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 seven of the best farms you can stay at near Brisbane.
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.
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.
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.
Keen to get out there, but not one for farm life? Check out these glamping spots instead.
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