. Animals of note are the emus, alpacas, koalas and kangaroos. Tours of the farm are held twice daily and you can even book the space out for your wedding if you’re an absolute baby animal die-hard.

When: Open everyday 10am-4pm.
Where: 4170 South Gippsland Highway, Monomeith.
How much: Adults $17.50.

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Image credit: Tim Marshall

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