Looking to escape the hustle and bustle? A bit sick of your routine beach holiday? Wanting to get out of your comfort zone and explore more of Queensland?

Farm stays could be the answer that you are looking for.

Getting to stay on a real working farm is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. You can learn about the land, help the farmers feed the animals and explore the beautiful landscapes. Queensland farms have so much to offer, there is no way you can’t have fun.

Farmers across Queensland are opening their properties to give guests a taste of farm life living. Here are some of our favourite farm stays that you should put on your holiday wish list.

Alkoomi Adventure Farmstay—Marmor, near Rockhampton

If you’re a young traveling family, grey nomad, international traveller or local Queenslander wanting a weekend getaway, you’re sure to enjoy Alkoomi Adventure Farmstay & Campground.

Becc Farrell and her husband were born in bred in the bush. They tried city life, but it just wasn’t for them. Now they have opened their property just outside Rockhampton to the public, so everyone can have a chance to experience the rural farm life that they love so much.

Whilst camping on the property you can go for a horse ride around the farm, help feed the cows and take a sunset chuckwagon ride over the hills to enjoy the panoramic views. There’s even a freshwater dam to swim in or you could take it slow and laze on the deck and make some new friends around the campfire.

Becc loves being able to educate visitors about rural Australia whilst creating lasting memories.

“It’s so rewarding to give guests once-in-a-lifetime experiences. We get to teach children to ride a motorbike or a horse for the first time and giving a 90-year-old guest the opportunity to ride a horse like his idol John Wayne alongside his adult son was pretty special to be a part of,” says Becc.

If you are ready to get out of your comfort zone and experience the magic of the outback visit Alkoomi Adventure Farmstay.

For more information visit: www.alkoomiadventurefarmstay.com.au.

Bunyip Springs Farmstay—Maidenwell, 2.5 hours north-west of Brisbane

Just over a two-hour drive from Brisbane and nestled between the Bunya Mountains and Tarong National Park sits the beautiful Bunyip Springs Farmstay.

Kathy Hall has been welcoming visitors to her farm for over 20 years. She has immense joy watching adults and children alike revelling in everything her property has to offer.

With views of the sprawling hills and bushland, Bunyip Springs is situated on home paddocks.

Feeding alpacas, hand milking cows, grooming horses, bush walking and star gazing are just a few of the many activities available.

"Bunyip Springs really has the right combination of grassland to maintain a small beef herd and natural features for guests to enjoy activities like bush walking and birdwatching," says Kathy.

For more information: www.bunyipsprings.com.au.

Henderson Park Farm Retreat—Barmoya, near Rockhampton

If you are looking for a more relaxing and seclude farm stay, the Henderson Park Farm Retreat is the place for you.

Just a 30-minute drive north of Rockhampton, the Henderson Park Farm Retreat is a commercial beef cattle property offering secluded cabins across its spectacular and sparce property to ensure you have uninterrupted moments discovering the land.

The owners Annika and Ryan Anderson are 5th generation grazers and are passionate about ensuring guests get to experience they beauty they are lucky enough to be immersed in every day.

“Our guests get an insight into the realities of the Australian beef cattle industry. Sharing our story with guests and likeminded people—or sometimes not so likeminded people—has been a gift. We love giving people the opportunity to experience our unique lifestyle, and the fantastic bits that go with it—stunning sunrises and sunsets, campfires, flora and fauna and the great outdoors,” says Annika.

Sit back, have a wine and experience the more peaceful side of farm life.

For more information visit: www.hendersonpark.com.au.

Splitters Farm—Bundaberg

Splitters Farm has every single activity you could think of—from feeding animals, go karting, paddle boating, damper making and even an under-the-stars cinema. There is no way you will be bored.

Besides from all the fun there is a big focus on farming education.

Splitters Farm began as a sanctuary for rescued farm animals who had been neglected, abused or victims of their owners’ change of circumstance. To cover feed and vet costs for so many animals, owners Ashley and Carly began offering the farm stays. Not only do guests get to experience the farm life but they get to give the rescued animals some well-needed extra love.

“There’s an epic playground called Fort Blair, and campground facilities include a camp kitchen that includes a bar, woodfired pizza oven, commercial kitchen and sunset deck over the dam. There are communal areas for guests including a viewing deck over Splitters Creek and the main fire pit area where we conduct damper-making and all sorts of other activities,” says Carly.

“We get a unique opportunity to save the lives of some truly beautiful characters and they are the stars of our farm. People come back to feed ‘Rusty the Goat’ or ‘Alberto the Pig’ but a huge percentage of our takings goes back into the animals’ food and vet costs.”

At Splitters Farm you can experience much more than a taste of farm life. Go, have a full mouthful and experience something that is transformational.

For more information visit: www.splittersfarm.com.au.

Last updated: 26 Oct 2022