Family friendly holidays: Farmstays

Some of the best family holiday memories have come from those unexpected moments when you and the kids get back to nature.

It’s a bit shocking to read that recent surveys have found many city kids don’t know that milk comes from cows, and they’ve never seen a live farm animal.

Varying in popularity as a holiday option over the last few years,  Farmstays and farm stay accommodation has now made a return as an often affordable alternative to national parks camping or beach side holiday cabin accommodations.

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Photo © courtesy Hosanna Farm Stay

Hobby farms on smaller acreage, will usually have animals more used to handling and petting, with kids having the opportunity to learn appropriate behaviour around animals, while working farms on larger land holdings, give families a chance to see farm routines and join in farm activities, with the children able to get up close and personal with cute and sometimes not so cuddly farm animals.

Activities like horse riding, bush walking, canoeing, bicycling, archery and fishing are often available on-site or nearby.

The chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and experience the lifestyle of the “man and woman on the land”, where mum and dad can relax while the kids enjoy the wide open spaces, fresh, clean air, get filthy dirty and run themselves ragged before a sound nights’ sleep, is an often overlooked family holiday option.

Recently updated with Booking.com host farm options, the Big Volcano Farmstays, farm stay accommodation and host farm holidays directory, covers the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim region of Queensland, Australia.

Disclosure: Hosanna Farm Stay is a Big Volcano customer.

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Long weekend getaways

Looking for a place to getaway this long weekend?

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Check out Big Volcano Couples Only Accommodation in the Tweed – Northern Rivers and Gold Coast hinterland area.

Whether you’re looking for an affordable place to share with your loved one, or a luxury retreat with the ultimate wow factor, you can find something to suit here.

Or if family time is more your speed, then one of these family friendly holiday apartments where facilities and services suitable for children are available, might be more your style.

Big Volcano Family friendly and Small Group Accommodation or Caravan Parks and Holiday Parks

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Couples Only Accommodation in the Byron Bay – Gold Coast region

Listing local holiday accommodation where you can enjoy an intimate or private getaway without worrying about kids running about being, well, kids, it’s a great directory to visit if you’re looking for the perfect place to pop the question or a honeymoon spot, or even just wanting to find a relaxing break.

Our Couples Only Accommodation directory covers the Byron Bay, Tweed Heads, Kingscliff, Northern Rivers region of NSW, and Gold Coast hinterland, Tamborine Mountain area of QLD, Australia.

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Farmstays; the affordable alternative family holiday

Some of the best family holiday memories have come from those unexpected moments when you and the kids get back to nature.

Very popular for many years, Farmstays and farm stay accommodation give families an often affordable alternative to national parks camping or beach side holiday cabin accommodations.

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Photo © courtesy Hosanna Farm Stay

Working farms are usually on larger land holdings, where families can observe farm routines and join in farm activities, with the children able to get up close and personal with cute and sometimes not so cuddly farm animals.

Hobby farms on smaller acreage, will usually have animals more used to handling and petting, with kids having the opportunity to learn appropriate behaviour around animals.

Activities like horse riding, bush walking, canoeing, bicycling, archery and fishing are often available on-site or nearby.

The chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, and experience the lifestyle of the “man and woman on the land”, where mum and dad can relax while the kids enjoy the wide open spaces, fresh, clean air, get filthy and run themselves ragged before a sound nights’ sleep, is an often overlooked family holiday option.

See Big Volcano Farmstays, farm stay accommodation and host farm holidays directory, covering the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim region of Queensland, Australia.

Family holiday apartments accommodation directory – Big Volcano Visitor Guide

Are you still looking for family holiday accommodation for your summer break?

Well then, here’s a comprehensive directory of holiday apartments, vacation rentals and high rise units in the region, ranging from Ballina, Byron Bay and Tweed Heads in New South Wales, up to Coolangatta and the southern Gold Coast in Queensland, with web site links and phone numbers for quick contacts.

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There is also a smattering of Broadbeach and Surfers high rise apartments, with instant real-time booking links available.

The page is spilt into Holiday apartments which are usually in a resort complex, and no more than 3 stories walk-up.  These units will have separate bedrooms, lounge and dining room, fully fitted kitchen, bathroom/s and laundry. Bed linen and bath towels are usually included, or available for hire.

Hi Rise apartments are over 4 storeys with lift access, and usually have onsite resident managers.  AS well as fully self catering apartments, the on-site facilities will usually include at least a swimming pool, BBQ, gym or other recreation facilities, and a tour desk with booking services is usually available. 

