Lyell Deer Sanctuary

Lyell Deer Sanctuary

6 Lyell Court, Mount Samson, Queensland 4520

Get up close and personal with the friendly residents of Lyell Deer Sanctuary – an educational and magical family attraction tucked away in the stunning Samford Valley.

Located just 30 minutes north of the city, you’ll feel a world away at this Brisbane animal farm in the rolling hills and leafy grounds of Mount Samson, South East Queensland.

This must-do Moreton Bay Region experience is home to a small herd of rescued deer; a motley crew of red, rusa and fallow deer. And they’re waiting to meet you!

Kids & the great outdoors – visit Brisbane animal farm

Here is your chance to sit with, cuddle and feed these gentle animals in a peaceful hideaway. Why not pack a DIY lunch, dig out your hats and make a day of it?

Don’t forget your camera to capture memorable moments as you enjoy this truly unique, hands-on wildlife park experience for Brisbane families.

Even if the younger kids are a little hesitant around animals, the knowledgeable staff and spacious grounds allow guests to explore and discover at their own pace.

Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch. Complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities are also available for added convenience, and cold drinks can be purchased from the licensed bar.

Activities to do at magical Mount Samson & Lyell Deer Sanctuary

A weekend visit to Mount Samson and Lyell Deer Sanctuary offers the perfect day trip for Brisbane families and nature lovers.

It’s an affordable, fun and educational outing for the whole family.

  • Meet the deer in a quiet and peaceful setting
  • Low-cost weekend & school holidays activity
  • Sit, cuddle, and hand-feed the deer (food pellets available for $1 per bag)
  • Picnic facilities, tables & chairs, rubbish bins
  • Complimentary tea & coffee-making facilities
  • Soft drink and ice creams available for purchase
  • Group bookings available
  • Call ahead for on-site catering (suitable for groups and parties)
  • Educational experience for adults, children, groups and families

Brisbane animal farm events & venue hire

Are you looking for a unique birthday party idea? Or a wedding venue that makes the most of the great outdoors in a country setting?

The Lyell Deer Sanctuary can also be booked for:

  • Group and coach bookings
  • School excursions
  • Fundraising activities
  • Corporate functions
  • Weddings
  • Birthday parties
  • Workshops
  • Venue hire

Find out more and discover Lyell Deer Sanctuary and the Brisbane animal farm experience near you this weekend or upcoming school holidays.

Note: Open 10:00am to 4:00pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Weekdays and holidays by appointment.

Hear what the visitors have to say

“Thank you. We will definitely be back. Beautifully-natured animals and friendly staff. My teenager didn't want to leave!” – Kirsty, March 2020 (Facebook)

“Highly recommend the Lyell Deer Sanctuary if you haven’t been already! The deer are extremely friendly and the owners were so lovely and informative. The kids had a great time! They also had a small mud kitchen and kids’ area.” – Yusra, 2018 (Facebook)


Admission $5 per adult and $3 per child

Deer pellets are $1 per bag

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Acknowledgement of Country - We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waterways of the Moreton Bay Region, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, and Turrbal people and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise the ongoing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to this land and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians of this land.