Visitors can experience the true essence of Victoria’s regions, by immersing themselves in nature, via one of these idyllic farmstays:
John Williamson once sang about the simple pleasures in life, one of which was sitting on a veranda enjoying all that nature has to offer. However, Fernleigh Farmstay is equipped with more than just a veranda. Guests are invited to explore the spacious gardens, enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery, and say “Hello!” to the local animals. With several different cottage types on offer, Fernleigh can cater for, and sleep up to eight people under one roof. 735 Pirires-Goughs Bay Road, Goughs Bay, +61 3 5777 3531.
DAYLESFORD AND THE MACEDON RANGES
Blue Tongue Berries is situated on a 20-acre farm, and is the ideal source of deliciously sweet blueberries and stunning views. The owners, Cynthia and Nick are known as the local “go-to’s” for visitors on a quest to find a truly authentic local produce experience, but for guests looking to sit back, relax, and enjoy nature, the four ‘off the grid’ farm stays are the perfect oasis from everyday life. 445 Northwood Road, Seymour, + 61 4 03 831 520.
The historic cottages, built amid the 1800’s provide visitors to South Mokanger Farm Cottageswith the perfect romantic oasis, or family getaway. Over 15,000 sheep reside on the property, along with working sheep dogs, and of course, chickens. Children are encouraged to save their scraps to feed the chooks, and later, collect the eggs. The pet-friendly cottage is framed by 600-year-old River Redgums, with the stars shining brightly almost every night. 728 Mokanger Road, Cavendish, +61 3 5574 2398.
Located at the renowned Royal Mail Hotel, the Mt Sturgeon Homestead is set on 70 acres of manicured lawns, and gardens. While the location is not a functioning farm, the sweeping views of Mt Sturgeon make up for the lack of activities, giving guests an excuse to relax and appreciate everything Victoria has to offer. A full breakfast is provided, with the chefs and wait staff from the Royal Mail Hotel on hand to provide an in house dining experience second to none. 98 Parker Street, Dunkeld, +61 3 5577 2241.
Located between the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, and the world famous Penguin Parade,Bimbadeen is situated on a 340 acre farming property. Originally used for dairying and pig productions, before beef cattle were introduced in the late ’60s, Bimbadeen now offers guests the chance to stay on site in luxurious, self-contained accommodation. Renowned for its innovative environmental practices, guests are invited to experience the farm through a tour, by hand feeding one of the 1,000 free range hens, or simply by sampling some of the farm’s famous produce. 550 Back Beach Rd, Ventnor, +61 409 167 001.
Located minutes from the Murray River, Gaddleen Grove Cottages is a fully self-contained B&B, with pet-friendly hardwood floors and 360 degree scenic views. Guests will spot native animals, along with the odd hare (sans the tortoise) as they stroll around the property. As well as having the option of visiting several wineries and historic towns, only a short drive away. 177 McGaffins Road, West Wodonga, +61 2 6059 1386.
The historic Baranduda Homestead B&B Cottages is a peaceful retreat, minutes from Albury-Wodonga. The Homestead Suite with its cosy open fireplace, and the Saddle Hut with an adjoining outdoor spa offer romantic destinations for couples looking for a weekend away. Lotties Cottage is also on hand for families wanting to get in touch with nature. Close to wineries, and alpine resorts, Baranduda is ideal for weekend getaways, or for those looking to spend a bit of time with nature in beautiful regional Victoria. 840 Kiewa Valley Highway, Wodonga, +61 2 6020 8888.
Located just outside of Echuca Moama, Billabong Ranch is the ideal destination for those wanting to experience the historic country towns dotted along the Murray River. Offering a wide range of fun, family friendly activities, Billabong Ranch invites guests to go on trail rides along the famous river, try their hand at whip cracking, or play a spot of mini golf. With an animal nursey located on site, and pedal boats available there is guaranteed to be something on offer for the entire family. Corner Glanville Road & Tehan Rd, Echuca, +61 3 5483 5122.
