SUMMER 23/24

The Central Coast has many hundreds of sea-change holiday accommodation options to choose from, but one of its best kept secrets is its farmstay and country escapes.


You can typically expect rustic rather than luxury accommodation, afterall, it’s about getting back to nature, or saying good morning to curious cows.

You can choose to go off-the-grid in a rustic bush dwelling surrounded by forests, or somewhere with a pool, modern kitchen and wifi. Perhaps relax in a hammock on the veranda of a renovated barn with loft bedrooms, or choose a lovingly restored historic cottage. You can even enjoy away-from-it-all luxury in a bushland setting just 10 minutes from the Central Coast’s famous beaches — the best of two worlds.

The Farmhouse at Figtree, Wyong Creek.

Renovated 100-year-old farmhouse on 50 acres backing on to the Wyong State Forest. From the cottage you can overlook the farm and spot the wildlife from the private balconies on both sides of the house. Take a walk to the creek and try your luck fishing, hike to the state forest or enjoy a spot of tennis on the courts. Accommodates eight guests.

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Cedar Tree Farm, Cedar Brush Creek.

A tranquil setting in seven acres of farmland. The house has a large open fireplace, sunlit lounge, renovated kitchen and bathroom, and beautiful views to the valley vista. Look out at the wildlife from the balcony, farm animals and occasional deer. Walk along the 2 km creek or through the 300-tree olive grove. Accommodates six guests.

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The Barn Kyangatha, Lower Mangrove.

Rustic sandstone and timber hideaway with expansive views of pasture, river, and the hills and bushland of Popran and Dharug National Parks. Relax by the river, go for a paddle or have a BBQ on the water’s edge. Accommodates five guests.

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The Cabin, Murrays Run, Laguna.

A rustic wood cabin hidden in the bush, with a veranda that welcomes the early morning sun. There is an upstairs loft bedroom, and downstairs second bedroom, lounge, kitchen with a stovetop and wok, indoor and outdoor wood fireplaces. It’s a place to disconnect, with lovely walks in the surrounding hills and gullies.

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Sticky Fig Retreat, Matcham

The cottage dates to c.1911 when the land was used for logging, then for kiwi fruit and tomato crops. The lovingly restored cottage has all the creature comforts and luxury touches, and is one of only three original homes left in the valley. Accommodates 5 guests.

Cherry Cottage, Paradise Botanical Gardens, Kulnura.

Set in a truly beautiful 220-acre property with 90 acres of botanical gardens, ponds and woodlands all linked by stunning trails. The cottage is right in the gardens, next to the beautiful lily pond. It has a newly renovated kitchen and bathroom, and a lounge with a large open fireplace. Two bedrooms and an atrium accommodate up to eight guests. For larger numbers, glamping tee-pees can be arranged. And you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to picnic spots, BBQs and walks throughout the grounds.


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