Farmstays

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to leave the hustle and bustle of the big cities behind and live entirely surrounded by nature at it’s best? As part of our desire to teach people about the wonderful world of nature in Australia, we would like to invite you into our home as a farmstay guest. Our farmstay guests thus far have included international  students, families and independent travelers. We have made many new friends, who then stay in contact afterwards through our facebook page. Our farmstays are pure FUN!

International students meeting a spiny leaf stick insect
International students meeting a spiny leaf stick insect. If you are interested in organising farmstays for very large groups (eg international school students etc), we recommend contacting Downunder Farmstays to get the ball rolling.

Our farmstay visit allows a relaxed and enjoyable exchange of cultures and lifestyles.

Campfire night
Campfire night

During your visit we have the option of doing any of these activities and more (all guided activities, accommodation and food are included in your daily rate – it’s fantastic value!). We can do as little or as much as you like during your stay with us, it’s totally up to you:

  • scenic walks through rainforest and dry bushland
  • cooking lessons (cupcakes, bread, cakes etc…)
  • campfires at night
  • roast marshmallows around the campfire
  • guitar and songs
  • stargazing
  • off-road four wheel driving
  • feed and learn about our horses
  • ride a horse (lead) or watch a demonstration
  • visit a nearby farm to see cattle
  • feed farm animals like chickens and guinea fowl
  • play Australian music (didgeridoo)
  • learn boomerang and spear throwing
  • see lots of wild native animals like wallabies, birds, snakes, lizards and frogs
  • visit a secluded billabong (Australian lake)
  • swim in a billabong (lake) or spring-fed creek
  • night walk (spotlighting for nocturnal animals)
  • fishing with home-made bamboo fishing lines
  • watch platypus in the creek
  • wildflower viewing
  • learn about Australian plants and animals
  • shop for local arts, crafts and jewellery (beautiful opals!)
  • try ‘bush tucker’
  • meet some local people
  • watch a sunrise and/or sunset from the top of the ridge
  • plus the option of ‘camping out’ in tents one night in the Australian bush with your hosts

All of this is led by your hosts, Marcus and Claire.

Our favourite swimming spot. :-)
Our favourite swimming spot. 🙂

We can organise a horse-riding experience on a nearby farm. This is an optional extra activity.
We can organise a horse-riding experience on a nearby farm. This is an optional extra activity. We have horses on our property, but these are not for beginners.

We will prepare all of your food for you during your stay and includes a hot cooked breakfast daily (with fresh free-range farm eggs from our chickens). Lunches and dinners are typically delicious Australian food, and all of our meals use fresh local produce such as Aussie beef and local Australian fish. Claire & Rosi also love to bake, so we’ll have plenty of time for desserts and ‘tea time’.

Going for a walk with Clancy, the Australian cattle dog
Going for a walk

 We recommend a minimum stay of between 3 – 5 nights to gain a good understanding of our way of life here in rural Australia. Our property is totally ‘off the grid’ meaning we live with solar power, gas for cooking, pump our own spring water, grow our own vegetables and have a composting toilet. This will be a unique experience for you to learn what it’s like to live sustainably in an isolated setting. If you are interested in gardening, we can do some light work in the vegetable garden or do an informal tour of what we grow here.

Going for a walk in the rainforest includes walking on a natural log bridge.
Going for a walk in the rainforest includes walking on a natural log bridge.

All of our Japanese farmstays are booked through Downunder Farmstays. Please contact their head office to book your place with us.

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A private nature reserve in North Queensland

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