Some of the best family holiday memories have come from those unexpected moments when you and the kids get back to nature.
If you haven’t got your Easter holidays sorted yet, why not go bush rather than opting for the sun, sand and surf these holidays?
It’s a bit shocking to read in various surveys* that 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.
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.
The Big Volcano Farmstays, farm stay accommodation and host farm holidays directory, with web links or contact phone details, covers the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, Gold Coast Hinterland and Scenic Rim region of Queensland, Australia.
It also has a curated selection of host farm options via Booking.com.
Disclosure: Hosanna Farm Stay is a Big Volcano Tourism customer.
*This article has been slightly updated from the originally published version from September 2017.