Looking for family-friendly holiday options? Why not book a farm stay in Australia, where the kids can hang out with adorable animals all day long? We’ve compiled a list of the best farm stays all around Australia, so you can enjoy the experience no matter which part of the country you’re planning to visit.
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This luxury farm stay is hosted at a family-owned working sheep property. You’re going to love staying here as it’s promised to be an interactive and relaxed experience for the family. Don’t worry even if the kiddos are slightly nervous to be around farm animals; you’re in good hands and the hosts will patiently ease everyone into the experience. While you’re there, you’ll be able to feed, touch and play with these animals in a safe and caring environment!
Ba Mack Farmstay, www.bamackfarmstay.com.au
Your home away from home, Chesleigh Homestead is a luxury short-term horse riding accommodation located in Sofala, New South Wales. They’re most known for their lovely horse riding trails, as well as delicious home cooked meals that you can devour after a long day of activities! Other amenities within the compound include a games room, tennis court and swimming pool — you can unwind with some indoor activities before or after enjoying some horseback riding.
Chesleigh Homestead, www.sofala.com.au
A mere 1.5 hour drive from Sydney, Eden Equine is a working equine farm with luxury farm stay cottages. The space also overlooks the scenic Blue Mountains, so you’re promised a gorgeous view here. You’ll be staying at one of their five self-contained bespoke cabins that come complete with a kitchen, fireplace and air-conditioning. During the day, the family can collect chicken eggs, have a picnic or even go horseback riding — pony rides available as well. At night, enjoy an outdoor BBQ and huddle together around the fire pit. During your farm stay, don’t forget to say hi to all their different animals like the sheep, donkeys, pigs and even alpacas!
Eden Esquire, www.edenequine.com.au
The history of Mowbray Park Farm dates back all the way until 1822, so you can expect not only rich history to be tagged to this gorgeous place but also a mix of olden and modern elements on the compound. Here, you can choose to stay at one of their seven colonial style lodges, some of which are cozy enough to fit small families and two of the lodges are even big enough to accommodate huge groups or big family gatherings. On the farm itself, kids can enjoy activities like feeding calves or lambs their milk, collecting eggs, and even milking cows!
Mowbray Park Farmstay, www.farmstayholidays.com.au
Enjoy a luxury farm stay with 28 Gates, located merely an hour’s drive from Hobart. There’s so much historic culture behind the 5000 acre property, all of which will be shared with you during your stay. There’s even a museum and blacksmith shop that you can explore while you’re there! The accommodation comes with a kitchen, Nespresso coffee machine and pods, free-standing bath with a gorgeous view and even a pantry stocked with herbs and spices. There’s also much to do here, including fly fishing and hiking through gorgeous walking tracks. Of course, there are also many farm animals you can pet and feed, like their miniature pigs and adorable dogs. If the family is up for it, sign ip for the wildlife night tour, where you get to see wallabies, kangaroos and even wombats in their natural habitat!
28 Gates Farm Stay, www.28gatesfarmstay.com.au
This award-winning farm stay is located in a natural bushland and overlooks the beautiful Lake Meadowbank, promising you stunning views and peaceful serenity. They’ve got different types of accommodation available including the Romantic Studios, Deluxe 2 Room Cottages, and Farmhouse Cottages that are perfect for families. There’s also lots to do at this 750 acre real working sheep and cropping farm. Watch a sheep shearing demonstration via their farm tour, after which they’ll guide you through a lovely forest walk and talk more about crops and landcare. After the entire tour, enjoy a slow afternoon with some tea and homemade scones while taking in the breathtaking view.
Curringa Farm, www.curringafarm.com.au
Elvenhome Farm is an eco-friendly, biodynamic farm that consists of orchards, kitchen gardens and animal runs. They’re big on sustainability, and their cottages are energy efficient as well. The accommodation comes with a full equipped kitchen, beautiful patio with a view and two bedrooms — perfect for families. During your stay, learn more about sustainable farm life by joining one of their tours.There are four in total: a general farm tour; a workshop about growing healthy vegetables; composting and worm farming; and sustainable building design. Enjoy the rest of the day at the attractions nearby, including Mole Creek Caves, Cradle Mountain and a Honey Farm in Chudleigh.
