The Side Benefits of Farm Stays

Farm Stays are the most memorable stays of all and to be honest we haven’t stayed at enough of them. In its simplest form a farm stay means camping somewhere on a farming property and you may not even meet the owners. On the other hand you may be greeted with a warm cake straight from the oven like we were at Nambung Station near Cervantes on the WA coast. We’d barely gobbled down our cake when Brian the owner took us on a tour of the property which bordered the Pinnacles Desert. A couple of nights chatting around the fire under a starry sky with Brian and our fellow travellers and we didn’t want to leave.

At Indee Station, a 400,000 acre cattle station in the Pilbara, we the campers and the chopper pilot (it was mustering time) were guests of the owners in the homestead for happy hour. Think about it, what would you pay for such an experience? How about $12.50 per head (as per Wikicamps winter 2018). I guess our Prime Minister would say “How good is that?”

Well I’ll be buttered on both sides, that’s the Pinnacles Desert out there.
A chance to meet the livestock face to face too. You don’t get that in a caravan park.
Pinnacles Desert National Park, WA

13 thoughts on “The Side Benefits of Farm Stays

  1. Sounds lovely. We enjoyed Carisbrooke Station, outside Winton, where we stayed in the workers’ quarters. Don’t know if they still offer farmstays – there was talk a few years ago of the station being taken by the bank.


  2. We love Station Stays, our favourite camp sites. Nambung was a great camp, and we were able to follow a mud map to the desert behind the main Pinnacles to see Pinnacles untouched and in peace and quiet! Our other favourites include Big Valley in Margaret River, Waroora on the Ningaloo Coast, Larrawa Station near Halls Creek, Tozers at Bremer Bay, Parry’s Farm at Wyndham and Mt Elizabeth on the GRR.


  3. Amazing photos and it must be a wonderful experience staying on such massive properties and meeting the owners. So different to normal camping grounds.


  4. On my first honeymoon in Cornwall in 1964 the farmer asked me to help him round up some bullocks who had escaped from their shed. I asked him why they were kept in such a place. His answer put me off veal for life.


  5. I read this last night and before I managed to comment I got side tracked reading bobdebmol ‘s blog – which I’m now following. Hey, they live just up the road, how bout that. We haven’t done that many farm stays, but that will change I think., especially if we get welcomed with cake still warm from the oven.


      1. I’m trying to inspire Paul into a two week trip up to Warroora station. We’ve never stayed there before and have only heard good about it. Inspired by Bob and Debs posts I’m thinking Numbing station would be a good first night stop. We can’t go until next month. Fingers crossed.


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