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Just 90 minutes from Brisbane, Bestbrook Farmstay is nestled in the picturesque Great Dividing Range and has been offering up traditional country hospitality since 2004. Ray said he came to the 500-acre farm to retire, but for the last 18 years he has never worked so hard in his life.
“It is no longer a working farm for profit, but indeed a working farm in that we do have cattle that we milk daily, and animals that we feed and care for,” he said.
A father of seven, the self-proclaimed primary producer said the whole family was involved in running the farm, which has 142-beds, plus a restaurant and function centre in addition to the sprawling accommodation.
Ray said the most rewarding aspect of working the farm was when school children came for camps and trips. “When we ask the kids where milk comes from and they reply ‘Coles aisle 5’, we get great enjoyment physically showing them that milk comes from a cow,” he said.
“Guests start their day with animal feeding, then pony rides and trails, followed by billy tea and damper in the stables, then we pop them onto the wagon for a ride, and stop to learn whip
cracking and boomerang throwing. Then we end the day with drinks on the verandah.”
Being open seven days a week, there’s no rest for the wicked,“ Ray said.
Bestbrook Farmstay suits holiday makers, campers, and families, and aside from the village bunkhouse, there are also facilities to accommodate weddings, special events, and school camps. You can dine in at the on-site restaurant and have a beer at Ray’s Bar, and if you’re lucky, get a tour of Ray’s Secret Treasures, an eclectic mix of farm relics and memorabilia.
With the cooler months approaching, the idea of sitting around the camp fire and listening to stories are memories to be made that will last a lifetime. Ray said that he and wife Elise really wanted to provide guests with memories that will last long after they have gone home. “We want everyone who comes here to have fun and feel part of the family,” he said.
For information, visit
P: 4666 1282
E: 9790 Cunningham Highway Maryvale
 Restaurant and Ray's Bar

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