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14 Of The Best Farm Stays Near Brisbane To Stay At

By Eliza Woods
20th Sep 2021

a bath underneath a window overlooking the countryside

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.

Mayan Farm 

Noosa Hinterland

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. Book here.

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm

Scenic Rim

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. Book here

a bath on a verandah overlooking farmland

Keira Farm 

IPSWICH

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. Book here.

Wittacork Dairy Cottages 

Witta 

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. Book here.

Cedar Glen Farmstay

Beaudesert

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. 

view of a farm road through a window

Tiny Farm House On The Hill

Sunshine Coast Hinterland 

There are two things we love in the world: farm stays and tiny houses and lucky for us this farmhouse combines both into one picture perfect getaway. This modern two bed farmhouse has all the amenities needed for a private getaway including kitchen, modern toilet, barbeque, outdoor fireplace and patio (all tiny of course) and some big, beautiful views to go with it. You can also spend some time with mini pigs, horses, ducks and even catch a glimpse of the platypus in the nearby creek if you’re lucky. Book here

Darlington Grove

Scenic Rim 

This one-bedroom farm stay allows you to quite literally lie amongst farming history as you’ll be sleeping in a once fully functioning milking dairy shed. If you’re thinking that doesn’t sound super comfortable, don’t panic, it’s been fully renovated and features a queen bed and two singles if needed. This farm experience is super immersive, and you can get as hands-on in farming life as you like. If you choose to partake in farming duties, you’ll be able to feed the sheep, chicken, and ducks, collect and chop firewood, care for the sheep and check on the horse’s water supply. If you want a bit more relaxation, explore the olive grove and take a dip in the Albert River. It’s definitely the perfect experience for anyone who’s dreamt of having a farm of their own. Book here

Old Glenroy Dairy

Sunshine Coast Hinterland 

This quaint homestay was built in the 1920s but has since been restored, though still maintaining the original character that makes it unique. Located in the Sunshine Coast hinterland you’ll be able to explore plenty of local towns while you’re there from Maleny to Eumundi. The property is part of a working cattle farm so you’ll catch plenty of cow glimpses and on request you can help out with the feeding jobs. The cottage promises misty views all the way down to the Mary River, an abundance of fig trees, and of course, stunning sunsets to help you leave the work week behind and embrace rural life. Book here

a view of mountains over a pool house

Sunshine Coast Farm Stay

Glasshouse Mountains

Looking for something with a bit more space for friends and family? This farm stay 40 minutes from Brisbane has three king size bedrooms, an enormous living area and a pool with incredible mountain views. Bush walking, mountain climbing and day trips to the beach are all a must to really take in the sights and sounds of the region. The owners will also provide picnic baskets filled with local produce or organise dinners under the stars if requested so you can make your stay as relaxing as you’d like. Of course, it wouldn’t be a farm stay without plenty of cows, horses and chickens to keep everyone thoroughly entertained. Book here.

Rosecliffe Bus Stop

Noosa Hinterland 

You can call a vintage bus home on your next vacation with a stay at Rosecliffe. This retreat borders on Woondum National Park Rainforest and yes, you will actually be staying in a 1952 Leyland Tiger bus. The bus is set in a pavilion which features gorgeous views, an undercover deck and a restorative claw foot bathtub. The 93-acre property has a few alpacas that are sure to pay your weekend home a visit and plenty of native wildlife, from wallabies to sugar gliders, koalas, cockatoos, and eagles. The estate also has a very sleek infinity pool which is just begging to be splashed around in. Book here.

Stables Retreat

Ipswich

Escape to lush greenery at this retreat under an hour from Brisbane. This one-bedroom property has all the amenities and views needed to get a rural experience while still enjoying a relaxing, peaceful environment. You can explore the river nearby by foot or request a kayak and take it for a spin along the rapids. The farm has heaps of friendly cattle, chooks, and horses and there’s a campfire on site as well. The full-sized kitchen is great for a longer stay so you can whip up some wholesome farm-style feasts. Book here

a large fig tree over a farm house

Laceys Creek Homestead

Dayboro

Step back to the 1920s with this heritage accommodation option. The restored farmhouse embraces its past and really provides the ultimate regional farm escape. Walking in, you’re greeted by a constant breeze, beautiful wooden flooring, a fireplace, traditional oven and farm-style furnishings. Limited reception allows you to relax and take in the unrivalled views of Lacey’s Creek valley on your private balcony and explore the many walking tracks. While you have the three-bedroom home all to yourself, you’re on an 80-acre working property so cattle, chicken and goat sightings are very likely. Book here

Mango Hill Farm

Sunshine Coast Farmhouse

Another restored cottage, this Mango Hill retreat offers two bedrooms and lots of opportunities for exploring. Located in Peachester there are views of the Glasshouse Mountains area and Mt Beerwah. If you head down to the forest walk near the creek you’ll most likely make some new friends with the hinterland creatures living in the area, from kookaburras to water dragons and finches. The owners rescue and look after goats, alpacas, sheep and miniature horses so you’ll have the opportunity to hang out with their furry friends and really test out if farm life is for you. We’d just like to add that it also has a rotunda in the garden, and we can’t stop daydreaming about the tea parties that could be held in that space. Book here.

Clandulla Cottages And Farmstay

Scenic Rim

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. 

Keen to get out there, but not one for farm life? Check out these glamping spots instead.

Image credit: Tourism Events Queensland (Mayan Farm), Airbnb

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