South east Queensland provides a perfect sanctuary for those wanting to trial the quiet joys of country life. Townships like Esk, Beaudesert and Kilcoy, only a couple of hours drive from Brisbane, provide a range of farmstay accommodation for holiday makers who wish to experience authentic farm life, or for those seeking a more boutique country existence.
Properties like Coleyville Lodge and Old Boyneside present the real deal. These homesteads open their doors to tourists, offering a taste of farming life and good old fashioned country hospitality. Visitors can become farmers themselves as they help their hosts milk cows, feed animals, muster and harvest crops. Fun activities, like horse riding, dirt biking or whip cracking, are usually included in the program as well. This experience makes for a fun family holiday, and it also shows children where their food comes from.
If you'd prefer wine trails and nature hikes, there are many cottage style resorts in the area that give you a taste of country life without having to get your hands dirty. Retreats like Dayboro Cottages and Kirnicama Elegant Escapes provide a more deluxe option, while still displaying the splendours of the great outdoors. Guests can enjoy nature walks, orchards and wineries, beautiful sunsets and picturesque swimming holes, all within a more luxurious setting. If you can't live without television, Wi-Fi and air conditioning, this is the farmstay option for you.
The ideal country escape is different for everyone. Whether it's getting down and dirty or enjoying beautiful natural surroundings with a glass of wine, there's a farmstay package to suit everyone. For more options, try here.