Do your kids love animals? I’ve got the ultimate day out that they won’t forget, and you’ll be helping to support an incredible animal rescue organisation at the same time!
Deathrow Unchained (DRU) animal rescue and sanctuary is a 100% volunteer based organisation located in Burbank (south of Brisbane) that rescues all animals from neglect, abuse and death row.
This is your chance to get up close and personal with the animals and learn about their stories. Horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens and ducks – they’ve got them! There are even domestic animals like cats and dogs at the sanctuary.
I booked my 2yo and I in to a morning tour with some friends of ours, and we were guided by the lovely Kate, who founded DRU with a goal to rescue those animals in need and allow them to live the lives they were meant to live, safely at the sanctuary. Kate was so knowledgable and her passion for the animals is clear – each and every one has a story that she was more than happy to share with us!
Some of the more attention seeking animals who were happy to say hello included Onyx the pig, sweet Sophie the blind goat, Barbara the attitude-full sheep, mumma cow Lily and her baby Lola, big Elvis the giant steer and Jake the curious miniature horse.
While this is a working property, children are safe to walk around and pat the animals under the direction of their tour guide. I’d suggest sturdy old shoes or even better, gumboots, as there is A LOT of animal poop – it’s a farm, I wouldn’t expect anything less! Kate made sure each that animal who liked to be patted got our attention.
The hard work of the volunteers is clear to see, and with nearly 3500 animals now rescued they don’t plan on slowing down any time soon!
Need to know:
- Address: 1374 Mt Cotton Rd, Burbank QLD 4156 (entrance is opposite the intersection with Upfield Street)
- What to wear: clothes and shoes that don’t matter if they get a bit muddy! Gum boots are great for the kids particularly.
- Facilities: parking available onsite, toilet and washroom available. There are no pathways, so if you bring a pram it needs to be able to handle ‘off road’ terrain of the farm grounds.