Escape to the country: 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 farm stay in the Scenic Rim is right up your alley.
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. Tommerups Dairy Farmstay
No nasty surprises here; experience first-hand the process of farm to fork at the Tommerups Dairy Farmstay. With a passion for 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 daily activities!
2. 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’.
3. Fordsdale Farmstay
There’s no need to feel guilty for indulging in a little downtime at Fordsvale Farmstay.
With the mobile reception at a bare minimum, make the most of this action-packed farm stay without any distractions from the outside world: spot koalas in their natural habitat, make friends with the miniature ponies 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.
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.
4. Clandulla Cottages and Farmstay
A luxury farm stay 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.
5. Worendo Cottages
Overlooking Lamington National Park, Worendo Cottages is perfect for extended family stays with a fully-equipped kitchen, air conditioning, BBQ and is also fenced so you can bring your furry friends as well.
Get your country on…Feed the sheep daily at 4pm or arrange a wild bird-feeding experience and meet parrots, rosellas and lorikeets. Take on the farm circuit walk to explore the valley and end up at the Lost World Crossing. For legendary views, get those legs pumping to the hilltop and look out across Widgee Valley, or grab a picnic and have lunch with a view.
Go all out and…channel your inner Masterchef at the Wild Lime Cooking School.
Have you ever done a farm stay in Queensland? If so, where did you go?
This blog was originally published in September 2015 and updated in May 2018.