Spending time at a farm stay is a fabulous way to introduce city kids to a country lifestyle. Many farm stays offer opportunities to feed and interact with the farm animals as well as get a glimpse of what life on a working farm is all about. Beyond that, farm stays are truly some of the most relaxing weekend family getaways you’ll ever have. The air is so fresh and you will feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Below you’ll find our round up of some of the best farm stay options near Sydney:
Amazement Farm and Fun Park
Located on the Central Coast this is an easy hour or so drive out of Sydney. One large house is available, with accommodation for up to 20 people, making it a great getaway for those travelling with friends or extended family. The owners invite you to join them in the morning as they feed the animals and there is opportunity to feed horses, cows, sheep, emus and bunnies. Free access to the attractions at the Amazement Farm and Fun Park is included in your stay. http://amazement.com.au/farmstay/
Madison’s Mountain Retreat
Located just out of an hour from Sydney, Madison’s Mountain Retreat is a peaceful farmstay in Kurrajong Heights, on acres bordering the Wollemi and Blue Mountains National Parks. Accomodation is either in self-contained one-bedroom cedar cottages or one of 2 refurbished train carriages with air-conditioning. Kids will enjoy helping to collect the eggs for breakfast or helping to feed the alpacas and goats each day. Facilities include indoor heated pool and spa, tennis court, gazebo with BBQs, and a common room with book and DVD library, pool table and fireplace. http://www.madisonsretreat.com.au/
Tobruk Sheep Station and Farm Stay
Tobruk Sheep Station is located just over an hour from Sydney, near Wisemans Ferry. Accommodation is in a large country homestead suitable for up to 3 families or 12 people.
Activities include observe a sheep muster and working dog display, sheep shearing demonstrations, whip cracking and boomerang throwing demonstrations, duck show, opportunity to try billy tea and damper, tractor trailor rides. http://www.tobruksydney.com.au/farm-visits-stays/
Yarramalong Valley Farm Stay
Located one hour north of Sydney, Yarramalong Valley Farm Stay, the house is large enough to sleep 2 + families. There are lots of farm animals to interact with, including alpacas, ponies, cows, sheep, lambs and chickens. The kids can get involved in collecting the eggs for breakfast. There is also a fabulous kids play room. Treetops Adventure is within 15 minutes’ drive for some added fun. http://www.yarramalongvalleyfarmstay.com.au
Calmsley Hill City Farm
Located in Abbotsbury, just 45 minutes from Sydney CBD, Calmsley Hill City Farm offers a unique overnight camping farm stay option. Throughout the day there are a number of shows, including cow milking show, stock whip show, working dog show, and the sheep shearing show. There are also tractor rides and opportunities to pat the animals.
In addition to these activities available to day trippers, those camping overnight have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the animals, help with morning animal feeding, and to collect eggs for breakfast. http://calmsleyhill.com.au/
Mowbray Park Farmstay
Located at Picton, approx 90 minutes out of Sydney, Mowbray Park Farmstay offers a number of different accommodation types. Activities include: pony and horse riding, Canoeing, Archery, Tennis, Swimming Pool, Bush Walking, kicking a ball on the sports ground, Campfire with Billy Tea & Damper, Boomerang throwing and stock whip cracking, hay rides to feed cattle
There are also Kids Club sessions on weekends and during school holidays making it easier for parents to get out for a horse ride themselves. www.farmstayholidays.com.au
Bilpin Springs Lodge
Located in the Blue Mountains, just 90 minutes from Sydney, Bilpin Springs Farmstay is set on 10 acres of gardens, farm and bushland. At the lodge there are chickens, ponies, and an alpaca, while nearby there are paddocks of grazing sheep, orchards full of fruit (open for picking at the right times of the year), horse riding and more. http://www.bilpinsprings.com.au/farmstay-near-sydney/
Morvern Valley Country Cottages
Located just 90 minutes from the CBD in Sydney in the Southern Highlands, Morvern Valley Country Cottages is a host-free farm stay. There are no organized activities, but children can meet the animals and collect the eggs. Ponies, miniature horses, donkeys, sheep, chickens, ducks, giant geese, alpacas and other farm animals are friendly, and love a pat, and to be hand fed.
