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25 of the best farm stays Victoria

Escape the hustle and bustle of the everyday, to the crisp air and open spaces of a family farmstay. With so many to choose from throughout Victoria, your next Melbourne farm stay is sure to be a fun adventure!

We have put together some of the best farm stays that are available throughout Victoria, whether they be family friendly farmhouses, luxury cottages or pet friendly accommodation.

Dairy Flat Lodge and Farm
Dairy Flat Lodge and Farm

Get back to nature on a relaxing farm stay

1. Dairy Flat Lodge and Farm, Musk

In the quaint village of Daylesford, you will find Dairy Flat Lodge and Farm, Musk. This regenerative, luxury farmstay is surrounded by the Wombat State Forest, farmlands, and mineral water springs.

With herb and vegetable gardens, orchards of apples, pears, stone fruit and more –  plus a Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vineyard, olive grove and bakehouse – there is an abundance of workshops to explore. There is also freshwater trout, alpacas, and beehives.

Immerse yourself in country living, in one of their 6 king suites (furnished by local artisans) and dine in their award-winning Lake House kitchens, while settling in and watching the native wildlife.

Dairy Flat Lodge and Farm, Daylesford, Daylesford, Victoria, Australia, +61 3 5348 3329, info@dairyflatfarmdaylesford.com.au

Dairy Flat Lodge and Farm
Dairy Flat Lodge and Farm

2. Fellcroft Farm, Macedon Ranges

For couples who are looking for a luxury farmstay, they will find the perfect country hideaway in the Macedon Ranges at Fellcroft Farm.

Since 1862, Fellcroft has been a working farm. Today you can experience a sustainable farmstay that employs ethical practices to produce beef and lamb.

Relax in one of two contemporary spaces: the Wren or the Kingfisher. They feature designs that have taken inspiration from local wildlife and surrounds, which include Hanging Rock, Camel’s Hump and Mt Macedon. Take in the views, and enjoy the endless stars that the wide night sky has on offer.

Fellcroft Farm, 38 McKinley Track, Cobaw, Victoria, 0407 568 800, fellcroft@outlook.com.au

Fellcroft Farm
Fellcroft Farm

3. South Mokanger Farm Cottages, Cavendish

Tucked in amongst ancient redgums and surrounded by native wildlife and vast country, you will find a family pet friendly farmstay at South Mokanger Farm at Cavendish.

A working farm since 1864, your stay includes accommodation in the cosy, renovated bluestone Stoneycroft Cottage and shearers’ quarters that can sleep up to 15 guests.

Experience dinner under the stars with outdoor dining and a firepit, or take a walk on one of the local tracks to see some of the beautiful flora and fauna of the Grampians National Park. Kids will love feeding the chooks and collecting eggs, while spotting sheep and lambs dotted around the farm.

South Mokanger Farm is the perfect way to find family time, off the beaten track.

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South Mokanger Farm Cottages
South Mokanger Farm Cottages

4. Bimbadeen, Phillip Island

Not far from the Grand Prix Circuit and the renowned Penguin Parade on Phillip Island, you will find the 340-acre farmstay, ‘Bimbadeen’.

Featuring comfortable eco-friendly accommodation for between two and ten people, ‘Bimbadeen’ allows guests to be part of the life of a working beef, dairy and pork production farm.

‘Bimbadeen’s’ farm stay retreats offer all the modern conveniences, while still allowing time to rest and immerse yourself in nature and farm life. Take a walk in the wide-open spaces and get acquainted with the sheep, alpacas or even the free-range hens while having the best farmstay.

Bimbadeen Phillip Island, 550 Back Beach Road, Ventnor, Phillip Island, Victoria, 0409 167 001, enquiries@bimbadeenphillipisland.com.au


5. Billabong Ranch, Echuca

For a remarkable way to traverse the Echuca bushland along the Murray and Goulburn Rivers, Billabong Ranch runs horse riding tours for a fun way to get outdoors and try something new.

Also providing school camps that are customised to an itinerary to suit the needs of each group, the ranch is open to families and other visitors to take part in the range of activities that they have available.

While they don’t have accommodation on site, Billabong Ranch is close to Echuca Holiday Units – so after a huge day of fun filled activities, you have fully equipped, self-contained units to come home and decompress.

A unique farm stay for adventure, Billabong Ranch is perfect for all ages.

Billabong Ranch, Corner of Glanville & Tehan Rd. Echuca, 03 5483 5122, info@billabongranch.com.au

Billabong Ranch Echuca
Billabong Ranch Echuca

6. Country House Retreat, Gippsland

Only a short drive from Lakes Entrance and Metung, Country House Retreat, Gippsland offers a luxury farmstay for up to 10 people that is perfect for large groups of friends or time out with the family.

