The Lyell Deer Sanctuary at Mount Samson, Queensland, is home to a small herd of rescued deer; a motley crew of red, rusa and fallow deer. This peaceful little hideaway in the beautiful Samford Valley, just thirty minutes north of Brisbane, is a popular destination for adults and children alike, offering education, serenity, and a truly unique experience. The Lyell Deer Sanctuary has been caring for deer for over thirty years, and attracts visitors from all over the world who want to get up close to these magical creatures in a peaceful and beautiful setting. You can cuddle, sit with and hand feed the deer.


Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic. Complimentary tea and coffee-making facilities are available, and we sell cold drinks from our licensed bar.


Group bookings are always welcome and catering can be provided if booked in advance.

Don't hesitate to contact us with any inquiries.

HOURS: Weekends 10am to 4pm (no booking required, just pop in!)

You can spend a few minutes with us, or six hours! It's up to you.

Weekdays and holidays by appointment

COST: Admission $10 per family/group (up to 6 people)

Deer pellets are $1 per bag


We are a small, family-run animal sanctuary. We love sharing our deer and welcoming you personally, but we don't have other staff to take over when we are sick or something comes up. We will endeavour to advise you here, and on our Facebook and Instagram accounts, if we will not be operating as usual. We apologise for any inconvenience.


We have reopened to visitors after COVID lockdowns and are operating as usual under a COVIDSafe plan. You are required to complete our COVID register, remember to physically distance from other visitors, use the hand sanitiser or mud kitchen with soap and water, and stay home if you feel unwell!


The Lyell Deer Sanctuary is available for group and coach bookings, school excursions, fundraising activities, corporate functions, weddings, birthday parties, workshops and venue hire. 



We are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm; there is no need to book on the weekends, just pop in!

We are happy to open weekdays and school holidays by appointment.


Admission is $10 per family/group (up to 6 people)

Deer pellets are $1 per bag

Weekends 10am to 4pm

Weekdays and holidays by appointment

6 Lyell Court, Mt Samson Qld 4520

0411 485 156


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