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Lillydale Farmstay
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Singapore
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105 reviews
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“My kids love it!”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

My children are still talking about the wonderful memories they had at the farm, which featured on all three lists of the three best things each of them did at Gold Coast! Even my son who is not keen on animals, enjoyed himself, particularly the animal feeding session.

Having come straight to Gold Coast after a business trip, I had totally forgotten to prebook the list of activities sent to me upon confirmation of the room booking. Unfortunately, we arrived at the farm late, so any activity, if at all, had to be done the next day. I must really thank Pam for bending backwards to accommodate our requests. We managed to get two slots for horse riding at 730am. I was grateful enough that at least the boys got to go, but when Pam heard that I would have loved to go as well, she arranged for another session, just for us, at 10am, her busiest hour - checkout time! Farmer Doug took us, and while he was saddling my horse, I saw that he had actually hurt his hand earlier, and it was still bleeding, but he was not fussed about it at all. I thought that was indeed as gracious a host as one can ask for.

So, in all, with the picturesque scenery, all of us, kids and adults alike, had fun! Thanks!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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LillydaleFarm, Front Office Manager at Lillydale Farmstay, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Dear Vguudeal,

We are so glad that you enjoyed your short time with us here at Lillydale. We too are horse lovers and understand the need to go as often as possible so we are glad that the boys were able to go twice! Doug is indeed pretty tough, he is a typical Aussie farmer with the attitude of go and do what needs to be done with the minimum of fuss. He loved introducing you all to the farm.
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed August 13, 2013

Our group of 6 friends stayed at Lilydale for 2D1N in the Harper Room. The room is spacious, clean and very well-maintained. Doug, Pam and Bec were all extremely friendly and very good hosts! The farmstay was the highlight of our 10-day trip in Queensland because it was sucha fantastic relaxing getaway from the hustle bustle of the city life. We especially enjoyed the horse riding experience and I personally remembered Bec being very assuring towards me as it was my first experience on horse riding. During the night, we were also able to stargaze outside our cabin and feeling so excited seeing the sky filled with a blanket of stars. The 2 daily sessions of animal feeding were also extremely memorable for us who have grown up in the city. We were given the opportunity to follow Farmer Doug around and also had hands-on experience in feeding the chickens, handling the chicks, milking the cow and collecting the warm eggs from a nest with the chicken still on it! It is definitely a highly recommended farmstay for us and we are already looking forward to going back there soon!

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with friends
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LillydaleFarm, Front Office Manager at Lillydale Farmstay, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Hi PeeeiFaaang,

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Lillydale. It was fun for us to have a group of adults who were so enthusiastic about participating in all of the different activities. Horse riding can be a little scary if you haven't participated in this before and you should be proud of sticking with it and then enjoying this challenging activity. We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Reviewed August 8, 2013

Beautiful country location as pretty as a postcard - especially with the morning fog at sunrise. Animal feeding each day was so much fun for the kids & adults too! Finding the chicken eggs in huge bales of hay was a favourite! Farmer Doug doesn't say too much but if you can get him to laugh & say a few words, he is very endearing :). His wife Pam is a lovely, warm & generous lady & Toby is great - my son loved him. Try the boomerang throwing & whip cracking & you'll be in for a good laugh :). A great family holiday that the kids will love & loads of activities to keep everyone busy. Don't forget to stock up on loads of marshmallows for the bon fire & maybe a nice bottle of red to enjoy in front of the crackling fire place. Enjoy!!

  • Stayed July 2013
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LillydaleFarm, Front Office Manager at Lillydale Farmstay, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Hi Beckaboo07,
Egg collecting is always a fun activity. We love watching the children comprehend that this is where the eggs come from and are not just magically appearing in the carton at the supermarket. We try to explain that each chicken is supposed to lay an egg a day and that the egg that they are holding is very precious. We have even had reports from parents that children who don't usually like eating eggs are happy to eat the eggs that they collect the following morning. This is a pretty cool experience.
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Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

Our family spent 2 nights at Lillydale, we stayed in Maroon Room, & it's so cozy.
We arrived there in the evening, & the big round moon was so beautiful & it seemed just hanging a bit higher the ground, next to our feet (too bad that we didn't take any photos for the moon).
We all had a fantastic time there, especially my 2 kids (both are 4.5 years old). We enjoyed to see the sunrise by just walking out our room. Kids enjoyed very much in collecting eggs, animals feeding, pony riding, kayaking with us, they also experienced to milk the cow, walking the maze there & they love the walaby & deer the best.
Thank you for Doug, Pam & Bec, they're so friendly & all of us have a great time there.

Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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LillydaleFarm, Front Office Manager at Lillydale Farmstay, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Hi Behung,

We love looking at the moon and stars as well. On a clear night there are so many constellations to see. We enjoy introducing young children to all of the animals and it was lovely to see the children grow in confidence as their stay progressed. We look forward to your return.
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

Lillydale Farmstay is a beautiful farm and I cannot recommend more highly. The property is extremely well maintained and the eco cabin was spacious, clean and homely. Doug, Pam and Bec are beautiful people who welcomed us like family and were exceptional hosts. Plenty to do for young and old, our days were filled with tractor rides, exploring the Dinosaur cave, fishing, 2 daily animal feeds which took about an hour, milking a cow, enjoying coffee, ice creams and fudge/cake at the cafe and bonfire and Marshmallows at night. The scenery is amazing and our 31/2 year old had an amazing time and didn't want to leave. An experience all kids should have! Lillydale Farmstay exceeded all my expectations and I look forward to visiting again.

Room Tip: Eco Cabin was excellent. Very private.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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LillydaleFarm, Front Office Manager at Lillydale Farmstay, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Hi Zoe,

We agree the cabin is very special. You have that wonderful view and the mooing of the cows lulling you to sleep. Bec is so glad that you liked the homemade fudge. She has been experimenting with different flavours using the fresh macadamia nuts from the trees and even trying to work the lillypilly's in. We hope that you will like the results.
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

We had a great weekend on he farm. Our hosts Pam, Bec and Doug made it a great stay. They made my daughter feel like part of he family. The horse rides and animals were all she imagined they would be, and so much more.

It was peacful and relaxing.

What we didn't realise till we left was that you can buy their beef and pork to take home or to cook and eat on the bbq while you are there. Well worth trying I suggest.

We will be back.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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LillydaleFarm, Front Office Manager at Lillydale Farmstay, responded to this review, February 10, 2014
Hi Dirk,

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at Lillydale. At your suggestion we have made it much easier for people to find out about the fresh meat that we have in stock during their stay so that they can try our yummy free range/ hormone free food. We appreciate you pointing this out to us. We look forward to welcoming you back to Lillydale where you can try our meat every night on the bbq's.
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

My Family and I spent 3 nights at Lillydale farmstay in the Harper room. Waking up to the gorgeous sunrise every morning was amazing. The courtyard is great for the kids.
We all had a fabulous time. We have two young girls aged 4 and 2 years of age. Farmer Doug, Farmer Pam and Bec were the most friendliest hosts ever, very accomodating trying to make things as comfortable for us. The girls absolutely loved walking with Farmer Doug feeding the chickens, baby lambs, donkeys and deer. The animal feeding twice a day was really fun and hands on for the children.
We also went on a tractor ride, had some pony rides, and had a great bonfire one night.
All in all I would strongly recommend this wonderful farmstay to anyone. The scenery is breathtaking and the stars at night amazing.

We have done many farmstays this year and this one was the best by far!
My girls absolutely loved farmer Doug. They loved his humour and his real genuine farmer tough personality which may be mistaken as "grumpy" but far from it. We loved how he bonded with the girls and how he taught them how to do things the right way on the farm. They loved the experience.
This was a break we enjoyed thoroughly. We wanted a real farmstay with the culture of a farmstay and the country friendliness of that comes with it. That's exactly what we got. The cost I think is worth the fantastic experience of bringing you and the family back to grass roots.

Thankyou Farmer Pam, Farmer Doug and Bec for your wonderful hospitality.
We cant' wait to come back. Heidi is has been telling her kindy all about it constantly!!

Michelle S

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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LillydaleFarm, Owner at Lillydale Farmstay, responded to this review, July 29, 2013
Thank you for your lovely comments. Along with the other families staying during your visit we were sad to see you leave.

Farmer Doug talks fondly of sharing experiences with Heidi and Mimi. He is quite laconic in his speech and to see him interacting with your children and the other families staying was a delight. Hurry Back.
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Property: Lillydale Farmstay
Address: 821 Upper Logan Rd | Mt Barney, Rathdowney, Queensland 4287, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Brisbane Region > Scenic Rim > Rathdowney
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 3 Specialty Lodging in Rathdowney
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Lillydale Farmstay 4.5*
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Don your boots and Akubra for a rural getaway with fourth generation beef cattle farmers Doug and Pam Hardgrave at their ecotourism cattle farm - nestled in the foothills of Mount Barney National Park. Lillydale is environmentally responsible and holds advanced ecotourism status. Get amongst the daily farm activities like getting lost in the hedge maze, collecting the fresh eggs and feeding the many resident animals. You must also try your hand milking the cows, kayaking on the dam and simply kicking back with an in-room massage or good book. Kids Club available in conjunction with massages. Fantastic 4.5 star AAA rated award winning rooms with air conditioning and heating. All rooms contain kitchenette and bathroom facilities. Invite the extended family and select all three award winning self-contained eco suites for a spacious and private getaway or the two bedroom stand alone eco-cabin. Order ahead and make use of the cook your own hampers of organic veggies and Angus beef straight from the farm, and best cooked under the stars. Or enjoy the premade snap frozen meals of salmon linguine or beef casserole delivered to your door. ... more   less 
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