Visit Donkeys Australasia

Donkey Shelter, Tongala, Victoria
Donkey Shelter, Tongala, Victoria

Visit Donkeys Australasia

Search below for places to visit donkeys in Australasia, from donkey sanctuaries and rescue centres to farms and nature reserves.

PLEASE NOTE: Places listed may be open to the public at limited times or by appointment only. Please check before travelling. Happy Donkey Visits!



Wilderness Expeditions
Wilderness Expeditions, Cape York and Northern Australia


Wilderness Expeditions Cape York and Northern Australia


Trekking with Pack Donkeys: Trained and experienced pack donkeys carry your bags across the roughest terrain fully supervised by an interpretative guide and packer/driver. Use of donkeys enables us to explore remote and rugged areas of Lower Cape York and the Atherton Tablelands of Far North Queensland. A range of short, medium and extended walks, treks and expeditions are offered. Walks are suitable for adults of all ages and children above 9 years. Treks of one day up to 28 days.  

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Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary Glen William

Donkey Sanctuary LogoThe Good Samaritan Donkey Sanctuary (GSDS) was established in 1990 by Jo-Anne Kokas (OAM) to care for rescued donkeys. It offers shelter, food, refuge and care for abandoned, neglected, mistreated or ill donkeys. It also offers a home for donkeys that are unable to be cared for by their owners due to sickness or simply moving to an unsuitable location. The GSDS is located at Glen William which is around 30 kms south of Dungog in the picturesque Upper Hunter Valley. The herd fluctuates between 70 and 150 donkeys.

Donkey Welfare With Heart Inc. Bishops Bridge


Setting the high standard of donkey welfare in the Southern Hemisphere. Recognised worldwide for expertise, skill, knowledge and successful rescues and rehabilitation of donkeys in need. Your interest and support will help relieve animal suffering.

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Amelia Rise Donkeys, Hee Haw Farm, Terip Terip

Amelia Rise Donkeys Terip Terip

A small donkey farm run by retired couple John and Debb. They have a variety of Micro and Miniature Mediterranean and Irish Donkeys, that they rescue, rehabilitate, re-train and re-home. Open to the public for short information and educational tours, and hands on introductions to donkeys. They also offer visits to schools and nursing homes. As well as plenty of donkeys, they have dogs, sheep, goats, chooks and ducks! Tel: 0412251114.

The Donkey Shop
The Donkey Shop, Yarra State Forest Photo: Steve Tanner, courtesy of News Corp Australia

The Donkey Shop Yarra State Forest


Led trail rides through the Yarra State Forest. Children sit in a saddle and have reins to hold and Linda walks alongside. Walks are an hour or two. Suitable for adults and children but adults don’t ride and there are weight limits. No riding experience necessary. Along the walk you will see rich, thick and beautiful Australian bush. Often you will see lovely birds, black cockatoos, fantails, lyrebirds and sometimes wallabies or goannas. It really is an Australian experience which allows you to absorb the country at a leisurely pace. 

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Garden Reserve & Donkeys
Highfield Garden Reserve & Donkeys, Algies Bay, Auckland

Highfield Garden Reserve & Donkeys Algies Bay, Auckland

Donkeys living at Highfield Garden Reserve began Nov 1969, with the arrival of Tilly, purchased by owners of the land, Ted & Alison Roberts. The donkeys enjoy offerings of carrots, apples and silverbeet as treats. The Community is encouraged to enjoy the Reserve and the donkeys, but are reminded that the donkeys are wild animals and must be respected and care must be taken particularly with small children. Donkey Inc membership is $10 per annum and volunteers are always welcome.  Tel: Peter Caccia-Birch 425 6640

You can access the Highfield Garden Reserve either from the the main road (signposted) or from the Algies Bay beach front car park on Gordon Craig Place. From the beach, you’ll head north along the coastline following the markers, up the many steps to the lookout for fabulous views across Kawau Bay and a thigh workout. Allow around 60 minutes for the stroll.

Arborfield Sanctuary
Arborfield Sanctuary, Wellsford

Arborfield Sanctuary, Wellsford Arborfield Sanctuary provides a permanent and loving home for abused, neglected or abandoned farm animals. Visits by appointment only.

The Animal Sanctuary, Matakana, Warkworth

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Please note: Donkey venues are subject to change. Please check for up-to-date information before travelling. Donkey Wise cannot accept any responsibility for bookings made using links on this page. 

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