Farm life is calling at these charming farm tours | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Farm life is calling at these charming farm tours

From adorable farm animals to acres of open space, there are certainly perks of farm life.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and experience a slice of country life at one of these farms only a stone’s throw away from Brisbane. Whether you’re desperate for zero-food-mile fresh produce or a special Insta-moment, these stunning farms, open to the public, are well worth the visit (and the muddy shoes). 

The Farm | Byron Bay

A trip to Byron is simply not complete without a visit to The Farm and their renowned on-site restaurant, Three Blue Ducks. Working closely with The Farm community and ethical local growers and producers, the restaurant specialises in honest real food, with the menu featuring dishes such as coal-roasted octopus, Gooralie pork rack and Brooklet Springs twice-cooked chicken. After lunch, go for a wander to see The Farm’s heritage black piggies rolling in the mud, the friendly Scottish highland cattle grazing away in the sunshine, the chickens living the life roaming freely, and check out one of the many tours and hands-on workshops offered.

Farm & Co. | Cudgen

If you’ve ever come across pics of your friends on Insta posing with a background of yellow sunflowers in full bloom, there’s a high chance it was snapped at Farm and Co. Although Farm & Co. may be best known for its sunny fields which you’re free to wander, after you finish filling your camera roll, make sure to enjoy a meal at the farm’s recently opened café, serving up wholesome dishes where the produce, grown directly from the farm, is very much the star. Once you’re fed and posting photos is sorted, pick up some of the amazing fresh produce to take home.

Summer Land Camels | Scenic Rim

Old MacDonald had a farm, and on his farm, he had… camels? Old MacDonald may never have had camels on his farm, however, you’ll certainly find them at Summer Land Camels, Australia’s largest wild camel training centre and dairy operation! Although the Scenic Rim may not exactly invoke the Sahara, the 350-hectare property is the ideal place to join a short camel trek through the spectacular countryside (on camels named Evie, Eric, Henry and Queenie, no less) whilst learning all about the long-necked mammals’ diet, anatomy and how the farm transforms the camel milk into products for consumption and skincare. After plodding through the countryside, make sure to try the fresh camel milk, cheese, gelato and even vodka at the café, housed in a Federation-style homestead.

Cooloola Berries | Wolvi

Ready to eat your weight in strawberries? If so, get picking some of the largest and sweetest strawberries the coast has to offer at Eumundi Strawberry Farm. Strawberry picking is not just plucking great fun, either, as there is something seriously satisfying about picking your own fruit directly from the source (and eating it after, of course) whilst saving a little a bit cash in the process. Plus, with an array of jams and preserves available for purchase, wholesale prices have never been sweeter.

Paradise Country | Oxenford

For the ultimate authentic Aussie farming experience, tractor down to Paradise Country to get up close and personal with the most adorable farm animals on the land. Immerse yourself in the world of a real-life farm, surrounded by cows, pigs, horses, ponies, sheep, goats, farm dogs, chickens and ducks. Plus, with sheep shearing and a ram parade, stock horse arena, billy tea show, tractor rides, a stockman show and even pony rides on offer, it’s sure to be a fun-filled day. 


Where will you get down on the farm?

Words by Jarred Reinke
- the gourmand considering a mooooove to the farm.