The best Sunshine Coast farm stays you have to experience

Escaping to the Sunshine Coast is always a good idea, but have you considered adding a Sunshine Coast farm stay to your beach holiday?

If you’ve ever dreamed of reclining with a sundowner and a view over the rolling hills and valley, wanted to get your boots dirty on the land or imagined introducing the kids to life in the country, there’s a Sunshine Coast farm stay for you.  

From waking up to watch the sunrise with a cup of tea at a country homestead, collecting eggs from the chooks, bottle-feeding calves and hanging from rope swings to hiking national parks, picnicking near waterfalls and riding horses down sun-lit trails, these are the best Sunshine Coast Farm Stays to visit with family and friends.  

 

Wittacork Dairy Cottages 

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This fabulous Sunshine Coast farm stay is the perfect combination of working farm and relaxing retreat and is just 10 minutes from Maleny in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Set on a 500-hectare working dairy and bordering some of the hinterlands’ most spectacular nature, Wittacork Dairy Cottages offer all the farm activities you could dream of for your Sunshine Coast farm stay.   

From 7am to 4pm each day you can collect the chook eggs, watch the milking and help bottle feed the calves. Save your kitchen scraps for the chickens and help feed the goats and pigs, or go for a fun pony ride (bring your children’s helmets) and a tour of the dairy. Guests also get a ride in the farm’s gator – a six wheeled farm vehicle that takes you on a fun adventure around the property. 

If you’re after some quiet time with nature, escape on a hike on the walking tracks through the pristine 150-hectare rainforest, wander around Lake Baroon - or even have a dip in its refreshing water.  

Four self-contained cottages make up Wittacork’s Sunshine Coast farm stay accommodation, surrounded by rainforest and set on a ridge with gorgeous views over the lake and national park.  

 

Thirlestane farm cottage and barn  

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For a Sunshine Coast farm stay that combines a luxurious accommodation, breathtaking views and all the farm stay fun you can dream of, spend a few days here at the lovingly renovated Thirlestane farm cottage and barn, a family friendly farm stay on 24 acres of hinterland hills and morning-mist covered valleys. Wake up to the sounds of the birds singing and the cows mooing, and prepare for a day or tranquillity and relaxation - as much farm stay action as you like! 

The stunningly renovated cottage and barn are perfect for an escape with the extended family, where the kids can roam and explore the surrounding nature with all the freedom that comes with being in the country. While you’re here you can feed the chickens and ducks and make friends with the Highland cows or play some of the outdoor games in the garden, but most of all, Thirlestane is a serene and peaceful destination to relax and take time out. Turn off your phone, sit down and enjoy the nature, a glass of wine around the fire pit or a hike on the 28 acres of walking paths that meander through the property. The property boasts a lot of special surprises to make your stay even more enjoyable – like the outdoor cinema for a family movie night.  

The untouched natural surroundings, stunning views of the Cooroy countryside, large outdoor communal dining areas, fire pit and country charm make this Sunshine Coast farm stay hard to beat. 

 

Sunshine Coast Farm Stay

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A lovingly renovated old dairy is your Sunshine Coast farm stay accommodation on this stunning 30-hectare property with incredible views out over majestic Mount Beerwah. Pack the marshmallows for toasting over the fire pit as you watch stars shoot overhead, and your swimmers for a splash in the beautiful circular pool.  

Collect the chook eggs in the morning for your breakfast cook-up, pet and feed the farm animals and visit the horses in the stables. The property has walking trails to explore and is only 25 minutes away from the Sunshine Coast’s famous beaches.  

If taking it easy is more your style, laze the day away in the cabana and listen to the peaceful sounds of the birds and the nature. Bliss! 

With three king size bedrooms and a huge outdoor dining area, this property is perfect for a trip away with friends and family where you can do as little or as much as you like.  

 

Bunyip Springs farm stay  

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Who doesn’t love alpacas! Bunyip Springs does - and when you stay here on your Sunshine Coast farm stay you can feed them and treat the kids to incredible farming experiences like hand milking the dairy cows, bottle feeding the friendly calves and collecting the chook eggs. Bunyip Springs is a working farm and you can help look after the animals and pitch in with the farm work, creating an unforgettable country adventure for the whole family.  There’s a working stable where you can help groom and feed the horses, and the kids will love having a chaperoned ride around the property on the horses.  

Follow the tracks to Little Wegen Creek for a picnic and check out the natural springs and wildlife, or bushwalk and bird watch – you won’t run out of things to do here. In the evening sit around the campfire and share stories as you look for shooting stars. 

