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17 Of The Best Sunshine Coast Farm Stays For A Country Escape

By Urban List Writers

The Sunshine Coast 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 about pitching a swag by the side of a paddock; we’re talking about sweet mountain cabins and heritage cattle farms with space to roam free and experience a taste of farm life. 

Ready to give country living a (albeit temporary) shot? Get back to nature and scroll on for 17 of the best farms you can stay at around the Sunshine Coast. 

Mayan Farm 

342 Sister Tree Creek Road, Kin Kin 4571

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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.

Our top pick for a Sunshine Coast farm stay boasts an alfresco deck, pizza oven and a plunge pool (just to name a few of the seriously lxue 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

Sixty6 Acres 

Walden Road, Woombye Qld 4559

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Sixty6 Acres is all about paying homage to the Sunshine Coast's rich agricultural history. Located just 15 minutes from the iconic Big Pineapple, the refurbished farmstead grows, appropriately, pineapples, but also sugar cane, grapes for their micro-winery, coffee, mangoes and a host of other crops. For guests, they have luxe, self-contained quarters that feature wood burning fireplaces, freestanding baths and full kitchens. 

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. The land boasts large forested areas and platypus-inhabited creeks to explore as well as stables stocked with a menagerie of friendly farm animals you can hang out with. Perfect for a family getaway or for a more romantic option, the farm has a putting green, kayaks for the lake and fire pits at all the cabins. Book here.

Wittacork Dairy Cottages 

286 Tesch Rd, Witta QLD 4552

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Set on over 700 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

Branell Homestead 

12 Paroz Rd, Laidley QLD 4341

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 a range of accommodation options on offer—such as a 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 80-acre property features a private lake, complete with a jetty for fishing and a deck practically made for wine and nibbles as you watch the sunset. Branell Homestead has made a name for itself as a truly stunning wedding location, and if that doesn’t emphasise just how gorgeous it is, we don’t know what will. Book here

The Cottage Of Conondale Station

Conondale

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Lovers of farm life, welcome to Conondale Station, a blissfully small but modern farmhouse cottage within one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest working cattle farms; 930-hectares to be precise. Praising minimalistic design in support of lush valley views, Conondale Station provides the perfect getaway solution with its use of natural linens, recycled timbers, cotton and wool rugs, Mukti bathroom supplies, and a fireplace for chilly nights.

Rise, shine and inhale the fresh country air as you enjoy complimentary breakfast provisions of freshly-baked bread, milk, farm eggs and locally-sourced Montville coffee. We know what you’re thinking, and to confirm; yes, Conondale Station is as impressive as it sounds. Book here.

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Mango Hill Farm

Peachester


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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.

Killara Farm

Kandanga

Surrounded by rolling paddocks and the soft sounds of a babbling creek, Killara Farm is the perfect spot to bring the whole family—or a select few—to enjoy this gorgeous farm stay property. Killara, meaning always there, is serving up a beautifully modern 1890s homestead complete with rustic timber floors, wide four-sided verandah and whiskey room.

Relax by the pool, take a long stroll down by the creek or simply enjoy everything this beautiful property has to offer as you sip a glass of wine and watch the sun go down. If the need to explore is on the to-do list, take a short drive to Mothar Mountain Rock Pools, the Amama walking track, Dingo Creek Winery or the Noosa Hinterland Brewing Co, to name a few. Book here.  

Clandulla Cottages And Farmstay

312 Boyland Road, Boyland, Scenic Rim, 4275

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If rural country charm is more your thing, Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay is about to blow your mind. This family-friendly farm stay was voted as one of Queensland’s best farm stays and has all your traditional farm activities and animals (including an adorable miniature horse) and combines them with a number of luxe suites that scream wholesome nights curling up by a log fire.

Spend your time playing with a plethora of baby animals or grab a book and chill out underneath a shady tree in a quiet corner of the gorgeous property. Book here. 

Old Glenroy Dairy

Sunshine Coast Hinterland 

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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

Bunyip Springs Farm Stay 

Scenic Rim 

One word: alpacas. A weekend spent on the sprawling 620 acre Bunyip Springs Farm Stay in the remote Scenic Rim will 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 hand feeding dairy calves, before retiring to your private self-contained country cottage. Book here.  

Wild Duck Farm

Candle Mountain Dr, Peachester QLD 4519


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Wild Duck Farm is your perfect weekend pick-me-up for a quick staycay. A short 40-minute drive from Maroochydore could have you tucked away in this modern 35-acre rainforest-meets-farmland cabin.

This private luxury farm stay will have you rested and rejuvenated as you gaze out towards the adjoining horse paddock, soak in the outside stone bathtub or rugged up in front of the outside fire pit—or cosy indoor fireplace. Complete with dog-proof fencing surround means your furry friend can join, but this Sunshine Coast farm stay hosts one couple and no children. Book here

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm 

2142 Kerry Rd, Kerry QLD 4285

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm is the true-blue farm stay experience that’ll make your organic-loving heart jump for joy. This sixth-generation family farm 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? As it a full working farm, Tommerup’s only hosts farm stays on the weekend and during school holidays, so you may need to book months in advance. Book here

Sunshine Coast Farm Stay

Glasshouse Mountains

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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.

Longhorn Cabin

Marys Creek

If you’re looking for a gorgeous Sunshine Coast farm stay that ticks all the boxes we think they’ve got you covered over at Longhorn Cabin. Situated only 40 minutes from Noosa, you’ll not only be able to enjoy all the usual farm stay luxuries we know and love; a decked-out wood cabin, views for days, cosy outdoor fire pit or fireplace but also an abundance of wildlife.

You can join in the optional but deliciously satisfying sampling of their organically grown ginger, turmeric and macadamias. Romantic getaway plans with a side of farm-to-table treats included. Tick. Book here.  

Tiny Farm House on The Hill

Peachester


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If you’re an animal lover then you’re in luck, as this two-bed tiny house with 180-degree views of the scenic Sunshine Coast hinterland is home to several of your favourite furry friends. Mini cows, sheep, pigs, goats and alpacas are all waiting for your arrival and the chance to be fed a mango leaf by guests.

Horticulturists Ben and Sam are available to answer any farm related questions and ensure you enjoy their little corner of heaven. With a fully equipped kitchenette and BBQ to make use of, all that’s left to do is fill up the esky and fight over who gets to climb the ladder to the loft bed for the night. To immerse yourself in the picturesque Sunshine Coast Hinterland, book now here. 

Charlotte Plains

Cunnamulla

Okay, this one certainly isn’t only the Sunshine Coast but if you’re willing to go on a drive to experience authentic outback life, you’re in luck. 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, Charlotte Plains is renowned for its Great Artesian Baths as well as 4WD tracks, endless walking trails and endless opportunities to check out local wildlife. Book here

Cedar Glen Farmstay 

3338 Kerry Rd, Darlington QLD 4285

Animal 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. Choose between camping, staying in the homestead or your own self-contained, private cottage.

Your traditional farm stay activities abound, including animal feeding, alpaca encounters and cow milking, however the real highlight of Cedar Glen is their guided cave tour which treks through the foothills of the stunning Lost World Valley. You’ll gain a sense of Indiana Jones-esque adventuring as you explore the five huge caves on the Cedar Glen property. Book here

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