A family farm stay introduces kids to the different way of living that their country cousins experience on a daily basis. The kids get to interact with animals, maybe ride on, or at least climb on, farm machinery and view life through a different lens. Adults get to unwind and relax in the fresh air and stunning landscapes rarely seen with city living.
If you take a road trip to South Australia, check out one of these farm stays for a genuine rural experience.
Located on the Yorke Peninsula, this working sheep farm offers a hands-on experience where you can collect eggs, feed chooks, milk cows and run amuck with the pigs.
For accommodation, stay in either the restored shearer’s quarters or the renovated Redwing barn. The luxurious quarters were first built in the 1860’s, with bullet holes from pigeon shooting and rainfall recordings still etched into the stone. The barn dates back to the 1950’s and was originally used to store hay. Although it has had a complete makeover, its original rustic beams and timber flooring remain. Wake up to incredible views and cows greeting you good morning through the windows.
At Narnu, kids as young as two and a half can ride around the property on horses and ponies. No experience is necessary, as lessons aren’t just offered—they’re encouraged.
You and the kids can partake in the feeding of the animals, of which there are plenty. Rabbits, chickens, deer, goats, sheep, emus and more. You can even bottle-feed a lamb.
Then climb aboard Elsie, the restored bright red Bedford truck that rolls around the property, stopping for more feeding along the way. Stay in one of seven self-contained and well-equipped cottages, all boasting an outdoor area where the adults can unwind while the kids continue to play.
Morella Farm sits among the rolling hills of Southern Fleurieu Peninsula. What makes Morella so unique from other farmstays is the ocean views that surround it. The farm is located mere minutes from the fishing town of Cape Jervis, gateway to Kangaroo Island, so the sea and landscape views from your balcony are really something else.
The working farm boasts over 150 farm animals on 100 acres of fully fenced paddocks, and petting the friendly animals is encouraged. Native birds frequent the property, as do kangaroos grazing on the pastures and slurping from the dams.
For a taste of the real South Australian outback, head to Beltana Station, a real working sheep and cattle station. Here you can watch experienced station workers do what they do best while taking in the incredibly remote surroundings and alpacas. The station workers are more than happy to stop and have a chat and impart some of their local knowledge with you, too, making you feel more than welcome in your remote new home.
Beltana has amenities well catered to big groups and families, including a swimming pool for when it gets hot out there, which is a lot of the time. There’s an Overseer’s cottage for big groups, or you can get a room at the renovated old Shearer’s Quarters with communal facilities. There’s also bush camping available with pit toilets, or ‘drop dunnies’ if you want to take on the local vernacular.
Almerta offers complete seclusion, where you camp under a blanket of stars. You’ll take in some of the most incredible scenery in the Flinders Ranges, flanked by beautiful, giant red gums on all sides of the landscape. The 22,000-acre property has a number of bush campsites, but all six spaces are situated far enough from each other that you’d never know another soul was there.
There are well-developed tracks throughout the property to walk, cycle or drive through, with lambs, sheep and kangaroos all lazing nearby. The property also offers newly built Shearer’s Quarters, too.