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17 Of The Best Farm Stays Near Brisbane To Stay At

By Eliza Woods

Brisbane/Meanjin 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. 

Whether you're looking for tiny house vibes or a luxe villa with all the mod cons, there's an option for you. Personally, here at Urban List, we don't think it's a proper farm stay without at least a few farm animals involved, so we're rounded up plenty of them too. Here are 13 of the best farms stays near Brisbane.

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.

Sunshine Coast Farm Stay

Glasshouse Mountains

a cabin with mountain views on a farm stay brisbane
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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. Bushwalking, 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.

Cadaghi Cabin 

Ninderry

Surrounded by a perfectly manicured 5-acre property, Cadaghi Cabin is the definition of farm living. The owner handcrafted the house with antique windows and 100-year-old timber floors, so this is definitely not your average country cabin,but it’s kitted out with all the mod cons you’ll need. Soak up the country sun on the back deck, set up by the outdoor firepit, or feed Taco the Shetland pony. Looking for outing options? The cabin is only a short drive to Yandina, and the renowned Spirit House Restaurant. And just so you know, it recently made the finalist list for Host of the Year in Airbnb’s 2022 Host Awards, so you know you’ll be looked after—the owners will even bring you freshly baked bread and farm eggs each morning. Book your stay here

Sixty6 Acres

Woombye


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If you’re looking to escape the rat race for a few days, this luxe new farm stay in Woombye on the Sunshine Coast might just fit the bill. Six different two-bedroom, architecturally-designed farm ‘quarters’ each feature wood burning fireplaces, full kitchens, and cosy furnishings, with a freestanding bathtub in the master bedroom that overlooks a tranquil lake. 

The jewel in their crown, The Acreage is a newly-opened three-bedroom country cottage with a wraparound verandah, fireplace, firepit and outdoor bathhouse. The exclusive outdoor bath house is decked out with an original claw foot tub, copper rainwater shower and views to horses, lake and beyond. In the mornings you can head down to The Stables to pat and feed miniature donkeys, Galloway steers (very cute furry cows), babydoll sheep and fluffy chickens, or just explore the property, which has a putting green, kayaks for the lake and fire pits at all the cabins. Book here.

Rangeview Outback Hut

Fernvale

We’ve got just the ticket if you’re looking to escape the city noise. Step into a world of tranquillity and rustic charm at this remarkable self-contained accommodation, housed within a beautifully restored 100-year-old corn shed. Decorated with an array of vintage Australiana-style items, this cosy retreat exudes a uniquely 'outback' ambiance. Your gracious hosts are there to ensure your every need is met, and they sweeten the deal with a delightful breakfast hamper. Whether you're craving a campfire-cooked feast or simply wish to toast marshmallows while gazing at the starry expanse above, the choice is yours. Kids can feed and befriend the friendly farm animals, expend their endless energy on the sprawling property, or let their imaginations run wild in the cubby house and onsite playground. Book here

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Tiny Farm House On The Hill

Sunshine Coast Hinterland 


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There are two things we love in the world: farm stays and tiny houses. Lucky for us, this farmhouse combines both into one picture-perfect getaway. This modern two-bedroom farmhouse has all the amenities needed for a private getaway including kitchen, modern toilet, outdoor fireplace and patio (all tiny of course). The view, however, is far from small and covers 180 degrees views of the rolling Sunshine Coast hinterland, mini cows, sheep and alpacas. You may even catch a glimpse of a platypus in the nearby creek if you’re lucky. You’re welcome to help yourself to the gardens onsite and snack on the seasonal organic fruit, veggies and herbs. Recharge, reset, and rejuvenate in this pastoral paradise. 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 former milking 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. Book here

Old Glenroy Dairy

Sunshine Coast Hinterland 

This quaint homestay was built in the 1920s, and has since been restored, 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 like Maleny and 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

Laceys Creek Homestead

Dayboro

a lounge room filled with vintage furniture at a farm stay brisbane
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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

