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Lillydale Hostfarm, Rathdowney

The warmth of country hospitality is a welcome alternative for people wanting to escape busy city and coastal lifestyles. When guests arrive at Lillydale Hostfarm in the picturesque foothills of Mt Barney, Rathdowney, they quickly settle into the gentle pace of rural life.

Hosts Doug and Pam Hardgrave welcome everyone with a friendliness more common among family members. Doug’s family has been farming in the Rathdowney area, 90 minutes from the Gold Coast, for four generations and it was at Lillydale that he and Pam settled after their marriage.

Today they share their gracious Queenslander and 290 hectare cattle property, with up to ten guests who are accommodated in three modern self-contained units, although everyone is welcome to become part of the household. Guests can choose to have all meals catered in the homestead, or they may wish to prepare their meals in their units.

In what is arguably one of South East Queensland’s most picturesque rural settings, visitors are invited to take part in the daily life on the farm. Doug takes a special interest in sharing his love of rural life with children, who often arrive thinking that milk only comes from a carton and eggs from a supermarket. He introduces them to the farm animals and enlists their help at feeding time and to collect the eggs.

Lillydale’s horses have played a part in Hardgrave family life and riding can be arranged by appointment. Adults are welcome to relax by the pool or picturesque dam, try abseiling or have a massage, or give a hand with farm work- basic farm maintenance or seasonal cattle work. Put a canoe on the dam, take a nature trek to soak up the ambience of your surroundings, or do a spot of fishing.

Accommodation Options

Harper Room

Maroon Room

Barney Room

Activites and Experiences at Lillydale Hostfarm

  • Abseiling
  • Mountain Biking Two bikes available for adults.
  • Quad Bike Riding Two bikes available at an additional cost.
  • Birdwatching Parrots feed twice daily.
  • Bushwalking
  • Canoeing Dinghy on the dam available for guest use.
  • Caving A natural cave on the property, rock climbing.
  • Rock Climbing On property around base of nearby Mount Barney.
  • Cycling Mountain bikes available.
  • Farm/Station activity Seasonal mustering, feed the animals, collect the eggs.
  • Exercising
  • Hay rides Wooden trailer pulled by tractor.
  • Horseriding
  • Meditating/Relaxing Yoga is available.
  • Animal Riding Horseback riding on site.
  • Spotlighting
  • Swimming
  • Walking
  • Direct
  • Retail
  • 24 hour Reception
  • Adult Retreat
  • BBQ Facilities Gas or wood barbecues available.
  • Office Services/Business Services
  • Camp Kitchen
  • Courtesy transfer
  • Communal Lounge
  • Conference/Convention Facilities For groups of 60.
  • Cots Available
  • Games/Recreation Room
  • Gardens in property
  • High Chair
  • Ice
  • Iron
  • Laundry
  • Masseur/Masseuse
  • Non Smoking Floor
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Pay/Satellite TV
  • Playground
  • Swimming Pool Outdoor
  • Public Telephone
  • Room Service
  • Tour Desk
  • TV/Lounge Area Television and video cassette recorder available.
  • Wood Heater/Pot Belly
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Sacred site on property.
  • Active Rural activities – Mountain bike riding available.
  • Adventure Aussie mustering available on request.
  • Aussie Lifestyle Live with a fourth generation Australian family.
  • Rural/Country
  • Educational Learn an appreciation for the bush.
  • Environmental
  • Farm/Station A working farm, tree growing farm.
  • Fishing Available in the dam.
  • Flora and Fauna Flora and fauna native to the area including gums and koalas.
  • Health and Fitness Yoga available.
  • Historic/Heritage 80 year old homestead.
  • Homestay Full board available.
  • Honeymoon Hideaway from the bustle of city life.
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture Beef cattle farm.
  • National Park Mount Barney National Park.
  • Nature based
  • Relaxation Do as much or as little as you like.
  • Remote One and a half hours from Brisbane and Gold Coast.
  • Romance Fall in love all over again.
  • Wilderness Mount Barney National Park.
  • Wildflower
  • Wildlife
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • 18-35’s
  • Adult Getaway
  • Disabled
  • Family
  • Group
  • Self-Drive
  • Single
  • Wedding
  • Australian Farm and Country Tourism Inc.
  • Hotel, Motel and Accommodation Association of Australia
  • Brisbane Marketing
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Cheques By Arrangement
  • Bankcard
  • Cheques Bank
  • Cash
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale
  • MasterCard
  • Money Order
  • Visa
  • 4 1/2 Stars
  • Air Conditioning
  • Additional Bathroom
  • Blankets
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Cooking Facilities – FULL
  • Crockery/Cutlery
  • Ensuite
  • Refrigerator
  • Games
  • Hairdryer
  • Insect screens
  • Internet Access
  • Iron/Ironing board
  • Linen
  • Microwave oven
  • Non Smoking Room
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities

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