Close to Gippsland Lakes, you can experience the amazing night sky from the huge outdoor entertainment area (complete with fairy lights) while having a BBQ or pizza from the woodfired pizza oven!

Country House Retreat is even pet friendly and has games, a wood heater for cooler days and a rope swing! It is close to Gippsland Lakes for water sports where you can wind down and detox.

Country House Retreat, 240 Nungurner Road Nungurner, +61 3 5156 32224 / 0411 463 791, enquiries@jettyroadretreat.com.au

Country House Retreat
Country House Retreat

7. River Gardens, Axedale

In the central Victorian wine region, River Gardens, Axedale offers a luxury farmstay and bed and breakfast located on a family-owned sheep and cropping farm.

River Gardens is also a pet friendly farmstay, close to local wineries, cellar doors, tourism venues and Bendigo.

Offering a choice of a fully self-contained unit or motel-style accommodation, with cooked or continental breakfast, you can enjoy the view of the Campaspe River and the surrounding rose gardens from relaxed outdoor spaces, or feed the farm animals, kayak, and fish.

For the best farmstay to enjoy time out, River Gardens Axedale is a luxurious location.

River Gardens, 91 Brownes Lane, Axedale, 0425716369, axedalerivergardens@gmail.com

River Gardens Axedale
River Gardens Axedale

8. Wiggley Bottom Farm, Badger Creek

Wiggley Bottom Farm at Badger Creek is a perfect pet friendly farmstay for you to get away with your furry friends, while enjoying the beautiful surrounds of Healesville and the Yarra Valley.

Immerse yourself in the lush countryside across 15 acres with ‘The Sister’s Gruff’ miniature goats, horses, geese, and goslings all at the end of a magical willow lined way. Close to all the usual activities on offer in Healesville and the Yarra Valley.

A wonderful farmstay for families, groups of friends or couples, Wiggley Bottom Farm has a range of accommodation including: ‘The Apartment’, ‘The Cottage’, or ‘The Tiny House’.

Wiggley Bottom Farm, 49 Pine Ave, Badger Creek, +61 411 608 400, gillie@wiggleybottomfarm.com.au

Wiggley Bottoms Farm
Wiggley Bottoms Farm

9. BullerRoo, Mansfield

Get away to the alpines where at the base of Mt Buller, Bullerroo Luxury Chalet and Stone Creek Cottage provide the chance to experience the best farmstay in Victoria’s High Country.

A pygmy goat stud farm, this luxury farmstay has 24 acres of incredible views of native wildlife, farmland, the magnificent Barwite Valley and Broken River. Starry nights will make way for days with flocks of wild birds, alpacas, and of course their pygmy goats.

This amazing farmstay has a choice of accommodation with its luxury chalet or the whimsical stone cottage, all providing the best chance to switch off and unwind.

Bullerroo, Mansfield, 177 Melba Rd, Mansfield, 0400 872 480, info@bullerroo.com.au

BullerRoo Mansfield
BullerRoo Mansfield

10. Five Acres, Phillip Island

For the best farmstay in coastal accommodation, Five Acres on Phillip Island is a luxurious micro-farm on five acres of farmland, with fruit and nut orchards and extensive vegetable gardens.

Be welcomed by the Barley, Clover and Rye cabins or The Guesthouse that have expansive views over Western Port Bay – allowing you to zone out and take in the surroundings of the working farm with two Highland cows, goats, chicken, and sheep.

The property also features a worm septic system and rainwater tanks, and you can visit the wineries, take a coastal walk, or see the sites of the Penguin Parade.

Five Acres, 46 Mchaffies Lane, Ventnor, +61 433 093 902, hello@fiveacres.com.au

Five Acres Phillip Island
Five Acres Phillip Island

11. The Barn, Heathcote

In the Heathcote wine region, you will find a sanctuary in The Barn, Heathcote.

Hidden behind an American barn exterior, The Barn has impeccable interiors that are light, bright, and airy, with cosy furnishings and a wood fireplace. Set on six acres, there is more than enough open space to tour some of the local breweries, vineyards, cafes, and restaurants.

The Barn, Heathcote offers the best farmstay in a rustic setting, to either stay and restore or explore the surrounding Heathcote area.

The Barn, +61 432 295 210, hello@thebarnheathcote.com.au

The Barn Heathcote
The Barn Heathcote

12. Tarndie, Warncoort

On the homestead of one of Australia’s oldest sheep farms, and recognised by the National Trust, you can immerse yourself in the history that is Tarndwancoort and the country lifestyle that it encapsulates. To this day it continues wool production and honours the Traditional Owners of the land, the Gulidjan people.

