A farm stay is great for a long weekend with kids. Here we have wrapped up the 8 best farm stays around Australia
1. Minimbah Farm Cottages, Kangaroo Valley NSW
Minimbah Farm is sprawled across 130 acres of scenic farmland, with spectacular views across the scenic Kangaroo Valley. The farm is a wonderful rural escape for families, home to three homely cottages (able to accommodate up to 16 people). Farmyard activities involve collecting eggs, feeding the goats and alpacas and horse riding along ‘The Man from Kangaroo Valley’ trail ride. The farm is located close to Kangaroo Valley village and plenty of other outdoor activities in the surrounding area – canoeing, bushwalking, swimming, golf, tennis and scenic drives.
2. Cedar Glen Farmstay, Darlington QLD
Cedar Glen is an authentic farm stay in the foothills of the iconic Lost World, part of Lamington National Park. Families choose from four historic cottages (the largest accommodates up to 12), located across the serene Cedar Glen property and can take part in horse trail riding, pony rides, animal feeding, egg collecting, cow milking, swimming the rivers, tennis, bushwalking and a twilight mountain top 4WD tour.
3. Fernleigh Farmstay and Bike Park, Goughs Bay VIC
A quintessential family-friendly farm stay in Victoria’s High Country, Fernleigh is set on 11 acres of lush farmland outside Mansfield. The perfect choice for families seeking an activity-filled escape, guests are invited to help out feeding the farm animals, to explore the exciting bike park and other activities – horse riding, bushwalking, skiing, golf, tennis, volleyball, football, fishing, swimming, boating, campfires, scavenger hunts – and to explore all that the surrounding area has to offer. Their three cottages accommodate families of 4-8, or large groups of up to 38 guests in the Lodge.
4. Kings Creek Station, Petermann NT
Set among magnificent desert oaks, Kings Creek Station is a working cattle and camel station that offers an experience of unique outback farm life. Families choose from comfortable safari cabins, glamping tents or a bush swag camp. The historic station has been featured in 36 documentaries, and there are loads of activities for families to take part in to get that real outback experience! Take quad safaris and helicopter flights, swim at the station, take an Aboriginal cultural tour and embark on interesting day walks, including the especial Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park.
5. Pump Hill Farm Cottages, Pemberton WA
Set among majestic forests of karri trees and lush green valleys, Pump Hill Farm is a 4-star cottage retreat for families. Every morning, kids are picked up for a hay ride to feed and pat the friendly farm animals, can go bird watching, bush walking, visit the farm animals anytime, and head into friendly Pemberton to fish for trout, canoe the river, ride a steam train through the forest and explore the town.
6. Brickendon Estate, Longford TAS
Brickendon Farm Village dates back to 1824 when assigned convict women and men lived and worked on the estate. Families have the option to stay in the estate’s historic convict-built cottages or rustic farm cottages, to explore the World Heritage Listed Farm Village, pat and feed farm animals, take the fun Convict Farm Walk and explore the estate’s picturesque gardens.
7. Lavendale Farm, Gilgering WA
At his friendly oasis in WA’s Avon Valley, families choose from nine self-contained cottages and lodges (that can accommodate up to 14 visitors). The whole family can help feed and milk the farm animals, while kids will enjoy the fantastic playground area with trampoline, sandpit, swings, wooden fort, and the indoor activity room with table tennis, foosball, drawing boards and other games.
8. Billabong Ranch Adventure Park, Echuca VIC
This country ranch located in an historic town along the Murray River, is ideal for families looking for an adventure. The ranch offers trail rides though Red Gum forests, pony and camel rides, an animal nursery, pedal boating and a family fun park with playgrounds, mini golf, beach volleyball, table tennis, archery, foosball and bowling. There’s the option for ages 7-17 to take part in school holiday horse riding and adventure camps or for the whole family to stay and explore the ranch, with accommodation in their family hideaway cabins.
5. McDonald’s Farm, Hargraves NSW
A welcoming country hospitality is what’s special at McDonald’s Farm. Welcoming to all families, a stay at McDonald’s (near historic Mudgee) means horse and pony rides, bush walking, blackberry picking, farm animal feeding, 4WD and tractor farm tours, sheep shearing, cow milking, and even telescope stargazing. With home-cooked country-style meals and its serene surroundings of gum forests, McDonald’s Farm is a refreshing country escape. Families choose to stay in the rustic restored Shearer’s Cottage or the comfortable country Homestead.
6. Wattle Gully Retreat, Witta QLD
Wattle Gully retreat is a bushland and rainforest oasis among Queensland’s Blackall Ranges. Families enjoy a comfortable stay at one of the retreat’s three cottages, serene rainforest walks with waterfalls, cascading rock pools and native wildlife and birdlife sightings. Children will have a ball with egg collecting, animal feeding, a tree house to play in, fishing and picnics by the creek.