Best farm stays in the Riverina
Make your next holiday destination the Riverina – Australia’s food bowl.
What really makes the Riverina an ideal family holiday destination are the farm stays dotted throughout the region, many of which are pet friendly.
Here are the top seven seriously good farm stays in the Riverina.
- Location: 1218 Nangus Rd, Nangus, NSW, 2722.
Channel your inner jackaroo and stay on this 7000-acre working farm. The Shearer’s Quarters sleeps 12, making it ideal for two or three families travelling together. If you want to BYO pooch, Windies and Daleys are two and three-bedroom workers cottages that have a fenced in yard. Explore the region’s cellar doors, including Borambola Wines and Paterson's Gundagai Vineyard and take the family on the Architectural Heritage Walk, which includes the Gundagai Heritage Railway and Old Gundagai Gaol.
- Location: 3241 Hume Hwy, Mount Adrah, Tumblong, NSW, 2729.
This luxury farm stay is pet friendly and comes with all the mod cons, including a Tesla charging station. Choose from one of seven options, ranging from one to four-bedroom 4.5-star cottages or glamping tents. The 1000-acre property is yours to explore and kids are encouraged to feed the animals. Don’t miss the buggy ride and bedtime session where they can ride the buggy, see the resident kangaroos at sunset and feed the cows, alpacas, miniature horse and more. There’s a swimming pool, tennis court, billiard table and fire pit where you can toast marshmallows. You can also BYO horse, who will enjoy exclusive use of 8-12 acres of paddock to stretch their legs after a long drive.
- Location: 1823 Carrathool Rd, Carrathool via Hay, NSW, 2711.
Stay for two nights or longer and book a farm tour with Bruce, who will proudly show off his 17,000-acre working farm. Meet the merino sheep flock, visit the 1920s shearing shed that’s still used to this day and discover how Bruce grows rice, cotton, rye and grass. This outback homestead boasts a pool, tennis court, bush walking tracks and campfires. Pet-friendly accommodation options for families include The Barracks, a charming two-bedroom cottage with a queen and a twin room or Maxies Retreat, a six-bedroom lodge designed to mimic the shearers quarters, but with modern amenities.
- Location: Farm 43 Cox Rd, Hanwood, NSW, 2680.
This family-owned, award-winning farm just eight hours from Griffith is one of the oldest in the district, with the original mud-brick farmhouse built in 1912. Rest assured the three-bedroom, self-contained cottage accommodation that sleeps seven is a lot more modern. Hosts Joe and Sharon will also take visitors along on a Farm Safari. The 90-minute journey is in air-conditioned comfort on the farm bus, where you’ll take in more than 60 different types of fruits and nuts, plus stop along the way to pick some straight from the source.
- Location: McRories Rd, Yerong Creek, NSW, 2642.
Handily located midway between Sydney and Melbourne, Hanericka Guest House has been introducing guests to the charms of country life for the last 30 years. Children get a kick out of hand feeding everything from chickens to poddy lambs and camels. They even get to test out their stockmen skills by rounding up the horses for saddling and riding. The property also has tennis courts, bushwalking tracks and a swimming pool.
- Location: 113 Macks Rd, Adelong, NSW, 2729.
Set in the pristine Snowy Valley at the base of the Snowy Mountains, choose between the neighbouring Tracton Homestead that sleeps eight and is set on a 1100-acre working sheep and cattle station, or Moorallie Cottage that sleeps five and is set on a 1000-acre working farm. The area is ripe for exploring. Adelong is part of the NSW Gold Trails so discover the historic Adelong Falls Gold Mill Ruins and get back to nature at the Yarrangobilly Caves and Thermal Pool, which were created 440 million years ago. For those who enjoy a wander, the Sugar Pine Walk is a path among towering trees planted in 1928, plus there’s the Blowering Dam and Cliffs Walk with the granite cliffs overlooking Blowering Reservoir.
- Location: Cullinga Rd, Wallendbeen, NSW, 2588.
Experience a lifestyle different to your everyday at this idyllic rural retreat. There’s a high chance you’ll be greeted by the unofficial welcoming committee of kangaroos as you head up the driveway to the former schoolhouse, which has been transformed into a guest cottage that sleeps four. The organic farm provides guests with farm-fresh eggs and you are welcome to forage in the garden for produce. If you feel like getting your hands dirty, Annie encourages guests to join her in daily activities from farm walks to feeding the free range, heritage Berkshire pigs and mending fences.
Image by Hilary Bradford.