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Maleny Farm Stays From Brisbane

Thinking you’d like to get away to the country for some much needed rest and relaxation, but wondering how you can keep the kids entertained at the same time? Farm stays could be the perfect solution. We’ve put together a list of Maleny farm stays that’ll thrill the kids while you enjoy the peace and tranquility.

Maleny farm stays the kids will love as much as you.


Wittacork Dairy Cottages

Wittacork is a working dairy farm set on 300 acres adjoining Lake Baroon and State Forest. It has more than 100 acres of pristine rainforest, with 2 kilometres of walking tracks that take you across bridges, along creeks and to waterfall viewing areas. The farm is a registered Land for Wildlife property, with cottages set on a ridge overlooking the Obi Obi Gorge National Park and Lake Baroon. They host farm stays and apart from walks and wildlife spotting, you can get involved in farm activities by helping feed the calves, goats and pigs (Pumba and Boris), collecting eggs, and watching the cows being milked.

Wattle Gully Retreat

Wattle Gully Retreat is set on 50 acres of native bushland and rainforest in the picturesque Blackall Ranges. There’s a waterfall and cascading rock pools and, for the bird lovers, there’s an abundance of native birds to be spotted on one of the several bush walks. A mountain creek winds through the property. Here the children can search for freshwater crayfish and turtles, or use small hand lines and fishing nets to catch fish in the water holes. The creek has many spots to swim, or you can simply relax on the banks while the children play in a tree house.

During their farm stays, in the morning, the children can help feed the goats, ducks, geese, chickens and alpacas, or collect eggs in the afternoon. You can also take a tour to nearby Maleny Dairies for the experience of milking a cow and hand feeding calves.

Solothurn Rural Resort

Solothurn Rural Resort is a farm set on 330 acres on the outskirts of Maleny. Surrounded by stunning rainforests, the resort offers plenty of bush-walking opportunities to discover natural rock ponds and tumbling waterfalls. There are also many recreational facilities including a heated swimming pool with slide, tennis court, soccer and basketball areas, and a games room with table tennis, pool table and darts. There’s also a barbecue area and playground. Children can get a taste of farm life by feeding the horses, pigs, goats, ducks, chickens, sheep and emus, as well as having a go at hand milking the cows. There’s also a tractor ride to the back of the property to feed the beef cattle.

Arley Farm – The Old Dairy

Arley Farm is a cattle breeding property set on 160 acres, just 2 kilometres west of Maleny. Once a dairy farm, the Old Dairy has been converted into a two-bedroom retreat that has a piano, table-tennis table, drawing materials and plenty of space for the children to play. The property fronts Obi Obi Creek where you can swim, have a picnic and be on the lookout for some of the 25 resident platypus and other creatures such as turtles and water dragons. There are also plenty of birds to spot, including the beautiful azure kingfisher. The farm breeds Santa Gertrudis cattle. Calves are born from early August and it’s loads of fun to watch them scampering around and generally getting into trouble. There’s also a small flock of free-range chickens, and children are welcome to help collect the eggs and feed the hens.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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