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.

Camping grounds in Northern NSW and Southern QLD

Campgrounds, tent sites accommodaton and drive in camper grounds in the Byron Bay, Tweed Heads, Upper Clarence region of New South Wales and Gold Coast hinterland and Scenic Rim region of Queensland, Australia.

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Iron Pot Creek, Toonumbar National Park Photo © by Big Volcano Tourism



You’ll find camp grounds, car camping and walk-in camping available in many of the World Heritage listed national parks of the region.

Campgrounds and tent sites maybe available at country resorts and farmstays, with on-site adventure and nature activities.

Like beachside tourist and holiday parks, these private campgrounds usually have campers kitchen and clean, modern amenities.

Camping in national parks of the region is very popular on weekends and during school holidays, so booking online in advance for QLD National Parks is recommended.

At NSW National Parks you may drive in, and pay your camping fee as directed at self payment stations prior to setting up camp. 

Camping in public reserves by arrangement, is operated by some local community showground trusts or progress associations.

Like national parks, these are popular on weekends and during school holidays, so you should book in advance to avoid disppointment.

Big Volcano Camping Grounds directory

About this Region

East: 153° 17″ 17´, South 28° 53″ 58´ (Mt Warning).

Where this region is located in Australia.

Where this region is located in Australia.

Spanning the New South Wales and Queensland state borders, the area is located in the far north eastern corner of the state of New South Wales (NSW), with the state of Queensland (QLD) immediately to the north.

The region is often referred to relative to its location within the state of NSW as “the far north coast”, “Northern Rivers” or simply “the North Coast”.

The Queensland side of the border maybe referred to as “the Gold Coast”, “Gold Coast hinterland” or “south east Queensland”, which is often used in weather and government references, but less frequently in daily use.

The Southern Gold Coast (QLD) suburb of Coolangatta, and Tweed Valley (NSW) town of Tweed Heads are often referred to as the “Twin Towns”.  At Point Danger you can stand astride the state border and during Summer, enjoy a one hour time warp, thanks to the observance in NSW (and lack in QLD), of daylight saving time.

The region is easy to get to and well served by plane, road and train services.

Excerpt from Big Volcano Visitor Guide – About this Region – Place.

Welcome

Welcome to the Big Volcano Regional Tourist and Visitor Guide.

bigvolcano.com.au is a comprehensive guide about where to stay, things to see and do, and tours and attractions in the Northern Rivers, New South Wales, and Gold Coast hinterland, Queensland region of Australia.

Localities include Ballina, Byron Bay and hinterland, Tweed Coast, Tweed Valley, Upper Clarence, and hinterland towns and villages in the “Rainbow Region” including Casino, Kyogle, Lismore and Nimbin.

We provide an inclusive Accommodation Directory, Activities, Tours & Attractions Directory and Retail & Services Directory, with listings for most local tourism businesses, and detailed descriptions with links, for Big Volcano customers, so you’ll have your choice of places to stay and activities to enjoy during your travels in our region.

The site also provides extensive information about the Human History and Natural History of the region, especially the national parks and reserves, and the World Heritage Listings.

We look forward to your visit.