 

CedarBrae Country Stay 

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Just 15 minutes from Gympie, this little piece of country paradise is a Sunshine Coast farm stay you won’t want to miss.  Start out your day enjoying the tranquillity of the property with a leisurely breakfast of fresh bread and farm eggs on the cottage verandah and then get into all the action with the farm animals, collecting the chook eggs and befriending the dairy cows, alpacas, guinea fowls and ducks.  

Splash around in Cedar Pocket dam, paddle out in the canoe and kayak or grab one of the rods and try your hand at fishing. If you’re lucky, you may spot a platypus on your morning stroll, and make sure to explore the property’s walking, climbing and biking tracks. In the evening sit out on the verandah with cheese and wine, then crank up the BBQ and enjoy the serenity whilst watching the stars overhead.  
 

Blackwattle  farm  

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Blackwattle Farm Bed & Breakfast is a family run property at the foot of the Glasshouse Mountains in Beerwah, just 25 minutes from the coast. Join Emma and Mark and their two boys and learn about their self-sustainable lifestyle on the farm, where they grow their own food including meat, eggs, fruit, honey and vegetables, and milk two of their cows for milk, cheese and butter.  

Their stunning property is home to friendly farm animals the whole family will love including cows, alpacas, miniature goats and pigs, chicken, sheep and ducks. Collect the eggs and pet and feed the animals,  and pick your lunchtime salad from the garden.  

The property has three kinds of Sunshine Coast farm stay accommodation: the Vege Patch Tiny House, the Rainforest Cabin and the Tall Gum Tiny House, all with beautiful fixtures, fire pits, BBQs  and even an outdoor bath at the Tall Gum Tiny House. Tuck into the delicious breakfast that Emma and Mark provide every morning and enjoy their homemade jams and honey. 

 

​Mango Hill Farm 

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If you picture the most elegant country homestead with huge balconies, stunning views and landscaped gardens, you’d be imagining Mango Hill Farm. Run down and overgrown in 2002 when its owners Alice, Jane, Daryl, Sam and Ben took over, the property has been lovingly restored to become one of the most picturesque farms you’ll ever see.  

There are five Sunshine Coast farm stay accommodations on the property, including Dovecote Cottage, a 100 year old Queenslander with a fabulous wraparound balcony, perfect for sundowners and watching the sunset and night sky. 

Mango Hill Farm is not only a treat for your senses though, it offers lots of fun experiences, with farm animals to play with and care for. You’ll love the horses, cows and miniature ponies, llamas, chickens and dogs. Collect fresh eggs, sample the country garden, spot the friendly platypus in the creek and enjoy the views over the rolling hills and Glasshouse Mountains all the way to the coast. 

 

Riverdell Camping 

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If you have a four-wheel drive and are keen for some self-contained off-grid country goodness, then head to Riverdell Camping. It’s a 70-hectare property, just outside of Maleny on the eastern side of the Blackall Range, extending all the way down to the head of the Mooloolah River. Set up and watch the cattle grazing, explore the creeks and waterholes and enjoy the silence of nature at sunrise and sunset. With views to the ocean or out over the ranges, this is a peaceful spot to enjoy nature and experience the peace and quiet of the country. 

 

Rosecliff Boutique Farm Cottages 

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High above the Pinbarren Valley and with views out across the hinterland to the sea, Rosecliff Boutique Farm Cottages is a luxurious Sunshine Coast farm stay where you can feed the farm animals, collect the organic eggs from the chooks, explore tropical gardens and even pick your own fruit for juices (a juicer is provided in each cottage!). Enjoy the horizon pool and watch the sunrise over the ocean and the hills below. You can explore the dam (the property is pet-friendly and dogs can swim here) and gentle wildlife spotting is encouraged - your hosts will let you know where to carefully watch native animals, and the best trails for exploring. Get out and about in nature or simply relax and enjoy the view.  

The unique farm stay accommodation at Rosecliff includes two cottages and a lovingly restored tram and Leyland bus.  

 

Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages 

Take a break from the beach and relax in rural bliss with a visit to Noosa Avalon Farm Cottages, a beautiful eco-sanctuary in the Noosa Hinterland with breathtaking views of the surrounding Pinbarren Mountains and Kin Kin Valley.  

This peaceful Sunshine Coast family farm stay is only 25 minutes from the coast and is focused on sustainable living. Its 12 hectares of regenerated forest borders the scenic Noosa Trail with its network of horse-riding, bushwalking and bike trails that are perfect for a family adventure.   

During the day you can feed the chickens and cows and spot native koalas, lizards and kangaroos roaming the property. Finish with dinner on the verandah and marshmallows on the open fire as you gaze at the stars.  Noosa Avalon’s farm stay accommodation is five lovingly restored 1920’s cottages that are all self-sufficient and set on their own land, with views of the rolling hills.   

Words by Evie Farrell - Published 6 July 2022
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