Best Australian farm stays – Who

Oakleigh Farm Cottages

With NSW residents now permitted to travel regionally, it is the perfect excuse to escape the city and explore surrounding regions and hidden gems.

Located at the naturally beautiful Mystery Bay, 4.5 hours from Sydney in Eurobodalla on the South Coast, you’ll find Oakleigh Farm Cottages.

The property is a scenic spot for a weekend escape, set on 25 hectares and surrounded by beaches and coastal national parks, and boasting views of Montague Island.

Guests can interact with the friendly, four-legged residents, go fishing, swim and explore or simply kick back and soak up the tranquillity offered by one of five fully self-contained farm cottages. 

Between September and November, this pet-friendly stay is the perfect vantage point to spot humpback whales frolicking in the bay as they migrate back to Antarctica.

https://oakleighfarmcottages.com/

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Deepdale Farm

This renovated 1850s homestead combines the traditional Australian farmstay experience with absolute luxury.

Set on a 1500-hectare rural working farm in Western Australia’s Avon Valley, just 90 minutes from Perth, this historic homestead features the charming original home and an architecturally-designed extension, providing ample space for families and groups to enjoy.

Deepdale, managed by Private Properties, has a swimming pool, a tennis court, a BBQ area and a refurbished barn for entertaining.

Plus, there’s a town with country pubs, an artisan bakery and boutiques just a five-minute drive away – if you can muster up the motivation to leave this beautiful farm, which is a destination in its own right.

https://www.privateproperties.com.au/holiday-homes/deepdale-farm/

QUEENSLAND

Worendo Cottages

Many Australians have holidayed on the famous beaches of Queensland’s Gold Coast, however, the Lamington National Park, just 90 minutes away, also offers an idyllic retreat from the demands of daily life. 

Set in the peaceful Lost World region of the Scenic Rim overlooking the rainforest mountains of Queensland’s Lamington National Park, Worendo Cottages offers a truly memorable farm stay break for families and couples.

There are five accommodation options to choose from, including the beautifully renovated homestead and four luxury cottages. Wild Lime Cottage, for instance, has a spa bath, industrial kitchen, outdoor shower and a fireplace for those cosy winter nights in.

There’s free daily animal feeding where guests can get close to the resident sheep, cows, horses and chickens, fire pits for roasting marshmallows under a canopy of stars and some beautiful short walks around the farm or through the ‘Lost World Valley’ and the Lamington National Park.

www.worendo.com

Gilberton Outback Retreat

A working cattle station doesn’t seem like the backdrop for a romantic escape but such is the case at the Gilberton Station in Far North Queensland.

Taking country hospitality to another level, the five-star retreat offers a rare insight into gold mining and cattle production history as well as the chance for guests to immerse themselves in nature without the distractions of modern life.

With no phone reception or wi-fi, guests at this all-inclusive farmstay can try station activities like feeding and mustering, gold fossicking, swimming, fishing, kayaking or just enjoying the staggering beauty of the landscape.

Perched atop a bluff overlooking the Gilbert River, the luxury retreat boasts panoramic views, a king bed and bath tub, as well as an all-inclusive meals and beverages and warm, country hospitality.

https://www.gilbertonoutbackretreat.com/