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 6 of the best farms you can stay at in Queensland.
Located just outside Laidley in the stunning Lockyer Valley area, Branell Homestead is your classic country bed and breakfast with luxurious twist. With two main accommodation options on offer—the rustic, cosy homestead or your very own suite in a luxury cabin overlooking the rolling green hills of the property—Branell is the perfect home away from home if you’re down with the country life but aren’t too keen on getting hands on with animals. The property features a private lake, complete with a jetty for fishing, an old-school library perfect for vegging out in and a deck practically made for wines as you watch the sunset.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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