Farmstays can make a wonderful holiday with children. It’s so refreshing to get away from the ‘big smoke’ for a few days and enjoy the country atmosphere. You might get the chance to have a tractor ride, milk the cows, collect the eggs or feed the animals. Or you may prefer to just chill out, wander through the paddocks and soak up the surroundings. Kids really love the novelty of staying on a farm and getting up close and personal with the animals.
But there are so many different places to choose from! Where to start? North Shore Mums often ask in the Facebook group for recommendations for farmstays, so we thought it would be useful to compile a list of the favourites. Feel free to comment below the article with your suggestions too.
Mowbray Park Farmstay (Picton) ‘Only an hour or so out of Sydney. Accommodation not 5-star but it’s clean and my kids still talk about it a year later.’ – Shauna
Morvern Valley (Bundanoon) ‘We stayed at an awesome farmstay called Morvern Valley. It’s two hours from Sydney (past Bowral). We stayed in 3-bedroom Alicia cottage and the animals were just outside. We could leave the baby inside sleeping while Miss 3.5 played with the friendly horses, miniature horses and donkeys. We had our own chickens to collect eggs too. It was whisper quiet, nothing disturbed us. Check it out! There was no mobile reception at the farm, so we could properly relax (you could get it five minutes drive away in town).’ – Karen.
Ryder Homestead (Wattle Flat) ‘If you want to just chill and do your own thing, I can recommend Ryder Homestead. Lots of walks, etc. A shed full of things like pogo sticks, table tennis and then another ‘craft shed’ fully stocked with all sorts of stuff. You can pretty much let the kids have free reign. Or free range. Or both!’ – Jennifer.
Ashmar Farm Stay (Barrington Tops) ‘3 hours north. We had a great stay here. It’s a proper cattle stud with farm stay. Kids can really get involved too’ – Kate.
Duckmaloi Farm (Oberon) ‘Brilliant farm stay and a beautiful spot’ – Helen.
Macdonald’s Farm-Stay (Mudgee) ‘Lovely older couple who own the farm, my 2-year-old loved milking the cow, feeding chickens and goats, driving on the back of a ute and loads more. Stay in a an old shearers cottage not much space in side though has three beds and room for a cot and plenty of play time outside. The drive is a bit long, but well worth it.’ – Jenny.
Mudgee Getaway Cottages (Mudgee) ‘The best thing is that it is only two town blocks away from the main street and restaurants, so you can go out to dinner and enjoy that yummy Mudgee wine and walk home afterwards. It is great for young kids with a variety of animals, collecting eggs, fruit trees, huge veggie patch, help yourself to everything and lots of toys, swings, sandpit. The only negative is the distance from Sydney, but we went for four days, with a day trip to Dubbo Zoo and a day around the wineries.’ – Amber.
Also check out:
- Amazement Farm Stay (Wyong Creek)
- Minimbah (Kangaroo Valley)
- Kookaburra Cottage Farmstay (Bobs Farm, Port Stephens)
- Barcoo’s Barn Farmstay & Retreat (Perthville, near Bathurst)
Do you have any great Farmstays that we should add to the list? Please comment below with your recommendations.