With Michelle Byrne
Golden Ridge Farm in Dural, is probably one of the last working farms for people to visit in Sydney; providing the perfect place for families to get hands on experience of farm life, create lifetime memories and support a family owned business all at the same time!
Having been in the Nye family for over 40 years, this picturesque piece of the Shire has been operated by the local mum of three Alisa Nye for the past 21 years.
The moment you walk through the door you are welcomed by the super friendly staff who are passionate about what they do and the welfare of their beautiful animals. Two very well-trained farm dogs are also there to greet you!
Inside the barn presents an opportunity to pat calves and milk a dairy cow. The pond area sees a myriad of ducklings enjoying the water, as well as chicks. My two-year-old daughter Sophie squealed with delight when she was able to hold a duckling, cuddle a chick and pat a super-soft rabbit. Seeing her joy these new experiences was the highlight for me!
Outside there are over 200 animals including goats, donkeys, pigs, cows, alpacas, deer, roosters, hens, ducks and horses. All can be hand fed as you leisurely stroll around the grounds and take in the ornate surrounds. For those looking to further enhance their farm experience, for an additional charge you can collect eggs in the chook yard, bottle feed a baby animal, enjoy a pony ride or operate a digger in the “diggerzones”.
There is also a nature play area for kids, along with a modified old tractor that kids can climb on. Picnic tables are provided so you can enjoy a picnic you’ve brought from home or you can also purchase food and drinks from the on-site kiosk which is open on weekends only.
With all the activities packed-in we were exhausted by the end of our visit but glad for the opportunity to learn about farm life. We were also pleased to do have done our bit to support a local business and an incredible business woman.
As it is a farm experience it’s best to take an old pair of enclosed shoes and a change of clothes for little children that like to explore! Bookings are essential. Group tours can also be arranged or the farm can come to you.
With Easter coming up Golden Ridge will also be holding Easter Egg hunts from 11th -18th of April and I know my daughters are particularly keen to visit the Farm again during these dates.
Golden Ridge Farm is well-worth the visit and I encourage you all to go and see Alisa and her crew for an uplifting and educational experience!