Tarndie offers both The Stables Studio for 1 or 2 people or The Farmer’s Cottage with 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms for their guests to kick back and chill out, while experiencing a stay on a working sheep farm.

Experience the incredible countryside while you stroll away the day, then watch as the sky is illuminated with stars at night, on the best farm stay at Tarndie.

Tarndie, 37 Roseneath Rd. Warncoort, 0480 080 248, info@tarndie.com / wool@tarndie.com

Tarndie Warncoort
Tarndie Warncoort

13. GilGraves, Axedale

Located in Axedale and nestled into a vineyard is GilGraves, a 50-acre working farm and vineyard that is the best escape for families to de-stress and get into nature.

With 60 head of Dorper sheep, at GilGraves you are encouraged to immerse yourself in farm life and help feed the farm animals, collect eggs, and visit the alpacas, goats, and pet sheep.

You can bask on the verandah of the 3-bedroom family farmstay while enjoying the gorgeous pink hues of sunrise and sunset, over the Australian countryside and vineyard.

Offering quiet seclusion, GilGraves is a great escape to switch off or if you prefer, travel through the Heathcote and Bendigo region.

GilGraves, 0409 805 951, hello@gilgraves.com.au

GilGraves Axedale
GilGraves Axedale

14. Freshwater Creek Cottages

Freshwater Creek offers the quintessential farmstay on the Surf Coast, and with a rural setting that is surrounded by natural bushland, there is something to offer everyone.

Freshwater Creek Cottages are set over 50 acres with sheep, goats, pigs, horses, and cows. In the evenings you will also catch a glimpse of kangaroos, who call the land home and graze freely.

With packages for small groups or larger groups of up to 20, Freshwater Creek Cottages can provide the best farmstay experience for your family, friends, or group.

Freshwater Creek Cottages, 815 Pettavel Road, Freshwater Creek, +61 3 5264 5296, admin@torquayretreats.com.au

Freshwater Creeks
Freshwater Creeks

15. Valley Farm Vineyard Villas

Balconies with garden views, fully equipped and air-conditioned accommodation, a terrace, bar, and barbecue facilities are features of the adults-only Valley Farm Vineyard Villas in Healesville.

Activities nearby include farm walks, winery experiences, cycling, a drive to discover the beautiful Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, or the incredible Yarra Valley.

Formerly a satellite tracking station complex, this Melbourne farm stay now offers a secluded retreat with views over the Yarra Ranges National Park all in quiet surrounds for restorative relaxation.

Valley Farm, 24 Valley Farm Road, Healesville, +61 417 540 942, valleyfarmvineyard@gmail.com

Valley Farm Vineyard Villas
Valley Farm Vineyard Villas

16. Gaddleen Grove Cottages

Located in the Victorian region of Wodonga, only moments from Albury airport is Gaddleen Grove Cottages, a lovely farmstay that provides fully equipped accommodation in a rustic setting.

With activities like hiking and cycling in the area or gardening on the farm, Gaddleen Grove guests can enjoy comfortable accommodation, with some apartments featuring mountain views from their patios or balconies.

For a rejuvenating farmstay in a bushland setting, Gaddleen offers an opportunity to take a break and experience regional Victoria.

Gaddleen Grove Cottages, 177 McGaffins Road, 3690 Wodonga, 0412 872 753, gaddleengrove@gmail.com

Gaddleen Grove
Gaddleen Grove Cottages

17. Warby Cottage

Tucked into the base of the Warby Ranges, Warby Cottage can be found. A pet friendly farmstay on 27 acres, it is surrounded by the tranquillity of bush and farmland. You are welcomed to the cosy, fully equipped cottage for your stay.

While this farmstay retreat is secluded, you are also moments from Wangaratta’s town centre, local vineyards, and the town of Glenrowan, as well as ski fields and hiking trails to get out into the great outdoors.

Experience the quiet seclusion that Warby Cottage provides and get back to nature.

Warby Cottage, 31 Omaru Road, 3678 Wangaratta, +61 427 782 414, warbycottage@gmail.com

Warby Cottage
Warby Cottage

18. Lottie’s Bed & Breakfast at Fielderberry Farm

Situated in Cockatoo is Lottie’s Bed & Breakfast at Fielderberry Farm, with relaxed accommodation that is perfect for your next Melbourne farmstay.

Start your day at Lottie’s with a continental breakfast before exploring activities like cycling, hiking or head back toward Melbourne for shopping at Chadstone or a meal at the Victoria Golf Club.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Lottie’s Bed & Breakfast where you can get a chance to take a moment and lounge in spacious and peaceful surroundings.

