I stayed at Honeycomb Valley with a couple of friends, all of us in our 30s. No matter how old or young you are you will have fun on the farm, and learn stuff too.
Anna and Andrew and their kids are fantastic hosts. We learnt so much from tours of the ethnobotanical gardens (where every plant has a purpose) and through a walk down the bee runway leading to the bee motel :) Makes you think twice before swatting away every bug lest you hurt one of our awesome native Aussie bees! We even had the opportunity to suit up to get an up close look at the hives that produce the honey sold in the shop.
What made Honeycomb Valley awesome for me was that there's no itinerary and you're free to roam wherever you like, joining in whatever's going on as you like. We milked Betsy the goat when she demanded it (meh-eh-eh-eh-eh!), chased down a stray sheep (that we may have let out by accident ;), cut bamboo for planting, and in between we played with the alpacas, goats, sheep, and moos. And we watched the fluffy butted chickens that almost look like they're wearing pantaloons as they waddled around. We may have eaten a few of their eggs too.
If you're after a fun, genuine, farm experience where you can choose how much you want or don't want to do this is the place to do it. And make sure you cook at least one meal in the solar oven. It's mindblowing!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Much-loved, award-winning (Gold at the NSW Tourism Awards in 2013!) and fun NSW farmstay just 3 hours north of Sydney near the beaches and lakes of Forster & just 1hr south of Port Macquarie. Lots of hosted farm holiday activities for kids and adults morning & afternoon including animal feeding (chickens, sheep, goats, alpacas, ponies, cows), pedalboat rides, tyre swing, ute and quadbike ride, goat milking, star gazing, bushtucker picking, campfire and more. Join the Campbell family on their sustainable farm adventure...maybe even cook in the solar oven, swim in the pool and enjoy a pony ride. The farm has just two, 2 bedroom cottages so personal attention is assured. The farm also has a farmgate shop full of farm-grown produce, extensive Resilience Gardens, a Native Stingless Bee Sanctuary and plenty more to keep you busy. ... more less
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