If you are thinking about visiting a farm, Calmsley Hill City Farm is the perfect package to have a great day out without leaving the city.
Calmsley Hill City Farm
31 Darling St Abbotsbury NSW 2176
Phone:02 9823 3222
Calmsley Hill City Farm website
(Note: I highly recommend that you have a look at the website. It is easy to navigate and has useful information such as the daily show times.)
Opening times: Open 7 days a week 9:00am – 4:30pm, except Good Friday, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Eve Day and New Years.
Pricing: Take advantage of the Calmsley Hill City Farm online deals here. Or if you have the Sydney Greater West Entertainment Book, there is a voucher that you can use. Calmsley Hill City Farm also offers annual family passes and accepts the following concessions cards – the Australian Baby Card, Centrelink Pensioner Concession Card and NSW Seniors Card.
Children under 3 are free! Note that tractor rides are $3 per ride and animal feedbags are $2 each.
By Mireia Garriga Seguranyes
Calmsley Hill City Farm facilities are excellent, every enclosure has informative signs and the animals have plenty of room.
A good starting point is the look out platform on the top of the stables. From the “tower” you have a good view of the Calmsley Hill City Farm yards.
There is plenty to see.
The daily shows offer you the opportunity to learn how to milk a cow, go for a tractor ride (additional $3 per person) and to pat some animals. Calmsley Hill City Farm also offers daily – a stock whip show, a working dog show, a sheep shearing show and a koala talk.
Although Calmsley Hill City Farm is not a zoo, we saw lots of animals in one day.
The enclosures have good visibility and the children can approach the farmyard animals. We saw donkeys, alpacas, horses, ponies, cows, pigs, rabbits and sheep. I am sure that I am forgetting some.
Calmsley Hill City Farm is more than a farm-based attraction. Besides the farmyard animals, it has native animal exhibits showing cockatoos, parrots, snakes and koalas. The latest addition is the red fox display.
Other animals that we saw were wombats, long-necked tortoises, eastern water dragons, bearded dragons, blue tongue lizards, and even a camel. Tucked away from the farm buildings, there is a wallaby and kangaroo enclosure too.
Calmsley Hill City Farm web page has a section called “Animal updates” that keeps you informed about the new arrivals. Recent arrivals are kids (the goat variety), calves and of course chicks and bunnies. In fact, there is always something new at the farm!
We did not check the website before going to the farm, but we saw super cute little piglets and bunnies. As you can imagine, the nursery was the attraction that captivated us most.
The playground is ideal for toddlers and pre-school kids. If your children are old enough, you can even keep an eye on them from the Farmhouse Kiosk. The Farmhouse Kiosk is not technically next to the playground, but it is close enough to supervise the children while you sit down, have a cup of coffee and relax. That’s fantastic, don’t you think?
Pram-friendly and wheel-chair friendly: Yes
Car park: Plenty of space
Café: Yes, at the Farmhouse Kiosk (take away food is also available). Opening hours: generally 9am -2pm; hot food served between 11am and 1pm.
Children’s menu: There are several options for children such as toasted sandwiches, although there was not a specific children’s menu when we visited the farm.
Picnic tables and electrical barbecues: Yes, therefore you can bring your own lunch or snacks.
Toilets/Baby change: Yes / Yes
If you have pre-school kids or children in the early years of primary school, Calmsley Hill City Farm is a great place to spend the day out. Best of all, this farm-based attraction is only 40 km from Sydney CBD! So, you don’t have to drive to the countryside in order to see farmyard animals and tractors.
The kids will love Calmsley Hill City Farm, as there are some interactive shows (i.e. milking cows), a playground and native fauna such as kangaroos and koalas.
Calmsley Hill City Farm also offers birthday parties and the possibility of camping at the farm. These stays are very popular. When I checked the booking calendar it was sold out. The stay includes a barbecue dinner and breakfast, and you can collect your own chook eggs.
Although the details have not been announced yet, a New Year’s Eve ticketed event is planned for this year. Over 3,000 people attended the event last year. The entry into Calmsley Hill City Farm included a free glow toy per child upon entry, amusement rides and children’s activities, stage performances, animal exhibits and stock whip demonstrations.
Nearest station: Fairfield Train Station + 808 bus and Parramatta Train Station + 806 Bus (Note: always check the Opal Trip Planner before going as there can be some changes)
Nearest ferry: No
Bus stop nearby: Yes, bus routes 806 and 808 (Note: always check the Opal Trip Planner before going, as there can be some changes)
Calmsley Hill City Farm is a great way to see if the kids enjoy visiting a farm before booking a farm stay or going to a real working farm like Nancy’s Freedom Farm in Arcadia.
We had an excellent day out with our pre-school daughters. Calmsley Hill City Farm is more than a farm-based attraction. It has animal enclosures and exhibits that you can find in a wildlife park. All in one. And not too far away from the city.
Plan a day at Calmsley Hill City Farm and let us know if you enjoyed it.