Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Become a Farmhand in Style; Kathy Sundstrom Discovers There Is Such a Thing as a Lavish Farming Experience

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Become a Farmhand in Style; Kathy Sundstrom Discovers There Is Such a Thing as a Lavish Farming Experience

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A COW'S tongue is surprisingly large, wet and seems to have sticky bits on the end. A baby deer sucks milk from a bottle with ferocious intensity. And some breeds of chickens lay blue eggs.

These are just a few new bits of information gathered after spending a weekend doing my kind of my farming.

Doug, my husband, has always wanted us to move to a farm.

But I like the distraction a town offers. And I like concrete as I'm not particularly fond of the creatures that inhabit the great outdoors.

Lillydale, in the Gold Coast hinterland, offers the opportunity to experience life on a farm at your leisure.

You can feed the animals, go on a tractor or horse ride, milk a cow and catch a fish. Or, you can enjoy the luxury of the cabin, the quiet of the country and the cool of the swimming pool and simply relax.

Or, you can combine both and include a walk in the Mount Barney National Park, which offers the best bushwalking experience we've had in Australia.

You can experience all of this and it's only about a three-hour drive from the Sunshine Coast.

The moment we arrived at Lillydale and surveyed its exceptional mountain surrounds, we made a collective C[pounds sterling]awwC[yen]. This grew louder when we walked into our self-contained house, situated about 1km from the main homestead, giving us plenty of privacy.

The accommodation is clean with a distinct up-market touch while not appearing snobby. It has all the luxuries you can hope for including a dishwasher, a big-screen television and DVD.

We arrived too late for the last animal feeding of the day and decided to explore the on-site maze. We also rejected the offer of a fishing rod for the stocked dam, opting instead for a DVD and a relaxing night in.

That was a good option as we had to be up and ready for the 8.30am animal feeding.

The animals are remarkably accepting of excitable visitors who take turns feeding them. …

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