Often located close to the local action, if you don’t feel like cooking, it’s then just a stroll to the nearest restaurant strip, with some also having an in-house or onsite restaurant, so you don’t even need to leave the complex if that’s your choice.

Free camping in the Tweed


Free Camping banned at Bruce Chick Environmental Park, and a c
rackdown on illegal camping along southern Tweed coast

A ban on free camping at Bruce Chick Park came into effect in late November, with a new RV-friendly camping area up and running at Murwillumbah showgrounds in its place.

A multi-pronged campaign is also underway to curb illegal camping in Tweed Shire’s southern coastal dunes between Pottsville and Wooyung.

Visitors to the Tweed coast and valley are urged to use our excellent (and affordable) local camping grounds and tourist parks.

Bruce Chick Park camping ban

A ban on overnight camping at Bruce Chick Park on the Tweed Valley Way, Stotts Island, came into effect on Monday 23 November, in line with a new management plan which found overnight camping threatened the park’s environmental and heritage objectives.

The closure coincides with the opening of a new ‘primitive camping ground’ for recreational vehicles (RVs) at the Murwillumbah Showground.

RV primitive camping ground opens

The Murwillumbah Showground Trust recently launched the new camping area, to accommodate approximately 26 RVs, after Council’s September meeting approved a development application for the primitive camping ground.

It followed lobbying from the RV community for safe and welcoming campsites for RVs in Tweed Shire.

Council General Manager Troy Green said Council had explored the potential of establishing an RV-friendly primitive camping facility at the Stotts Creek site but site investigations showed it would unreasonably conflict with the environmental values of Bruce Chick Park.

Mr Green said RV camping at the site would also require significant management, sewerage services and other facilities which would bring a considering ongoing cost to ratepayers.

“An RV-suitable campsite at the showground has the added benefit of supporting a local community group, without additional costs to ratepayers to provide maintenance and management,” Mr Green said.

RV caravanners and tent campers Links : Local Caravan Parks  and Local Camping Grounds

Crackdown on illegal camping along southern Tweed foreshore

A multi-pronged campaign has been initiated to curb illegal camping in Tweed Shire’s southern coastal dunes between Pottsville and Wooyung.IMG_2850_Cudgen_coastalheath360x270

A coordinated response by Council and community groups in the area will tackle environmental issues, antisocial behaviour and rubbish dumping along the foreshore, Council’s Director Planning and Regulation, Vince Connell, said.

“The campaign will be a combination of community education, greater monitoring of activity and a program to remove waste already dumped along that strip of land,” Mr Connell said.

Illegal campers

“It’s understood that many of the people camping illegally in that land are coming from outside Tweed Shire, so we will need methods to get the message to those people that camping is not appropriate and not allowed within the dunes or on the beach.

There are a number of nearby established and legitimate locations for camping and the education campaign will steer visitors and local campers to those facilities.”

Updated signs have been prepared and will be installed on Tweed Coast Road at Pottsville and Wooyung, at either end of the eight-kilometre strip of land between the beach and Cudgera Creek.

“There will be a concentrated blitz this summer, when levels of illegal camping are believed to be at their highest, and Council rangers have already stepped up the level of monitoring along that land,” Mr Connell said.

Enforcement and fines

“Enforcement and fines will be imposed where possible. However, this is a particularly isolated part of the Tweed and we will need cooperation from community representatives to effectively monitor the area.”

Council has been liaising with the Pottsville Community Association and would involve other groups in the area.  Council Bushland Officer John Turnbull said illegal camping had significantly hampered ongoing efforts to revegetate that section of dunes.

Dune Care and Landcare

“The area includes valuable sections of Littoral rainforest and tree species such as banksia and coastal wattles are gradually re-establishing themselves, aided by the efforts of Council, contractors and Landcare volunteers,” he said.

“Twenty years of bushland regeneration can be undone in a weekend. Vehicles driving through dunes and bushland areas and people lighting camp fires – using native trees for firewood and causing bushfires – have a massive impact on the vegetation.”

Mr Turnbull said weed infestation is a major issue along the coast, where considerable resources have been contributed by Council and State Government to address the problem.

“The destruction of native vegetation allows weed species to invade, establish and take hold again.”

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Please help us to look after and nurture our endangered beach and coastal vegetation for everyone to enjoy into the future.  Stay in a local caravan park or camping ground.  You’ll have the added benefits of hot showers, camp kitchen and other onsite facilities!