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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Lillydale Farmstay Australia/Rathdowney