Lottie’s Bed & Breakfast and Fielderberry Farm, 15 Fielder Road, 3781 Cockatoo, 0409 846 419, fielderberryfarm@bigpond.com

Lotties Bed Breakfast at Fielderberry Farm
Lotties Bed Breakfast at Fielderberry Farm

19. Red Hill Barn

Between vines and olive groves with exquisite views of hills and dams, Red Hill Barn seems like something from a fairy tale. With accommodation for up to 6 guests, the barn is located on a quiet road in Red Hill with cows and sheep for neighbours.

A working farm, with an abundance of birdlife to provide you with a relaxing wake up call, this Mornington Peninsula farmstay is situated in a peaceful setting with rolling hills and open spaces that are heavenly for you to restore.

Just a short drive away are wineries, vineyards, and the chance to unearth the delights of Port Phillip and Westernport Bay.

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Red Hill Barn
Red Hill Barn

20. Rural Retreat, Woodford

Set on stunning farmland with sheep, pigs, chickens and an Alpaca, Rural Retreat at Woodford is an idyllic working farmstay to really wind down and leave the world behind.

Your accommodation is a newly built, fully equipped, and private studio on five acres of lush farmland that allows you the space to experience nature and farm living. 

Close by you will find walking trails along the Merri River. Go cycling or walking, or you can immerse yourself in a Reiki or Sound healing session to really practise deep relaxation during your immersive farmstay.

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Rural Retreat Woodford
Rural Retreat Woodford

21. Black Horse Park

Bathe in history of the 1850’s with a visit to the recently restored Black Horse Park, deep in the Boorolite Valley of the majestic Victorian High Country.

Surrounded by ancient forests, Black Horse Park is close to Mansfield, Mt Buller and surrounds, and is the best farmstay for those wanting the year-round seasonal activities that the region has to offer.

With accommodation from The Pioneer Hut to the Elm Cabin, The Pin Oak Chapel or The Homestead, there is a range to suit the most unique farmstay experience.

Black Horse Park, Blackhorse Park 217 Desmonds Road, Boorolite, +61 418 427 273, robh@blackhorsepark.com.au

Black Horse Park
Black Horse Park

22. Yarra Valley Strawberry Farms

Situated in the Yarra Valley in a whimsical federation home is the best farmstay in Melbourne, to immerse yourself in strawberry farming.

Surrounded by fruit trees, a vineyard and a working strawberry farm, Yarra Valley Strawberry Farm has comfortable accommodation close to wineries, the Warburton Trail, and the equestrian centre if you would like to get out and explore.

The best time to try a rare Yarra Valley Strawberry Farms farmstay is from November through to the end of May during strawberry season.

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Yarra Valley Strawberry Farms
Yarra Valley Strawberry Farms

23. Jamar Lodge

Jamar Lodge is an ideal farmstay retreat central to Bendigo, Heathcote and Echuca, located on a working farm that allows you to rest a while in nature.

From incredible sunsets to the expansive night sky, Jamar Lodge is a great opportunity to soak up the country air and way of life. Enjoy nearby fishing, walks, yabbying, or you could learn about wool production and feed the lambs.

Continental breakfast is included with your spacious accommodation, and you can watch those spectacular sunsets from the comfort of the deck.

Jamar Lodge, 340 Collins Road, Goornong, +61 407 205 527,

Jamar Lounge
Jamar Lounge

24. Ironbarks Self-Catered Farmstay

If a self-catered farmstay is what you are looking for, Ironbark Self-Catered Farmstay in Dunnolly, Victoria is a great destination.

Surrounded by State Forests, reserves, and an abundance of nature, Ironbarks provides modern accommodation for groups of friends or families seeking a chance to escape and recharge the batteries.

There is plenty of space to chill out, as Ironbarks is situated on 100 acres and is the best farmstay for an immersive nature experience.

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25. Animal Land

Looking for a break from the chaos of city living? Then you’ve got to come and chill out at Animal Land homestead – a gorgeous, roomy cottage that’s fully self-contained and perfect for families.

The best part about this stay is that it’s located just 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD, which means you won’t have to travel far to disconnect from the hustle and bustle and get back to nature.

Some of the experiences families will get to enjoy during their stay include gathering eggs from the chicken coop, lending a hand with milking the cows, along with meeting animals at their petting farms, animal rides, playgrounds and more.

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Animal Land, 190 Duncans Lane, Gate 2, Diggers Rest, +61 3 9740 0750, fun@animalland.com.au

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As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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