You Can Hand Feed American Bison in Morpeth!

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No matter how many times I have been to Morpeth, I don’t think I’ve ever thought that I would see a group of American Bison comfortably grazing the paddocks of this beautiful little country town. But here I am, on a Saturday morning, hand-feeding carrots and hay to these woolly giants. They feel almost prehistoric, they are massive in size and feel like descendants of woolly mammoths!

American Bison Morpeth

Sarah-Jane and her partner Luke (or ‘farmer Luke’ as the kids called him) own a working hobby farm, set on just under 100 acres in the heart of Morpeth. They invite tourists and families to come experience something that is a bit of a rarity in Australia, hand-feeding American Bison.

American Bison Morpeth

We were incredibly lucky with the weather upon our visit and standing out on the farm in the morning sun hearing all the birds and animals, one cannot help but feel fortunate to be out on an actual farm, something we’ve only ever admired from our car whilst driving by.

American Bison Morpeth

As we reached the farm, we were welcomed by Sarah-Jane who grabbed the girls to go fetch a trolley to haul a bail of hay out to the Bison.

American Bison Morpeth

Carrots in hand, we were led down to the paddock and received a brief on these woolly giants. Sarah-Jane is passionate and incredibly knowledgeable about these animals, I don’t think there was a single question she could have missed by our curious 6-year-old visitors today.

American Bison Morpeth

These American Bison are not shy and are amazingly friendly. They knew we had food and waited eagerly for us at the fence. I wasn’t sure our girls would be brave enough to jump right into feeding them by hand, but Sarah-Jane has a way of putting you at ease and showing you just what to do.

We divided out the hay and each of the bison got a carrot, and wrapping their tongues around your hands for a carrot is not something to be alarmed at, this has been taught to them by their owners, as feeding bison by hand is not something you should brave when encountering one out in the wild.

American Bison Morpeth

In-fact Sarah-Jane advised us that American Bison are in fact more deadly than grizzly bears in the United States, and this just made them even more of an enigma.

American Bison Morpeth

Once the feeding was done Sarah-Jane took us down to the stockyard where the bison are cared for, de-wormed and check-ups are given. The kids got to walk through the gated stockyard as if they were bison themselves, itching to climb up all over the gated enclosures. Think of it like a glorified playpen out in the countryside!

American Bison Morpeth

No sooner were we finished when we heard the rumble of a tractor, Farmer Luke decided to impress the girls and bring out the roaring red tractor, an absolute novelty for city-dwellers such as ourselves!

American Bison Morpeth

The farm is absolutely beautiful, and we ended our tour with a walk out to see the beehives next to beautifully landscaped gardens. It’s an enriching experience and one that is merely a 20-minute drive from Newcastle City centre.

American Bison Morpeth

Good to Know

Location: Morpeth, NSW

Tour Details: This family-friendly experience run for 60 minutes and cost from $20 / person.

Booking: To book a tour to hand feed American Bison with Sarah-Jane and Luke, contact them via their Airbnb page or their Facebook page.

Disclosure: Newy with Kids received complimentary admission for review purposes. However, all opinions are our own.

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