Planning a getaway with the family but stuck in a rut trying to decide between bush and beach, pool or farm stay, minimal or all the trimmings? We get it.
The more people you travel with, the more interests and personalities you need to accommodate, so to help you narrow down the best family-friendly Slow Stays we’ve created a hit list. Happy travelling!
THE OLD DAIRY
Cudgera Creek, NSW
If you like your holidays with a little bit of character and a whole lot of outdoor time, add The Old Dairy to your hit list of the best family-friendly Slow Stays. Huddle around the fire pit munching gooey s’mores by night and take the kids for a wander around the farm to make friends with the goats and pigs or pluck juicy fruit from the orchard, by day. With the open-plan space blending the living area with the sleeping quarters, this charming shed is suited to young families.
MAYAN LUXE VILLAS
Kin Kin, QLD
Tucked on a 100-acre working farm, among the lush rolling hills of Noosa Hinterland, Mayan Luxe Villas is a dream retreat for sustainably-conscious families. Made up of multiple rammed earth pavilions and a central entertaining area, this villa-style accommodation features mud walls, recycled timber doors and runs on rainwater – in short, it’s rustic and warm but elegant. With enough space to sleep eight happy travellers, a concrete plunge pool for summer swims and a pizza oven that is perfect for family feasts – topped with fresh herbs from the veggie garden, of course – you won’t want to leave.
Cape Liptrap, VIC
Found at the remote Cape Liptrap, Shellback is a secluded country getaway, complete with ocean views. This stunning Slow Stay is an animal lover’s dream with one third of the 75-acre property dedicated to wildlife conservation – yes, it’s almost guaranteed you’ll spot wombats, echidnas, koalas, kangaroos and local wedge-tailed eagles. There’s enough room to sleep up to seven people across three bedrooms and, with a fence around the house, you can even bring along your favourite four-legged family member.
KESTREL NEST ECOHUT
Mount Adrah, NSW
If you really want to spend quality time reconnecting with those that mean the most to you, then Kestrel Nest is the perfect getaway to book for a family-friendly Slow Stay. With no Wi-Fi, therefore, no outside distractions, you’ll be able to spend your days taking in this incredible eco retreat and the regenerative farmland that surrounds it. Go for a bush walk, sink into the outdoor bath and then indulge your taste buds with a local paddock to plate hamper. Don’t forget to take advantage of their regional wine list too – it doesn’t get much better than a glass of red around the fire pit.
Leave the cot, blackout blinds, highchair, books and toys at home, because Zamia House in Yallingup is stocked with all this and more, making it one of the best family-friendly Slow Stays in Western Australia. Whether you’ve come to winery hop at nearby Margaret River or explore the stunning coastline, one beach at a time, this eclectic home is the ultimate base to kick off your shoes and relax at the end of each day.
BELLINGEN FARM HOUSE
Planning a getaway in NSW with the whole fam, including the grandparents? You’ll be stopping the search for accommodation as soon as you set eyes on the 100-year-old Bellingen Farmhouse. This quirky farm stay oozes character and is packed with vintage finds and little luxuries – like a trampoline for the kids and a plunge pool. When you’re not taking in the mountain vistas, lazing on one of the many daybeds and visiting all the friendly neighbours—you’ll find horses, pygmy goats, chickens, sheep and native bees – hop in the car and head a short five-minute drive away to the river – it’s postcard-worthy and a must-visit when you’re visiting this neck of the woods. Prefer to stay dry? There’s plenty of cafes to hit and window-shopping to be done in Bellingen’s main street.
A mesmerising country setting and a stunning, architecturally-designed guesthouse come together to create an incredible pair at Upland Farm in Denmark, WA. Sitting on a 107-acre cattle farm, it’s an ideal neighbour-free situation if you’re travelling with little wildlings who seem to have no volume control. Venture out for the morning and check out the forests, walking trails and beaches nearby – Greens Pool is a winner for families! Then, head back to the cabin for the afternoon, where a cosy nook inside will most likely be calling your name.
Just an hour and a half drive out of Melbourne, Bootmakers Cottage feels like a world away. Positioned on a quarter of an acre, right in the heart of the historic town of Birregurra in the foothills of the Otways Range, this welcoming home is a surprising little package. Opening onto a paved courtyard, it’s out here you’ll find a hammock, outdoor bath, communal fire pit and workshop-slash-bar – complete with a movie projector and fuzz ball table. Game, anyone?