Queensland has more than its share of beautiful farm stays to get you back to nature and help you find that zen place you lost in the city somewhere. We’re not talking pitching a swag by the side of a paddock, we mean mountain cabins and heritage cattle farms—though if you're keen to BYO swag, there's also ample opportunity to camp under the stars.
Here are twelve of the best farms you can stay at near Brisbane.
If you want the farm vibes but not the rustic accommodations, Mayan Farm is the spot for you. Sitting on more than 100 acres in the Noosa hinterland, the farm is home to cattle, horses, ducks and sheep, but it also now hosts those with only two legs, thanks to a luxe rammed earth villa on the property. With an alfresco deck, pizza oven and a plunge pool (just to name a few of the amenities), all overlooking the wide open farmland and countryside views. The villas sleep up to eight, so split the bill and take your whole crew.
Tommerup’s Dairy Farm
Tommerup’s Dairy Farm is an iconic Queensland farm stay experience. Tommerup’s is all about the farm to fork experience, where as well as dishing up the freshest local and organic produce, you can help the farming family milk cows, pick vegetables for your very own country-style feast or picnic hamper, perfect for finding a sweet spot to take in those Scenic Rim views.
Wittacork Dairy Cottages
Set on over 300 acres of pure Queensland rainforest, Wittacork is, to this day, a working dairy farm and is listed as a Land for Wildlife registered property, making it a haven for native fauna. Spend a couple of days here and you'll certianly feel as though you've gotten back to nature; watch the farm's cows being milked, or hang on the banks of Lake Baroon (if you stay a night or two make sure to watch the sun set across the lake from your self-contained cottage). With kilometres of walking tracks and Obi Obi Gorge National Park to explore, Wittacork is the perfect farm homestay.
Cedar Glen Farmstay
Cedar Glen Farmstay is situated on over 1000 acres of lush green pastures, all framed by the wild beauty of Lamington National Park. While your more traditional farm stay activities are abundant, the real highlight of Cedar Glen is their trail rides which trek through the foothills of the stunning Lost World Valley.
Ripples On The Creek
Looking for somewhere a little romantic, but where your Akubra is still acceptable? Well if so, Ripples On The Creek is the place for you. Perched at the edge of the Border Rangers, this 100-acre working Wagyu cattle property also happens to be the perfect backdrop for a couple’s retreat, and they’ve got luxurious cottages to prove it. The riverside cabins even have outdoor baths—talk about dreamy.
Clandulla Cottages And Farmstay
If rural country charm is more your thing, Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay is for you. This farm stay has all your traditional farm activities and animals on site while featuring a number of luxury suites. Spend your time fussing over baby animals or grab a book and chill out underneath a shady tree in a quiet corner of the gorgeous property.
A 500 acre working cattle farm on the edge of the Scenic Rim, Keira Farm is the prefect tranquil escape from city life, only forty-five minutes from Brisbane. The Farm offers accommodation in the form of cottages and glamping tents, with stunning views of the Flinder's Ranges as well as the opportunity to see more stars than you've ever seen before. As well as farm animals, you'll spot native animals on the property, including a resident family of kangaroos.
Dairy Flat Farm Holidays
Dairy Flat Farm Holidays is a charming sixth generation working farm, situated in the Border Ranges National Park right next to the Queensland border. This farmstay is a bit off the beaten-path, providing a truly calming backdrop for explorers in search of some tranquility. During your stay, you can embrace farming life by volunteering for chores such as milking a cow, feeding calves and collecting eggs, though if you’d prefer to just stroll the grounds before retiring to your cosy cottage, that’s fine too.
One for both the beach and the country lovers, Tooraloo Farmstay is the perfect summer getaway. Just a five minute drive from the beach and with a pool on the ground, Tooraloo is situated on 12 acres, which are home to no less than nine cats, two dogs, seven cows, 13 trouble-making chickens, a giant rabbit and a miniature horse. And yes, you will get to meet them all. With an array of options to stay in, from the swanky shed to the sunset cottage and even the new boho studio barn coming in the summer of 2020, there is something for everyone. Bonus, all of the charming cottages are decked out in international art from artist and owner Concetta Antico.
Bunyip Springs Farm Stay
One word: alpacas. A weekend spent on the Bunyp Springs Farm Stay north west of Brisbane may well include walking and feeding their resident alpacas, and frankly what more could you want? You'll also get a real taste of farm life with milking, egg collecting and animal feeding today, before retiring to your country cottage.
If you're looking for the ultimate authentic farmstay experience then Charlotte Plains has your name on it. A 70,000 acre working cattle property about 750kms west of Brisbane, you can choose to experience the true outback lifestyle with camping facilities across the property or, if you prefer a few creature comforts, you can stay in Charlotte Plains' bed and breakfast. As well as being pet friendly, there is a natural spa on the property as well as 4WD tracks, endless walking trails and endless opportunities to check out local wildlife.
Glen Waverley Farmstay And Alpacas
Glen Waverley Farmstay is home to a herd of friendly alpacas—need we say more? If you’re not into alpacas (um, why not?), you might prefer to stroll their impeccably landscaped gardens, where you’ll find Insta-worthy hedges, blooming roses and springtime bird’s nests. Whichever you prefer, afterwards you can retire to your own cozy cottage for a night of well deserved rest.
Keen to get out there, but not one for farm life? Check out these glamping spots instead.
Image credit: Tourism Events Queensland (Mayan Farm), Ripples On The Creek, Tooraloo Farmstay
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