The Great Piglet-Feeding Duck-Cuddling Sheep-Racing Expedition (At Trevena Glen Farm)

It was yet-another dreary wet day in Brisbane, capital of Australia’s sunshine state.

The trees were dripping, the grass sodden, the birds unusually quiet. In the calm between the rain showers, my sister and I could hear something incredibly alluring: the haunting cries of sheep, cows, horses, chickens and ducks.

Oh yes, farm animals were calling us.

Kids love farm animals. And my sister and I are still kids at heart, so we braved the rain (along with a selection of our little ones) to help Farmer Don feed his animals at Trevena Glen Farm in a northern suburb of Brisbane.

Farmer Don and his son Scott met us at the gate at 4pm and ushered us around the farm in a well-rehearsed routine.

There was piglet feeding, involving great waterfalls of milk …

piglet feeding

… cow patting …

cow patting

… cow riding, involving a spooky-eyed eight-legged tin cow …

cow riding 240

… duck cuddling …

duck cuddling 237

… horse patting ….

horse patting 241

… sheep feeding …

sheep feeding

… and


(drumroll please)


sheep racing …

It was a great excursion (although relatively pricey at A$66 for two adults and two children).

The kids got to (very importantly) carry buckets of feed as well as see and touch many types of tame farm animals. They were in heaven. And so were my sister and I. Although the super-vigorous sucking of the sheep and piglets did make us involuntarily grasp our nipples in sympathy with the mummy sheep and pigs. Those ladies are TOUGH.


Trevena Glen Farm, Winn Road, Mt Samson, Brisbane
Ph: (07) 3289 4257

11 years ago

By: Barbara

A career girl who dropped out, traveled, found love, and never got around to going home again. Now wrangling a cross-cultural relationship and two third culture kids.


  1. Sally says:

    $66? I should totally start charging people admission to come visit my parent’s farm. And I love how Miss P is feeding those sheep with one arm. The look on her face is totally, “Ain’t no big deal.”
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    • Barbara says:

      I’m sure you have the same sheep feeding technique, Sally.

      I think you could charge $66 for people to come and watch you snuggle with your cat on your couch. It would be far more fulfilling work, too, than marking papers. Perhaps you could set up a pay-per-view website. To save all that extra wear and tear on your carpet.

  2. It looks like you’re having a great time in Australia! I’d heard things were expensive there, but sheesh! I can’t believe how much it costs to go to the zoo!
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    • Barbara says:

      Australia is super-expensive. I just cannot believe how much everything costs and how over-packaged everything is — including the fresh produce at the supermarket! These trips home remind me just how lucky I am to be able to support my family in pretty good style working just part-time hours. So, so, so lucky. Because most Australians are so busy paying the rent/mortgage, paying off their car and ferrying themselves and their kids around that they don’t even realise how much they don’t need.

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