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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 experience 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.
Now are boys are enjoying the delights of farm stays with their own children.
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 NSW farm stays available for your next family vacation.
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- 1 Farm Stay Southern Highlands – Shed 85
- 2 Book your Southern Highlands Farm Stay Experience here
- 3 Farm Stay Hunter Valley
- 4 Poppa’s Place @Hunter Valley Farmstay
- 5 Book your Hunter Valley Farmstay here
- 6 Farm Stay Mudgee
- 7 River Ranch Mudgee (Mudgee’s Unique Rural Escape)
- 8 Book your Mudgee farm stay here
- 9 Farm Stay Blue Mountains
- 10 Madisons Mountain Retreat Farmstay
- 11 in Kurrajong Heights
- 12 Top Things To Do in the Blue Mountains
- 13 Book your Blue Mountains Farmstay here
- 14 Dubbo Farm Stay
- 15 Eulandool Farmstay near the zoo-bottle feed lambs!
- 16 Book your Dubbo Farmstay here
- 17 Flight Deals
- 18 Pinterest
For that perfect Southern Highlands Farm Stay you can’t go past Shed 85 in Manchester Square just outside Moss Vale.
Imagine waking up on a 100-acre property, with stunning views as far as the eye can see to Mt Gibraltar in Bowral. Enjoy breakfast out on the patio whilst the children are playing with your fur baby before heading out on one of the many walks on the property.
In the evening cook a BBQ on the facilities provided, light a fire pit, and toast marshmallows under a clear starry sky.
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Latest Guest Review:
The view from the bedrooms is spectacular and the mist on the paddocks in the morning was something to behold. The huge fire pit was wonderful when the evenings cooled down. We came to the area for a wedding so did not get to spend much time at The Shed but we loved the peace and quiet and the fact that we could bring our dogs with us.”
3 bedrooms upstairs sleeping 6 adults and 2 children
Open plan downstairs with kitchenette, lounge and dining
Cots and a highchair can be provided on request
BBQ facilities, outdoor furniture and a fire pit
Lots of parking available
Things to do in the Southern Highlands of NSW
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 on 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 on 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 the trampoline outside. For them, it was their first farm stay with chickens 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 pantry
- 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
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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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