Lillydale Farmstay Scenic Rim

5 farm stays near Brisbane

Need to recharge the batteries and escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Have the kids never seen free-roaming animals loving life in their natural environment?

If you answered yes to both, then a farmstay in the Scenic Rim is right up your alley.

Find yourself in the hinterland countryside in less than two hours from Brisbane or the Gold Coast, and experience what life is really like on the farm.

At these five farm stays near Brisbane you can get involved with daily activities like milking the cows or feeding the animals, or if you’d prefer to just take in the wide open spaces and almost too-good-to-be-real scenic views of rugged mountain ranges, that’s okay too!

1. Cedar Glen Farmstay

Picture this: 1050 acres of nothing but lush green pastures and grazing cattle surrounded by the wild mountains of Lamington National Park… and it’s all yours to explore! Get a little ‘lost’ in nature at the Cedar Glen Farmstay, nestled in the hidden foothills of the Lost World Valley.

The property has been in the Stephen family for over 100 years, so expect a healthy dose of family farm tradition during your stay in their beautifully restored 1901 original homestead or classic Queenslander-style cottages.

Get your country on… Milking the cows, feeding the farm animals and collecting eggs.

Go all out and… Learn to crack an Australian stockwhip and throw a boomerang, enjoy a cup of billy tea with some freshly made damper slathered with jam and syrup, go horse riding and river fishing, or take a Twilight Mountain Top 4WD Tour of ‘Jack’s Rock’.

2. Lillydale Farmstay

Lillydale Farmstay

Photo by Lillydale Farmstay via FB

There’s no need to feel guilty for indulging in a little down time at Lillydale Farmstay. The eco-certified cattle property is home to fourth-generation farmers who are incredibly passionate about protecting their natural environment (even planting over 1000 eucalypts to help create a lasting habitat for their local koala families).

With mobile reception at a bare minimum, make the most of this action-packed farmstay without any distractions from the outside world: spot koalas in their natural habitat, make friends with the miniature ponies, treat yourself to a massage and facial while the little ones are at Kids Club, or go rock-hopping down at the creek.

Get your country on… Feeding the animals, collecting eggs, milking the cows, catching a fish down at the lake, getting lost in their Hedge Maze, and exploring Mt Maroon and Mt Barney.

Go all out and… Go horse riding and take a tour of the farm via tractor, visit the nearby donkey farm, or let your hosts book a wine tasting, dairy farm tour or cooking class.

3. Tommerups Dairy Farmstay

Tommerups Dairy Farmstay

No nasty surprises here; experience first-hand the process of farm to fork at the Tommerups Dairy Farmstay. With a passion of farming holistically, expect naturally grown produce – spray and chemical free – and ethically raised animals the top priority of this working dairy farm.

Get your hands dirty helping out the Tommerup family with their daily farm activities, or take a wander through their veggie garden basket in hand, picking fresh produce to enjoy in your rustic country cottage. (P.S. Check out their nifty accommodation packages with bonus goodies like BBQ dinner and picnic hampers, and locally handmade marshmallows. #drool)

Get your country on… Milking the cows in the dairy herd, feeding the animals and collecting eggs.

Go all out and… Take the 10-minute drive down the road to Cedar Glen to take advantage of their day activities!

4. Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay

Clandulla Cottages

Photo by Clandulla Cottages via FB

A luxury farmstay where you can still get down country style. If you’re in need of some serious R&R with a dash of adventure, the Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay is your go to.

Curl up with a book under a shady tree and enjoy the countryside views, take your time exploring the property and meeting all the animals, or get the low-down of life on the farm from your hosts John and Lorna.

Get your country on… Feeding the animals and collecting eggs.

For a little extra go all out and… Hang-glide from the top of Tamborine Mountain, pay a visit to Albert River Wines, or watch the sunrise on a hot air balloon ride over the Scenic Rim.

5. Destiny Boonah ECO Cottages and Donkey Farm

Forget Santorini… if you want to get up close and personal with a real-life Eeyore, there is no better place in Queensland than Destiny Boonah ECO Cottages and Donkey Farm. This unique farmstay is home to a large family of rescued (and ridiculously cute) donkeys, each with its own story to tell.

But their conservation efforts don’t stop there; Destiny Boonah are officially registered as a ‘Land for Wildlife’ member dedicated to on-ground nature conservation (they’re also entirely off the grid, meaning they power their own energy needs).

Get your country on… Making the most of your unlimited cuddle sessions with the donkeys on the farm.

Go all out and… Make like Dora the Explorer and check out the Boonah town centre, Lake Moogerah, and local wineries and olive farms.

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