Farmstays Near Sydney – North
Farmstays Near Sydney
5 Top Farmstays within 3 hours North of Sydney
Farmstays Near Sydney
Always having lived my life near a beach I have generally gravitated towards the coast when looking for a holiday or campsite. In recent years I’ve seen the excitement on my children’s faces when passing a paddock of cows, horses or sheep on our way up and down the coast. So we decided to try some farmstays near Sydney.
Farmstays are an awesome place for holidays because kids love the hands-on-experience that shows them where food comes from and the daily farm life. From milking cows and sheering sheep to feeding chooks and collecting their eggs for breakfast. NSW was so many farmstays to choose from that provide the full experience – learn how to saddle a pony, ride a horse, relax in a wagon ride and end the day toasting marshmallows on a campfire gazing at the stars. Whether by camping, caravan or comfortable accommodation farmstays are always a fun learning experience for the whole family.
Googling Farmstays is quite daunting however, you wouldn’t believe just how many there are! So here is a list of 5 of the best within 3 hours North of Sydney…
North of Sydney
Ocean & Earth Farmstay, Limeburners Creek
2hours, 45minutes North of Sydney
At Ocean and Earth Farmstay you get the whole farmhouse to yourself! Surrounded by 200 acres of natural bushland brimming with native wildlife and friendly farm animals. With a super relaxed atmosphere it’s the perfect place to relax but still with plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.
Other than feeding the horses, cows, alpacas and chickens there is also canoeing, fishing, yabbying, bushwalking and swimming. Saturday nights is Bonfire night, a perfect time to pull out those camping games and stories, oh and don’t forget to look up! With no city lights the sky just lights up there at night and it’s easy to forget just how dimmed it is at home.
The farm house is stunning and in absolute harmony with the farm, featuring a large open plan living area, 2 bathrooms, fully self contained kitchen, open fire place, huge undercover entertaining area and so much more.
Ammenities: Fully self contained house with linen provided, inside and outside pool tables, tv and stereo.
Rates: Adults $140.00 per person for 2 nights/$40.00 each additional night, Kids $65.00 per child for 2 nights/$20.00 each additional night
Kookaburra Cottages, Bobs Farm
2hours, 40minutes North of Sydney
Firstly let me say, I LOVE this location! Kookaburra Farmstay, Bobs Farm is less than 15 minutes from Port Stephens, it’s so full of picturesque beaches and a plethora of family friendly attractions. From tobogganing, beach camel rides and quad biking to water slides and whale watching cruises, the list goes on. So I recommend you plan a longer stay here and spend time discovering not only this beautiful farm but the surrounding area as well.
There is a daily farm animal feeding session in the afternoons that run for 1-1.5hrs where you are able to cuddle the chickens, milk the cows and feed the little calves, then head off for a tractor ride to feed all the rest of the animals that live on the farm
Ammenities: Cottages sleep up to 9 guests and are fully self contained, Kitchen with stovetop, oven, fridge & microwave, Air conditioning, TV & DVD, bathroom with shower and Jacuzzi Bathtub, Large Verandah & Outdoor BBQ area, Wood Fireplace
Rates: Family cottages are priced from $240 which covers 2 Adults & 2 Children, each additional adult is $35/night and each additional child is $30/night.
Bilpin Country Lodge, Biplin
2hours North of Sydney
Bilpin Country Lodge has a real family feel and being more of a bed and breakfast style farmstay it’s perfect for the colder months where you don’t feel like camping out and worrying about the weather. If you’re from Sydney it’s an easy drive with nothing to pack but some comfortable clothes and the kids necessities. You’ll be surrounded by beautiful gardens, a pick-your-own apple orchard and grazing sheep. Say good morning to Charlie Brown, the little Shetland pony and Denton the Alpaca then visit the chickens and grab some eggs for breakfast. Biplin lodge is dog friendly so bring the dog too and have a fun, relaxing family get away.
Ammenities: Each family bedroom has it’s own ensuite, breakfast provided daily, use of a huge kitchen for self catering, BBQ on verandah, giant spa, wifi, free use of canoes, playground, table tennis, trampoline, basketball, pool table, pet friendly
Rates: From $230 per night for a 3 person room, $265 per night for a 4 person room, $285 for a 5 person room, $315 for a 6 person room.
Starline Alpacas Farmstay Resort, Hunter Valley
2hours 20minutes North of Sydney
Needing any excuse to go back to the Hunter Valley we tried Starline Alpacas Farmstay Resort. What a treat for the kiddies and us! There are gorgeous stone cottages fully equipped with everything you need including condiments and all the mod cons we’re used to at home. The farm is jam packed with things to keep the kids busy including a pool, tennis court and playground. Then there’s all the sights the Hunter has to offer including the famous Hunter Valley gardens that my family love!
Take the kids to visit the chooks, maybe discover a fresh egg or two. Cuddle their famous alpaca “Lucy” and enjoy feeding Lucy’s family and friends, which includes 200 alpaca, sheep, chickens, rabbits, ducks and birds.
Ammenities: Saltwater swimming pool, spa, playground, tennis court, All linen, bath towels and accessories included, full kitchen facilities tea, coffee, biscuits, kettle, toaster, milk, spray oil, insect spray, iron, hair dryer, air conditioning, bathroom, TV DVD, Covered veranda with dining table an BBQ.
Rates: 13 self-contained cottages starting at $225 per night and 3 suites starting at $160 per night.
Tobruk Sheep Station, Maroota
1hour 10minutes North of Sydney
Tobruk farmstays motto: ‘Just over an hour from Sydney and you’ll feel a 1000 miles from anywhere’ and boy is that true. Step back in time to enjoy the life of a stockman and station hand. Experience life in the outback. Each morning they build a fire to make authentic Aussie damper and boil a Billy can to brew traditional Billy tea.
Watch the dogs round up the sheep, then be guided by the stockman on horseback through the wide open paddocks to the sheep sheering shed for a sheering demonstration. Head over to watch the puppy Kelpies round up the local ducks for practice and be treated to a sizzling hot BBQ for lunch with all the trimmings.
After lunch you can stroll over to the milking stations to teach the kids all about where our dairy come from and then hop on a tracker for a scenic tour of the grounds. There’s just so much to do here, you can even learn to crack a wip and throw a boomerang! Then retire to a beautiful family friendly farm house with everything you need and plenty of space for the whole family.
Ammenities: Large country homestead for up to 3 families or 12 people, large central dining and lounge rooms, 3 double bedrooms and bunkroom, full kitchen and a bathroom, air conditioning and wrap around balcony with BBQ facilities.
Rates: $399 per night for a family of 5 (minimum)
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