From the wide-open spaces, rich green pastures and quaint country towns nearby, the tranquillity and rural lifestyle of a farmstay are not only beneficial for adults wanting to escape the daily grind, but can also be a great educational experience for children.
Farmstays are becoming increasing popular for families, allowing people to disconnect from the hustle and bustle, while offering a unique and interactive holiday experience. Waking up to the farm rooster at dawn may be an adjustment at first, but it definitely beats the sound of traffic and car horns.
We are very lucky in South East Queensland to have so many beautiful country towns on our doorstep, with friendly folk ready and willing to welcome you into their home, some sharing their 100-year-old farming legacy. Depending on how close to nature you want to get or how interactive you want your holiday to be, there are farmstays to suit each individual family’s needs and requirements. From toddlers to teenagers, it can be a weekend away that is enjoyed and appreciated by all.
From milking cows, collecting eggs and even having a ride on a tractor, it’s a great way to introduce a rural lifestyle to children, as well as encouraging them to have an appreciation of where their food actually comes from.
Aside from the farmyard animals, other activities can include taking a leisurely bush walk in the wilderness, horse riding and even a good old campfire sing along, toasting marshmallows and eating homemade damper.
It can be a real adventure for young and old, stepping off the beaten track, embracing the serene, pristine environment and surroundings. Being outdoors in this setting also allows kids to understand about being kind and respectful to nature and the animals that live there.
With everyone living such hectic lives, it’s important to take the time as a family to spend quality time together, without any distractions. Once the sun slips from the sky, all that’s left on your farmstay is the twinkling stars as you sit outdoors enjoying each other’s company while making lifelong memories together.
Situated on 300 acres of farmland and pristine rainforest in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, Wittacork is a modern working dairy farm that overlooks the beautiful Lake Baroon. Featuring four self-contained cottages, families can milk the cows, collect eggs for breakfast and feed the goats or splash around the mud with Pumba and Boris the pigs. There are also walking tracks to explore the rainforest as well as viewing areas to marvel at the waterfall.
Maleny 5494 4369 www.wittacork.com.au
This 100-year-old cattle farm has a rich history in the region, situated at the foothills of the iconic Lost World, part of Lamington National Park. With four historic cottages to choose from, there is the option for families to relax and unwind, enjoying the serenity of their surroundings, or to get involved in the diverse range of activities from horse riding, swimming and tennis to feeding and caring for the animals.
Darlington 5544 8170 www.cedarglen.com.au
Discover the magic of the South Burnett region with the family owned and operated Lee Farmstay and Cottages, situated on the outskirts of Kingaroy township. Surrounded by award-winning wineries, Lee Farmstay allows you to either relax on your private balcony or immerse yourself in the daily farm happenings with miniature ponies, sheep and cows grazing just outside your doorstep.
Kingaroy 4162 5103 www.leefarmstay.com.au
One of the oldest farmstays in Queensland, Lillydale offers an award-winning holiday for families wanting to escape the hectic pace of day-to-day life. Situated in Mount Barney in the picturesque Scenic Rim Region, your hosts Doug and Pam Hardgrave pride themselves on offering a genuine country experience, sharing their little slice of heaven with families. Whether you try your hand at horse or pony rides or some bush tucker tasting, the Hardgraves promise their guests a unique and fun holiday experience.
Mt Barney 5544 3131 www.lillydale.com.au
Offering a tranquil rural farmstay experience, Bunyip Springs in the quaint country town of Maidenwell is just 23km from the top of the renowned Bunya Mountains National Park. With the property bordering two creeks, there are endless opportunities for bushwalking and bird watching for families and to get your hands dirty with the farmyard activities.
Maidenwell 4164 6175 www.bunyipsprings.com.au
Bestbrook Mountain Resort in Maryvale encompasses what a family farmstay should be all about. From learning the art of whip cracking to milking the cows and riding a hose through the beautiful countryside, this family-owned farm offers a range of accommodation types to suit your requirements and budget. Just a 25-minute drive from Warwick CBD, Bestbrook offers old-fashioned hospitality and an authentic country holiday experience with a smorgasbord of natural flora and fauna on your doorstep as well as the World Heritage Listed Main Range National Park.
Maryvale 4666 1282 www.bestbrook.com.au