Clandulla Cottages And Farmstay

Scenic Rim

Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay has all the country charm you could dream of. Located in the Gold Coast Hinterland, these cottages are a quick one hour drive from Brisbane and offer all of the traditional Brisbane farm stay activities, including collecting eggs and fussing over a variety of baby animals. Adrenaline junkies may like to venture outside of the property to hang glide from the top of beautiful Mt Tamborine, or catch hot air balloon across the Scenic Rim. There are also plenty of slower options to suit your speed, including a visit to the nearby rainforest skywalk, local galleries, shops and cafes. If you’re aiming for total relaxation, kick back in your suite and sun yourself on the terrace. Kids will love the idea of roasting marshmallows in the firepit each night (rest assured they will sleep well after a day outdoors on the farm). Book now

Mediterranean Farmstay 

Eumundi

Discover a recently revitalised farm stay just a short drive from the iconic Eumundi markets, and a 20 minute trip to the gorgeous beaches of Noosa. Your days here are destined for relaxation, overlooking breathtaking vistas. Picture yourself basking in the warm sun on the terrace, or losing yourself in a book atop the hand-carved daybed. This one is a dream come true for animal lovers, with friendly horses, dogs, and a charming assortment of chickens, ducks, and geese. Fire up the barbecue and indulge in flavours from local market produce, while you make good memories in the al-fresco dining area. As the sun dips below the horizon, retreat indoors for a cosy evening of board games, or maybe you’d prefer to step outside and bask in the tranquil symphony of local wildlife. Book here.

Mayan Farm 

Noosa Hinterland


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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 farmland and countryside views. The villas sleep up to eight, so split the bill and take your whole crew. Book here.

Rosecliffe Boutique Farm Cottages

Noosa Hinterland 

You can call a vintage bus or an antique Melbourne tram home on your next vacation with a stay at Rosecliffe. This retreat borders on Woondum National Park Rainforest and yes, a 1952 Leyland Tiger bus is one of their actual cottage options. 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.

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm

Scenic Rim

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm is an iconic Queensland farm stay experience. Jump boots ‘n’ all into an authentic farmstay experience on this sixth generation working farm. Your hosts are all about the farm-to-fork experience and are happy to give you the opportunity to help out milking the cows and picking produce. Don’t worry, it’s not all hard work—such fresh and organic local ingredients make for the perfect feast or picnic hamper. We suggest kicking back and enjoying the beautiful surroundings of the picturesque Kerry Valley of the Scenic Rim. Cool off with a paddle in the river and finish the day with dinner on the deck under a blanket of stars. This is a limited offering, so it books out several months in advance. Don’t miss out, plan ahead here

Luxury Woolshed Farm Retreat 

Palmvale


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Slide open the timber barn doors and give a warm welcome to Coolamon Station. Just 14 minutes from Cabarita Beach, this 105-acre farm is nestled in a secluded valley and perfect for your next country escape. The Woolshed is a brand new, architecturally designed home that has a spacious open plan living area with a gorgeous country-style kitchen. Relax on the large undercover verandas, with amazing views over the cattle paddocks and rolling hills (perfect for a picnic). This working cattle farm also produces free range eggs, which are yours to collect daily from the pen for a hearty breakfast. Walk a short 100 metres for a splash in the private swimming hole and explore pockets of rainforest, where they even have their own Koala sanctuary area. 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 certainly 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 sunset 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, framed by the wild beauty of Lamington National Park. You will be spoiled for choice between various historic cottages located around the farm, separated by green fields and trees for privacy. This is a spacious location with plenty of room to roam, birdwatch, and lose yourself among the foothills. Don’t miss out on the adventure, with a guided hike across the valley to explore five different caves. After all that walking, we recommend cooling off with a swim in the beautiful Albert river that runs through the middle of the farm. Here, you'll find warmth, homeliness, and a blissful escape from the worries of the world. Book now. 

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