Escape To The Country With These 6 Farm Stays Near Brisbane
City living is a feast of convenience, with everything you could imagine deliverable right to your doorstep. It thrums off a hustle and bustle that, while thrilling, comes at a cost and the fast pace of metropolitan living is tiring to say the least. When the batteries run low, a rural escape is your best bet to recharge and reconnect with the family. In less than two hour’s drive from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, find yourself in the hinterland countryside and get truly involved in daily life on the farm. Daily chores like milking the cows or feeding the pigs are completely unlike anything you’d face in the comfort and convenience of the city. Not to mention wide open spaces, picturesque mountain ranges, and a clear view of the Milky Way stretched above you every night at these farm stays near Brisbane.
1. Tommerups Dairy Farmstay
Experience first-hand the process of farm to fork at the Tommerups Dairy Farmstay. Located in Kerry Valley, This farmstead has been owned and operated by the same family for six generations. It thrums with a passion for farming holistically, so expect naturally grown produce – spray and chemical free – and ethically raised animals as their top priority. Visitors are quickly integrated into farm life, contributing to daily farm activities like milking cows, bottle feeding calves, scattering grain for the chickens, and helping gather fresh produce from the veggie garden.
There are just two guest houses on the property, a cottage and a larger homestead, both designed to house groups of over 5 people. Perfect for families.
In your downtime, go rock hopping at Duck Creek, fishing in Tommerups’ stretch of the Albert River, or head down the road to Cedar Glen.
2. Cedar Glen Farmstay
Nestled in the hidden foothills of the Lost World Valley, the Cedar Glen Farmstay is a 1050 acre sprawl of lush green pastures and grazing cattle, surrounded by the wild mountains of Lamington National Park.
The property has been in the Stephen family for over 100 years, so expect a healthy dose of family tradition as they welcome you into their fold and the joys of country living. You’ll milk cows, feed animals, collect eggs and get involved with farm operations during your stay in their beautifully restored 1901 original homestead, or classic Queenslander-style cottages.
When all the chores are done you can learn how to crack an Australian stockwhip and throw a boomerang, go horse riding and river fishing, explore the local caves with a guided hike, or take off on a 4WD tour of Jack’s Rock at twilight. After all that excitement, kick back with a buppa billy tea and some fresh damper slathered in homemade jam.
3. Worendo Cottages
Overlooking Lamington National Park, Worendo Cottages is perfect for extended family farm stays near Brisbane. Every cottage is equipped with a full kitchen, BBQ and fireplaces both indoor and outdoor for getting snug and roasting marshmallows. The properties are also fenced so it’s safe to bring the family pooch as well.
The onsite activities have guests helping out feeding sheep, or loading up with birdseed to meet parrots, rosellas and lorikeets. To get your bearings and soak up the setting, go on the farm circuit walk to explore the valley before coming to the Lost World Crossing. For a truly majestic view, get those legs pumping to the hilltop and look out across Widgee Valley.
Worendo also runs the Wild Lime Cooking School, which runs classes in how to use native ingredients like wild limes, warrigal greens, lemon myrtle, cinnamon myrtle and river mint – all grown on site of course. Coming home with a better appreciation for Australian natives and the skills to prepare them is one hell of a souvenir.
4. Fordsdale Farmstay
For something a little rougher than a refurbished manor, pitch a tent on the Fordsdale Farmstay’s grounds. Expect no powered sites, just acres of rich, idyllic bushland guaranteeing you peace and privacy and the most glorious suite of stars you’ve ever slept beneath. With the mobile reception at a bare minimum, you can make the most of this action-packed farmstay without any distractions from the outside world.
If you just want a bit of downtime, Fordsdale can offer that too. Their weekender packages puts families up in cosy cottages, surrounded by rugged hills, with a major draw of being entirely pet friendly. Spending a holiday here means you get all the excitement of farm living from feeding animals, fishing in the lake, getting lost in their Hedge Maze, or embarking on any one of their numerous trail rides combined with the comfort of home.
5. Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay
If you’re in need of some serious R&R, the Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay offers a deeply restorative break with a dash of adventure that keeps things fresh. This luxury farm stay offers a few different cottages and suites to stay in, all lovingly decorated to feel as welcoming and homey as possible.
Leisure and relaxation are key. Curl up with a book under a shady tree and enjoy the countryside views, take your time exploring the property, or get the low-down of life on the farm from your hosts John and Lorna. Feeding and petting the farm animals is also heartily encouraged, especially the baby animals, chooks and miniature ponies, which is perfect for your little ones. You can even help collect eggs from the coop.
Clandulla is located in the Scenic Rim and perfectly situated for daily excursions. Try hang-gliding from the top of Tamborine Mountain, pay a visit to Albert River Wines, or get up really early and watch the sunrise from a hot air balloon.
6. Wittacork Dairy Cottages
Every guest cottage is completely self-contained, giving visitors absolute privacy to enjoy the stunning vistas of the lake and parkland. With 5kms of walking tracks that will take you over bridges and past lush waterfalls, and proximity to rainforest hikes as well as the tracks and trails at the dam, Wittacork is completely perfect for an active family getaway.
Where farm living is concerned, Wittacork will happily enfold you into the daily operations. Come by at 4pm to watch the cows being milked, then muck in and help feed the pigs and collect the eggs from the coop. The chickens love food scraps so feel free to bring any offcuts from dinner the night before and close the loop.