Experience a change of lifestyle and spend your next stay away on a working farm. It's a great opportunity to reside on a rural property surrounded by animals and wide open spaces. While your accommodation is private, the farm owners live on the same property and may offer you the opportunity to interact with farm animals and observe or participate in some of the daily activities. A memorable experience, particularly for those with children.
Countrywide Cottages are located in the Great Ocean Road hinterland, 25 minutes drive inland from Lorne and adjacent to the Otway Forest Park. There are 4 fabulous and private cottages which are set on a large hobby farm. You will see sheep, alpacas and chickens. Eggs are finders keepers! Try your luck at fishing - there is a dam on the property which is well-stocked with yabbies.
When staying at Grampians Historic Tobacco Kiln, you get to live in a fascinating building - a renovated kiln - which is located at the southern end of The Grampians near Dunkeld. The kiln is set up as a self-contained cottage which is located on a large farm that is home to over 3,000 sheep and alpacas. These animals produce quality wool, so you can observe shearing during the appropriate season. If you like fishing, there is a dam on the property with yabbies.
Away from the bustle of city is the lovely rural property of Pirbright, located just outside of Mansfield in the picturesque high country. Stay in a modern 3 bedroom holiday home and be surrounded by a working sheep farm which is home to around 300 breeding ewes. They give birth during March and April, so you can take the opportunity to feed and interact with the poddy lambs.