Western Australia

Peaceful farm stays in Western Australia: swap the city for countryside charm

Experience a taste of the great outdoors with a farm stay in wonderous Western Australia.

If you’ve had your fill of Western Australia’s beaches and cityscapes, it could be that you’re looking for something a little different for your next holiday. A refreshing holiday option growing in popularity among city dwellers is a trip to one of the state’s idyllic rural farm stays. Slow down and get back to the simple life amid the natural splendour, space and wildlife of these farm-based accommodations just a few hours from Perth and regional centres.

Spend a night by a glistening lake in the Karri Valley while kookaburras laugh in the gum trees overhead, or greet curious farm animals as you bounce over rolling hills on a hayride. You can catch your own dinner of rainbow trout, or feast on local produce deliciously prepared with a side of country hospitality. Your hands dirty and spirits soaring, you’ll sleep soundly with nothing but the rural breeze to filter your dreams.

Relax on a slow-paced animal farm stay near Perth

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Colourful wildflowers will herald your arrival to lakeside Karri Valley. Slow down and ease into the relaxed countryside lifestyle here–the most intensive activity you’ll get into will be gliding a canoe across the mirror-like waters of Lake Beedelup while singing birds swoop overhead. You’ll have plenty of space in a comfortable two-bedroom chalet, where calming views of the lake or forest from your own kitchen make whipping up family feasts a pure joy.

If you’d prefer to leave the cooking to someone else, settle in for dinner at the on-site Lakeside Restaurant for a delectable meal of Pemberton Maron in herb butter or seared local rainbow trout. Treat the kids to hot chocolates as you sip a Pemberton Hidden Valley Estate Port to top off the evening.

Back in your room, relax on your private balcony and soak in the serene atmosphere of the lake and forest surrounding you, accompanied by the sound of frogs chirping and fish splashing unseen in the lake. If you think you’ll fancy grilled fish, later on, throw a fishing line into the lake and haul in a catch to cook up on the communal barbecue.

Explore Beedelup National Park

Hang out on the suspension bridge overlooking Beedelup Falls, then hike back to your accommodation and spend time with furry friends at the on-site animal farm.

Hotel Karri Valley

7.9 Good (997 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.9 / 10
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Board a hay wagon for a rolling ride at this farm stay

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Jump aboard the tractor and get a true taste of farm living at Pump Hill Farm Cottages. A crackling log fire will welcome you to your private cottage, where handmade jarrah furniture and handprinted quilts create a charming country atmosphere.

Rise early in the morning and take your fishing rod down to the grassy banks of the Big Brook Dam–you can easily spend a few hours trying to lure in trout for a barbecue lunch. For even more rustic adventure on this Western Australia farm stay, take a ride through the forest on a tram, travelling over trestle bridges and past the old sawmill.

You can get even more into the rural vibe by piling onto a trundling haywagon for a tour of the farm, meeting the resident cows and chickens along the way. With your lungs full of crisp country air, you can wander the surrounding bush tracks or climb to staggering heights atop Gloucester Tree for magnificent views over the forest.

Visit Hidden River Estate

Enjoy a meal served with blissful views of the Karri Valley. Share a plate of creamy cheeses matched with salty olives and preserves as the kids play outside.

Pump Hill Farm Cottages

8.4 Very good (49 reviews)
Excellent Location 8.9 / 10
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Discover the outback on a farm stay in Western Australia

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No matter where you hail from, a stay against the iconic red backdrop of the Australian outback at Wooleen Station will be a memory you’ll keep for a lifetime. Set on a whopping 250,000 acres, it’s a truly nature-based farm stay under a shockingly blue sky–and just wait ’til the stars come out at night!

Book a fully inclusive few days and immerse yourself in life at the station. Dinner is served group-style in the main dining room–station cooks plate up creations made from the farm’s own produce along with bottles of rich, velvety WA wines from the private cellar.

When you’ve had your fill, wander outside to gasp at a sky so filled with stars, you’d think someone tipped over a jar of silver glitter on black velvet. You can seep beneath the far-off lights in a tent on one of the station’s remote campsites, or stay comfy in a rammed-earth guesthouse.

