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6 Memorable family farm stays

Eden Farm Escape, BilpinCREDIT: Deborah Goodman

Guests of Eden Farm Escape at Bilpin soak up the countryside views.

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6 Memorable
family farm stays

Eden Farm Escape, Bilpin CREDIT: Deborah Goodman

Guests of Eden Farm Escape at Bilpin soak up the countryside views.

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If your kids think eggs come from a cardboard carton and milk from a plastic bottle, maybe it’s time to get them out of the city and into the country. Here are six great family farm stays across New South Wales. 

Ride a horse at Eden Farm Escape, Bilpin 

Like your farm stay with a side of luxury — and horses? Look no further than the five plush cabins at Eden Farm Escape, part of the Eden Equine estate in Bilpin, a 90-minute drive northwest of Sydney in the Hawkesbury region. The estate is a working horse farm; its 36 lush green hectares are home to 12 horses and ponies, along with alpacas, donkeys, goats and a flock of chickens that resides in Cluckingham Palace. Kids can collect eggs and feed the animals, and there’s a horse riding option. The farm also has a swimmable dam, a fire pit and a barbecue area, and is dog friendly. The self-contained cabins have polished concrete floors, black kitchens and oversized couches, with equine-themed art the finishing touch. 

Meet the menagerie at Ba Mack Farmstay, Windeyer 

Mother-and-daughter team Julie and Kate McLeod offer a huge dollop of country hospitality at Ba Mack Farmstay, a half-hour drive south of Mudgee in the state’s Central West, or about four hours northwest of Sydney. The farm is named after Julie’s grandmother, whom the family called Ba, and Saint Mary MacKillop, whose mantra, “Never see a need without doing something about it”, is part of the reason the farm stay was established. Julie believes children need to interact with animals, and she’s provided the perfect spot for them to do it. At Ba Mack, interaction includes feeding a menagerie of lambs, pigs, chickens and more, and learning how to handle, groom and ride horses.  

Milk a cow at Dairy Flat Farm Holidays, Dairy Flat 

Six generations of the Lever family have lived on this idyllic farm on the Richmond River at Dairy Flat in the far north of NSW, a 40-minute drive northwest of Kyogle, or an 8.5-hour drive north of Sydney. Dairy Flat Farm Holidays has three country-style cottages, which sleep a total of 16, and an expansive five-bedroom homestead. There’s plenty to keep the young folk occupied: feeding the chickens, goats and lambs in the farmyard area, learning how to milk a cow and bucket-feeding the calves afterwards. There’s also a tennis court and saltwater pool.  

Eden Farm Escape, Bilpin CREDIT: Deborah Goodman

Meeting the horses at Eden Farm Escape, Bilpin.

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Eden Farm Escape, Bilpin CREDIT: Deborah Goodman

Meeting the horses at Eden Farm Escape, Bilpin.

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Ba Mack Farmstay, Windeyer CREDIT: Ba Mack Farmstay

A young visitor to Ba Mack Farmstay in Windeyer enjoys a horse ride.  

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Ba Mack Farmstay, Windeyer CREDIT: Ba Mack Farmstay

A young visitor to Ba Mack Farmstay in Windeyer enjoys a horse ride.  

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Experience outback life at Corynnia Station, Carrathool 

There are farm stays and then there are red-dirt-under-your-fingernails outback experiences — which is exactly what Corynnia Station offers families wanting a little more adventure. An hour’s drive west of Griffith in the Riverina region, or a seven-hour drive west of Sydney, this 6,800-hectare property is a working sheep farm as well as a farm stay. Accommodation ranges from a one-bedroom 1930s cottage to a country lodge that sleeps 12. Take the farm tour to see the 19th-century shearing shed and the thousands of merino sheep, explore red-dirt country by bicycle, play boules and tennis, and finish the day star-gazing by the campfire. 

Explore with the dogs at Minimbah Farm Cottages, Kangaroo Valley 

The green hills of the Kangaroo Valley, a 2.5-hour drive south of Sydney, form the backdrop to Minimbah Farm Cottages. Here, kids can roam the 60 hectares with the owners’ dogs in tow to visit the alpacas that mind the sheep (hay is left out so they can be fed — the animals, not the kids!), collect the eggs from the chook house, watch the ducks swimming, pat the pony and follow the Cow Trail Adventure. There are two rustic-style cottages and the more upmarket and modern Budderoo House, which sleeps up to 16. The kids will love the play fort and the bubbling creek. 

Roam the garden at Markdale, Crooked Corner 

At the heart of Markdale, a magnificent 2,550-hectare country estate in the hamlet of Crooked Corner, a three-hour drive west of Sydney, is a renowned garden created by the esteemed landscape designer Edna Walling. When your kids ever tire of exploring its pretty paths and stone walls, they can mingle with the farm animals and donkeys, spot wildlife such as wombats, and practise their polo swings on the wooden horse. Choose from the two-bedroom stone cottage (with log fire), the four-bedroom 1850s homestead or the beautifully restored six-bedroom shearers’ quarters, all equally lovely. 

Corynnia Station, Carrathool CREDIT: Corynnia Station

The Corynnia Station farm stay, outside of Griffith in the Riverina region.

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Corynnia Station, Carrathool CREDIT: Corynnia Station

The Corynnia Station farm stay, outside of Griffith in the Riverina region.

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