If you are after fun farm holidays for families you can’t go wrong with our top 5 Farm Stays in NSW in:
- Exeter in the Southern Highlands
- Hunter Valley
- Kurrajong Heights in the Blue Mountains/Bilpin Area
(Editor Update 2021)
My childhood was spent on a farm in the Southern Highlands and it was the best years of my life. I spent my time outdoors riding horses, caring for cattle, sheep, pigs, chickens and the odd wombat and kangaroo. Our family reared baby calves and new-born sheep by hand when their mothers did not make it, spending nights with them by the Aga cooker making sure they got enough milk to drink and were warm enough to survive through the long nights.
When we had our two boys we lived in the city of Sydney and they missed out on the experiences of being on a farm. As the boys grew up we made sure that they had farm experiences and some of their most memorable were farm stays in France and in Western Australia during school vacation times.
Farmers in Australia are now opening up their properties to farm stays. Times have been tough, they have experienced drought, flood and fires over the past decades and are looking at ways to diversify and make more income and share their love for farming.
We have researched some of the best farm stays available in NSW for your next family vacation.
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- 1 Farm Stay Southern Highlands
- 2 Meet Angelique the Alpaca in a Southern Highlands Farm Stay at Exeter
- 3 Book your Exeter Farm Stay Experience here
- 4 Farm Stay Hunter Valley
- 5 Poppa’s Place @Hunter Valley Farmstay
- 6 Book your Hunter Valley Farmstay here
- 7 Farm Stay Mudgee
- 8 River Ranch Mudgee (Mudgee’s Unique Rural Escape)
- 9 Book your Mudgee farm stay here
- 10 Farm Stay Blue Mountains
- 11 Madisons Mountain Retreat Farmstay
- 12 in Kurrajong Heights
- 13 Top Things To Do in the Blue Mountains
- 14 Book your Blue Mountains Farmstay here
- 15 Dubbo Farm Stay
- 16 Eulandool Farmstay near the zoo-bottle feed lambs!
- 17 Book your Dubbo Farmstay here
- 18 Flight Deals
- 19 Pinterest
Farm Stay Southern Highlands
Latest Guest Review:
“Exeter Farm Stay is a delight! We loved exploring the expansive property and the guided introduction to the animals from Jill. The farm is full of treasures, from the hidden cabin to the stunning garden and child-friendly animals. It is a wonderful oasis also in close proximity to other experiences in the nearby villages. Highly recommend! We’re looking forward to returning!”
Accommodation: Self-contained apartment available for 4 guests with 2 bedrooms, 3 beds and 1 bath provided by Super Host Jill.
- living room with wood fire
- kitchenette with microwave
- dining/breakfast room
- heated floor
- private terrace with BBQ
- enjoy afternoon tea or a sundowner with nibbles at the small cabin hidden away in the secluded valley
Property: 140 acres with 60 acres of natural bushland
Farm: Meet and feed the animals and ride in the farm truck
- Dexter cattle
- Suffolk sheep
- Angelique the Alpaca
- Birds, kangaroos, wombats and you may get to meet the echidna at times
Where is Exeter
Exeter is located in the Southern Highlands about 120 km from Sydney. The major towns of the Southern Highlands are Mittagong, Bowral and Moss Vale. Mittagong is around a 30-minute drive to Exeter.
What are the top things to do in the Southern Highlands
Visit the Exeter General Store
Address: Cnr Bundanoon Road and Exeter Road Exeter
Opening Hours: 7 days a week. Cafe open from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm weekdays and on weekends from 8 am to 4.30 pm.
Enjoy some wholesome family cooking in the cafe, browse through the 2nd handbooks or purchase gourmet food products from local producers.
Visit Exeter Markets:
A bustling country market with local home-made produce, hand-crafted homewares, plants, fashion, jewellery and second-hand goods.
