TRAVEL: Top farmstays in Southeast Queensland

27 May 2017

Need to get away from it all? Kids need a break from the screens? Consider a farmstay. Peaceful, slow but never dull, a farmstay could be just the thing you need to recharge your batteries. Here are our pick of the best farmstays in our region.

Bestbrook Mountain Resort


9790 Cunningham Highway, Maryvale

Fancy learning the art of whip cracking? How about milking the cows? Or riding a horse through the beautiful countryside? Then head to Bestbrook Mountain Resort. This family-owned farm offers old-fashioned hospitality and an authentic country holiday experience. Be sure to take advantage of the  natural flora and fauna on your doorstep and take a trip to the World Heritage Listed Main Range National Park. More information here

Bunyip Springs Farmstay


503 Maidenwell-Bunya Mountain Road, Maidenwell

Right near the summit of the Bunya Mountains National Park, Bunyip Springs Farmstay offers a tranquil farmstay experience. Enjoy bushwalking and bird watching and be sure to get your hands dirty with the farmyard activities such as milking the cows, feeding the horses and gathering the eggs. More information here

Lillydale Farmstay


Upper Logan Road, Mount Barney Via Rathdowney

Award-winning Lillydale offers an escape from the hectic pace of day-to-day life. Situated in Mount Barney in the picturesque Scenic Rim Region, you can try your hand at horse or pony riding, delight in some bush tucker tasting, feed the farm animals or simply relax by the pool. You can also lose yourself in the hedge maze! More information here

Cedar Glen Farmstay


3338 Kerry Road, Beaudesert

Situated in the Lamington National Park, Cedar Glen Farmstay has four historic cottages to choose from. Unwind, enjoying the peace and quiet or get involved in the farm activities such as horse riding, and feeding and caring for the animals. You can also relax with a game of tennis or partake in some boomerang throwing, while enjoying some billy tea and damper. More information here

Wittacork Dairy Cottages


286 Tesch Road, Maleny

Wittacork is a modern 300 acre working dairy farm overlooking the stunning Lake Baroon in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Guests can milk the cows, feed the goats, collect eggs for breakfast and squelch around in the mud with the pigs. Enjoy a trip to the waterfall and take in the nature of the peaceful surrounds. It has four self-contained cottages to choose from. More information here

Lee Farmstay and Cottages


Lee Farmstay and Cottages, Kingaroy

Lee Farmstay spreads across 62 hectares and there are lots of activities here for the whole family. You can play with the farm animals, toast marshmallows on the fire, bounce on the trampoline, have fun on the swings or go fishing in the dam. But, if you just want to relax, hang by the swimming pool and sauna or gaze up at the stars come nightfall. Bliss! More information here

Hosanna Farmstay


4 Tunnel Road, Stokers Siding

Fancy exploring a glow worm tunnel? How about taking part in a farm treasure hunt? Or do you want to enjoy a good old-fashioned singsong by the campfire, while you eat damper and toasted marshmallows? Well, Hosanna Farmstay could be for you! Set on 100 acres near Mount Warning, it offers a relaxing stay that’s as quiet or fun-filled as you make it. More information here

Fordsdale Horseback Adventures and Farmstay


Fordsdale Horseback Adventures and Farm Stay, Fordsdale

Enjoy camping or a few nights staying in the four bedroom farmhouse and take advantage of the wonderful horse riding on offer at Fordsdale. It offers one hour, two hour or all day treks for young and old alike. You can even take part in an overnight horse riding trek if you’re feeling a little more adventurous. More information here

Written by

Kerry White

Kerry is the Senior Writer for Kids on the Coast and Kids in the City. Kerry moved to Australia from England in 2013 with her husband and two daughters. She worked as a sub-editor in London for seven years before she had her girls. She now calls the Sunshine Coast her home and is making the most of its glorious weather and beaches. She enjoys baking, especially when she has a glass of wine in hand, and is a part-time Psychology, Criminology and Justice student. She also shares her home with two cats and her daughters' imaginary dogs.

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