Our week-long jaunt to the Gold Coast during the September School Holidays began when we bought the Scoot air tickets as it first launched. Along the way, we got linked up with Tourism Queensland and they were extremely helpful in providing such amazing support for our trip.
They recommended a few accommodation ideas to us, and connected us to the various owners of these properties in Queensland. In turn, they gladly put us up at their lodging for the duration of our stay in Queensland.
Our Scoot journey was once again - thank goodness! - pretty uneventful. It was a night flight so the monkies slept through more than three-quarters of the 7.5 hours flight. Compared to other budget airlines, the seats were definitely much more comfortable and legroom was more than adequate. Coming from a person of my size, I guess that is saying a lot.
Our first accommodation of the trip was Lillydale Farmstay, an authentic agri-cattle property nestled in the foothills of South East Queensland that offers fun farm holidays for kids and families alike.
There were plenty of farm animals roaming about alright, but it wasn't the animals that had the wifey and I all mesmerized. Rather, it was the tranquil and picturesque surroundings which truly had us stop in our tracks when we first set foot upon the property.
Lillydale Farmstay is about a 2 hours drive away from Gold Coast, or 90 minutes if you are heading from Brisbane. And being a Farm with a view, rooms are extremely limited - 3 beautiful homestead rooms and 1 Eco-Cabin accommodation. Check out the rooms HERE.
Our host, Bec, had kindly put us up in the Maroon Room which all of us fell in love with immediately.
In addition to ensuite bathroom facilities, the room comes with 1 Queen-sized bed, 1 Single bed and a Sofa bed so there was ample sleeping place for our entire family.
All rooms at Lillydale comes with kitchenette facilities as well. Which is a good thing considering the nearest eating place is a good 40 minute drive away. So do remember to stock up on groceries first if you are heading down to Lillydale! Our kitchenette was located in the entertainment room directly across the hall which came equipped with cooking facilities like an electric frypan, electric hotplate, microwave and toaster and convection oven.
But nothing can beat having a barbeque in the night amid such cool temperatures.
And where a better place to enjoy all our meals than at the outdoor courtyard just outside our room...
Which came complete with a spectacular view!
A pool with a scenic view of Mt Maroon is available as well for those who are looking for the ultimate relaxation. I wasn't feeling that adventurous to be frolicking in water at a 18-degrees temperature, so I passed.
The monkies were getting impatient to kickstart their holiday proper as they had set their sights on the swings and most notably, the ever-fun trampoline outside our room.
One of the highlight of a farm stay at Lillydale is the daily feeding activities that guests can partake in for free. Everyday at 8.30am and 4pm, guests would be able to follow Farmer Doug, a fifth generation farmer in the family, on his animal feeding rounds.
And this, I reckon, was what the monkies looked forward to the most for the entire duration of our stay there.
The kids started off with feeding carrots to the donkeys and bread to the oxen, followed by offering milk to the lambs as well as a newborn calf.
The kids were then sent on a mission to help Farmer Doug collect some eggs from the hens' nests.
The boys couldn't resist nabbing a few chicks in the process. Heh.
The monkies definitely enjoyed interacting with all the farm animals at such close proximity, while I was just soaking in the magnificent landscape from afar.
Oh, and did I mention the spectacular scenery?
Yes, I could never get sick of the amazing views that the farm had to offer.
There's also a Maze at the tip of the farm compound and naturally, the boys wanted a go at it. Of course we obliged.
That marked a fantastic end to our first day on the farm.
And if the monkies thought that was all to do during our 2-nights stay on the farm, they were utterly wrong. The next day would see us hitching a ride on a tractor as well as a horse, and even cuddling some snakes!
This post is part of our Queensland Holiday series of posts. Do click the label "Queensland" to view all posts related to our vacation. We would like to express our sincere thanks to Tourism Queensland and the respective hospitality operators for their amazing support!
See MORE photos of our Queensland Adventures in our photo album on our Cheekiemonkies' Facebook page here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.357426261004316.83163.110845722329039&type=1