Elvenhome Farm, www.elvenhomefarm.com.au
This lovely farm stay located near the small town of Maidenwell is chock full of activities for the whole family. Supervised activities in the day include egg gathering, feeding poultry and even milking the house cows by hand. You can even choose to feed, groom and ride a horse, something the young ones might be interested in! Besides hanging out with adorable farm animals, the whole family can also picnic at Little Wegen Creek nearby or check out the natural springs. During the night, everyone can enjoy a bit of star gazing and marvel at the wondrous night sky together.
Bunyip Springs Maidenwell, www.bunyipsprings.com.au
Enjoy a genuine farm stay experience on a real working farm! At Cedar Glen Farm Stay you can choose to stay in one of their three beautiful cottages or their homestead if you’re coming with a larger group (multiple families). In the mornings, you can help feed their farm animals, after which the family can head to the gorgeous Albert river for a bit of swimming. They’ve even got a boomerang throwing and whip cracking lesson where you can test your skills, and it’s suitable for all ages! If you have an extra day to spare for the farm stay, we’d recommend going for their guided cave hike, which brings you to five different caves where you’ll get to see amazing flora and fauna.
Cedar Glen Farmstay, www.cedarglen.com.au
If you want a luxurious farm stay experience, this is it. At Rosecliffe you’ll enjoy a beautiful getaway with accommodation that’s perched high on a hill top above the Pinbarren Vallery. The view will no doubt be gorgeous, and you can also enjoy bush walking, bird watching and canoeing nearby. Of course, no farm stay will be complete without adorable farm animals, and at Rosecliffe you’ll be able to feed their gentle farm animals daily and can even help prepare the feed if you’d like. There’s also a beautiful orchard for fruit picking if the family’s feeling up to it in the afternoons or evenings!
Rosecliffe Boutique Farm Cottages, www.noosahinterlandcottages.com.au
The family is going to have a lot of fun staying at Narnu Farm! Besides the usual feeding of farm animals and horseback riding, they also have a chicken hatchery where kids can get a glimpse of through their glass-sided incubator. If you’re lucky, some of these chicks might even be pecking their way out of their shells while you’re there! Families can also meet horses up close on a truck ride around the farm and feed these gentle creatures some carrot. For accommodation, choose one of seven self-contained farm style cottages that come with a fully equipped kitchen and private bathrooms with showers.
Narnu Farm, www.narnufarm.com.au
Experience what country living is like at Redwing Farm! They’ve got three different types of accommodation, including fully-furnished cottages and also a caravan, and each can sleep up to five people. Get to know the farm’s friendly animals at your own leisure pace, and say hi to their cows, ducks, dogs and more. Families can also use their signages to learn more about these animals, and kiddos who want to experience what farm life is like can also help look for eggs in their poultry yard. At night, gather around the fire pit and roast some marshmallows as you chat about your day.
Redwing Farm, www.redwingfarm.com.au
Enjoy privacy and luxury at Wiggley Bottom Farm. This pet-friendly sanctuary lets you unwind and enjoy serenity for the duration of your stay. For starters, make friends with their gentle farm animals, including goats, geese, horses and dogs, They also provide exclusive wine tours at Yarra Valley for parents who want to relax with a glass or two. Wiggley Bottom Farm has three different accommodation options to choose from, namely their Tiny House, Cottage and Apartment. Kids below the age of 12 stay for free.
Wiggley Bottom Farm, www.wiggleybottomfarm.com.au
Enjoy your little farm vacation at the family-owned Ferguson Farm Stay. Their chalets vary in size and can accommodate group sizes of four to eight pax. Each chalet is equipped with gas barbecues and have a separate living and kitchen area — of course the kitchen is fully equipped as well! You also have a gorgeous view of Bunbury and the ocean to enjoy from your chalet. Families can enjoy farm activities like feeding farm animals, including their rabbits, ponies, goats and kangaroo. Kids can even ride a tractor to the back of the property and feed the bigger cows.
Ferguson Farm Stay, www.fergusonfarmstay.com.au
Enjoy a few days of serenity at Lucieville Farm Chalets. They have four standard open plan chalets, two large chalets, a farm cottage and a Ringwood House for you to choose from. All types of accommodation are completely self-contained and come with a full kitchen as well as washing machine. Join the team as they feed their farm animals in the morning, and if you’re lucky, you might also get to try hand milking a cow! Besides befriending the animals, they also have canoes and paddle boats you can borrow to use at any time.
Lucieville Farm Chalets, www.lucieville.com.au
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