Yes, you can milk a cow and collect the eggs but these farm stays offer a whole lot more. Belinda Jackson rounds up some of the country’s best.
Mango Hill Farm, Sunshine Coast
The Glass House Mountains are the backdrop to this farm in Peachester, where kitchen gardens and fruit trees offer their harvest to guests and children can interact with the horses, goats, sheep and chooks. Bed down in a 100-year-old Queenslander, a two-bedroom workers’ cottage or a former mango-packing shed offering accommodation for six people, a kitchen and a barbecue area.
Myella Farm Stay, Baralaba
Ride a horse, crack a stockwhip or toast a great day at the sunset lookout on this 1052-hectare cattle station, 140 kilometres inland from Rockhampton. Stay in the basic rooms (some with ensuites) or camp out. And be sure to gather in the outdoor dining hut for a homemade meal using fresh farm produce.
Imbil Bridge Farm, Mary Valley
Spot platypus in the creek when you stay at this restored three-bedroom 1920s farmhouse – owner Sue Thrower says they see the elusive creatures most days. There are also cows to be fed and eggs to be collected on this 12-hectare horse and beef-cattle property in Imbil, north of Noosa.
Lee Farmstay, Kingaroy
This farm stay in the South Burnett region lets kids go free-range with sheep, ducks, guinea pigs, horses and more, says host Gavina Lee. There is also a swimming pool and a bicycle trail (complimentary bikes available), plus two play areas and a hay barn to explore. The pet-friendly accommodation includes two-bedroom cottages and the larger, classic Queenslander.
Wittacork Dairy Cottages, Maleny
Queensland’s hippest little village is home to this dairy farm on 120 hectares, which also has 40 hectares of pristine rainforest and is a Land for Wildlife-registered property. Join the twice-daily milking, feed hungry calves and pack a picnic for a rainforest walk with views. Accommodation is in cottages which overlook a lake and the Obi Obi Gorge National Park.
Top image: Mango Hill Farm
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