The cottages are just five minutes walk from the natural attractions of Morton National Park, which has some fabulous bushwalks, lookouts and waterfalls. www.morvern-valley.com
Located approx. 90 minutes south of Sydney at Sutton Forest in the Southern Highlands, Drumderry Farm has sheep, cattle, alpacas. Managers are on the property if more interaction with the animals is what you are after otherwise the Homestead is situated far enough away with its own entrance to ensure a quiet, relaxing stay. The house is stunning, well equipped, spacious and child friendly. https://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/nsw/southern-highlands/sutton-forest/151417
Starline Alpacas Farmstay Resort
Located 2 hours from Sydney in Broke in the Hunter Valley, Starline Alpacas Farmstay Resort is a working Alpaca farm set amongst boutique wineries. Facilities at this farm stay include a saltwater swimming pool, spa, sauna, tennis courts, BBQ area and children’s playground. There is lots of opportunities to interact with and feed the alpacas, as well as to collect eggs fresh from the chickens.
Crystal Hill Homestead
Located approx. 2 hours south of Sydney in Goulburn in the Southern Highlands, Crystal Hill Homestead is set on a Boer Goat Stud farm of 86 acres. He homestead is a 4 bedroom house that sleeps up to 8 guests. In the paddocks far from the Homestead are friendly goats to visit, pat and feed. Baby goats are born regularly you will probabaly get to cuddle one. Sit down and one is sure to jump on your lap.
There are also alpacas and Dorper sheep (with black heads), as well as lots of beautiful chickens that can be fed your kitchen scraps if you want. In spring there’ll be little baby chicks to hold and pet. There’s usually an abundance of eggs to collect and eat for your breakfast. There are usually lots of Kangaroos to see. Other wildlife is abundant. https://www.stayz.com.au/accommodation/nsw/southern-highlands/goulburn/85136#location
Fairway Farm is located less than 2 hours south of Sydney in the heart of the southern highlands. Fairway Farm is a fully working Holstein-Friesian dairy farm. Accommodation is in self-contained unit which sleeps up to 5 people. There are lambs, chickens, ducks, peacocks, cows and calves to see. And the hosts are happy to show the kids the working life of the farm. The kids will love finding out about the animals and watching the dairy in action, or helping to feed the baby animals. http://www.highlandsnsw.com.au/fairwayfarm/
Kookaburra Farm Stay
Located at Port Stephens, approx. 2.5 hours north of Sydney. Activities include milking the cows, tractor rides, egg collection, lots of animal interactions. Not too far from the beach and a number of other tourist attractions, makes keeping the family busy and happy an easy task. www.nswfarmstay.com.au
Located 2 ½ hours west of Sydney through the Blue Mountains, Duckmaloi Farm Stay is set on 100 acres of farmland, with accommodation options of either 2 bedroom cottages or a four bedroom house. Activities include feeding the farm animals, bush walking to trout river & reserve, exploring the large established gardens, checking out the abundance of local wild life and access to BBQ facilities. http://www.duckmaloifarm.com.au/
Little Black Cow Farm Stay
Little Black Cow is a great working farm located in Branxton in the Hunter Valley approximately 2 ½ hours north of Sydney. They cater to only one family or group at a time, and provide individualized attention based on your interests. http://thelittleblackcowblog.blogspot.com.au/
Located approximately 3 hours west of Sydney, near Bathurst, Barcoos Farmstay is a real working farm. Accommodation options include a five bedroom farm house, two bedroom units, or motorhome and camping options. Enjoy feeding the farm animals, take a farm tour, enjoy led horse rides on tiny ponies through to big Draught horses. Tractor drives, sulky rides, so much to enjoy. http://www.barcoosbarn.com.au/
Located near Gloucester, just 3 hours north of Sydney’s CBD, Ashmar Farmstay is Set on a 500 acre Hereford cattle stud. You will have an opportunity to try your hand at milking a cow, collecting farm eggs or feeding the animals and enjoy bushwalking through our ancient cycads. Ashmar sleeps up to 14 people, there is a main cottage and for larger bookings, an additional separate flat and bathroom. http://www.ashmarfarmstay.com.au/
Located just over 3 hours from Sydney CBD Chesleigh Homestead offers wholesome, delicious food, our terrific horse adventures, gold panning, tractor rides, chicken feeding, horse trail rides, wildlife and endless bush scenery. Facilities include tennis courts, swimming pool, hot spa, outdoor bonfire, and indoor games room. http://www.sofala.com.au/
Ba Mack Farmstay
Located near Mudgee, 4 hours drive from Sydney CBD, Ba Mack Farmstay has accommodation in either a two bedroom cottage, or a train carriage which has been converted into lodgings. Activities include animal feeding, horse rides, baking and enjoying homemade afternoon tea. They also offer a kids club option each afternoon, keeping the kids happily occupied while you take some time out to enjoy Mudgee. http://bamackfarmstay.com.au
We hope you and the family have a wonderful farm getaway.