Things to do nearby:

Explore the Wooleen Walk Trail

Bursting with native plants, wildlife and ancient rocks, explore the trail sing a provided guidebook to inform you about the region.

Ride a bike trail (or two!)

Hire a mountain bike (or bring your own) for some outback adventure on the station’s two mountain bike trails.

Wooleen Station

8.3 Very good (25 reviews)
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Wake up in the woods

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Escape for a weekend spent in the company of kangaroos and kookaburras at Walpole Wilderness Resort. Kick off your shoes on arrival and sigh into a hot, steamy spa bath while pouch-bearing creatures hop and graze on the lawns just beyond your window.

Your self-contained chalet combines luxury with rustic comfort that sings of the surrounding woods–think polished jarrah floorboards and vaulted ceilings to bring the forest vibes inside. Cosy up around the fireplace on chilly winter days, while a homemade stew made with local groceries bubbles on the stove and fills your full kitchen with the warm fragrance of bay leaves.

You can get even more of a taste for nature around coastal Walpole, where your options range from relaxed sand beaches to national parks dense with ancient trees. The towering red Tingle trees–only found here–are sure to nurture the imaginations of any kids in tow. When stomachs start to rumble, fire up your private barbecue for a family cook-fest alfresco, then tuck into your spoils on your veranda and listen for nocturnal animals beginning to stir.

Exclusive to guests:

Spend the afternoon on walking trails exclusive to guests of the farm stay, creating your own scavenger hunt of flora and fauna.

Walpole Wilderness Resort

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Say hello to wombats at a riverside farm stay near Perth

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Combine a romantic getaway with a farm stay holiday at Lazy River Boutique Bed and Breakfast, where long days are best spent with a book by the river. Befriend fellow guests and head to the lawns for a casual game of croquet, or just retreat to your colonial-era room for a sound night’s sleep in your four-poster bed.

In the morning, you can admire the view of gum trees and lush pastures from your perch on a stately leather sofa, hot coffee in hand, while you crack open a breakfast hamper brimming with poached pears and cheese quiche. This boutique spot partners with a local farm to bring paddock-to-plate fare right to your table.

Dinners are sumptuous affairs here, with sweet, succulent racks of lamb prepared fresh and served with organic vegetables or buttery shellfish. After your meal, spend the evening sharing a drink on the veranda with other guests before retiring to your room for a soak in your spa bath before bed.

A family day out:

A trip to the zoo

Take the kids to Peel Zoo (a three-minute drive away) to meet koalas, kangaroos and wombats before getting up close and personal with a dingo encounter experience.

Down the river

If you prefer your animals out in the wild, rent a kayak and float down the river for glimpses of furry or feathered folk in their natural habitats.

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Feed the animals just hours from Perth

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Family fishing, canoes and kangaroos are all part of the fun at Diamond Forest Cottages. A farm stay here means an escape to a cosy, two-bedroom cottage, where you can stretch out on a lounger beneath vaulted ceilings made of fragrant wood. Cook up family meals in your fully self-contained kitchen, then unwind on the porch to take in the fresh country air and views of the verdant property.

Spend the morning in a canoe on the dam trying to catch the elusive rainbow trout. If you prefer to stay on dry land, watch as your kids’ faces light up when they meet the resident miniature ponies.

Fill your hands with farm feed and scatter your offerings for quails and alpacas. You might just come across wild grey kangaroos, too–they’re regular visitors of the trails throughout Karri Forest, so keep your camera ready as you head off for a picnic lunch under the on-site gazebo.

Pile into the car and take the family to dinner at Café Mazz, a 13-minute drive away, where you’ll tuck into locally caught marron with garlic butter or surf-and-turf. Have a glass of Hidden Valley Chardonnay as the kids’ feast on their ice-cream sundae desserts, then head back to your cottage to relax under the night sky before sinking into bed.

Diamond Forest Cottages

9.0 Excellent (85 reviews)
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