Farm stays and tours are a unique and fun way to experience what it’s like to live on a farm. Whether you are looking to learn how produce is grown, interact with animals or just recharge and relax in a beautiful setting—there is something for everyone.
If you are around the Rockhampton area, here are just a few of the farms you can check out.
High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm—Yeppoon
High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm is a completely self-sufficient community and education centre, showcasing a range of regenerative farming practices.
Judy and Ross O’Reilly’s desire to generate a positive change for planet was the biggest driver for him to start their farm. They have an established market garden and food forest, with a solar powered farmhouse, learning centre, pumps and bores and gravity fed irrigations system.’
“We love to lead positive change, which is much needed in our community and beyond. It is all about practicing permaculture ethics of earth care, people care, community and future care," says Ross.
Tours for all ages are offered every Sunday at 9am. You can also volunteer to stay and work on the farm.
Be sure to taste the fresh and organic produce at High Valley’s world-class paddock-to-plate restaurant Beaches in Rosslyn Bay.
For more information visit: www.highvalleydawn.com.au.
Koorana Crocodile Farm—Coowonga
The Koorana Crocodile Farm was established in 1981 as Queensland’s first commercial crocodile farm. John Lever and his family has worked hard to grow the farm to a commercial level that now holds over 3000 crocs.
After wide interest from the community the farm has opened to public where you can hold a crocodile, watch the feeding, see baby crocs hatch and learn about crocodile conservation.
“The local interest in crocs was outstanding and much of my day was spent answering people’s questions, so we started opening to visitors 2 days a week. We now open every day, seeing around 30,000 visitors per year,” says John.
“We then added to the visitor experience by cooking crocodile meat dishes for lunch—a new experience for travellers. My wife Lillian extended the range of food and we opened a restaurant and started conducting evening spotlight dinner tours, taking clients around the farm by torchlight. We were now farmers and restaurateurs!”
For more information visit: www.koorana.com.au.
Henderson Park Farm Retreat—Barmoya
The Henderson Park Farm Retreat is a commercial beef cattle property offering secluded cabins. Experience uninterrupted moments as you explore the spectacular property.
The owners Annika and Ryan Anderson are 5th generation grazers and are passionate about guaranteeing guests get to experience the 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. 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.
“There’s never been a better time to support our country and particularly rural and regional Queensland after years of drought, flood, fires and pandemics. Many farms are trying to diversify and adapt and would very much appreciate your support!”
Guest activities include guided educational property tours, bushwalking, canoeing, swimming and birdwatching. They are pet friendly, wheelchair accessible, and happy to accommodate groups, families and couples.
For more information visit: www.hendersonpark.com.au.
Alkoomi Adventure Farmstay—Marmor
Alkoomi Advernture Farmstay is fun for everyone. This farm stay has so much to offer it is impossible not to enjoy yourself.
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.
Last updated: 20 Dec 2022