The Best Family-Friendly Farmstays near Newcastle

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There’s nothing like a farm stay as a spot to holiday with your family. Think nature, fresh air and cute farm animals. It’s a chance to recharge your batteries and experience some unplugged outdoor fun.

We’ve put together a collection of family farm stay experiences in New South Wales for you to enjoy with your kids. We’ve chosen spots that are within three hours drive of Newcastle so it includes farm stays near Sydney, the Blue Mountains as well as the North Coast. If you know of other NSW farm stays, let us know.

Telegraph Retreat Farmstay near Port Macquarie

Consider these farm stays for your next family holiday.

Ashmar Farm Stay

Address: 1581 Waukivory Road, Gloucester

Website: Ashmar Farm Stay

Head to Gloucester for a farm-stay experience at Ashmar Farm Stay. It’s set on a  500 acre Hereford cattle stud and offers a true country experience. You can try your hand at milking a cow, collect farm eggs or feeding their animals and enjoy bushwalking through the property.

The property sleeps up to 13 people with the main cottage and an additional separate flat and bathroom. it’s a great option if you want to get away with a group of friends or family. You can self-cater or if you want a break from cooking, they offer a home-cooked three-course evening meal. Rates start from $150 per night (2 adults) and offer mid-week specials.

Bilpin Country Lodge

Address: 46 Bilpin Springs Road, Bilpin

Website: Bilpin Country Lodge

Get a taste of the country at Bilbin Country Lodge in the Blue Mountains. This farm stay experience provides plenty of fun for the whole family. Set on 10 acres, you and your kids can interact with the resident farm animals. At the lodge, there is Charlie Brown the Shetland pony, Fudge & Spock, two pet goats, Denton the Alpaca and lots of chickens giving fresh eggs every day. In addition to seeing the animals, there’s a game room, kids playground and outdoor spa to enjoy. If you’re an active family, choose from outdoor activities such as bushwalking, mountain biking, swimming, canoeing and kayaking. You can also go fruit picking for apples and peaches next door in season.  The Lodge comfortably sleeps up to 20 guests (incl all adults & children). Rates start from $275 per night for a family of three (2 night minimum).

Dusodie Holiday Farm

Address: 1707 Chichester Dam Road, Dungog

Website: Dusodie Holiday Farm

Head to Dusodie Farm in the Barrington Tops for a farm stay experience. You won’t run out of things to do with your family. There’s plenty of animals at this farm stay for kids to interact with. Feeding occurs in the afternoons or by prior arrangement to accommodate both guests and their hosts. Friendly farm animals include chickens, guinea fowl, turkeys, goats, sheep, cows. The fun doesn’t stop there though. It’s truly a family-friendly spot with a play cubby, sandpit and a 14 foot trampoline. You can also Swim in the River or explore upstream in a row boat. If you feel like fishing in the dams for yabbies or perch, Dusodie Farm supply fishing rods and tackle. Accommodation is either in a self contained 2-bedroom cottage, or a 1-bedroom cabin that looks down to the river. The tariff per night is $250/night for the cottage and $200/night for the cabin.

Kookaburra Farmstay

Address: 564 Marsh Rd, Bobs Farm

Website: Kookaburra Farmstay

You don’t need to go far to get to this farm stay.  Kookaburra Farmstay is located at Bobs Farm in beautiful Port Stephens. There’s a range of accommodation options to suit your family including 3 bedroom cottages, 1 bedroom and alcove cabins and a farmhouse which sleeps up to 19 people.

Kookaburra run a daily afternoon farm tour lasts 1 -1.5 hours. You’ll get to cuddle chickens and then see feed cows and calves and watch them being milked before enjoying a tractor ride to feed all the rest of the animals that live on the farm. There’s no shortage of animals at this farmstay including pigs, donkeys, sheep and more.

Ocean & Earth Farmstay

Address: 560 Fords Rd, Limeburners Creek

Website: Ocean & Earth Farmstay

Located on 200 acres of land at Limeburners Creek, Ocean & Earth Farmstay is the place to go to get away from it all. You’ll be staying in a loft-style farmhouse with sleeping quarters are located in the upper loft of the farmhouse.

There’s no shortage of activities for your family to enjoy. As well as feeding the farm animals such as horses, donkeys,  cows, ducks, peacock, and chooks, you can go swimming in their dam, go canoeing or yabbying or head out on a bush walk. At night, relax and spot the stars. Prices start from $140 per person for 2 nights.

Starline Alpaca Farmstay

Address: 1100 Milbrodale Road, Broke NSW 2330

Website: Starline Alpaca Farmstay

Get up close to alpacas at Starline Alpaca. This working alpaca farm with 150 alpacas offers a peaceful and relaxing farmstay accommodation experience. Set against the backdrop of the spectacular Brokenback ranges and the Yengo-Wollemi National Park, the farmstay offers cottages and suites for your family to enjoy. Additional guest facilities include a saltwater swimming pool, tennis courts and children’s playground.  Their alpacas are hand-reared and will welcome you to feed them. The Alpaca Encounter and Feeding Experience is open to bookings each Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. In addition to the alpaca, you can also take your kids to visit the chickens as well.

Telegraph Retreat

Address: 126 Federation Way, Cooperabung

Website: Telegraph Retreat

Enjoy some country air at a farm stay at Telegraph Retreat located just 20 minutes north of Port Macquarie in Telegraph Point. Located on 8.5 hectares, Telegraph Retreat provides luxury family-friendly accommodation and country hospitality. There’s plenty of space and privacy at Telegraph Retreat and families can do as little or as much as they want. Telegraph Retreat offers plenty of outdoor fun activities for kids including a heated swimming pool, kids play equipment and a trampoline and just the freedom to roam around and explore. The property is full of animals including chickens, ducks, geese, goats, cows and a donkey.

Waterfall Way Farmstay

Address: 158 Wakefield Rd, Wollomombi

Website: Waterfall Way Farmstay

Stay in a self-contained house located 45 minutes from Armidale surrounded by picturesque gardens and serene farmland. At the Waterfall Way Farmstay, there’s no shortage of outdoor family fun. You can fish for Brown and Rainbow Trout in their 4km of trout stream (fishing rods for you if you don’t have your own), spot platypus in the Oaky River or enjoy a farm tour and meet the dogs, chickens and cows on the farm. Rates start from $190 per night (including 2 people). If you want to go away with friends or family, the house sleeps 10 comfortably, with 3 queen size beds and 4 singles. 1 x Double Sofa Bed and cot is available if needed for larger groups.

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