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Farm Stays Victoria

More farmers in Victoria each year are turning their farms into farm stays. In return for a nightly fee, similar to that charged by motels, guests have a comfortable place to stay with friendly hosts.

Many farm stays are similar to bed and breakfasts, however, the point of difference is that guests get to interact with farm animals, enjoy picking fruit, learn about growing vegetables and explore properties that would normally be out of bounds.

A holiday at a comfortable and friendly farm stay is as good as it gets for many city people. It's a win win deal. The farmer gains some extra cash and the guests have a great time.

From deserts to mountains and everything in between, the state of Victoria has everything to offer in the way of farm holiday destinations.

In each and every area there's farm stays providing farm accommodation in Victoria.

From luxurious suites to self-contained cottages, rough huts, rustic shearers quarters and even camping, Victoria has it all.

Pelican - Campaspe River Axedale

Pelican cruising the Campaspe River at Axedale in central Victoria.

Deciding Your Destination

Once you have decided you would like to try a farm holiday, you need to select the area you would like to visit.

If you are planning to spend your entire holiday on the property then it doesn't much matter which area or region you choose. If you also wish to include some off-farm activities such as shopping and visiting tourist destinations, then you need to be more selective about the area you visit.

In addition to enjoying the farm experience, what else would you like to do? Do you want to shop? Do you want to visit tourist areas? Do you want to visit wineries and enjoy good meals at local restaurants? The following information may help you decide which area of Victoria would best suit your needs.

Ballarat offers great shopping and is a good tourism destination. Ballarat has Sovereign Hill, Kryal Castle and the Begonia Festival. Ballarat is reasonably close to Melbourne.

Bendigo has wonderful weather, good shopping and the largest Chinese Imperial Dragon in the world. The dragon is on display at the Golden Dragon Museum. There is also the Central Deborah gold mine to visit and the Bendigo Pottery. The Bendigo area through to Heathcote has some of the best wineries and cellar doors in the state.

Echuca, Swan Hill and Mildura are all positioned on the Victorian side of the Murray River. Staying on a farm near one of these towns will allow you to enjoy paddle steamer cruises and water sports. Enjoy shopping at many non-franchise stores by getting away from the big cities. Find a farm near one of these riverside towns with river frontage itself. You won't have to leave the property to enjoy boating and fishing.

Gippsland in the east of the state runs from the ocean to the mountains. Gippsland is home to koalas, wombats and kangaroos. Gippsland provides great coastal fishing and mountain scenery.

Shepparton and Wangaratta in the north-east of Victoria offer some great fishing in the Goulburn and Ovens rivers.

Warrnambool and Hamilton are principal towns in the Western District of Victoria. Providing access to the ocean, renowned sheep country and the picturesque Grampians.

Rope Swing

Rope swing on the banks of the Campaspe at River Gardens Axedale.

Booking Your Farm Stay Holiday

Having decided on an area that suits your needs, the next step is to find an appropriate farm stay. The best way to do this is to visit your favourite search engine and type in the broad search term farm stays Victoria. You may need to look through the first few pages of results to find a place that suits you.

Farmers are great at farming and very good at providing farm accommodation, but when it comes to optimising their website so that it is ranked in the first two or three positions on a search engine, well, to put it nicely, ummm... I don't know how to finish saying this without getting in trouble!

If you can't find what you are looking for with your first search, try narrowing down the search term to farm stay Bendigo or the town closest to where you want to go. It is important to be aware that Google treats the search terms farmstay and farm stay slightly differently. Your search results will be different again if you search for farmstays or farm stays. Knowing this will help you to find more properties in your searches.

Once you have decided on a property, you need to make your booking. If it is a genuine working farm you may not reach anyone until evening. Others will have online booking forms on their websites. There's a few things you'll want to know. Most answers should be found on the host farm website.

  • Will you be the only guests staying on the farm?
  • Do you have a private bathroom or is it shared?
  • Is bed linen provided?
  • Can meals other than breakfast be provided at a bed and breakfast farmstay?
  • Is canoeing, horse riding or motor bike riding part of the booking fee or will it incur an additional charge?
  • Is yabbying in the dams permitted?
  • Are pets permitted? Many properties will not permit pets.

The above are just a few of the questions you will want answers to. You can probably think of many more. Once you have made your booking you need to be very clear on how to reach the property. Get the directions early and make sure you understand them. GPS is wonderful in the city - not so good in the country. In our case at River Gardens Axedale, GPS often sends guests in a 10 kilometre circle and then stops them 3 kilometres short of our front gate.

Regardless of where you decide to visit, make sure you enjoy your holiday at one of Victoria's wonderful host farms.

Holiday Dates Victoria

Motels, bed and breakfasts and farm stays in Victoria book out early when small towns or regional centres have festivals and functions. It pays to book early. Following are just a few of the dates when you will need to book early to be sure of securing accommodation.

  • January - School Holidays - Australia Day
  • February - Seymour Alternative Farming Expo
  • March - Labour Day - School Holidays - Ballarat Begonia Festival - Ballarat Great Outdoor Expo
  • April - Easter - School Holidays - Anzac Day - Mt Gambier Great Outdoor Expo - Lardner Field Days Warragul
  • May - Groovin the Moo Bendigo - East Gippsland Field Days
  • June - Queens Birthday - School Holidays - Bendigo Home Show Expo - Heathcote on Show - Mildura Great Outdoor Expo
  • July - School Hoildays - Australian Sheep and Wool Show Bendigo - Echuca Moama Winter Blues Festival
  • August - Bendigo Writers Festival - Hamilton Sheepvention - Mallee Machinery Field Days
  • September - School Holidays - Seymour Great Outdoor Expo - Echuca Great Outdoor Expo
  • October - School Holidays - Elmore Field Days - Bendigo Cup - Heathcote Wine and Food Festival - Bendigo Agricultural Show
  • November - Melbourne Cup - Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival - Bendigo National Swap Meet - Gippsland Great Outdoor Expo
  • December - School Holidays - Christmas Holidays

River Gardens Sunsets

About Us

River Gardens Axedale is a family owned and operated sheep and cropping farm on the banks of the Campaspe river in central Victoria. Luxury B&B accommodation is available on the property.

Accommodation was purpose built and opened in 2015 as a Bendigo and Heathcote B&B Farm Stay. River Gardens Axedale is just minutes from local wineries, cellar doors and vineyards.

Rose Gardens were opened to the public in April, 2019. Gardens are open most weekends from late October to early May. Gardens are closed in February due to heat.

Your new hosts are husband and wife Mark McGann and Wendy Johnson.

Bed and Breakfast

Book our luxury bed and breakfast unit on the banks of the Campaspe river. Spend the night from as little as $180 which includes free NBN WiFi.

River Gardens Bed and Breakfast is situated just minutes from the wineries and cellar doors of Axedale, Eppalock, Mandurang, Elmore, Toolleen, Mount Camel, Bendigo and Heathcote.

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River Gardens Axedale
91 Brownes Lane
Axedale Victoria 3551
Phone: 0425716369
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