Country House Retreat is ideal for guests looking for tranquil accommodation near Lakes Entrance, or Metung. The ideal base for exploring the beautiful East Gippsland region, Country House Retreat will provide guests with an unforgettable stay. This contemporary rural homestead is located on 50 acres of gentle pastures and pristine bush, and can sleep up to ten guests… plus the family dog! 240 Nungurner Road, Nungurner, +61 3 5156 3224.
This fully self-contained accommodation provides guests with spectacular ocean views across Waratah Bay to Wilson’s Promontory and the Bass Strait shipping lanes. Each of the five cottages located on the property have different, and unique views of the stunning coast line, and are located a mere five minutes from the beach. Ideal for groups of friends, family gatherings, or birthday celebrations away, Bear Gully Coastal Cottages provide guests with a fun, relaxing getaway from everyday life. 35 Maitland Court, Walkerville South, +61 3 5663 2364.
Located in the lush green valleys of South Gippsland, between Wilsons Promontory and the rural townships of Mirboo North & Leongatha, Loves Lane Cottages sets a benchmark in luxury self-contained accommodation. Comprising of four individually designed country cottages, each giving the sense of being transported to a fairy tale time and place, Loves Lane promise that guests will have a memorable stay. 1495 Meeniyan-Mirboo N Rd, Dumbalk, +61 3 5664 1212.
With three self-contained cottages, located a five-minute drive from the entrance to Wilsons Promontory National Park, Limosa Rise will have guests relaxed from the second they step foot on the property. Unwinding, and enjoying time away from the inner-city hustle has never been easier. Visitors are encouraged to find a spot on the deck, and watch the changing moods and colours over the water and mountain ranges. This relaxing haven also offers guests the same stunning view over Corner Inlet, and the northern mountains of Wilsons Prom whether they be in bed, or strolling around the property. 40 Dalgleish Rd, Yanakie, +61 3 5687 1135
This couples retreat, overlooking the Campaspe River, provides the seclusion and serenity every couple needs to experience once-in-a-while. Located only twenty minutes from Bendigo and Heathcote, guests at River Gardens Axedale have the option to experience nearby Cellar doors, and local dining hotspots including the old bluestone Axedale tavern. Being the only people situated on the property, couples are encouraged to settle back with a glass of wine in hand, and watch the sweeping views while enjoying all that nature has to offer. 91 Brownes Lane, Axedale, +61 418 621 648.
Guests are able to enjoy a quiet, peaceful environment at Axedale Farm Cottage. Located near the rural hamlet of Axedale, appreciating the lovely views across the countryside from the wide verandahs is one of many little treats on offer for guests to enjoy. This authentic farm stay experience, located on a 50-acre sheep farm, includes animals for guests to feed and pat. The comfortable three-bedroom is the ideal experience for the entire family, looking for some time away. 310 Canny Road, Axedale, +61 409 805 951.
Learmonths Place is a fully renovated farmhouse where guests can enjoy some of the local wineries and historic goldrush towns. Alternatively, becoming one with nature and relaxing in many of the tranquil spots dotted across the property is the ideal way to experience the local flora and fauna. Between the abundant bird life, starry nights, and river views, only a walking distance from the house, guests will be able to enjoy the peace and quiet before returning back to everyday life refreshed, and at peace. 4183 Bridgewater Maldon Road, Bridgewater On Loddon, +61 3 5442 6098.
GEELONG AND THE BELLARINE
The Sage Farm Stay, located at La Finca farm, Bannockburn, home of Geelong’s 2016 Sustainability Business Award winner : Sage Choice gives visitors the unique experience of staying on a true paddock to plate farm. Whether guests are looking for a romantic weekend away, a getaway with friends, or a family holiday with the kids, Sage Farm is the perfect place to stay to experience the truly stunning views of the Moorabool Valley. Located right in the middle of the Region’s award winning wineries, and celebrated food destinations, guest will have no trouble filling their days on or off site. 2430 Midland Highway, Bannockburn, +61 428 795 663.