Future market dates:
Visit the local wineries:
Address: Oldbury Road Sutton Forest
Open from Thursday to Monday 11.00 am to 4.30 pm
Address: 12324 Hume Highway Sutton Forest
Open 7 days a week from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Address: 252 Centennial Road Bowral
Open 7 days a week from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day
Address: 3020 Old Hume Highway Berrima
Cellar Door: 10 am to 3 pm daily
Bookstore: 9.30 am to 5 pm daily
Coffee & cake from 10 am
Lunch weekdays from 12 pm
Lunch on weekends from 11.30 am
Visit Fitzroy Falls
Address: 1301 Nowra Road Fitzroy Falls
Car Parking: $4 per vehicle
Visitor Centre: Open 9 am to 5 pm closed Christmas Day
Fitzroy Falls walks – easy walks for all ages around the East Rim or West Rim. Relax with a picnic at the Fitzroy Falls Reservoir where the children can enjoy the playground.
Address: St Jude Street Bowral
Museum Opening Hours: 9 am to 4 pm daily closed Public Holidays
Bradman Cafe: Open from 8 am to 4 pm
From the website: “It was Sir Donald Bradman’s vision that ‘cricket continue to flourish and spread its wings. The world can only be richer for it.’ To honour this vision, the museum has been expanded to not only show the importance of the Don’s contribution to cricket and Australian history, but also cricket’s important role throughout the world. As one of the world’s most popular sports, cricket has the capacity to bring different cultures and nations together. The Museum recognises this potential.”
Farm Stay Hunter Valley
Latest Guest Review:
“Location is awesome, just at the right place. Loved our stay there and my kids loved trampoline outside. For them, it was first farm stay with chicken and other animals, they loved it. The place was sparkling clean and will definitely visit again.”
Superhosts Catherine and Tony have accommodation in a 2-storey architecturally designed home suitable for 8 guests in 4 bedrooms, 6 beds and 2.5 bathrooms on a working olive and cattle farm. If you have more family members contact Catherine and Tony.
- custom-designed kitchen
- upstairs deck
- wine fridge
- stocked panty
- open fireplace
- feeding the cattle, horses and alpacas
- meeting the dogs and chickens
- outdoor equipment for the children
- wander through the olive groves
Farm Stay Mudgee
Latest Guest Review:
“Great weekend for the whole family. Kids loved feeding the horses and alpaca’s, swimming in the river and playing pool – with a few cellar door outings for the parents! House is well set-up and in a perfect location.”
Superhosts Ashleigh and Laurie offer accommodation for 8 guests in 4 bedrooms, 5 beds and 1.5 baths just 15 minutes from Mudgee overlooking the Riverlea Valley.
- luxurious farmhouse kitchen
- open plan dining and lounge area
- indoor open fireplace
- 360-degree views from the verandah
- pat the horses
- say hi to the alpacas
- float in the river
- hike the countryside
“The cabins are very comfy, and lovely and clean. The woodfire oven was amazing to keep the cabin warm. The alpacas are a treat, especially for the kids! Lots of recovery efforts after the bush fires hit the land and impacted on the property. Lovely spot to visit Bilpin and explore.”
Superhost Anne has 8 cabins on 83 acres 1-hour drive from the 3 Sisters and Jenolan Caves. Accommodation available is for 5 guests, 1 bedroom with king-size bed, a double sofa and a single day bed is in the living room.
- slow combustion wood heater
- open plan living room
- 18m indoor solar heated swimming pool
- tennis court
- gazebo with BBQ
- common room library with DVD selections
- hand-feeding the alpacas at 9 am and 3 pm daily
- mingle with the hens
- bushwalking through the Wollemi National Park
Top Things To Do in the Blue Mountains
Dubbo Farm Stay
“This is a wonderful place to stay for so many reasons. Clare, the host, gives you space and yet has the genuine warmth to connect – we loved meeting and feeding the baby lambs and watching the shearers. The accommodation is basic, but was exceptionally clean, comfortable, and has such a feel-good charm about it. You sink into the couches and can daydream looking out the window at the fields. I have recommended this place to my friends already! My 14 and 12 year old can’t wait to go back.”
Superhost Clare offers accommodation in a 2 bedroom cottage for 5 guests, 3 beds and 1.5 bathrooms 25 km from the Western Plains Zoo.
- slow combustion fire
- a porta cot and high chair is available for guests with infants and
- BBQ facilities on the verandah
- complimentary eggs for breakfast from the farm’s hens
- views across the paddock to the creek with 100-year-old gum trees
- pat the sheep
- feed the chickens
- depending on the time of year you can bottle-feed lambs and calves
- watch the kangaroos grazing
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