Trying to plan your next family holiday? Finding the balance of entertaining the kids, getting to recharge, and avoiding the crowds is difficult?
Farm stays and tours are the hidden gem of holiday family fun. With the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation, you will be sure to create memories that will last a lifetime.
Here are just some of our favourite farm life holidays that provide fun for the whole family.
Splitters Farm started as a sanctuary for rescued farm animals who had been neglected, abused or were from farms that were unable to feed livestock after the financial burden of drought.
To cover feed and vet costs owners Ashley and Carly began offering farm stays. Not only do families get to give the rescued animals some well-need extra love but you can have the full farm life experience.
Splitters Farm has so many activities on offer there is no way you or the kids will be bored. From feeding animals, go karting, water sports, damper making and an under-the-cinemas, the options are endless.
“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,” says Carly.
Splitters Farm offers a range of accommodation options to suit any family’s needs. There is a camp kitchen, woodfired pizza oven, a sunset deck and a main fire pit. You’ll be able to enjoy camping without giving up the little luxuries.
For more information visit: www.splittersfarm.com.au.
9Dorf Farms—Lilydale, Lockyer Valley
Looking for a day trip experience rather than a farm stay? 9Dorf Farms is the perfect choice.
9Dorf Farms public tours will give you a taste of life on a working farm. During the hands-on tour, you will be able to feed the poddy calves, collect eggs out in the paddock and even feed the fish. You also get a bird’s eye view of the chicken production, seeing how the birds are raised in a loving and ethical way.
Owners Bronwyn and David Neudorf find great satisfaction opening their doors and sharing their day-to-day with children and adults alike.
“There is something about connecting with nature and animals that is good for the soul. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life and into the wide-open spaces allows your mind and body to slow down a little and can help you put your life into perspective,” says Bronwyn.
“Every person young and old should visit a farm at least once in their life and make the connection of farm to plate and see firsthand what it takes to grow your food.”
For more information visit: www.9dorf.com.au/farm-tours.
Alkoomi Adventure Farmstay—Marmor, near Rockhampton
How does enjoying panoramic views of the magical outback while the kids are swimming in a freshwater dam sound? Perhaps a farm tour on horseback? Or maybe a family chuckwagon ride at sunset is more your thing? You won’t have to choose with all of this plus much more on offer at Alkoomi Adventure Farmstay.
When you camp on the farm you will get a firsthand experienced of farm life from owners Becc and her husband who were born and bred in the bush.
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.
“Get out there and support the small country towns and businesses along the country roads and highways—there is so much more than the big corporate attractions of the city!!”
If you are ready to get out of your comfort zone and have a true taste of farm life visit Alkoomi Adventure Farmstay.
For more information visit: www.alkoomiadventurefarmstay.com.au.
Tinaberries—Woongarra, near Bundaberg
Tinaberries is a fabulous and fun farm experience located between Bundaberg and the Coral Coast. Tina, Bruce and their family warmly welcome everyone to share in the love of strawberry farming.
Come and try their famous ice cream, learn about how to grow strawberries and if you’re there during the September holidays you can even pick your own produce.
But how did their ice cream business come about?
“During a strawberry season where there was a glut and prices were low, we started vigorously exploring other opportunities for second grade and excess fruit. We pulled out an ice-cream machine that we had in storage and realised we were great at making ice-cream!” says Tina.
“It started with some hay bales outside the shed shop, and very soon our ice-cream grew in popularity and 6 bales weren’t enough! We now have a range of seating areas throughout our yard to sit and enjoy the various ice-creams.
“It’s so rewarding showing a child the centre of the flower and how it becomes a strawberry—inspiring passion for agriculture in young children that we hope they carry into their adult life.”
Go treat the family to a day of unforgettable fun and sweet, fresh treats.
Tinaberries ice-cream is available year-round, and strawberry picking is available from August-September.
For more information visit: www.tinaberries.com.au.
Charley’s Chocolate Factory—Mission Beach
At Charley’s Chocolate Factory in Mission Beach, you can take the journey of cocoa tree to chocolate bar on their cocoa farm tours.
After falling in love with Far North Queensland and leaving their corporate jobs in Melbourne behind, Lynn and Chris Jahnke started making chocolate
"We planted some cocoa seeds, started growing cocoa trees and began making chocolate--the rest is history!" says Lynn
Charley’s Chocolate Factory is one of the few places in the world where people can get a behind-the-scenes look at the magic of cocoa farming and chocolate making while indulging in eating the tree to bar chocolate samples.
"The tours blow peoples' minds! Guests love tasting our chocolate too," says Lynn.
Treat the kids and yourself to this delicious farm tour.
Charley's operates tours on Thursdays and Sundays starting at 10:30am and finishing around 1pm. You don’t need a golden ticket, but bookings are essential.
For more information visit: www.charleys.com.au.
Last updated: 26 Oct 2022