Farmstays are a rewarding cultural experience creating unforgettable memories and lasting friendships.

Stay with a real Australian family, ‘on the land’, joining in daily tasks and special seasonal farm activities. Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, in the warm and friendly family atmosphere, typical of Aussie hospitality. Often you can collect the eggs to have them cooked for your breakfast, or vegetables to eat them fresh with your meal.

There are so many experiences to enjoy on a farm, with memories of a lifetime. You will not believe how many stars you can see in the Australian countryside at night. You won’t forget seeing ‘The Southern Cross’ and ‘The Milky Way’. At sunrise and sunset you can often see the wild kangaroos on farm properties feeding. Some farms even have tennis courts, swimming pools, table tennis tables, billiard tables and dams for yabbying or fishing.

With over 600 farms just over an hour out of Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast/Brisbane, Cairns & Perth let us match you with best farm available. Your farmstay will include breakfasts, lunches and dinners and various farm activities special to that farm with the farm hosts. Activities vary from farm to farm and also differ from region to region. Please select an area to view a more detailed outline of farm activities that are offered.

Downunder Farmstays only provides quality accommodation for the free independent traveller, student groups small and large and family groups. The farm families are experienced hosts and enjoy sharing and educating their visitors about farming life. One – three nights is the ideal farmstay package to allow time to experience the various activities and your booking is a private booking with no other guests staying at the same time. Most farms can host up to 4 guests, with some farms able to host up to 8 guests and just a few farms able to host even more guests on the one farm.

Farm activities could be a selection of:

  • Hay feeding of animals;
  • Calving
  • Branding of animals
  • Farm maintenance
  • Mowing of lawns
  • Fencing
  • Drenching of animals
  • Moving animals from paddock to paddock
  • Picking fruit, berries or vegetables
  • Ear tagging of animals
  • Weighing and counting of animals
  • Hand feeding animals
  • Feeding hens and collecting fresh eggs
  • Planting and watering of fruit trees
  • Watering, weeding, planting and seeding of vegetables
  • Campfire
  • Spotting of kangaroos and/or native wildlife
  • Watching a sheep dog work
  • Milking goats/cows
  • Grooming of horses and other animals
  • Leading animals in training for agricultural shows
  • Sheep shearing
  • Bush walk
  • Star gazing

The above activities can be seasonal and selected activities are only suitable on some farms.