FARM STAYS: A FUN HOLIDAY FOR EVERYONE!by BETH GIBSON
Have you ever considered holidaying on a farm?
You'll get buckets of fresh air, open space and peace of quiet.
You can also get up close to farm animals (a novelty for many people!) and, in some cases, see how a farm operates. You might even be able to help out with some chores!
Come and go as you want, just like regular accommodation, so you can explore the Great Ocean Road region.
Or, if you prefer to take it slow, just grab some supplies and hang out in your own piece of rural paradise.
Macka’s Farm, Princetown
The accommodation includes a rustic style farmhouse and three self-contained lodges, fitted out with all the comforts you need.
With log fires and verandahs with ocean views, Macka's Farm is a relaxing place for couples or families.
The hosts respect your privacy and are on-call 24-hours.
- What to see in the 12 Apostles + Hinterland area
Johanna River Farm and Self Contained Cottages
If you like walking through thick forests and along wild beaches, Johanna is the place to holiday.
You can choose from a one-bedroom spa cottage, or a two-bedroom self-contained cottage - both with wood fires and all the comforts.
Guests can explore the 280 acre farm; meet the friendly farm animals, collect eggs and pick fruit from the orchard. Ask about the nearby fern gullies, which are home to glow worms.
- What to do in the Otways.
Sea Glimpse Farmstay
Sea Glimpse Farmstay is in the fishing village of Port Campbell This one's a beauty because it has camels, alpacas, peacocks and donkeys! There's a fair chance there'll be some resident kangaroos, too. The farm is a great place to start and finish the 12 Apostles Food Trail, and a plethora of famous coastal look outs.
- Discover Port Campbell.
The farmhouse has magnificent views from it's three bedrooms, large lounge and family area. There's a fully equipped kitchen so you can cook up a storm with locally produced ingredients.
There are lots of games and activities on hand for the kids, but they probably won't need them as they'll be too busy feeding the farm animals and helping out with the 'chores'.
Keep a close eye out for native wildlife like koalas, echidnas, kookaburras and kangaroos.
- More about local wildlife
Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm & Cidery
In the foothills of the Otways is Pennyroyal Raspberry Farm & Cidery, with tastefully designed self-contained cabins for couples.
Guests have views over the berries, to the valley beyond and will be joined by colorful, chatty parrots every morning.
You can bring your own food, or let the hosts take care of you with produce from the farm and surrounding region. And, there's plenty of berry gin!
They'll even drive you to Brae Restaurant and back for a romantic meal. Sounds like a decadent weekend away!
Oh, and well behaved dogs are welcome.
- Visit the region in spring/summer and go berry picking
The farmhouse accommodation at Kawarren is large and luxurious, with a sprawling verandah. Breakfast is big and hearty; from bacon and eggs, to pancakes with home grown seasonal fruit. They also have an original, gluten free muesli.
If you'd rather your privacy, you can stay in a two-bedroom self-contained bungalow on the property.
Either way, spend your days pottering around the farm and meeting the animals. Experience the sights and sounds of the bush, rivers and coastline.
And, make sure you try their home-made berry, flower and eucalypt honey - delicious!
Nature's Way Eco Sanctuary
The unique straw bale house (and the entire property) is off-the-grid and powered by solar panels. The house is heated, cooled and energised by lots of fascinating eco-friendly measures. Be assured, you'll still have everything you need, like washing machine and dishwasher, plus a 65" TV!
Outside on the farm live alpacas, goats and free range chooks. There are also bees busy producing honey and pollinating the organic orchard and chemical free gardens.
Fact: the straw house took the owners five years to build and is made with 746 bales of straw.
For more accommodation choices for across the Great Ocean Road region, click here.