We all know how awesome the Gold Coast is (preach!), but sometimes you just need to escape the big smoke and head to the country for some good old fashioned R&R.
Luckily, our fair state has more than its share of beautiful farm stays to get you back to nature to help you find that zen place buried in you somewhere. Now before you start complaining, we’re not talking pitching a swag by the side of a paddock—though if that’s your jam then there is plenty of opportunity for that, too. Think mountain cabins (with just a few comforts) and all-day horse riding through a gorgeous property adjacent to Lamington National Park. Sounds pretty wonderful if you ask us.
Ready to give country-living a (albeit temporary) shot? Read on to find the best farms you can actually stay at in Queensland.
Branell Homestead | Laidley
Located just outside Laidley, in the stunning Lockyer Valley area, Branell Homestead is your classic country bed and breakfast with an oh so 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 wine and nibbles as you watch the sunset. Whoever said getting back to nature was about getting dirty had obviously never stayed in their own luxe cabin with killer mountain views.
Charlotte Plains | Cunnamulla
If you’re looking for the ultimate, authentic farmstay experience, then Charlotte Plains has your name on it. A 70,000 acre working cattle and sheep 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 (so you can pack your pooch), 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 | Scenic Rim
Tommerup’s Dairy Farm is the true-blue farm stay experience that’ll make your organic-loving heart jump for joy. Tommerup’s is all about the farm to fork experience, combined with a love of holistic farming and a good ol’ fashioned family atmosphere. We’re talking helping the Tommerup family milk cows, picking chemical free vegetables for your very own country-style feast at the end of the day and picnic hampers perfect for finding a sweet spot to drink in those Scenic Rim views. Oh, and did we mention their rustic-chic cabins can fit up to five people (if you don’t mind getting a little cosy)? Weekend getaway plans with the squad are definitely sorted.
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 local wildlife. Spend a couple of days here and you’ll certianly feel as though you’ve gotten back to nature; watch the 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 | Beaudesert
Horse lovers: this one’s for you. 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 abound, like animal feeding and cow milking, the real highlight of Cedar Glen is their trail rides which trek through the foothills of the stunning Lost World Valley. Picture that, guys, just you, your horse and a sense of Indiana Jones-esque adventuring you just can’t get on the fair ol’ GC. Sign us the heck up!
Clandulla Cottages And Farmstay | Scenic Rim
If rural country charm is more your thing, Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay are about to blow your mind. This farm stay has all your traditional farm activities and animals (including an adorable miniature horse we’re low-key in love with) and combines them with a number of luxe suites that practically scream cuddly nights curling up by a log fire. Spend your time playing with a plethora of baby animals (don’t mind if we do) or grab a book and chill out underneath a shady tree in a quiet corner of the gorgeous property. Huh, that’s weird, we were just thinking it was time for a cheeky weekend getaway as well. See you there!
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