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If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the countryside, why not treat yourself to a farm stay where you can experience the fun of a working farm and reconnect with nature.
For those who know where to go, there’s also the added bonus of tucking into some delicious farm-fresh delights.
To make it easy to embrace the slower pace of life and create lasting memories packed with country charm, we’ve pulled together a list of best farm stays on the Sunshine Coast.
Trust us, a ‘haycation’ never looked so good!
From the crackle of a bonfire to the sweet smell of pineapples lingering in the air, every moment will tantalise your senses at Sixty6 Acres. While away your days toasting marshmallows by the fire, wandering through orchards and plucking sun-kissed treasures as this luxury farm stay on the Sunshine Coast takes you back to simpler times. While the Wi-Fi here roams free, trust us when we say you’ll be too preoccupied with the resident miniature cows, donkeys and sheep to even think about logging into Netflix.
Bath with a view at Sixty6 Acres
Smith House at The Falls Farm
As the oldest house in Mapleton, there’s no better spot to sit back and soak up the scenery than the open air balcony at Smith House at The Falls Farm. Watch the sun slip away and cast your gaze over the tumbling wisteria chains planted across this picturesque property – glass of local wine in hand of course. Sitting on the highest ridge, this enchanting farm stay overlooks the Obi Obi Valley—a rich tapestry of colours bearing vibrant wildflowers, towering hoop pines and flooded gum. When you’re not admiring nature’s best, you’ll want to explore the produce bounty at The Falls Farm itself, a glorious oasis of regenerative farming riddled with fresh, seasonal harvests and some of the best jams, preserves, pickles, dips and chutneys in the business. Our tip: book a table at the nearby Mapleton Public House for a true paddock to plate experience.
From chilies that spice up your palate to cacao that enchants your taste buds, Mayan Farm is any food lover’s delight. At the helm of this working estate, you’ll find chef Jodie Williams and her partner, Brett Gowley—both bona fide Noosa Shire locals with a knack for constructing luxury and sustainable getaways. Despite clocking in as a working farm, Mayan is a stomping ground for extravagant villas made with rammed earth. Expect to cocoon yourself in bubbles thanks to the open-air bathtubs, descend into plunge pools that serve their own slice of natural paradise at sunset and even treat yourself to in-house catering with breakfast hampers and delicious rustic pizzas.
Mayan Farm. Credit Tourism & Events Queensland
It’s the kind of stay that will leaf you truly spellbound. Yabbaloumba Retreat offers the perfect backdrop for a weekend away, with the 200-acre working farm absolutely packed-to-the-rafters with activities. You can get chummy with the local cattle, sheep and feathered folk and even take a plunge in the private swimming holes on the nearby Booloumba Creek. When it’s time to kick up your feet and wind down for the night, take some respite in the farm’s indulgent cabins that house complimentary wine and cheese, a toasty fireplace to warm your toes and a heated spa boasting its own mood lighting. So wrap yourself in one of the cosy monogrammed bathrobes and settle in for the night – you deserve it.
Wittacork Dairy Cottages
When it comes to farm stays, Wittacork Dairy Cottages is really the cream of the crop. Located in Maleny, a sprawl of untamed beauty with moss-covered cliffs and gnarled branches, this modern working dairy farm sits on a mammoth 700 acres, with more than 150 of these acres covered by pristine rainforest. A sanctuary of rural charm, guests can immerse themselves in the pastoral splendour of a working dairy farm - collect eggs, take a tour of the dairy, feed goats and pigs and even help bottle feed the calves.
Wittacork Dairy Cottages
Blackwattle Farm, Glass House Mountains
For a more intimate kind of farm stay, look no further than Blackwattle Farm. As a small hobby farm with sustainability in its DNA, your days here will be spent picking fresh produce from the organic veggie patch, roasting marshmallows around a campfire and taking in the volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains at sunset - you’ll have an absolute field day!
Seven Peaks Farm Stay, Glass House Mountains
Seven Peaks Farm Stay
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the Glass House Mountains and reconnect with nature on a farm stay at Seven Peaks. With 30 acres in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, there is space to explore the farm or spend time with the animals. There is even a veggie and herb garden where you can help yourself.
Thirlestane Farm Cottage
Tucked away from the bustle of Noosa, unwind in the idyllic hinterland bushland at Thirlestane Farm Cottage. The renovated farm workers' cottage sleeps up to eight guests and features a fire pit, two fireplaces, deep-set bathtubs and one alfresco tub on an enclosed patio. It's the country escape you have been dreaming of.
Whispering Valley Cottage Retreat, Maleny
Truly unplug with an escape to a 46-acre natural wonderland at Whispering Valley Cottage Retreat in Maleny. In addition to your very own private cabin equipped with a log fire place, spa bath and spacious deck, you can spend your days feeding the resident donkeys and cows, pick seasonal lemons and avocados, or just pack your goodies together and enjoy a picnic by the dam.